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August 25, 2019
When Brandee first asked me to come up with my top three atty and coil combos, I was dreading it. I use a lot of different quality vape gear, and I like variety- narrowing the list to just a few sounded near impossible. Ultimately I made my choices based on what is in my rotation the most right now, and I snuck in an extra one. In no particular order these ones made the list.
The Fatality M25 from QP Designs loaded with a single Staggered Framed Staple coming in at 0.26 Ohms. I know Brandee is always raving about the SFS, and I agree for all the same reasons that it’s a great coil. If you’re the type that doesn’t want to choose between flavour and clouds- these are your coils. And the M25 is currently the one tank in my daily rotation.
The Fatality is easy to build on and has plenty of room for all kinds of crazy builds. I love that there are two different airflow paths and that each can be controlled independently. When I run it with two coils, I leave both the bottom and side airflow pretty much wide open. When I’m running it with a single coil, (which is now my favourite way) I leave the bottom airflow open all the way and have the side airflow closed off about half. The wick wells are sized big enough to accommodate larger diameter coils which is important.
This setup gives me a vape experience similar to that that I expect on a good RDA so I’m really pleased with it. I'm currently using it on my dotMod dual mech in parallel mode, hence the higher resistance.
The Culverin RDA from Broadside Mods loaded with two big Aliens coming in at 0.12 Ohms. Out of all the variations of our Aliens, these are one of the top sellers. They’re a 3mm ID so they fit nicely in most decks, they’re big enough that they can take some nice, thick wicks, the flavour is really good, and at 0.12 Ohms for a pair they’re well in the safe zone for a single battery mech.* I make so many of them that I’ve almost always got a set of my own on the go for personal use.
I’ve gotten a ton of use out of the Culverin and I still use it regularly. It’s a solid RDA. Nice thick materials, solid construction and two sturdy, thickset posts. This thing is solid. The smooth airflow is two cyclops style openings and flows through cut away sections of the deck. This RDA screams quality. It’s a bit higher end but one Culverin is worth ten adequate attys, in my opinion. The drip tip on the Culverin is just perfect in my (trusted, expert, much sought after) opinion. I don’t know why more RDA’s don’t come with a conical shaped tip, but the Culverin does and it’s perfect. I use the Culverin with a lot of different mods but right now I have it paired with my Brizo.
The Unholy V2 RDA from Deathwish Modz loaded with a couple of Staggered Staple Ivy coils. You might notice a trend here: both Brandee and I are big on flavour, big on clouds. Admittedly, I sometimes go on the obnoxious side of vapour production because, you know, I gotta. This combo is one of those times. The quick ramp up on the SSI is also one of my favourite things about these coils. I could go with a single, but why not? The Unholy V2 is designed for a dual coil set-up.
The Unholy is great for a number of reasons: Another deck with two big beefy posts that can accommodate a wide variety of builds. The airflow on the Unholy V2 is easily adjustable by twisting the top cap that sits inside the barrel. The air flow is smooth at throughout the entire range of airflow options. Within the posts, there is a small ball bearing that you can put you leads above or below. I always go below so the screws don’t dig into my leads. The only downside, if you could call it that, is that the Unholy V2 is sold with the Deathwish Modz mech tubes- so you have to buy the kit. I don’t personally see this as a drawback because I happen to love DWM mech tubes. Each RDA is matched in style with the particular themed tube you get. I have this particular set up on my copper Plague Doctor. I have a couple of high Ohm Aliens specifically for series use (0.41 Ohms) in the Unholy on my stacked Evil Twin.
And last but not least, I really dig the Occula from Twisted Messes and currently have it loaded with a couple of Alien Framed Staples. I don’t feel like the clamp system on the Occula got the buzz that it deserved. Sure, people who own one love it, but the clamp system is a serious innovation and I feel like if a new atty wasn’t dropping every fifteen minutes it would have received more attention for the being the groundbreaker it is.
I’ve been wishing for a clamp system like this for years. I tried to explain it to Brandee way back, that it would work something like a cheese press, with the whole plate lifting with the screw and then as you screw it back down the whole unit presses evenly against the coil leads. But she reminded me that she wasn’t around in the eighteenth century and has never even seen a cheese press. Anyway, my younger wife’s age and sarcasm aside, this is it- this is the clamp system I’ve been waiting for! It makes installs a breeze, whether you’re using coils with wide leads or thinner ones. It’s just a great atty. And on top of that, the price point is ridiculously affordable. I’ve been using this particular combo on my Fujin mech and I think the look of it and the performance is phenomenal.
That’s it folks, my right-now favourite set-ups.
*Always know the limits of your batteries.
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