Vandy Vape Kylin RTA V2 Review | Postless Deck Made Easy

Product intro

The Kylin RTA was one of Vandy Vape’s most popular tanks to date. Based on its success, they released the Kylin Mini, which was also a big hit. Today we are looking at the Kylin V2, the latest update in the Kylin line-up. It features a few updates to the original, while maintaining a familiar design and aesthetic.

The tank features the same post-less “halfpipe-style” deck from the V1, but with an updated airflow design. It also utilizes a new top-filling system that snaps open to reveal a big fill port. The Kylin series is best known for its great flavor, so let’s find out whether or not this has been improved on the version 2.

Build quality and design

Vandy Vape Kylin V2 RTA

The Kylin V2 is 24 mm in diameter and holds 3 mL with the straight glass tube, or 5 mL with the 26 mm extension. It holds almost as much as the V1 with the extended glass, while maintaining a low-profile design. It also allows your coils to sit a little bit closer to your mouthpiece, which is another big plus.

Overall it feels well machined, the threading is very smooth. I didn’t have any issues taking the tank apart for cleaning and building. The Kylin V2 includes a Goon-style resin drip tip that’s compatible with my Half Moon drip tips, and has a similar look to it. It comes with a wider black mouthpiece and a 510 drip tip adapter.

The Kylin now has a sliding top-fill mechanism. It takes a bit of force to get it fully open, but it makes a nice snapping sound when you do. It doesn’t seem to shut with the same authority. Be sure to close it all the way, without leaving a lip on the edge. The tank has a small engraved dot on the top to indicate where it opens, but I found it very hard to locate even in good lighting, which was a bummer. On the Vandy Vape website, the final production model is pictured with a more visible arrow on top instead.

I like the matte black finish on the one that I received, and some of the other color options look nice too. I’m not in love with the overall aesthetics, but it has a gear-style textured design that reminds me of the old Twisted Messes RDA, which is cool. I can’t complain, it has a simplistic design that I do appreciate.

Build deck

Vandy Vape Kylin V2 RTA

Vandy Vape is sticking with a cambered-style deck. It has a U-shape, similar to a skateboard ramp. The design is postless, and accommodates both single and dual coil configurations nicely, with the coils sitting right in the center. The deck has four strong hex screws on each corner of the deck, just like the new Phobia V2 RDA. They both have a similar postless build deck that is good for trapping your leads.

The wicking slots appear to be rather slim. I’m guessing the wicking for this device is going to be very particular in order to get the right performance. The tank comes with some beefy fused claptons, so I’ll need just the right amount of cotton to go through them, tapering them down into the wick ports.

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Coil installation

Vandy Vape Kylin V2 RTA

The coil cutting tool is to key for quick coil installation. It actually cut a few minutes off the coil-building process. The tool has a sticker on it to indicate the perfect length for this particular deck. I took the coils included with the tank, and snipped them accordingly. It’s a brilliant idea that Vandy Vape now includes this tool with all their devices that have postless decks, to make them more accessible. Then I just placed the coils in the slots and tightened up the hex screws while gently holding them in place. The grub screws did a great job trapping the wire, and the overall process was easy and quick.

Wicking the device did take some trial and error. You’ll want to use a good amount of cotton to fill up the coils, but you have to cut them at an angle before tucking them into the slots. I did experience some dry hits when I first started using the Kylin V2, but after some practice, it was wicking without any problems. Fluffing your cotton helps, but more importantly, just don’t overstuff those wicking ports. Also, if you don’t use enough cotton, you’ll get some spitback and possible leakage from the bottom airflow slots.

Performance

Vandy Vape Kylin V2 RTA

Initially I was having some issues with dry hits, and I was not happy. It turns out it was the e-juice I was using. It had a ton of sweetener in it, and wasn’t doing very well at 60 watts with 0.15 ohm dual coils. I had better luck at 50 watts, but I wasn’t really able to chain vape it with the airflow wide open. I decided to switch it out for one with less sweetener, and with a similar PG/VG ratio. It started wicking much better, and I was able to chain vape it at 60 watts, no problem — even with the airflow maxed out.

The tank seems to be running through e-juice incredibly fast using the stock coils. I can almost count on my fingers the amount of puffs I can take until it’s time to fill. The Kylin V2 doesn’t wick down to the last drop either, it starts to give you dry hits if you don’t fill it up in time, which comes faster than you think. Just keep an eye on it. Make sure to close the airflow holes when filling and never leave the top open, or it can start to leak from the bottom.

Once I got the wicking just right, the performance was on point. I am getting a very saturated vape from this tank — it’s juicy! The vapor is warm, condensed and flavorful, especially using a dual-coil setup. It still performed well in single coil mode, but puts out a lot more flavor in a dual coil configuration. The tank can accommodate coils with a 3.5 mm ID, I wouldn’t go much bigger despite its large chimney.

I played around a bit with the coil placement but it didn’t have a huge impact on the overall performance. I liked having the dual coils right the middle, above the airflow and as close as possible without touching. The clouds it produced were dense and thick, the kind that slowly drift to the floor. It chucks for sure. I would classify this as more of a flavor chasing tank, but it does great with clouds too.

Airflow

Vandy Vape Kylin V2 RTA

The airflow on the Kylin V2 is incredibly smooth. It provides enough airflow for clouds while maintaining very saturated flavor. It still has a bit of restrictiveness, even at its widest setting, which I like. The deck has a bevelled insert that directs the airflow up through the center of the deck, right beneath your coils. It looks like it’s made out of ceramic, but there is no official word from Vandy Vape on the material used.

I think the slight restriction is caused by the deck, because it has narrow airflow slots, instead of the four big holes on the original. This also contributes to the smoothness of the draw, which is noticeable. Closing off the airflow halfway gives you a smooth restrictive lung hit, with warm condensed flavor. The Kylin V2 puts out more than enough airflow for the mid to high wattage output range.

Pros / Cons

  • Saturated flavor
  • Easy to build
  • Easy top-fill
  • Smooth airflow
  • Nice resin drip tip
  • Single/dual coil compatible
  • Dense cloud production
  • Must close airflow when filling
  • Wicking requires precision

Verdict

With all things considered, the Kylin V2 is a solid RTA. It’s well constructed and comes with all the extra bells and whistles like a coil-cutting tool, a cool resin drip tip and some nice fused Claptons. I wouldn’t recommend it to a beginner vaper because of the wicking situation, but I would to the more experienced builders and flavor chasers. You might not nail it down right away, but when you do, it’s flavor for days!

If you already own the original Kylin RTA, this may just be the upgrade you’ve been waiting for. The V2 has a more modern look and comes with improved performance. It’s a nice overall value, especially considering the price. If you’re looking for a low-profile rebuildable tank with awesome flavor, and you have some experience with wicking RTAs, then you are going to appreciate this tank. What do you think about the Vandy Vape Kylin V2 RTA? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Hotcig G100 – style and quality

The company Hotcig is again on the front pages of our portal. Most recently, they presented an outstanding AIO set and now they rolled out a single can mod. It is noteworthy that the developers did not load this new product with “useless” non-service in order to cut down more on the release. But quite the contrary, they gave the user the right to independently choose the best option without overpayment for what he will not use. 

Hotcig G100 
Hotcig G100 - style and quality ...
Dimensions: 92 x 34 x 31mm 
Weight: unknown 
Case material: zinc alloy + plastic 
Food: 1 x 18650/1 x 20700/1 x 21700 
Chipset: HM chip waterproof 
Output power: 5 – 100W 
Operating mode:POWER, TC (NI200, SS, TI), BYPASS 
Temperature range: 200 – 600/100 – 315 ℃ 
Supported resistance: 0.1 – 3.0Ω 
Protection: from low / high resistance, from overheating, from short circuit, from incorrect polarity, overcharge / overdischarge 
Connector type: steel 510, pin gold-plated, spring-loaded 
Screen / diagonal: yes, 0.9 ” 
Update / firmware: probably 
Micro-USB port / charge: yes, charging current is unknown 
Color: see photo below 
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Package
contents – G100 mod 
– battery adapter size 18650 
– USB cable 
– user manual
– warranty card 

Exterior of our hero is quite decent, even handsome and stylish. On this, not every atom will look. There is absolutely no décor at all – on the contrary, clear and strict, but rounded lines. And the form factor is quite comfortable and acceptable. In short, the developers worked – you can not say otherwise. 
Hotcig G100 - style and quality ...
The color scheme is not very rich, only three colors. Well, thanks for that. 
Hotcig G100 - style and quality ...
The steel landing area, apparently, is not worth worrying about especially for landing large atoms. 
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The control panel is minimalistic, supports the overall concept of decoration. The buttons are small, they seem to be hidden in the case, without attracting too much attention. The display is monochrome small, right at the base, but on the side panel there is a connector for charging the battery and probably the firmware of the device.
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Compartment for the battery did not show us, most likely it is hidden behind a removable panel on the back of the device. It is noteworthy that the developers instilled in the novelty omnivorous in terms of used batteries, and did not forget to attach the adapter for smaller sizes. 
Hotcig G100 - style and quality ...
Performance is decent for this segment. Inside it already familiar, but modernized, waterproof control chipset. 
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Review: Hotcig RSQ 80W BF

The box RSQ 80W BF Hotcig is a  box electronic BF  very well done and pleasant to use, but its connection is too short and its perfectible electronics. It can be excellent or average depending on the use we have.

The finishes are excellent

The box RSQ 80W BF is marketed by Hotcig but it is the moderator Rig Mod , whose logo occupies all the back of the box, we owe its design. The realization is really neat, and finishes significantly above what its price would leave a priori think. The adjustments are clean, the box is made of solid metal that immediately inspires confidence. The weight feels a little, with 154 g on the scale, but remains quite reasonable and ultimately contributes to the impression of robustness of the box.

The design of the front is sober and classic, with buttons that have no play, which is rare enough to be appreciated. The monochrome screen has a small retro side, but especially it is particularly matte and contrasted, which allows it to remain legible even in the sun.

The door provides access to the battery compartment 18650 and the bottle, it is well maintained with 2 huge magnets. She has a small game in his home, as is very often the case but it is thick and very solid. There is no tab to remove the battery, but the notch to pass the finger down the battery is effective as you do not have the hands of lumberjack.

No door against the back, the chassis is closed. The RSQ logo in relief is clear and its edges blurred make the contact very pleasant, without the least roughness. The USB connection makes it possible to connect the box to a computer to modify the logo on the screen, and to put the software of the box up to date.

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Technical Review

The Essential Features of Hotcig Box RSQ 80W BF

Type of material BF electronic mod
Dimensions 79 mm out of 48 out of 25
Weight 154 g
Drums 1 18650 battery not supplied
Power from 1 to 80 W
Temperature control Ni200, Ti , stainless steel, TCR
Bottle 7 ml

The box includes

Box RSQ 80W BF (x1), bottle (x2), USB cord (x1), user manual (x1)

The bottle lights up

Good surprise when we turn on the box, it has a LED that illuminates the bottle. The aesthetic effect is quite successful, and it makes it very easy to see the level of liquid remaining in the bottle whatever the lighting conditions. It can also be seen as a useless gadget, in which case a menu can turn it off or choose the color of the light. I admit to being completely hermetic to the loupiotes who give the impression of being in Las Vegas as soon as one tries to vape, but it is far from being the case here and I left this little effect finally useful.

The menu to adjust the LED is a bit like all the ergonomics of this electronics, very little intuitive. It is accessed by locking the setting buttons by pressing + and – at the same time, then pressing the release button and + at the same time. If you had guessed it, you have a rare gift. The first series also had a bug that reset the LED at each battery change, it has been fixed and it is no longer useful to update the box for this. On the other hand, the key lock is reset. As I told you, unintuitive menus …

The RSQ 80W BF comes with two 7ml bottles, one in plastic and the other in silicone to suit all tastes. These are ordinary bottles with a diameter of 18.5 mm and a total height of 49.5 mm, it is easy to replace them with its preferred model if desired.

The connection is too short

With such a table, the design of the connection 510 becomes anything but understandable. This is of course a positive stud mounted on spring, but it is ridiculously short! Certainly the spring stroke is correct, but with only 3.3 mm between the positive pin at rest and the edge of the connection, this is not enough with the atomizers that have a long connection. With the Alcatraz RDA for example, we are far from being flush , there is a good half-millimeter between the base of the dripper and the box.

It must be put into perspective, the majority of atomizers are flush. But not all, and it’s really annoying on a box otherwise really well thought! A dripper flush has a positive effect on the morale of the maniacs of “flushitude”, which I recognize to be part of it, but it also allows a stronger connection in case of a fall for example. The constraint on the connector is much less if the entire base of the dripper rests on the box. And well, frankly, the dripper that stupidly overhangs the box, it’s a task. In short, this detail annoys me, I let you judge for yourself.

In summary

 WE love

  • The quality of realization
  • The lighting of the bottle
  • The readability of the screen
  • Full features

 We do not like

  • The 510 connection is too short!
  • The average electronics
  • The menus are not very intuitive

Conclusion

If you steam exclusively in power control and your drippers do not have a connection too long, you will notice 5/5 the RSQ. Its realization is excellent, the LED of the bottle is practical is it is very pleasant to use. On the other hand, the connection 510 too short can be troublesome, the menus are not very intuitive for the changes of mode for example, and the electronics is disappointing in control of the temperature. An excellent or average box depending on how we use it.

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iJoy Diamond VPC Review

Ever wish your pod system had the battery life of an advanced vape mod? Well, your prayers have been answered, as the new iJoy Diamond VPC “pod mod” not only features great battery life compared to virtually all the pod systems on the market today, but it’s also compatible with popular pods, like JUUL or Mylé. So you can now enjoy your favorite pods for a lot longer without worrying about recharging. This could really be a game changer.

A Look at the Contents

It’s been a while since I last reviewed an iJoy kit and the Chinese company has apparently made some changes to their packaging. The Diamond VPC kit comes in this sturdy compressed cardboard box that’s actually more of a fine case and comes wrapped in a sticker mimicking carbon fiber. The wrapper features a picture of the assembled Diamond VPC setup on the front, and a thorough description of the device, a list of kit contents and the mandatory warnings, on the back.

Inside the slick case, we have the iJoy BAE mini mod, sitting next to a Unipod, an atomizer that looks like a tank but is actually a pod holder compatible with the Chinese company’s proprietary pod, as well as several types of pods produced by other manufacturers. At the bottom of the box, you’ll also find a bunch of accessories, including a lanyard, a micro-USB charging cable, a pod adapter for use with various types of pods, a silicone cap for the iJoy VPC pod included in the kit, as well as a user manual for the BAE mod and a warranty card.

It’s nice that iJoy threw in a lanyard, if you’re the kind of person who uses them, but I would have much rather seen a second pod included in the kit. As a beginner or intermediate user, you can easily destroy a pod by simply attaching it to the mod and pressing the fire button for only a second. Once that cotton wicking around the coil is burnt, there’s no getting that burnt taste out no matter how much juice you put in it. So why not include a spare, just in case?

Design and Build Quality

The iJoy BAE mod, which, interestingly, isn’t listed on the iJoy website but is already carried as a pre-order by several online vape stores, is very similar to the company’s Diamond PD270 mod in terms of general design, but considerably smaller and much more modest in terms of features and power output (only 45W).

The BAE is made primarily of zinc alloy, measures only 34mm x 27.5mm x 60mm, and is currently available in 13 different colors, including orange, pink and rainbow. This is an extremely small vape mod that will easily fit into your pocket. It’s also very light, which makes it ideal for vaping on the go.

Compared to most vape mods these days, the iJoy BAE is a bare-bones device, but considering it is aimed at pod system users, it’s actually a good introduction to more advanced vaping devices, should they ever want to move on to mods. It features a clicky fire button, two ‘+’ and ‘-‘ buttons and a small display that only shows the power output, the resistance of the atomizer, a battery indicator and a puff counter.

The rectangular display looks much larger than it actually is. Only the top third of the display panel is taken up by the screen, with the rest being wasted space, which is kind of disappointing and feels like a wasted opportunity. Underneath the two adjustment buttons we have a micro-USB port for charging – the BAE is not firmware upgradable – on the bottom we have some venting holes for the built-in, non-removable battery, and on the top corner opposite the fire button we have the lanyard adapter, if you want to attach it to the included lanyard.

The menu system, if I can even call it that, can be accessed by pressing the fire button three times rapidly. Here, you are presented with a bunch of operating modes, including Power (for use with other atomizers), Pod (for use with the included iJoy pod), Jewel (for use with JUUL pods, Myle (for use with Myle pods), Juno (for use with Juno pods) and Puff Rst, which resets the puff counter.

Basically, in every mode except the Power mode, the mod sets the exact power output that JUUL, Myle or other pod systems have to replicate the same vaping experience you would get using the original device. You actually can’t adjust the power when you’re in one of these modes, so if you want more control over the vaping experience, just select Power mode.

The atomizer, or Unipod is actually just a metallic holder for the included iJoy VPC pod, or any of the other supported pods. With the iJoy pod all you have to do is align the notches on the pod with the cutouts on the Unipod holder and just stick in there, while withe the other types of mods you have to use the included Unipod adapter, which is very easy to do. Just stick the pod in the rubberized adapter and stick it into the holder.

The iJoy VPC pods look like smaller plastic tanks with built-in plastic drip tips, metallic contacts on the bottom and a small fill port on the side. All you have to do is remove the silicone plug, fill it up with juice, let it wick for a few minutes, and you’re good to go. The VPC pods feature 1Ω ceramic coils, which is a questionable decision on the part of iJoy, considering the controversy regarding ceramic coils these days.

Luckily you can use the Unipod with a bunch of other pods – JUUL, Mylé and Juno are listed in the BAE mod menu, but the iJoy website also mentions Phix pods, so it may actually be compatible with a wider range of pods. This is definitely the main selling point of this device, and truth be told, it’s pretty damn appealing. You can use it with your favorite pods, or experiment with new ones, all while enjoying a considerably longer battery life. What’s not to like?

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Battery Life and Performance

The battery life of the BAE mod depends a lot on the set power output, which ranges from 1W to 45W, but what I can tell you is that this device features a built-in 20350 battery rated at 1,400mAh. Considering that the JUUL has a rating of just 200mAh, and very few pod systems on the market are rated at over 450mAh, you can expect very good battery life out of this device.

The only complaint I have about the BAE mod in regards to the battery is that it’s non-removable. I would of had no issues with that, had iJoy not specified that it is actually powered by a cylindrical 20350 battery, the kind you can buy separately and that iJoy themselves sell. So why not make the battery removable, saving me the trouble of having to recharge the mod every time it runs out of power? For some reason, they just thought sealing the battery inside was a better idea, which I don’t agree with.

If it’s any consolation, the BAE mod does have passthrough functionality, so you can vape on it while it is charging.

Performance-wise, I can’t say the iJoy VPC pod is anything to write home about, to be honest. First of all, I’m a lung-inhale vaper, but even if I were to compare it to other pod systems I’ve tried lately, like the Suorin Vagon or Wismec Motiv 2, it just wasn’t a very good vape. First of all, the juice had a funny taste the first few puffs, and even after that, the draw was a bit too airy to mimic smoking a cigarette and way too tight for a direct-lung hit. It was in that weird in-between space that nobody likes.

On the upside, that Unipod system is compatible with lots of different pods, so even if you don’t like the VPC pod, there are plenty of others to try.

Conclusion

The iJoy Diamond VPC scores a lot of points on innovation and accessibility. This is the first device I’ve ever heard of that offers compatibility with competitor’s pods, and I think that alone deserves two thumbs up. The battery life is so much better than virtually all pod systems out there, the build quality of the BAE mod is actually quite nice and it even features working modes for each compatible pod.

On the downside, the iJoy VPC pod really isn’t very good, and the price point for this kit is pretty high compared to conventional pod systems. Yes, I still think it’s worth it in the long run, for the battery life alone, not to mention the possibility to switch pods, but I fear it may be prohibitive for most casual users.

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