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  1. StephLK

    StephLK Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 11, 2010
    Raleigh, NC
    Recommendations Please!

    I loved this mod, but after 4 years needed to retire it due to shortened battery life.
    Wismec/Jaybo RX mini
    Reuleaux RXmini Kit

    Bought this one next from Vape Wild and really enjoyed it, but after 3 months it completely stopped charging and wouldn't turn on. Never got wet and never dropped. Just very poorly made. That was money thrown away.
    Geek Vape Aegis Mini
    Geekvape Aegis Mini 80W Starter Kit

    Got this one next, and it's been great, but the charging port has broken. Vapor DNA was great and they're sending a full refund.
    VAPORESSO LUXE NANO 80W TC
    Vaporesso LUXE NANO 80W TC Starter Kit – VaporDNA

    So, now I need something new and am looking for advice for what to get. I really like the "mini" mods, but a long lasting battery and durability is very important too.

    I would really appreciate suggestions.

    Thank you!
     
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  2. G and C

    G and C Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 3, 2014
    California
    If it were me, I would be buying a mod that has a replaceable battery so that when the battery goes bad, you don't lose the entire mod. My immediate thought goes to the Aegis Solo, but since you had a bad experience with the Aegis Mini, I wouldn't blame you if you didn't want to go that route. The Solo is virtually the same size as the Mini, just a tad longer. Maybe an iStick Pico might work for you, I've had good luck with those, and they're nice and compact as well.

    That being said, I own three Aegis Minis, and have for the last year and a half or so. They are my daily carriers, go everywhere with me topped with Berserkers. I've had no issues with them whatsoever, and they have been dropped in water among other things. I really like them because they are waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof, and they are the reason I stocked up on Aegis Solos for the upcoming Vapocalypse.
     
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  3. CaveFurby

    CaveFurby Super Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 24, 2015
    The Jackeroo mod, the Asmodus Almighty and the Asmodus Colossal also come to mind, all fine mods, well built.
     
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  4. Falconeer

    Falconeer Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 27, 2015
    Hawick, Scotland.
    OK they are now seen as Old Hat, and they don't have a lot of style nor bragging rights but if you like internal batteries and don't need power over 30 watts then the iStick 30w is still worth consideration.

    They happily run Nauti Minis, Zeniths/Zlides and Drippers and my oldest one ( the black one ) is well dinged, the chrome is yellowing and the black's fading to dark grey but it's four and a half years old, has travelled with me all over Europe, has been charged in houses, the car and in many continental bars via its cord and it still delivers day after day.

    I've always been careful with the charging ports though.

    Paraphrasing the old Timex advert - "They've took a licking but are still ticking!"


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  5. DaveP

    DaveP PV Master & Musician ECF Veteran

    May 22, 2010
    Central GA
    I agree with Falconeer. You can't beat an iStick 30W, 40W, or 75W. Sometimes, you can find them for as low as $19.99 and for a MTL vaper they are a great deal. I like the 75w model because the battery is user replaceable, but all are good for pocket carry.
     
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  6. Eskie

    Eskie ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 6, 2016
    NY
    When you get something with a replaceable battery, which you should, get an external charger. They charge better than a typical mod’s charging circuit, especially if it’s a multi-battery mod, but also prevent wear and tear on the usb plug on the mod. Those are notoriously known to fail with regular use. Obviously with a built in battery you have no choice, but with a replaceable that’s another point of failure you can avoid.
     
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  7. Baditude

    Baditude ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Apr 8, 2012
    Ridgeway, Ohio
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  8. StephLK

    StephLK Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 11, 2010
    Raleigh, NC
    Thank you all so much for the advice!
    I really want to buy from VaporDNA. They had awesome service last time I purchased from them and they offer an extended warranty for a low price. Being able to depend on that warranty is great security!

    I like the idea of going with external batteries. I'll have to read through everything to figure out which ones to get and what charger to get, but it sounds like a step up from what I'm doing now. I doubt the charging port of my current Vapresso would have broken without me vaping while it was plugged in.

    Unfortunately, many of the suggestions are out of stock.
    They do have these two from GeekVape (which I am willing to try again since there is the warranty):
    GeekVape Aegis X 200W Starter Kit and Box Mod | Mesh Sub-Ohm Tank – VaporDNA
    GeekVape Aegis Squonk 100W Starter Kit | RDA Kit, Modular Device – VaporDNA

    They also have these in stock. Anyone have any experience with them?
    SMOK G PRIV 3 230W TC and TFV16 Lite Tank Kit | Vape Starter Kit – VaporDNA
    VooPoo DRAG 2 177W | Vaping Devices – VaporDNA
    Rincoe Mechman 228W Starter Kit and Mod | Mesh Starter Kit – VaporDNA
    Wismec Luxotic Surface BF Kit and Mod | Squonk Mod – VaporDNA
    VooPoo Alpha ZIP 180W TC Starter Kit | Vape Kits – VaporDNA
     
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  9. BrotherBob

    BrotherBob ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Dec 24, 2014
    Sunnyvale,CA,USA
    These are all fine mods provided they fit your atomizer and personal requirements.
    Could ask about VooPoo in:
    Voopoo
    For general questions regarding other mod manufacturers, might want to try the search function in upper right hand corner of this post. Google and You Tube can be also great informational sources. Could type in "Smok G priv 3 problems".
     
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  10. Eskie

    Eskie ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 6, 2016
    NY
    I would strike anything Smok off your list. Really, if you’re concerned about failure rates that stuff sets the standard for how quickly can a mod break.

    You’re also mixing regular mod and tank systems with squonk systems. I love squonks, but you should read up on them in the Liquid APV section here so you have a better idea what you’re getting into.
     
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  11. stols001

    stols001 Mistress of the Dark Nicotinic Arts Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    May 30, 2017
    Geekvape stuff is nice.

    I don't know how you vape exactly so not sure exactly what to recommend other than YES not a built in battery.

    Anna
     
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  12. StephLK

    StephLK Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 11, 2010
    Raleigh, NC
    Thanks for the information. I honestly don't know what sqonk is...I just thought or was a product name. Haha

    I've never had external batteries before, so I think is rather go with a familiar tank. Try one new thing at a time. I did egos for over 5 years and pens before that. I don't change often.

    I wish Vapor DNA had more in stock or I knew of another company that offered the $14 two year warranty.

    I'm worried I'll pick something, and get the wrong battery/ charger to go with it.

    So, based on your advice, I'll looking at these, right?

    GeekVape Aegis X 200W Starter Kit and Box Mod | Mesh Sub-Ohm Tank – VaporDNA

    VooPoo DRAG 2 177W | Vaping Devices – VaporDNA

    Rincoe Mechman 228W Starter Kit and Mod | Mesh Starter Kit – VaporDNA

    Rincoe Mechman 228W Starter Kit and Mod | Mesh Starter Kit – VaporDNA

    VooPoo Alpha ZIP 180W TC Starter Kit | Vape Kits – VaporDNA
     
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  13. Don29palms

    Don29palms Moved On ECF Veteran

    Sep 12, 2014
    joshua tree, ca
    It's very probable the 2 year warranty will be useless after may 2020 anyway.
     
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  14. G and C

    G and C Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 3, 2014
    California
    That Aegis X, while a very nice mod, will probably not fit what you were looking for in the “mini” category. The rest of them I have no experience with so I couldn’t tell you.
     
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  15. stols001

    stols001 Mistress of the Dark Nicotinic Arts Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    May 30, 2017
    Don't do a kit,. Are you a MTL vaper? Then much of what you have listed may be useless to you.

    I would get an Ages solo if you don't want a ton of power. Durable and light.

    As far as tanks, if you want a MTL drop in tank I would probably get a Zenith to go on top.

    But kits are often not going to give you what you want. You will like the mod, hate the tank or vice versa etc.

    Anna
     
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  16. StephLK

    StephLK Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 11, 2010
    Raleigh, NC
    Thanks Anna. I've always gotten kits so I don't have to think of everything I need to buy, but what you say makes sense, as long as everything I choose works together.

    I've been vaping over a decade (quit smoking in 09), but never have learned much about it. What is MTL?

    I've been good with the power of my previous minis, and I don't know that I'd mind more power. Definitely wouldn't want to go with less.

    Unfortunately Vapor DNA is out of stock for solos and I'd really like to take advantage of their warranty, especially if trying another geek vape product, since the first geek vape product I tried died in 3 months.

    I do need to make a decision soon and don't have time to wait to see if it comes back in stock. Im using my very old jaybo now. It doesn't hold a charge much anymore, but it was good while it lasted!
     
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  17. Frenchfry1942

    Frenchfry1942 Chillin' Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 12, 2014
    Like Anna said, take your time and decide what YOU want. I need 2 x 18650 batteries each day. So I change a battery rather getting two whole vaporizer to switch between.

    it is easy once you get used to it. Even became something of a hobby.I

    101vape has worked very well.

    good luck
     
  18. G and C

    G and C Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 3, 2014
    California
    What wattage do you vape at and on what resistance coils?
     
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  19. StephLK

    StephLK Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 11, 2010
    Raleigh, NC
    I had the Vaporesso LUXE NANO 80W TC with Vaporesso QF Replacement Coils 0.2 ohm.

    Currently using my old Wismec/Jaybo RX mini with the same coils at 60w. It's old, so not quite as much power as the Vaporesso.
     
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  20. G and C

    G and C Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 3, 2014
    California
    I’m gonna have to assume that at .2 and 80w, you’re vaping DL (direct lung) so I’ll let someone else help you with a tank recommendation. I’m exclusively MTL (mouth to lung), so I’m pretty much doing the opposite of you in that regard. I feel that my mod recommendations hold true though.
     
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