This review has been a LONG time coming. I actually got the Chemisis (Nemisis Clone) from Fasttech about a week before I got my JM22. If you read that review, you will know that I love the JM22 and use it all the time.
As much as I really love and use the JM22 a TON, and I probably like it quite a bit more than my Nemesis, I use the Nemesis just as much. About a month ago I gave my REO to a friend to use and since that time I have been almost exclusively using the JM22 and the Nemesis as my primary two mods. I love them both. There are a lot of things I don’t like about the Nemesis, but as much as I want to dislike it, it just performs so well that I have to really respect how good of a device it is for the money.
So all that being said, on with the review…
What I DIDN’T Like About the Nemesis
I was so excited when my Chemisis arrived in the mail. I was down to a REO, a Precise + and a Sigeli #20 as my only mechanicals. I had several others on loan to friends. The Sigeli #20 is basically not even worth using, the P+ works great but doesn’t fit every type of atomizer, and the REO wasn’t great for testing a lot of different juices, so I was badly in need of a good all around mod.
As excited as I was to tear it out of the package and fire it up, I was immediately surprised by how fucking hard it was to set up. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to get it to fit a standard 18650 battery and I finally had to watch a YouTube video to learn that there was an additional ring near the top cap that I had to remove. So it took me a good 20 minutes to actually get working, which is pretty sad considering how many mods cross my desk.
So that brings me to my first point: Too many fucking tubes. Now a lot of people may like this, but I really don’t I would way prefer if this mod was just one long 18650 tubes rather than a series of like 6 separate tubes. I mean sure maybe you want to run a huge 18650 battery with a kick, or maybe you want to run an 18500, or whatever. Reality is, I get the best performance out of an 18650 battery, by far, and I would have to imagine that the majority of others do as well, so to have all these additional options is cute, but not really super necessary.
That brings me to my second point: The tubes make it look uglier. While the JM22 is just one sleek long tube, my Chemisis has an ugly line through the middle of it where the 2 main tubes meet. It’s not like the worst thing in the world, but I think this piece would look a million times better without it.
Additionally, as far as the design goes, I’m not super crazy about the weird demon thing that’s etched into it. I guess it’s kind of edgy or whatever, but I could personally do without it.
Last, I am not totally in love with the bottom button. At first it was fairly crunchy, although over time it has gotten much better. The locking mechanism isn’t the greatest either. It technically works, but it tends to thread pretty hard into the main tube, so it’s a little difficult to get it loose to the point where you can use it, so I just really don’t use it, and that’s fine. Additionally, the way that the button threads into the tube can make it a little difficult to get fully threaded in. Now that I’ve had it for a month or so, I know my way around it pretty well, but this was a pain in my ass multiple times, and probably will continue to be as bottom firing mods generally tend to come loose gradually over time and you constantly need to be tightening them back up – so it would be nice if it were a little easier to do like it is on the JM22.
What I DID Like About the Nemesis
Let’s start with appearance. Overall this is a pretty good looking mod. I like the matte finish, as sometimes polished can be a little gaudy, however the matte doesn’t match with as many atomizers, so you kind of have to go one way or the other. Bottom line, though, is that it is a good looking piece.
The airflow control band has been griped about by others, but I actually like it a lot. I think that a Protank hits a lot better on the Nemesis than it does on the Chi You, because the airflow is just better. It also seems to be slightly better even than on the JM22 which has built in airflow rather than adjustable. All 3 are OK but the Nemesis is the best in my opinion.
It is super durable. I have dropped this thing many times, carried it in my pocket, had it rolling around in my car, etc, and there isn’t a scuff on it. You can tell by comparing this with the feel of the JM 22 that it is quite a bit more hefty. So I definitely appreciate that, and it just speaks to how good the Nemesis clone is as a workhorse mod.
It has silver plated brass contacts which I really like. I don’t know if it makes a huge difference or if it’s more of a placebo kind of thing, but the mods I have with silver contacts do seem to work extremely well, and I really haven’t had to clean it a ton or anything like that, so overall I really like the contacts. In addition the top pin is quite a bit longer than the pin on the JM22. This has come in handy on several occasions, although it is not a super big deal.
It is versatile. As much as I really don’t care for the myriad of tubes it comes with, at least I know I can configure this to a variety of other sizes if I need to. So far I haven’t but I do have a kick coming so at least I will have something to test it out on, although I don’t intend to be using a kick permanently on it unless I have a crazy epiphany or something.
Who is it good for?
In general, it would be good for just about anyone who uses mech mods. If you are newer to mech mods, I think the JM22 is a lot more simple in design, and therefore easy to use, PLUS it costs only about half what the Nemesis costs. If you are the type of person who does like to use a ton of different battery configurations, then this is pretty much a slam dunk. If you can only afford to buy ONE mod and you need it to last you a very long time, then this would be an excellent choice. Durability wise, I think I would rate it above the JM22.
Where to Buy?
Do I use it?
Over the last month I have gone through thousands of puffs on this thing. It is extremely reliable, great for taking on the go and can be configured to fit just about any possible battery and atomizer combination. Additionally, it has a pretty neutral appearance, so it looks good with most any atomizer. So in general it is a great all around piece and I use mine a ton. In fact, I have a Chi-You clone that I got about the same time as the JM22 and I have only used it a couple times because the Chemisis and JM22 have performed so well and look good. So yes I definitely use it, and most likely will be using it for a long time.
The Bottom Line
Quality. What can I say? For a Chinese clone, the quality of this thing is fucking incredible. I can’t see any possible reason other than pride that you would want to spend $200 for a real Nemesis when the quality of this one is so fucking good. It’s built like a tank, all the threads are great, it has silver plated contacts, and a stainless steel body that isn’t going to tarnish. If you’re concerned about durability, this is absolutely the way to go.
Performance. This mod easily works just as good as my authentic Poldaic. In fact, I like it quite a bit better. I don’t even use my real Poldaic at all anymore because the JM22 and Nemesis work so much better and don’t tarnish. It’s a total no brainer. Hits super hard, produces great vapor, won’t break on you.
Ease of Use. If there was one downside it would be ease of use. I mean overall, it is pretty simple to use, but it is definitely more complicated than some other mods out there. If you’re willing to take 20 minutes to sit down,unscrew everything and learn where it’s supposed to go and how it screws back in, you will pretty much be good to go.
Appearance. Overall it looks really good. I think the matte finish can be good and bad. Since it’s the only matte finish piece I own, I definitely like the fact that it’s matte. I really could care less about the demon engraving although some might find it edgy. To me, this is a pretty neutral looking mod. You’re not going to win a beauty contest with this thing, but it looks very good with a variety of different configurations.
Price. This one is more expensive as Fasttech mods go at around $29 and change shipped. In the big picture, it’s a solid price. I paid over $20 for the Sigeli 19 and 20 and they are both pieces of shit, and compared to this they are REALLY pieces of shit. It’s not even close. So yeah the JM22 is only around $15, and this is quite a leap from that, but overall it is a pretty fair price for a device that is going to work just as good as the authentic version that will probably cost you $150 more. Buy this and spend your remaining $150 on some really good juice and you will be a happy camper.
Overall. I’ve been meaning to write this review for a couple of weeks now. At first I was going to go negative on it because I really don’t like the tubes, and as a result it makes the thing look a lot worse, but as time has passed, I have came to the conclusion that this is an extremely fucking solid mod, and the small concessions in appearance are nothing in comparison to the incredible overall quality and performance you get out of it. Plus appearance is subjective anyway and there are probably a lot of people who would think I was crazy for saying it doesn’t look that great.
So yeah, if you could only own ONE mod, this would probably be the way to go. There are just no two ways about it. I like the JM22 better personally, but I have access to a ton of mods, so the limitations of the JM22 don’t really affect me. The Nemesis really has no limitations at all. If you want the closest possible clone to a real live $200+ mod, this is the one. It is spot on in basically every single category.
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