Living with the Kanger Subtank, 1 week in.

So, I listed the Kanger Subtank Mini and Subtank Nano last week. I normally do some exhaustive testing of a product before I put it up on the site but this time I just listed porksodaem as soon as they came in. Primarily because I had plenty of demand and a lot of good info from trusted sources, so I felt comfortable just slapping them up. BUT.. I still had to do my own personal testing.

Over the last week, I’ve used the Subtank Mini exclusively. Aside from 1 or 2 bouts of “play vaping” with one of my drippers, I haven’t consumed nicotine from any source other than the Subtank Mini (STM for the rest of this). I was using the Atlantis as my primary atomizer prior to this and was deeply in love with the thing. Now, I’m feeling polyamorous.

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Twotonian Parallel boxes. Power AND Longevity.

While I was online only, I never wanted to be ‘out of stock’ on anything. If a supplier couldn’t keep up with my stores demands, I simply found a product to fill that gap that could. What that ended up meaning is that I carried very few “unicorn” type devices. I never picked up high end gear that was list based or only run in limited numbers.

After I opened my B&M, I decided it was time to branch out a bit and start picking up some of the harder to get stuff that might not necessarily be “Always in stock”.

The piece I’m here to talk about today is one of my favorite personal devices, the Twotonian Parallel 18650 Box mod.
If you read my Monkey University on parallel vs series batteries, you’ll already know why this thing kicks some serious tail. With the power of 2 18650s in there you can run for a VERY long time without having to worry about your batteries dying or you can crank out some serious power. With 2 Samsung 25R’s in this box, its got 5000mAh and is capable of 40-50amp continuous discharge and bursts that will make a coil straight up cry tears of thick, billowy vapor.

My personal attachment to it is the longevity. Running a run of the mill .5ohm coil, I’ll go through a day and a half (20-25ml of eliquid) before I even notice a decrease in performance due to the batteries getting low. Slap em on the charger and they both read at 3.4-3.5v so they were never pushed too far. I’m hardly exercising the batteries power potential at all with a .5ohm coil so it’s just easy street.

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The Kanger SubTank Mini and Nano are live.

Quick update time.

I just stocked the Kanger Subtank Mini, Kanger Subtank Nano, and the Kanger Subtank OCC coils at http://steammonkey.com.

Personal thoughts: They’re pretty good, better than the Atlantis? Not sure… I personally prefer the Atlantis because of the aesthetics, the performance is pretty much identical. The Atlantis feels more solidly built to me, but the value you get with the Kanger Subtank is pretty hard to ignore when you factor in the rebuildable head and slightly lower price point. The Mini is solid and looks great on 22mm mods, the Nano is just cute, decent capacity, and hits just like it’s bigger brother. Ultimately, great little devices and will become a permanent fixture at SteamMonkey.

 

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Monkey University Reboot: Parallel vs Series batteries.

This is the first installment of the Monkey University Reboot. I won’t have a schedule for these, it’ll be more of a “As I come up with topics to discuss” type of situation. Today’s topic: Parallel vs Series battery configurations.

A lot of devices out, and coming out, are utilizing more than 1 battery. Some are running in Parallel and others in Series. Let’s lay a little ground work.
Parallel configuration means you’ve got all of the negative terminals on one side and all of the positive terminals on the other. I.e. you connect the negative side of all of the batteries to one another and to the ground or negative terminal of your circuit (or mod), and you connect the positive terminals of all of the batteries together and then connect that to the positive terminal of your circuit (or mod).

Series configuration has the batteries in.. well, in series. You have the circuit’s negative connected to one battery’s negative terminal, then you ‘stack’ the batteries. The battery that is connected to the negative terminal will connect it’s positive terminal to the negative terminal of the next battery and that will repeat until you’ve got the number of batteries you want in the chain and then the positive terminal of the last battery connects to the positive terminal of your circuit. Think about a maglight or any other flashlight that uses multiple batteries in a tube stacked on top of each other. This is a series configuration.

*** Important note: Always use identical batteries when using multiple in series OR parallel. It’s important that the batteries are the same make, model, mAh, voltage, etc. It’s best if they are both the same age as well, as in, pair 2 batteries at birth and keep them together.  For the sake of the rest of this post, I will be assuming we are using matching, 3.7v batteries.***

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SXMini by Yihi now available.

If you know what the SXMini is and what it does, feel free to skip the rest of this and just head over HERE to pick one up or swing by the store if you’re in the area. If you don’t… read on, cause this is a fantastic device with a lot going on.

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Yihi is a company in China that makes a lot of the chips you find in various variable wattage devices. The SX350, SX130, SX330, etc. Until now, they’ve never made an actual ‘device’. I believe they were waiting until they could do it right… and boy did they. The SXMini feels premium as soon as you open up the box. The build quality and craftsmanship are just fantastic. It’s unfortunate that we’re conditioned to automatically feel like if something came out of China that it’s going to be cheaply made and poorly crafted. There are plenty of cases where that is true, but Yihi has really raised the bar with this product.

The SXMini is powered by the SX350-Mini chipset. It’s capable of 60w on a single 18650 battery as long as it’s a good quality 18650 like our Samsung 25Rs. But more than that, it has a bevy of interesting and useful features. Aside from the normal stuff like Micro USB charging and the ability to step up, or down the voltage to provide a wide range of wattages regardless of atomizer resistance, it also comes with 5 memory settings for your various wattage level needs. You can set all 5 memory settings to different wattage levels and quickly switch between them depending on your taste. Beyond that is the new “modes” they’ve programmed into the chip. Soft, Standard, and Powerful.

The modes sounded silly to me at first, but once I started playing with the thing and swapping some atomizers around, I found that they really take the vaping experience to the next level. I don’t mean the next power level, I mean the next level of control and refinement.

Standard mode is what you’d expect, you set the device to 40w and it fires at 40w. It’s clean and consistent.

Soft Mode will start out below your defined wattage and then ramp up to the setting you have currently. This creates an interesting experience as the coil starts off a little cooler and heats up during your draw, the impact it has on flavor is pronounced. If you’re vaping a more complicated juice, like Black Cloud or NannerBear running in soft mode will bring out nuances of the flavor that you don’t normally pick up and the contour of temperature makes certain liquids really shine and take on a whole new level of complexity.

Powerful mode is also pretty nice, as you can probably guess, it starts out higher than your current defined setting then cools down to your setting. Where this really shines is surface area builds and heavy gauge wire builds. If you’ve got a coil set up that takes a little while to warm up, using powerful mode will jumpstart the coil to operating temperature and really give you that punch. This means you can use a thicker wire and build a higher resistance coil to get massive surface area on the heating element and kick it into life right from the start. After playing with it a bit myself, you can get some serious flavor production with this setting in a RBA.

Ultimately, I’m impressed with this product. You can click that link above for the full range of features on the product page. Needless to say, the thing is worth every penny. Yes, you can get a big clunky box that puts out more raw power, but the refined experience and build quality in this device is just a cut above any of the other variable devices coming out of China right now.

Super Simple Sampler Sale! And Decodence soft launch.

Howdy, All.

In honor of the final Simple juice hitting the shelves we’ve decided to do something silly… we’ve never offered sample packs and rather than doing some dinky 5ml sampler, we’ve decided to just offer up all 15 flavors in a Super Sampler for $45. Yes, 15x 30ml bottles, one of each Simple Flavor for $45, that’s 450ml of juice!

We’ve also started the soft launch of the Decodence line with Black Cloud, White Cloud, and Blue Cloud. Currently limited stock and only available in 6mg. We’ll be rolling more out as soon as possible as well as adding 0, 3, and 12mg strengths. This is a complicated juice and will only be produced in batches. Each Decodence juice comes packaged in a sealed can with the 30ml glass bottle and an additional 5ml LDPE Convenience bottle (5ml bottle is empty).

You can find the samplers and the Decodence line HERE,  or swing by the store and pick it up in person!

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The Blog Reboot

Seriously this time… I’ll be posting updates via the blog for ‘most’ things. They’ll go out to the Twitters, facebooks, and google+’s as well. (btw, follow us on those pages!).

What’s been going on: Added a bunch of fancy stuff over the last couple of months to the USA Hardware section. The FUFDA, our own mechanical mod, made right here in the US (mostly in Fort Worth!) which is an affordable authentic and open source tube mod. No user adjustments, all atomizers fit flush, all “good” batteries fit with no rattle, just slap on an atty, put in a battery, and go. Also, I’ve got a limited stock of the TwoTonian Box mods which are parallel 18650 boxes, hand made and custom from a wonderful modder down in Florida. These use a MOSFET switch, have an aluminum chassis and have custom wood or acrylic panels on the front and back which are magnetically attached and interchangeable. This is my personal daily carry right now, I love the modern art feel of the device.

We’ve got a big ol sale going on starter kits with all the basic kits discounted, the iStick’s on sale, added the new MVP20W from Innokin, and introduced the GigantopitheKIT which is Aspires Sub Ohm battery + the Atlantis sub Ohm clearomizer. I’m currently sporting an atlantis on my Twotonian and it’s been an absolute dream to not have to fiddle with builds and get that ‘clearo’ useability with RBA style performance and vapor production/flavor.

Grizzly Vapes final flavor has launched, Simple 15 (tastes like purple). We’ll be having a pretty big celebration sale that will start either tonight or tomorrow, more on that later.

And finally… the Decodence line is live in the B&M and will be going up on the website tonight. Initially launching in 6mg only, we’ll be following up with 0, 3, and 12mg. It’s unlikely we’ll offer 18mg in this juice but if I see enough demand, we’ll consider it. Black Cloud is my ADV right now. All of the juice Ursimian puts out is amazing and I’ve been hooked on Nanner/Polar Bear for the last 2 years but… Black Cloud just takes the cake for me.

Stay tuned for a juice sale announcement this afternoon, and make sure you like/follow/share, word of mouth is the only marketing I have in my budget ;)

 

-Lance

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