I’ve been messing around with Evods for quite a while, although my previous Evods were all knockoffs, and really very terrible. When Fasttech dropped authentic Evods a month or so ago, I decided to hop on one and check it out.
Important, this review is for this exact Evod, which is authentic. Don’t trust other knock off evods. Usually clones are not that big of a deal, but in this case it makes a difference.
So for starters, if you don’t already know, the Evod is a bottom coil clearomizer. This means that it has a tank with built in drip tip that sits above the atomizer chamber so liquid flows down into it using gravity, rather than say a Vivi Nova style clearomizer where it flows upwards. It has changeable coil heads, just like a Kanger Protank or other similar devices, and there are many different coil heads that are compatible with it.
What I DIDN’T Like about the Kanger Evod
This review is probably about a year late as far as how new an Evod goes, so there have been a lot of advancements in vaping since this little guy was first released. It still is a very viable atomizer, and like any it has its ups and downs.
First off, it’s eGo threaded. Now personally, I am not a fan of eGo threading at all. About the only time I actually like it is if you are primarily using an eGo or iTaste MVP. Otherwise, you are pretty much going to need to use an adapter, which I prefer to avoid if at all possible.
Second off, it has a very small diameter. Now again, this can be beneficial in some cases, but it’s going to look really shitty on a Provari or a Nemesis because it’s just so narrow. That also means less tank capacity – again, this can be a positive for some.
Appearance-wise, it’s not bad looking, which I will get to more in the positive section. The one thing I am not crazy for is the colors and designs. I prefer my tanks to be more glass and metal looking – so that they look like they are decently good quality. These kind of have a cheap look to them.
It has a built in drip tip. I’m really not a fan at all – particularly because it is clear and you can see all the condensation buildup on it.
What I DID like about the Kanger Evod
The quality on these is exceptionally good. The rubber gasket – which I always seem to have problems with, is one of the best I have seen recently. The outer tank seems to be pretty durable. The knockoffs I got were way too easy to scuff on the outside, scraping off the color coating.
Appearance-wise, this is about the best you are going to get in this category of atomizer. I have one in brushed metal, and it actually looks halfway decent. If they had the option to use a custom drip tip, I dare say it would actually be a pretty cool looking piece.
The price is a no-brainer. This is a really good quality piece for under $4. Particularly if you primarily use an eGo or an iTaste MVP, for which these are really well suited for.
Who is it good for?
This is really more of a beginner’s piece. It is made to be really easy to work with out of the box, and still provide a good quality vape. As far as beginner vaping goes, I think it does a good job of that.
If you’re beyond beginner level, this might be more of a niche product for you. For me, I like it because, it has a smaller tank, and there are certain devices it looks good on. The smaller tank can be a big benefit if you like to switch between juices a lot. There are certain devices like the Smok ePipe for example, that it looks really nice on.
Where to Buy?
You can get Evods just about anywhere. The most important thing to look for is that it is authentic. Even if you’re buying from a brick and mortar store, there is still a good chance they are passing off counterfeits as the real deal. One way to tell is the Kanger stamp on the bottom of the atty. Of course this can be knocked off too so it’s not a sure thing – but my fakes did not have that.
Anyway, if you can handle a 2 week wait, I strongly recommend you get them from Fasttech here, which is where I got them. This is about as good a price as you are going to get, and they are authentic.
Do I use it?
After spending some time custom coiling mine today, I am really happy with the performance of it on my Vaporshark DNA20. It is smaller so it fits well on there, and at 1.8 ohms, it vapes VERY well at 20 watts. Check out this video of me getting some sick vapor out of this:
For being a little guy, it puts out a cloud as good as anything out there.
My Ideal Setup
Personally, I only use these once I have re-wicked and coiled them by hand. I like to use a 3/32 diameter coil with between 7-10 wraps of 238 gauge Kanthal in a microcoil. This will put you in the 1-2 ohm range, best suited for a VV/VW device.
Alternatively, If you are going to use pre-bought coils, I highly suggest getting the lowest ohm coil they offer, and remove the flavor wicks.
The Bottom Line
Quality. For a piece in the $3 range, you can’t be expecting much in the way of quality, but honestly, this is a really well built piece. I have tried a LOT of other BCCs from FT in a similar price range, and I have to say that this is easily one of the better quality ones I’ve had.
Performance. The Evod actually exceeded my expectations greatly in terms of performance. In fact I have been happily vaping away on this thing since I coiled it up and haven’t missed a beat. At around 1.8 ohms and 20 watts, I am getting crazy vapor and throat hit from this piece. The only minor issue is the draw is a little tight, but not bad enough to make me not want to use it.
Ease of Use. For how good mine works being custom coiled, I figure that even the stock coils are going to work pretty good for you. I custom coiled mine to 1.8 ohms, which is a level you should be able to buy them prebuilt at. If you take a second to take out the flavor wick, and you’ve got a device that will kick up 20 watts for you, you can get some major performance VERY easily. This is definitely a great beginner level atty.
Appearance. Probably the thing I like the least about the Evod is the built in drip tip. I think it actually makes the entire thing looks worse. Mine actually looks pretty decent in the brushed metal style, but the shitty drip tip makes it look a lot cheaper and shittier than it really is. If I was able to stick a nice metal drip tip on there, it would look pretty cool, but sadly this is a little sub par in the appearance department.
Price. For something in the $3 range, I am pretty happy with the price. As I mentioned above, I have tried quite a few other similar atomizers in the same price range and I think this is easily one of the better ones out there. Good value for sure.
Overall. I mostly just picked one of these up for kicks so I could do a proper review on it, but I have to say that I was quite surprised by just how well it works. I’ve had NO issues with the tank at all. No leaking, flooding, gurgling, dry hits, anything. Just flawless performance. If you’ve got a device that these would look cool on, or you just like the smaller form factor, this particular Evod is highly recommended.