When I first started reading about dripping, and rebuilding for the first time, I was a little intimidated. I liked the eGo setup I had, but wanted something that seemed a little more tough, and rugged. I wasn’t a fan of the ProTank I was using, and the ease of rebuilding could save me a little more cash. This was my train of thought.
I went to my local B&M, and said, “Let’s do this. Set me up!” They instantly grabbed me an IGO W4, a Magneto Mod, and all the stuff to rebuild. We then sat at the table in the store, and started getting to it. Before get too far into this, here’s the rundown on the W4:
- 3 posts
- Stainless Steel
- Height – 25mm
- Diameter – 20mm
- Dual hole top cap
- 0.8mm air hole
- Spare parts bag
- Top cap interchangable with IGO-L and IGO-W
- Questionable phallic design
We wrapped a dual micro coil setup, clocking in at about .45 ohms. We drilled the air holes out. We wicked it up with organic cotton, threw a freshly charged Purple eFest into it, Slapped it all together, and went in for my first vape on ‘er. It was huge (at the time). It was almost overwhelming. THIS was the feeling i was looking for when I switched from analogs to E-Cigs.
Time has now passed, and I’ve had lots of time rebuilding and vaping on my IGO W4. What once was the “messiah” of my newbie vaping experience, has all but crumbled, leaving me mostly frustrated.
Within 2 weeks of the purchase, the “entry level” woes started rearing their head at me. the O-Rings around the deck have gotten stretched out, and about 50% of the time will loosen up and get pinched between the bottom of the deck and the top cap, leaving a little loop sticking out from the side. Sometimes, juice leaks out that little area where it is protruding. This also makes the top cap never seem like it is really flush on the base.
I don’t know if its my imagination, but the posts on the deck seem to have rotated. In the beginning, all the holes in the posts were parallel to each other, now it seems they all are pointing a different direction. Not a TON, but it’s noticeable. This could be because of the main issue I have with this device, the post screws. They will NOT STAY TIGHT. It seems every time I take my top cap off to drip, or about every 6-7 hits, I’ve lost most of my power. I’ll grab my screwdriver, touch the screws, and sure enough… one of them will wiggle. Not always the same one, but one of them will be loose. I’ll tighten it back down, vape again, and revisit the problem in 6-7 hits or so. It’s maddening.
I don’t blame my local vape shop for setting me up on this RDA, at all. It was the best decision for me, as the consumer. I purchased it for 20 bucks. Sure, they could have sold me a $100+ Patriot, but then where would I be if I decided dripping/RDA’s weren’t for me? Now that I know I love rebuilding, trying different coils, and experimenting with different ways to extract flavor and vapor, I know that it is time to move on to something much better.
I totally recommend the IGO W4 to people who want to test the waters with rebuilding and RDA’s. But, if you’re looking to grab something to reinforce your vaping arsenal (not sure why you;d even be looking at this), leave this one behind the glass.