JM22 Clone Review


I’ve had the JM22 clone from fasttech for a few weeks now. I wanted to really put it through the wringer before doing a review on it. In the few weeks I have had it, it has quickly become my go to mod. Here are the specs:

  • Random serial number
  • No circuit board, full mechanical mod
  • Stainless steel construction
  • Telescopic 510 center pin (silver-plated)
  • Spring-loaded firing button
  • Bottom locking ring (is NOT reverse threaded)
  • Silver plated contacts
  • 22mm external diameter
  • Recessed 510 threading connector
  • Compatible with any device with 510 connector
  • Can be powered by 1*18650 battery (battery sold separately)

I picked it up here from Fasttech for $15.75 shipped.

Basically, this mod is a clone of the JM22, which is a high quality mechanical mod. The clone is actually built very well too. It features a derlin insulator, silver plated contacts and stainless construction with a brass locking ring.

It is important to note that there are several different versions of this on Fasttech – a stainless 18650 version, a couple different anodized aluminum ones and a kit with 18500 and 18650 tubes.

I have the exact one from the link above – the 18650 stainless version for $15.75. Normally you would think that the kit is a better way to go, but I am pretty confident that the stainless 18650 one is by far the best. It features silver plated contacts rather than brass, and frankly this is a performance mod and I wouldn’t have any interest in using it with a smaller battery anyway, so the extra tubes would just sit in my vape box taking up space.

What I like about the JM22

First and foremost is the simplicity. Unlike the Nemesis and Chi You clones, there aren’t a million tubes to fumble around with and you don’t have to worry about airflow or any of that. It’s just a top cap, long primary tube, button and locking ring. Super simple, and easy to manage. The Nemesis actually took me about 20 minutes to get working and I had to even look at a Youtube video to see how to get it to correctly fit my IMR battery, where the JM22 only took me about 1 minute to pop in a battery and start vaping.

I also really love the appearance of this piece. It is polished stainless with a very simple design, and looks good with a variety of different mods. It is pictured above with my Hornet that I just got in, and I have used it with Protanks, IGOs, Steam Turbine, Steamboy and several others and they all look great on it. It’s probably a good 1-2 inches shorter than the Poldaic clone and around the same height as a Chemesis in normal 18650 mode.  There also aren’t any ugly lines like there are with the Nemesis because it uses only a single tube, which I really appreciate a lot. The brass locking ring also gives it a nice pop of color.

The bottom firing button is probably one of the best bottom firing buttons I have come across so far on a mech mod. It is easy to press in and isn’t crunchy at all.

As far as actual performance, it hits just as hard as my authentic Poldaic with pure silver contacts. I haven’t noticed any lapse in performance whatsoever with this device.

It has built in airflow control on the top cap, which I have had no problems with at all. It works perfect with BCC’s like the protank.

What I don’t like about the JM22

The bottom contact that screws into the firing button does tend to get loose from time to time. The good thing about it is that it is super easy to tighten up – it uses a fairly large silver plated flat head screw that I can screw completely tight with my fingernail, so it isn’t a huge deal. I have noticed that most bottom firing mods have similar issues.

The airflow control ring tends to get threaded pretty hard into the main tube, so I don’t end up actually using it to lock up the mod very often. Again not a huge issue, but a slight pain in the ass. I have noticed the same thing with the Nemesis’ locking ring too.

Who is it good for?

Really, this piece is great for anyone interested in mechs. It is really easy to set up and use, so it’s great for beginners, and it performs flawlessly and looks great, so it’s a perfect workhorse mod for people like me. Anyone looking for a good everyday mod should strongly consider this one.

Where to buy?

I picked it up here from Fasttech for $15.75 shipped.  Make sure to get this exact one, not the kit or the aluminum ones.

Do I use it?

I absolutely love this mod and it has been my go-to over the last few weeks. I am pretty sure it is going to remain that way. It is so hassle free that it is great for taking on the go, and it looks good with just about any kind of atty you could think to put on it.

The Bottom Line

Quality. What can I really say, the quality is incredible. Really the only thing that could have made it better is if they had pure silver contacts instead of silver plated, but for $15, it is an amazingly high quality piece and the performance backs that up.

Performance. Honestly this thing hits just as hard as the best mod I have tried. It’s super easy to use, and once you get it fitted with a nicely rigged atomizer, the rest of your mods will take a back seat.

Ease of Use. Probably one of the best aspects of this piece is the amazing simplicity. Only a couple tubes. The pins are easy to customize. No more messing around with a million different pieces or weird little screws that will force you to bring a toolkit along with you if you take it on the go. It’s the ideal piece for taking on the road.

Appearance. No it doesn’t have any crazy demons or Chinese characters etched into it. It’s just a simple stainless tube with a couple grooves and a brass accent piece. It seriously looks great with just about any atomizer.

Price. Another amazing feature with this mod is clearly the price. For $15.75, it is well under the cost of a Chemesis or Chi You clone, and cheaper than the bulk of other clones available on Fasttech. They are going to be hard pressed to come out with another mod at this same price that matches the quality, appearance and performance.

Overall. I can’t say enough good things about this mod. Honestly. I have a box full of different mechs right now and this is the one I keep coming back to and the one I take with me when I am going out and need a dependable mod to last me all day.

It looks great, it performs great, the threads are all good, it fits just about any atomizer, and the list goes on and on.

I got this mod, the Chi You clone and the Chemesis all at about the same time and this is by far my favorite of the 3.  Not only that, it was also the cheapest by quite a bit at just around $15.

If you’re sick of fucking around with a million tubes, sick of shitty looking telescopic mods, and sick of waiting forever for your mod to ship, this is far and away the mod you want to look at.

It is simply an amazing workhorse 18650 mod with no frills and no fuss that does exactly what a go-to mod should do, and looks great doing it.

I strongly recommend it.

Pick it up here from Fasttech for $15.75 shipped.

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8 comments on “JM22 Clone Review

  1. EmeraldLeo says:

    Not sure when you dropped this review since there’s no timestamp.. But I was wondering if you’ve tested the JM22 clone for volt drop, or if you’ve had any issues with misfiring/button arcing like some have been seeing. I’m going to be ordering this next month if I can’t find anything that looks similarly decent for the same price range.

    • sam says:

      No I haven’t had any issues at all with arcing/misfiring. There are a couple different versions available – I have the one with silver plated contacts, that’s the easiest way to tell the difference. It has worked flawlessly for me. I haven’t actually tested it for voltage drop, but it basically performs for me in line with my other top performing mods, so I don’t have any reason to believe there would be any serious voltage drop.

      If you do have doubts about this one, the Launcher is the other mod I would suggest taking a look at. It is the hardest hitting mod I have right now, copper contacts and it has a really nice recessed button. It is around $20 on FT also – I have a review of it on here.

  2. Brian says:

    Hey there – thanks for the great review. I’m looking for a cheap first mech mod like this. Looks like you’d recommend it for beginners which is great. Only question is what batteries will fit. Have you tried the sony vtc4 in this? I plan to get my dripper and kayfun builds in the .8-1.5 range. Thanks!

    • sam says:

      Great question. This particular JM22 clone only takes 18650 batteries. You should be able to fit most batteries in it, although I haven’t tried a Sony VTC4 specifically in it. They do have another JM22 kit with other tubes for smaller batteries, but it doesn’t have silver contacts so I would avoid it.

      If you are really concerned, the Launcher is another really good mech for beginners and it telescopes, so it should fit just about anything. I have a review of that one one here too – it performs just as good as the JM22, and for a telescopic it doesn’t look half bad. Also has copper contacts.

      • Brian says:

        Thanks! Like you, I only want to go 18650. what would you recommend for that if not the vtc4 that will fit in the JM22 and be the best bet? I have a Sigelei telescope, so I’d like the mech mod to be non-telescoping.

        • sam says:

          If you’re using a mech and only running 18650s, which I think is definitely the way to go, then you are probably on the right track with the Sony VTC4. I am pretty sure that it will fit the JM22. Otherwise, MNKEs are also a really good way to go, and they have the new efest purple batteries at 101 vape that are supposed to be 30 amp and like 2 – 3000 mah to boot, but I haven’t tried them yet so I don’t know if they are any good.

  3. Michael Hunt says:

    I have an issue with extreme button heart and sparking or arching not sure why but it’s happening… I got the ss with silver plated contacts and when I can get it to work it does very nicely the only thing that has hit harder was my nemi but that’s in a league of its own… so I was just wondering what you all thought was the issue

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