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Vladdin RE

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  1. GOMuniEsq

    GOMuniEsq Self-Proclaimed Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 25, 2012
    Alberta, Canada
    Sometimes gunk like this works its way up into the chimney.
    gunk.jpg
    Ick!
     
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  2. GOMuniEsq

    GOMuniEsq Self-Proclaimed Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 25, 2012
    Alberta, Canada
    Just noticed an off flavor in the pod I installed on the Monday the 4th. So lifespan is about 2 weeks with moderate use.
     
  3. My Batt Hurts

    My Batt Hurts Super Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 25, 2017
    UK
    Sorry for the awkward question, but do you know roughly how much liquid you've put through that pod? I've a bit of a cheek in asking since I don't really keep track, but I gather it's a useful metric.
     
  4. GOMuniEsq

    GOMuniEsq Self-Proclaimed Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 25, 2012
    Alberta, Canada
    No problem. As it happens I opened a new bottle for that pod and it's 1/3 empty. So 10mL.
     
  5. My Batt Hurts

    My Batt Hurts Super Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 25, 2017
    UK
    Thanks for that! I'll try a flavoured liquid and see how long it lasts. Unflavoured so far and it's been holding up well, but I guess it should.
     
  6. sycojt

    sycojt New Member

    Feb 6, 2019
    Yes, this what i was referring to in an older thread. Is this normal? because sometimes it ends up spitting back and it is really disgusting.
     
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  7. GOMuniEsq

    GOMuniEsq Self-Proclaimed Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 25, 2012
    Alberta, Canada
    Yeah you're going to get condensed vapor in the chimney after a bit of use. I just dab it with a twisted strip of tissue.
     
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  8. Brewdawg1181

    Brewdawg1181 Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 30, 2017
    Metro ATL
    Okay, I see this thread is pretty dead, but it seemed to be the Vladdin thread with the most pages. Makes it easier for someone looking it up to have most posts in the same thread, I think.

    I won one of these a while back, and wasn't giving it much hope. Halfway thru the first pod, it just quit firing. Light came on, but it wasn't firing. They sent me a pack of replacement pods, and apparently the pod was the problem. Kudos to @Vladdinvapor_Alisa , because it was a win - I didn't pay for it, so they really didn't have to do anything for me.

    For reference, I do mtl, generally all vg, all NET, 15mg freebase (salts are just too smooth to give me TH I need). I use a True MTL tank, usually around 8-10W. No other pod really did it for me so far, even when I tried salts, increased nic, etc.

    At first, it was really muted flavor. I liked everything about it, but thought it just wouldn't work for me - weak flavor, no TH. But what others say is true - this pod needs to break in. I mixed something with 25mg freebase, 50/50, with 1/2 Hangsen Tab & 1/2 NET, to give it a chance to last a little. After about 20 hits, it was pretty wow. This was a great hit, with pretty good flavor.

    After the first fill, I realized that I had to drop down the pg. I like it, but can't tolerate much, and I was really hitting this thing alot- at times more than my True, because it was that good. It just hits really, really good. No struggle to time everything, pace of draw, to get a good hit every time.

    I'm on the 4th fill now, and I've got to tell you, I've never had a pod last through so many refills. It still tastes great. I'm just really liking this.

    But...maybe even the best thing: I just LOVE draw activated. I figure conservatively- 25 cigarettes a day x 365 x 45 year x 12 hits per cig, I've taken over 5 million hits that were "draw activated" on a cigarette. This is nice, having a device that has a good draw mechanism, just perfect draw, that works. My brain doesn't want to time a button, but just draw, and this is the best one I've tried. That includes NJoy, Infinix, Fit, Suorin Air, Vaporesso Zero, Innokin EQ, Juul, Nord, Orion, Frenzy, HCigar Akso, VooPoo Roto, Justfog Minifit, and probably some I've forgotten.

    Pros:
    • Draw activated, just about perfect mtl
    • Easy fill, on top so leakage concerns minimized
    • Nice size & shape, lightweight. Awesome to have a device about the size of a Juul, that delivers a MUCH better vape, with my juice.
    • Decent battery life for device its size
    • Low cost pods, easy to find replacements
    • Comfortable mouthpiece - unlike some pods that you have to insert an entire duck-bill into your mouth.
    • Tolerate NET better than any pod I've found
    • Pods last better than any I've found
    • Most important: just delivers a really solid, consistent hit every time. Pretty huge output for a device like this.
    Cons:
    • No battery life indicator. But really, this doesn't bother me- you can't expect much life out of a device this size anyway
    • A little condensation within the pod. Have to swab it periodically, like any pod, but this one is a little deep, so it might be a little harder than some.
    • First pod didn't work right, so maybe consistent QC wasn't quite there yet.
    I'll be using this one for a while, and am ordering more pods. And if it continues to be this good, I'll buy a backup.
     
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  9. United States

    United States Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 17, 2018
    RVA
    A bit over a year ago I decided to reduce my smoking. In the vaping stone age I had tried a cigalike and it worked, but reliability caused me to give up on vaping. Plus the experience was awful. Each drag was torture, but I didn't smoke much.

    Things had progessed a lot in ten years so I jumped back in. Trying device after device, nothing was getting it done so one day I found my old Fuma and some unused cartridges and gave it a go. More torture. No thanks. Yet I knew the benchmark I sought after was still the same. I was shown the Vaporesso Zero and that was pretty close. All other gear got stashed away after going weeks idle. For about 6 months the Zero was it for me. That is until the day my first RE arrived.

    Now my Zeros tag along as backups. At first it was the RE and 3 Zeros. After a few days it was one Zero in case the RE failed on me. The other day my backup RE arrived. Titanium. It ended relegating my original black one to backup status. And at one point I noticed I had forgotten to bring a Zero.

    But the most charming aspect was that I was choosing the RE over a cigarette numerous times each day. My goal has been to reduce smoking, not stop completely. There have been times I was walking around the construction site with my cigarettes in my pocket but walked 100 yards up a steep hill, back to my truck to get the RE instead. Tadah!!

    In the evenings when I have a couple of smokes I reach for RE instead. I never did that without thinking about it with any other device. I subconsciously opt for the RE at times when I can smoke. And that is with a 6 strength 70 percent vg juice. The original pod was still going ok after about 10 days but I opted for another flavor, so I began a new cartridge. It was a 3 strength, but after an hour I was chain vaping and looking for a cigarette so I dumped it out and put in a 6 that was different from the flavor in the original pod. A few drags later no more wanting a cigarette.

    For me, morning coffee and cigarettes go hand in hand. But with the RE, I prefer the aftertastes of coffee and the berry flavor now over the yuck of bitter coffee and burnt tobacco.

    Finding the right tool was the first hurdle. Finding the right nic strength was next, then the flavor my subconcious longed for over burnt tobacco taste engraned in my psyche for 40 years was the cherry on top.
     
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  10. GOMuniEsq

    GOMuniEsq Self-Proclaimed Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 25, 2012
    Alberta, Canada
    Thanks for reviving this thread. Update: 4 month in.

    The latest batch of pods perform much better than the previous ones. The condensation in the chimney isn't a problem any more, and neither do I have to swab the contacts daily. Vladdin has done a stealth refinement on both the units and the pods which has addressed many of the complaints from older reviews.
     
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  11. Brewdawg1181

    Brewdawg1181 Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 30, 2017
    Metro ATL
    Yes, I really liked the Zero- size, shape, weight. Except draw wasn't sensitive enough. Had to draw too hard on it to activate it to work well for me. Not sure how long the pods would last, because the draw activation was a deal killer for me, and I traded it for an EQ. TBH, I really prefer the shape of the Zero, but I'm liking the RE a lot.
     
  12. GOMuniEsq

    GOMuniEsq Self-Proclaimed Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 25, 2012
    Alberta, Canada
    I never expected to find automatic draw detection acceptable. But then I realized, a manual fire button also means you need to lock the thing to prevent accidental firing in your pocket. And every day I take a draw on my RTA only to realize it's locked. It's so nice to be able to whip out the Vladdin and take a draw without preparation. It doesn't seem like much, but it's little details like this that contribute to an effortless experience.
     
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  13. My Batt Hurts

    My Batt Hurts Super Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 25, 2017
    UK
    I appreciate the clean, DRY & easy refill process. The RE doesn't block up & dribble like so many pods seem to. And it's still a nice vape.
     
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  14. GOMuniEsq

    GOMuniEsq Self-Proclaimed Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 25, 2012
    Alberta, Canada
    Pro:
    - easy refilling with two holes to allow air escape
    - easy to see the liquid level
    - no accidental firing thanks to draw activation
    - draw activation is reliable, no reports of it getting stuck on
    - no learning curve
    - very small and light, can be secreted in nearly any pocket
    - elegant design with no obvious airflow holes to get clogged
    - very durable, can be dropped repeatedly without harm
    - good flavor, although it takes a podfull to express itself
    - leaks and moisture are uncommon with the new pods
    - manufacturer makes incremental improvements rather than waiting to release an incompatible version 2.0
    - pods have a two week or 10mL lifespan in practice
    - pods fail gracefully by gradually losing flavor
    - minimalist design: one LED and no buttons
    - battery performance is consistent until very nearly exhausted
    - recharges in 30 minutes via USB
    - affordable enough to buy two
    - fires silently
    - its small clouds dissipate immediately
    - excellent for stealth

    Con:
    - no battery life indicator, takes some practice to get a feel for how long it lasts
    - is a bit slippery, could benefit from a textured grip on one end
    - can be hard to tell by touch which end is which (when groping in a pocket)
     
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  15. Brewdawg1181

    Brewdawg1181 Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 30, 2017
    Metro ATL
    Yeah, I forgot to mention that one. So many choose form over function, and use charcoal tinted plastic they think looks good, but make it impossible to check juice level without holding it to the light.

    And the 2 hole filling- nice that it's on the top. And not only does it allow the air to escape, but (probably by accident) makes it hard to overfill. When I fill it, and release (unsqueeze) the bottle, it tends to pull just a little juice back with it, leaving just the right amount of air in the top of the pod, avoiding that overfill gurgling.
     
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  16. United States

    United States Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 17, 2018
    RVA
    I like the raised pins for contact but magnets are strong enough to withstand dropping it from at least 5 feet (from my shirt pocket). With the Zero the magnets are the contact and an ever so slight amount of ooze from the intake causes drag interuptions. The RE allows a bunch of ooze to build up before draw is affected.

    The RE I use has not oozed anywhere near as much as my Zeros have. I work in extreme temperatures and ooze has always been an issue except for a Vape Ants E8 and now the RE.

    It's pretty much balanced end to end so not likely to always land on one end or other when dropped.

    I've dropped mine a lot. Not slipped between my fingers but keep forgetting I have it in my shirt pocket when I bend over because it is so lightweight. This winter it may get dropped with gloves on. If so I'll shrink tube it for better grip. A shirt pocket clip option would be ok with me.

    I really took to the shape almost right away. Figuring I'd prefer the Zero shape, it became natural to hold on the first day. It's like holding a cross between a carpenter pencil and a tooth brush to me.

    Alluminum versus the typical zinc chassis means improved strength versus weight ratio. Feels as light as plastic would. Makes my BiC lighter feel weighty.

    Length is about 10mm or so longer than my 100mm cigarettes and about as wide as about 3 of them. (more like 2.5x the size of a cigarette.) The round areas produce a similar feel in my hand. Yet not fake feeling like a hard body cig-a-like. I suppose the overall causes my brain to think carpenter pencil/toothbrush is being held and not some 16 penny nail feeling imitation cigarette.

    I cannot add to other comments about the draw, life etc except to say I agree. My experience so far is same.
     
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