So, it has been a while since I’ve reviewed an e-cigarette, hasn’t it? And for those of you who don’t know, I’ve been vaping for almost 5 years now. It really helped me to quit smoking “real” cigarettes. Because of this, I fully support the idea of switching from cigarettes to vaping (you can read my thoughts on that here).
Recently, I got my hands on a new type of vape kit; the Geek Vape Athena Squonk Kit. This is a very different type of vape compared to what I am used to, as I’ve been using standard vapes. However, the Athena Kit is a “mechanical mod”, which is an entirely different ball game. So, let’s take a look at the kit and see how it is to use the Geek Vape Athena Kit.
The first thing to look at when it comes to the Geek Vape Athena Kit is the setup. You see, unlike a standard e-cigarette, where you just put the liquid in the tank and wait for a bit before using it, the Athena kit has a lot more to it. To begin with, you’ll need to build the coils to use with the kit, which sounds a lot more daunting than it really is. There are thousands of videos on YouTube about how to do just that and it only takes a little bit of time.
Once you have the coil built and connected to the tank, you need to fill up the e-liquid bottle that sits within the kit. You’ll also need to soak the cotton of your coil with e-liquid as well. Then, you put the 18650 battery into place (negative end at the top) and you’re ready to go.
It does take more to set up than a standard e-cigarette, but considering the various mechanical mods that I have seen other people use, the Geek Vape Athena is really simple to get started with. Some of them involve a lot more fiddling around, especially with the coils. The Athena’s tank section makes it very simple, as the coil itself just slots into fixtures, giving more than enough room for the cotton to fold down into the e-liquid well underneath.
The Geek Vape Athena Kit is incredibly comfortable to use, despite the box shape of the kit. It is small enough to fit in my palm without digging into my hand, yet feels sturdy and very well built. The outer casing is held together by magnets, meaning that you’ll be able to access the battery and reservoir quickly when you need to. On top of that (figuratively and literally), the tank is wide enough to create a strong vape, but with enough airflow that it doesn’t come out too hot.
One thing that needs to be noted, though, is that this is an unregulated mod. That means that it runs completely differently to a standard e-cigarette. For example, there is no automatic shut off if you hold the button down too long. This means that you need to be careful when transporting the Athena kit.
Luckily, Geek Vape has very cleverly added a button lock to the front of the vape. By sliding this up, the button can be locked in the “out” position, stopping the circuit within the mod from activating. This helps to make the Athena safer to transport. So that is a really big positive for the kit itself, especially if you are using it as your first mechanical mod e-cigarette. All in all, the Geek Vape Athena is a pretty good kit in terms of usability, but need to have the spare time available to build your coils, and you should probably read up on battery safety as well…
When it comes to the effectiveness of an e-cigarette, it really comes down to how well it gives you the nicotine you need from your e-liquid. Having moved from standard e-cigarettes like the Smok Brit Mini, I have to say the amount of nicotine that I get from a single vape on the Geek Vape Athena took me by surprise. It was like a sudden hit of ten or so vapes from my old e-cigarette all at the same time.
I should also say that it seems to drain liquid slower than the Smok Brit Mini as well, which was a pleasant surprise, even if I don’t quite understand how that is possible.
One thing you need to know, however, is that you will need to buy a specific type of charger for the 18650 batteries needed to use the Athena. This kit cannot be used whilst charging, either, as the battery has to be completely removed in order to charge it. Therefore, I would recommend investing in at least two batteries. That way, you can vape using one whilst the other charges. Thankfully, 18650 batteries from Samsung (which I would recommend over any random brand) are only about £8, depending on where you go for them. Considering the fact that the Athena Kit is just £38.99 from SimplyEliquid, the entire kit is really good value for money.
And That’s All Folks
All in all, I am really happy with the Geek Vape Athena Kit. It is a very well build kit that delivers a great amount of nicotine with each vape. It does take some getting used to, and you should definitely look up how to build coils and look after your batteries… However, it is definitely worth it!
Have you tried a mechanical mod e-cigarette before? Let me know in the comments below!