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Old-School Vape Review: Aspire CF Maxx

The Aspire CF Maxx is a device that came out in early 2015 that I was really excited about. I still remember posting the marketing material on my Twitter account.

But the CF Maxx was really expensive at around $75 and because vapor technology was moving so fast at that time, the CF Maxx became quickly outdated, so I never bought one.

Well, I randomly saw a deal for the CF Maxx for only $10 so I bought it.

Let’s take a look at the features

  • Built-in 3000 milliamp hour battery
  • Carbon Fiber coated body
  • Maximum voltage of 4.2 volts
  • Variable wattage of 5 to 50 watts
  • Supports an atomizer resistance of 0.3 ohms to 5 ohms
  • 510 compatible (because many people were still using ego devices back then)
  • 30mm diamete, so it’s very large!
  • It has stainless steel end points
  • A stainless steel firing button
  • Spring loaded atomizer contact points
  • The 510 pin is spring loaded
  • There are safety vent holes on the bottom of the dial

Looks and Function

It comes in nice unique packaging, which seems like a small thing to point out, but it was the first time we saw packaging like this and I remember people being impressed with it. The little things count!

There’s nothing else in the tube, just the mod. Not even an instruction manual.

As for the size, it’s a MASSIVE device, but it’s very nice looking.

There’s a metal dial on the bottom that lets you change the wattage in 1-watt increments from 1 to 50, although the numbers printed are only in increments of five. There’s a little window on the dial to show you what wattage you’re at. The wheel moves very smoothly with no clicking.

The CF Maxx doesn’t have a screen so there’s no way of knowing what ohms you’re at or anything like that. The way these old Aspire products worked is that you’d be notified of anything happening by the different types of blinks on the light on the button. If you want to check your ohms, you’ll need an ohm checker or another device that can read ohms, which is pretty common these days.

And although there’s no screen to tell you if there’s an issue, the device does have overcharge protection, short circuit protection, safety cutoff protection, and low voltage protection. When the battery is charged beyond 4.2 volts, the microchip will automatically cut the power off so that it won’t take any more charge.

The Firing Button and Lights

Like most devices, you turn it on and off with the button – 5 clicks on and 5 clicks off.

When you turn it on the lights will flash 3 times. When it’s firing it will glow blue. And the LED lights also tells you the voltage that it’s operating in. For example, if you’re below 3.5 volts, you’ll get an orange LED.

When the device is really low on power, the LED will flash 15 times, which means it’s time to charge it. It’ll take about 3-6 hours to fully charge from there.

Now to charge this, you can’t just use a normal USB. You have to buy a special charger from Aspire that screws into the top of the CF Maxx. You’ll see the light stay on to let you know that it’s charging.

If your atomizer has a short, both the blue and orange LEDS will flash 3 times and the device will go into sleep mode so that it won’t fire anymore.

If the battery shorts while charging both the blue and orange LEDs will flash 6 times and the CF Maxx will stop charging.

If the temperature reaches above 167 Fahrenheit (75 Celsius), which is pretty hot, the LED will flash 10 times.

And if the firing button is pressed for more than 10 seconds, the LED will flash for 10 times and the device will shut off. After it has stopped flashing, you can vape again.

The Size

This is a pretty big device at 30mm, so if you want it to look good, you’ll need a big atomizer. When I put a 22 or 24mm atomizer on here, it looks kinda funny.

It would be nice to find something that fits exactly flush.

Final Thoughts

There’s not a whole lot to the CF Maxx. It fires atomizers built as low as 0.3 ohms and it fires up to 50 watts. The 3000 mah battery is decent and should last a good amount of time throughout the day, especially since the wattage doesn’t go very high.

One of the biggest drawbacks is the size. It’s huge and heavy, and probably not comfortable to carry around. It’s also a 30mm diameter device, which means you’ll need a 30mm atomizer if you want it to look nice. Something to note is that the CF Maxx launched with the Aspire Atlantis Mega tank, which is a 30mm tank, so if you pick up a CF Maxx, look for the Atlantis Mega too.

Honestly, though, I don’t think you should go out and buy this for one big reason. It has an internal battery that is about 2 years old. Lithium-ion batteries, even when not used, will only last for 2-3 years. Who knows how long the battery will last in the CF Maxx and when it dies, that’s it. You can’t replace the battery.

But for $10 and for something I really wanted a long time ago, I’m happy that I bought it.

E-Juice Review: Smores by Loaded E-Liquid

I received Smores for free for the purpose of this review.

Smores comes from a company named Loaded, which is actually manufactured by Ruthless Vapor out of Southern California. I recently reviewed their Glazed Donuts e-juice a couple of weeks and I thought it was pretty good. Not amazing, but good.

Let’s see how this one stacks up.

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Old-Fashioned Vape Review of the SMOK Caterpillar RDA

This was my very first RDA, which I chose after doing a bunch of research on the best RDAs for beginners, which is probably a search term most people use when deciding to use their first RDA.

This was a popular RDA when it came out in mid-2014 and it was still somewhat popular at the time I bought it, which was in early 2015.

I did an embarrassing review of this two years ago, which you’ll find here if you want to check it out.

I still remember getting this and thinking about how sleek it looked. I couldn’t believe the quality of this RDA for only $12. That’s an amazing price for an authentic RDA, especially in 2015.

Smok Caterpillar Specs:

  • Stainless Steel
  • 10 small airflow holes, 5 on each side
  • An adjustable airflow ring
  • Flathead post screws with grips to hand-tighten
  • Decent sized deck
  • After brushing the dust off and using this atomizer again, I still feel like this is a decent RDA. Compare to the RDA’s of today, it’s extremely basic, but it works. Compared to an RDA like the Goon, the flavor is muted, but it’s not too bad.

    Does it stand the test of time? In short, no. But this was a cool RDA back in the day.

E-juice Review: MangoER Boba

Mangoer Boba is an e-juice manufactured by Marina Vape. The cheapest place I’ve seen it is on Breazy.com for $14.99 for a 30ml bottle.

They describe it as:

Sweet, juicy mangos, with a subtle hint of pineapples, mixed into the perfect boba milk tea.

  • 70vg/30pg
  • Nicotine: 0, 3, 6, 12

I tested this in the SubZero RDA on top of the istick 100 watt TC. The RDA was built at 0.24 ohms and I vaped it at 75 watts.

Like everything that comes from Marina Vape it has a ton of flavor. It’s pretty sweet too.

I get the mango flavor for sure. It’s not really strong and not overwhelming. It’s pretty good if you like mango flavors.

The pineapple flavor is little more difficult to detect. I think I get it just slightly, because this e-juice does have a bit of a tropical taste to it.

I don’t really get the boba milk tea all that much

If you like fruity and tropical flavors like pineapple and mango, you’ll probably like MangoER Boba. It’s pretty good.

I’m seeing sites online selling it for anywhere around $15 to $20 for a 30ml bottle, so it’s a little expensive.

I see it on Breazy.com for $14.99 for a 30ml bottle. That’s about as cheap as I can find it.

E-Juice Review: Vanval’s Father’s Load – Bakery Hazelnut, Tobacco, Custard

VanValVapor.com sent this to me for free for the purpose of this review.

Father’s Load comes in various bottle sizes, but they sent me a 17.5ml bottle and in 6mg nicotine. This is a max VG e-juice.

The description of this says:

“A playful pun on another big name e-liquid. A sweet bakery blend with hints of hazelnut, a dash of tobacco, and a concoction of creams enveloped in vanilla custard to make this a legendary blend.”

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E-Juice Review: Vanval’s Flux Deluxe – Frozen Lemonade

VanValVapor.com sent this e-juice to me for the purpose of this review. It’s a 17.5ml bottle, 6mg of nicotine, and max VG.

Van Val describes Flux Deluxe as:

“A refreshing frozen lemonade on the inhale and tart lemon candy on the exhale. Flux Deluxe is sure to satisfy that lemon craving on any hot sunny day.”

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E-Juice Review: Vanval’s How Many Puffs – Raspberry Tootsie Pop

VanValVapor.com sent me “How Many Puffs” for the purpose of this review.

I reviewed this in 6mg nicotine. It comes in a 17.5ml bottle and is max VG.

VanVal’s description of “How Many Puffs” says:

“Reminiscent of your favorite sucker back as a child. A chocolaty center completely engulfed in a delightful raspberry candy. How Many Puffs will it take you to finish the bottle?”

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E-Juice Review: Vanval’s I’m Not Crazy – Strawberries, Maple, Cream

VanVal’s description for this e-juice says “strawberries and maple fuse together to perfection with a dollop of cream to bring balance to such an exquisite recipe.”

VanValVapor.com sent me “I’m Not Crazy” for the purpose of this review.

It’s a 17.5ml bottle, has 6mg nicotine, and is max VG.

It has a nice professional label. No inappropriate cartoons here, which is nice to see.

The e-juice I’m reviewing has 6mg nicotine and all of VanVal’s e-liquids are max VG.

The smell I get out of it is most definitely maple. It’s clear as day. I don’t get any strawberry notes out of the flavor though.

For the review I used the iStick 100w TC with the Freakshow Mini RDA on top. The RDA was built at 1.10 ohms and I fired it at 25 watts.

This e-liquid has a very rich maple flavor. The maple flavor is a little strange though. I can taste maple, but I can also taste a little of everyday pancake syrup. It’s not terrible, but I’d prefer the flavor to be just a straight up maple.

As for the strawberry flavor, it’s very light. I would have really liked for the strawberry flavor to come out more.

Final verdict: “I’m Not Crazy” is just okay.

VanVal’s e-liquids are really affordable. You can get 65ml bottles for $8.99, 125ml bottles for $15.99, 210ml bottles for $24.99, and sample packs of seven 15ml bottles for $15.99.

E-Juice Review: Vanval’s It’s Just Nice to Have – Milk Tea, Honey, Chai

This e-liquid is described as “one of those flavors that is refreshingly delicious with every puff you take. “It’s Just Nice to Have” is a very delicate milk tea with subtle hints of honey and chai. This e-liquid has just enough sweet combined with the revitalizing taste of crisp chai tea that you will truly understand the term all day vape.”

VanValVapor.com sent me “It’s Just Nice to Have” for the purpose of this review.

This is a 17.5 ml bottle, 6mg nicotine, and max VG.

VanVal’s bottles have nice professional label. The e-liquid itself is a clean looking yellowish color.

For this review I used the Kbox 200 with the Veritas RDA on top. The Veritas is more of a tight-draw, mouth-to-lung RDA, so I vaped it a fairly low wattage – 35 watts.

The smell is very unique and actually smells like chai tea. I can even get some creaminess from it.

The flavor is also extremely unique. I’ve never tried anything like this one. It tastes like chai tea and has a little bit of a spiciness to it. It actually reminds me a little bit like Indian food. It has a sort of sweet and savory taste at the same time.

The flavor of this is hard to explain. It’s so difficult to explain that I’m still unsure if I like this flavor myself, even after having vaped quite a bit of it.

It’s so unique!

It tastes like chai tea and it has that milkiness they are going for, but the other flavor notes in here are confusing.

If you’re really big fan of milk tea with chai and honey flavors, you might like this one.

I’m still on the fence on this one.

VanVal’s e-liquids are really affordable. You can get 65ml bottles for $8.99, 125ml bottles for $15.99, 210ml bottles for $24.99, and sample packs of seven 15ml bottles for $15.99.