Review - Gotvapes Phoenix Bottom-Coil Clearomizer (808 & 510 Versions)
by, 07-03-2012 at 12:58 AM (833 Views)
After watching some videos on YouTube (specifically the one by Steeljan), I was intrigued by these clearomizers and headed over to gotvapes.com to check them out. The first thing I noticed was that they offered them in not only a 510 connection, but also in 808! Since I recently fell in love with the Volt from Smokeless Image (review to come), I was particularly excited to try the 808 version of these on my volt batteries.
The second thing I noticed was that they offer them in two different ohm ratings (2.4-2.6ohm and 2.6-2.8ohm). I decided to order a package of both the 510 and 808 versions in the 2.4-2.6ohm range.
Initial impressions - the clearomizers come in packs of five along with a rubber mouthpiece, filling syringe and blunt tip needle (kind of like a mini version of a printer ink filling syringe). There is also a full-color instruction card in the box for filling them, but having watched Steeljan's video, I already knew that I had to fill them upside down to ensure that they didn't leak.
Filling them was dead-simple, but noobs might be a little intimidated using a syringe to fill them. I filled one of each (510 and 808) with Smokeless Image's Desert Joe e-juice, and they truly did not leak a drop! I put the 510 on my TW Torpedo VVV (Lavatube), and the 808 on a 78mm Volt battery.
Performance - Both versions performed exceptionally well. Plumes of vapor, pure flavor and perfect draw, with not a bit of gurgling. The draw on the 510 seems a bit more airy to me than the 808. As someone that likes a slightly tighter draw, I liked the 808 better in this respect.
From my experience, the wicking on these clearomizers works very well with PG ratios of 70% or higher. I tested one with a 50/50 blend and started getting dry hits. It seemed to me the thicker juice wasn't wicking into the coil fast enough to keep up with my vaping. I haven't tried thinning the 50/50 juice down, but that could help with wicking.
Another thing I noticed was that the performance of the Phoenix seems to be best at 4v or lower. taking my lavatube any higher than 4v resulted in dry hits and "off" flavors. I haven't tried the higher ohm rated versions, but I suspect they would hold up better to increases in voltage. The sweet spot on these (at least for me) is between 3.4v and 3.8v
I also completely took one apart, cleaned it with hot water and re-assembled it. The clearomizer worked perfectly and didn't leak a drop. For those of us that like to get the best bang for our buck, this reusability is a bonus.
Overall, I have to say that these are some of the best cartos/clearos that I have used to date. They are easy to fill, vape like a dream at lower voltages (both flavor and vapor), and are completely reusable. For the $11.95 price tag for a pack of 5, I think these are a heck of a deal. Here's how I rate them on a 5 point scale, 5 being best.
Ease of use: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4.67/5