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Trendy Transformer – Wismec Reuleaux RX2/3 Review

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August 8 2016. The date set by the FDA’s Deeming Rules, after which no new vaping equipment shall be introduced into the US market without going through the PTMA process.

For mod manufactures, it’s pretty much the beginning of the Vapocalypse. So it’s not surprising that right now we’re seeing such a tsunami of new products hitting the market before the deadline hits.

And one such device is Wismec’s latest take on the venerable Realeaux line, which includes the first Realeaux of them all, the Reuleaux DNA200 – and the (arguably controversial) RX200 which came afterwards.

Say hello to the Reuleaux RX2/3.

INTRODUCTION

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(Disclaimer: The device on review is my personal mod, and has been aesthetically modified as per my personal preferences. It might not look exactly as what you would get from retail)

The Reuleaux DNA200 was a groundbreaking mod, being the one of the first DNA200 devices to hit the market, and possibly the first to come in a 3 x 18650 configuration.

As such, it was priced accordingly, pretty much in line with most of the other DNA200 mods available at the time. Which meant that it was pretty out of reach for most vapers with less-then-deep pockets.

To alleviate this issue, Wismec launched the cheaper RX200, which came in the same basic configuration but was powered by a JoyeTech chip. This new model threw Wismec right into the limelight (and not all for the right reasons) and proved to be an incredibly successful mod, even if it wasn’t without its faults.

Enter 2016, and the RX200s was released with marginal improvements (and that huge honking VTC screen).

The RX2/3 soon followed, undoubtedly part of Wismec’s last ditch release spree in lieu of August 8. Though, it was arguably a far more interesting “update” than the incremental RX200s ever was.

DESIGN / BUILD QUALITY

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As the latest and greatest member of the venerable RX200 “family”, the RX2/3 pretty much fits the mold set by the original Reuleaux, be it in shape, size and weight… except for one, very revolutionary addition: the switchable battery configuration.

Unlike the RX200/RX200s which ran the fixed 3 x 18650 setup that pretty much defined the RX200 line, the RX2/3 comes with the capability to switch between a 2 x 18650 (150W/200W post-FW Update) or a 3 x 18650 (200W/250W post-FW update) configuration.

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It does this with a fairly ingenious and yet deceptively simple way: Multiple battery doors. Packaged with the RX2/3 are two different doors, a flat-ish door for 2 cells and a deeper door holding the third cell for a 3 cell setup.

Whether or not this would prove to be problematic from a long term conductivity standpoint, considering that both setups rely on copper strips and contacts to complete the battery circuit, remains to be seen.

Similarly the conundrum that it presents from a “battery marriage” point of view (which, according to Mooch315, is pretty much a non-issue as long as the user “rotates” the 3 married batteries when used in 2-cell mode).

Notably, the battery door release button is actually placed at the bottom of the RX2/3, and protudes slightly so the mod does sit slightly un-flat on any surface. The battery door doesnt actually pop off or anything when the mod is out down though.

Moving on, we have the same nice big OLED screen from the VTC/RX200s handling display duties… though it seems to be a tad less bright then it was on the VTC. The elongated, Tron-esque fonts look cool, but isn’t really *that* helpful for legibility. It’s still a very good screen though, especially compared to the small screen that most other mods are equipped with (DNA mods, I’m talking about you).

As for controls, the firing button remains the same, while the +- buttons are now more similar to the Cuboid/Pico (single hinged button for + and -).

Next, we look at the 510, which is still pretty much the very same beloved (sic) JoyeTech unit built into nearly all of the mods made by every company under the iSmoka umbrella. Shallow, with limited, rubber dampened travel and with an unfortunate tendency to fail when used with atties with extra-long 510 pins (TFV4/8, Tornado), its pretty much infamous by now.

The only one implementation of this particular 510 design that is even close to being decent is the one on the iStick Pico.

Similarly, that microUSB port, which is still very much the same, flimsy port used on the Pico and VTC.

However, from a overall perspective, while it feels slightly less solid compared to the Pico, it’s roughly comparable to the VTC so it’s fairly well built in general.

Finally, the external finishing, which is pretty much the same as the one on a VTC (the Gold RX2/3 I have looks pretty much identical to my Gold VTC). It’s not the most durable finish out there, but at least it’s a whole lot better than the one on the Pico, ironically enough.

PERFORMANCE

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I really don’t have the “proper” equipment for “real” voltage testing. However, the ever trusty Daniel from DJSLBVapes has tested both the Cuboid (200W) and RX200 (250W) so it’s pretty plain to see that the JoyeTech chip inside the RX2/3 is pretty capable of its rated wattage.

However, wattage isn’t really all there is to performance – especially with the feature packed mods of today. Other parts that it has advertised would have to be on par as well.

Thankfully, in the case of the RX2/3, it’s actually pretty capable everywhere else too. In terms of TC, it does very well (for a non-DNA chip), especially with SS316L which is my current to-go material when it comes to TC.

Even the non-standard Twisted SS316L on my Tobeco Velocity V2 that has been giving so much issues in TC mode with my Pico AND VTC, has worked perfect so far on the RX2/3, so yeah, they might have improved the TC algorithms on the RX2/3’s JT chip.

Also, it does feel like it’s pumping better power through the 510 then the Pico/VTC, probably because it’s bucking to my preferred wattage rather then boosting.

The menu system is still pretty much using the typical JT “big-screen” scheme, which is pretty easy to figure out.

On the charging side, unfortunately that flimsy microUSB is still pretty much incapable of balanced charging (hence the warnings on the Wismec site about it being better to use an external charger). Not that you would wanna charge off that weak port anyway, though it’s still quite acceptable in case of emergencies.

VALUE
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Looking at it from the perspective of value, being both a 2-cell and a 3-cell mod all in the same box already makes the RX2/3 a pretty attractive proposition as it is.

Consider the fact that it’s available at around the same price as the old RX200 (around $40 from FT, and about $50-60 from local retailers), and seals the deal even more, considering that even the 2-cell-only Cuboid is retailing at around the $40-50 mark.

So yeah, despite the cons already discussed, the RX2/3 does present a very good value preposition for what it is.

CONCLUSION

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So, is the RX2/3 a worthy bearer of the Reuleaux name? Yep, I do think so, even though Wismec seem to have “avoided” fixing much of the issues that plagued the original RX (“sensitive” 510, weak microUSB with no balanced charging).

It’s a very decent mod indeed, especially for the price they’re asking for it. Plus the fact that it’s transformable actually nets it extra points, especially in terms of value.

Hence, despite its shortcomings, it’s probably fair that I rate the RX2/3 a solid 8, with a RECOMMENDED stamp on top of that.

It could have scored better if Wismec just worked on a a liiiitle bit more and fixed those recurrent flaws though.

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