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The Zombi by Ritual Machine

August 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Not too long ago, two friends from Long Beach took it upon themselves to create a device that lived up to their personal standards for quality, visual appeal, and functionality. To most of us this would be a fairly tall order to fulfill, but with their combined professional skillsets of Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering they were already ahead of the game. The company that was formed as a result of this partnership was aptly dubbed “Ritual Machine,” which relates to the act of vaping as an effective replacement for the ritual of smoking. The latest version of the Zombi by Ritual Machine has been functionally and aesthetically refined in addition to coming in an 18650 size as opposed to the 18490 size like the previous version. The Zombi serves as an appropriate representation of their design prowess and appreciation for art which borders on the fringe of societal norms.

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The physical design of the Zombi doesn’t stray too far from the standard cylindrical form, however it does separate itself with impeccable craftsmanship, meticulous construction, and quality materials. The Zombi is available in two versions: one constructed from solid stainless steel and the other is formed from solid brass. Whether brass or stainless, the Zombi has an incredibly sturdy feel due to its thick-walled tubing. Clean, smooth threading is always a good indication of a high quality device and the Zombi has this in spades. Each threaded component has been precisely machined, leaving it free of burs and imperfections.

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Every component of the Zombi has been engineered for power, which becomes apparent when the device is activated. The guys at Ritual Machine don’t see the need in having a positive contact so they omitted it from the design of the Zombi. Instead, a hybrid style top cap is utilized which shortens the overall length of the mod and also allows for a direct connection between the battery and atomizer. Since there is no positive contact present to compensate for battery length, the switch itself adjusts to ensure a proper battery connection is maintained.

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The Zombi’s switch may seem to have a relatively standard design, however there is an impressive amount of engineering integrated into it. Functionally, the switch is powered by two rather large magnets. The contact is constructed from highly conductive copper which is encircled by a proprietary FDA approved heat-resistant polymer for insulation. As I touched on previously, when the switch is threaded onto the battery tube it adjusts for battery length and stops once an appropriate connection is made. For safety purposes, vents have been integrated into the internal portion of the switch and the device may be disabled by engaging the reverse-threaded locking ring.

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Finishing aesthetic touches are made to the Zombi by two groups of precise laser engravings. The lower portion of the battery tube features the Zombi emblem, which carries a gothic feel and ties in nicely with the Ritual Machine motif. The second set of engravings is located on the switch’s surface. Here you will find the Ritual Machine logo, device size, a latin inscription which translates as “raise the dead,” and serial number. One other element worth noting in regards to the engravings is that if you look closely at the skull on the switch you will notice that there is a Zombi logo on the skull’s forehead.

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At first, the Zombi by Ritual Machine may seem to be just an ordinary mechanical mod. However, after using and disassembling the device it becomes clear that it is anything other than typical. With several finely tuned and expertly constructed components, the Zombi is capable of performing among the most enjoyed devices in existence. This coupled with its attractive visual attributes make the Zombi an ideal mod for anyone who appreciates a good balance between functionality and style.

The Zombi by Ritual Machine will be available for purchase in-store, online, and at ECC on Friday, September 5th at 11:00 am PST.

Zombi Mod Specifications – $180

• Manufactured by Ritual Machine in Southern California
• Constructed from Solid Stainless Steel or Brass
• Mechanical Device
• Magnetic Bottom-Firing Switch
• Reverse-Threaded Locking Ring
• Solid Copper Contact
• FDA Approved Heat-Resistant Polymer Insulator
• Hybrid-Style Top Cap
• Battery: 18650 (dedicated tube)
• Diameter: 22mm
• Laser Engravings: Zombi Emblem (battery tube), Ritual Machine Logo, Device Size, Serial Number, In Latin: “Raise The Dead ” (switch)
• Finish Options: Lightly Brushed Stainless Steel, Lightly Brushed Brass

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Back when the Kayfun by SvoëMesto first arrived on the vaping scene there wasn’t another product that came close to it. It provided vapers with the first tank atomizer that was easy to set up, wouldn’t leak, produced amazing flavor, and didn’t need to be tilted in order to wick properly. With everything that the Kayfun had to offer at the time, it came as no surprise that it almost instantaneously became the most popular atomizer in the world. The demand for the Kayfun was intense and since so many people purchased one, there subsequently became a huge potential market for Kayfun accessories and aftermarket components. This scenario presented an opportunity for hardware manufacturers to capitalize on. One such company that took, and still takes advantage of the Kayfun craze is Science of Vaping, often referred to as “SOV”. Chris Joaquin started S.O.V. last year with the intention of producing unique and high quality accessories as well as custom parts exclusively for the Kayfun. In order to garner inspiration for his products he paid attention and listened to comments made by Kayfun enthusiasts as to what would make the atomizer better. After a considerable amount of time spent on research and development, Chris came up with a rather extensive product line dedicated solely to the almighty Kayfun.

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Each Kayfun item in the S.O.V. catalog has been engineered with the highest level of precision to seamlessly integrate with the Kayfun, thus maintaining the operating integrity of the atomizer. S.O.V. now produces quite a few Kayfun accessories, but there are a handful that stand out. One of my favorites from S.O.V. is the glass tank conversion kit for the Kayfun. This conversion kit eliminates the need for plastic tank windows and replaces them with glass, allowing you to vape on even the most intense menthol or cinnamon flavors with your Kayfun while still seeing your juice! These glass tank windows are available in an extended or compact version so you can pick whichever one works best for you. S.O.V. also produces a generous amount of modified tank options and configurations for the Kayfun, allowing for a high level of customization when it comes to the atomizer. S.O.V. also engineered a sleek and stealthy nano tank for the Kayfun. In addition, they created a shortened chimney for use with the nano tank setup so that the Kayfun functions properly.

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If you’re a fan of the full-sized Kayfun then S.O.V. has a few options you may be interested in. They designed new tank sections from 304 grade stainless steel which gives the atomizer a completely different look. These tank options are also available with contrasting brass, copper, or matte steel accent rings. Additionally, S.O.V. produces a one piece stainless steel tank so that you can use your Kayfun with a full metal jacket.

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One of the most innovative accessories that S.O.V. offers is a Kayfun dripper conversion. This kit effectively eliminates your Kayfun’s tank and converts the atomizer into an RDA! The conversion kit is available in a polymer or stainless steel option and the top cap is equipped with an o-ring which allows for easy removal for dripping purposes. This conversion kit in addition to all the other exciting exciting accessories from S.O.V. make the Kayfun one of the most versatile atomizers in the world!

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The Science of Vaping became a popular and reputable company rather quickly, which was due to their diverse line of innovative and well-made products. The widespread success of S.O.V. products inspired the company to branch out. Now, in addition to Kayfun accessories, the company also manufactures a full line of custom stainless steel mouthpieces. These drip tips range in size and design, but all are constructed from solid 304 grade stainless steel and have been machined perfectly. With so many different styles to choose from, there will surely be one that matches your setup!

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In addition to its lines of drip tips, S.O.V. has also introduced a rebuildable dripping atomizer to its product catalog. The Science of Dripping 5k (S.O.D. 5k) is a 22mm RDA with clean aesthetics and a couple of intelligent features which provide optimal functionality. The S.O.D. 5k is constructed from solid 304 grade stainless with all components manufactured locally in the Southern California.

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The S.O.D. 5k is powered by an atomizer deck that features a tri-post design. To maximize the amount of space on the deck as well as increase conductivity and airflow, the two negative posts have been integrated into the sides of the deck itself. This means that the posts themselves are machined as one piece along with the atomizer deck. The center post has two knurled rings which make anchoring the positive leads for multi-coil setups easy to do with your fingers. The S.O.D. 5k also features a generously-sized drip well to provide ample room for elaborate builds and a healthy amount of wick material.

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One unique feature of the the S.O.D. 5k is its airflow system. The air hole is drilled into the top cap at angle to face the atomizer deck directly. This in conjunction with the reduced radius of the top cap allows vapor to be scooped up during the inhale. As a result of this, vapor production is maximized while flavor and vapor temperature are preserved. This airflow system is efficient enough for only one air hole to be necessary for even dual-coil builds, however a top cap with two air holes is available as well.

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Aesthetically, the S.O.D. 5k is incredibly clean. The top cap features one simple laser engraving of the Science of Vaping logo, which embellishes its lightly brushed stainless steel finish. Each S.O.D. 5k includes a custom stainless steel mouthpiece which features a reduced radius chamber, helping to intensify the flavor of your vapor. With its simple yet stylish design, the S.O.D. 5k looks stunning on a wide variety of 22mm devices. One of the cleanest combinations is of the S.O.D. 5k and Lifestyle Mod by A.V.P. This is perhaps because Chris of S.O.V. formed a side venture with Andy Han which became the Assemble Vaping Project, or A.V.P. Many of the design elements of the S.O.D. 5k closely match those of the Lifestyle Mod, which allows the two to pair perfectly.

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Chris and the rest of the team at Science of Vaping executed their plan exceeding well. They were able to successfully introduce a line of Kayfun accessories that are not only well made, but offer an extensive amount of options which enable the Kayfun to be customized to meet the needs of any vaper. These items in combination with the line of S.O.V. drip tips and the Science of Dripping 5k RDA make S.O.V. a relatively well-rounded hardware manufacturer with a lot to offer a wide range of vaping enthusiasts. With the level of quality and innovation of S.O.V. products, it will be exciting to see what they come out with in the hopefully near future!

The Science of Dripping 5k and Kayfun accessories by Science of Vaping are now available in-store and online!

Science of Dripping 5k RDA Specifications – $80

• Constructed from Solid 304 Grade Stainless Steel
• Manufactured in the United States by the Science of Vaping
• Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer
• 510 Connector
• Tri-Post Design
• Negative Posts are Integrated into the Atomizer Deck
• Positive Post Features Two Knurled Rings for Lead Anchoring
• Stainless Steel Contact
• Deep Drip Well
• Reduced Radius Atomizing Chamber
• Single Air Hole
• Air Hole Angles Toward the Atomizer Deck to Scoop Vapor and Direct it Towards the Mouthpiece
• Diameter: 22mm
• Laser Engraving: S.O.V. Logo on Top Cap
• Included Accessories: Spare O-Rings, Spare Delrin Insulator, Stainless Steel Dowel for Vertical Coil Configurations
• Available Option: Dual Air Hole Top Cap

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The Lifestyle Mod by AVP

August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Anyone looking to dive into the realm of mechanical mods or rebuildable atomizers will know that for the most part it is far from an inexpensive lifestyle choice. With the exception of very few, brand name mechanical devices and rebuildable atomizers carry quite hefty price tags. Most range from the $150 mark all the way up to several hundreds and sometimes even thousands of dollars. In these tight economic times the majority of vapers out there aren’t able to afford a few hundred bucks for a new vape setup, but what other options are there? Do you buy a counterfit and hope that it is, and will remain to be safe enough to use? Up until now this dilemma was a tricky one, but Assemble Vaping Project (AVP) set out to remedy this issue. The AVP team formed with a mission to develop high quality hardware that’s available at an affordable prices. This may sound like a tall order, but they have accomplished their goal and delivered the Lifestyle Mod.

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Everything about the Lifestyle Mod says high-end quality, but you’d never know it based on the price. From the manufacturer it arrives presented in a custom box with each of the battery tubes and accessories neatly contained in fitted foam sections. Upon removing any one of the three battery tubes from the packaging you will immediately feel the weight of the metal. This is an indication of the high quality materials that were used to form the Lifestyle Mod. The main structure of the mod is constructed from solid 303 stainless steel which makes the device highly stable and incredibly durable. Which is a trait that’s normally found with more expensive mechanicals.

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Aesthetically, the Lifestyle Mod has been designed for vapers who appreciate stylish simplicity. It features a lightly brushed stainless steel finish, and an engraved ring or two depending on the battery tube size you’re looking at. The reason for this minimal variation from one tube to the next is so that every Lifestyle owner can have something slightly different in their hand at any time. The clean appearance of the Lifestyle Mod is undoubtedly attractive, even without the flair of multiple emblems or logos. The lack of such engravings doesn’t diminish the Lifestyle’s performance value either!

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Functionally speaking, the Lifestyle Mod can hang with the best of them! It includes three dedicated battery tubes for use with 18350, 18490, or 18650 batteries. AVP utilized highly conductive brass for the contacts and the positive contact is telescopic to ensure that a stable battery connection is made at all times.

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A unique feature of the Lifestyle Mod is that the switch housing for its recessed magnetic switch is integrated into the battery tube itself. This not only minimizes the number of parts, but increases the conductive efficiency of the device since electrical current is inevitably lost with tube threading. The switch itself is powered by three separate magnets. This enables the tension of the switch to be adjusted by changing the number of magnets in opposition between one and two. AVP also included a battery spacer to allow for flat top batteries to be used with the device, which is much appreciated since many vapers use these types of batteries.

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Although the Lifestyle carries simplistic style, one thing AVP does believe is that every daily device should have a matching mouthpiece that accents the mod! Although it may appear a bit plain, the Lifestyle Mod’s 22mm diameter and neutral steel look allow it to pair flawlessly with a wide variety of 22mm atomizers. Place the matching drip-tip on top of your Lifestyle and atty of choice, and you’ve got a solid setup that looks as good as it feels!

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AVP’s desire to bring high-end hardware to people with more constricted budgets deserves an applause. Just because the Lifestyle Mod costs less, you’ll be pleased with its ability to perform like the rest! When you consider its performance capabilities, quality construction, and classic look, the Lifestyle Mod a great option for really any vaper, experienced or entry level. Kudos AVP.

The Lifestyle Mod by AVP will be available in-store and online today, August 22nd, at 11:00 am PST.

Lifestyle Mod Specifications – $125

• Design and Manufactured in the United States by AVP
• Constructed from Solid 303 Stainless Steel
• Mechanical Device
• Solid Brass Contacts
• Telescopic Positive Contact
• Recessed Magnetic Bottom-Firing Switch
• Adjustable Switch Tension
• Includes 3 Dedicated Battery Tubes: 18350, 18490, and 18650
• Includes Spacer to Allow for Use with Flat Top Batteries
• Switch Housing Integrated into the Battery Tubes
• Diameter: 22mm
• Includes Custom Matching Drip Tip
• Finish: Lightly Brushed Stainless Steel

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For awhile now, Element Mods has been at the forefront of the market for devices and atomizers with popular products such as the Tree of Life, Ember and Elm RDA. Vaping enthusiasts truly appreciate the level of care, quality construction, and amazing performance that’s exhibited by all Element Mods products, and the same will remain true with their latest items as well. With the recent rise in popularity of devices that utilize the power and longevity of 26mm batteries, Element Mods has opted to offer this community a 30mm addition to both the Earth and Fire Series. This SoCal based manufacturer has also produced a 30mm rebuildable dripping atomizer to compliment the larger devices for a complete setup that’s a performance powerhouse! The Timber, Bonfire, and Elm XL carry all of the impressive qualities that previous Element Mods hardware has, and the quality standard that’s been established is something vapers around the world admire about Element Mods!

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For the design of the 303 stainless steel Timber and the naval brass Bonfire, Element Mods utilized the established format found in their well-received 22mm devices, and simply made it bigger. All the quality components presented with the Timber and Bonfire are identical to the Tree of Life and Ember, which ensures that they’ll both provide a remarkable experience for you to enjoy!

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Functionally speaking, the Timber and Bonfire operate just as the Tree of Life and Ember do. Instead of a 22mm diameter, they boast of a 30mm diameter to accommodate the 26mm batteries they use. For efficient conductivity and powerful performance, both the positive and negative contacts are constructed from solid copper. The positive of which is telescopic to compensate for slight variations in battery length and to ensure proper battery connection is maintained at all times. The Timber and Bonfire also feature a spring-loaded bottom-firing switch which can be locked with a simple twist to the reverse threaded locking ring. As an additional customization option, Element Mods has also produced 26500 battery tubes for those who would like a shorter 30mm device rather than the 26650 sized device the Timber and Bonfire are presented as!

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Although there are now several 30mm atomizers on the market, none of them will compliment your Timber or Bonfire quite like the 30mm Element Mods atomizer will! Which Element Mods easily acknowledged, and as a result, we have the Elm XL. This oversized RDA mirrors the design elements found in its smaller predecessor but presents them on a grander scale. Similar to the 22mm Elm, the XL version has hybrid threading, a solid copper contact, appealing airflow, and a removable top cap for your convenience. The same user-friendly features that have allowed the Elm to be an everyday atty for those who prefer dripping, will surely be the features that XL owners will appreciate.

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From a visual standpoint the Timber, Bonfire, and Elm XL leave little to be desired. The level of precision upheld with the machining of each component is absolutely impeccable. All three items possess a lightly brushed finish that has been embellished with crisp laser engravings of the Element Mods logo. Both the 26650 and 26500 battery tubes feature unique engravings to represent the Bonfire and Timber, and they will remain as designs that are dedicated to 30mm mods. Although the Bonfire and Timber logos are different, the Earth or Fire Series name and the device serial number remain the same and reside on the inner surface of the switch.

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In addition to the 26500 battery tubes, naval brass caps have been made for the Elm XL as another customization option. By placing an EM drip-tip up top, you can mix and match any of the Element Mods hardware for a completely captivating combo that’s extremely eye-catching!

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As a display of gratitude, Element Mods will also be placing a total of five Limited Edition Damascus steel drip-tips inside the packaging of randomly selected Timber and Bonfire devices. Harry, the down-to-earth guy behind Element Mods, has been overwhelmed by the vape community’s warm reception of his products and this “golden ticket” sort of giveaway is simply his creative approach to expressing a fun and special “thank you” to the Element Mods supporters out there!

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With reliable performance, quality craftsmanship, attractive aesthetics, and the chance to receive an Damascus EM drip-tip, this Friday’s release of the Timber, Bonfire, and Elm XL should definitely be taken into consideration if you’re interested in a 30mm setup. Since each of these new arrivals bear the highly acclaimed Element Mods logo, it’s safe to say that you won’t be disappointed!

The Timber, Bonfire, & Elm XL will be available in-store and online Friday, August 22nd, at 11:00 am PST.

Timber & Bonfire Specifications – $200

• Manufactured in Southern California by Element Mods
• Constructed from Solid 303 Stainless Steel (Timber) or Solid Naval Brass (Bonfire)
• Mechanical Device
• Solid Copper Contacts
• Telescopic Positive Contact
• Spring-Loaded Bottom-Firing Switch
• Reverse-Threaded Locking Ring
• Runs Hybrid with the Elm XL
• Diameter: 30mm
• Battery: 26650
• Finish: Brushed Stainless Steel (Timber), Brushed Brass (Bonfire)
• Engravings: Timber/Bonfire Emblem (Battery tube), Element Mods Logo (Outer switch surface), Series Name & Serial Number (Inner switch surface)
• Available Accessories: 26500 Battery Tube – $50

Elm XL Specifications – $130

• Manufactured in Southern California by Element Mods
• Constructed from Solid 303 Stainless Steel
• Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer
• Tri-Post Design
• Oversized Drip Well
• Adjustable Airflow Control
• Adjustable Solid Copper Contact
• Hybrid Threading For Use With Timber or Bonfire
• Removable Top Cap Lid
• Engravings: ‘Element Mods USA’ (Internal Surface Surrounding Contact)
• Diameter: 30mm
• Finish: Brushed Stainless Steel
• Available Accessories: Brushed Naval Brass Cap – $40

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Following the rise of rebuildable dripping atomizers, a subculture within the vaping scene has certainly emerged. The enthusiasts that make up this tight-knit society stay true to their mission which is to constantly pursue the most radical builds with the hopes of generating the largest and most impressive vapor clouds. These ambitious individuals aptly dubbed themselves “cloud chasers,” and what may sound juvenile to some is taken extremely serious by others. Several companies have been formed as a result of the passion behind the cloud chaser’s dedication to massive vapor production. Cloud Kicker Society (CK|S) is one such company, which was established originally as a designer and manufacturer of apparel geared towards the vape community.

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Due to the quick and widespread success of their apparel lines, CK|S soon decided to expand their operations with a goal of introducing high-end hardware to their apparel lineup. What started with the production of stylish drip-tips quickly progressed to much, much more. With the help of Aether Tech’s engineering team, CK|S was able to move from vape accessories to the production of hardware. The byproduct of this collaboration is a 26650 mechanical called The Notorious Mod, which comes complete with a Plume Veil dripping atomizer and a drip-tip to match the device’s eye-catching finish. Every aspect of The Notorious has been designed with cloud chasing in mind, but it takes a closer look to decipher what truly makes the Notorious Mod unique.

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Designed and manufactured entirely in the United States, the materials and craftsmanship for both this device and its accompanying atty are both on point. The Notorious is largely constructed from 360 series brass. This includes the battery tubing, switch housing and the top cap. This type of brass is not only attractive, but also highly conductive. The machining performed on all components of The Notorious have transformed it from a block of brass to a finished product that is precise, and leaves no flaws to speak of.

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Rather different from normal, the Plume Veil is constructed from solid stainless steel. It features a 22mm diameter atomizer deck and a 30mm top cap which enables it to sit flush with the 30mm diameter of The Notorious. Since rebuildable dripping atomizers get fairly hot during use, the design of the Plume Veil has been engineered to abate this. The entire top cap is constructed from highly heat resistant black delrin. In addition to looking really good, the delrin retains far less heat than metal and stays cool to the touch even during periods of heavy use.

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As for its performance and functionality, this collaboration hybrid is a beast! The Notorious features 30mm diameter tubing and utilizes a highly powerful and long-lasting 26650 battery. It has a hybrid-style top cap which enables your atomizer to make a direct connection with the battery. This minimizes the amount of voltage loss and makes The Notorious Mod more efficient operationally than other mods with standard top caps. The Notorious is activated using a spring-loaded bottom-firing switch that can easily be locked with its reverse-threaded locking ring. A negative battery connection is made using an oversized silver plated brass contact. The sheer size of the contact ensures that a stable and efficient connection is made with the battery when the device is activated.

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Just as The Notorious supplies a mammoth amount of power, the Plume Veil is capable of generating copious amounts of vapor. Aether Tech took the standard tri-post design of RDA’s and went a step further. They integrated four posts into the structure of the Plume Veil. With dual coil setups, this enables each positive lead to be anchored individually to a dedicated positive post. However, this opens the door for more elaborate coil configurations, giving enthusiasts plenty to work with in their hunt for huge clouds. To make the setup process slightly more straight forward, all four posts are drilled through which facilitates lead anchoring and ensures a solid connection.

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Every cloud chaser knows that the more airflow an atomizer has, the greater amount of vapor it will produce. Therefore to maximize airflow with the Plume Veil, Aether Tech designed it to have two sets of dual airflow systems. Each of these systems is adjustable which allows you to dial in the perfect amount of ventilation for your build. Additionally, they are located on four sides of the top cap which essentially creates an air vortex and subsequently maximizes the amount of vapor produced. As I mentioned earlier, even if you use insane builds with the Plume Veil it will not overheat because of its delrin top cap.

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Moving on to aesthetics, The Notorious Mod is quite something. The Notorious is available in two drastically different and quite unique finish options, both of which are powder coated brass. The Silver Vein version is powder coated with a mixture of silver and black, creating a splattered look as if the mod was spray painted. Not only does this look unique, but also gives the mod a really interesting texture.

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The second version is called Black Matte due to the black satin powder coating found around the exterior. To give this finish some texture, sets of semi-circles have been cut into the powder coating to reveal the layer of brass below, providing an incredibly captivating look.

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The last visual component of The Notorious is found on the switch. Laser engravings of both company names, a creative combo of the CK|S and Aether Tech logo, and a serial number are located on the surface of the switch. Which adds to the overall aesthetic appeal and unique nature of this device.

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The Plume Veil has a rather simple appearance to it, which enables it to sit nicely on The Notorious. The solid black delrin top cap of the Plume Veil complements both the Silver Vein and Black Matte finishes well. A finishing touch is made by the custom CK|S x Aether Tech mouthpiece, which comes included in the package. The finish of the mouthpiece matches the finish of the device, which completes the setup and makes it undoubtedly eye catching.

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Created for cloud chasers by cloud chasers, The Notorious Mod is a shining example of what can be created by collaborations like the one between Cloud Kicker Society and Aether Tech. When paired together, The Notorious and Plume Veil form a setup that is visually stunning and has jaw dropping performance. Showing up to the next cloud competition with one of these will definitely give you a healthy advantage over the competition while allowing you to stand out from the crowd in style!

The Notorious Mod by CK|S x Aether Tech will be available in-store and online soon! So stay tuned for the release date! 

The Notorious Mod Specifications:

• Manufactured in the United States
• Constructed from 360 Series Brass
• Mechanical Device
• Spring-Loaded Bottom-Firing Switch
• Reverse-Threaded Locking Ring
• Oversized Silver-Plated Brass Negative Contact
• Hybrid Style Top Cap
• Diameter: 30mm
• Battery: 26650
• Laser Engravings: CK|S Logo, Aether Tech Logo, Artwork, Serial Number
• Finish Options: Silver Vein (Black and Silver Powder Coated), Black Matte (Glossy Black Powder Coating with Brass Accents)

Plume Veil Specifications:

• Manufactured in the United States
• Stainless Steel Atomizer Deck
• Heat Resistant Delrin Top Cap
• Two Dual Adjustable Airflow Control Systems
• Quad Post Design
• Drilled Through Posts
• 510 Connector
• Atomizer Diameter: 22mm
• Top Cap Diameter: 30mm
• Includes a Custom CK|S x Aether Tech Mouthpiece in Matching Finish

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The Vapor Flask

August 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Now that modern vaping has been around for a few years, it’s refreshing to see modders and enthusiasts around the world continue to experiment with new hardware designs in an ongoing attempt to improve the mechanics behind electronic cigarettes. Not only does this refine the way cutting edge e-cigs function, but it also results in the creation of some very unique and visually-appealing devices. One such device which will soon be hitting store shelves is the incredibly intelligent and surprisingly different Vapor Flask.

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Upon seeing the Vapor Flask for the first time you will be immediately aware of where its name is derived. If it wasn’t for the buttons, LCD screen, and 510 connector you would think it was a liquor flask. The reason for this design is not for novelty purposes, but in actuality provides several form and functional benefits.The people responsible for the Vapor Flask wanted to create a “box” style mod that was different from the rest and they did just that. Not only does it have a completely unique design, but it’s also one of the most comfortable mods to hold, which is thanks to the Vapor Flask’s ergonomic design. The curved frame of the Vapor Flask allows one side to fit naturally in the palm of your hand while the other side has space for your fingers to rest comfortably, making it very easy to grip. The perfectly rounded edges complement the sides nicely and make the Vapor Flask feel like it belongs in your hand.

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Although the physical structure of the Vapor Flask was well thought out, it is not the only feature of this device that was designed for comfort. The placement of the LCD screen on the top surface makes it incredibly easy to read when the device is being used. In addition, one really nice consideration that was made with the Vapor Flask’s design is that the firing button was positioned perfectly in line with where your index finger rests. This allows for effortless and comfortable activation of this device without having to strain or contort your finger to do so.

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Moving on from the innovative design of the Vapor Flask, the quality of the device and the components used to make it are as good as they get. The design and manufacturing of the Vapor Flask are both performed entirely in the United States. Its frame is constructed from solid 6061 aluminum, which is available in either a clear or gunmetal anodized raw aluminum finish. Both versions have a raw look so that the device maintains its factory appearance for as long as possible, even after being subjected to daily wear and tear.

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Since there are no flat surfaces on the Vapor Flask besides the top and bottom, it was tricky for the mod’s developers to source buttons that fit well with it. As a result of this, they had the buttons custom milled to meet their specifications which allows them to integrate seamlessly with the device. The power up and down buttons are easy to press, but lie flat with the back surface to prevent degrading the smooth feel of this device in the hand. The activation button is curved and protrudes just enough to make it easy to locate without being excessively prominent.

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The design and aesthetics of the Vapor Flask are all well and good, but most importantly how does its performance and functionality stack up? A short answer would be, exceptionally well. Internally, this device has been built versatility, power, and reliability. It is equipped with the highly sophisticated Evolv DNA 30 chip, which is capable of firing atomizers with a resistance down to 0.5 ohms and supply power of up to a whopping 30 watts. Even if you’re running a sub-ohm coil at a high wattage, the Vapor Flask will keep you vaping for an impressive amount of time between charges due to its large integrated battery. Dual Sony VTC 5 batteries make up the engine of this device, each with a capacity of 2600 mAh for a remarkable total of 5200 mAh combined! An atomizer connects to the Vapor Flask via the stainless steel 510 connector and an electrical current is delivered through a spring-loaded brass contact, which ensures that a stable connection is maintained during use.

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Safety is always important and although the DNA 30 already provides several security features, the Vapor Flask has two sets of vents beneath each battery. The device’s serial number  has also been imprinted in between each set of battery vents. One additional appealing design feature of the Vapor Flask is that it has a 22mm profile. Although the device is crescent shaped, this allows your favorite 22mm atomizer to mesh seamlessly with the Vapor Flask, creating a sleek and captivating setup that will surely turn heads.

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Considering its unique ergonomic design, high quality components, enormous battery, and DNA 30 equipped functionality, the Vapor Flask isn’t just another run of the mill device. Just as its designers intended, the Vapor Flask is truly a different mod, offering vape enthusiasts a device that is incredibly comfortable and a pleasure to use, whether that be all day or simply for a few hours at a time.

The retail price of the Vapor Flask is $299 & it will be available in-store and online Friday, August 15th, at 11:00 AM PST.

Vapor Flask Specifications

• Designed and Manufactured in the United States by Vapor Flask
• Constructed from Solid 6061 Aluminum
• Variable Wattage Device
• Stainless Steel 510 Connector
• Spring-Loaded Brass Contact
• Custom Milled Aluminum Buttons
• Micro USB Charger
• Pass-Through Capability
• Ergonomic Design
• Battery: Dual Sony VTC 5 (2600 mAh each)
• Top Mounted LCD Display
• Serialized
• 22mm Profile
• Raw Finish
• Finish Options: Clear Anodized, Gunmetal Anodized

Evolv DNA 30 Specifications

• Power Regulated Digital Switch-Mode DC-DC Converter
• Utilizes a Small OLED Display
• Analog or Digital Controls
• Onboard Buttons
• Synchronous Rectification for Maximum Battery Life and Minimal Heat Generation
• Output Power: 7 – 30 Watts
• Output Voltage: 4 – 8.3 Volts
• Output Current: 10 Amps
• Atomizer Resistance: 0.5 – 3.0 Ohms
• Input Voltage: 3.2 – 4.3 Volts
• Input Current: 1.5 – 12 Amps

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The Oros By Aria

August 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Since 2013, the Los Angeles based manufacturing company, Aria has been devoted to providing the vape community with quality hardware and accessories to enjoy! Their diverse team of graphic designers, product designers, and engineers work diligently to develop new and improved products to meet the ever-evolving needs of vapers. With that said, it is our pleasure to introduce you to their latest product, the Oros!

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The Oros mechanical mods are available as either an 18490 dedicated device or an 18650 dedicated device, both of which have been constructed from solid 145 Cu copper. This single tube device also has a subtle curve about it, which allows it to rest comfortably in the hand of any vaper!

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At the base of the device, a representation of the Ouroboros infinity-like symbol of a snake eating its own tail has been engraved; naturally, this ties in to the reasoning behind naming the device the Oros. Both the Aria logo and the device’s unique serial number have been engraved in the center of the bottom button, which allows the overall exterior of the Oros to remain sleek in appearance.

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As a result of the uniquely designed switch, the Oros has a single access battery insert. Which means that the battery itself can only be placed in or removed from the device after removing the top cap. However, the first time you remove the top cap you’ll have the opportunity to appreciate the extremely smooth threading that Aria has produced!

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The switch assembly itself is certainly something to admire. To maintain conductivity and have extremely low voltage drop, the Oros switch has been built in to the device. A small tool with two prongs on it is included with each purchase of the Oros. The prongs on the tool fit in the two holes found next to the engraved Aria logo on the button. Once the button has been removed, the locking ring will thread off of the device. When it comes time for routine maintenance, the provided tool will ensure a hassle-free process to keep your solid copper mod performing at its best!

Oros Specifications
  • Made in Los Angeles, California by Aria
  • Constructed from 145 Cu Copper
  • Height: 96mm
  • Diameter at widest points: 25mm
  • Diameter at slimmest point: 23mm
  • Perimeter of top cap: 25mm ; Tapers to 22mm
  • Dedicated 18490 OR 18650 assembly
  • Top loading battery access
  • Designed for a very low voltage drop
  • Telescopic 510 pin
  • Magnetic firing button
  • Included tool to remove the button
  • Recessed drip well
  • Locking ring
  • Aria logo & Serial # engraved on bottom button
  • Vent holes in bottom button assembly

The Oros by Aria is now available for pre-order in-store and online!

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The BF-99 By Noname Mods

August 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

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The Italy-based Noname Mods stepped into the vape scene with the introduction of their Noname Mod. Since then the company has developed a number of exciting products, such as: the NM Basic, the NoTank Atomizer and the BF-99. The BF-99 is a genesis style atomizer with a few unique features that the vape community will definitely enjoy! Along with its innovative design, this brushed stainless steel atomizer also comes with a sleek drip-tip and two tank options. One of which is a frosted tank that displays the Noname Mods logo, and the other is a clear tank without any branding.

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Once you remove the top cap to this genesis, the BF-99′s unique features become quite clear. The first thing you’ll notice is the bright white finish found on the atomizer deck. The clean, crisp color is actually a ceramic coating that’s also been applied to the reduced air flow chamber found within the top-cap itself.

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Not long after you begin inspecting this genesis, the question of how to fill it will inevitable come up. On the BF-99, the negative post actually doubles as a fill port. Which allows the atty’s sleek exterior to remain in-tact and free of any holes aside from the adjustable airflow. However, a needle-nose bottle or something similar will be needed to fill the tank with e-liquid.

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On the center of the atomizer deck you’ll find two small holes which have been implemented to provide bottom fed airflow directly under the coil. The airflow is channeled from a hole found on the side of the atomizer deck, which can easily be adjusted by turning the top cap. You also have the ability to use your choice of stainless steel mesh, silica, or cotton! Regardless of which wicking material you choose, the BF-99 performs consistently from one to the next!

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One of the most appreciated features found on the BF-99 is the user-friendly experience it provides. Whether you’re swapping out one tank for another or doing some routine maintenance on the atty’s internals, by simply unthreading the stainless steel base, you’ve got complete access to the bottom half of your atty! The BF-99 also has an adjustable 510 connection, which ensures hassle-free positive contact on most devices! Another successful design feature of this genesis is something every vaper can appreciate! The BF-99 doesn’t leak. Laying it on its side or placing it upside down won’t cause e-liquid to pour out. So you can confidently place the BF-99 in a pocket or handbag without having to worry about a mess!

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From top to bottom, the BF-99 has a ton of design elements that were well thought out and are a joy to experience. Without the drip-tip, this compact genesis atomizer stands at 39.7mm. With the drip-tip, it’s just a bit taller than a standard 18490 battery. Which makes this very capable atty even more appealing! Whether you typically run a device in 18650 mode, or prefer a compact setup, the BF-99 can be placed on any device and do exactly what it’s intended to without adding dramatic length!

BF-99 Specifications:

  • Made in Italy by Noname Mods
  • Material: Brushed stainless steel
  • Diameter: 22mm
  • Height: 39.7 mm (without drip-tip)
  • Drip-tip included
  • 2 glass tanks included (frosted & clear)
  • Build with mesh, silica/ekowool, or cotton
  • Adjustable airflow
  • Ceramic coated build deck
  • Ceramic coated reduced chamber top cap
  • Adjustable brass positive pin

The BF-99 by Noname Mods will be available in-store and online tomorrow, Friday August 8th, at 11:ooam PST.

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The Skeleton Key

August 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Over the past few years vaping has undergone a drastic transformation, evolving from a small industry with simple and sometimes lackluster hardware into a global business with a plethora of both ornate and technologically advanced products. The lack of a local vape shop hardly exists anymore, as brick and mortars have been developed on what seems like every street across the nation. The upside to the saturation is that e-cig products are readily available for those who wish to transform their lifestyle and leave cigarettes behind. The downside is that many of the companies involved with e-cigs appear to have lost sight of the passion and emotional aspects that used to instill such a high level of pride amongst members of the vape community. This being said, the Skeleton Key has slyly snuck onto the scene, shining like a beacon of hope for vape enthusiasts around the world to appreciate.

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The Skeleton Key was originally conceptualized as a high-quality mechanical mod with a touch of style and nothing more. That idea was quickly discarded when the creative geniuses behind the device opted to team up with a legendary artist who they refer to as “Marquis.” This skilled gentleman is a true artist in every sense of the word: he is extremely talented, knows exactly what he likes, and has a desire for his work to carry deep meaning while stimulating introspective thought. Inspired by the passionate ideas presented by Marquis, the Skeleton Key project quickly morphed into something far greater than just another mod.

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One of the Skeleton Key’s creators is a collector of authentic skeleton keys as well as elaborate old locks. His appreciation for the idea behind a skeleton key and its mystical properties influenced the decision to design a device around the same principles possessed by these seemingly magical keys. As a mod, the Skeleton Key was created to resemble and represent whatever you want it to. The symbology found with the device’s engravings and physical structure are not intended to be interpreted in any one correct way. Each owner of the Skeleton Key will develop their own individual thoughts as to the meaning behind the artwork and why it looks the way it does. This is one aspect that makes it such a fantastic device. Most devices either work for you, or they don’t, and that’s where the story ends. The Skeleton Key, however, is unique in its ability to invigorate the imagination.

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I don’t own a Skeleton Key, although I was lucky enough to have some time to analyze the device for myself. After being mesmerized by the intricacies of its engraved artwork, I started to get lost in the device. The longer I stared, the more captivated I was by it. Even though I am not able to use one as a daily device, I was still able to form my own interpretation of what the Skeleton Key means to me. I personally view the Skeleton Key as a gateway. With the device unlocked I am able to set myself free from the shackles of a tobacco-infested existence. It makes me feel proud to be a vaper, especially knowing that I’ll never need a cigarette again. In my opinion, the Skeleton Key is an empowering mechanical mod that has a somewhat euphoric effect since very few people get the opportunity to even hold one of these museum-quality pieces. That being said, if you become a Skeleton Key owner then you will undoubtedly form your own interpretation of the device.

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Speaking of artwork, the Skeleton Key features several incredibly precise laser engravings. It would do them a disservice to try and describe them with words, but I can say that you can look closely at this mod for a long time without becoming bored. Each piece of engraved art was drawn by Marquis specifically for the Skeleton Key and there is even a “secret” engraving which will become noticeable if you have a keen eye. This is another unique feature of the device, it sparks curiosity and even after months of use you will continue to discovers things you had never noticed before.

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Setting aside all the mystery and grandeur of the Skeleton Key, it happens to also be a highly functional device. Housed within its 23mm frame are silver-plated copper contacts, the positive of which is telescopic to compensate for variations in battery length and ensure a stable connection is made at all times.

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The Skeleton Key’s switch is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. The internal switch housing is constructed from brass, providing efficient conductivity. Although the switch itself is spring-loaded, the floating locking ring is powered by an innovative magnet system. This not only gives the locking mechanism an extremely fluid operation, but also allows the Skeleton Key to be locked quickly regardless of whether the ring is rotated counterclockwise or clockwise. The locking ring also has some symbolic significance since physically it resembles castle gates or windows. When closed (locked) nothing can be seen, however when open (unlocked) small engravings become visible. This is open for interpretation, but these engravings may represent more than simply an indication as to whether the device is locked or unlocked.

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The final touches to the Skeleton Key are made by the luxurious packaging which resembles that of a high-end watch. Each elegant box also includes an engraved metal authenticity card. These are small additions in the grand scheme of things, but they solidify the feeling that when you purchase a Skeleton Key you’re getting much more than a mechanical mod alone. Upon presentation of the Skeleton Key you’ll experience feelings akin to being initiated into an exclusive club where personality is paramount and superficiality is extinct. Which I appreciate more than I can simply express. So what doors will the Skeleton Key open for you?

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Skeleton Key Specifications

• Manufactured in California by Skeleton Key
• Constructed from Solid 303 Grade Stainless Steel with Brass Components
• Mechanical Device
• Silver-Plated Copper Contacts
• Spring-Loaded Bottom-Firing Switch
• Floating Magnetic Locking Ring with 360 Degree Action and Image Indicator
• Artwork Drawn by “Marquis”
• Diameter: 23mm
• Laser Engravings
• Serialized
• Battery Tubes: 18350, 18490 (Extension), 18650 (Extension)
• Engraved Metal Authenticity Card
• Luxury Packaging and Storage Box

 The Skeleton Key will be available in-store and online tomorrow, August 2nd, at 11:00am PST.

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The Mutant V2 by Fall Out Mods

July 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Many vape enthusiasts take their hardware very seriously. When it comes to devices, some people are selective with how a mod looks, others prefer devices made from particular types of metals, and then there are those individuals who select a device based on its size. On the topic of size, the latest trend is for vapers to have devices ranging from the ultra compact to monolithic behemoths. The American made Mutant V2 by Fall Out Mods fits nicely into the latter region of this sizing scale.

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Constructed entirely in the USA out of heavy-duty 316 grade stainless steel, the Mutant V2 is rugged yet surprisingly streamlined for a 26650 mod. Although it carries a considerable heft, it has a quite comfortable feel in the hand. Its size alone makes quite a statement, however this is balanced well with clean aesthetic elements. The Mutant V2 boasts of a single tube design which has been meticulously machined to provide a perfectly brushed finish. The visual qualities of this elegant device are subtly embellished by an engraving of the Mutant logo near the top of the battery tube.

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The Mutant V2 was built for performance and durability, no question about it. Within its thick stainless steel walls lie components that allow for this mod to deliver relentless power. Both the positive and negative contacts are formed from a nickel-bronze alloy. This formulation of metals provides uninhibited conductivity and is also highly resistant to oxidation. Reliable battery and atomizer connection is ensured by the massive size of the contacts and due to the fact that the positive contact has telescopic functionality.

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Along with the incredible operational longevity provided by a 26650 battery, the Mutant V2 utilizes a recessed magnetic switch that consistently fires every time it is activated. The device has a 30mm diameter, but Fall Out Mods wanted the Mutant V2 to look good with smaller sized atomizers. To accomplish this they designed the top cap to taper down to 22mm. This enables the device to look stellar with any 22mm atomizer!

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The Mutant V2 may have a relatively large size, but it has a lot to offer fans of smaller devices as well. With its clean look, durable construction, and reliable functionality, the Mutant V2 negotiates the fine line between appealing aesthetics and high end performance. As a result of this, the Mutant V2 is sure to amaze even the shrewdest of vape enthusiasts.

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Mutant V2 Specifications:

• Manufactured in the USA by Fall Out Mods
• Constructed from solid 316 grade stainless steel
• Mechanical device
• Nickel-bronze alloy contacts
• Telescopic positive contact
• Recessed bottom-firing switch
• Magnetic switch
• Diameter: 30 mm
• Tapered top cap (tapers to 22 mm)
• Milled engravings: Mutant logo on tubing and switch
• Battery size: 26650
• Finish: Machine brushed stainless steel

The Mutant V2 by Fall Out Mods will be available in-store and online Friday, August 1st, at 11:00am PST.

The following stores will also be releasing the Mutant V2 this Friday:

UNITED STATES
ARKANSAS
Native Vapors – Little Rock

CALIFORNIA
RJvapes, Inc – Anaheim
Vape Up USA – Chula Vista
Beyond Vape - Downey
Fresno Vapor – Fresno
Dynamic Vapor - Garden Grove

COLORADO
Vapor Source – Pueblo

HAWAII
24 Hour Vapes – Aiea

ILLINOIS
Vape – Chicago

MARYLAND
The Vapevine - Millersville

MINNESOTA
Lake Effect Vapor - Duluth

OHIO
Good Smaug Vapor Lounge – Beavercreek

TEXAS
Pure Cloud Vapor – Killeen

WASHINGTON
Maxx Vape – Puyallup
Beyond Vape – Seatlle

WISCONSIN
EVapor of Appleton - Appleton

EUROPE
FRANCE
My Free Cig – Online Retailer

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