Joyetech Epsion review

The Joyetech Espion Solo is a small mod with a full touchscreen. It’s a follow up to the original Espion which came out a few months ago. While the original was a dual-18650 mod, the new Espion Solo gets its name from being a single battery mod. It can use a 20700 or 21700 cell, or an 18650 with the included adapter. The one I received included a 21700 battery by Avatar Controls.

Kit Contents

  • Joyetech Espion Solo mod
  • Micro USB cable
  • User manual
  • 18650 battery adapter
  • 21700 Avatar Controls 3.7V 4000 mAh battery

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Build quality and design

The Espion Solo has a very comfortable shape and it’s quite small as well. It’s like an Evic VTC Mini but with a more rounded back — quite impressive. The magnetic battery plate is held on tightly, with no play, and the screen is bright and large. The screen is operated by touch with a single button below it and above it is a large clicky fire button with no rattle. The paint job on the matte black version I have is okay, and the mod passed the scratch test.

The menu and layout has been revamped. It’s nice and clean, but it’s a black and white display rather than a color one like the original Espion. Overall though it feels like a solid mod with a large and easily readable screen.

Wattage mode performance

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For the purpose of this review, I tested this mod with the included Avatar Controls 21700 battery, rather than a Sony VTC5A (as I normally would).

The Espion Solo is very accurate — normally just a few watts low or high. It was mostly within one or two watts in my tests, except for the 0.48-ohm resistance when it was up to 9 watts high (allowing me to achieve 89 watts), however the lower the power setting, the more accurate it got. I was also able to get 80 watts pretty much from all of the resistances I tested (0.11 to 0.48 ohms).

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The stated maximum amp output is 30 amps, and a max voltage output of 9 volts. The max voltage output was 6.52 with a 0.48-ohm coil, which shows there is a boost circuit in this mod as they state. They list a 9-volt limit but I would have needed a resistance above 1.0 ohm to test that which I don’t do. It’s plausible though. Regardless, this mod will have more than enough voltage to fill your needs as a single battery mod. The amperage output I measured at 27, however I had reached the watt limit so 30 amps is likely correct.

Temperature control performance

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Using SS316 wire with the default SS316 mode and TCR mode set at 92. I tested six builds ranging from single round spaced single and dual coils, to fancy single coil and fancy dual-coils. This mod hits very much on the weak side. Anything under 550 F will barely give any vapor production. I like a warm vape personally and only when cranking it all the way up to 600 F was I able to get a decent vape.

The throttle back is okay; it doesn’t really pulse at all, but should throttle a little less to keep a consistent puff. You have full wattage range adjustment but it didn’t seem to have much of an impact on ramp-up most of the time. Joyetech mods in general have been poor in temperature control, and the Espion Solo is no exception.

Other usage info and features

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I’ve used 10 atomizers on the Espion Solo and none have given me problems with the 510 connection. I’ve pushed, pulled, and wiggled all of them and it remains solid. The 510 is not centered but can handle a 25 mm atomizer without overhang.

They claim 2-amp USB charging, but I don’t recommend charging batteries internally on mods unless there is no choice (as with internal battery mods). However I charged the Espion internally with no major issues. It did get quite hot though, and I don’t recommend it.

Although the screen is bright and easily readable, the controls are very glitchy. Letting go of the adjustment buttons, the Espion screen continues scrolling. Swiping to the side is a mixed bag as well. It’s not very responsive at all and can be a royal pain to use.

The mod has full wattage adjustments at 20 watts and higher, 0.1-watt increments below 20 watts. The mod also gets quite hot when vaping at higher wattages which I don’t like at all. As for battery life, actual usage will vary from user to user based on wattage and how much they vape. But in theory the included 21700 battery could get up to 33% more battery life than with a single 18650 (using a 300mah battery like a Samsung 30q or Sony VTC6).

Likes

  • Power performance works well
  • Preheat options (power/duration)
  • Easy to use menu system
  • Build quality is nice
  • Handles 25 mm atomizers
  • Large fire button
  • Large bright screen
  • Very comfortable
  • Great battery life for its size
  • No button rattle
  • No play in battery door
  • Battery tray and loading is great
  • Accurately rated

Dislikes

  • Temp control performance is poor
  • Mod gets hot while charging
  • Mod gets hot during normal use at higher wattage settings
  • Touch screen controls are bad and quite glitchy

Verdict

If you’re looking for a small mod with good battery life to be used just for power mode, the Espion is a decent one — if you can deal with the mod getting hot and having a glitchy touch screen. In general, the mod has a few good things going for it, but also a few negative things working against it.

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CoilART Mage Mech Tricker Kit review

CoilART Mage Mech Tricker Kit

The Mage Mech Tricker Kit from Chinese manufacturers CoilART is a kit featuring the Mage Mech hybrid mechanical mod and the Mage RDA, designed to offer a top notch cloud chasing vaping experience at a very affordable price.

Available in an all black finish with a billet red copper construction, or a billet brass construction with five different multicoloured resin finishes, the CoilART Mage Mech Tricker kit features a 24mm width, adjustable magnetic fire button, hybrid 510 connection with a self adjusting battery contact, 24k gold plated build deck featuring a large juice well and a two post configuration, and there’s also generous adjustable bottom airflow present too. On paper, it ticks all of the boxes for a mechanical cloud chasing kit!

Specs

  • CoilART Mage Mech and Mage RDA included
  • 24mm width
  • 125mm height
  • Magnetic fire button
  • Black frost finish coating or multicoloured resin finishes available
  • Billet red copper construction (with black frost finish coating) or billet brass construction (with multicoloured resin finish)
  • Internal insulation protection
  • Hybrid 510 connection
  • Self adjusting battery contact
  • 24K Gold plated build deck
  • Deep juice well
  • Adjustable bottom airflow

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What’s in the box?

The CoilART Mage Mech Tricker Kit comes in a smart black presentation box, inside this you will find the CoilART Mage Mech, CoilART Mage RDA, screwdriver, vape band, spare o-rings and spare post screws. I received the CoilART Mage Mech Tricker Kit with the black frost finish and billet red copper construction, however you can also purchase a version manufactured from billet brass with five different multicoloured resin finishes, with the multicoloured resin costing slightly more than the black frost finish version.

CoilART Mage Mech

Sporting a 24mm width, the CoilART Mage Mech feels fairly light in hand compared to a fair few other 24mm mechs I’ve owned and used, but it is pretty nice to hold. My CoilART Mage Mech featured the black frost finish, with a red copper construction. The CoilART logo is engraved prominently on the side of the tube, and around the hybrid 510 connector ‘Designed by CoilART in California’ and ‘Mage’ has been laser engraved on.

At the base, the magnetic switch is lockable and you can lock this by tightening it fully. You can unlock it by twisting the switch clockwise, which also enables you to adjust the throw and contact with your battery. Installing a battery is as easy as unscrewing the switch unit, and popping a battery into the tube.

CoilART Mage RDA

The CoilART Mage RDA is a 24mm width RDA, featuring a brass construction with a 24k gold plated build deck. The build deck features a fairly deep juice well, and two posts with four post holes in total featuring cross head grub screws. Large adjustable airflow slots are found at the base of the deck, and you can close off one side of the airflow entirely should you wish to use a single coil build.

The top cap features a wide bore Delrin drip tip, which can be removed and replaced with a different drip tip should you wish. It doesn’t feature a 510 drip tip connection, so you would need to source a suitably sized drip tip. You can easily drip juice down to the deck through the drip tip, or remove the top cap to drip juice by twisting it and pulling upwards. The base of the deck features the Mage logo as well as ‘designed in California’, and an adjustable gold plated 510 connector.

CoilART Mage Mech Tricker Kit Performance

You get a good sized build deck with the Mage RDA, and this is capable of accommodating large coils pretty easily. I could get a 4mm width clapton coil to fit in here with room to spare! However installing thick coils was a bit of a pain, even though the post holes are of a good size the tiny grub screws needed to be tightened down hard in order to get them to secure my coil legs, and on a couple of occasions I did snap a leg or two.

With this being a hybrid mechanical mod kit, you get the full force from your battery, and this hits extremely well indeed. The Mage RDA is configured so that the 510 protrudes safely enough for a hybrid connection, if you do use other RDAs with the Mage Mech then please ensure that the 510 pin on your RDA is configured correctly.

Flavour from the Mage RDA was surprisingly pretty good, I didn’t expect a whole lot from it, but I got a pretty flavoursome vape out of it with a pair of fused claptons at 0.2ohm. It’s not world beating flavour by any standards, but its very pleasing even with the airflow wide open.

Airflow is excellent, and on par with some of the more well known RDA’s I have tried such as the Kennedy and the Goon 1.5. With low ohm builds, the CoilART Mage Mech Tricker Kit produces some huge clouds of thick vapour, which is what I would imagine most who purchase this kit would be looking to achieve. It absolutely doesn’t disappoint on that front!

I did encounter a few issues with the CoilART Mage Mech Tricker Kit during use. The threading was very crunchy, even after greasing the threads up generously, I particularly had an issue with this around the switch. The switch also had a strange wobble to it, almost like it doesn’t thread correctly, which was a little off putting at times during use. The top cap on the Mage RDA is very stiff and difficult to get off, even after using this for an extended period of time, I’ve actually manage to snap two o-rings on the base over time! You need to twist the cap on and off, however more often than not my top cap seems to get caught on the top o-ring, and I keep the o-rings lubed up with pure VG.

As a word of warning, please do ensure that you use an 18650 battery sourced from a reputable supplier, that is capable of safely handling the amp draw from your build. Regularly check your battery wraps for any tears or nicks in the wrap, and if any are present either rewrap them or safely dispose of them. This is an unregulated mechanical mod kit, so there are no in built safety protections present if anything does go wrong!

Conclusion

Performance wise, the CoilART Mage Mech Tricker Kit punches well above its weight, and it’s available for a very competitive price of £50 and under with most retailers, which I think is an excellent price point considering you get both the Mage RDA and Mage Mech included for what you pay!

However, the issues I have encountered such as the crunchy threading, stiff top cap and weak grub screws did sour the experience for me somewhat, and even though this is available for a budget friendly price I personally would happily pay more for a more reliable mechanical mod set up with better build quality. That being said, I’ve not seen a whole lot of people grumbling about issues with this kit around the internet, meaning the issues I have encountered may not be so widespread, so if you are looking for a new mech set up on a budget this might well be worth a look!

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