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Hiya everyone!! /u/AnxietyAttack2013 here again! How’s it going for you guys? Today we’ve got something interesting to say the least. I’m sure you’ve seen pictures of it already. It’s the Campbel kit from smoant. Yes, that one. The one with the ridiculously tall atomizer which holds both eliquid and non-eliquid. This kit needs absolutely no introductions really so let’s get down to business to review this kit. (for anyone who cares, I sang the last part to “I’ll make a man out of you” from Mulan).

Disclaimer: this kit was sent to me for the purpose of this review by Smoant. I will not let that, nor my feelings for the company, influence my thoughts and opinions or my review in any way.


oh boy, I’ve been hoping you’d review this one!! So what’s in the…wow that is a beautiful box!!!

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Yessir! It certainly is a beautiful box. So let’s start with that. This comes inside a gorgeous blue box embossed with a picture of a town in gold colored lining and the word Campbel Town on it in that same gold. The Smoant name and logo at the bottom are also on the bottom of the front of the box and again, in that same gold lettering. The box itself is pure class. Nothing flashy or tacky. Just a sort of simple elegance.

Inside the box you find a pretty basic foam insert. Certainly less elegant than the outside but definitely functional. Not to say it isn’t pretty either though. All of the paperwork is in a nice blue envelope with gold lettering. And the manual too has the same image as the box in the same gold line work. The box itself contains:

  • the Campbel mod
  • the Campbel tank
  • a certificate card
  • a warranty card
  • a micro USB cable
  • a user manual
  • 2 Ni80 coils (which is specified on the box)
  • a spare parts bag
  • a replacement glass of the eliquid
  • a replacement glass for other liquids
  • a battery warning card.

I’m seeing prices all over the place for this but the site I trust that carries it is selling it for $70.

The coils retail for $15 per 5 pack from that same site.

well that is certainly a thing…what are your first impressions?

There’s no getting around the size of the included tank. It is massive. The size of a small mech mod. Definitely not a small tank in any way, shape, or form. There is a bit of a rattle to the tank though I could not find what was rattling.

The tank does have adjustable airflow and sort of an adjustable draw too. The draw is adjusted at the tip while the airflow is adjusted at the bottom of the tank. The tank does feel a little fragile though. Especially when taking it apart. There is a fair amount of glass inside it though there is a cover over it. And for some strange reason there is a bit of a rattle to it. Almost as if there is a little ball inside, though none has been found. As of writing this, I haven’t found a source to the rattle.

Honestly though, the mod itself feels fairly cheap too. Almost flimsy. It’s very light weight without a battery or tank. The button does feel a little rattly but not too bad. It’s also a fairly small mod. It does fit very nicely in the hand and is comfortable to hold in either hand whether it is being thumb fired or index finger fired.

A side note, and this will not affect my views of this device, but I love the blue of this mod. I’m a huge fan of blue and man does this deliver on the color aspect for me.

I do think it is nice that the coils are listed as nichrome as opposed to being unlisted as many coils can be now. Plus it comes with two as opposed to one. Common for sure but a nice addition all the same. And the battery safety card is a nice touch.

When fully put together, it is most certainly not pocket friendly.

Overall, it’s a pretty inclusive kit. It doesn’t feel super well built compared to other offerings from smoant though. Compared to the Naboo, Charon, or the battlestar, this feels like a huge drop in solidness.

well that wasn’t expected. Looking at it, it looks higher quality. I guess these are just the first impressions though. So how was using this?

The first thing I’ll be talking about is the mod itself. This is a single battery device. Opening up the battery door is pretty easy but there isn’t a good indication of which way the battery goes. Not a good start. I took a chance and threw it in positive side up like the majority of devices out there and hopefully I did something right because the device turned on. Nothing super flashy going on with this. The battery meter popped up and that is about it.

To tell the truth, there isn’t a lot going on with this mod. It’s an unregulated, single cell, device. And that is only explicitly stated on one website from my knowledge. It is usually stated to go up to 80 watts but that is with the right build.

As an unregulated device it does feel a little underwhelming. With a 0.2 ohm build it feels very weak and underperforming. And with my usual 0.5 ohm build it again feels very weak. And my 0.5 ohm build is usually at 25 watts at most. So nothing really special to the mod.

The battery life isn’t anything spectacular either. A single battery lasts me less than a day when using this with the included tank. Thankfully this can be charged via USB which makes the battery life a little more bearable.

The battery level is measured by three bars on the mod that lights up. It’s not inaccurate, but at times it can be hard to tell how many of the lights are actually lit. Once it hits one bar, you can tell, but it’s not easy to tell between 2 or 3 bars.

The mod does not produce 4.2 volts continuously. It does go off of the battery. So the already underpowered feeling device will slowly get weaker as time goes on.

but what about that tank?? That’s what I’m here for!!

The tank that is included is the real focal point to this kit. It’s massive. You would expect it to hold a lot of juice considering it’s size. And you would be wrong. It only holds 2ml of eliquid. The reason it is so large is because it also holds 3ml of a liquid of your choice as a sort of filter. Yes, this (ideally) does work similarly to a “tobacco” water pipe.

So for most of my testing, I used Gatorade as a filter. I know I know. Y’all expected to me to use beer. But I’m not wasting any of my beer as a filter. Plus if I’m out and about I’d probably have a hard time explaining to people that it isn’t a flask and I’m not drinking in public.

A little bit to note here: the manual, while very pretty on the outside, leaves much to be desired. It took me a moment to figure things out.

So I disassembled the tank first off to get to the actual eliquid portion of the tank. And it definitely isn’t the easiest thing to do as there is a lot of glass involved. So to do this I stuck it on the included mod and pulled the cover off. Underneath that is the actual tank. Next I unscrewed the top cap to the tank, removed the glass, and unscrewed the coil. Priming the coil is pretty self explanatory honestly. From there I screwed the coil back in, placed the glass back in, filled it up with some BEWD, and screwed the top cap back on. Then place the rest of the tank back on. Definitely not a quick process to replace a coil. And even worse when everything feels sorta fragile.

Another thing to note is that the top cap can be a bit of a pain to get back on. Not full size Hastur MTL RTA levels of annoying, but the o-ring can be a little fussy.

Now we go on to the “filter” portion of the filling process. To access this part, you unscrew part of the tank cover to reveal the filter tank. There is no real top cap to this as the actual tank cover is the top cap in a way. I took out some orange Gatorade. Now here’s the fun part. This filter tank has a 3ml capacity. I have an 1100ml-ish bottle of Gatorade. There is nothing included to fill this. Needless to say, I’ve spilled some Gatorade while trying to fill this. Sure, I have some empty 120ml bottles with the nozzle laying around but I’m not going to spend an empty bottle I could use to make juice just to hold some Gatorade for a few moments. This does have a “max fill” line too. And you do want to adhere to that, but I’ll get to that shortly. So I filled this up with Gatorade and replaced the tank cover/top cap.

Time to vape this. So I take a few primer pulls and immediately I’m met with spitback from the Gatorade. “Well that ain’t right!” I think to myself. Time to take a look at the Gatorade! And much to no ones surprise, I had overfilled it. Not by much, but by enough to cause the entire tank to sort of act like a straw. So I pour a little bit out which of course was a bit of a mess. Then I try and add a few more drops in. It took me a minute but I was finally able to get it around the max fill line.

So the first ACTUAL vape off of it was…average. But I attributed that to the weakness of the mod itself. However, the tank did do what it was supposed to. I did get a bit of the orange flavor with the BEWD itself. It wasn’t subtle either which made me think it was a bit of spitback that I was getting more than just the flavor.

After a day of use, I checked the level of Gatorade in the filter tank and sure enough, it was pretty low. Definitely spitback I believe which is contributing to the flavor I’m getting. Not really anything more than sorta getting spitback from the liquid. So I am definitely glad I chose to fill this with Gatorade as opposed to scotch or beer. Def not wanting to get pulled over and smelling like alcohol because of this.

Now the “draw adjuster” does have another function. It also closes off the liquid in the filter section and prevents it from leaking out when on the go. And this does work pretty well. I haven’t had this leak at all on me. And I’m pleasantly surprised by this. I was expecting for it to go everywhere.

The coils on this though aren’t really that great. On the Campbel mod, it feels super weak but that’s on the mod. Throwing this on a variable wattage device shows that these coils cannot really keep up. At 30 watts, the lowest wattage range on this, it feels very hot but without much flavor. It feels both overpowered and underpowered. Over powered for the coil but underpowered for the tank.

I went through the wattage range but it always felt very…at odds with itself. Underpowered for the tank. Overpowered for the coil. Nothing ever really felt balanced with it. The flavor always felt very muted and under performing. The vapor felt very wispy too. And the draw felt very stiff and tight for what it is. It’s supposed to be a direct lung tank but feels too tight almost.

For funsies, I took the cover off and tried this as a regular tank. And at 30 watts it actually felt pretty nice. Like a slightly better super tank mini. The flavor really wasn’t bad. And the vapor production also improved drastically. “Well damn…this really isn’t too bad”. And as a normal tank, it really isn’t bad. Sadly, the cover/liquid holder really kills any performance this has.

wow, I want to say I’m surprised but I’m really not surprised. So how about you clear up this huge post with some pros and cons!

Yeah…this ended up being longer than expected. So how about we change this up a bit and start with the cons. End on a high note, right? And we’ll start with the device.

cons for device

It feels like there is something going on where it is under performing and feeling weak.

No noticeable battery orientation indicator.

Battery level indicator isn’t always accurate.

pros for device

Fairly small

USB charging

cons for tank

Very muted flavor

Goes through a juice pretty quickly

Super super tall

Hard to fill the liquid holder

Nothing included to fill liquid holder

Not a lot of vapor production

Coils don’t last a long time

Prone to spitback from liquid holder

Small juice capacity.

Feels pretty fragile

Can not replace coil with juice in the tank.

pros to tank

The concept itself for the tank does actually work

Filling the tank itself is pretty easy.

The draw adjuster works pretty nicely

You can close off the draw so the liquid in the liquid holder doesn’t leak, and this works pretty well.

wow!! That’s a lotta cons. I think I know which direction this is going, but what are your final thoughts on this?

This is a really basic device that comes with a really unique atomizer. But unique doesn’t always mean good. It’s innovative, but honestly it doesn’t really perform well. And that bums me out. I wanted this to be pretty solid. I never want something to not be good. So would I recommend this? Well, you know my philosophy. Do your research and don’t take one review as gospel. But with this, it really isn’t something I feel I can recommend. There are just too many cons edging out over what little pros this has.

yeah, I expected as much. So what would you change with this kit?

I’d love for the coil to be improved dramatically. As it stands, it really can’t keep up with itself, especially with a 0.2 ohm coil in it.

I’d prefer the coil to be kanthal instead of nichrome too. I feel that would make the performance of this a bit better as it wouldn’t heat up too quickly.

I would work on redesigning the tank completely so it isn’t just spitback that I get.

I would scrap the unregulated mod idea and include a variable wattage mod, or I would work on improving the performance of the unregulated mod.

I’d put a battery orientation indicator in the battery slot.

I’d either open up the airflow more and make it more DL or close it more and make it MTL. Right now, it feels very inbetween but also overpowered for MTL and underpowered for DL or restricted lung.


And that’s what I’ve got for this. It’s really…it’s an interesting kit to say the least, but not something I can really recommend. At best I feel it’s a novelty device but one that isn’t priced or packaged or marketed as such. It’s unfortunate because I wanted to like it. I would love for it to work out as it was shown to. I’m chalking this one up to a failed experiment on Smoants part as they usually have pretty great devices. But this one doesn’t cut it.

Anyway, thanks for reading everyone! I hope to catch you all later on in the late night chat thread!!

#teampositivity

Hiya everyone!! /u/AnxietyAttack2013 here again! How’s it going for you guys? Today we’ve got something interesting to say the least. I’m sure you’ve seen pictures of it already. It’s the Campbel kit from smoant. Yes, that one. The one with the ridiculously tall atomizer which holds both eliquid and non-eliquid. This kit needs absolutely no introductions really so let’s get down to business to review this kit. (for anyone who cares, I sang the last part to “I’ll make a man out of you” from Mulan).Disclaimer: this kit was sent to me for the purpose of this review by Smoant. I will not let that, nor my feelings for the company, influence my thoughts and opinions or my review in any way.oh boy, I’ve been hoping you’d review this one!! So what’s in the…wow that is a beautiful box!!!photo albumYessir! It certainly is a beautiful box. So let’s start with that. This comes inside a gorgeous blue box embossed with a picture of a town in gold colored lining and the word Campbel Town on it in that same gold. The Smoant name and logo at the bottom are also on the bottom of the front of the box and again, in that same gold lettering. The box itself is pure class. Nothing flashy or tacky. Just a sort of simple elegance.Inside the box you find a pretty basic foam insert. Certainly less elegant than the outside but definitely functional. Not to say it isn’t pretty either though. All of the paperwork is in a nice blue envelope with gold lettering. And the manual too has the same image as the box in the same gold line work. The box itself contains:the Campbel modthe Campbel tanka certificate carda warranty carda micro USB cablea user manual2 Ni80 coils (which is specified on the box)a spare parts baga replacement glass of the eliquida replacement glass for other liquidsa battery warning card.I’m seeing prices all over the place for this but the site I trust that carries it is selling it for $70.The coils retail for $15 per 5 pack from that same site.well that is certainly a thing…what are your first impressions?There’s no getting around the size of the included tank. It is massive. The size of a small mech mod. Definitely not a small tank in any way, shape, or form. There is a bit of a rattle to the tank though I could not find what was rattling.The tank does have adjustable airflow and sort of an adjustable draw too. The draw is adjusted at the tip while the airflow is adjusted at the bottom of the tank. The tank does feel a little fragile though. Especially when taking it apart. There is a fair amount of glass inside it though there is a cover over it. And for some strange reason there is a bit of a rattle to it. Almost as if there is a little ball inside, though none has been found. As of writing this, I haven’t found a source to the rattle.Honestly though, the mod itself feels fairly cheap too. Almost flimsy. It’s very light weight without a battery or tank. The button does feel a little rattly but not too bad. It’s also a fairly small mod. It does fit very nicely in the hand and is comfortable to hold in either hand whether it is being thumb fired or index finger fired.A side note, and this will not affect my views of this device, but I love the blue of this mod. I’m a huge fan of blue and man does this deliver on the color aspect for me.I do think it is nice that the coils are listed as nichrome as opposed to being unlisted as many coils can be now. Plus it comes with two as opposed to one. Common for sure but a nice addition all the same. And the battery safety card is a nice touch.When fully put together, it is most certainly not pocket friendly.Overall, it’s a pretty inclusive kit. It doesn’t feel super well built compared to other offerings from smoant though. Compared to the Naboo, Charon, or the battlestar, this feels like a huge drop in solidness.well that wasn’t expected. Looking at it, it looks higher quality. I guess these are just the first impressions though. So how was using this?The first thing I’ll be talking about is the mod itself. This is a single battery device. Opening up the battery door is pretty easy but there isn’t a good indication of which way the battery goes. Not a good start. I took a chance and threw it in positive side up like the majority of devices out there and hopefully I did something right because the device turned on. Nothing super flashy going on with this. The battery meter popped up and that is about it.To tell the truth, there isn’t a lot going on with this mod. It’s an unregulated, single cell, device. And that is only explicitly stated on one website from my knowledge. It is usually stated to go up to 80 watts but that is with the right build.As an unregulated device it does feel a little underwhelming. With a 0.2 ohm build it feels very weak and underperforming. And with my usual 0.5 ohm build it again feels very weak. And my 0.5 ohm build is usually at 25 watts at most. So nothing really special to the mod.The battery life isn’t anything spectacular either. A single battery lasts me less than a day when using this with the included tank. Thankfully this can be charged via USB which makes the battery life a little more bearable.The battery level is measured by three bars on the mod that lights up. It’s not inaccurate, but at times it can be hard to tell how many of the lights are actually lit. Once it hits one bar, you can tell, but it’s not easy to tell between 2 or 3 bars.The mod does not produce 4.2 volts continuously. It does go off of the battery. So the already underpowered feeling device will slowly get weaker as time goes on.but what about that tank?? That’s what I’m here for!!The tank that is included is the real focal point to this kit. It’s massive. You would expect it to hold a lot of juice considering it’s size. And you would be wrong. It only holds 2ml of eliquid. The reason it is so large is because it also holds 3ml of a liquid of your choice as a sort of filter. Yes, this (ideally) does work similarly to a “tobacco” water pipe.So for most of my testing, I used Gatorade as a filter. I know I know. Y’all expected to me to use beer. But I’m not wasting any of my beer as a filter. Plus if I’m out and about I’d probably have a hard time explaining to people that it isn’t a flask and I’m not drinking in public.A little bit to note here: the manual, while very pretty on the outside, leaves much to be desired. It took me a moment to figure things out.So I disassembled the tank first off to get to the actual eliquid portion of the tank. And it definitely isn’t the easiest thing to do as there is a lot of glass involved. So to do this I stuck it on the included mod and pulled the cover off. Underneath that is the actual tank. Next I unscrewed the top cap to the tank, removed the glass, and unscrewed the coil. Priming the coil is pretty self explanatory honestly. From there I screwed the coil back in, placed the glass back in, filled it up with some BEWD, and screwed the top cap back on. Then place the rest of the tank back on. Definitely not a quick process to replace a coil. And even worse when everything feels sorta fragile.Another thing to note is that the top cap can be a bit of a pain to get back on. Not full size Hastur MTL RTA levels of annoying, but the o-ring can be a little fussy.Now we go on to the “filter” portion of the filling process. To access this part, you unscrew part of the tank cover to reveal the filter tank. There is no real top cap to this as the actual tank cover is the top cap in a way. I took out some orange Gatorade. Now here’s the fun part. This filter tank has a 3ml capacity. I have an 1100ml-ish bottle of Gatorade. There is nothing included to fill this. Needless to say, I’ve spilled some Gatorade while trying to fill this. Sure, I have some empty 120ml bottles with the nozzle laying around but I’m not going to spend an empty bottle I could use to make juice just to hold some Gatorade for a few moments. This does have a “max fill” line too. And you do want to adhere to that, but I’ll get to that shortly. So I filled this up with Gatorade and replaced the tank cover/top cap.Time to vape this. So I take a few primer pulls and immediately I’m met with spitback from the Gatorade. “Well that ain’t right!” I think to myself. Time to take a look at the Gatorade! And much to no ones surprise, I had overfilled it. Not by much, but by enough to cause the entire tank to sort of act like a straw. So I pour a little bit out which of course was a bit of a mess. Then I try and add a few more drops in. It took me a minute but I was finally able to get it around the max fill line.So the first ACTUAL vape off of it was…average. But I attributed that to the weakness of the mod itself. However, the tank did do what it was supposed to. I did get a bit of the orange flavor with the BEWD itself. It wasn’t subtle either which made me think it was a bit of spitback that I was getting more than just the flavor.After a day of use, I checked the level of Gatorade in the filter tank and sure enough, it was pretty low. Definitely spitback I believe which is contributing to the flavor I’m getting. Not really anything more than sorta getting spitback from the liquid. So I am definitely glad I chose to fill this with Gatorade as opposed to scotch or beer. Def not wanting to get pulled over and smelling like alcohol because of this.Now the “draw adjuster” does have another function. It also closes off the liquid in the filter section and prevents it from leaking out when on the go. And this does work pretty well. I haven’t had this leak at all on me. And I’m pleasantly surprised by this. I was expecting for it to go everywhere.The coils on this though aren’t really that great. On the Campbel mod, it feels super weak but that’s on the mod. Throwing this on a variable wattage device shows that these coils cannot really keep up. At 30 watts, the lowest wattage range on this, it feels very hot but without much flavor. It feels both overpowered and underpowered. Over powered for the coil but underpowered for the tank.I went through the wattage range but it always felt very…at odds with itself. Underpowered for the tank. Overpowered for the coil. Nothing ever really felt balanced with it. The flavor always felt very muted and under performing. The vapor felt very wispy too. And the draw felt very stiff and tight for what it is. It’s supposed to be a direct lung tank but feels too tight almost.For funsies, I took the cover off and tried this as a regular tank. And at 30 watts it actually felt pretty nice. Like a slightly better super tank mini. The flavor really wasn’t bad. And the vapor production also improved drastically. “Well damn…this really isn’t too bad”. And as a normal tank, it really isn’t bad. Sadly, the cover/liquid holder really kills any performance this has.wow, I want to say I’m surprised but I’m really not surprised. So how about you clear up this huge post with some pros and cons!Yeah…this ended up being longer than expected. So how about we change this up a bit and start with the cons. End on a high note, right? And we’ll start with the device.cons for deviceIt feels like there is something going on where it is under performing and feeling weak.No noticeable battery orientation indicator.Battery level indicator isn’t always accurate.pros for deviceFairly smallUSB chargingcons for tankVery muted flavorGoes through a juice pretty quicklySuper super tallHard to fill the liquid holderNothing included to fill liquid holderNot a lot of vapor productionCoils don’t last a long timeProne to spitback from liquid holderSmall juice capacity.Feels pretty fragileCan not replace coil with juice in the tank.pros to tankThe concept itself for the tank does actually workFilling the tank itself is pretty easy.The draw adjuster works pretty nicelyYou can close off the draw so the liquid in the liquid holder doesn’t leak, and this works pretty well.wow!! That’s a lotta cons. I think I know which direction this is going, but what are your final thoughts on this?This is a really basic device that comes with a really unique atomizer. But unique doesn’t always mean good. It’s innovative, but honestly it doesn’t really perform well. And that bums me out. I wanted this to be pretty solid. I never want something to not be good. So would I recommend this? Well, you know my philosophy. Do your research and don’t take one review as gospel. But with this, it really isn’t something I feel I can recommend. There are just too many cons edging out over what little pros this has.yeah, I expected as much. So what would you change with this kit?I’d love for the coil to be improved dramatically. As it stands, it really can’t keep up with itself, especially with a 0.2 ohm coil in it.I’d prefer the coil to be kanthal instead of nichrome too. I feel that would make the performance of this a bit better as it wouldn’t heat up too quickly.I would work on redesigning the tank completely so it isn’t just spitback that I get.I would scrap the unregulated mod idea and include a variable wattage mod, or I would work on improving the performance of the unregulated mod.I’d put a battery orientation indicator in the battery slot.I’d either open up the airflow more and make it more DL or close it more and make it MTL. Right now, it feels very inbetween but also overpowered for MTL and underpowered for DL or restricted lung.And that’s what I’ve got for this. It’s really…it’s an interesting kit to say the least, but not something I can really recommend. At best I feel it’s a novelty device but one that isn’t priced or packaged or marketed as such. It’s unfortunate because I wanted to like it. I would love for it to work out as it was shown to. I’m chalking this one up to a failed experiment on Smoants part as they usually have pretty great devices. But this one doesn’t cut it.Anyway, thanks for reading everyone! I hope to catch you all later on in the late night chat thread!!#teampositivity

Submitted November 07, 2018 at 10:24PM by AnxietyAttack2013
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