Once again, a new rebuildable atomizer is out on the market today. This one, I got from Eshots, is called the PHOENIX. A catchy name, this atty, and it really caught my attention. aside from it being new, with relatively new and slightly different design; it is intended for consumers who are looking for a much lesser expensive rebuildable. If practicality is your option, maybe you would like to look into the Phoenix.
BREAKING IT DOWN
The top cap is all stainless. the diameter is a bit smaller than fatty or era but, much taller. The top part consists of insert cover with a smaller tube. This is where you will place your driptips. At first, I am having difficulty in putting my favorite driptips. I was told that the inner diameter is a bit smaller so, you will be limited to the china tips or the ones eshots supplied, along with the phoenix. Indeed the hole is a bit tight and you’ll end up breaking the O-rings on your tips. I have one solution thou, all you need is to get a kitchen knife and scrape away the sharp edges (not the inside wall), in a circular manner.
After shaving off some of the sharp edges, I can now use my Magnum Ribbed driptip.
The top cap is threaded meaning, you will turn it clockwise to close the cap. The air hole is somewhat big for my liking. The draw is loose and very airy and this affects the throat hit. Also the hole placement is not spot on. Based on my tests on ERA’s and Fatty’s, the optimal performance is dependent on the hole’s position. The closer the hole to the coil, the better vapor. That is my preference thou, others like a bit of a harsher TH from their rebuildables; positioning the hole farther away from the coil.
The base of the Phoenix is similar to patriot rebuildable atomizer. It has the same pole placement, where you will place your builds. The only difference is the addition of juice well. The juice well has its advantage over the patriot, you can put up to 13 drops of your favorite juice and vape until it dries up. Also the Patriot’s air hole is at the bottom, making it more flexible and usable on bottom feed mods and mods with air flow control.
The two poles are insulated by black plastic, which in my opinion poses health risks. After vape testing my Phoenix atty, I have observed some harsh taste of burning plastic. When I checked the poles, I found out that the two plastic have made contact with the coil and melted.
The bottom base has a 510 connection, which is now the standard for almost all PV’s and mods. The positive and negative connections are separated by a silicon rubber insulator, where in my opinion is the weak point of the Phoenix. The silicon insulator is so flexible, it makes the center pole unstable as it doesn’t hold the pole well enough. So you must take extra care when threading the phoenix into you mods. Over tightening it will push the center pole inwards. It is also prone to breakage as the silicon insulator may break down or melt in time. These being prone to short-circuit, I would suggest using only protected batteries for the Phoenix. Another remedy I made to make the center pole stay in its place, is by dropping a small amount of superglue on the sides of the positive connector.
Phoenix new build at 1.3 ohms
After priming and putting around 13 drops of e-juice.
After finding solutions on some of the problems on my Phoenix, I then proceeded in building my coil. My first target resistance is 1.3 ohms and it was spot on, on my first build. As advised by eshots, I should tuck both ends of the wick inside the juice. In my opinion. in this setup, the flavor was a bit dull. Although throat hit was there, the flavor production lacks; compared to my ERA and Fatty.
So I got rid of the first build that I made and proceeded with the one which, IMO, is much better. Using tweezers are much easier in building with the Phoenix.
You must also be aware of the possible short-circuit when building with Phoenix. Make sure that you will cut the positive coil flush, so that it will not make contact with the topcap.
After some fiddling with my build, this is my prefered setup. One part on both ends of the wick is tucked inside the well, while the other two ends are hanging; making the juice wick properly and more consistently.
The Phoenix with the new build.
My vaping experience with the Phoenix is a kind of a love and hate relationship. At first, I was not quite satisfied with the performance it gave. I always keep comparing its performance over other rebuildables that I have. compared to ERA and Fatty, it lacks the bling factor. It also lacks after market support and building guides which can be important to newbies, who want to try out rebuildables. There are some flaws and there may be no chance for the manufacturer to make revisions based on user experience. Having it made out of stainless steel (medical grade? I have no idea), the silicon insulator have made it less appealing when it comes to durability and longevity of the atomizer.
But, come to think of it, making it less expensive is the purpose of the manufacturer. cutting down on machining cost and labor hours and opting to use lesser durable materials is their way of making it cheaper and more affordable. But, if you will look into it on an engineering prespective, the design is very well thought of. Just like other rebuildables, it did what it is made to do; and it has done well.
The never-ending question of, IS IT A GOOD BUY? or IS IT WORTH BUYING?
For me, it is worth buying. considering, sir mike also gave me a free driptip; when I bought it at Eshots. The value for money is still under debate, as the consumers continue to argue that rebuildables should serve them a lifetime. In my opinion, the Phoenix is only worth three commercial atomizers. commercial atty’s are expendable and having a Phoenix makes it more practical still.
Thank you Mike for your support and also to Eshots SM North branch staff.
KEEP ON VAPING!!!