I was sent the VGOD Pro Mech Mod for the purpose of this review from Ave40.com. This is considered a higher-end mech mod and they sell it for $79.00.
The Condor RDA was sent to me for free for the purpose of this review. It was sent to me by who I believe is the creator. She said you can buy this from VaporArtillery.com for $34.95.
This RDA can be used both as a regular dripper or as a squonker, but it really shines as a squonker.
So let’s talk specs first.
Specs and Features
- Colors: Blue, Black, Yellow
- Feeds e-juice from top to bottom
- Center post airflow and side airflow
- Deep 9mm Juice Well
- Gold Plated posts, deck, and 510 Pin
- Three Posts with four holes
- 810 removable drip tip
- Comes with a removable squonk pin
- 36.5mm tall, 24mm in diameter
In The Box:
- The Condor RDA
- A bag of goodies including two clapton coils, extra post screws, extra o-rings, a solid 510 pin if you don’t want to use the pre-installed squonk pin, and a little blue screwdriver
- You’ll also get a sheet of Japanese Organic Cotton
The Look and Design
The first thing you’ll notice about the Condor is the design. The colors are bright and the barrel is some sort of plastic. I don’t know what type of plastic, but it seems durable. The colors might be a little much for you, but they have an all black one too. I chose the blue one because I always do black or silver and I wanted something different. But they have other colors if you don’t like this one.
Now for the drip tip, it’s an 810 drip tip made with the same plastic as the barrel. Nothing special about it. It’s a removable drip tip, which is nice because you can use a different one if you want. The o-ring on the top cap is a little loose, so that’s a bit of a drawback. I’ve tried other 810’s on here, and they are all a little loose. They don’t just fall out or anything, but I would’ve liked the o-ring to be a little tighter.
The Plastic Barrel Sleeve and Airflow
The plastic barrel is interesting because it’s more of a sleeve that covers the inside metal barrel. This really seems to prevent leakage.
The sleeve has seven small airflow holes on each side, so 14 in total, which line up with wide airflow slots on the aluminum barrel. With the bottom airflow closed and the side airflow holes wide open, you get a decent amount of airflow. And you can close those down tight if like a tighter draw. The one problem with these side airflow holes is that you can’t see where they are lined up on the base, which makes it really hard to see how many holes you have open.
As far as the plastic cap goes, I haven’t found any issues with the plastic barrel while using it and it doesn’t seem to get hot at all. It doesn’t even get warm, which is nice because that means it won’t transfer heat to the drip tip.
The Aluminum Barrel
The sleeve slides right over the inner metal aluminum barrel. That barrel has two o-rings to hold the sleeve in place. These two pieces hold together very well. They almost just snap right together. It’s tight enough to feel secure, but loose enough to easily adjust the airflow.
The metal barrel holds onto the base of the RDA with two more o-rings. I have issues with these o-rings too. They’re just a little too loose, especially when they get a little juiced up. I would have liked these o-rings to be a lot tighter, mainly because this whole top piece comes off when I would rather just take the sleeve off to drip on it.
Ok, now let’s talk about the deck, which is very interesting.
You’ll see that it has an easy-to-use gold-plated three-post deck. It has flathead screws, big post holes, and a large deck to fit large coils. Nothing crazy there, but everything you would want. It’s really nice.
You’ll also see that it has a really deep juice well. It can hold a ton of e-juice, which is awesome.
The specs on the sales page say that this is compatible with both dual or single coil builds, but there’s no way to block off one side of the airflow, so it’s not really compatible with single coil builds.
Ok, so there are two very unique things about this RDA.
First, the squonk hole is at the very top of the middle post. This is cool because you can saturate your coils from the top down. I love this because one of the things I dislike about most squonk RDAs is that if the wicks get dry, I have to squonk to fill up the juice well and wait for the e-juice to feed up the wick to coils. But with this design, I can saturate the coils first and take a hit right away. This is a really sweet design. The only thing you need to watch for is how you’re tipping it because if it’s tipped, one coil will get all of the e-juice. But otherwise, it works great. I’ve also found that it just draws e-juice really well. One little push and a bunch of e-juice comes out.
Now, the other unique thing about this deck is these little airflow holes on the center post. This is where the airflow comes in from the bottom of the RDA. This is really cool because it’s raised up and allows you to fill up the juice well without it leaking out of the bottom airflow slots. This also gives you a lot of airflow. It’s not as wide open as something like the Goon 1.5, but it’s still quite a lot. It should be enough for most people. Now because of the positioning of this airflow, you do need to pay attention to how you’re installing your coils and wicks. You will get more flavor if you get those coils right between the side airflow and the bottom airflow holes and you also want to make sure that the wick doesn’t block those inside holes. That shouldn’t be a problem though unless you’re just jamming a ton of cotton in there.
The Bottom Airflow and 510 Pin
As for the base and bottom airflow, not a whole lot to talk about, but the bottom airflow is a little hard to adjust because it sits so close to the mod you attach it to. But it moves very smoothly, so no problem there. And the airflow slots are nice and big.
There are two 510 pins included, one solid and one hollow for squonking. They’re both slotted for flathead screwdrivers and are easy to switch out.
Flavor and Performance
I think the flavor out of this RDA is really good. I have no complaints at all about the flavor. I actually think it has some of the best flavor out the various RDAs I’ve ever tried.
The overall performance I get from the Condor RDA is pretty high too. It’s easy to use, it’s comfortable, and the airflow is nice and smooth.
It has a few cons, like the loose o-rings and not being able to see how many of the side airflow holes are open, but other than that, it’s a really nice RDA.
One thing that I would have liked would be to be able to buy the plastic top caps separately. I would love to be able to buy all three colors since they can be easily transferred. I hope they do that because I’d buy all of them.
But really, the Condor is awesome. It’s unique, has a lot of airflow, it doesn’t leak, it’s easy to build on, the deck and juice well are big, it squonks really well, and the flavor is really good.
This RDA has been out since around May and I’m really surprised that nobody is really talking about it. But it does come from a company that nobody has really heard of, so it’s probably really hard to break onto the scene. But I’d definitely recommend picking this one up. I’ve really enjoyed using it.
I was told by the owner that you can get this from VaporArtillery.com for $34.95, but I’ve seen it on other sites for less, so look around for a deal.
The Green Tank was sent to me from HeavenGifts.com for the purpose of this review. This is a sub-ohm tank from a company named CARRYS. I’ve never heard of them before, but they have a website at carrystech.com if you want to look them up.
- The green tank
- 4ml capacity
- 24.5mm diameter
- Silicone airflow control ring
- 1 G1 0.5 ohm coil
- Top fill
- Colors: black, green, steel
- Price: $10.99
The tank is made of stainless steel. The threads are not the highest quality. I get a little crunchiness when screwing the bottom of the tank into the deck. The tank as a whole is also really light, which is nice. It’s not heavy at all.
The Green Tank has a food-grade silicone 810 drip tip and you can replace this tip with an 810 drip tip of your choice if you don’t like it.
The silicone is an interesting choice for a drip tip. It’s like those silicone baking pans or silicone ice cube trays you see at the store. I looked up the heat limits of silicone and while it depends on the grades of silicone used, it can typically handle about 400 degrees fahrenheit of continuous heat, so you shouldn’t have any problems with it hardening or deforming.
Filling The Green Tank
It’s a top-fill tank, but it uses an older style of top-fill. Basically you unscrew the top cap and fill directly into the tank. The problem with this method is that you have to be careful that the tank doesn’t come off of the base, otherwise you’ll have e-juice everywhere. It’s not a good filling system, but to be fair, the o-ring that holds the glass in place is pretty wide so it seems to hold it together firmly. I haven’t had any issues with it.
The top cap also has little grips to help remove it, but they are so small that I don’t think they help much.
Carrys says that the Green Tank has an adjustable bottom airflow, but it’s not adjustable at all. They included what they are calling a silicone airflow control ring. Its basically a tank protector ring. You might remember that the original Aromamizer used this same idea for their tank and people hated it. It’s the same deal here, except what’s even worse is that this ring doesn’t have any holes. You have to slide it up and down so that it blocks off one airflow and leaves the other open, but it looks really tacky. It works though.
You have two large airflow slots on each side of the tank. Even as large as the airflow slots are, I would have expected more air to come in, but it’s a little restricted. I think that restriction might be caused by the coil or the coil cover. It’s really not that bad though. It’s just a slightly restricted lung draw.
It only comes with one coil, which sucks, but I guess that’s why it’s only $11. I would have liked for them to include an extra coil, not only to get a little more use out of the tank out of the box, but also because you never know if you might get a bad coil, which I think may have actually happened to me (more on that below). And if the coil is bad, you won’t be able to use the tank at all out of the box.
The coil that I have seems to read at various ohms depending on the device I put it on. On the Predator I’m getting 0.66ohms, on the Smok Alien it’s reading 0.95ohms, and on the Lavabox DNA75 I’m getting 0.72 ohms. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a tank read so differently on different devices and so far off from what it’s supposed to come out to, which is 0.5ohms.
I don’t know if it’s the fault of the coil or of the tank itself. That’s another reason why they should have included more than one coil head.
The coil head fits into a food grade silicone sleeve. I’m not a fan of this sleeve, especially because the coil head has a long cotton strip wrapped around it. When you try to push the coil head into the sleeve, the cotton strip moves out of place. It’s not a good design. Once it’s in the sleeve though, it just pushes right into place.
CARRYS says this sleeve doesn’t have residual taste, but it seemed to have a residual taste to me, at least in the beginning. It was just a slight rubbery taste, but it did seem to go away after running about a tank of e-juice through it.
The coil is rated between 30-80 watts. I think 80 watts might be a little too high for this coil but even after chain vaping, I can’t get a dry hit. It just tastes little funny. I prefer the flavor at around 65 watts. Anything above that seems a little to affect the flavor. At the lowest range of 30 watts, it works fine and has good flavor.
The pre-installed coil is a single vertical 0.5 ohm coil. They also sell a 0.3ohm dual vertical coil head and a 0.2ohm triple vertical coil head. The 0.5ohm coils sell for $5.51 for a 5-pack, the 0.3ohm coils cost $11.69 for a 5-pack, and the 0.2ohm coils cost $12.35 for a 5-pack. Supposedly this tank is also compatible with the Eleaf EC series coils with an optional accessory, but I can’t find whatever that accessory might be.
My biggest concern with this tank is that the ohms keep reading differently every time I put it on a device. For example, with the Smok Alien, I would get 0.7ohms, then take it off and put it back on and get 2.1 ohms and an atomizer short message, then do it again and get 1.2ohms. It’s all over the place, even on the same device! It could be the coil head or it might even be the tank. So that’s a pretty big con.
But this is a really basic, no frills tank, which is what you’d expect for only $11 brand new. And that’s exactly what they were going for here. They mention the cheap price on their sales page, so that’s really what they set out to do – create a really basic sub-ohm tank that anybody can afford. It looks nice, the flavor is decent and it produces a lot of vapor. I personally wouldn’t buy this tank with the options that I have available to me, but for someone on a really tight budget, $11 isn’t too bad for a sub-ohm tank like this, as long as the coils aren’t faulty.
e-smoke.com sent me the Geekvape Athena Squonk Kit for free for the purpose of review. This is a stylish single-18650 battery mechanical squonking box mod with a matching bottom feeding RDA. It comes in colors of Black, Blue, Gunmetal, and Silver. It’s a $70 kit, but e-smoke gave me a coupon code, ESASK, which brings it down to $48 with free shipping. Get it here.
The Athena Squonk Mod
Let’s talk about the box mod first.