Our friends in the Philippines always make tasty stuff. They really focus on flavourchasing and that makes us always happy to checkout their latest creations. With Pod systems and Squonkers owning the market still we thought it fitting to show you a really nice high end option that you can most likely get your hands on without too much trouble or an insane amount of cash. The great news as well, it’s regulated with an Evolve DNA60 chipset. Let’s check out the GOM Gear 4 Squonker…
At first look it looks and is about the size of a mech squonker, which is a huge plus. Only the Evolve screen really gives away the fact it has a chipset. The Gear 4 is solid Delrin and comes with a bunch of different laser etched finishes, of course ours is a ghost or monster face collage. We dig it, but this being our first laser etched mod, don’t love the way the edges and grooves pick up and hold dirt and grime (and we are super clean and anal). It does seem to clean easily enough however with a little attention and a damp cloth. Some of the coolest features are the fire button placement, battery load and hold system, and the placement of the adjustment buttons. SVA and a couple of other modders have gone to the trouble to break up the Evolve board layout too, but it’s nice to see GOM doing it too. Placing the adjustment buttons out of the way at the bottom of the mod help keep the aesthetic nice and clean. The fire button up on the side is an extremely nice spot for a left hand thumb fire or a right had index finger fire, both feel great. Squonking access works well in either use case. So the battery is loaded and clamped into place by a screw system that sits at the top of the mod beside the 510. It’s the brass circle seen in the above pics, there are etched lines to help give your finger or thumb enough grip to operate the system easily and secure and release the battery (18650) as needed. It works great and make battery rattle impossible. We only wish the thumbscrew on top was a little less busy in aesthetic design, the etched lines and drilled dots to make a G for GOM is just a lot going on in a small space. But you have to respect the vision of the modder right. One major downfall to this battery system is the fact it doesn’t support charging by the chipset (most likely for safety reasons), so that may be a deal breaker for some of you. This is a solid little mod, not heavy, but solid feeling. The edges are square but not sharp, it feel nice in the hand. The battery door design works, but the magnets are very small and not the strongest we have used. When you grab the mod the door tends to move, but your hand instinctually realigns the door into place. It does make you worry about losing the door, but we never have. We wish there was just a few more magnets.
The DNA60 chipset is like all other Evolve sets, pretty bullet proof and packed with more features than most vapers need or care about. The nice this about a 60W vs the 40W DNA is you have enough power to play in the lower Ohm rates while still having that famous DNA40 battery life. We have had some impressive full day vape sessions on a single battery with this thing. A nice 0.25-0.3 ohm build in a great RDA makes for an awesome setup with the Gear 4.
Fit & Finish has a handcrafted feel. The materials are all pretty top notch. The brass looks like navel quality (not sure if it is, but so far slow to tarnish). Do all the panels line up perfectly, are the gaps and tolerances perfect? No, but does it feel high end? Yes. So it comes down to how anal you are about fitment, for us material quality and aesthetic trump fitment (as long as it’s not horrible tolerances).
Mod Maker 510s are where it’s at, we have made it clear we love them. Sure the Gear 4 uses a slight older version, but it’s wired so who cares, it works great. Got to love a spring loaded BF 510. Squonk action is smooth as to be expected, and the button and down pipe have the room to align properly. The included bottle is fine, but upgrading to a black or smoked latex bottle looks dope.
GOM makes great mods. They are handcrafted, and they feel that way. They are up there with many other high end modders, they just happen to not be from the States or Italy. But for the money and availability, they should at the very least make your list for consideration next time you are in the market for something a little special. Don’t forget to check out their attys, they make some great ones!
- Aesthetics - 8.5/108.5/10
- Hand Feel - 8.5/108.5/10
- Materials - 9/109/10
- Chipset - 9.5/109.5/10
- Features - 9/109/10
- Battery Life - 9/109/10
- Size/Weight - 9/109/10
- 510 Connection - 9.5/109.5/10
- Button Feel - 9.5/109.5/10
- Screen - 10/1010/10
- Durability - 8.5/108.5/10
- Value - 8.5/108.5/10
- Simple Aesthetic
- Great Button Placements
- Small & Compact
- All Brass Contacts
- DNA60 Chipset
- Solid Feel
- Mod Maker 510
- Delrin Construction
- High Resolution Laser Etching
- Unique Battery Load/Hold System
- Fits 24mm Attys
- Great Packaging
- Super Friendly Modder Team
- Pricey (Subjective)
- Planel Fitment (Subjective)
- Laser Etching gathers dirt & grime
- Door Fitment (worry about loss)
- Door Magnets a tad weak (they do work)
- Charging Disabled
Buy: $280 (USD) GOM-PH
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