The Rig V3 is a mechanical mod from Vaping AMP. It is available in different materials but the version we are reviewing here is made out of solid copper. The top cap has a traditional two screw assembly to accommodate variances in battery size between manufacturers, and to eliminate battery rattle.
The switch is also solid copper and has an “anti-spin” feature to keep the button in position. The throw on the switch recesses into the mod, so there is no need for a locking mechanism. The switch incorporates a spring for resistance, which is a four-pound automotive grade spring. The finish is a black cerakote, with the branding picked out in exposed copper showing through. The mod is powered by a high drain, high current, 18650 battery which is sold separately.
The Roughneck BAMF Atomizer has a two post deck with clamps to secure your leads.
It is a hybrid atomizer, meaning it screws directly into the top of the mod without the use of the 510 top cap. It will not work on any other device (except other Rig V3 mods and the Rig Pig) without a 510 adapter. The positive connection on the atomizer is copper and is wide based so it will cover the entire positive post on a flat top 18650 battery. The deck, posts, screws, and clamps on the atomizer are made of stainless steel. The sleeve is made of copper, and has 3 O rings set into the sleeve to hold it to the deck and the mouthpiece in place. The mouthpiece is made of black delrin. The atomizer is designed to provide direct airflow to the coil from underneath and the airflow is adjustable via the atomizer sleeve. It only has settings for dual airflow with no adjustment for a single coil build.
This isn’t the traditional Roughneck design. They have gone away from post holes and incorporated a clamp system instead. It’s not a terrible design but I’m not particularly crazy about it either. The plates are not spring loaded so it takes a little fidgeting to set your leads up behind the plates, and this limits the types of wire you can use in it. I have found that any wire smaller than a 22 gauge Kanthal will not get a good solid connection on this deck. I’m not saying you can’t use thinner wires I just found some movement in the leads with 24 gauge even with the clamps fully tightened and that is particularly bad on an atomizer designed to be used on a mechanical mod. It will fit larger coils, such as fused claptons, but the wire has to be twisted to the side to get in there which could, potentially, mess with a longer type fused Clapton coil; but they will fit, and you do get a good solid contact on them. With this build in place this thing vapes like a champ. It is a very hard hitting device with the direct contact to the battery post.
The new airflow on this device is phenomenal. If you’ve used a Kennedy atomizer then you know how good the flavour is on a device that gets its airflow from underneath the coil. Compared with the Kennedy, this one gets a lot more air into the chamber on its wide open setting. Unlike the Kennedy, the airflow is adjustable. I’m running mine right about half open and that works perfectly for me.