know, I know…. I don’t review pods! Well normally I wouldn’t review a
pod device but this company contacted me many months ago and asked if I
would review something. I didn’t hear anything else for ages, and then a
few weeks ago they contacted me and told me they had dispatched the
Slide, so…. we’ll give this a go.
Huge thanks to Vladdin for sending this over, lets have a look
Vladdin Slide Specs:
Size82mm x 45.8mm x 20.2mm Pod Capacity 2ml Maximum Output 12W Maximum Voltage 3.45V Battery Type Single built-in 103030 battery Battery Capacity 1000mAh Material Aluminum Alloy & Plastic
In The Box:
1 x VLADDIN Slide device 1 x VLADDIN Slide Pod (0.8Ω mesh coil Pre-installed) 1 x 1.2Ω Regular coil (Spare) 1 x USB cable 1 x User’s manual 1 x Warranty card
Initial Impressions on the Vladdin Slide Pod Kit
comes beautifully boxed, with a lift up, hinged kind of lid to the box,
and everything is nestled inside with little pull tabs so you can get
the pod and device out easily. I have broken nails before now trying to
get devices out of boxes when they are rammed in so tight, yes its great
that the device is properly protected for transporting, but when you
need a hammer and chisel to remove it from that packaging that can be a
the tabs do help massively with removing the Slide from the box, and oh
my goodness this is the cutest little device ever! It reminds me of all
those big box mods you’ve seen with the resin side panels, but just in
mini! The resin only covers the slide door, and the rest of device is
I’m thinking aluminum or some kind of alloy. I actually thought it was
plastic but if you tap it on your teeth (which I normally do to find out
if something is plastic or metal) then to me it has that metal kind of
sound to it. Yup, should have just read the specs… Aluminum Alloy.
Huge thanks to Eleaf for sending out the iStick T80 Kit with Pesso
tank for me to try out. I like iSticks, I’ve always liked them, and the
good thing about purchasing something from Eleaf is that you know you’re
going to get a quality product. These folks have been in the vape
business for an awful long time, and it does seem that with each new
device they release they do tend to get it right first time!
So lets have a closer look at the iStick T80 kit with Pesso Tank…
iStick T80 kit specs
36mm x 28mm x 130mm Size 3000mAh Battery capacity 1-80W Wattage 2ml / 5ml E-liquid capacity 0.05Ω-3Ω Resistance range 186g
In The Box
1 x iStick T80 1 x Pesso Tank 1 x EF 0.3ohm Coil 1 x EF-M 0.6ohm Coil (Pre-installed) 1 x USB Type-C Cable 2 x User Manuals 1 x Warranty Card
iStick T80 Kit Initial Impressions
iStick T80 kit comes very well packaged in a strong cardboard box,
which is great for anything coming through the postal system these days!
(say no more) On opening the box I was over the moon to see I got a
silver iStick, and it looks impressive, quite sleek and not bulky in the
iStick itself has small branding around the bottom, Eleaf on one side
and iStick T80 on the other, it’s not in your face and to be honest with
it being white on silver, if you weren’t looking for it you wouldn’t
really notice it. I know lots of people really don’t like the branding
to be ‘in your face’ and this really isn’t.
The iStick is oval
shaped, and fits perfectly into the hand, it has the chrome coloured top
and bottom plates, and a black strip down one side where you will find
the screen and the buttons. The iStick has a springy 510 pin, so you are
going to be able to pop a favourite tank on there if you don’t fancy
using the Pesso that comes in the kit.
for the Pesso tank, personally, I think it looks a little too chunky
for the mod! But it does fit without any overhang. Because I’m in the UK
I got the 2ml version (yay for EU regs!) but there is a bubble glass
available for those not in the EU that takes the Pesso tank up to 5ml.
Istick T80 mod features:
– So the iStick T80 is a built in battery mod, and that battery is
3000mAh, so you should get plenty of run time from it. It has a max
output of 80w, hence the name T80. The iStick can be fast charged in as
little as 90 minutes, but this of course will depend on the speed of
your charger. The charging port can be found just under the adjustment
buttons on the screen section of the mod, so you can stand it up while
its charging. It is a USB type C charging port and you do get the
correct lead in the box. Another bonus is that you can vape it while
– The buttons on the iStick T80 are silver, with the main fire button
being slightly raised from the screen and oval in shape, it’s actually a
perfect fire button in my eyes. Easy to find, and perfectly positioned
to press no matter how you decide to hold the mod, or which hand you
hold it in
adjustment buttons can be found underneath the screen, small round
buttons again slightly raised, not too small that they become fiddly.
The only problem I can see is if you wanted to adjust settings while the
T80 is charging as the lead would be in the way, not a huge problem and
really just me nit picking (cos the T80 is actually not far from
Screen & Menu – Tip the mod on the
side to read the screen, you have battery icon, ohms, volts and puff
count in smaller digits, and then your watts or temp in larger digits
over to the right hand side.
The menu is in the classic Eleaf
style, press up and the fire button to enter the menu where you can
access stealth mode, change some of the screen display options, check
the version etc. And 3 clicks on the fire button will take you into the
mode options where you can choose from VW, Ti, Ni, bypass, and memory
settings. So it’s all fairly simple and easy to navigate.
get the normal array of safety features on the iStick T80, protections
for over charge, over discharge, over current, over 10s vape, and short
circuit. And the best point for me you can lock those adjustment buttons
by pressing up and down together. This means you can throw the T80 in
your pocket and the wattage isn’t going to alter without you knowing!
Thank you Eleaf!
The Pesso Tank Features
So airflow on the Pesso is very impressive, ranging from one tiny
airflow hole, to a gaping chasm! You can alter the Pesso to suit your
vaping style perfectly. Wide open really is super airy, and the smallest
hole is perfect for those that prefer a very restricted draw. Airflow
is altered by twisting the collar around the bottom of the tank.
The Pesso tank has built in child safety features for filling, an arrow
on the side tells you which direction the top cap needs to be pushed to
open the tank for filling, but you will also need to press the small
button on the side while pushing, and this unlocks the cap. The filling
hole is covered by a silicone seal, there is a slit in this that you
push the nozzle through but if you’re using chunky bottles you will want
to remove the mouthpiece before filling, as the bottle won’t fit side
by side with the mouthpiece in place. Make sure to fill slowly, and even
though I do fill slowly for some annoying reason I still tend to get
liquid pushing back up through the seal when the tank is almost full, so
you may want to stop filling a little before the tank is completely
Changing the Coil
– So the Pesso tank comes with some great safety features, and changing
the coil is no different. Remove the base of the tank, and you will see
the coil still inside the tank, this just pulls out, and as you pull it
out some kind of magic happens inside the tank to seal it! This means
no liquid spillage! When you push the new coil in, this opens the the
tank back up and allows liquid back in to the coil, clever eh!
Prime The Coil! Always make sure to prime any new coils before popping them in, just drip some liquid onto the cotton that you can see through the liquid inlet holes around the coil (and for extra measures I normally squeeze a little onto the cotton inside the coil too) pop the coil into the tank and give it a couple of minutes to fully saturate the wick. This will save your first vape on a new coil tasting like a burning kleenex!
How does the iStick T80 and Pesso Tank Perform
Its fab! To be honest I wouldn’t expect any less from Eleaf, they really have perfected the art of vaping these days.
using the 0.6ohm coil rated at 8 – 35w, and I have been using it at
around 32w, and the flavour and vapour is just what you would expect
from Eleaf… pretty damn good! Obviously the lower you drop the wattage
the less vapour you get, but use it on its max allowed 35w and you can
blow some pretty decent clouds. One thing worth a mention is that you
will need to run a couple of tanks of liquid through the coil before the
flavour really kicks in and you start to taste all of the flavour notes
that are in the liquid.
I haven’t had chance to use the 0.3ohm
coil yet (for the simple fact I’m enjoying the 0.6ohm at the moment) but
I think I can guess that it’s going to be great.
The iStick T80
works flawlessly, no misfires, no power adjusting (because the buttons
lock!) It really is a little power house.
Final Thoughts on The iStick T80 Kit with Pesso Tank.
think it’s great, I love how comfy it is to hold, after months of using
chunky box mods this little thing is a pure delight to have in my hand.
Downside I guess is that I can’t swap out the battery, but for a kit
mod that’s a small price to pay.
It looks good, it has a timeless kind of classy look to it, that would still look good 2 or 3 years down the line. It vapes well, and feels great and I think this is going to suit brand new vapers, and well established vapers alike.
Will the iStick T80 kit be retired to the shelf?
– Of course once I have used the coils that come with the kit I won’t
purchase more as I tend to use RTA’s, so the Pesso tank will either sit
on the shelf, or I may hand it to someone who likes using stock coils.
The iStick T80 however will certainly have a place for daily use, it’s
going to be a great little mod for out and about and trips into town.
Ceekays Shack Score
I honestly don’t need to knock any points off the score for this kit, it does what it should and that deserves a fantastic 5/5
If you fancy a great little starter kit, the head over to the official Eleaf site and check out the iStick T80 kit for $52.92, or you can check your local vape store.
Tell us your thoughts on the iStick T80 kit in the comments below, or pop over to our forum
want to say huge thanks to our sponsor Ave40.com for sending out this
Dovpo M VV-II mod, a simple mod in the very simplest of terms! It
doesn’t get much more basic than this…. Let’s see what it has to
1 * M VV II 2 Device 1 * USB Type-C Cable 1 * Instruction Manual
Dovpo M VV-II Initial Impressions
the Dovpo M VV mark 2 comes pretty well packaged, not the strongest
packaging I’ve seen but it’s enough to protect the contents inside. You
have a clear plastic window that allows you to see the mod before you
take the lid off, so you don’t get that initial excitement of opening
the box to see what’s in there…
The Dovpo M VV-II… well I
like it. It kind of reminds me a little bit with the artwork of the
Asvape Michael mod (only this is more plastic) It has that Tattoo kind
of vibe to it. I really do like the design, its a devil, or demon or
something like that, lots of swirls and maybe vapour going on around the
outside of the head, and the whole thing is black and white apart from
red lips! The design is called ‘Hannya’ and according to WIKI –
Hannya (般若) mask is a mask used in Noh theater, representing a jealous
female demon. It possesses two sharp bull-like horns, metallic eyes, and
a leering mouth.
Massive thanks to our sponsor Efun.top for sending out the Hugo Vapor
Rader Eco for me to have a play with. The Rader Eco is a dual battery,
200W box mod, and it comes in all kinds of outrageous colours! Let’s
have a look…
Hugo Vapor Rader Eco Specs:
Size – 42 x 40 x 84mm Material – Zinc Alloly+ABS+Stainles steel Wattage Range – 1.0-200W Voltage Range – 6.2-8.4V Output Ampere – 50A(Max) Resistance – 0.06-3.0ohm Charging Amperes – 2A(Max) Screen – 0.96-inch OLED Modes – VW/VV/Bypass/Curve Heating Battery – 2x 18650 cell (Not included) Thread – 510 spring load
In The Box:
1x Rader ECO MOD (no cell) 1x USB cable 1x User Manual 1x Warranty Card 1x Battery Warning Card
The Rader Eco Mod Initial Impressions
Rader Eco comes well packaged in a black box, with one accessory, a
charging cable, and that’s it. When I opened the box it was like someone
pulled back the clouds and there was the sun… Yup! I got the yellow
one, Oh boy! Oh but it’s not just yellow, its yellow with black
speckles. It’s like a cross between a speckled bird egg and Spongebob!
Giving a huge thanks and shout-out to Ave40.com for sending out the
Hellvape & Suck My Mod ‘Passage’ RDA. Strange name for an RDA you’re
thinking! It is, but it’s due to the airflow configuration on this RDA,
yes it has ‘holes’ but those holes are divided up and grouped into 3
slots – passages. It’s kinda weird…. but it works!
1 x 24mm Passage RDA 1 x Spare 810 DT 1 x 510 Adapter 1 x BF pin 1 x Accessory Bag 1 x Passage Sticker 1 x User Manual
Hellvape Passage Initial Impressions
Hellvape Passage comes nicely presented in a very ‘orange’ box! I got
the matte black RDA which is kinda ‘me’h’ but it does match a couple of
black mods that I have. It’s a 24mm RDA however the barrel is designed
at 24mm at the bottom and then it goes to around 26mm in the middle and
back down to 24 mm at the top… it’s different to the straight barrels
you get on most mods.
It has a red ‘Anti bacterial’ (Ag+) low
profile mouthpiece, which is a great idea but I think it may be a bit of
a novelty as I’m not intending to let any strangers ‘Suck my Mod’!
And if I did then I would still be wiping the mouthpiece down afterwards anyway
has the Passage logo on the side, which is 3 arrows in a circle and a
large ‘P’ inside, and on the base you get the Hellvape logo, Suck My
Mod, and of course the name Passage.
We’ll get into the airflow a little later…It’s not the best looking RDA I’ve ever seen, but it’s also not the worst.
Hellvape & Suck My Mod Passage RDA Features
– So the Passage can be separated into 3 sections (or 4 if you count
the mouthpiece) top cap, barrel and base. The top cap is a nice chunky
piece of work. It’s conical shaped inside and this should help with
flavour. The top cap houses the air flow holes in the channels (or
passages) 5 on the outer 2 passages, and 6 on the middle. Now these air
flow holes sit way down below the air flow slot on the actual barrel,
and the air flows though them and up the passages to the slot at the
top. Clever idea! It’s this top cap that you will twist to open and
close the airflow. The Passage top cap is knurled around the top section
and it does really help with gripping and twisting.
– So the barrel section of the Hellvape Passage seems kind of flimsy
compared to the rest of the RDA. It just feels like the metal is very
thin, thought I can’t squish it if I squeeze it so it must be pretty
strong. It has a kind of notch locking mechanism around the base which
helps to line up the air flow directly on the coil, and also catches to
help when removing the RDA from your mod if you’ve over tightened it a
little. If you remove the barrel, when your popping it back on, push
down and then twist and you will feel that barrel lock into place.
– The base of the Passage RDA has 2 posts, these have screws at the top
and a clamp in each one that will clamp your coils into position. The
downside to this for me, is that both coils fit into the same post, one
from each side. The juice well is nice deep, and you will fit plenty of
liquid in there whether you’re squonking or dripping.
Hellvape Passage RDA – Coiling and Wicking
want to point out first that you don’t get any wick or coils with the
Passage RDA (I guess WOTOFO has spoiled us all!) So you will need to
make your own coils, or buy some.
Coiling – So
coiling the Passage isn’t as easy as I would have liked it to be. Now
since actually coiling my RDA I have watched a video or two to see how
others got on, and there seems to be a couple of ways of doing it.
way was to pop both coil legs under each clamp, straighten them up and
try and get the legs shoved through properly, then tighten down the
clamps. After making sure the clamps are nice and tight then I have to
try and move the coil up or out of the way slightly while I trim the
legs from the coil on the other side. This is where I do tend to
struggle, and in typical me fashion I did manage to snip one of my coils
(luckily it hadn’t done mega damage, and the coil did still work) For
me this is way too finicky! I like simple, and this type of deck for me,
just isn’t simple enough. I don’t like my coils to share posts. Once
you have snipped the legs from each coil, you can straighten them out
and get them positioned how you want them to be.
The other way I
have seen someone coil the Passage RDA is to pop one leg under the
clamp, and the leg from the other coil over the top of the clamp and
just under the screw. I really don’t know if this would be easier or not
as you still can’t tighten down the clamp on just one leg… so
personal preference I guess.
My coils ended up quite messy, but I really couldn’t be bothered to do anything else to try and tidy them up
– Of course wicking the Passage RDA is super simple. Just pass the wick
through the coil, leaving a fair amount of cotton either side, then
just push it down into the juice well.
How does the HellVape Passage perform?
made 2 x 8 wrap clapton coils which, when fitted measured around 0.38
ohms, vaping these at around 60w and the whole vape experience is just a
really nice, smooth vape experience. The flavour is actually really
good (using some Jax Custard, Fudge flavour) and of course its sub-ohm
so masses of vapour too. I could go higher with the power and at one
stage I actually did, but the top cap gets extremely hot, and I just
hated touching it with my lips. So if you’re going higher with the
wattage you may want to move away from the low profile mouthpiece and
pop something a little higher on there.
The airflow works really
well, but it’s not quite as airy as I actually thought it would be,
even with the airflow wide open it still feels a little bit on the
restricted side. Now if you want a tighter airflow you can close those
passages down one by one (or inbetween) until you get the airflow just
how you want it, and it does tighten right down!
that surprised me is that the airflow is fairly quiet! I was expecting
whistles or whooshes… I mean of course you can hear it, but it isn’t
overly noisy, so that’s actually a massive bonus as I’ve sold certain
RDA’s due to the super annoying noise that they make.
Final Thoughts on the Hellvape & Suck My Mod ‘Passage’ RDA
in mind that I have only used it in dripper mode (so check out some
other reviews if you want to know how it is in squonk mode) I like it!
you’re dripping you can get a hell of a lot of liquid in there… the
downside of course is if you hold it slightly sideways the juice does
come out of the airflow holes and up those passages and then down your
shirt! (Yeah I know don’t hold it sideways)… so it looks like you need
to make sure that those airflow passages are always at the sides while
your vaping, not at the top and bottom. Or just don’t tip your mod so
Is that a negative? Not really… just something to be aware of.
more thing, also not a negative but worth pointing out. If you’re a bit
of a chain vaper, don’t vape at super high wattages, as this RDA is
going to get extremely hot. So either knock the power down a bit or, pop
a higher mouthpiece on.
There are no other real ‘niggles’. The Hellvape Passage looks decent, and it vapes really well.
wouldn’t say that the Passage is suitable for newer RDA vapers, simply
for the fact I struggled to get those coils in properly. However if
you’re more experienced with RDA’s… I think you folks are gonna love
it… as long as you don’t want something super airy! If that’s what you
prefer, then maybe take a look for something else.
Will the Hellvape Passage be retired to the shelf?
– Well, I don’t use RDA’s daily anyway (apart from one – The Profile,
and I haven’t found anything to replace that yet) So yeah, it will sit
on the shelf, but it will be coiled up and ready to vape if I fancy a
little RDA action!
Ceekays Shack Score
are no massive negatives to the Hellvape Passage RDA that I can find,
yes it has those couple of niggles, but I honestly don’t see any point
in minusing marks from the overall score for them, as they really are
just down to common sense. So the Hellvape & Suck My Mod ‘Passage’
RDA gets a well deserved 5/5 from me
If this RDA sounds like it could be for you, then pop over to our sponsors site Ave40 and check out the Hellvape Passage RDA at $35.99, and it comes in a massive array of colours as well.
What do you think of the Hellvape Passage RDA? Leave a comment below or pop over to our forum:
1*iJust mini Battery 1*iJust mini Atomizer 1*GT M 0.6ohm Head 1*GT 1.2ohm Head 1*Micro USB cable 2*User Manuals Spare Parts
Ijust Mini Kit – Initial Impressions
I have always been quite a fan of the iJust kits, and I have tried a few. Eleaf tend to change the exterior design add a new coil or two and call it a new kit. Really, this is just a scaled down version of the previous ones, with… yep you guessed it, another new coil, and a ton of great safety features!
A massive thanks to our new sponsor Ave40.com for sending me out the
Rincoe Mechman kit to give a try. To be honest they didn’t actually send
the kit, but the mod and tank separate, reason for telling you this I
only got one coil, and I believe the kit comes with two. Anyhow…. lets see what it’s like.
Rincoe Mechman specs
Mechman 228W TC mod Dimension: 53.8x 29.2x90mm Power range: 1-228W TC modes support: Ni200/Ti/ SS Power mode(VW/BYPASS): 0.08-5.0ohm(0.3ohm recommended) TC mode (Nickel/Titanium/Stainless/TCR): 0.05-3.5ohm(0.15ohm recommended) Battery: Dual replaceable high rate 18650 cells (CDC≥25A, Not Included)
Mechman Mesh tank Dimension: 28 x 36mm Tank capacity: 4.5ml(max) Resistance: single mesh coil: 0.25ohm; Dual mesh coil: 0.2ohm Drip Tip: 810 drip tip Material: Resin/Stainless steel/Quartz bubble glass
In the box (kit)
1x Mechman 228W mod 1x Mechman mesh tank (single mesh coil 0.25ohm) 1x Extra dual mesh coil 0.2ohm 1x Extra bubble glass tube 1x Accessory 1x Certificate card 1x User manual 1x USB Charging cable
Rincoe Mechman Kit Initial Impressions
my mod came boxed (my tank didn’t) Nice strong box means the mod is
nice and safe in transit, but we’re not gonna talk about the box…. So
the mod is heavy! It’s a dual 18650 battery mod and when those batteries
are installed it’s a real hefty piece of kit. Of course that tends to
lend itself to a quality feel and this really does feel like a decent
Firstly, OFRF is pronounced OFF! Apparently the R is silent…. ok now
that’s out the way OFRF emailed me to ask if I would like to check out
their new Sub-Ohm tank with a brand new conical nexMESH coil. Don’t mind
if I do I thought! So a massive thanks and shout out to OFRF for
sending me out the nexMESH sub-ohm tank, along with a t-shirt and the
most amazing coffee mug! If you don’t fancy the tank then at least get the mug!…. best shaped mug ever, honestly!
Fast forward a couple of weeks and the package landed in my porch….
OFRF nexMesh Sub-Ohm Tank Specs:
Size: 25 x 40.5mm Capacity: 4ml Refill: Top filling Resistance: 0.20Ω A1 NexMesh Coil; 0.15Ω S.S.316L NexMesh Coil Thread: 510
Coil & Tank Features:
A1 And 316L Mesh Coils For Great Texture Double Cotton Design & Dual Vapor Compression System Thicker Mesh Weave And Smoother Airflow Top Filling System 4ml Large E-Juice Capacity With Leakage-Proof Design
In The Box:
1 nexMESH sub Ohm Tank 1 A1 nexMESH Conical Mesh Coil 0.20 Ohms (Pre-Installed) 1 SS 316L Conical Mesh Coil 0.15 Ohms 1 PCGT tube 4ml (Pre-Installed) 1 Bubble Glass Tube 5.5ml 1 User Manual Replacement O Rings
And you also get stickers!! Some people like stickers!
OFRF nexMesh Sub-Ohm Tank Initial Thoughts
start with the packaging, it comes nicely boxed, the packaging is
pretty plain but well made and not something that’s going to get crushed
going through the postal system. Opening the box and ughh the tank is
black, now I know that doesn’t detract from the performance but for me
black is worst colour for anything vape related, I like shiny, I like
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Massive thanks to Wotofo for sending out their newest RDA, the Recurve
Dual which is a collaboration between them and good old Mike Vapes. I
like Mike, watch his reviews now and again, and absolutely love the
Recurve squonk mod that they brought out a while ago.
thought that I had got the original single coil recurve, but a quick
check on the shelf and a-top of my mods and it looks like I haven’t, so
this isn’t (actually it can’t be) a comparison type of review as I
don’t have the original to compare it to…
Either way, lets take a look at the Recurve dual.
Recurve Dual Specs:
Diameter: 24mm Overall Height: 34mm (with drip tip and 510 pin) Threading: 510 thread Drip Tip: 810 Body Material: Stainless steel Coil Configuration: Dual coil Juice Feeding Method: Drip/Squonk Insulator Material: German PEEK Wattage Range: 40-120W
the Recurve Dual arrived in the normal green and black Wotofo
packaging, with a clear see through lid, and nestled in the black foam
was the RDA. First look and it’s extremely plain! No over the top
branding, and no curved cap like the original Recurve (that’s the only
comparison I intend to make) Just a slight curve on the very top of the
cap. It’s a 24mm RDA so will fit vast majority of my mods (good thing)
meaning it’s not too chunky as some dual coil RDAs are.