Dual Coil Atomizer Review

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Yes, you read that right, dual coil atomizer.  Normally cartomizers are the hardware that gets all the dual coil love.  There are dual coils of every size imaginable on the market, from standard sizes to a huge eGo sized model and everything in between.  Finally, after months of rumor, an atomizer version of the popular e-cigarette hardware has finally made its debut.

Design
One thing is probably point out right up front.  Even the seller of these gizmos, Clouds of Vapor, notes that these are a first generation device and are most suitable for early adopters.  Despite the dire warnings, I found the atomizer actually does work.

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Courtesy COV

As you might imagine, the dual coil atomizer is sort of a frankenstein kind of device.  It basically features two ceramic cup assemblies with a single 3.0Ω heating coil stacked on on the top of another and wired together.  The net result is a 1.5Ω final resistance.

Peering into the atomizer’s tube, nothing looks terribly out of order.  The only thing that may look odd to some is that the bridge (yes this one is not a bridgeless model) sits higher in the atomizer tube than usual.  There’s no hint of the wicks shown in the disassembly picture from the vendor’s site.

I haven’t had the gumption to tear apart my atomizer yet, but I suspect the bridge plays an important role in getting e-liquid from point A. to point B.  Keeping those points fed with juice naturally takes a fair amount of dripping.  My initial fill was around 8 drops and I find myself having to top off with 3 drops about every 4 or so drags.

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Attached to trusty volt meter

Performance
Thankfully, even though the dual coil atomizer frequently demands more juice, it’s fairly polite about it.  Normally there’s an unpleasant burning sensation that tends to happen when very hot devices run low on juice.  This atomizer gives a less offensive, albeit unmistakable flavor when it’s ready for more liquid.

Keeping this device happy is a little challenging, I tended to either under or over compensate attempting to keep the smooth flavor party going.  This device will leak when overfed but its first inclination is to gurgle to let you know you’ve wronged it.  It’s not really surprising this device swings so wildly between full and empty, all that heat plays havoc on vaporization.

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On Vapor Alley Copper Hex @6v

Did I mention the heat yet?  This thing runs hot, especially when paired with higher voltage devices (depending on what I used I swung from between 4.7 and 5.5v under load).  So hot that even my nifty new ceramic drip tip got a little uncomfortably warm.  Of course that was during a heavy-duty vaping session, if you’re a normal human being it might not be so bad.

Aside from the heat, this thing performs like a trooper.  Vapor production is significant, and as you might have figured out, is very warm.  As far as flavor goes, it’s a little bit different than the dual coil cartomizers, pretty much exactly the way it is in the single coil world.

The most interesting thing is that this atomizer belts out great vapor through a wide range of settings.  It even did really well on my ProVari running at 4v.  Vapor production increases with more power, although not proportionally in my mind.  The warmth of the vapor, however, does increase as expected along the power curve.  I also noticed throat hit isn’t quite as aggressive with these as compared to some of the cartomizers I’ve played with.

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Too Long; Didn’t Read
The atomizer has finally broken into the cartomizer-exclusive dual coil club.  Despite dire warnings of this atomizer being a first gen device, it did a fair job of behaving myself.  It may be a little rough around the edges, but it works quite well.  If you are a dyed-in-the-wool atomizer fan, this device may be worth of a perch atop your e-cigarette device of choice.

Performance (aggregated across voltages)
Vapor Production: High
Vapor Warmth: High
Flavor: Good
Throat Hit: Good

Pros:

  • Good performance
  • Dry hits are not overly painful
  • A very atomizer-like experience
Cons:
  • Finding the right rate of dripping is tricky
  • Runs very hot
  • Juice hog
  • Battery hog
Details:
Product: Dual Coil Atomizer
Buy it at: Clouds of Vapor
Price: $9.99
Threading: 510
Resistance: 1.5Ω

Steve K

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5 Comments

  • I try to mix it up now and again. So if there's something new, I try and get my hands on them as quickly as possible. Unless something is really hot, like the Smokymizers, I don't turn them around that fast when I do get them. In general, I have about a 2-3 week backlog between when I get something and when it shows up here.

    I did this dual coil atomizer review pretty quick (less than a week) because it's so new and a little bit different I thought people would like to see what it was all about.

  • You do good Steve.

    Errol

  • Hi Steve,

    When I opened your site this morning the first thing I saw dual coil review and momentarily though, boy that was fast thinking you had a Echo. Of course it quickly registered you were testing an Atomizer. Don't think I'll be rushing to the store like I have for many of your review items for any dual coil atomizers, my LR bridgless 901 works as good as I could hope for.

    Errol

    Errol

  • Hey Steve,
    can u try to use it on a vmod XL?
    hope it works, i want to buy it.

    regards
    Pete

    • Hey Pete, I'm not even sure if I still have it :) It's a first gen product, and I think it's been updated since this. The consensus before was that it works with bottom feeders, but it was a little bit tricky keeping the top coil wet.

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