26650 Hades Clone from Canvape
The first 26650 mechanical mod I managed to get my hands on was a Black Stingray clone. It was so large, it literally turned me off of wanting to get any 26650 device. After being asked by about ten different people to review a 26650 device, I asked for advice from experienced modders.
Overwhelmingly, the answer was the Hades clone. Canvape.com was kind enough to provide the unit shown at the right. The Hades is quite a bit smaller than the Stingray, quite a bit.
At the top, the Hades is 28.5 mm (1.12 in.) in diameter. You should notice that the Hades has is wider at the bottom. I originally thought this a bit strange, but it does keep the overall size down and make it more comfortable in the hand. At the bottom, the diameter is 31 mm (1.22 in.). The inside diameter is 26.4 mm (1.04 in.). I was a bit surprised at the height. It is not as tall as I expected, at only 97.8 mm (3.85 in.). Without a battery the Hades weighs 250 g (0.55 lbs.).
This is a clone. I have no idea who the manufacturer is. The box that the Hades came in is a nice box – but that's all you get with this particular one. A box and the Hades clone. Nothing else, no manual, nothing but a shaped foam insert that the Hades clone fits into. Only two things I expect from clones: 1) that it works; and, 2) that it's inexpensive. This unit certainly is inexpensive at less than 1/4 the price of its inspiration. On the first, though, I was disappointed. It didn't work. It's a mechanical device – how can it NOT work??
It's hard to see in a low resolution internet picture ... at the right, if you look at the holes, you will see part of the problem. The drilling artifacts were not removed or cleaned. The holes have sharp metal and metal shards still in the hole and protruding out the back (in the battery tube area). Also focus near the holes on the inside. See that shiny spot near the back hole on the inside of the tube? That's extra metal that was not removed, and it's right beside metal sticking out from the hole that is an artifact of drilling the hole.
What this means is that I was unable to insert the battery in the tube. I didn't think of checking the inside of the tube before trying to install the battery. I ended up tearing the battery outer plastic protective sleeve and still could not get it in. For a clone, the device looks great, but the quality control is not. Someone should have caught the unfinished inner tube. However, it is also quite inexpensive and I did not mind cleaning up this small issue. It only took about three minutes to file down the protruding metal, clean out the holes and sand the inside of the tube so that it would be nice and smooth. After getting that done, the battery is a perfect fit and slides in nicely with no slop.
You should also note from the picture at the right that the threads on the Hades are superb. They are nicely machined and fit together perfectly. It is buttery smooth with no drag or squeaking. The unit I received is entirely chromed (likely brass). It is reasonably comfortable in the hand, slightly larger than I am used to, but not overly large like the 26650 Black Stingray. It'll be easy to get used to this.
The first battery that I tried with this had most of the plastic sleeve torn off trying to insert it into the Hades before I fixed it. Too bad too, it wsa a 60 amp Efest 3000 mAh IMR battery that Canvape.com supplied for the review. Not that I didn't try: and now a warning to you all: a battery without its plastic sleeve is in power mode all the time, you don't even have to press the firing switch. Darn near ruined my Kayfun 3.1 Svoemesto too. I managed to find a 60 amp Efest 3500 mAh IMR. Almost the same spec, should last an extra 1/2 hour or so more than the original. 60 amps, good gawd ... I put the Kayfun on this and it hits. Feels like a Mack truck forgot to slow down and rammed into your throat.
The Efest is a protected IMR battery (the ones I have are all flat top). There is absolutely no way I would use an unprotected battery on a mechanical like this.
The top of the Hades clone has four air flow slots. If your atomizer's air flow is through the 510 connection, the air slots provide the channel for the air to flow. The top also features a floating connection pin. This is great for those devices that do not have an adjustable 510 connector.
One of the main parts of a mechanical is the firing button. Most are at the bottom. You "palm" the mechanical in your hand and use either your baby finger or fourth finger to pull up on the switch to fire the atomizer. This is where most of my concerns were. I have read that the firing pins are very hard to slide up with springs that are too hard to push in (or pull in). Even magnetic switches are hard to work. Certainly that was the case with the Black Stingray I tried a few weeks back. This Hades clone surprised me, though. It is fairly simple to fire, the spring is neither too tight nor too loose – yet, I can set it down with a stainless steel Kayfun full of eLiquid and it does not fire by itself (like most mods would). It's a well balanced spring. If it had been any different, I'd be sitting on the computer ordering magnets by now. I don't plan on replacing this spring setup on the Hades. There's also a reverse threaded locking ring for those times that you want to stop using the device for awhile and you do not want to risk it firing while you are not with the device. I keep talking about flat top batteries, but you can also use button top batteries with the Hades clone. There is an adjustment on the firing pin inside that lets you shorten the connection a bit.
The chrome finish combined with the brushed stainless steel of the Kayfun are a nice pair. The Kayfun diameter is 21.9 mm ... that's about 7 mm less than the Hades, yet the stepping effect fits in nicely with the stepping effect from the bottom of the Hades itself. It doesn't look out of place.
How does this mechanical vape? Well, one of the advantages of a mechanical device is that it is unregulated – that's also one of its disadvantages, by the way. Because it is unregulated, you are getting the full benefit of the voltage without a circuit modulating the frequency or altering the power in any way. What you get is a pure connection of power at full amperage firing your atomizer coil exactly as you want it to and exactly as you expect it to. With a quality atomizer like the Kayfun (by the way, also supplied by Canvape.com), you get an incredibly smooth vape. This is by far the best vape experience with this Kayfun that I have had to date. Now, mind you, this is with a fully charged Efest 3500 mAh 60 amp IMR battery – fully charged, it is at 4.1 volts. That should last above the 3.7 volt that battery is rated at for several hours. I expect the Efest to last a full 30 to 35 hours ... that's pretty much two and a half days of vaping ... before needing a recharge. Two and a half days of blissful vaping.
So what's the verdict? Canvape has the Hades clone online for $49.95 . That's less than one-quarter of the price of an authentic Hades. Canvape has four finished to choose from: Polished Brass (Gold Tone), Black, Rainbow, in addition to the Chrome unit. Pair that with the Efest 3000 mAh 60 amp battery that Canvape sells for $13.95 and you have one powerful and long lasting device. I want to point out that this is not for everyone. The Hades clone and a battery is not all that you need if you use a mechanical: you'll also need a charger and a knack for fiddling with things. You can use a mechanical with a regular clearomizer – the Nautilus and Aerotank Mega are particularly suited to a mechanical – but the real experience of unregulated power is best with a rebuildable atomizer (RBA) or rebuildable dripper atomizer (RDA). Both RBA and RDA atomizers have their own set of needs including manually rebuilt coils. It's really up to you. A small segment of vapers treat vaping as a hobby too, and most of those use mechanicals. Mechanicals are also the choice of "cloud chasers", that is those vapers that exploit the unregulated power and self-built coils to get to sub-ohm levels – and huge clouds of vapor. If you are vaping as part of your own stop smoking strategy, mechanicals are bit out there and not your best choice. They do not provide the convenience of just swapping out a pre-made coil in a clearomizer, they do not provide the convenience of "dialing-in" your wattage or voltage.