Anthony Vapes: Best of 2017

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  1. Anthony_Vapes

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    Hi All, I’m often asked to do my “favorites” so here is my favorite stuff of 2017. Yes this is my opinion of stuff. I’ve done over 150 reviews in 2017 so i’ve had a pretty good sample size, with that said obviously i haven’t tried everything and if i haven’t owned it at one point, it won’t make my list. Some categories will have more options then others due to it being really competitive.

    Mods
    Best Quad Battery Mods
    Snow wolf 365 - no quad battery mod was close to this one period. It’s a shame it got discontinued and the fad of 4 battery mods is dying down so it may go down as the best of all time. Good temp control, plenty of watts, good battery life. Easy to use and handles 30mm atomizers without overhang

    Liasmo F4 - almost kind of by default. It’s essentially a quad battery version of the wyvern. Not the best performer but decent and can handle the 41mm RTAs without overhang and thats why it makes the list. It’s also readily available now

    Best Triple Battery Mods
    High End
    Pretty much any DNA250 mod. Take your pic. Personally I really like the

    C3D1 - triple 18650 and handles 30mm atomizers without overhang. Comfortable shape

    VT250s - 2 or 3 battery DNA250 mod. I’m not counting the triad 250 or finder 250 as they came out late 2016

    Affordable
    Modefined Prism - at under 50 bucks it’s hard to beat the value. Great performer for power and temp modes, built solid and simple and easy to use. Lacks bells and whistles but gets the job done in a nice package. Also handles 30mm RTA without overhang

    Vaptio N1 Pro - while it didn’t work well in 2 battery mode, in 3 battery mode it was one of the best performers in a class of mods that lacked in 2017. Curve modes, good temp control and plenty of power.

    Sigelei Fuchai duo 3 - a 2 or 3 battery mod. I didn’t test it in 3 battery mode as i purchased it before it was available but a solid power mode mod with bad temp control that handles 30mm atomizers

    Best Dual battery mods non VV mods
    So for this one I’m not going to list any order, I also decided to limit it to 1 per company due to this being a category full of options

    High End
    SX Mini G class - easy to forget since it came out in february but for it’s time it had everything. Big color screen, bluetooth app, excellent temp control and power performance. boost/buck circuit and a 1 year warranty from one of the best high end mod companies. Also handles 30mm atomizers with no overhang in a small compact package

    HCigar VT250s - yes it makes both lists. As a dual battery mod it’s the only DNA with the “battlestar” form factor.

    Asmodus Minikin Boost Kodama - review is in progress for this one. And it’s pricey but what you are paying for is the looks. Probably the most beautiful stabwood mod i’ve seen to date.

    Affordable
    Smoant Cylon - review for this bad boy coming in a few days. It’s IMO an affordable version of the g-class. Built well, nice color screen 30mm atomizer friendly and the performance we’ve come to expect from smoant

    Modefined Sirius - lost vape made a new company, they also made 2 awesome mods in 2017. The Sirius was the 1st one and it’s a well built easy to use mod with good temp control. Lacks some features like pre-heat and power curve but hard to complain

    Vaporesso Revenger X - I’m going to talk more about vaporesso a little later in this post but this mod has everything you can want and more. Every mode you can think of and great performance for power and TC. also a centered 510 pin

    Tesla Nano 120 - objectively it’s not as good as some of the mods on this list, but i said this was going to be an opinion piece from the start. The TC leaves a lot to be desired and some may complain it’s only 120 watts, with that said it’s a well built heavy tank in what is probably the best looking body out there. It also has an on/off switch which i wish more mods did.

    Aspire Skystar - review should be up this month on vaping360. A fantastic mod performance wise thats stupidly accurate and has every mode known to man. Nice touch screen, centered 510 pin. Lots to love about this mod

    Honorable mentions
    These mods didn’t make the top list but deserve a mention IMO

    Aspire speeder - the limit of 1 per company meant this one was the odd ball out. Still an excellent mod

    Smoant Charon 218 TC and Smoant Gaia - 2 excellent mods that again fell victim to the 1 per company rule i made. They lost out the the cylon due to the 30mm friendly, centered 510 pin, and large color screen. Still they are excellent and while the charon had a nice run, i’m surprised the gaia didn’t get much love

    VooPoo Drag - an internet community favorite for sure, but i left it out due to the overhang issues and the low watt limit in TC mode. Still an excellent mod though

    Eleaf Ikonn 220 - this mod got little to no attention but it was everything the alien should have been. The only issue i had was the really dim screen.

    Minikin 2 - The lack of good temp control and price point kept it off the list, but an excellent well built mod for power mode.

    Wismec Ravage230 - review should be up this month on vaping 360, but it tested out very well and gave me no issues. Sadly you can't see the 510 pin internally without breaking the mod due to the design but nothing in my testing or useage showed any issues. I’d still like to see the longevity of it though when it hits the wild so i left it off the list. Still it’s what the predator should have been

    Best VV mods
    Ijoy Zenith - was under 30 bucks at launch ad found for 20ish later on. Excellent performer and well built. Best mod ijoy made all year but flew under the radar

    Dovpo M VV - found in the 25-40 dollar range this VV mod was the best of the dual battery ones. Excellent performance and a wide voltage range of 1 volt to full battery voltage pretty much. Built like a tank and had a nice rubberized finish. It’s a shame it flew under the radar. It should have been more popular

    Asvape Lucifer - I didn’t review it due to lack of time but it’s a somewhat affordable stabwood VV mod that is just beautiful and works great. It’s not number 1 only because the price point

    Smoant Charon 218 adjustable - an excellent mod from smoant that did what it promised so no complaints. And found pretty cheap around 30 bucks

    Hexohm 3.0 - a community cult classic it’s a solid mod built like a tank with a lifetime warranty. Still it’s a 200 dollar mod that doesn't do anything the others on this list don’t do already

    Best Single Battery/Internal Battery Mods
    Innokin Kroma-A an internal battery mod with 75 watts of power, good temp control and built well. The Atheon chip is very underrated

    Eleaf Pico 25. One of the smallest mods made. Can handle 25mm atomizers and a good performer in power mode. TC mode left a lot to be desired though

    Geekvape Aegis - it’s a large single battery mod but one tough SOB that was rugged and water resistant.

    GTRS GT150 - an internal battery mod with a large 4000 mah capacity and 150 watts in a well built mod with a small comfortable shape

    Eleaf Kiya - makes the list based on it’s size. A tiny 50 watt mod for a stealth vape

    Best Sqounk Mods
    Lost vape therion BF 75c - the updated DNA75c chip in a lost vape mod. What’s not to like. Review incoming for this in february

    Hcigar VT inbox - DNA 75 chip in a small box. Had some quirks but a nice little sqounker

    Coil Art Azeroth Sqounk Mod - a small single 18650 mech sqounker that outperformed the more popular pulse and is a well built metal enclosure not a 3d printed box at an affordable price

    Lost Vape Drone - ok this should be number 1 on the list, but sadly it’s not available so i bumped it down. Best dual 18650 sqounker mass produced to date

    Geekvape Gbox 200 - Might review it, might not. I haven’t tried it enough to judge temp control but with the lack of options out there it gets the job done

    Best Starter Stuff
    In no particular order

    Joyetech ATOPACK Dolphin - a simple pod system with large capacity that worked well and good battery life

    Vaptio C-II kit - a “Stick” mod and tank combo that felt like it was worth more then the price tag.

    Smoking vapor mi-one - one of the 1st pod systems i’ve reviewed, it’s a tiny little guy with a good capacity and battery and took a wide variety of coils

    Vaptio C-flat - review incoming on this eventually, but a simple juul-like pod system with refillable pods

    Best Chips
    Ok here me out on this, I know for many years the DNA chip has been the gold standard for chips in vaping, but I feel they’ve become a bit stagnant. They also only just made the DNA75C chip and it wasn’t anything special. I feel they’ve fallen behind. Sure yihi should get some recognition for the SX550J chip but it’s quite spendy, so i’m going a different route. For me the best chips of 2017 belong to vaporesso and aspire. Let me tell you why. When it comes to features, nobody packs more than them. Watt curve, power mode with preheat, good temp control, TCR modes, bypass modes, Buck/boost circuit, full wattage in temp mode, and the aspire also has an voltage mode as well. So you pack all those features and good performance into chips that can do 200 watts in dual battery configuration and sell them in a mod for under 50 bucks? Who else does that? The answer is nobody also a bit anecdotal but for companies that been around a long time, how often do you hear complaints or failures of their mods? Not very often either. So best chips of 2017 for me go to vaporesso and aspire. The mods being the skystar and revenger x, although the switcher appears it’ll perform the same as the revenger x as well.

    Atomizers (note I don’t care about clouds so it’s all going to be based on flavor regardless of how many watts are needed to achieve the flavor)
    Best Dual Coil RDAs
    In no particular order since they are pretty similar in performance anyway

    Drop RDA - a postless deck side airflow RDA that handles big builds and kicks out great flavor. Includes sqounk pin

    Dot RDA - a unique 1 post designed side air RDA with big flavor. Includes sqounk pin

    Conspiracy RDA - similar to the drop as well. Postless side air flow RDA with a little less air than the drop includes sqounk pin

    Azathoth RDA - Bottom airflow flavor monster that comes with sqounk pin and a nice staggered deck

    Devil RDA - ok this one needs a story probably. As far as i know an authentic devil doesn't exist. I can’t find a company that makes it or claims it at all and nobody seems to know. But i was advised by someone it’s an awesome RDA so i got the devil styled one. The quality is meh, the drip tip is wide as hell. The screws aren't great quality either and some didn’t work at all. But piecing it together this thing kicks out stupidly good flavor. I’ll probably never review it but man it’s a good design for flavor if you don’t mind the other issues.

    Honorable Mention
    CSMNT RDA - again similar to the conspiracy and drop. Only complaint is that it’s normally 60 bucks and does not include a sqounk pin which is 15 dollars more for the kit. It’s been on sale for 30 though at times so 45 with the sqounk pin makes it worth it. At 75 though might as well get a conspiracy or drop so it’s going to just miss out. Still a great RDA

    Single coil RDAs
    Wasn’t a lot of them out this year as many companies opted for dual coil ones so i’ll keep it short and simple the pulse 22 and wasp nano. Both are great little single coil RDAs and come with a sqounk pin. Perfect for those single battery mech sqounkers that are growing in popularity

    Dual Coil RTAs 26mm or less
    In no particular order since they are pretty similar in performance anyway

    Ijoy Exo RTA - easy to forget. Came out early in 2017 but included both single and dual coil decks plus a 2.2ml or 6ml capacity option all for around 20-30 bucks before anyone else did. It was the trend setter of 2017 and should not be forgotten.

    Aromamizer Supreme V2 - steam crave does things right. They made 3 products all year and all 3 will be on this list

    Reload RTA - a small flavor monster RTA with no leaks and no press fit base or JFC

    Vandy Vape Kylin - they has issues at first with leaks but with the redesign as long as you didn’t get a faulty base it didn’t leak. Sucks there was bad ones out there but that’s always the risk with press fit bases. I’ve purchased a green and red one. No issues and both give great flavor

    Kaees Solomon - everything the troll RTA should have been

    Honorable Mention
    Ijoy Captain RTA - purchased one, never reviewed it but it is a flavor monster for sure. It has some odd design choices though so it just misses the list. No press fit parts or leaks though and a slide back top fill design

    Dual Coil RTAs 27mm or more
    In no particular order

    Steam Crave Aromamizer Plus - 30mm RTA that’s my favorite 30mm RTA on the market still

    Steam Crave Aromamizer Titan - 41mm behemoth.

    Voltrove 41mm RTA - I like it better than the titan, but it’s also twice the price

    Vandyvape Triple RTA - 28mm RTA great for 2 or 3 coil builds tons of room and kicks out flavor with high watt builds

    Modfather RTA - 30mm rta that’s quite pricey but worth it. The option series deck is a huge plus for people using it on series mechs and PWM mods.

    Single Coil RTAs
    In no particular order

    OBS crius 2 - very underrated or under appreciated RTA. flavor monster with a unique 1 post deck

    Digiflavor Pharaoh Mini - small version of the pharaoh but packs out big flavor

    Digiflavor Pharaoh - needs a large build but with the top air shut and a large coil massive flavor payout

    Geekvape Ammit 25 - more for the lower watts like the pharaoh mini but a great flavor RTA

    Ijoy exo RTA - again the trend setter makes both lists

    Honorable Mention
    Vandy vape Govad - dam they made a lot of atomizers this year, but essentially it’s a pharaoh clone without the bulk but not quite as good either. Still a solid RTA

    Tanks
    In no particular order

    Freemax Fireluke - probably my favorite overall sub ohm tank. Very underrated and comes with an RBA deck

    Crown 3 - yeah i got a valyrian as well but for me the crown 3 coils just give better flavor so it wins out for the list

    Freemax Fireluke mesh - new tank just released at the end of 2017 but for 65 watts the flavor is much better than expected and coils don’t die. My review should be up on vaping360 by the time this is posted up.

    Vapefly Fantasy mini - another underrated tank. Compatible with more coils then any other tank on the market

    Asvape Cobra - stupidly good flavor for a low watt tank. Only needs 40 watts

    Vapefly Nicolas - gets on the list because the list needs a MTL option and this was a great one in a year we didn’t see many of them. Also a solid low watt (under 25) RLH vape as well

    Honorable Mention
    Cigpet Eco 12 - just for it’s insane coils that could be vaped 300 watts. If you wanted a cloud blaster, this was the one to get.

    Aspire Cleito Exo - got beat out by the crown 3 and fireluke but it’s almost as good. Small capacity , small size, and leak proof though

    Ok lets get into the Dunce awards per say. We did the best, now how about the worst and overrated?

    Most overrated Products
    NOTE** Overrated doesn't equal bad. It just means products that were hyped as the 2nd coming but really just pretty average or mediocre

    In no particular order

    Dead Rabbit RDA - a dual coil RDA that had worse flavor then anything on my top 5, yet was recommended more then any as well.

    Pulse BF sqounk Mod - tons of mods like this came out, but the pulse suffers from more voltage drop then most if not all of them. There were better ones to recommend. Not a bad mod by any means but didn’t deserve to be a craze either

    Serpent SMM - a mediocre RTA hyped as the best flavor ever. Was pretty dull

    Troll RTA - huge hype train as a flavor monster dual coil RTA. the flavor was great but poor quality threading, poor quality post screws, poorly designed deck with an insulator that melted made this one a dud.

    Wismec Predator - this will make both the overrated and worst products list so kudos to that. Remember when everyone was recommending this many not even having it or using it less then a day? The “alien killer” Pepperidge farms remembers. I took a beating warning people about this mod. Less than a month everyone knew it was junk and stopped recommending it. It taught a good lesson though stop with hype wave BS.

    Ijoy Captain PD270 mod - this will also make both lists. Every got so caught up in the hype of new batteries, they failed to realize how bad the device was

    Worst Products of 2017
    Wismec Predator - outside of the poor performance of the mod, people’s 510 pins literally popped out for no reason.

    Ijoy Captain PD270 mod - the mod that couldn’t read resistance right. Many atomizers didn’t work on it. Temp control was a mess. Output was shaky. Overall one of the worst performing mods i tested in 2017

    Wismec exo skeleton - making an exception here, I didn’t own one but the fact they spontaneously combusted for no reason it deserves a place here

    Carrys green tank - another exception , don’t own one but a buddy of mine that i trust a lot called it the biggest POS tank he’s ever vaped on. He also does reviews and ripped it so it gets an honorary spot

    Sumo RDA/Bushido 2 RDA - both got ripped in my reviews. I almost completely blocked them from my memory. Worst designed deck out there. The sumo was even worse though then the bushido due to it’s crappy 3 air flow system

    Cuboid tap kit - the tap started dying out pretty quickly and was hard to use. It also gets way too hot at high wattages. Just an overall POS mod and the procore tank while not bad, has crappy coils. Just a poor idea of a mod executed even worse

    Wismec Gen 3 - it overheated when you looked at it funny. Performed like crap didn’t do anything good and caused way too much drama. Plenty of complaints coming in from it now though that people have used them. How anyone recommended this was mind boggling. Nice shape and form factor i’ll give them that though. Could have used the body for a nice series mech sqounker lol

    Rofvape warlock z box - tiny little mod with a terrible battery door that got super hot during my testing and never cut off. Also pretty much any atomizer overhung on it.

    Dovpo Rogue - little heard of tiny single 26650 mod that caught my eye since it handled 30mm atomizers. Purchased it, 1st one was DOA with an autofire. 2nd one worked but was still a POS with crap performance and a crap 510 pin

    Biggest trends of 2017
    Sqounking - been around for awhile but now it’s become mainstream

    Quad Battery Mods - the 1st one came out late 2016. Then we seen 3 come out early in 2017 with the GX350, RX300, and snow wolf 365. Later in the year we had the smok GX2/4 and finally late december the liasmo F4. towards the end of the year i did see a shift more towards smaller set ups

    Trending up for 2018
    Squonking - it’s not going anywhere i see 2018 being a huge year for sqounking

    More MTL stuff - MTL has kind of been the forgotten market for most of the larger companies. However late in 2017 we seen innokin, fumytech, and cthulhu make affordable MTL RTAs we also seen a lot of pod systems chasing the juul fame. I think we’ll see a lot more MTL stuff in 2018

    Single battery mods - I think we’ll see more of these as well. The market is more towards pocketability now and 1 and 2 battery mods are the best sellers. I don’t think we’ll see many 4 battery mods if any, and maybe only a couple of 3 battery mods most likely the DNA250c mods will start dropping early 2018
     
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    Deucesjack Well-Known Member 1 year member reviewer

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    Nice list. It amazes me how we have a lot of similar picks but also quite a few different ones in different categories. These lists are fun but they are a shit ton of work just from a looking back stand point. Great job bro!
     
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    insane amount of work lol thanks man!
     
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    Nailz Well-Known Member 1 year member

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    Surprised not to see the smoat battlestar mod in there, especially in the affordable list, but understand there is a lot of good and bad products out there :)
     
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    it released in 2016 ;)
     
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    Nailz Well-Known Member 1 year member

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    That be why then, duh me :emoji_runner:
     
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    Whiskey The TCIC Staff Member Moderator 1 year member Head of Giveaways

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    Wow!!! Great thread Ant!!!!!:emoji_smiley::emoji_thumbsup::emoji_thumbsup::emoji_thumbsup::emoji_thumbsup::emoji_thumbsup:
     
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    Whitesoxfan2579 Well-Known Member 1 year member

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    Awesome post Anthony. Thanks for all your hard work here.
     
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    thanks!
     
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    Great compilation of vape hardware from your hundreds of hour of hands on experience, Anthony. This will be an excellent resource for anyone looking for good items to purchase for their vaping satisfaction. It certainly has provided me some things to consider that I had not paid attention to. I particularly appreciate your commitment to TC performance since that is an often dismissed category by most reviewers. Many new users don't get insight to TC unless there are user/reviewers that love that wonderful mode as you do. TC is my main mode of use and is one major reason I so greatly appreciate your work.
     
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    Thanks Ant, excellent work, great information.
     
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    Anthony_Vapes Moderator Staff Member Moderator 1 year member reviewer Weekly Referral Winner

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    thanks man! it means a lot to me to hear that. and i know you've been a supporter of mine for a long time and that really means a lot as well!
     
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    Anthony_Vapes Moderator Staff Member Moderator 1 year member reviewer Weekly Referral Winner

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    thanks!
     
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    madstabber Well-Known Member 1 year member

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    Excellent as usual, thanks for putting in the time to compile the list. You’re the main source I use when considering vape gear. You’re the one who turned me onto Smoant when I was looking for a mod that wasn’t a piece of garbage and I’ve been a fan ever since. I got the Charon TS a while back and while I like it, it leaves something to be desired. So I ordered the Cylon so can’t wait for your review on that. I was gonna wait for the review but it was in stock and $42 so I figured at that price I can’t lose. Anyway great work, keep it up, you’re a great asset to the vape community.
     
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    Anthony_Vapes Moderator Staff Member Moderator 1 year member reviewer Weekly Referral Winner

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    your gonna love the cylon. and thanks!
     
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    madstabber Well-Known Member 1 year member

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    Awesome I can’t wait to get it. Good thing I posted over here and not on ECF, lol. Quite the back and forth over there. Reminds me of back in the day when someone suggested a mod worked as well as the Provari. “How dare you say your mod works as well as the almighty Provari” lol. Anyway good stuff until classwife comes in and ruins the fun. Well haven’t checked the tracking on my Cylon in a couple minutes so gotta go.
     
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    Anthony_Vapes Moderator Staff Member Moderator 1 year member reviewer Weekly Referral Winner

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    LMAO yeah she already ruined my best of thread. we were all having a good civil discussion but clearly she likes to throw around her little power of moderation on a forum.
     
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    Whiskey The TCIC Staff Member Moderator 1 year member Head of Giveaways

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    That brought back some cringes, LOL
     
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    Awesome review Anthony-
    A lot of hard work, time and effort went into this review and it is greatly appreciated!
     
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    thanks!
     
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