I was perusing the Facebook this morning. And yes, I realize there is no "the" but I like Mark Zuckerberg's original name because I think it sounds silly. I found a post from this morning in one of the vaping groups that I've seen 100 times before. "I just bought a Kamry K100 and an IGO-W. What do you guys think?" Inevitably, it's always the same series of answers...but it always comes down to three popular ones:
"Great mod that can take a beating."
"Great first mechanical mod."
I got it home, popped a fresh 18650 30-amp battery into it, put my IGO-W on top of it. And good god, I'm in love with this thing. In my hand, I like it about 100x more than the Nemesis clone that I got a couple weeks ago (my first true mechanical mod). It is incredibly comfortable and feels very very solid. One of the things that I value in products more than almost anything else is durability. I like products that feel solid. When I close a new car door, I don't want to hear a bunch of parts that make a clinking sound. I want to hear a solid thud indicative of parts that all fit together correctly and an air seal that actually works. I feel the same way about all products. And THAT is what I feel when I hold the K100. Solid is the very best word that I can muster to describe it. Nothing rattles around. The parts fit correctly, flawlessly. The mix of metallic finishes and the color of the grip combined with the polished stainless steel. Why the hell was this thing only $35?
On the inside, it doesn't have any fancy magnetic switches or silver plated contacts. But like the Facebook reviewers claimed, it really does have a solid punch to it. I'm not thinking that there is much of any voltage drop due to bad mod design here. I can't test to verify that, but there are likely 100 reviewers who already have. So I'll leave this to just my impressions. The button has a very good feel to it. I love the locking ring on it. And I can seemingly hit the button from fairly far off angle and it works. My Nemesis, even with the magnet upgrade, pretty much has to be pressed straight on to work properly. I'm sitting here right now vaping away on a dual coil build (7 wraps of 28 gauge kanthal around 3.5mm silica wick for a total .5 ohm resistance) in my IGO-W with some Five Pawns Grandmaster. Let me tell you, this is as good a vaping experience as I've had yet. Period.
And that's what matters. When I bought it yesterday, I was sitting at a table in the shop talking to a guy who was using a $250 non-clone, gorgeous mod. I don't even remember what it was, but it was incredibly nice looking. And he asked me "Is that your K100 or are you buying it?" I said, "I'm buying it and it'll be my first." He said, "You know, man, when you walk into a vape meet with that setup, no one will be the least bit interested in it. There's just no prestige. But truth be told, it's likely one of the best, most consistent setups out there." And that's what I want. I'm not interested in impressing anyone with how well I can spend money. I'm interested in a solid vaping experience that works every time.
I'll use the money that I saved on e-liquid. For about $50, you can have a Kamry K100 and an IGO-W dripping atomizer, assuming you already have supplies. For less than $100, you can have the same K100 and IGO plus kanthal wire, wicking material, an ohm meter, a good 30 amp battery or two and a charger.
I'm just not sure why anyone wouldn't buy one. If you are considering stepping into the world of building your own coils and using them on a mechanical mod, you cannot go wrong with this setup. As so many have said before "It's a great first mechanical." And I'll add to that that if they are telling the truth, it's probably still close to the top even if you own 100 mods.
So if you are just starting into mechs, BUY ONE! If you have been into mechanicals for a while now and don't own one, BUY ONE TOO. I may be crazy, but I think at this price, I may buy a second one. I'm not likely to carry a dripper and a mechanical to work everyday, but when I'm plopped on the couch watching TV, this will now be my go-to setup. Probably for a long time to come.