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[–] JoshBaws 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Evod! Cheap and works through everything I've ever put it through

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[–] localbum 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Hell yes. This was my next step up from the Blu's and the first time I really went "woah, this is gonna work!"

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[–] sharpic 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago  (edited ago)

I personally recommend the Eleaf iStick 30 battery and the Kanger Subtank Nano.

My reasoning is as follows (in no particular order):

Price: The entire kit can be had for $55 shipped in the US, and received in a few days.

All day use: for most new vapers (and I would guess most non-cloud chasing/non-hobbyist vapers) a full charge (2200mAh) and a full tank (3mL) will last through the day without requiring a search for an outlet or a rush to refill.

Size: The setup looks like this. The iStick measures 23 x 32.5 x 77mm, and the Subtank Nano measures 18.5 x 60mm. So the combined height is 137mm (5.4", with a footprint of 0.9" x 1.28"). It fits most hands without being either uncomfortably small or overly conspicuous. With the battery's rounded corners and side, it fits well into pocket or purse.

Robustness: There are physically stronger setups out there. But they will either be larger and less ergonomic (e.g.: Innokin iTaste MVP 20W or 3.0), require a larger investment and more training (e.g: anything using 18XXX batteries). The Subtank comes with a spare glass tank. The iStick has a spring-loaded center pin and stainless steel threading. It has room for improvement, but it ain't bad.

Harm reduction: I like the use of organic Japanese cotton in the coils over the mystery wicks of most tank cartridges.

Upgrade path: It you should get into mech mods, you could easily switch to 0.5 ohm coils. If you get into temperature sensing mods, there's a coil for that. It you want to get into rebuilding, you can get a Subtank Mini or regular Subtank and it comes with a rebuildable coil while still using the cartridges you already own. Since the iStick has more power than you'll use, it is somewhat future-proof on that front as well.

I recommend the 1.2 ohm regular coils over the 0.5 ohm; they are better suited to the iStick 30W, and the 0.5 coils offer no advantages at this level.

The new vertical coils for a small amount more likely offer better flavor. If purchasing those, I recommend the 1.5 ohm.

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[–] alrahm 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Totally in agreement with you. It's a pretty universal setup. Mouth to lungs are pretty acceptable (I'm a picky Kayfun user) and lung hits are totally adequate! Flavor is on point and it's a safe set up! I'm so glad to see the regulated device market going down in price so less experienced beginners aren't tempted to go right to a mech mod. I went from a Vision Spinner 1 back in the day to a mech and that was a rough little journey!

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[–] sharpic 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Ah yes. I started with a couple Spinners topped with a Vivi Nova Mini. They lasted about 6 months before completely falling apart. At one point I had to use a magnet wrapped in packing tape attached to the center pin, with an evod base screwed on because the 510 threads were trashed and the center pin was floating free.

It's really great that $30 can get you a regulated device that outperforms the best mech setup from the recent past. And it's especially great that people are no longer throwing unprotected ICR cells pulled from a laptop iton an unvented metal tube with a switch that pocket-fires.

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[–] 8bitskin 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I'm still running my iTaste MVP 2.0 and Protank 2. Been on this setup for over a year and I can't complain. The MVP can be had for $40 and then the Protank is roughly $8 - $10. Easy to fill, easy to keep charged (I use my Samsung phone charge cable) and relatively small. Not EVOD small but small enough for me.

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[–] NewFatMike 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I'm a big fan of the Innokin CLK! 1280 and Nautilus Mini combo - it looks pretty sexy since the diameters match, and it comes with that really neat skirt.

If size isn't really problematic, then I also dig the new Coolfire IV and a Subtank Mini. That way you have some breathing room on performance, you can get into rebuilding if you like, and the master on/off switch is pretty killer.

I think I need to post a review on that and the MVP 3.0 I've got at some point...

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[–] King_Of_Ancapistan 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

As someone who is still kind of a noob the Aspire Starter Kit is my second device and I'm very pleased with it.

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[–] chris19d 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

What price range would you consider "budget" (budget means widely different things to different people) and are you including stuff like batteries and a charger in the cost of the noob kit?

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[–] jaxxjuice [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

60ish i would say.

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[–] luckypunk 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

My personal choice: Vamo + carto-tank + Boge-cartomizer

but when people ask me for a low-budget recommendation, I usually recommend EVOD-kits.

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[–] TheAdministrator 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I would probably suggest a cheap temp control mod such as Heatvape Invader Mini and Subtank Mini with nickel coils

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