It’s New Year’s Eve. Assuming I post this as normal, then you’re reading it in the year 2013, so Happy New Year to you. This post isn’t a review, but it will have review-like qualities, because I’m going to jot down my first impressions of the Phoenix Rebuildable Atomizer.
First thing’s first, I purchased my Phoenix from Vapor Bitch. The cost was $19.50 for the Phoenix, plus another $5.00 for extra wick and wire (2 Feet). I also added a bottle of juice at random, because I’m a juice freak, for an extra $5.50. So my total cost for this mini-review, that’s not a review, was $30 even.
Now that the basics are out-of-the-way, I have two things to point out that need immediate attention.
First, this is not a novice device. Don’t purchase a Phoenix until you are well versed in vaping. You’ll need to recognize things like burning coils by sight, smell, or (God forbid) taste. That isn’t as easy to do. At least not as easy as you’d think if you’re only a month into vaping.
Also, related to the first point, a Phoenix is best used on a device that can handle it. So I don’t recommend that you use an eGo battery for this. Use a lava tube, Vamo, eVic, silver bullet, or whatever, but not an eGo-C, eGo Twist, or Vision Spinner.
With that said, the second item is – OH GOOD GOD THIS IS AMAZING!
Sorry, I needed to get that out of my system. In all seriousness though, vaping on a Phoenix is wicked. Best twenty-bucks I’ve ever spent. In one day I’ve managed to use all of my extra wire, and most of the wick, and I’ve managed two solid coils at this point. The first build was 2.0 Ohms, and then another that was 1.5 Ohms. In between, I made several mistakes, common ones from what I’ve learned. I also managed to drip about 10ml of BMore Vapes’ The Papa Smurf (awesome juice).
When you get it working, the hit from a Phoenix is a blast of flavor and vapor, but the hit is airy. That isn’t a bad thing, but it isn’t like a tank or cartomizer, something I picked up on instantly.
Here are a few lessons I’ve learned so far:
- Never let the wire touch when wrapped on the wick, and they should never touch the wall on the inside of the Phoenix, or anything other than the post really.
- Don’t tighten the wire down too hard in the post. If you do, you won’t like the results, as it shorts the atomizer. Trust the man who flew through two-feet of wire in less than a day on this.
- On a Provari, the OP error codes mean to check the post on the Phoenix. I’ll get these errors when I attempt to use the Phoenix on an eGo and then return to the Provari shortly after.
Pro Tip: I killed an eGo battery. Not sure why, likely it has to do with the low Ohm or perhaps a short in the wick. But I ignored the rule of not using a Phoenix on them, and this is what happened.
I’ve also learned that my eyesight is going, because the Phoenix is small. Tiny. Miniscule. In the pictures of it online, it seems like it would be larger, but it’s not. See the images below for an example.
Using a Phoenix is all about trial and error. I’m still in the trial phase, but if you like to tinker – the process isn’t hard. Plus, a Phoenix is cheap. Moreover, there are clones on the market that cost even less.
Again though, this is not for a newbie, at least not until you’ve gotten at least a month under your belt and have had your taste buds adjust to vaping after leaving analogs.
Did I mention the Phoenix is awesome? It is. This is a fun toy to play with.
If you happen to have one and found me via Google, my information came from Reddit (see the link on the right), and this video here.