Squid Industries Squad





dustmite

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I've been eyeing up a Squad with the RBA. There's some great reviews, but very little talk of how people like it in real life. Anyone have one? Is it worth it's price? Is there a better compact rebuildable available without going the billet box route?
 

Theboss

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I've been eyeing up a Squad with the RBA. There's some great reviews, but very little talk of how people like it in real life. Anyone have one? Is it worth it's price? Is there a better compact rebuildable available without going the billet box route?
The DotAio w/rba seems to be getting good feedback from real users.

There's one in the hardware section courtesy of Gadget!
 

dustmite

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Well, I missed out on the DotAIO, so I just ordered the Squad with RBA. I'll update this thread with my thoughts when I get it.
 

fhpe77

Member For 2 Years
I just received a Squid Squad yesterday. I was looking for a device to take some of the load off of the Myjet that I have been relying on for stealth vaping. Myjet's and replacement pods are getting harder and harder to find. I was rebuilding my pods almost every night after running ~1.5 tanks per day through them. You can stretch to two days but they would become pretty crappy by mid-day on the second day. The rebuild includes burning/re-spacing the coil and re-wicking. I can usually get 6 weeks out of a Myjet pod but they are pretty degraded after only three weeks of use. I am also not real happy with the plastic construction.

The Squid Squad features a stainless steel and glass RBA/tank so the plastic has been eliminated from my diet. The deck is tiny so building it may be a challenge for some folks. I purchased some 32 Ga and 30 Ga SS316L from Advanced Vape Supply and started with the hair-like 32 Ga. Six wraps at 2 mm ID resulted in a 1.25 ohms resistance spaced coil, close to the Myjet's seven wraps at 1.5 mm ID Kanthal coil. Be careful tightening the post screws, I managed to destroy the first coil because I over tightened the post screws and they cut through the legs. Wicking is tricky and can distort the coil so I didn't go real tight with the cotton.

The performance is great with my usual 50 MG salt juice. The coil ramps up instantly and I'm running it at 12.5 W for best flavor. The flavor is better than the Myjet. You have to close off the airflow all the way to get a restrictive MTL hit and even then, it's slightly less restrictive than the Myjet. Hopefully the 2 mm coil's increased cotton compared to the Myjet's 1.5 mm coil allows me to go a few days between rebuilds.

So far I am loving it. I can use this device in the car and around the house and reserve the Myjet for office/restaurant/bar/movie theater duty (if the county ever opens up again).

My only complaints are the silicone fill port stopper and the lack of TC mode but I can deal with the stopper and live without TC on this little device. Next up, I'm going to try a ten wrap, 2 mm ID 30 GA SS316L coil. While ramp up will be slower but building should be less fiddly. I will update this thread with my findings (sorry for the hi-jack dustmite, but you never did give us an update.

-Ray
 

fhpe77

Member For 2 Years
Update...I rebuilt last night to try the 30 Ga wire. The intention was to build a ten turn, 2 mm ID, 1.24 ohm coil but my beer buzz made me a little over enthusiastic when I was winding the coil. I ended up with twelve turn, 2 mm ID, 1.47 ohm coil. This coil is slightly spaced and it's length is nearing the limits of what can be fit into this device. Flavor is better than the old coil and the throat hit is less harsh. You can still feel it but it's smoother. Of course the added coil mass requires additional power, so now it's running at 15 watts. Ramp time is still instantaneous. Holding the fire button for ~2 seconds produces a great hit. I suspect that battery life will be slightly diminished but it looks like it will last more than a day. Overall great device, I suspect that the Myjet is not going to be seeing much use anymore. The next build will be a ten turn, 2 mm ID, 30 Ga coil if I can manage to do it with out the assistance of beer. I will post a follow-up when that happens.
 

hawkwind5usa

Member For 1 Year
What's the latest on your coil quest for the Squid Squad RBA. I am done with the Breeze 2. Too many broken retainer clips leaving me unable to repair the last one I have working, also finding replacement .6 ohm coils has me at a loss. I am now looking at replacing with a Squad. Any pros or cons since owning it?
Thanks in advance.
 

natebuchanan

Member For 2 Years
I’ve had my Squad for about 6 months, and I love it. The RBA, although small, is fairly easy to use. I’ve been able to use round wire and a twisted ribbon wire in it, and I’ve been very impressed. It’s nice that the glass tank is set internally, so less chance of breaking it if you drop it. As @fhpe77 has stated, the silicone plug for refills could be a future point of failure, but knowing that I’m super careful with it. I’ve got quite a few pod/AIO kits, including a couple of billet boxes, and the Squad is near the top of the list. BB’s are extra-super customizable, but also expensive, and larger than the Squad. I can get a great restricted lung hit from my Squad, as well as a fairly decent MTL with the AFC almost closed. It definitely has a spot in my rotation. I hope this helps!
 

hawkwind5usa

Member For 1 Year
Ordered one from the factory a couple days ago looks like a good system. Got tired of the broken retainer clips on the Breeze 2. The Squad looks pretty rugged and I like that it's rebuildable, the Breeze 2 coils are getting harder to find.
 

fhpe77

Member For 2 Years
I settled on an 11 turn, 30 Ga SS316 coil. The solution to the problem of the post screws shearing off the coil legs: Just cut the legs longer, then bend them in the middle 180 degrees to double up the leg thickness. Seems like the coil resistance measurement fluctuates less as well. 15 watts is plenty of power for this coil. Fast ramp and great flavor. The battery lasts me all day which translates to approximately 1.5 tanks worth of 50 mg liquid for me. The silicone plug is a problem now as it has started to tear. Unfortunately my unit did not ship with a spare plug or spare lower tank gasket. I did reach out to Squid Industries via email a couple of weeks ago inquiring about spare parts but have not heard back. I really like this device but it's going to suck if something like a silicone plug ends it's usefulness.
 

hawkwind5usa

Member For 1 Year
Thanks for the coil recommendation. I notice the stock coil gunks up on the wife after 2 days. She's running it at 12.5 watts with 9mg salt nic. The juice does have alot of sweetener but thats what she likes. I agree that they should include some spare parts. If the fill plug fails your stuck buying another tank. Squid sells replacement glass, they should also carry replacement fill plugs.
 

fhpe77

Member For 2 Years
Hawk,

Yeah, I'm rebuilding every two days. Juice does have an impact. I found that Glas Fizzy Lemonade gunks it up in a day. Darn thing stops wicking properly. Dinner Lady salts don't seem to cause the non-wicking problem but flavor is reduced after two days of use. I find the coil pretty much gunked up. I think it's the nature of the beast. A tiny coil (2 mm ID) with a tiny wick, makes sense that it won't last as long compared to a full sized rebuildable tank with a 3 mm coil. The two day rebuilds are an improvement for me compared to the daily Myjet rebuilds, so I'm not complaining. I have always felt that vaping should require more work than simply opening a new pack of cigs, or in my case, opening up a new can of dip. Probably why I embraced rebuildables early on.
 

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