Noisy Cricket Series Mechanical Mod
I’ve recently found myself feeling nostalgic for some unregulated mods. After running through my collection, and thinking hard about the potential danger involved, I went ahead and combined two Nemesis style mods to make a series tube mod that I affectionately call the Frankenclone. After trying this animal for a couple days, I decided I wanted a series mechanical mod. I settled on trying out the Noisy Cricket mod from Wismec and Jaybo. Since I got it a couple weeks ago, I have used it exclusively unless I had a reason not to, and below is my review of this awesome little box.
Before I get into my review, I need to speak to the safety issues with both hybrid style mechanical mods and series battery setups in mechanical mods. Always make sure your atomizer’s 510 positive connection pin extends far enough that the negative connection threads will not contact the top of your battery, or you will create a hard short and your batteries will vent/explode/catch fire. Also remember that batteries in series will deliver double the voltage (4.2 x 2 = 8.4v), but only the rated amperage of a single battery, so make sure you observe ohms law, do not build extremely low, and test for your expected resistance with a meter to make sure you dont have any shorts.
Enough of that and onto the review.
The Noisy Cricket is an extremely compact series battery mechanical box mod with a very short button throw and a hybrid atomizer connection. My first impression is that it is extremely rowdy, and it will definitely go toe to toe with the most powerful regulated devices out there if your batteries and build are up the test.
- Height: 76mm
- Width: 49mm
- Depth: 22mm
- Capactiy: 2 x 18650 flat top batteries
- Materials: Aluminum, Brass, Delrin
- 510 Connection: Vented solid brass hybrid
- Switch: Vented, spring actuated short throw brass, Delrin/Nylon button & insulator
- Extremely rowdy vape, far and away the hardest hitting mech mod I’ve tried
- Very small. Completely disappears in my hand with a Derringer style RDA
- Affordable at <$50
- Extremely well ventilated both top and bottom of both barrels
- Would have liked to see a brass button instead of plastic, or a spare plastic one.
- While aluminum works fine, I’d like to see this in solid copper and solid brass as well.
- The threading and general machine work could be smoother/more precise
- It can be quite a bit of effort to change batteries.
I’m sticking mostly to my first impression on this one. It is an incredibly compact, powerful mech mod that will deliver serious clouds. My typical .4 ohm 24g 316SS build looks like 15.5 wraps on a 3mm core, which fits about perfect in a 2 post RDA like the Velocity. It delivers huge clouds on only momentary puffs, 1-2 seconds, and with that build it wont task inexpensive 20 amp batteries beyond their ability. My kanthal build has been closer to .6 ohms, 12.5 wraps on a 3mm core to keep the temp flux reasonable. I like to keep my vape on the cool side of warm for the most part. I wrapped mine up in a layer of clear packing tape to keep it from getting scratched up, but other than that I just left it alone and vaped it.
I would not recommend this device for anyone that has not mastered rebuildable atomizers or anyone that does not possess a thorough understand of battery safety and ohms law. If you are a seasoned vape user, this device may be good for you. If this is your first series box, be prepared to be underwhelmed by your regular single/parallel battery mech mods or single battery regulated mods when you go back to them. Series batteries just make a ton of wattage.