This is the first of two RTAs from Europe getting a lot of hype in the community we will be reviewing. This design originates out of Switzerland and is right on the line between a Mouth-to-Long and a Direct Lung inhale atty. It looks like our Flavour quest has take us into more of a sipping style vape lately. Well when the Flavour is good we will try just about anything.
This is a great RTA and this is one of those times we are happy there is a decent clone out there. The Authentic is just way too expensive for most vapers, at more than $200 it just isn’t feasible for those of us that like to constantly try new attys. And with a 3rd revision about to hit in a very short timeframe (next two weeks, v1.3) it doesn’t seem like it’s the be all end all for the designer/manufacturer either. We are sure the authentic has outstanding Swiss craftsmanship but at that price it’s table stakes. This is a good clone, maybe not a 1:1 but damn close. From what we can see it is missing an O-ring on the top cap of the build deck portion, but it doesn’t hinder performance at all. The AFC is a little loose and it doesn’t click into place on the largest setting like the other size options (still completely useable). But other than that this is a great way to try a design that is very easy to build and gives you good flavour. This is the perfect atty for someone new to building who wants to start off easy and garner some good flavour without too much trouble.
Building is very easy, a single coil with two posts that sit right between the airflow hole. We found that a 26ga, 2.5mm, 0.9-1 Ohm coil run between 18-22W works just great. Trapping and positioning your coil is very easy, just make sure your wire leads are at the top of your coil with a lead point in each direction. Wicking is just as easy, run it through your coil, place the center ring portion over top, and then leave enough wick to fold under itself inside the build area. Thanks goes out to Suck My Mod for the proper wicking method that has kept up well with MaxVG juices (link at the bottom). The real con is that we find you can only get through about 3 tanks before you need to dry burn and change out your wicks for optimal flavour. Now this isn’t so bad seeing as a tank lasts quite awhile (Half a day of decently heavy vaping) and is pretty quick and easy to change out. Another benefit to these higher Ohm builds your batteries last a lot longer which is a refreshing change.
So the flavour… It’s damn good, clean and dense. But like we stated above it’s more of a sipping vape, you can’t really take big, huge hulls and you might find yourself wanting more vapor. That’s not to say there isn’t decent vapor, it’s just so close to being a Mouth-to-Lung only vape. But this Flavour is good enough to keep you using it and it seems to be very easy to continuously replicate. It really is a set it and forget it atty.
Airflow is silky smooth and we haven’t had a single gurgle or a leak of any kind. As you can imagine we wish there was just one more larger airflow setting, but it works. This really is a very nicely designed and well thought out RTA.
Filling is a little old school, unscrew the bottom and flip the tank section upside down and fill to the top of the chimney (right around the O-ring). It’s a little tight with a glass dripper so watch that you don’t get juice on the inner lip of the tank as it will cause a bit of a mess when screwing the base back on. Also this filling job needs a rag or piece of vape towel as the base usually leaks juice down the edge onto the AFC. It’s the residual juice left on the center ring section. So on the road filling might be seen as a bit of a pain.
This one is a Flavourchaser but it’s a bit of a reserved vape. For those days or occasions where you don’t want to draw attention to yourself or you just don’t want to be fogging out your place all day. It’s a really nice functional design but the aesthetics aren’t for us, a little busy really with a plastic tank you are just waiting to crack or strip the threads (what is with the dot pattern on the tank?). We are on the fence and happy that we got a chance to try this design without dropping some serious cash. The overall opinion would be much different if we had (it’s not groundbreaking). If you are curious about this one, hold out, we are about to review it’s biggest competitor shortly, The Ubertoot.
Update (May 14, 2016): We have found an even better clone. This one is 316 stainless and has many improved fit & finish improvements over the last clone we reviewed. It comes extremely clean, we went for it and threw in a build without a cleaning, tastes awesome. The post screws appear to be stainless and are much better quality. The build deck, threads (everywhere), AFC function, and general fit of all the components is perfect. We updated the like below to this new version. Buy one without a single reservation.
Also we have a new favourite build, 5 wrap, 25awg, 3mm, 0.55 Ohms run at 25-30W. Nice and warm, super flavourful, be careful with the 3mm coil, it’s a super tight fit but allows for a larger wick which improves general wicking quite a bit.
Try the clone, if you love it, buy the authentic.
Hurricane v1.2 (Clone)
- Flavour - 8/108/10
- Ease of Build - 9.5/109.5/10
- Airflow - 9/109/10
- Wicking - 9/109/10
- Juice Capacity - 8.5/108.5/10
- Aesthetics - 9/109/10
- Fit & Finish - 9/109/10
- Materials - 9/109/10
- Value - 10/1010/10
- Good Flavour
- Good Build Quality
- Good Vapor Production
- Unique Build Deck
- Juice Capacity (3.5ml)
- 5 Settings for the AFC
- Silky Smooth Airflow
- Easy Wicking, and Wicks Well
- Easy Build
- Leak Proof
- Dual & Single Builds
- Lasts along time between fills
- Easy on your Batteries
- Old School Fill Method
- Plastic Tank
- Authentic is Ridiculously Expensive (€140-170 or $207-252!)
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