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GasMods GR1 Pro – Dual coil. Review. https://ift.tt/2PGg63K

This is a short-term review on the GasMods GR1 Pro RDA

Disclaimer This RDA was sent to me by GasMods for the purposes of this review.

Images

These images were taken by me.

What is it?

  • A 24mm dual/single coil RDA

How much does it cost

  • Seems as if the official price is $39.99 and the usual sites have it currently listed at $34.99
  • The optional top-caps are about $10.00

What do you get?

  • GR1 Pro RDA
  • Various allen keys, o-rings, bf pin, regular 510 pin.
  • Nice sticker

The same as the original GR1, the packaging is good quality, but basic. No coil/cotton.

Why am I reviewing this RDA?

I loved and reviewed the original GR1. The original GR1 has been my daily driver since the day I bought it.

As I type this (pre-testing) – I’m 50% excited to see if the GR1 Pro is even better and 50% nervous in case it’s not as good.

What’s it like?

From opening the box, it became obvious this isn’t really an updated GR1, but a totally fresh design. It shares a few features with the GR1 but only a few. It has the same aesthetics as the GR1, with everything scaled up a lot. The only issues I had in regard to quality with the original was the flimsy feeling top-cap (which is still in perfect condition) – this feels better, the cap is stainless with a screw in POM top-cap.

The top-cap is interesting, the entire top-cap/drip-tip is one piece that screws out (very smoothly) to allow you to drip. This is nice for dripping, but not so nice for anyone wanting to use their own drip-tip. Unlike the original GR1, the main cap is made of stainless steel (with optional POM/PEI/etc caps).

I was impressed with the airflow options, for dual coil you have two airflow plugs that direct the air up at 90 degrees for true bottom airflow, while for single coil you have two airflow plugs that direct the air up at 45 degrees, mimicking the airflow on the original GR1. It does not however include the restricted airflow plugs that came with the original GR1. Next build I do, I will try the restricted airflow plugs from my GR1 to see if they fit. I am however pretty sure they wouldn’t make it perform any better.

On the original GR1, the easiest way to change airflow plugs was to remove the posts – this is no longer the case, I was able to change the airflow plugs without removing anything.

How is to build on?

In single coil mode, it is just like a scaled up version of the original – it’s a true 60 second build which is awesome. You can fit big/complex coils in single coil mode – I put 3.5mm IDD, but I’m pretty sure you could go larger if you wanted.

But in dual coil mode it requires patience as the deck is quite cramped for a dual coil – for someone used to user friendly decks like the Drop, this could be a pain in the ass. The main issue is the space between the coils – 2 x 3mm IDD was possible but very difficult, 2 x 2.5mm is a far more sensible option. Having said that, I think I’ve been spoiled with easy single coil and drop style decks – after two or three builds it got much easier. There are three sets of notches for a coiling rod to position the coils – I used the notches for single coil, but not for dual – dual coil is just a case of putting the coil as close to the posts as possible and making sure it doesn’t touch the other coil.

How does it perform?

Single Coil Performance It doesn’t have the concentrated flavor of the GR1 – it’s a much larger RDA. What you get is the ability to put larger coils and push them harder than the original. If you use it as a 24mm single coil designed for a nice balance between vapor production and flavor, you won’t be disappointed. I tried 3mm and 3.5mm IDD with round wire, claptons and fused claptons in single coil mode. One issue with single coil mode is that is can whistle – but this wasn’t with every build – I put it down to my poor wicking/building skills…maybe?

Dual Coil Performance Once you find the right build for you, it performs well. The first couple of builds were underwhelming because I was trying to make it behave like the original, once I started putting lower ohm builds in it, I started to get the flavor. My current build is 2 x 2.5mm IDD claptons with 8 wraps – 0.21 ohms. At 70 watts it has so much more flavor than my Drop at a similar wattage – I’m using a cheap juice that was flavorless on anything other than compact 22mm RDAs, but I can taste it well on the GR1 Pro.

Squonking

I don’t squonk. It comes fitted with the squonk pin, but I can’t comment any further.

Mech Safety

I only use regulated mods, I will leave this issue up to people more qualified than me to judge.

Leaks

None. I’ve been taking the top cap off and dripping on the coils with zero leaks.

Warranty

Normally, this isn’t something I can comment on. But not in this case. I had a minor issue with a loose airflow plug due to post tolerances on my original GR1. When I contacted GasMods about this, they didn’t demand a video or any other proof – they just shipped me a new post by DHL. Unlike other companies who have required multiple videos etc, these guys just fixed it without any messing around. (This was all before I performed any reviews on their products).

How does it compare to the original GR1?

  • In single coil mode, it’s like a big GR1 – more vapor, less concentrated flavor.

  • In dual coil mode, it doesn’t share many characteristics with the original.

What could be improved?

  • Include some coils. It takes a while to find the ideal coils for dual coil mode, it would be nice to have something that works straight out of the box.
  • Include one of the optional top-caps. Charge $5 more.
  • Shave off 0.5mm from each post. More room for coils in dual coil mode would be awesome.

Pros

  • Great balance of flavor/vapor production.
  • A true single/dual coil RDA. It doesn’t compromise with either.
  • Screw in top cap is excellent for dripping.
  • Ease of build in single coil mode.
  • Good cap options.
  • Good after-sales service.

Cons

  • Flavor isn’t as concentrated as the original 22mm.
  • You can use your own drip tips.
  • Beginners might find dual coil mode hard to build.
  • You need to try a few coils to bring out great flavor.

Conclusion

Who should buy this?

  • Anyone who wants more vapor production than a 22mm RDA but without sacrificing a lot of flavor.
  • Anyone who prefers their dual coils at 60-80 watts with a focus on flavor.

Who should not buy this?

  • Someone looking for the same experience they got from the original GR1 – despite the name, this is a different beast.
  • Someone who enjoys pushing their dual coil RDAs with extreme wattage.

Final thoughts

This is going to retire a few of my current RDAs, I really do like it that much. The most suited dual coil RDA for my flavor biased vaping style.

Thank you GasMods, I've enjoyed reviewing this RDA – and I'm going to enjoy using it for a long time to come

This is a short-term review on the GasMods GR1 Pro RDADisclaimer This RDA was sent to me by GasMods for the purposes of this review.ImagesThese images were taken by me.What is it?A 24mm dual/single coil RDAHow much does it costSeems as if the official price is $39.99 and the usual sites have it currently listed at $34.99The optional top-caps are about $10.00What do you get?GR1 Pro RDAVarious allen keys, o-rings, bf pin, regular 510 pin.Nice stickerThe same as the original GR1, the packaging is good quality, but basic. No coil/cotton.Why am I reviewing this RDA?I loved and reviewed the original GR1. The original GR1 has been my daily driver since the day I bought it.As I type this (pre-testing) – I’m 50% excited to see if the GR1 Pro is even better and 50% nervous in case it’s not as good.What’s it like?From opening the box, it became obvious this isn’t really an updated GR1, but a totally fresh design. It shares a few features with the GR1 but only a few. It has the same aesthetics as the GR1, with everything scaled up a lot. The only issues I had in regard to quality with the original was the flimsy feeling top-cap (which is still in perfect condition) – this feels better, the cap is stainless with a screw in POM top-cap.The top-cap is interesting, the entire top-cap/drip-tip is one piece that screws out (very smoothly) to allow you to drip. This is nice for dripping, but not so nice for anyone wanting to use their own drip-tip. Unlike the original GR1, the main cap is made of stainless steel (with optional POM/PEI/etc caps).I was impressed with the airflow options, for dual coil you have two airflow plugs that direct the air up at 90 degrees for true bottom airflow, while for single coil you have two airflow plugs that direct the air up at 45 degrees, mimicking the airflow on the original GR1. It does not however include the restricted airflow plugs that came with the original GR1. Next build I do, I will try the restricted airflow plugs from my GR1 to see if they fit. I am however pretty sure they wouldn’t make it perform any better.On the original GR1, the easiest way to change airflow plugs was to remove the posts – this is no longer the case, I was able to change the airflow plugs without removing anything.How is to build on?In single coil mode, it is just like a scaled up version of the original – it’s a true 60 second build which is awesome. You can fit big/complex coils in single coil mode – I put 3.5mm IDD, but I’m pretty sure you could go larger if you wanted.But in dual coil mode it requires patience as the deck is quite cramped for a dual coil – for someone used to user friendly decks like the Drop, this could be a pain in the ass. The main issue is the space between the coils – 2 x 3mm IDD was possible but very difficult, 2 x 2.5mm is a far more sensible option. Having said that, I think I’ve been spoiled with easy single coil and drop style decks – after two or three builds it got much easier. There are three sets of notches for a coiling rod to position the coils – I used the notches for single coil, but not for dual – dual coil is just a case of putting the coil as close to the posts as possible and making sure it doesn’t touch the other coil.How does it perform?Single Coil Performance It doesn’t have the concentrated flavor of the GR1 – it’s a much larger RDA. What you get is the ability to put larger coils and push them harder than the original. If you use it as a 24mm single coil designed for a nice balance between vapor production and flavor, you won’t be disappointed. I tried 3mm and 3.5mm IDD with round wire, claptons and fused claptons in single coil mode. One issue with single coil mode is that is can whistle – but this wasn’t with every build – I put it down to my poor wicking/building skills…maybe?Dual Coil Performance Once you find the right build for you, it performs well. The first couple of builds were underwhelming because I was trying to make it behave like the original, once I started putting lower ohm builds in it, I started to get the flavor. My current build is 2 x 2.5mm IDD claptons with 8 wraps – 0.21 ohms. At 70 watts it has so much more flavor than my Drop at a similar wattage – I’m using a cheap juice that was flavorless on anything other than compact 22mm RDAs, but I can taste it well on the GR1 Pro.SquonkingI don’t squonk. It comes fitted with the squonk pin, but I can’t comment any further.Mech SafetyI only use regulated mods, I will leave this issue up to people more qualified than me to judge.LeaksNone. I’ve been taking the top cap off and dripping on the coils with zero leaks.WarrantyNormally, this isn’t something I can comment on. But not in this case. I had a minor issue with a loose airflow plug due to post tolerances on my original GR1. When I contacted GasMods about this, they didn’t demand a video or any other proof – they just shipped me a new post by DHL. Unlike other companies who have required multiple videos etc, these guys just fixed it without any messing around. (This was all before I performed any reviews on their products).How does it compare to the original GR1?In single coil mode, it’s like a big GR1 – more vapor, less concentrated flavor.In dual coil mode, it doesn’t share many characteristics with the original.What could be improved?Include some coils. It takes a while to find the ideal coils for dual coil mode, it would be nice to have something that works straight out of the box.Include one of the optional top-caps. Charge $5 more.Shave off 0.5mm from each post. More room for coils in dual coil mode would be awesome.ProsGreat balance of flavor/vapor production.A true single/dual coil RDA. It doesn’t compromise with either.Screw in top cap is excellent for dripping.Ease of build in single coil mode.Good cap options.Good after-sales service.ConsFlavor isn’t as concentrated as the original 22mm.You can use your own drip tips.Beginners might find dual coil mode hard to build.You need to try a few coils to bring out great flavor.ConclusionWho should buy this?Anyone who wants more vapor production than a 22mm RDA but without sacrificing a lot of flavor.Anyone who prefers their dual coils at 60-80 watts with a focus on flavor.Who should not buy this?Someone looking for the same experience they got from the original GR1 – despite the name, this is a different beast.Someone who enjoys pushing their dual coil RDAs with extreme wattage.Final thoughtsThis is going to retire a few of my current RDAs, I really do like it that much. The most suited dual coil RDA for my flavor biased vaping style.Thank you GasMods, I’ve enjoyed reviewing this RDA – and I’m going to enjoy using it for a long time to come

Submitted November 05, 2018 at 08:57PM by i_aint_joe
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