Dual coil cartomizers have been around for a while now. However, there have been a scant few examples of dual coil clearomizers and, until now, no dual coil tank style cartomizers. Vapor Alley now has a solution for that problem in the VA Double Barrel clearomizer. Calling it odd-looking is generous, but, is it a crazy idea that just might work? Or is it just a gimmick? Find out in the VA Double Barrel review.
The Double Barrel appears to have been designed based on the adage “if one is good, two must be twice as good.” In essence, this cartomizer simply takes the insides of two bottom coil clearomizer and sticks them in a single oval-shaped tank.
Inside there are two complete bottom coil assemblies, complete with air tubes. This means that the tank has a proprietary, rectangular drip tip to accommodate both cartomizers with one mouthpiece. On the bottom endcap, you’ll find a typical 510 connection, nothing unusual there.
Individually, each atomizer assembly is a fairly unique piece. They use a stem and cover over a coil, similar to the CE3 cartomizers Vapor Alley used to carry.
The tanks house about 4.5ml of e-liquid and are available in a rainbow of colors. End caps and drip tips are always black, no matter what color the tank.
In theory, this is just a different way to do a dual coil cartomizer so they should work the same way. In practice, that’s not really the case.
Because of their unique design, dual coils perform best at voltages way higher than their resistance level suggests. The doubles also weigh in around 1.5 volts. Try cranking one of these double barrels up to 5v and things will probably be a little unpleasant.
The best voltage I could muster without getting dry hits and a burnt taste was around 4v. Anything higher and it seemed like the device simply couldn’t keep up.
Performance isn’t actually that bad at the lower level. Vapor production and throat hit are pretty good, though not as voluminous or intense as traditional dual coils. Despite these being bottom coil configurations, the vapor is fairly warm as well. Bottom coils are notorious for producing a cooler vapor.
Flavor reproduction is not bad and lacks the taste that cartomizers with filler like the dual coils can sometimes leave behind.
I’d say that these were in general decent cartomizers. Except it seems that it has a problem wicking after some amount of use. I’ve tried these off and on for weeks, and the same thing seems to happen. After about an hour of use, I’ll start getting dry hits all of a sudden. If I let it sit for a while, or if take some primer puffs without turning on my e-cigarette it will get better for a while.
That doesn’t last long as the dry hits come back within a few minutes. However, if I let the double barrel sit for a day or more, it works great for a while.
I have to wonder if maybe it’s the coil design holding back the VA Double Barrel and not the concept in general.
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The VA Double Barrel brings the dual coil concept to bottom coil clearomizers. By just putting two of them in the same tank. It seems like a simple solution, but the execution seems to be less than perfect. While performance is good at lower voltages, it eventually seems to struggle to keep up. Higher voltages are just asking for a burnt taste. You can find these cartomizers at Vapor Alley.
- Good flavor reproduction
- Good vapor when working properly
- 4.5ml capacity
- Poor performance at higher voltages
- Wicking issues after extended use
Product: VA Double Barrel
Available From: Vapor Alley
Resistance: 1.5 ohm
Disclosure: I received this item for review purposes, I feature affiliate links for Vapor Alley.