Drip Tips, with Grant! – High Quality Clones

Greetings vape fans, and welcome to the first installment of Drip Tips, your blog for everything relating to RDAs, Mech mods, and high wattage regulated devices! Our first blog is going to focus on High quality clones, and what to avoid. Strap in folks, here we go!


There are dozens of companies out there now who are cloning popular authentics for release to market. While some people would agree that the e-cig clone industry is unjust and steals money from the original manufacturers, I would beg to differ. In my own opinion, The clone market only helps these manufacturers to get their name and brand out. Let’s face it, most clones are nowhere close to the real thing. There are some out there that come very close, but in my experience, authentics are just built better. From the material, to the machining, an authentic mod from a quality manufacturer will give you a better experience in most cases. What the clone market does for them, is make it possible for average joes to use what I would call a “trial run” by using a less expensive copy of their mod. “How does this help?” you may be asking?

The first Mech mod that I owned was a Cartel clone from Infinite. I loved the styling, the function, and the performance I was able to get out of it. In fact, I loved it so much that a few months later, I shelled out the cash for the authentic. The truth is, that most people don’t feel comfortable spending that much on anything, let alone an e-cig. I found it very beneficial to me to go with the clone first and I think that most others feel that way as well.

What does need to stop, is the use of trademarked designs and logos on clones. In my opinion, when a company does this they are doing two things: A) They are stealing trademarked property, and B) they are presenting their product to be made by a company that is not the actual manufacturer. This is plain and simply not how business is done in my honest opinion. More can be gained from respect than by stealing someone elses brand and reputation in order to benefit your bottom line. The relationship between Innokin and Evolv is a perfect example of how two companies, one in China and one in the US, can work together to bring out amazing products like the SVD 2.0.

As an avid clone enthusiast, I don’t want to see clones go away, but I do think there is a problem with how they are marketed. Brick and mortar stores should not be selling clones as authentics, as some vape shops even in my neck of the woods do. It degrades the vaping industry as a whole and only benefits the ones lying about their products and stealing from other companies. It is very difficult not to mention expensive for small American manufacturers to go after these Chinese clone companies, and in some cases, it is almost impossible. We as consumers can do something about it and we should! If the clone you wish to buy has a logo on it, or a brick and mortar is selling “authentic” RDAs for $30, then shop somewhere else! Let’s tell them with our money, that we don’t approve of what they are doing. If the bottomline is affected, they will listen. Instead, shop with businesses that order unmarked clones and advertise them as such. Here at MBV, any clone that we sell is unmarked, and labeled as a clone. We do this to respect the authentic manufacturer’s name and reputation but also so that people can afford to use RDAs as well.

So don’t be afraid to buy a clone, 99% of the clones I’ve tried have been marvelous. Just make sure that we are being respectful, as always, and that we do our best to keep our vendors honest when it comes to the hardware they are selling!

What’s your favorite clone mod?

By Grant

Tim Mechling

Tim is Mt Baker Vapor's resident creative weirdo. He writes, composes music, draws, designs, produces podcasts, investigates, and blows the trumpet for the Common Man.

  • Robert says:

    I want to try this but it just seems like to much work.

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