Took The Road Less Traveled...got lost.
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Thought I'd give you all a WTF. #stupid
Since household lines are usually in the 15A - 20A @! VAC, with the proper converter you can get a lot more then 50A out.Haha, he did that in 2010! It's a piece of classic vape engineering! Back then, something like that actually would have been pretty cool, even if it does look really silly.
But man, the car battery guy. Why is overpowering your coils like that a good thing? Even if your components really can handle it, it's stupid and pointless if you don't have a build and RDA that can handle it. Congratulations on your... ...scorching, normal-sized clouds from a car battery.
I'm actually all for big-power mods hooked up to some sort of stationary power source. Home vaping FTW. Many devices are already too big and clunky to be considered portable... ...might as well go all the way and have something that you commit to a location.
That one with the giant array of 18650's isn't the worst idea. The implementation just sucks. Obviously a box that big is going to be stationary. You don't want to be picking it up and hitting it - it's clunky as fuck! So make the atty/firing assembly a wired attachment and set the battery box down somewhere. For that many batteries, it's going to need reliable, integrated charging, which would be pretty pricey to implement on that scale. Not to mention, you'd want some smart regulation to distribute the drain evenly across all of those cells. 2-4 cells isn't a big deal, but when you have that many in parallel, you're gonna start seeing bigger voltage differences across cells.
Too bad. It would be a good thing to have at your desk. Hell, you can use it as a UPS, charging station, and vape! Take it camping, out on the boat, work, long car trips, carry it in your backpack at events, whatever!
Kind of unrelated... ...I really wanna see something that uses a linear wall wart for a power supply. 12v or even 16v DC power straight to the device. Cheap, safe, and easy enough to accommodate with current chips without modifying anything. Or, all of the regulation can be kept in a separate enclosure that stays on the coffee table with a line running out to the part you hold, which only needs a button and a 510. So the part you hold could have the form-factor of a tube or perhaps smaller, but still have all of the awesome features, not to mention a higher safety profile.
The only problem would be the current limits on household lines, but you can get around that with a 24v linear supply or by using a capacitor boosted SMPS.
From there, sky's the limit, both in terms of power and flexibility on the atty end of things. You can even hook up multiple atty attachments to supply the room - woulda said "Think vape shops/flavor bars/vape cons!" but now I don't know. :/
But still, have yourself a nice, big 100ml squonker easy. Not a bad thing to have in the bedroom or living room, or wherever you spend your downtime. Wanna keep a hulking 40mm tank that holds double-digit ml's by the couch, desk, or bed? There ya go! Just fill it up and leave it there! Isn't awkward to hold and is always ready. No getting up to change batteries, even!
Alternately, you could completely do away with the brick and have a proper switching power supply with rails to power multiple attachments, each with their own chip, putting all of the settings in everyone's hands.
You could also do this with those active meters. Same basic form factor... ...just a meter that you put on your desk, only you don't have to relegate mod batteries to it and you can actually test fire at the power levels the build is going to be run at (assuming you run high-powered builds.) And with a DC line running to it, you can incorporate all sorts of nice features into it. You can even keep the power linear - they make multi-voltage bricks with mini DIN connectors. Lotsa possibilities there.
I say all of this unironically. Something like that would be badass.