Adapter Tutorial for Apollo Vtube Stainless/Chrome/Copper
by, 05-20-2012 at 03:20 AM (1848 Views)
Ok, so you've gotten your snazzy, shiny, new Apollo VTube, and are loving every minute of it. Except.... well, maybe it would be better sometimes if the draw weren't quite so 'airy', and if all your 'ego' cartos screwed on. There's a lot of adapters in vape-land, and choosing the right one to 'tighten up' the draw on your carto choice can be a little confusing, especially if you're new to vaping. So here's a photo tutorial walking you through 3 types of adapters, and which carto choices they're best with. And then YOU can decide how you want your new Apollo VTube to look.. and how you want it to vape.
First, we're taking a look at these three common adapters. I've cut to the chase and put the results of this experiment right in the bottom caption, so if you only use one kind of carto, you can see right here which would be the best choice for you. Again, this didn't cover every adapter ever made, but I focused on some basic ones that you can find at most well stocked vape shops. Apollo is planning to carry a version of some of these in the very near future, I believe. These 'close up' photos of adapters, themselves, will be useful if you're trying to see if a vendor carries one of these guys. You can't really tell from this top view, but the center adapter has fluted sides on the exterior. There is a version of this adapter with straight sides, and that may very well work on other cartos. But this fluted one is quite different, as you can see in later photos.
First... 3.5ml Tank Cone aka 3.5ml Short Cone. Here it is with a 3.5ml Dual Coil Tank, by Smoktech. The arrow points directly to the adapter, so you can see how much adapter is 'visible' with each set up.
Next, same adapter with a 5.5-6ml Dual Coil Tank. Apollo makes a lovely version of this specially made for this PV, so if you haven't tried a Dual Coil Tank yet, that's a great option.
I know there's been some debate about which Vision tanks/clearomizers will screw on to the metal Vtubes, but these three versions work beautifully on it. Here we see them with the same adapter... the 3.5ml Tank Cone.
And a surprise. I expected the 6ml DCT Tank Cone to be perfect. Didn't happen that way... at least not with this sort of curvy 'flared' model. I literally couldn't get any tank to screw in with that adapter (and I tried 7 models).
Here's a xl Smoketech carto with/without the 3.5ml Tank Cone adapter. As you can see, you can barely see it. Its much the same for all of the tanks with that 3.5ml Tank Cone... adapter is barely noticeable. Nice that the adapter isn't 'intrustive' looking, since the pv looks so terrific. Ok, so mine looks a little funny with the chrome cap and the stainless body, but Apollo is taking great care of me, and getting it switched out, asap. lol
Ok, now on to the next adapter... This one is the '510 to 510 shorty'. These are also available in the reg size, and those will work just fine for all the same cartos. The extra few mm will just make your carto a lil bit taller. Here we see it with the large size tank.... it works. Doesn't look all that fabulous, but it definitely makes the draw tighter. The 3.5ml Tank Cone seems to be the best choice for the DCTs, any way you cut it.
The 510 to 510 shorty doesn't look too bad with a 1.7ohm Smoktech single coil (in the standard xl aka dual coil carto size). And if you vape a shorter 510 carto, such as a standard size Boge 2.0 or 3.0, or a Smoketech 'shorty', then this may be a look you like with your carto.
Ok, now onto something important for all you Ego clearo lovers. As you may or may not have discovered yet, much of the Joye and Riva brand ego stuff works just great on the all metal Vtubes. However, due to a tiny blip in the design, a few of the 'specialty' third party ego cartos/clearos won't screw on. It needs a few mm of added height to the 510 connection, and they work perfectly. Here we see the ego CE4 aka ego 'stardust' carto, with the metal skirt that prevents it from screwing onto most non-ego gear, as well as the adapter that will make it work.
You can see how flawless your Vtube will look with that same adapter we saw above. So yes... you do have to use an adapter. But chances are, you'd want a slightly tighter draw, anyway, and with this adapter you get the best of both worlds... and its invisible once the carto is screwed on.
So there you have it.... All the common carto types, either shown off on the adapters that look great, function, and tighten up the draw flawlessly, or a bit about why it won't work. I've had a few vapers tell me it seems backwards. The '510 to 510 shorty' adapter is the perfect choice if you use ego cartos that will or will not screw onto the pv with no adapter, to tighten up the draw. And for pretty much everything else, imo, the '3.5ml Tank Cone' aka 3.5ml Tank Short Cone is the clear winner. Luckily, you can get these adapters at a ton of places, so you might just be able to toss em in with your next purchase of juice or cartos. But I've used these vendors, and they're solid. And we'll cross our fingers that Rob at Apollo lets us know when they get stock of these adapters in, as well. You often have a choice, when buying the '510 to 510 shorty adapter' as to whether you want sealed or unsealed (ie:tiny hole at bottom of 510 connection). Some places only carry one or the other. I didn't have an unsealed one handy, but I'm guessing that it would probably make the draw a little less 'tight' than the sealed adapter, so do consider that when buying yours. Another note... it is possible that the 5.5-6ml Tank Cone with the straight up and down sides, just like the 3.5ml tank cone, but with a wider flange/lip on the top, may work great with the larger tanks. I didn't have one, so I can't report on that. I do know that the one I tried, with the flared top, didn't work with anything but plain old 510 cartos, and looked a little odd. Hopefully someone who has one of those 'straight sided' large tank cones will let us know. The first 3 shops I checked were all sold out of these things when I went to get these links. So if they're sold out, just try somewhere else. They're a very common item. If you're NOT SURE if an adapter you find somewhere else is correct or not, feel free to pm me, or ask in the 'Lavatoob Noob' thread I set up to answer questions. And yes... these are the Vtubes from Apollo, but there's lots of 'lavatubes' by any other name floating around, and their owners need help, too. lol
Here's the Vaping Zone '510 to 510 Shorty' Adapter
510 Shorty Extension Sealed - E Cig : Joye eGo & eGo-T | Boge Leo | Cartomizers | E-Liquid | Electronic Cigarettes | eGo Tank
And here's the Litecigusa '3.5ml DCT Tank Cone'
EGO Stainless Steel 3.5ml DCT Tank Cone
There's a few other less common adapters, and I'd love to know if they work or not. So if you have a different one, please feel free to post a photo of the adapter, and one with the carto/tank it works well with. I'm sure it will come in handy to someone.
Ok, so I hope that clears up any adapter related confusion. lol Feel free to pm or stop into the Noob thread if you have any question about your Vtube/lavatube/ whataver tube and any accessories or devices you wanna use on it. There's a bunch of experienced vapers who will help as best we can.
Lavatube Noob Thread - ??? about LAVATUBES and Accessories for them...Post your questions here....
Apollo update thread is also very helpful.
News about the New Apollo Stainless steel vtube - Part 2
Here's wishing you Happy VV Vaping!