HellVape & Suck My Mod – Passage RDA Review

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!

Hellvape Passage Specs:

Diameter: 24mm
Coil Type: dual Coils
Drip Tip: 810 Drip Tip
Thread: 510
Color: Blue, Purple, Matte Black, Full Black, 7-color, Gunmetal, SS, Black, Gold

In The Box

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

The 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’! 

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And if I did then I would still be wiping the mouthpiece down afterwards anyway 

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It 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

Top Cap – 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.

The Barrel – 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 – 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

I 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.

My 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 

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Wicking – 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?

I 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!

Something else 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

Bearing 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!

When 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 far 

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Is that a negative? Not really…  just something to be aware of.

One 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.

I 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

There 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

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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. 

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The Rincoe Mechman Kit Review

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

So 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 quality mod! 

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Ceekays Vape Shack Reviews – Forum

We now have a forum integrated into the review blog! How fab is that 😀

I gathered that not many vapers really like the old style SMF forum layout that we have, so I decided to add a forum right here. You can find it via the ‘Forum’ button at the top menu bar, or here.

Now bear in mind this is a brand new forum, and still in its infancy stage. More categories and sub forums will be added as needed, but if you fancy being part of a brand new community, then why not come and join us!

We’re here to help with problems, offer advice if we can, and chat about anything vape related, from vendors and manufacturers, to mods and tanks.

Please feel free to come and register with us, or login via Facebook, and have a look around. Suggestions for sub-forums and boards are always welcome as we’d like you to feel a valued part of our sparkling new venture!

So why not tell your friends and family, and we’ll hopefully see you there! 🙂

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‘Black Angel’ Review – A Stabwood E-Pipe Hand Made by Vapesmarter

A couple of weeks ago the lovely Vapesmarter got in touch and asked if he could send me something to have a look at, he was interested to hear my thoughts on a vape device he’d made. Knowing nothing more than this, I agreed (quite excited actually as it’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a Vapesmarter mod) 

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A little run down on Vapesmarter… His name is Stu (and he has the cutest little dog called Alfie!) he’s a mod maker, and he makes vape products from sustainable wood that he sources in the UK. Sometimes adding resin to make Stabwood. Everything is done by hand in his workshop from start to finish. Stu will liaise with the vaper to agree design, colours, board, and whatever else is needed to make each vape device exactly what the customer wants, and each piece is truly unique!

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The Augvape VX200 Review – Cheap & Cheerful?

So Todays review is on the Augvape VX200 box mod, a simple looking dual 18650 mod that packs quite a punch. This was sent to me by Urvapin.com, so a huge shout out and thank you to those guys n gals over there! 

Augvape VX200 Specs:

Material: ABS+PC plastic
Size: 87.5*45*29.2mm
Standby current: < 100 μA
Power range: 5-200 W
Voltage range: 0.2-7.2 V
Resistance range: 0.05-3.0Ω
Output current : 40 A
Working efficiency: 94%

In The Box

1x VX200 Box Mod
1x USB Cable
1x User Manual

Initial Thoughts on the Augvape VX200

So my first thoughts when I opened the box was how plain the mod is. Removing it from the box was quite a shocker, there is just no weight to VX200 mod what so ever! Seriously lightweight! 😮

The front and back panels are a kind of see through black plastic, the sides are a dark grey plastic. The bottom and top, yep you guessed it… plastic. So if you want something lightweight this will be perfect. It does however give it a cheap kind of feel.

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Eleaf iStick Rim & Melo 5 Tank – Reviewed!

A huge thank you to Eleaf for sending me out the latest in the line of iStick products, the Rim. This comes paired as a kit with the Melo 5 tank.

The iStick Rim is a 3000mAh internal battery 80w mod, and with the slogan ‘Color your life’ on the Eleaf website, yep you guessed it, there are a couple of wacky designs in the mix. 

iStick Rim & Melo 5 specs

Size: 30.3*36.0*133.0mm
Weight: 187.4g
liquid capacity: 4ml/2ml
Battery capacity: 3000mAh
Output wattage: 80W max
Resistance range: 0.05-3.0Ω
Colors: Rainbow, Wildness, Macaron, E-Green, Darkness, Maze

In The Box

1* iStick Rim Battery
1* MELO 5 Atomizer
1* EC-S 0.6ohm Head
1* EC-M 0.15ohm Head
1* QC3.0 USB Cable
2* User Manuals
Spare Parts

Initial Impressions on the iStick Rim

So I was pretty shocked by the colour and design when I first opened the box, it’s not what you could call a pretty mod, but it did kind of grow on me over the next couple of minutes. I got the E-green one, it has a scaly pattern, but catch it in the light and you can see a blue sheen over the top 

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ECOFRI Gear Box Mod Review

A massive thanks to our newest sponsor Elegomall.com for sending me out the Gearbox 200w box mod to have a look over. The main point that caught my eye with this mod was the ‘Wireless charging’ option! Hmmm new innovation… but how does it perform? Lets see.

Gearbox Specs:

Edge-to-edge IML panel, fit in palm of hand perfectly
Knob button design, easy to operate 
VM OMIN chip supports wireless 1.5A fast charging
2.5A quick charging save time
OLED screen display
Size: 26 x 55 x 92mm
Battery: Dual 18650
Working Voltage: 6.4-8.4V
Charging Current: 2.5A
Temperature: 2100℃~300℃
Wireless Charging: 1.5A(10W)

In The Box:

1 x Gear Box Mod 
1 x USB Cable
1 x Wireless Charger
1 x User Manual

Initial Impressions

So the Ecofri Gear Box Mod comes pretty well packaged (but don’t all mods these days!) And my first look at the mod left me quite impressed, it’s actually not a bad looking mod at all. I really like the gunmetal finish on the edges, and this also looks like its lacquered too giving it a bit of extra protection from knocks and scratches.

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Wismec Tinker Review

This was sent to me by one of our old sponsors, and I’ve only just got round to having a little play with it. So this isn’t going to be a full review, but more of a ‘quick look around’ the Tinker, and a few thoughts on the mod.

Thanks to Vapesourcing for your sponsorship over the last 12 months, and this is the Wismec Tinker.

Initial Thoughts On The Wismec Tinker

So the Tinker is a triple 18650 battery mod, that can reach 300w! The last triple battery mod I owned was the very first Realeaux… I took it out of the box, popped the batteries in, took them back out, put it back in the box and sold it! The weight of 3 batteries in a mod just isn’t for me, and it wasn’t comfy to hold either.

So the Tinker is inspired by a classic Nike sport shoe! What the?….. 

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The Dovpo Topside Squonk Mod Review – Top Marks For Dovpo?

A massive thanks to Vapesourcing.com for sending out the Dovpo Topside for me to have a play with. I’ve heard people mention this, and what a fantastic innovation it is, a top filling squonker means no more wasted liquid, and no faffing about with filler bottles. I actually couldn’t wait to get my mitts on it. 

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Dovpo Topside Specs:

Size: 92.00mm*54.0mm*27.0mm
Wattage Range: 0-90W
Screen Size: 0.96’’
Material: Zinc Alloy, Aluminum Alloy, Stainless Steel (All parts that have contact with e-liquid are made from food grade stainless steel and silicone)
Input Voltage Range: 0.08Ω -3.5Ω
Working Mode: VW, Bypass, TC
Thread: Gold-plated Spring Loaded 510

In The Box

1* Topside Mod(no cell)
1* Bottle (pre-installed)
1* Extra Bottle Kit
1* 1*18650 Battery Adapter
1* USB Cable
1* User Manual
1* Card

The Dovpo Topside Initial Thoughts

So the Topside is a collaboration between Dovpo (of course) and Brian from The Vapor Chronicles, I love it when actual Vapers team up with manufacturers, this means we get something that has been properly thought out!

The Topside comes in a plastic box, with a covering cardboard sleeve, and inside the box as well as the Topside you get a little card from Brian, with a quick note about him being the creator, and of course plugging his youtube channel, but at the bottom Brian urges us all to ‘Think outside the box!’ And this is exactly what he has done with the box, because once you have removed the contents it doubles up as a little storage container for your wire and wick, and the top panel has 4 holes that will serve as an atty stand! Fantastic start! 

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On the Dovpo Topside Mod, well first impressions were…. It’s kind of heavy, even without the battery, but it does have a very ‘quality’ feel to it. Next impressions were… it’s kind of ugly! It  looks like a stretched out Pico that someone has molded and squished the sides in.

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The iJoy Shogun Univ Mod Review – There’s a New Dictator In Town!

A quick shout out to Urvapin.com for sending over the iJoy Shogun Univ Mod for me to try out. I’ve been using this for the last week, and yes it does have some similarities with the Voopoo Drag 2, but the real question is, is it better?

iJoy Shogun Univ 180w Box Mod Specs:

Size: 88*55*28.40mm
Screen Size: 0.96 inches
Power Range: 1-180W
Battery: Dual 18650 batteries(batteries excluded)
Battery Capacity: 6000mAh
Output Voltage Range: 0-7.5V
Resistance Range: 0.05~3.0 ohm
Temperature Range: 300-600℉/149-316℃
Output Current: 0-45A
Material: Zinc Alloy & Resin
Charging Port: Micro USB

iJoy Shogun Univ 180w Box Mod Package Includes:

1* IJOY SHOGUN Univ MOD
1* USB Cable
1* Manual
1* Warranty Card

Initial Thoughts On The iJoy Shogun Univ Box Mod

The Shogun comes well packaged in a nice solid box, with a sleeve around the outside with a pic of a samurai or ninja or something along those lines on the front, but I don’t care about the box, I just care about what’s inside!

The Shogun isn’t a bad looking mod, it has resin panels to both sides, iJoy haven’t cut corners and put resin on just one side, and splattered the name of the mod across the other, they made it even looking! This is good, I like resin, and I like to see it on both sides. The colour of my resin is red and green and being totally honest this is probably the worst looking one of all the choices. I’m more into blue’s and purples, but it’s still not a bad looking mod. The resin itself has a kind of rubbery feel to it, its lovely and smooth to sit and caress! 

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