Tobeco Flip from Canvape
It's rare to describe something made of stainless steel as "beautiful" ... this is one gorgeous device. It's awful difficult to take a picture of something this detailed and get a good enough look ... but have a look at this at the right. The metal milling work on this is extreme.
The Tobeco Flip works with 18500 and 18650 batteries. I know it is advertised for 18350 batteries too, but the only way to use an 18350 battery is with a Kick or filler. There is no way to work these tubes so that you end up with just the 18350 battery.
Fortunately, I had an 18350/Kick combination, an 18500 and 18650 all to try this out.
A couple of things first: if you are looking for perfection out of this clone, you won't find it. There are some artifacts from the metal milling work ... you might be able to sand those out (or use a Dremel to clean it up). The artifacts are nothing more than the back and forth motion of the milling bit. If this were more expensive, I would expect it to be perfect, but this is an inexpensive clone that simply looks great and works perfectly. There are no metal shavings or artifacts to clean up as I have seen on other clones, this is much better than most.
What you get in the gift box is pretty basic and simple. There is no manual or instructions: hey, it's a mechanical device – insert battery, screw on a 510 atomizer, press button and vape.
The Tobeco Flip has a nicely slotted top with 510 connector. The top is screwed onto the first "flip" extension. The bottom firing cap feels like it is spring loaded, but there is no way to check. I was unable to take it apart to look. That screws into the second "flip" extension. The center tube is for the 18 series battery. All parts are milled with extensive and detailed scroll work.
Let's start at the bottom.
The firing button slides smoothly. The travel distance is about one-eight of an inch. The only aspect of this that will take some getting used to is the mill work in the bottom cap. When you press that with your finger, you feel it. And, it's a bit on the sharp side. You'll like the look, though, and get used to that. There is a locking feature by twisting the firing button. Twist to lock, twist the opposite direction to unlock. It works by a "detente" type pin. Mine was a bit hard to twist and required holding the wider edge firmly and twisting the lower portion with some force. Same with unlocking. That being said, I doubt most would use the lock. The spring is well balanced to fire and does not require undue pressure to activate. The spring is firm enough, too, so that it will not misfire if you set the Tobeco Flip down even with a fully loaded atomizer on the top. I also need to point out that other than the milled design at the bottom of the firing button, there is nothing else. Most clones have a serial number and some attempt to approximate the original text work, but not with the Tobeco. I like this.
The firing button screws into a wider extension tube that "flips". Both ends are threaded the same, but one end has a limiter preventing it from being threaded onto the center tube too far. The top extension tube "flips" as well. Use both in their shortest configuration and that accommodates an 18500 battery, or an 18350 with a Kick. Use on at its shortest, one at its longest, and you accommodate an 18650, or an 18500 with a Kick.. Use both at their longest and you can fit in an 18650 with a Kick. There is no way to use an 18350 by itself.
The top is very well designed and built. While the visible area is quite narrow, remove it from the Tobeco Flip and it is perfect for all possible tanks with a 510 connector. The bottom, closest to the battery, has an adjustable wide finger tightened screw to accommodate any type of battery (flat or button). That is set in a delrin plastic threaded component so that you can adjust for even the most difficult 510 atomizer connector. The 510 connector pin itself is spring loaded. Can't get any better than this.
Both the bottom firing inner button and top battery inner button appear to be silver plated. Voltage drop off is at a minimum.
Now for some dimensions ...
At its widest (the extension tubes), this is 25.8 mm (1.01 in.). At its narrowest (center tube) it is 22.4 mm (0.88 in.). The height with the extensions at their shortest is 88.5 mm (3.48 in.). With one extension at its longest and one at its shortest, it is 102.8 mm (4.05 in.) long. At its longest it is 115.57 mm (4.55 in.) long.
What's the verdict? Is it worth it? Yes, yes, and yes again. I see quite a few different mechanical mods. Most are laser etched with some fancy thin lines so approximate a ship, or some other graphic. This is by far one of the most complex machined (or milled) stainless steel devices I have ever seen. It's attractive and fully funcitonal. You'll be amazed at this level of a "customized" look for such a low price.
Canvape.com have this in inventory for the low price of $59.95. Well worth every penny of that too. My thanks to Canvape for providing this for testing and review. I like this better than the Nemesis clone I have ... even though the Tobeco Flip has a spring and the Nemesis has magnets, this Tobeco Flip fires just as nicely. I haven't mentioned it anywhere else in this test/review, but the threads are nice and smooth on this – and there are a lot of threads.