The Fasttech Experience: shopping review

I ordered some e-cig hardware from Fasttech. I actually hadn’t ordered anything from them before, so I was pretty clueless on what to expect with regards to the timing and quality. I’ve read plenty of BAD reviews on Fasttech.

“…It’s too slow…”
“…It’s a crap product made in China…”
“…Blah blah blah negativity negativity…”

I’ve occasionally read some positive reviews.

“…Great price!…”

Anyways, I just wanted to publicize my shopping experience. I’m hoping that the transparency of my experience can help someone else make a more informed decision as a consumer. So here we go…

I ordered 2 products. The Kayfun Lite clone RDA said it was in stock and available for shipping-estimated arrival to Houston, TX in 6 business days. The GP PAPS clone mech mod said it was available to be shipped the next day-estimated arrival to Houston, TX in 6 business days. With no shipping charge and a total purchase price of $27.73, I pulled the trigger pretty quickly. My official order date was June 4, 2014.

I was given 2 options for a payment method-checkout as a guest using Paypal or set up an account with Paypal. I prefer to not have emails crowding my inboxes, so I opted to checkout as a guest using Paypal. The process was simple and easy. I immediately received 2 confirmation emails-

1. Order confirmation from Fasttech with tracking info
Order #
Link to track and change my order
Link to the invoice
Shipping address and method
Link to shipping ETA
Line item detail of items ordered, SKUs, and links to the product pages
Order total
Fasttech customer support contact info

2. Payment confirmation from Paypal for $27.73 to Fasttech
Receipt #
Merchant info
Shipping address
Line item purchase info including matching SKUs, quantity, and price
Order total
Credit card statement charge description PAYPAL *FASTTECH

So that’s a ton of very useful information. It’s a legit operation, and the documentation provided made that very clear.

I checked the shipping ETA information, and it suggested I would receive my items on June 11, 2014. This was the estimate to Houston, TX.

During the order process I did see that Fasttech ships the items so that there are no export/import taxes. It further suggested that the consumer is responsible for paying and reporting any necessary taxes. So the whole pricing structure makes even more sense, but it was an interesting disclaimer on the process.

I received the package on June 12, 2014. That’s pretty solid even thiugh it was a day past the ETA.

I opened the package and received exactly what I expected-the Kayfun Lite clone and GP PAPS clone. I’m not going into a review of those products, but they both were exactly what I ordered and asked for.

My conclusion is that Fasttech provided very economical products with relatively accurate shipping projections. I’m satisfied with the process.

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Space Jam Liquids

Space Jam e-liquid

Space Jam e-liquid was one of the first flavors I vaped and absolutely loved it.  These juices are a high quality product-consistent flavor, glass bottle and dropper, and somewhat complex flavor mixes.

15mL MSRP – $12
30mL MSRP – $24

Pluto and Astro in 6mg are never on the shelves in stores I walk into. These two are by far their best sellers, but all are definitely worth the price tag.

I can personally confirm the flavor notes and descriptions the company advertises. Here is a list description of their flavors per Space Jam Juice’s website (in descending order of popularity):

Astro – apple, strawberry
Pluto – honeydew melon, bubblegum, & a subtle hint of mint
Andromeda – pomegranate, blueberry
Starship 1 – vanilla custard, kiwi
Eclipse – cavendish tobacco, vanilla bean
Omega – peach, sweet cream

I will say that the distributor for Space Jam (eGains) has a bad reputation around the Houston area. Apparently, they distribute to just about any shop that will buy even if that means saturating the market. I don’t blame them for that. They are in the business of making a product and selling it…

Keep in mind, the liquid manufacturer and the distributor are not always the same company!

Parallel Builds

There’s no turning back now.

An employee at Vapor Trading Company (Colin) helped show me how to build parallel coils. I chose to use 28g Kanthal for a dual coil (technically there are really 4 coils) rig on my Patriot and ended up at ~.30 oHms.

Once he wicked in some cotton I put a random tropical flavor my friend made on and let it rip. It was hot hitting my throat and created what appeared to be sizable cumulus clouds you would see in the sky. Flavor was comparable to most builds with similar ohm’s, but those clouds and that heat… I didn’t realize I was hooked for about a week.

A few days after using the parallel build, I ripped it out and put in a single coil Kanthal 26g twisted wire at about ~.4 ohms to hone my twisting skills. It was a solid build, but something about vaping just didn’t feel right. It produced some serious vapor, and the flavor quality was on par with my experiences. Nonetheless, my throat seemed to be yearning for something that I couldn’t quite put my finger on.

After a couple of hours I ripped out the twisted wire and put in a simple 26g Kanthal dual coil at ~.40 ohms. More of the same. Quality vapor production and flavor on par with my expectations. I seriously questioned my building skills. What was I doing wrong? Am I really just that bad at building? It just felt like it didn’t hit quite right.

Truth be know-my builds were and are sufficient. Sometimes my builds go back and forth between decent to high quality builds, but this was not a skill-related issue. This was a heat related preference.

A parallel dual coil build is hot. Really hot. After all, it is technically 4 coils (an alternative to quad coils) with tons of surface area. I’ll also add that it’s less RBA real estate to manage and adjust.

For some people it’s too hot, but the heat has me hooked. I’m ok with that.

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