When it arrived, I was stoked. The machining is great on it. It feels amazing in my hand. It started right up and I was thrilled. Then I got the dreaded "Check Atomizer" warning when I put my Kayfun on top of it.
Eh. No problem. That happens. I knew I just needed to adjust my center pin to make better contact. So I took my Kayfun off, dropped a small flathead screwdriver into it and gave it a quick turn. And it didn't turn. So I applied more pressure. And more. And it turned. Well, I thought it did. What was turning was actually just the screwdriver as I'd stripped the threads from the top of the center pin. They were gone. Toast. Done.
Let me tell you a little something. If you think you can get parts for an A-mod clone, you are sadly mistaken. Nope. Completely hosed. So I got in my car and drove my butt down to my local vape store. The fine folks at Vapor Junction in Longview, Texas, are as good as they come. They took my center pin and attempted to use pliers and brute force to undo what I had done. Nope. What was done was done.
I was lucky. My buddy at the store had an A-mod ZNA clone laying around because a newb up there had put a battery in upside down and fried one. So he popped out the center pin and gave it to me. I'd feel guilty about it since I didn't buy my mod there, but since I've spent hundreds there over the past year, I don't feel so bad. That said, I am inclined to remind you once again that there is real value in paying a little more from a local store. Cost savings are great online, but on cheap Chinese-made stuff, it's really a roll of the dice on every purchase.
So what do I think of the A-mod ZNA clone? I'm in love now that I have a working unit. But what I love is the ZNA. I love the form factor. It just feels right in your hand. And I haven't used another mod since I bought this one. Would I buy it again? Probably not knowing it's issues. I'd spend the same money on a Seven22 and enjoy the solid build quality and long lasting battery. But I do love the ZNA. I've been jealous of my good friend since the day his House of Hybrids ZNA arrived months ago. He's got a real one. (And let me just say. He just had a major problem with his real one, sent it to House of Hybrids, and in just a couple days had it back in his hands working perfectly....at no charge. THAT is what you pay for when you buy the original.)
Could I recommend this A-mod clone to a friend? No. I wouldn't. Even with my replaced center pin, I know that I'm gonna end up with a dead mod in a matter of a couple months. I've been watching the pin carefully and even with the good one in there, it is flattening out a bit and the screw groove is disappearing. That copper pin is just too soft. For an otherwise pretty well-made clone, that adjustable pin is a turd.
Where do I go from here? I dunno. I'll use this one til it finally dies. And then maybe resort to Home Depot solutions. This is the first mod I've bought in like half a year. But I do like it. And maybe I like it enough to buy a real one when this one dies. Maybe there'll be a better clone by the time it happens. I guess we'll see.