Last Updated on February 19, 2019 by Team Spinfuel
Pulse Dual Squonk by Vandy Vape – Because of the nature of squonk mods, and the general lack of real estate inside the frame, it’s rare to find one that can support dual-battery setups without becoming too large to use. Sure, devices like the Revenant Delta (review)are changing the game a bit, but these things are still big. And that applies to the Vandy Vape Pulse Dual Squonk Mod Kit.
The Pulse Dual is just that – a dual-18650 standard squonk mod with a front-positioned, 7mL squonk bottle, and 220 watts of power. Using a form factor most reminiscent of the Geek Vape GBOX, (review) but also akin to Wismec’s classic “hexagonal” design, the Pulse Dual is comfortable and palm-friendly, but make no mistake, this isn’t a mod you’ll toss in a bag or pocket and forget about – it’s large, kids.
The kit also comes with the Pulse V2 RDA – easily the highlight of the kit. On paper, this 24mm, dual adjustable airflow dripper looks like another faceless RDA. But once you experience the flavor and vapor production, you won’t confuse the V2 for many other drippers in your collection.
Enough of my babble – let’s let the specs do the talking:
Pulse Dual Squonk Mod Specs:
- Dimensions – 75.3mm by 52.9mm by 41.7mm
- 7mL Chubby Squonk Bottle
- Dual High-Amp 18650 Battery – Not Included
- Top-Grade IC Vandy Chip
- Wattage Output Range: 5-220W
- Voltage Output Range: 0.5-8V
- Resistance Range – Temperature Control: 0.05-1.5ohm
- Resistance Range – Variable Wattage: 0.05-3.0ohm
- Temperature Range: 200°-600°F/100°-315°C
- Supports Ni200, Titanium, and Stainless Steel
- Temperature Control Mode
- POWER Mode
- BYPASS Mode
- Voltage Mode
- Intuitive Display Screen
- Interchangeable Panels
- Intuitive Trigger-Style Firing Button
- Two Adjustment Buttons
- Bottom-Loaded Hinge Battery Door
- Overheating Protection
- Open Circuit Protection
- Short Circuit Protection
- Overcurrent Protection
- Overtime Protection – 10 Seconds Cut-Off
- Low-Battery Warning
- Battery Management System
- Micro-USB Port
- Spring-Loaded 510 Connection
- Available in Black, Red, Green, Blue
Pulse V2 RDA Specs:
- Collaboration with Tony B
- 24mm Diameter
- 2mL Deep Juice Well
- Superior Stainless Steel Construction
- Floating Build Deck Design – Optimized for Squonk
- Four-Post Design
- Top-Side Secured via Hex Screws
- Single or Dual Coil Configurations
- Direct-to-Coils Side Airflow Design
- Three Different Airflow Control Rings – PEI Material
- Six-Hole Airslots – Single Coil Option
- Six-Hole Airslots – Dual Coil Option
- 810 PC Widebore Dip Tip
- Bottom-Feed 510 Squonk Pin
- Stainless Steel 510 Connection
Pulse Dual Squonk Kit Contents:
- 1 PULSE DUAL 220W Mod
- 1 Pulse V2 BF RDA
- 3 Airflow Control Ring
- 1 Accessory Bag
- 1 Instructional Manual
Even though this isn’t a Wismec mod, shades of the mysterious “JayBo” are evident here. The curvy, but still angular frame is a throwback to when triple-cell mods were all the rage. Of course, instead of a third battery, the squonk bottle takes up that third slot, with a wide front opening for easy access.
The most-notable difference between the Pulse Dual and previous Pulse squonkers (or most squonkers, for that matter) is the weight, which is significant. Unlike the hollow feeling of most standard squonk boxes, the Pulse Dual is lead-heavy. In fact, I’d say it’s heavier than I’m happy with, but most users will be reassured by the heft.
The one-inch monochrome, OLED display does its job well enough, but is really just there to convey info and get out of the way. Depending on my mood, I either love the simplicity or wish there was more innovation – it’s a character flaw of mine, to be sure. But it might bother you due to its sheer boring format.
The rest of the Pulse Dual reflects Vandy Vape’s usual top-quality machining and craftsmanship. From the bulletproof bottom-feed 510 connection, to the clicky and responsive aluminum operations buttons, there’s nothing on the Pulse Dual that feels chintzy or half-baked. Even the color-coordinated trim makes a nice, offset design scheme that feels higher-end than most mods in this category and price range.
Finally, the 7mL squonk bottle is a nice feature, since it’s pliable enough to operate comfortably (and controllably) with one finger, but is firmer and more durable than most offerings. Striking a balance of strength and usability is huge in these mods, and Vandy Vape nailed it.
I may write anonymously on Spinfuel VAPE, but chances are some of you are familiar with my likes and dislikes. These loyal readers (and thank you for being one!) also know that I’m pretty unimpressed with new RDAs. In my eyes, there’s nothing innovative about a device you largely operate yourself, and I feel we’re reaching diminishing returns when it comes to the “evolution” of dripping atomizers.
That said, the included Pulse V2 BF-RDA is a winner, period, the end, end of story. This dual-post, four-terminal build deck is capable of handling both single and dual-coil configurations, has a boatload of space to try new builds, and has enough airflow to temper a wildfire. These open setups allow for a ton of different build types, and I had fun playing around with different setups.
For a change, the squonk action is flawless. No flooding in the 5mm deep juice well, no stutters in filling, and plenty of room to stuff cotton and avoid leaking. Plus, there’s a “juice recycling” port that redirects excess e-liquid back to the base before hitting the airflow and making a mess everywhere. It’s the little things that matter in life, and this little change made for a huge improvement in squonk performance.
Both on the Pulse Dual mod and other BF squonk mods, the Pulse V2 proved to be user-friendly, versatile and high-performing, with flavor and clouds for days.
I’m a sucker for safety features, especially on high-wattage mods, and thankfully the Pulse Dual has them in spades. So, no matter which mode you’re in – Power, Bypass, Voltage, Temperature Control mode or custom DIY – you’ll enjoy battery and resistance warnings, low battery protection, etc.
And in a nice touch, the straightforward menu system allows you to get rid of modes you don’t regularly use. So, if temperature control is just an annoyance, you can eliminate it from the menus to save yourself time and frustration while navigating. It’s a small addition, but one I learned to appreciate the more I used the Pulse Dual each day.
As a dual-battery squonker, I wasn’t expecting anything beyond normal battery performance, but was pleasantly surprised when I managed 6 or so hours of moderate vaping on a single charge before performance began to wane a bit. Though this is hardly record-breaking in the realm of dual-18650 vape mods, for a squonker it’s quite good, and should keep heavy vapers at bay during extended sessions.
The squonk action on the Pulse Dual was brisk, with the Pulse V2’s deck filling with gentle touches of the included bottle. Is it easy to oversquonk at first? Absolutely. But like any other BF device, you’ll soon learn to finesse it for easy, effortless, leak-free presses. While I might be spoiled by the Revenant Delta’s internal pump mechanism, there’s something to be said for the Pulse Dual’s simplicity.
If you’re in the market for a new squonk mod, the Vandy Vape Pulse Dual is as good as any new device on shelves today. It’s not groundbreaking or innovative, but it IS well-made, long-lasting and high-performing. Maybe the Pulse Dual isn’t necessarily a bastion of uniqueness, but the combination of battery life and a KILLER RDA in the box pushes this well into “recommended” territory.