Atom Vapes Revolver Kit – SubXerΩ Vaping Instrument
You know, ‘Vaping Instrument’ fits the description of most vaporizers and atomizers doesn’t it? “This here is my vaping instrument. Do you like it?” Has a ring to it. I just may have to use that, unless Atom Vapes trademarked it. I hope not.
Welcome to my review of a different sort of vaping instrument, the Atom Vapes Revolver. Not the Gold-Plated one that 5 of our readers recently won in an Atom Vapes / Spinfuel Giveaway, but a “ black with red accents” version of the Revolver.
Although the Revolver has a maximum output of 60w (with the 0.2-ohm bullet coil) you do not ‘set’ the Revolver to your chosen power level through the use of wattage. It is a variable voltage device with four voltage settings.
Using 4 multi-colored LED’s that double as a battery life indicator and a voltage setter. Click the fire button 5 times to turn it on, off, and lock, and 3 clicks to step up or down with the voltage options. Those voltage options are 3.5v, 3.7v, 3.9v, and 4.2v. The voltage setting is determined by the characteristics of the e-liquid, the warmth of the vapor, and/or the amount of flavor/vapor you desire.
During my review period I used a new line of High VG eliquid made by Totally Wicked eLiquid, and these eliquids performed best using the 4.2v setting. I would imagine that the thinner the eliquid, or the more PG in the blend, the voltage requirements would be less.
Important: The Button Coil with a Clapton coil build is included preinstalled in the Revolver (0.2-ohms) and an extra 0.2-ohms coil head in the box. Make sure that the preinstalled coil head is firmly seated and tightened before filling the tank. My Revolver’s coil head was very loose and needed tightening before it would fire.
The Revolver battery is, at first, counter-intuitive to use after a couple of years of using a variable wattage device. Since you don’t dial in the voltage and instead use a series of clicks, it might seem cumbersome, but once you know where you like the voltage to be set to, you can lock it into place and not have to worry about it afterward. Clicking the firing button once will give you the battery life left before recharging the battery or replacing it with another.
Since it is a telescopic vaping instrument the batteries available for it are an 18650, 18500, or 18350. I didn’t much care for the fully extended tube so I opted instead to use an 18350. However, even with the smallest battery, the 18350, the telescopic tube extends about ¾ of an inch.
Battery Types and mAh
18500 (1500 mAh)
18650 (3100 mAh)
The matte black finish on the Revolver and Assassin tank is quite nice. The red lettering, and splotches lend a mean and ‘goth’ look to it. I can only imagine what the gold-plated version would look like, but from the photos I’m sure it is impressive. I quite like the black and red version. The spring-loading Pin gives the Assassin, as well as other tanks (I used the Kanger Subtank and Aspire Triton with no issues) secure connections.
The Assassin Tank is a solid tank, and made to fit the Revolver perfectly. Or perhaps its better to say the Revolver was made to fit the Assassin tank perfectly. Either way, together they perform nicely.
The Assassin tank uses the Atom Vapes Button Coils. The Button Coils are short, stubby coil heads with vertically built Clapton coil wraps, at 0.2, 0.4, and 1.5-ohm varieties, with 100% organic cotton wicking. The Assassin tank has copper connections for super conductivity, and airflow controllers on the bottom of the tank and at the drip tip. Customizing the draw with these airflow slots are easy, and precise.
When purchased individually ($39.99) the Assassin tank comes with an extra glass tank, a microfiber cleaning cloth, and 2x Bullet coils of 0.2-ohms. The Assassin is offered in Black, and the special gold-plated Assassin is identical in all but the finish, and costs $99
The Revolver Kit
When we talk about the Revolver we talk about both the telescopic bottom half and the Assassin tank. These two components make up the “Revolver”.
Being a variable wattage vaper for so long now I was disappointed at first with the variable voltage option. As soon as I see 60w as the maximum output I think I am going to be able to set the device at some point in the 1-60W setting. Instead, the user will set the voltage from the three choices. However, the performance of the device as a whole is excellent.
Setting the voltage to 4.2v, using High VG eliquid in the Assassin tank equipped with the Bullet coil of 0.2-ohms I have to admit that the flavor was exceptional and the vapor production was more than I hoped for.
For some readers the battery wraps will be a nice touch to further customize the Revolver. I’ve never seen the value of such wraps so I didn’t use them, but they are attractive and many people will enjoy using them. (see photos)
The USB Port
The USB port on the Revolver is set too close to the firing button for my taste. The port is covered with a rubber cover that does not sit flush. For the first day I was blindly reaching for the firing button and instead pushed down on the USB cover. The rubber over is tethered to the device so unless I wanted to forcefully remove the cover to expose the port I had to find a way to build muscle memory so my finger reached the firing button every time. After a day of using it I no longer found the port cover by accident.
Replacing The Battery or Recharging?
It doesn’t much matter which method you choose for keeping your Revolver ready to vape. Using the USB cable supplied in the kit it is easy enough to hook up to your computer and recharge the battery. Granted, the 18350 will charge much faster than the 18650, but you can just as easily unscrew the telescopic tube and slide a new battery in. I prefer changing out the battery, but the USB charge port is just as useful for some.
The protection features run the gamut of most advanced personal vaporizers. The Revolver is not some cheap knockoff or substandard vaping instrument.
- Over Charge Protection
- When the battery reaches 4.2v the fire button will flash red
- Over Discharge Protection
- When the battery reaches 3.2v the fire button will flash red
- Atomizer Protection
- If the the resistance on a tank is less than 0.2 ohms the fire button will flash red
- Charger Protection
- Automatic battery cutoff after charging is complete
- Battery Venting Protection
- Holes on the metal housing help vent the battery
- Over Heat Protection
- Large airflow to prevent overheating
Color – Black with Red accents or 24c Gold Plated
The Specs of the Revolver Kit are also impressive.
- Chip Board – OCX-220
- Voltage – 3.8v
- Wattage – 60w 0.2 ohms
- Battery Voltage – 3.8v
- Battery Capacity – 18350(800 mAh)/18500 (1500 mAh)/18650 (3100 mAh) – Supports different types of battery types
- Battery Indicator – 4 multi-colored LED’s indicate remaining battery life
- Charger – USB Charging Cable
- Recharge Time – 2-4 hours
- Recharge Cycle – 300-370
- On/Off – Press the fire button 5 times within 2 seconds to turn the battery on/off
- Thread – Standard 510 Thread With copper plated connections
- Connecting Pin – Copper plated spring loaded connection
- Resistance – 0.2ohms – 3ohms
- Materials – Stainless Steel, copper components, high quality glass.
If there is a serious negative to the Revolver it is the warranty issued by Atom Vapes. This warranty covers all products sold by Atom Vapes and it is, frankly, not very good. Below is a cut and paste from the warranty page at atomvapes.com
We offer a 90-day limited warranty for batteries, wall chargers and USB chargers. A 48-hour limited Dead on Arrival (DOA) warranty is offered for tanks, clearomizers and all other consumable parts. E-liquid is not covered under warranty due to the nature of the product. Warranty only applies to manufacturing defects and does not cover abuse and accidents. Please read the guidelines below for more information:
- All non-consumable products such as batteries and chargers must be registered within 14 days of receiving the product for the warranty to be valid.
- For DOA products, we must be notified within 48 hours of receiving the product in order for the warranty to be valid. The Product must be shipped back to us within 72 hours of receiving the product. Proof of purchase is also required to confirm the purchase date of the product.
- Clearomizers, tanks, coils and all other consumable parts are only covered by the DOA 48 hour limited warranty. Due to the nature of tanks and clearomizers, Atom cannot accept any consumable product or parts that have been used in any way what so ever.
- All shipping back to Atom Vapes has to be paid for by the customer
- Defective products have to be returned before replacements can be sent out
Atom is not responsible for lost or stolen packages. Please contact your courier service for undelivered items.
If the box mod is not your preferred style the Revolver is worth a look. At $79.99 you get quite a bit. In essence, this is a 60w vaping device with a very good sub-ohm tank with excellent coil heads. Bullet Coils run $16.99 for a pack of 4, making each coil head $4.24, a little steep, but so far seem to hold up well. The added addition of the Clapton builds adds additional value.
Not everyone will want a tube-shaped, telescopic device today, nor will they want a variable voltage device, but for those vapers looking for stylish, high performance, moderately priced vaping instrument capable of pushing tons of flavor and vapor with coil heads down to 0.2-ohms, the Revolver is an excellent choice.
Note on the Bullet Coils – It should be noted that one of the eliquids I used during the review period was a complex high VG blend that delivered several layers of contrasting flavors. Many subohm tanks I use can’t quite push out the lesser, more nuanced flavor notes but the Assassin and Bullet Coils did so with ease.
The Revolver, in black and red, or gold-plated, can be purchased direct from Atom Vapes. Atom Vapes is located, and ships from, China. Total delivery period is about 12 days.