Time for another Mech review. This one is a clone of the popular Launcher from Rai Vapes. I got mine on Fasttech for $23.46 early in November, and it shipped pretty quick so i have had it for a couple weeks now.
At first I wasn’t super pumped about this one. The only reason I even got it was because of the copper contacts. This happens to be the only mod on FT right now with copper contacts, and for around $20, it’s a hell of a deal.
I have never been a big fan of telescoping mods – since I primarily use only 18650 anyway. Regardless, I decided to pull the trigger on this one.
After using it for a couple weeks now, I am blown away by just how good this mod really is. It’s probably my hardest hitting mod. The construction on it is very good. There are very few parts that need to be messed with. The firing button works great, etc, etc.
As far as telescopics go, this one looks just as good or better than the Sentinel clone. I like the Sentinel clone a lot as a telescopic mech too, but it has shitty aluminum threads that won’t hold up nearly as well as these, so the build quality on the Launcher is far superior.
What I DIDN’T like about the Launcher
Really there wasn’t a lot I didn’t like about the Launcher but there are a couple small things.
The top is kind of beveled, and as a result, really large tanks like a Kayfun or Fogger may look a little awkward on it. I think smaller tanks – like Protank diameter are going to give you your best look on this piece.
The airflow control isn’t adjustable. There are just basic grooves on the mech head to allow air to flow. It generally works pretty well, however I would say the Nemesis clone still has better airflow options than the Launcher – so if you ONLY use bottom airflow atomizers, you MIGHT notice that the draw is a little more tight.
The etching on the side looks a little half-assed to me. I personally would have preferred a better one or none at all, but it doesn’t really detract much from the overall appearance.
What I DID like about the Launcher
It’s really well built. The threads are great, it has a nice all stainless construction and it feels solid and sturdy in the hand.
The firing button works flawlessly. No crunching at all and it feels totally even all around when you depress it. Unlike a lot of bottom firing mods, the button is recessed into the mod, so it doesn’t need any bottom locking at all. I have found this to be SO useful when taking this mod on the go. I can set it down standing up or walk around with it in my pocket without having to fuck with any locking rings or worry about it randomly firing.
It did take some getting used to at first because you do have to position your finger a little differently to be able to depress the button into the mod to fire it, but now that I’ve been using it for a couple weeks it feels like second nature and it is TOTALLY worth it to be able to avoid the hassle of locking rings or having to keep the mod on its side.
Appearance-wise, I think it looks great. I was really unsure at first because I think a lot of telescoping mods look pretty dumb, but this one looks pretty damn good telescoped out to 18650. The grooves in the body also match up pretty close with some popular atomizers. I really like pairing this one with the IGO-L, and it would also look awesome with an Immortalizer.
I’m honestly not sure what the actual data is on copper contacts vs. silver contacts vs. chrome/brass, but what I do know is this mod hits super hard. Probably the best performance-wise out of any of my mods currently in rotation. I can’t really say if copper is better than silver plated, but so far I am really liking it.
Just like the JM22, I also really love the simplicity. There aren’t a million tubes and locking rings and airflow control rings. It’s just a single tube with a bottom button and a top piece. There’s no guesswork involved at all with this one.
Who is it good for?
I think just about anyone into mechs would appreciate how well built this piece is for the price. It is a super good all around mod and I feel right now it is probably the best tube mod I own for taking on the go due to the way the bottom firing button is set up. If you’re sick of dealing with locking rings, this is definitely one you want to check out.
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Do I use it?
Right now I am using this one all the time. In fact I even put my JM22 back in my vapebox for the time being because I have been using this one so much – something I never would have imagined a month ago.
I will definitely be keeping this one around and until a mod comes out that is better for taking on the go than the Launcher, it will probably be my primary mod when I’m out of the house.
The Bottom Line
Quality. It gets a perfect score from me on quality. The button works great, the threads work great, it’s built like a tank, it has copper contacts. That is pretty much all you need to know regarding the quality of this guy.
Performance. This is definitely one of, if not my best hitting mod. I don’t know if it’s the copper or what, but this thing just continues to perform like a beast.
Ease of Use. Just like the JM22, I really love the simplicity factor. The Nemesis is good to have around because it’s so versatile, but dealing with a ton of tubes and rings is a pain in the ass. The Launcher is perfectly simple. You’ll have it out of the box and dishing out clouds within 2 minutes.
Appearance. The only real knock on the appearance is that the beveled top does make it hard to pair this one with large diameter tanks – I mean you can, but it’s going to look a little awkward. I think it looks amazing with an IGO-L, and I have also liked using a Protank on it a lot. For gennies, I think a Chobra would look good on it. Outside of that, it looks great, even telescoped to 18650.
Price. It’s priced around $23, and I think that is a hell of a deal from this piece. Stainless construction and copper contacts make it totally worth it. I have paid a lot more for a lot les.
Overall. Man, I really can’t say enough good things about the Launcher. There are so many things I like about it. I have to say that my favorite feature is the bottom button. For the first couple days I was really against it because I did have to change the position of my finger to fire it comfortably, but now that I’m used to it I really love it. Just the ability to put this thing in your pocket and not have to worry about it blowing you up is totally worth it. I’m definitely going to keep using this one as my on-the-go mod and I will probably use it a ton this summer for disc golfing and camping. It’s the perfect kind of piece for outdoor activities.
If you’re on the fence on this one, I really can’t recommend it enough. There’s almost nothing I would change about it and it has performed completely flawlessly for me so far.
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