Introduction.This rebuildable dripper was sent to me by Neil at Mechmode.com for the purpose of this review, from his wide range of RDA's.
It is described on the Mechmode website as follows:
The newest release from Orieco is the Storm V2. This Stunning atomizer reatains all the great features of the original version but now also has an upgraded airflow sytem and deeper juice wells to hold more of your favourite juice. Solid high grade stainless steel and weighing in at a hefty 55grm and at a height 32.7mm this atomizer is slightly longer than the original to accomodate the deeper juice wells. The upgraded air flow system now has 2 slots that can be fully adjusted. When fully open the air flow will give a very loose airy draw which the cloud chasers will appreciate im sure.
PresentationThe Storm V2 came in a standard Orieco blue box, in the box you get the complete RDA, wrapped in plastic, and a complete bag of spares, which include spare o-rings, spare screws, a short section of wire and two short sections of silica wick, so all you need to do is add juice.
Features & SpecsTechnical Specifications:
Model : Storm V2
Manufacturer : Orieco
Type : Rebuildable Dripper
Body Material : Solid high grade stainless steel
Tank Material : N/A
Terminals : 1 positive centre post , 2 Negative Screws
Terminal connection : Narled nuts & screws
Coil Configuration : Single | Dual
Air Holes : Two sets of 2 large holes
Air Flow Control : Twist-On Airflow Control
Tank Capacity : N/A
Connection : 510 threaded
Width : 22 mm
Height : 32.7mm (excluding drip tip)
The Storm V2 comes fully assembled, for the purpose of this review I will break it down into its component parts a do a full dual coil build.
The Storm V2 Deck.The Storm V2 has quite a raised thick deck on it, with a standard stainless steel 510 connection on it, that connected without a problem to all of my mods,
The itself consists of a large positive centre post, which has two Narled wide nuts threaded on to it, stacked on top of each other, two allow you to connect one coil in place using the bottom nut, then attaching the second coil, using the top nut to secure it in place. Each side of the centre post are two negative Philips screws, which screw in directly to the deck.
Instead on having a lip around the deck to retain the juice it has two deep wells on either side, which collect the dripped juice in, and can be used to place the tails of the wicks.
The deck has two large o-rings which will be used to hold the top cap in place and prevent any leaks.
Storm V2 Top Cap.The Storm V2 comes with a two part top cap, the main body of the top cap in made from stainless steel, and is well machined to fit snugly onto the deck.
Located on both sides of the top cap are two massive air hole slots approx 5mm wide by approx 2-3mm deep. Some of the largest air holes I have come across on a dripper.
The top cap then has a fixed with the 510 drip tip connection. This section of the top cap also has 3 large o-rings around it, two around the body, and one around the neck.
The inside of the of the cap, also acts as the vapor chamber, and has smooth side and a coned top leading out of the 510 connection hole.
Storm V2 Air-flow Cap.The stainless steel, airflow cap again has two large matching air-flow slots cut into each side.
This air-flow cap fits tightly over the top of the top cap, and is held in place by the three o-rings.
The air-flow when fitted can be rotated, to fully open, for a mega airy draw, perfect for all you cloud chasers out there. Or it can be rotated freely , to adjust it down for your perfect draw, as you prefer.
AESTHETICS & BUILD QUALITYI really like the look of the Storm V2 - with it's polished stainless steel and it's clean straight lines. It looks amazing on any of my mods.
The Storm V2 is very well machined, the deck and it's terminals are set very well, and easy to work with. The threading and retaining nuts on the centre post work really well, with smooth threading.
The top cap and airflow control, are very tight fitting, with no leakage so far, it anything a little tight and can be quite tricky to remove.
The Storm V2 Build.I started by making two coils, 5 wraps of 28 gauge Kanthal, wound around one of my small screw drivers.
You can then keep the coil on the screw driver and lay it across the deck, and simple lay one of the tails, under one of the negative screws, and tighten it down,
You can then loosen off both of the retainer nuts on the centre post. And lay the coil tail under the bottom nut, and tighten it down, leaving the top nut loose.
You can the repeat for the second coil, put using the top centre post nut, to hold the second coil in place.
Once the coils are in place and set by pulsing with your mod, until evenly glowing red hot, you can allow the coils to cool.
I then simply threaded the cotton wool through each coil. And tucked the cotton tails into the drip wells.
I think next time I build it, I will only have one tail on the cotton, leaving space to drip directly into each well.
PERFORMANCE & REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE
It did take a couple of builds to get this one right. With a bit of trial and error, adjusting the coils upwards, and out wards away from the centre post. And as I said next build I will put leash cotton into the wells. To allow me to drip directly into each well.
I found the Storm V2 vaped really well, a real beast. The air flow is outstanding, and has some of the largest air draw I have experienced on a dripper, and can really take your breath away, when fully open. With the nice option of being able to tighten it up, as required.
It produces clouds of vapor, and a good level of flavour,
The only negative I have found with the Storm V2, which I am still to overcome, is effective dripping, which may be due to be style of build and wicking. I find my self having to remove the hole top cap, when wanting to re-drip the ejuice. As can't seem to get good saturation through the drip tip hole. And the top cap is quite tight, so find myself pulling the air-flow cap off first then the body cap off, drip, then have to reset it. I think on the next build I may have longer top wicks, so I can drip through the drip tip hole.
But once ejuices up, it really does vape like a beast,
Even though it has massive long air-holes, I had no real leakage, due to the position of the air slots, and the deep drip wells.
RecommendationThe Storm V2 is a real monster, that needs to be tamed, with easy build deck, for vertical or horizontal build, and some of the largest air holes I have come across, a cloud chasers dream RDA
MVR RATINGPresentation: 5/10
Features & Spec: 8 / 10
Aesthetics : 10 / 10
Build Quailty : 9 / 10
Ease of Build: 9 / 10
Performance : 10 / 10
Overall : 8 /10
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