Ok, so I’ve had the Steam Turbine Clone for about a month or two now and it’s finally time to get dirty and really explore this thing. I got my Steam Turbine clone from Fasttech for around $15 just about the same time I also got the Steamboy clone, also a similarly priced genesis atty, so I have kind of been comparing the 2 against each other since then. I also ordered the Hornet around that same time but it didn’t come until about 3-4 weeks later, but it is still in the conversation as well.
So let’s start with the raw specs from FT:
- Genesis style RBA
- Polished stainless steel finish
- 3ml glass tank
- Diameter of wick holes: 2.4mm
- 21mm external diameter
- 510 threaded connector
- Drip tip sold separately
Lots of good stuff there – polished stainless, 3ml glass tank, 21mm which is a really good size for tanks.
Not mentioned is the fact that it has dual airholes on either side, and multiple holes and a 3 post deck to allow for dual coil setups if that’s how you get down.
What I DIDN’T Like about the Steam Turbine
First off, there is a lip around the atomizer deck just like the Steamboy clone has. The lip runs VERY close to the screws on either side, which can make it more difficult to get your coil fastened securely. As much a I wasn’t a fan of this at all right away, after doing a couple rebuilds I can say confidently that it isn’t that big of a deal. If you know your way around an RBA, you shouldn’t have much trouble getting your coil wrapped.
The idea for 2 airholes on either side is really cool, HOWEVER, I don’t think they are big enough. Additionally, I can’t bring myself to widen them because I don’t want to fuck up the appearance of this thing. Plus, with the way they are set up, I’m not even sure how I would really approach widening the holes to begin with. For a single coil build, they are acceptable. I can still get a pretty good amount of vapor out of it, but it is definitely a tight draw, and I don’t think a dual coil approach would work at all on this one.
Here’s a video of how much vapor it puts out
Unfortunately, while you can see it puts off a ton of vapor, the actual draw doesn’t live up to the hype at all.
So that’s a big minus for me.
What I DID Like about the Steam Turbine
First off, the thing looks baller. It actually looks kind of big and clunky in the picture on FT, but man does it ever look sweet up close. I have it on my Astro clone right now, and it looks like the two were made for each other. It also looked super slick on the JM22 clone as well. I also outfitted it with a muffler style drip tip and it perfectly caps the whole thing off. So appearance wise, I really love the way it looks.
The raised lip on the atty deck, while a pain in the ass in terms of getting your coil in, I think is actually really helpful in other areas. For one thing, it allows this piece to have a screw on top cap, which I really like a lot. I have found that the screw on top genesis attys don’t leak as much as regular ones. So I think it really helps reduce leakage.
Which brings me to my next point – this thing really has minimal leakage issues, for a genesis atomizer. With the combination of the raised lip, screw on top and small airholes, I have had very little issues with leaking when it’s on its side. Now it still will be prone to leaking as there is no way to seal off the holes like the Steamboy and Hornet have, but it is a hell of a lot better than an AGA T2 or RSST.
Another thing that I like is the 3 holes in the deck. I actually only use 1 hole for the wick, and then leave the other two completely open to promote better wicking. That seems to work really well, and I haven’t had a lot of wicking issues at all with this device – in both a traditional wick and coil setup, and a dragon coil setup.
As far as coiling goes, while the lip on the side does kind of suck, the center post has 2 washers to fit your coil leg inside of which makes it super easy to wrap on that end. A lot of genesis atomizers suffer from shitty-center-post syndrome and this is not one of them.
Last but not least, it has a nice 3ml glass tank. Both the Steamboy and Hornet have polycarb tanks, and I am starting to not be the biggest fan of polycarb. 3ml size is just about the right amount of tank space for me, so I think they hit it spot on.
Who is it good for?
This one is probably best for an atomizer collector/tinkerer. I wouldn’t recommend this one if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, and you only can get one or two atomizers to use daily. As cool as it looks, the performance isn’t there unless you widen the airholes and if you fuck that up then you are really sunk.
Where to Buy?
Do I use it?
I do use it, but not all the time. Right now I have this pretty much designated as my Cha-Yen Orange Blossom tank, so whenever I feel like puffing on some I pull this baby out. The biggest thing that keeps me from using it more is simply the poor airflow.
The Bottom Line
Quality. I can’t really say anything negative about the quality. It’s all stainless, with a glass tank. All of the threading is really good, the o-rings haven’t given me any issues yet, and the thing feels very solid.
Performance. They lost some big points with me on performance due to the poor airflow. Unfortunately that really reduces the overall quality of the vape. Aside from that, it does wick very well, which is also important with a genesis atomizer, and the airhole issue is fixable, so it isn’t a total wash.
Ease of Use. Across the board, this piece is pretty easy to use. If you factor in having to bore out the airholes, that takes a little away from it. The lip on the side can also make it difficult to get the coil secured, but the center post is the harder part to coil and luckily they made that pretty easy. So overall, it is pretty easy to use. Could be better, but it still beats an AGA T2 by a mile.
Appearance. Honestly I think this is the best looking genesis atomizer I own, by far. Might even be the best overall looking atomizer I own. As dorky as it may seem in the picture, I can say that in person it looks a million times better. It is a perfect fit on a JM22 or Astro, and I am sure there are quite a few other mods it would look great on.
Price. Even though it has some minor flaws, it is priced right. At just under $16, it is a hell of a good quality piece for the price. When you consider some people are dropping close to that much on Protanks and Vivi Novas, it is pretty amazing at the quality you can get for just a couple dollars more. This thing will last you a long time.
Overall. I really do like this piece, a lot, and I’m glad I bought it. That said, it does have its issues – primarily that the airholes don’t seem quite right. Other than that, I think it is not only near-perfect, but one of the better looking atomizers available.
In comparison to the Hornet and the Steamboy, it doesn’t have any airflow control. So it loses out in that category. It, along with the Steamboy, both have a nice atomizer deck with a lot of holes to work with if you want to run multiple coils or other various configurations, so it’s on par with the Steamboy in that category, and it beats out the one-dimensional Hornet which really is meant only for a U-wick configuration.
Appearance wise, I think it beats the other two hands down. The Steamboy is pretty cool looking, but it loses points for the polycarb tank, and even without, it still doesn’t look as cool as the Steam Turbine, IMO.
Quality wise, this baby is all stainless with a glass tank, so it beats them both in that category.
If you’re OK with a tighter draw and a single coil, you will probably be just fine with the Steam Turbine. I still haven’t decided if I am going to bother boring out the holes on mine or not. I like the appearance so much the way it is that I will likely just keep it this way and keep on vapin.
If you want to do some more crazier shit like dual or quad coils or whatever, then I think the Steamboy is probably the better option in this price range.
If you want something really easy, straightforward and ready to go right out of the box, then the Hornet is probably the one I would go with out of the three.
So it really just depends on what you’re looking for. Me, I have all 3 and I’m pretty happy with all of them.
- Ease of Use