by Shane Eubank November 05, 2019
The mouth to lung (MTL) style of vaping has been around since the very beginning. In fact that was pretty much the only kind of atomizer you could find in the early days of vaping. Then the rising popularity of flavourful drippers and subohm tanks pushed the MTL products to the background. But many people still like the MTL experience, and for good reasons.
The tighter draw is similar to the experience of smoking. MTL devices are great at lower power settings and are well suited for salt nic liquids and traditional liquids as well. I used to use Kayfuns and similar devices for MTL but was always annoyed with the issues older atomizers had with leaking and the tiny decks that were difficult to install coils in.
With advances in product design, manufacturers are finding ways to improve all the time. Reload Vaper USA makes very good quality atomizers so I was anxious to see what they came up with for the release of their new MTL device. The first things to stand out is that it’s easy to build on and never leaks.
The Reload MTL is a 22mm diameter rebuildable tank that is 34.4 mm tall (without drip tip) and weighs in at 47 grams. With the included 510 ultem drip tip it is still only 43.5 mm tall. Juice capacity is 2 ml. The styling is simple and clean. The only visible branding is a small Reload logo engraved on the chimney. Included in the package are spare o-rings, spare post screws, another 510 pin and an extra glass tank. The packaging is a nice sturdy box with clean cut foam inside for the tank and glass to sit in.
As mentioned installs are very easy with this device. The post screws are large enough to secure the leads really well. The extremely well machined screws allow you to use either a flathead or Phillips screwdriver for adjustment. The deep grooves let you apply a lot of torque without slipping. The narrow screw with larger head combined with the vertical post flanges ensure that you can secure your coil leads with an excellent connection. I find the wicking on the Reload to be very easy. The wick wells are large enough to fit the whole wick without the hassle of thinning them out. A bonus of the design is that the wicks are not interfered with when installing the chimney.
The airflow hits the coil directly underneath the coil. A cool innovation is that the airflow actually starts from the top of the device. Three holes above the glass tank allow air to enter, then travel down inside a sleeve around then chimney entering the base of the build deck and then finally up directly under the coil. An airflow ring at the top allows you adjust the draw. Through the entire range, the airflow is smooth and quiet.This is a top-fill tank and the cap is slightly bell shaped with deep grooves making it easy to remove or tighten. Under the cap is a nice thick flexible gasket ensuring that there is a nice tight seal when everything is put together. There are three large kidney shaped openings under the cap so filling is quite easy with no annoying airlock problems.
I’ve tried a few different builds in this device, but due to its size there are limits to what will it comfortably fit. It’s really well suited for easy to make round wire builds. My preference in this tank is a 2.5mm, 7 wrap, 26g Kanthal coil coming in at 0.83 ohms. A bigger build that I’ve tried and like as well is an Alien coil, 3x30g Kanthal with 38g N80, 6 wrap, 2.5mm coming in at 0.62 ohms when the Reload is sitting on a box mod such as the Vaporesso Gen.
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