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Pizza Dave Delivers - A Squonk Mod Review - The Avalanche 2X700 by Snow Cap Mods

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  1. pizzadave80

    pizzadave80 Gold Contributor Member For 3 Years

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    INTRODUCTION





    Hello everyone and welcome to another review. Today I will be going over the Avalanche 2X700 by Snow Cap Mods. The Avalanche is a 3d printed mechanical squonker. It consists of a lightweight material, small frame size, and an 8ml squonk bottle. It works with 21700 or 20700 batteries (using included sleeves), and could even work with an 18650 if you have a spare adapter laying around. Not too often unique, custom made items come across the review queue, so needless to say, I was very excited to get to this one. The owner reached out to me to review this product. Along the way, I received some of the best communication in the business, as we worked through the design to come up with something that fit my liking. In just a few weeks time, this went from the design phase to my door, and it was time for review. Let’s get right to it eh?




    DISCLAIMER: This device was sent to me by Snow Cap Mods for review.



    ******************** WARNING: This is a mechanical device, so please know battery safety and ohm's law before attempting to use a device like this.

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    WHAT YOU GET
    • 1 Avalanche 2X700 mod

    • 1 8mL silicone squonk bottle

    • 1 20700 carbon fiber adapter

    • 2 21700 battery wraps

    Since this device is 3d printed with both dying and paint options, the color options are vast. Visit their site for a full run down as it is too many to list here.


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    Battery: Single 21700, or 20700 with included sleeve

    Power Range: Mechanical

    Bottle Capacity: 8ml

    Other features: Locking Fire button, 3d printed design, and copper contacts





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    FIRST IMPRESSIONS


    Is this an empty box from China? It sure felt like it. Surprisingly enough, there was a little pouch within the box containing this absolutely tiny little squonker within. It is easily one of the most compact 21700 squonkers on the market, and due to the 3d printed body, it is extremely lightweight. The paint finish was exactly as expected, and was presented to me in many photos leading up to the delivery of this device, which also speaks to the kind of customer experience you will receive. I dug right into the guts of the device and found the fitment to be very snug with tolerances that are spot on. The bottle is a half round style, resting solid against the front of the mod, but with the rounded portion to the back for battery removal and I think this is a nice touch as well. Out of the gate, it is an impressive little device, but how does it function?

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    DESIGN / USE

    Let’s just start at the beginning with how we get into using the thing. FIrst off, you must remove the 20700 battery adapter. This is a carbon fiber sleeve designed to make a 20700 fit the width of the device snugly. This adapter is a bit of a bitch to remove, and I suggest some small tools at the top and bottom to aid in removal. It is easier with a battery inserted, but pushing on the empty sleeve can crack the carbon. Next, you need to pop out the squonk bottle. This is about as easy as any other, with two openings on the sides to stick your fingers in and pull it out. The bottle on this thing is damn nice actually. The silicone is soft, not stinky, and has a top cap makes for easy refills with less mess. There is nothing I hate more than refilling squonk bottles and oozing liquid everywhere and this bottle doesn’t do that unless you really try to. Now that it is juiced up, pop a battery in + down. I opted for Samsung 30Ts, and these snap right in and sit secure in the device.



    Bottle filled, battery inserted, now it is atomizer time. The Avalanche can fit up to a 24mm atomizer, and I opted for a single coil flavor banger this time around. With the entheon, and a .15-ohm coil primed and ready, let’s hit the button. WHOA! REALLY?! This thing hits like a truck. I was VERY surprised by this, as the size totally fooled me. It ramps up about the same as my SQ217, which up until this point was the reigning champion of mechanical squonkers that I have tried.





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    BUTTON

    Kind of an odd topic to discuss on it’s own, but I always like to talk about buttons when it comes to mechanical devices. This, like many mechanical squonkers, has a button that presses against the bus bar assembly to make contact with the 510 pin. This device uses a thin copper bus, so the press isn’t super hard, but not very floppy either. It is a nice, firm press, with a few mm of travel before contact. One feature of the Avalanche is a locking button. You rotate the button counter-clockwise 90 degrees and it will lock in place and cannot be pressed in. For a mod this small and pocketable, this is a great feature for sure.


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  2. pizzadave80

    pizzadave80 Gold Contributor Member For 3 Years

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    FINAL THOUGHTS


    Alright, so here we are at the end. What do I think of the Snow Cap Mods Avalanche 2X700? First off, the experience of design is top notch. I loved being able to see different color swatches of dyes and paint and going for a look that speaks to me. It was also amazing to see updates as the mod is built. The owner really gives you a custom experience that makes it that much more exciting. Then, the device is received and the excitement only continues. It is ungodly tiny, but also fits a 21700 which is a huge win. On the inside, the bottle has a great squeeze to it, and the top cap makes refills a little less of a pain than many of the bottles on the market. Next, you toss a fresh battery in and the thing hits like an NFL linebacker. This device has many pros, with just a few cons that I must mention. First off, removing the battery is a bit of a pain. This will loosen up and be less of a pain, but be ready for some mild frustration at first. You press it out through the squonk bottle opening, and it is super snug. This is a good thing though, as nobody wants batteries flying out. Speaking of batteries, not everyone will be into the exposed battery look. We see this a lot with high end squonkers out there, and many embrace this with cool battery wraps, but that design aspec just might not be for everyone. These really are the only cons I can think of with the device. It is tiny, hits hard, has decent capacity, fits a 21700m has a locking fire button, fits 24mm atomizers, and is a custom experience at a good price. That’s right, this is just $90 USD. If you start looking at other mods out there like this, you will easily reach $150-200 quickly, so that might be the biggest pro of all.


    Overall, I really like this mod. It vapes really great, the owner is a top notch person, and the device and experience are well worth the price tag.



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    OVEN TEST – If this were to accidentally fall into the pizza oven, would I go out and get another? Yes. It is worth it.




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    PROS

    • Tiny size

    • Solid feel, yet lightweight

    • 21700 battery

    • Locking button w/ a nice feel

    • 24mm atomizer compatibility

    • Affordable price for something “high end”


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    CONS



    • Batteries are VERY snug at first

    • Open battery design may not be for everyone


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    Thank you everyone for reading and thank you to Snow Cap Mods for sending this my way for review. If you are interested in picking one up, these are available for $90 USD plus shipping.







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    REVIEW CRITERIA: I use each item for about two weeks to ensure I have collected enough data to adequately write a review. I use the same e liquid in tanks or rdas throughout all my reviews to ensure that I am comparing apples to apples between all modern equipment. I do not post reviews until I feel confident that I have used it enough to give an educated review. The reason I started doing reviews was due to poor purchasing decisions in my vaping infancy about two years ago. Back then, I purchased several different pieces of hardware without really enjoying it and I hope my reviews can guide people into spending their hard-earned money more wisely than I did! ****Keep in mind that some items I receive may be pre-release and not in retail packaging. Quality may be less than the finished product and what is in the package may differ from the retail package as well.
     
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  3. MrMeowgi

    MrMeowgi The Vapin' Drummer Staff Member Senior Moderator VU Donator Diamond Contributor Member For 4 Years

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    Well Im sold. Great review
     
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  4. SnowCapMods

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    Hello Everyone,

    I am the owner, operator, assembler and everything else of the one man operation that is Snow Cap Mods. I would like to thank pizzadave80 for taking the time to review my mod!
    I would also like to address the cons that were offered up. No mod is perfect, but I would like everyone to know that I am doing my best to make a good mod.

    *Con #1: Batteries VERY snug at first*
    I have heard this from a few other customers, which has lead me to change the way I install the electrical contacts. Before the contacts were set to a very tight battery fit in the mod, and lay flush with the body. This created some snugness for the battery. So, I have instead made the contact dimples smaller and bend the top contact so there is some springiness. This has improved the battery fit, while allowing the body to clamp the battery tightly as designed.

    *Con #2: Open battery design not for everyone*
    This was something I thought about from the inception of this mod. The carbon fiber battery sleeve was included to give some peace of mind to this concern. The sleeve is hard and slides on an off to provide protection for the battery, in addition to a very cool look. Also, the body is designed to extend past the battery so that the battery will not make contact with the ground when dropped. I have seriously dropped this mod several times, and the battery has never flown out to date. Finally, the open battery design is what allows this mod to be its extremely small size. There are podmods/AIOs that are bigger than this 21700 squonk.

    Thanks again for your review, Dave!

    Contact info:
    www.snowcapmods.com
    www.facebook.com/snowcapmods
    www.instagram.com/snowcapmods
    Want to talk?: [email protected]
     
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  5. gsmit1

    gsmit1 Platinum Contributor Member For 2 Years

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    115 bucks shipped? That's not bad.
     
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  6. MrMeowgi

    MrMeowgi The Vapin' Drummer Staff Member Senior Moderator VU Donator Diamond Contributor Member For 4 Years

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    That's what I said. They look great. And it's a detailed order. Pretty much custom for you. Love it
     
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    looks nice. i like exposed batteries, can add some personalization that way.
     
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