SD Keyring Mod
While hanging out with a bunch of awesome vapor peeps at the Atlanta Vape Meet, I perused the vendor tables and came across this nifty little device from Clouds Of Vapor. It is called the SD Keyring. It came packaged like something you would see in the checkout line at Wal-Mart hanging on a rack with a bunch of other nick knacks. The kit came with a very small battery with keyring lanyard (hence the name), a USB charger, and 2 blank cartomizers. I had heard of these, and it was only $20, so I thought “what the heck, why not.”
So what is it? The battery is a satin brushed stainless steel auto 300 mAh with a recessed 510 connection. It measures a mere 44 mm in length (just a shade longer than a standard resistance cartomizer), and is about the same circumference as an eGo battery. The supplied cartomizers came blank (unfilled) and resistance was 3.1Ω in one, and 3.3Ω in the other. The charger is quite small with a USB connection on one end and a 510 connection on the other. It has an LED indicator that is red when charging and turns green when the unit is fully charged.
Cost: From the Clouds Of Vapor website, the device costs $21.99. The device is sold at other retailers as well, including electronicstix.com for $19.95, ivapour.co.uk, £12.95, and liberty-flights.co.uk for £14.49 (the US LF site doesn’t seem to stock them for some reason). Click the button at the top left of the screen for a 20% off discount at checkout if ordering anything from Liberty Flights.
Impressions: First off, it’s tiny! I can easily fit this device in the palm of my hand and stealth vape easily. It seems very well made, and being brushed stainless steel, it looks nice. I initially tried vaping it with the included cartomizers and wasn’t very impressed. I have never been a fan of standard resistance cartos on a 3.7v device. Vapor was weak, flavor was okay but not great, I really had to work to get anything out of it.
I then filled a Boge 2.0Ω low resistance cartomizer, and tried that. Bingo! Great flavor, awesome vapor, and good throat hit. I was really surprised something this small, could satisfy my vape cravings. Long story short, I like it!
The only downsides, I can really see is that due to it’s size, the battery doesn’t last all that long (especially with the LR carto on it). I wish I had bought 2 of them so I could charge one battery while using the other. Also, being an auto battery, dripping with an atomizer is out. Lastly, charging the battery can only be accomplished via USB. I found that the iPhone USB wall plug works well in a pinch though.
In summary, I wouldn’t make this my main vape, however, it is very satisfying. I think it would be best served in an environment where stealth is important, or if you are going out on a quick trip somewhere and don’t want to lug a big MOD around. I wish I had an extra battery so as to always have one ready to go. Especially for the price, it’s a solid performer. I just wish it would hurry up and charge already!