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Review: Clone of SmokTech E-Pipe Mechanical Mod
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Review: Clone of SmokTech E-Pipe Mechanical Mod
Here is my review of the E-Pipe Mechanical Mod (SmokTech clone) that I purchased from Fasttech for $19.04 USD

Specifications from Fasttech's page:

PRODUCT TYPE:  Mechanical Mods
COLOR:  Silver
MATERIAL:  Chromed Brass
CONNECTION THREADING:  510
TELESCOPING MOD:  No
VARIABLE VOLTAGE (VV):  No
VARIABLE WATTAGE (VW):  No
MAXIMUM SUPPORTED BATTERY LENGTH:  36 mm

Dimensions  us | metric
DEPTH:  24 mm
HEIGHT:  54 mm
WIDTH:  39 mm
PRODUCT WEIGHT:  84 g


Last night I came home to find my replacement Smoktech e-Pipe clone from Fasttech had arrived.  The first one I had was great until the button spring overheated and collapsed.  Each time I would stretch it back out it would overheat and collapse again.  It had to have had a short in it somewhere rendering it unusable.  I RMA'd the e-pipe mod and FT sent a replacement.  This new one is much nicer than the original one I received and I can only guess that they have a new supplier.  This new one I received is so much nicer that I thought I had received the real deal.  At $19.04 it's an absolute steal and a must own!

This new one seems to have a stiffer spring than the original, as I recall it, and also takes the cells properly without having to invert them.  The first one I had would fire as soon as you connected the base of the mod.  This is because the cell button top would touch the switch base in the mod.  To get around this you could just invert the battery and insert the negative end first instead of the usual positive end first.  The replacement I received accepts the cell the proper way with plenty of room for the cell button and no firing until you want it to.  Huzzah! 

The result of the new one?  I love it even more than I did the first one (before it shorted) and am super happy that I got a replacement instead of getting store credit.  What an awesome little piece of kit this is!  Can be super small when you want a concealed vape or super long and classy if you want a more traditional pipe look.

Here is the E-Pipe with a Nimbus atty on it.  Nice and compact.
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Here we have it with an generic RDA atty.  Even smaller.
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Here is the E-Pipe in all it's glory looking oh so sophisticated and gentlemanly with an iClear 16 atty, CE-to-510 drip tip convertor, and a 60mm bent SS drip tip.
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Base E-Pipe as received.  Measurements included in the pic.
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Chromed plated brass body polished to a gleam.  Nice knurling on the top and base caps for easy unscrewing.  Vent hole on the base.
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Firing button is unlockable but has a fairly stiff spring so unintended firing is not much of a worry.  Very smooth travel of only about 2mm.
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Standard 510 connection has taken every atty I've tried on it and all thread on with no issues.  The outer tube is notched for unimpeded airflow that some atomisers require.  I use an eGo to 510 connection adapter to use my iClear 16 and CE* atomisers.
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A look into the battery chamber.  A black Delrin piece isolates the cell from the firing button contact.
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It's very hard to see in the pic but there is a full "cloth" lining in the battery tube.  This is something the clone e-pipe I first received did not have.  This cloned SmokTech E-Pipe is so much nicer than the clone I had before.
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All threads on top cap and base are nicely machined and thread very smoothly.  The cathode spring is stout and prevents any battery rattle from detracting from the solid feel of the pipe when fully assembled and ready for use.
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Under the top cap is another delrin insulator, this one in white, holding the firing button and spring into place.
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Here is my E-Pipe with a KWX10 clearo mounted.
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Very compact and feels great in the hand!
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Easy and comfortable access to the firing button.
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Conclusion:

If you are looking for a compact, easy to pocket, vape and want something a little outside the usual round tube then the SmokTech E-Pipe clone is the perfect addition to your collection.  Build quality is much improved over the first one I received a couple months ago.  I can now recommend it to people without any reservations.  In my first impressions post when I got it a while back I stated it should be avoided.  Not the case with the replacement I've received and is currently shipping out.  I don't own an authentic SmokTech E-Pipe but I've compared the pictures of the real deal to the clone version in my hand and the only difference I can tell internally and out is the authentic E-Pipe has a brass colored base spring and the clone I have is silver colored.  This is one of the best $19 I've ever spent and I don't think you will regret it either as long as you receive the same version I got.
13-11-2013 04:00 PM
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Funny, I reread your first impression thread last night and was wondering about this. Glad you got sorted and now I know what too look for on my guys smok clones.

I ordered a couple of 18350 cells today with this in mind, and he has the pipe tips for a fiver. Cant wait!
I found this today and knew I had to share too.

No suppliers as yet but a few attempts at group buys

http://www.hcigar.cn/product/1474701349-...r_mod.html
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Great review Johnny, thanks very much for the pics and details. It's a nice looking unit.. thanks for the In-Hand shots too. It really helps to put it's size into perspective.
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Funny no one's asked for a shot of my private in hand. ....
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(13-11-2013 05:22 PM)gords1001 Wrote:  Funny no one's asked for a shot of my private in hand. ....
Didn't want to risk it LOL Big GrinTongue
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That hammer mod is Sick as tits!
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Oh yes, I was very taken with ir. Can bw tubed up to 18650 too
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(13-11-2013 04:46 PM)gords1001 Wrote:  Funny, I reread your first impression thread last night and was wondering about this. Glad you got sorted and now I know what too look for on my guys smok clones.

I ordered a couple of 18350 cells today with this in mind, and he has the pipe tips for a fiver. Cant wait!
I found this today and knew I had to share too.

No suppliers as yet but a few attempts at group buys

http://www.hcigar.cn/product/1474701349-...r_mod.html
I put a product request in to Fasttech for the Hcigar Hammer mod.  I've heard rumors that they plan to and I hope they carry it.  Any idea what prices the group buys are being quoted or haven't they gotten that far?
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I've not read that far. There one running on planet of the vapes.  They were pushing for ten but I think standard moq is thirty, otherwise I'd suggest we did one ourselves.  It is on my got to have list, I just need to know what that long slender tank is in the link above.
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(13-11-2013 07:24 PM)gords1001 Wrote:  I've not read that far. There one running on planet of the vapes.  They were pushing for ten but I think standard moq is thirty, otherwise I'd suggest we did one ourselves.  It is on my got to have list, I just need to know what that long slender tank is in the link above.
Exactly which long slender tank?  I see a long slender tip and an Ithica atty.
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