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The Orchid V2 RTA Clone $11.08!

After a much needed personal leave from the site I am back! And what a great time it is to be reviewing the new vaping gear. Lots has changed in my absence and I plan on playing a little catch-up through my articles, but this here is the newest, latest and greatest. Today the highly anticipated V2 of the Orchid atomizer clone popped up for a ridiculously low price. At $11.08 it is cheaper than just about any other rebuildable tank atomizer available and after using the Tobeco V1 Orchid for a couple weeks, I would highly endorse this RTA. Although the design of this atomizer is not perfect, the price and features really make this a great addition to any collection. Here is my review/preview of the Orchid clone. 

4 Channels! 4 posts! 4 pieces!

4 Channels! 4 posts! 4 pieces!

Many Vapers out there would relate this atomizer to the Kayfun or Fogger v4 and they wouldn’t be wrong. I have toiled around with my own Orchid and found many parts to be interchangeable with my army of Kayfuns. The chimney section on this atomizer is wider than the Kayfun’s and is not interchangeable. This puts a bit of a limit on the amount of parts that can be swapped. Personally I don’t care for the plastic tank or top-heavy cap, which lead me to explore every possible combination of tank sections and top caps that would be compatible. Once again I became slightly frustrated with the chimney which I found to be too short to noticeably increase the tank capacity. The sellers claim the capacity is 2.5ml – 3.0ml, but I am finding it to be closer to 2ml. I finally settled on using 1 Kayfun Nano steel tank section paired with a regular Kayfun clear tank and steel band. I chose my flat-cap that came with my Kayfun Lite +v2 to top it all off. 

My personal pocket rocket. Pictured on a 4nine clone in 18350 mode.

My personal pocket rocket. Pictured on a 4nine clone in 18350 mode. This is the maximum capacity the chimney would allow

The new V2 of the Orchid clone features a bottom filling port for those Vapers that hate removing the cap. I have been using the top fill and flip method without many issues. Besides the fill port change, the Orchid V2 clone is the same as the V1. The deck on this atomizer does use allen screws, I would have preferred a Phillips option, but I can live with it. I use my Orchid with a dual coil at .7ohms and I have not had a single wicking or gurgling issue. I use considerably less cotton in my builds, and I would say they are very similar to a Fogger v4 with the cotton running half way down the vertical juice channel. The draw is very airy and the vape might even satisfy some cloud chasers out there. Since I have been using this with the purple 18350 batteries I usually swap the battery each time I fill.  

The new fill port will make some people happy, others have been using the top fill kayfun cap from Fasttech.

The new fill port will make some people happy, others have been using the top fill Kayfun cap from Fasttech.

I paid almost double for my Tobeco Orchid and am very happy with it. If you are looking for a Kayfun with larger clouds you really can’t go wrong at this price. I wish there was a middle ground between the Fogger v4 and the Orchid, just like a Kayfun with the base from this atomizer. 

Here is what the site says about it:

  • Compatible with 510 drip tip (drip tip sold separately)
  • Quad-pole for dual coil build
  • 4 wick channels
  • 2 air holes
  • 510 connection (brass contact, adjustable)
  • Laser engravings on the chimney
  • Bottom screw-refill hole

Get yours here: http://www.fasttech.com/products/1411/10009514/1850901-orchid-v2-styled-rebuildable-tank-atomizer-2-5-3

Stay tuned with the site, I am planning on adding plenty of new content in the near future!

The AGA-T7 By Youde! Now Available $31.50 New Low Price $28.00(Edited)

These guys at Eciggity are on a roll. I don’t want to sound like I am affiliated, but they are quickly climbing to be one of the premiere U.S. vape shops giving the people what they want. Usually when a new product arrives there is a potato quality blown up thumbnail image to support it, not these guys. They give us the info and that’s what matters in online shopping. A manufacturer that I’ve somewhat ignored has changed their Genesis atomizer ways and have conformed to the Kayfun hype. Here we have an original design from a manufacturer known for their drippers. There is a lot of things right with this atomizer, but some choices leave me very excited to see the next rendition.

Two positives and two negative... posts.

Two positives and two negative… posts.

Here we have a very interesting design. There are posts with staggered heights and an air flow channel coming from the center. I can imagine some cross design coils being used in this design. There is a twist on the Kayfun design as well. The juice channels flow upwards, typically they are bottom fed. I wonder how to properly wick this, can I just use the deck like a dripper? I know the brass haters will not like the fact the center air channel is brass. There is an ongoing concern of letting heat and juice make contact with brass parts due to the potential of lead poisoning. My second concern with this atomizer is the insulators. They look a bit close to where the coils will lie, and that gives them a tendency to melt.

A big atomizer for big flavor! Right?

A big atomizer for big flavor! Right?

Now lets put the size of this atomizer into consideration. The listed size is 62.5mm, to put that in perspective an 18650 battery by definition is 65mm. This thing is tall. I imagine there might be a more compact way to have all the features, but maybe there is a purpose behind that elongating middle section. Lots of atomizers use a threaded tank to cut back on parts, but this one features a pyrex glass tank. I like the decision of placing the fill hole in the top of the atomizer. Whenever I flip my atomizers to bottom fill the juice in the chamber will flow out the drip tip. By keeping the mod right side up this will become a non issue and save me some paper towels. There is a very wide AFC on this mod, which will make many vapers happy.

I've read the capacity is 3.5ml, but the manufacturer says 1.5ml. Let's hope it's 3.5.

I’ve read the capacity is 3.5ml, but the manufacturer says 1.5ml. Let’s hope it’s 3.5.

Use coupon code “reddit10″ to take 10% off the price at Eccigity.

Get yours here: http://www.eciggity.com/aga-t7-by-youde/

Another listing popped up today at $28: http://trianglevape.com/aga-t7/

Review: The Fogger V4

As a huge fan of the Aqua RBA I couldn’t resist taking a look at Yi Loong’s newest rendition of the Fogger. Back in the early days of the Kayfun atomizer the original Fogger hit the market and it was a big hit. It certainly wasn’t the best atomizer in any category, but it was cheap and accommodated cotton wicks, so I was intrigued. I used the Fogger v1 for a few weeks, and it was far from perfect. The insulator was junk, the deck was hard to build on, and the pin was difficult to use with many of my mods. Eventually the insulator failed on me and the mod shorted and the heat shattered the glass. Foolishly I saw a Fogger v2 and and was hoping the issues were resolved, but they remained. I think I made a smart move shelving that atomizer and switching over to a Kayfun. Since then the Fogger v3 had come out without much positive press which helped me resist purchasing one. I figured this was the end of the Fogger and the Kayfun/Aqua clones came to rule the inexpensive cotton RBA world. Then came the Fogger v4 and once again I was lured in. I searched around and the fastest way for me to get one was Ebay, and $35 and 3 days later, I received mine.

Sitting pretty on the Stingray clone

Sitting pretty on the Stingray clone

First Impressions

I will admit, this RBA showed up with better attention to detail than some other atomizers I have purchased. Most notably it came in a box. I did not expect much, and that is what I got. The atomizer was packaged in a simple cardboard box along with a keychain screwdriver and some spare o-rings and screws. Since I ordered the black model I inspected the “Paint” job. This atomizer uses a PVD coating (Physical Vapor Deposition) to paint this atomizer black, and I gotta say, they did a great job. The atomizer has a very even and spotless black coating. There is a noticeable brushed finish and this stuff feels tough. I would say I received this atomizer in mint condition and there were no apparent flaws upon my initial inspection. To be a stickler for details, I did notice the rim of the (thick) glass tank is a bit coarse, but that is just me looking for something to complain about. 

The barely used Fogger v4 and its nicely brushed black finish

The barely used Fogger v4 and its nicely brushed black finish

I give it a 9/10, there was nothing wrong, but I can’t say I was surprised.

Build Quality

Build quality is always very important with atomizers. RBA’s are devices that we constantly disassemble, tweak, modify, and rebuild. By definition the build quality determines the product life of a rebuildable atomizer. One of my initial concerns is the amount of o-rings in this atomizer and their tendency to fall out of place. They managed to jam an o-ring in every connection within the atomizer. In some places like around the copper 510 pin I wish they opted for a plastic insulator, because the o-ring doesn’t seem to stay put like some other atomizers. Besides the obnoxious amount of o-rings, this atomizer has an excellent build quality. It is very heavy, I tried this on my Nemesis clone with the black aluminum tube and it was very top heavy. I think the weight of this atomizer and the glass tank might guarantee the tank will shatter on a significant drop. Since I can’t help but wonder, I decided to put the PVD coating to an abrasion test. I started with a screwdriver and scratched around the base… nothing. I moved on and grabbed my dremel. First came the cotton polishing tip which did nothing but leave a shiny spot. I then grabbed a brush tip to achieve the same result. It took the stone wheel to leave a mark on this bad boy.

The chip was created by my  grinding stone

The chip was created by my grinding stone

The build materials are very high quality. The copper 510 pin feels solid and has a nice flat top. The chamber fits together almost seamlessly. The top cap securely screws down to make a reliable seal with no leaks. I’ve heard complaints that the AFC ring tends to unwind, but I must have a second-batch unit here, because that is a non issue. The knurling on the AFC makes it very easy to grip and adjust. Much like the previous Fogger v2, the AFC ring is limited and can not fully open and remain at about 50%, but even with the air holes partially obstructed the hit is very airy. The o-ring on the fill hole broke the first time I took it out, but I replaced that with one of the spares. My biggest complaint is the size of the post screws. They are simply too narrow and make gripping a 28awg dual coil difficult. I took the suggestion of a Reddit user and assembled my coil from a single strand of kanthal to overcome the posts from “dropping” the leads when tightened down.

Dual micro coils right around my ideal .5 ohm. Notice the coil is a single strand.

Dual micro coils right around my ideal .5 ohm. Notice the coil is a single strand.

I give it a 7.5/10, the o-rings, and AFC aren’t perfect, but the posts bother me the most.

Performance

This atomizer took me a few tries to get a good vape. It does not work exactly like either the Aqua nor the Kayfun. Once I got over the difficult posts and put a wick in this atomizer my first few attempts were awful. Initially I took the Aqua approach and ran my wicks through the juice channels into the tank, and I would not recommend it. The corners of the juice channels were choking the juice flow and drying out the wick. The next attempt I went the Kayfun route and laid the wicks across the decks, but this gave me an equally bad result. I finally settled on placing a small pointed lead into the channels, but not all way through, just so they barely reached the bottom, and this made all the difference. The positive post insulator has been excellent. Usually when I dry burn my Aqua I have to take it easy so the insulator won’t melt, but that is not an issue with the Fogger. I’ve been vaping at least 15ml on the same wicks and haven’t noticed any flavor loss, it is working great.

Excellent juice flow with the wicks as shown

Excellent juice flow with the wicks as shown

The fill hole is a little difficult to deal with. The fill screw has an o-ring around it that will fall off the screw every time you fill it. It is also too narrow. I can not manage to fill the tank without an excessive amount of liquid pouring back out of the fill hole or drip tip. This atomizer requires a whole paper towel for clean up if you plan on using a dropper. On a positive note, the juice capacity is very high, it holds a questionable amount of liquid between 5 and 6ml. I tried to get a clear measurement, but the fill hole failed me and I lost track. I make a mess every time I fill this atomizer, I really wish it had a top fill option, but the unthreaded tank makes this near impossible. It is nice to have such a big tank. With the Sony VTC4 battery I simply replace the battery at each juice refill and enjoy a nice and cloudy vape all day.

I give it an 7.5/10 considering the fill and coiling difficulty

Aesthetics

On a black mod this is a great looking atomizer. I was very excited to see which of my mods the paint job would best accommodate. I ended up settling on the Copper Stingray clone. The weight of the copper tubes helps make the mod more stable, the Nemesis was a bit top-heavy in 18650 mode.

The Fogger with a hybrid adapter on the Nemesis clone, Hybrid Aqua for scale

The Fogger with a hybrid adapter on the Nemesis clone, Hybrid Aqua for scale

I think the atomizer looks great. The drip tip that was included turned out to be rather lackluster, and I prefer a shorter drip tip so I shelved that right off the bat. The paint job was done very well and there are no spots or discoloration. No complaints here.

I give it a 9/10.

Overall Value

I would say overall value is where this mod really shines. For $35 I got one of the best atomizers I have used to date and it isn’t a clone. I wouldn’t suggest this for a first timer who is trying to get a dual coil tank atomizer, it is a little difficult and finicky on the deck. The filling can also be a slight pain, but I think I will get better with practice.

  • 22mm Diameter, slightly wider at the AFC ring
  • Dual air flow channels, plenty of flow
  • Nice rugged black PVD coating
  • Excellent adjustable copper 510 pin
  • Glass tank is nice and thick
  • The drip tip well is a very appropriate size and it doesn’t drop drip tips
  • Excellent vape, nice thick clouds
  • All day capacity of at least 5ml
  • Easy to clean
  • Compatible with hybrid adapter kits
  • The Bottom fill hole can be difficult
  • A very heavy RBA, it feels tough

This atomizer gets a 8.5/10 overall. I am very satisfied with the purchase and it works just like the extra large Aqua I hoped it would be.

I got mine off of Ebay, but there are many stores that have this atomizer in stock right now. The cheapest I’ve seen is just under $30 after coupon code “reddit10” here: http://www.eciggity.com/fogger-v4/