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It doesn’t happen often enough for me anymore, but when it does, I love it! What is that? When I open up a piece of vape mail, look in the box, and say… “Oh Wow”. That was the reaction when I opened this piece.

This is the upcoming Phenom Evolution by Vicious Ant. One part 18350 mech, one part 18650 mech, one part DNA-40 box mod, all parts sexy.

The sets come with a box section featuring the latest version of the DNA-40 temp control board, an 18650 tube, an 18350 tube, plus a bottom firing switch and top cap to transform your Evolution Box mod into a Phenom mechanical.

This is a pricey set folks…

It will be available in Titanium ($450-$500), SS/Brass ($400-$450), and SS ($350-$400)

Some initial impressions…

  • I absolutely love the look of this one.
  • The quick release battery hatch is a pleasure to deal with.
  • The smaller DNA-40 screen looks dated on this beauty.
  • The switches on the box section have a little too much throw before they activate for my taste. Wished that activation point was up a little higher.
  • Would be nice if you didn’t need a tool to transform it into mech. but you do need to take out two screws on the bottom plate and remove it to get the tube out.   The screws aren’t a standard phillips or flat head, so that tool really should be provided.

Phenom Evolution Promo Video:

Phenom Evolution Promo Photos:



My Photos:

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Ok gang, here’s something I missed in the review. It was missed because 1) when I was looking at the start/stop pause time on the scope, I was at a high enough wattage where the issue didn’t appear, or appeared as a slight ramp which was mentioned in the review, and 2) when using it in wattage mode, I was at a high enough wattage where is was noticeable, but not that bad for me.

Looks like, when in wattage more the eVic-VT has a 30 watt surge when you first fire it after 1) you take your atty off and put it back on, 2) the device goes to sleep after 3 minutes and wakes back up, 3) you power the device off and turn it back on.

I read a bunch of comment in the YouTube video that it was burning people’s liquids and wicks. Finally, after discussing it with Edward Wolff (thanks Ed!!) on Facebook tonight, I decided to have another look.

Ed’s test scenario was a 2.0 Ohm coil set at 6 watts. He said he could “hear” and feel the surge. Sure enough…

This image shows the surge.  Should be firing at around 3.5V (for 6 watts) yet is surges to 8.16V (around 33 watts) and then ramps down to the accurate setting.

Even set to 1 watt, it does the same thing…


Multiple button presses don’t help.  It needs time to settle…

You can see here when set for higher wattage it becomes easier to miss…


It does it for a fair amount of time as well.  The full 30+ watt surge lasts around .58 seconds and the total time to go from button press to an accurate setting is around 1.28 seconds…


I took a look at the .5 ohm, 1 ohm, and 1.5 as well. All peaking around 30 watts…


Now, if you vape at or above 30 watts, it’s something you’ll never notice.  Here is is firing 30 watts after a power cycle against a 1 ohm load.  No issue…

This has to change the overall rating from a “wait” to a thumbs down.  Hopefully this is something they can resolve quickly and take care of those who are unhappy with the product due to this issue.

This will be added to the post review follow-up within the review posting found here.

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A PBusardo Review – Joyetech eVic-VT & Last Contest Winner

In this video we take a full look at the Joyetech eVic-VT. We also announce the last contest winner.

The Links:
Joyetech US
Spider Silk Titanium Wire
Sweet Spot Titanium Wire
The Avid Vaper Velocity RDA

The Post Review Follow-up:

  • 6/30/15 – If you are concerned about it popping out of temp control, there are a couple things you can do.  1) Build your TC coil at .14 ohm or less.  So if it comes out, you’ll get a low resistance warning.  2) When in wattage mode, set your watts really low, so if it pops out, you won’t burn anything up!
  • 6/23/15 – The battery charged up to 5123 mAh:

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For those of you who have been asking me, Kanger has confirmed:

1) The Kanger K-Box Mini (you know, the one what comes in the Subox Kit) will be changed to a spring loaded 510 pin.  I’ll retest it and post the number when I receive it (as it’s also supposed to be more accurate). Spring loaded units will begin to ship in July.

2) The new RBA section that comes in the kit will be made available as a stand-alone piece for purchase on it’s own.

More information on pricing and availability as I get it.

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Here’s a sneak peek at the upcoming Disrupter from Innokin.  Sorry I wasn’t permitted to show you the connector.  I guess they don’t want it cloned BEFORE it’s released.  :-)

No word on price or availability yet.

From Innokin:

The Innokin Disrupter is the latest high powered advanced personal vaporizer and it is the first device to utilize Innokin’s revolutionary InnoCell Vaping Power System LiPo replaceable battery technology.

Safety is at the forefront of Innokin’s vision for a better future and device, battery and charging safety will continue to be one of the most important issues facing the international vaping industry.

With the goal of building a better, safer vaping power technology, our teams of engineers worked tirelessly to create a Lithium Polymer (LiPo) battery that’s better than the 18650; a goal that we are extremely happy to have accomplished with the launch of the Innokin Disrupter and InnoCell LiPo Battery.

The InnoCell is a compact high-quality LiPo battery pack with advanced integrated safety features like automatic short-circuit shut off, low voltage reserve and a much longer lifespan with an average of more than 300 charge & discharge cycles – at least 30% more than a standard 18650!

The InnoCell is charged via standard Micro-USB for maximum convenience and also features Innokin’s trusted ‘Vape-While Charging’ pass-through technology to ensure that your vape will always be ready.

The InnoCell will initially be available in 2000mAh and other capacities, with larger packs planned for the future. All are compatible with the Innokin InnoCell Slide’n’Click system; simply choose the charged InnoCell in the color that you like best and ‘Slide & Click’ the InnoCell securely into place to power a day of vaping.

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The boys from Volcano Ecigs are at it again.  Ah how fondly I remember the original Lavatube.  What a HUGE, wildly popular device that was… remember?  The “ProVari Killer”…. chuckle chuckle.

This time the guts are from Evolv.  It’s a DNA-40 with a different screen so you do get temperature limiting/control with this one.

The rubber grip and device width feel great in the hand, but the 26mm diameter is going to make it look a little odd with most of your attys and tanks… including their own (their Cauldron 1 dripper is shown in the photos on top of it).

And I gotta say, off the bat, I’m NOT a fan (not even a little bit) of the button placement and feel.  Although it looks pretty slick, they are WAY too close together and all at the same height causing big thumbed dudes (and dudettes)  to hit multiple buttons on a press.

For the specs on this one, think DNA-40.

Some additional:

  • Uses a single 18650
  • Lightweight 6061 billet aluminum body
  • Interchangeable rubber grips in a variety of colors
  • On-board micro USB charger
  • $149.00

The Lavatube 3.0

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For those of you who have been asking for the new Dani Extreme 2 review, here’s the next best thing… the Pipeline Pro 2 (same guts I believe).

The PIPELINE PRO 2 is a German made high-end mod for use with 18650 batteries and has 5 different modes.Variable Watt, Temperature Control (with various wires possible), Variable Watt with Heat Protection, Variable Watt with Power Boost and Bypass (unregulated, electronic overload protection)We recommend operation with high current carrying IMR and high drain batteries (eg Samsung 25R) with a discharge current of 20 amps (unprotected).

… and all controlled with a single button.  FML… Phil has a lot of reading to do.  :-)  At least it’s not an AC device anymore which will make my life a little easier on this review.


  • 5 to 40 Watts
  • Up to 12V output voltage
  • Up to 15A output current
  • OLED display
  • Temperature controlled vaping (possible with various wires)
  • Heat Protection Function*
  • Power Boost Function
  • Unregulated vaping possible (‘Bypass’ electronic overload protection)
  • Battery shutdown voltage adjustable from 2.5V to 3.0V
  • Resistance check
  • Displays battery voltage under load
  • Adjustable brightness display
  • Set the length of time the menu is displayed
  • Set the standby time
  • Personalise click setting from 0-5 to activate device
  • Info menu
  • Battery capacity measurable
  • Atomizer resistance range from 0.05Ω to 5Ω is possible
  • Atomizer resistance from 0.2Ω to 3.5Ω (40W)
  • Reverse polarity protection
  • Abnormal temperature protection
  • Serial Number
  • 2 year warranty on the electronics
  • Design by Thomas Wilms
  • Made in Germany by Dicodes
  • £ 160.00 = $254

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