So it arrived in the mail and I jumped in head first. Bear in mind that I do not own a mechanical mod. And I really have no plans to buy one. I like my variable wattage MVPs. So my plan all along was to build low resistance coils in the 1.5 ohm range, but not to get into the whole sub-ohm movement that is more risky, more math, blah blah blah.
I invested the $15 on the IGO-W because I saw it as a pretty small price to pay for the experiment. And now I can say I've done it and am not sure that it'll get much use. So here's the way it went for me.
The first coil that I wound was about 6 wraps of 32 gauge around three 2mm strands of silica wick. What I ended up with was a coil that read exactly 3 ohms on my MVP's built-in resistance checker. My coil was very pretty with properly spaced wraps. It glowed from the center out just like it was supposed to. But at that high of a resistance, even at the MVP's max of 11 watts, it was taking nearly a full 10 seconds before the coils began to glow and at that point, the auto-cutoff kicks in. So this wasn't gonna fly.
I threw that coil away and built my second coil with 3 wraps of 32 around two strands of wick. Voila. 1.5 ohms on the nose. Right where I wanted to be. So I dry fired the coil a few times. It lit beautifully even down at about 9 watts. So I soaked my wick in e-juice and popped the top with the air hole properly placed in front of the coil.
I took a nice, long hit off of it and it was a radically different experience than I've ever had vaping. For one thing, I've never felt such a loose, airy draw. My IGO-W came from a company that drills out custom holes on them. I opted for the middle of the road option, about 1.5mm. And I can tell you that a mouth-to-lung vape (as Nick Grimm Green would call it) is next to impossible with that loose of a draw. It was next to pointless even trying. So I dove into the straight lung hits and it wasn't unpleasant. I gave it a good 8 second or so drag and blew out the biggest cloud of vapor I've ever produced. Well that was cool.
And that's about all it was. It was cool to see. My head disappeared in the cloud. So I did it again and snapped the photo you see above. But I then sat there with a couple of immediate reactions. The first was: this is a nifty party trick. The second was: I'm not getting better flavor than I do on the Aspire tanks. In fact, I'd even call it more muted. The third impression was: solid, thick throat hit that wasn't irritating or burning. Just a good TH that was quite unlike any tank I've used. So that wasn't altogether bad.
Then came the clincher. After about 5 or 6 really good clouds like that, I'd played around for 10 minutes or so and WHAM. Nicotine headache. YUP. I just got a dosage from 5 puffs that was more nic in my system than I usually get from a whole evening of vaping. I thought about mixing up some juice that is wayyyyy lower strength, but I'm not sure I see the point.
I just don't get it. I'm trying NOT to be judgmental, but I live in Texas. I'm used to things being big. I'm used to seeing dudes driving F350 trucks with nut sacks dangling from their tow-hitches. I'm used to being around men that constantly feel the need to have the bigger dog, the bigger boat, the bigger gun. And I'm left thinking "Gee, this feels exactly like THAT." It feels like these guys are blowing these big clouds of vapor just to show off. And in the process, burning through e-juice at an alarmingly fast and expensive pace.
Maybe my nicotine tolerance just isn't very high. Maybe there is something wrong with my taste buds tonight. Maybe getting the increased heat from a sub-ohm coil makes that whole experience a whole lot different. In my case, I think for now I'm done with rebuildables. I'm pleased that I bought the little IGO-W. It's solidly built and was pretty easy to build a decent coil on. But I didn't spend the evening vaping it. I put it nicely into my rack of tanks and went back to my Aspire tank as I sat and watched the tube.
Obviously, finding the right tools in this hobby are as subjective as the right flavors. But man, am I missing something here? Because this whole experience sure felt like a novelty party trick...and not something I'd want to carry with me anywhere...ever.