5 Different Clearomizer Reviews
Vivi Novas, “Stardust” Ce4, Bauways, Kanger T3s, 5ml Jumbo Stardust style…
I’m no PBusardo, and I’ve only been vaping for about 3 1/2 months. But I feel that an overview of the clearomizers I have used in the past 3 months is due. I’ve only dabbled with a handful, but since then I have learn to rebuild the heads on those with replaceable heads, clean and dry burn those without replaceable heads, all to pretty good effect. I will not get into the methods of dryburning, cleaning, throat hit, or vapor production of any specific clearomizer, unless I deem it necessary due to the specific device. These are all good devices for a new vaper, and a veteran vaper alike. Each will be accordingly picky, as a newer vaper will prefer something less finicky and easier to work with, whereas a veteran vaper will care more about other factors.
I was first introduced to 1.6 ml Stardust Style Ce4 when I bought my first ego. They come in multiple colors which is nice if you like to customize the looks of your PV. I know I do. They hold a decent amount of liquid, and the design is relatively sleek. They fit well that have ego threads and hold their sleekness while doing so. They can be finicky, as the tubing is pressure fitted onto the metal base. Airflow is pretty standard, and a good draw. If you were to drop it and impact the tube, there’s a good chance it will become loose, allowing leakage and breakage. With any luck, you can pressure fit the tubing back onto the metal base without much problem and be good to go. There is a chance that the tube will crack on the inside or outside, thus messing with the airflow and seal. At this point you’d need to buy a new tube. They can be purchased for about 1/2 the cost of the clearomizer. The drip tips are unique for this device, making them a bit tougher to customize, and standard black doesn’t look nearly as cool as a matching color. I have broken 2 out of 3 of these tubes in the past few months. The heads are rebuildable, and exchangeable. So you can buy new heads, or rebuild your own using which wick and wire you may choose.. This is a plus to me, as it saves money. Definitely a staple. I did notice that if you take too many puffs, too quickly, too heavily, you will get burnt hits that will hurt your throat. This is due to the type of wick, and juice burning too quickly before more can be absorbed UPWARDS into the coils. Thicker juice (more VG) will also wick slower, so you’ll have to vape slower. If the wicks are longer, you will not need to tilt and swirl to make sure they are saturated before you vape, but sometimes need to vape slower as it takes a moment to wick upwards. Shorter wicks require a tilt or swirl of your PV to enable juice saturation.
My next clearomizer I moved onto was what was recommended by the vendor, and through reviews on the internet, I purchased a Vivi Nova 3.5ML. They hold more like 2.8-3ML, otherwise you run the risk of flooding. This is nice because most vapers can go about a day on it without refilling. It is fatter than an ego battery, and it does not have a slimlined ego connection, but a 510. They do fit on most ego connections though, as most ego connections also have 510 (from every one I’ve seen anyways). Because of these 2, they look a bit chunky on an ego battery, requiring an adapter to sleekify it. These do look really sleek on most fat battery mods though, as they are more the width of one. I have a newer version, so the airflow holes are in the threading of the post connection to the battery. Airflow is pretty standard and good, unless on some mods, where there is next to none making it unuseable. A 510-Ego adapter might be required for older mods, such as a lavatube. The replaceable heads are smaller than the stardust style, but with most kits you get 3 of them, a variety of resistances. All previous plusses for replaceable heads apply here. You can purchase the parts for it separately, most importantly, the tank tubing. For an extra $3, I got extra blue tube. They fit a 510 drip tip, which is pretty much the standard as of now, so customizing them furthur is even easier. I’ve heard of other people having issues with this tank, but I have had nearly none. I have not dropped it, but it would be obvious that dropping it could cause damage, most specifically to the connection area. This could furthur hurt ego batteries that are just pressure fitted near the button (most are). This is one of my favorites, and what I believe to be a definite STAPLE for all vapers.
Of course, wanting some more variety, but the stability of the vivi nova, I knew that I had to purchase a Vivi Mini for ease of consuming a smaller amount of juice before switching flavors. These come in similar kits with the drip tip and 3 different replaceable heads, just like their big brother. They are much more sleek on ego batteries, nearly the same size. The same connection issue applies, and the threads will be visible without an adapter, so it might look a little funny with visible threads just underneath the tank. Most people don’t care, I know I don’t. This also looks good on mods.. although not as uniform as a large tank, and not as sleek as the tapered stardust style. Just like it’s bigger brother, this is a staple for all vapers but better if you want smaller tanks. Basically everything else that applies it’s bigger brother, applies to this including airflow. Oh yeah, it’s 2ml.
Wanting a little more variety and a mix in between the 2, I’ve also purchased some of the Kanger T3′s. These are bottom coils, so this enables you to vape faster and heavier without running as big as risk of burnt hits. These can hold 2.8-3ml of juice, but are not as fat as the Big Vivi Novas… They are a bit longer though, so they add length to any PV setup. There is an ego threaded skirt, which allows it to fit onto and over ego threads and keeps a battery looking quite sleek. Unfortunately these threads prevent them from fitting into mods, even with ego fitting, without an adapter… just a bit too big. These usually work really well from the start for a couple of weeks. Many people have many different issues with these, and most of them appear after week 2. Some juices are too thick and will not wick very well with the smaller holes at the bottom. There is an extra wick that lays atop of the coiled wick to absorb extra juice, this tends to also cause blockage and burnt/dry hits. Once this wick deteriorates after a couple of tanks, flooding becomes much more likely. Some people remove this wick for thicker juices, some people rebuilt with a fluffier wick to take away the need for it. Almost EVERY T3 I have heard about gurgles a little bit around the .8ml mark and is more prone to flooding. There are either 2, or 3 airflow holes in the ego skirt, which might produce too much of an airy draw for some, but this can be remedied by a little bit of tape. If the draw is too tight, I’ve noticed it’s more prone to flooding. This type of clearo is very easy to refill, as the small wicks are the base of the clearo, and you turn it upside down to refill it. Ingenuitive. These coil heads are a little bit more difficult to rebuild, as there is a very tight fit for the grommet and metal piece WITHIN the ego threading… But it is possible. I’ve also noticed that cotton, although it wicks great, sometimes will get too saturated, leading to more flooding. Despite all the finickiness and problems people have with these, I have had relatively good luck (despite flooding), and enjoy these. The quality of vapor seems to be a step above the other clearos and is much easier to chain vape. I still think I prefer the vivi novas.
There is another type of clearomizer out there that is just a generic one that is produced by Bauway and called the Bauway clearomizer. They are ego threaded. These are much cheaper that the rest of them, but are a very good bang for your buck. Most places (smartvapes, happy esmoker) sell them for like $3. They include a 510 drip tip, and come in different colors. The standard issue is also low resistance, making it great for a regular ego user that wants a bit more power behind their vape. They cannot be rebuilt, and dry burning them can bit a pain in the ass… But some people prefer to just toss a clearomizer when done with it and move on to another. If that’s your style, I highly recommend these! They work pretty well before their first dryburn, but seem to not be so good afterwards. You need to use a pair of pliers to grip the base, and ever so steadily wiggle the tube off the base. You can then reveal the coils by removing the extra wick and silicone cap. Oddly enough, there is like 5-6 wraps on this LR coil. They seem to be a bit more prone to flooding after the first dry burn, probably because the original seal has been broken. I can’t find a good reason as to why they gurgle so much afterwards, but they sure seem to do so. This isn’t as frequent when the tank is half full. You also need to be very careful about replacing the tube, as it’s just pressure fitted and it’s relatively easy to crack when replacing. Out of 12 times, this has happened to me 4 times… A nail polish fix has worked for a few weeks for me, but I have thrown 2 out because of this. If you take more than a couple puffs at a time, you also recieve dry (not really burnt, just wispy painful) hits. So if you wish to chain vape, this isn’t the best selection… but for less than $3? Great deal… with a 510 drip tip! If you get a colored one, you might even get a colored tip.. Bonus!
The last clearomizer that I will be reviewing is the jumbo 5ml clearomizer that strongly resembles a big old stardust style. They use the same tip as a stardust, but might not be 100% compatible, as it might be a bit longer.. although I’ve had no problems with 2 tips I’ve switched around. They are not really rebuildable, but they do have replacement post/coils so they are replaceable. So you wouldn’t need to buy a whole new clearo, just a new post/coil. They are also ego/510 threaded, but will not fit onto mods because they have a fat skirt that will not fit into the wells. Very similar to the stardusts, except they hold 5ml! The wicks do not reach the bottom of the tube, so you would need to tilt and swirl when it gets low to allow full saturation. There isn’t much more to say about these, they are pretty stable as is the stardust/ce4 style clearomizer reviewed earlier. After sitting for a couple of hours, they do get a LITTLE gurgly, but after a couple of vapes, this seems to clear up. I have also noticed it sometimes is a LITTLE leaky, but only enough that it needs a wipe.. and this only happens every so often… not sure why. I think it has something to do with the base and it’s construction. These are as fat as the vivi mini, but as tall as the kanger T3… They look decent on an ego battery, although a bit heavy on top. On a mod it looks pretty sleek, but make it even bigger than they normally are.