The Recurve Squonk Mod was sent to me for review from Wotofo. Get it here (affiliate). This is a mod developed in collaboration with Mike Vapes, designed to match the sleek curves of the Recurve RDA, which was also designed by Mike Vapes. I don’t have the RDA, but we can talk about the mod!
- Unregulated device with safety features
- 80 watt max
- Made of zinc alloy
- Supports 18650, 20650, 20700, and 21700 battery sizes
- Pushes between 3.2 and 4.2 volts
- Resistance range: 0.08 to 3.0 ohm
- Size: 60.5mm depth, 27mm wide, 90mm tall
- Colors: Black, Blue, Red, Gunmetal, White
- $49.99 from Wotofo.com
In the Box:
- Recurve mod
- USB charging cable
- Battery adapters (18650 and 20650)
- User manual
Design and Ergonomics
One of the most notable things about the Recurve mod is that shape. It has a lot of curves and wavy edges. That not only looks really cool, but the curves are also designed to be ergonomic. One thing to mention though is that yes, it’s very comfortable and ergonomic, but only if you fire with your trigger finger. I know some people like firing with their thumbs, and for that, it’s not ergonomic to use.
The device is made of zinc alloy and coated with a smooth rubber for a better feel. The rubber coating feels really nice and the zinc-alloy makes this thing pretty heavy. I like the weight because it makes the Pulse mod feel strong and durable, but if you’re looking for something light, this might not work for you.
It’s 2.4 inches in depth, 1 inch wide, and 3.5 inches tall.
Wotofo says that they tested 100,000 clicks on the firing button to make sure it can last a long life. So that’s pretty reassuring of its quality. It’s a big button and fits the finger perfectly and it feels really comfortable to use. It has a nice solid click and it’s not spongy at all.
Now here’s something that’s really cool about the Recurve – it’s compatible with 18650, 20650, 20700, and 21700 sized batteries.
So whatever battery you have or want to use, you can use it here. You can use the 20700 and 21700 batteries right in the device, but to use 18650 or 20650 batteries, you’ll need the included battery adapters.
Those will add a little more height or width to the batteries so that they fit.
To insert batteries into the device, you pull off the battery cover and pop the battery right in there. It fits really well. You don’t have to worry about it being too tight and possibly ripping the battery wrap or anything. And the batteries come out easily too.
You can charge the battery directly in the device if you want to. It charges at a 2amp rate, so that’s fast. But I would suggest charging in an external charger for safety.
The bottle holds a max of 8ml, so plenty of e-liquid capacity here.
Sometimes squonk bottles are too hard and sometimes they’re too soft. I think the bottom on the Recurve is perfect. Wotofo says they made these squonk bottles using the same type of silicone that’s usually used for baby feeder bottles, which is supposed to make these bottles safer for storing e-liquid, so that seems like a nice positive.
Getting the bottle in and out of the device is a cinch. You just take that squonk door off and you pull the bottle right out.
That squonk door is held firmly in place with some strong magnets, so there’s no worry of it falling off. I would have liked for there to be another magnet at the top though, just to add a little more strength to it.
Filling up the bottle is the same as any squonker bottle, but if you’ve never used one before, you just unscrew the top and add e-liquid. Just make sure you don’t fill it all the way up because it’ll overflow when you put the tube in and screw on the cap.
When it’s full, slide it back into the device and you’re good.
So let’s talk about that light. Wotofo says it mimics a lantern. I don’t know about that lantern stuff, but the light is useful in a few ways. It blinks 10 times when the battery is low, it blinks five times if you have a short, it blinks once if it doesn’t recognize an atomizer (or if one isn’t installed), it stays lit if the device is overheating, and it stays lit while charging and turns off when the battery is fully charged. The light doesn’t come on while the device is firing. My only complaint is that’s it’s pretty hard to see through the bottle when you’re in a well-lit space.
An Unregulated Device With Safety Features
The Recurve Squonk mod works like a mech mod as far as power delivery goes. So what this means is, the device delivers as much power to the atomizer as the batteries have charge, which also depends on the build of the atomizer. So you’ll need to understand Ohms law get the wattage that you want. I use Steam-Engine.com to get my calculations. That also means that the power drops as the battery loses charge.
But even though it works like a mech mod, it has a chipset to keep users safe, so technically it’s not a mech, but rather an unregulated mod. This chipset gives users all of the safety features of a regulated device.
- Short Circuit Protection
- Low Voltage Protection
- Overheating Protection
- 10s Auto Cutoff Protection
- Reverse Battery Protection
- Overcharging / Over-discharging Protection
The Recurve mod supports atomizer builds between 0.08 and 3 ohms and it pushes 3.2 to 4.2 volts. It uses only a single battery and the device is limited to a maximum wattage output of 80 watts. And that’s with a fully charged battery. To reach 80 watts at 4.2 volts, you’d need to build your atomizer at 0.2 ohm. Since the Recurve supports a build as low as 0.08, you have a little bit of room to play around there, knowing that it will hit the 80w max and not get any stronger.
For anyone who has ever considered getting into mech mods, this is a pretty good intro device. With something like this, you can learn how Ohm’s law works and how different types of builds affect the vape experience while knowing you’re safe from user-error.
And that’s really it. I love this device. It’s durable, it’s comfortable, it looks awesome, it accepts four different popular battery sizes, and it works well. When I fire this, it fires pretty much instantly, so that’s a huge plus for me. The squonk bottle has the perfect softness and it’s nice and large. Oh and the squonk bottle isn’t proprietary, so you can use other bottles in here too if you want. The light behind the bottle is kind of cool, but the bottle is too dark to really see it, so for me, it doesn’t do a whole lot. But all in all, this is a great squonking device.
This was sent to me for review from Wotofo, so if you’re interested, you can get it from them for $49.99