Finding The Perfect Setup

So back in 2013 after much frustration I decided to offer my DIY eliquids. I came to the final outcome that kits were a necessary evil, after checking out my choices. Together with the expansion of the marketplace as well as the rapid growth of cigarette I saw an e cig like devices like blu and njoy two extremes, and mechanical mods. In my quest for the best RDA’s for sale, I went with the EGO CE4 kit that’s really where I began looking, after I stopped smoking. I purchased samples from several leading producers. Smoktech, Eyesight, and Joyetech were the first brands I contacted. 20 kits were bought by me and threw them in to my routine vaping. Additionally, I bought more kits than I could count to every kind I could find that will be “the one”.

Probably the best RDA I encountered was the Plume Veil by Aethertech.

plume veil

I had a couple turns so I’d an idea what things to anticipate from every unit I used on a regular basis. I examined each device for accurate voltage and broke out the multimeter. With each puff I really could call after having several weeks when one would die. I measured and took the batteries to. Another surprise, they were within the exact same allowance. So in terms of functionality all things were identical.

These devices are all similar in terms of how they work. I was anticipating it be a steady fall risk and to slip from my hand. The coating supplies more than enough hold that after the initial week I did not even see a difference between the Smoks and the rubberized batteries. The wind is all about than winder or the spinner but a slight difference.

Top Vaping Video Channels on YouTube

You have to love YouTube – I don’t know how we ever did with out it. YouTube has created a place where people can go and make videos reviewing all the awesome products they love and e cigs are no exception!

There are some really great vaping gear reviews on YouTube. There are also some really goofy ones as well. How can you tell who knows there stuff and who doesn’t? Well – we are here to help you!


Phil is the man. He’s been making videos for several years now and has a really nice channel with a dedicated following. I’ve met him in person and he’s amazing – just as friendly and nice as he seems in his channel. Phil’s channel is different in that he leaves most of the subjectivity out of things. He tests all of his gear on his workbench and relies on charts and numbers to keep you informed with what the device actually does vs what it says it will do. Might be a little technical for some, but he’s by far the most thorough tester on YouTube.

Check out PBusardo on YouTube


Rip is a wild man. He’s a 180 from Phil in that he just gives you his personal opinion and experience with the gear he reviews. He’s more into cloud chasing and reviews a LOT of RDA’s, mech mods and regulated devices. He’s very entertaining and while opinionated, his opinions are usually spot on and I’ve gotten to where I really trust his reviews.

Check out RipTrippers on YouTube


Nick is a great guy and very personable. He also relies more on personal use and experience, but is also very trustworthy. If RipTrippers is a little much for you in terms of personality, check out Nick’s channel. He also does a lot of vlogging and is very tuned in to the community and non-gear related news.

Check out GrimmGreen on Youtube


Twisted 420 is hilarious. I really like Twisted because he’s carved out a niche of reviewing clones. Not everyone can afford to buy expensive vaping gear (and some of it gets pretty expensive). For this reason a lot of people buy clones because they are way more affordable. But the clone world can be really hit and miss with some really bad products out there. Twisted is really good at telling you what works and what’s really good. He often compares the clones with their original counterparts as well so the information is enormously useful!

Check out VapingwithTwisted420 on YouTube!

The Patriot RDA from the USA

Patriot RDA

With as many products that come out of China into the vaping world, its nice to see a company in the USA making a very solid RBA that’s competitive in the market. The Patriot RDA is made by Innovape. Its an outstandingly, solid rebuildable dripping atomizer. While probably not the craziest design, its a very solid and conventional 3 pole design with a nice looking brushed stainless steel cap.

Version 1.2 is out now. This new version features a cap that fits flush against the base. Also new is a slightly taller chamber. And as a wonderful bonus, the new version features customizable drill holes for the perfect airflow.

It would be nice to see a refinement of this design – namely actual airflow control. It would also be nice to see a smaller chamber and a more conical design. However when you consider the price point, this is a solid RDA that has been a classic on the market for the past few years.

And finally, you should consider the price point. This RDA is affordable so you can support a USA company on the vape market without having to try your luck on a clone version.

For more information – check out the review below:

Call To Action – FDA Proposed Vaping Regulation

Folks – the time is now. The FDA in the US is now proposing very harsh restrictions on E Cigarettes. Basically among many restrictions, the FDA is proposing that every e cig product be registered with a fee. This is vague, but seems to include hardware, flavors of juice, even parts. This makes no sense really as what do you do about batteries? They’re not a vaping product per se… you can see this is going to be a mess.

And you don’t think big tobacco and their lobbyists have a hand in this?

The time to come together is now. There’s nothing we can act on at the moment. CASAA – the consumer rights activist organization around vaping has asked for more time for the proposed restrictions. This doesn’t look good for us – we will be honest. But we need to come together as a unified voice and be a part of the discussion. If you want to continue to have access to vape gear like we’ve got now – join in. If you want big tobacco to come take over then sit there and do nothing.

CASAA has posted their second call to action. You can read more here:

The New iTaste VTR

The latest offering from Innokin proves once again why they are the leader in VV/VW Mods in the vapor business. The iTaste VTR box mod is probably one of the highest quality and most wonderfully built mods in this category on the market today. Innokin have a reputation for building innovative and useful products of a very high quality and the iTaste VTR is no different.

The iTaste VTR is an amazing balance of form and function. This thing is built like a tank! It takes the best features of the iTaste MVP box mod and takes them a step further. First off, the VTR accepts an 18650 battery. So not only can you change these when needed, but the mod won’t suddenly go dead one day when the fixed battery decides to wear out. This is well thought out.

itaste vtr box mod

Also its important to point out that the iTaste VTR can handle sub-ohm vaping if you want. That’s right! The specs say it will go down to 0.7 ohms, but I’ve heard claims of vapers going clear down to 0.5 ohms. If this is correct, this makes me think that there is some kind of battery recognition in the electronics. This is amazing and we need more of these kinds of “smart mods” in the market.

Check out this wonderfully extensive review as it goes into some great detail and offers some more insight into this wonderful new box mod.

The Clapton Coil

Okay folks, you want to see something wild? This, my friends, is the Clapton coil. Yep that’s right – named right after the famous guitar player Eric Clapton, this coil is one of the craziest things I’ve seen anyone do to their RDA, RBA.

So you’re basically going to wrap your coils around a guitar string. Remove the guitar string and voila – you have a ton of hot metal that pretty much looks like it came off a guitar. Amazing.

Check out Riptrippers on YouTube as he shows you how to build one of these for yourself!