Published on August 19th, 2019 | by Theo0
Wismec Reuleaux Tinker2 Kit Review
Summary: The Tinker 2 lives up to the usual Wismec quality standards while also offering a more compact direct-to-lung option than the original. Perfect for moderate wattage vaping, it also serves up the durable mod exterior many vapers are looking for.
Usual Wismec Quality
The Reuleaux Tinker2 is the latest kit from vaping giants Wismec. Like the Geek Vape Aegis line and recent Innokin Adept, it features an IP67 rated mod, which means it’s waterproof, shockproof and dustproof. This certainly seems to be a trend at the moment and one I’m happy to see. The original Tinker kit was a triple battery, 300w mod that was quite divisive. Many people weren’t a fan of its large, bulky and bulgy appearance. The Tinker 2 is a much smaller dual battery device that should have a wider appeal and appears, at first glance at least, to be a much more practical device all round.
Build Quality and Specifications
There’s quite a lot inside the box. You get the Tinker 2 mod, a Trough tank, a spare glass section, a spare parts bag, and a manual for both the device and the tank. There’s a couple of coils included, a 0.35 ohm single mesh and a 0.2 ohm dual mesh. There are four colours available, grey/green, blue/purple, red/black and an all black version which is what I have here to test. It’s made from what feels like a zinc alloy with a leather grip and rubbery sections. It’s feels nice in the hand and is fairly compact, measuring only 90mm tall, 53mm at its widest point and around 28mm deep.
With a maximum of 200w there’s more than enough power to drive even the biggest coils. The Wismec ‘Avatar’ chipset will be familiar to anyone who’s used a similar Wismec device before. Operationally the Tinker 2 is the same, but it has been given a new look. It’s a decent chipset and has a good user interface that’s fairly intuitive. As well as Variable wattage, there’s a good temperature control system as well as TCR adjustment and 3 memory slots. There’s also an optional pre-heat function.
The Tinker 2 has a nice colour display that is clear and sharp to read. The USB port is accessed via a rubber plug on the front of the device and can be used for firmware upgrades and charging. While the plug is there to keep the device waterproof, I didn’t have any problems removing it when needed. Overall it feels like a very tough mod, the key selling points obviously being its ruggedness and IP67 rating, but the Tinker 2 feels well made in other respects too. The buttons, 510 connection, battery door and the Trough tank all feel well constructed and of a high quality.
Tank and Flavour Performance
Thanks to the UK’s TPD implementation we get the 2ml version of the Trough tank, however it may be possible to make its capacity bigger with a bubble glass or extension piece later. Thankfully it’s easy and mess-free to fill with its sliding top and large membrane covered fill port, so it’s not the end of the world. It has a gold plated 510 connection and a smart looking resin wide-bore drip tip.
Overall it’s a fairly compact and nice looking sub-tank. There’s plenty of airflow and it’s well machined all round. It uses the WT series coils that are available in several different types, included in the kit are the WT01 and WT02, single mesh and dual mesh types. The WT01 can be used from 30-50w so perfect for DTL use without needing to run very high wattage. I found at 30w the vapour was a little weak but around 40-45w the coil really started performing well with great flavour and a reasonable vapour production for a single coil.
The WT02 performed even better for me around 50w, with excellent flavour and great vapour production. In some respects it’s a fairly standard tank, but being able to use it under 50w and still get a satisfying vape is really important for people who are looking for reasonable battery life. The coils lasted longer than many other offerings too, with the flavour only starting to fade a little after a couple of weeks of use.
Overall Performance and Summary
The Tinker 2 kit has a lot of very positive things going for it. The IP67 rating being the obvious one and why most people will probably be drawn towards it. It’s also fairly simple to use, with a good menu system. I think it’s a serious contender to the Aegis Legend, especially if you are looking for a tough mod to use while working outside. The Trough Tank it comes with, while not spectacular, is a decent and solid choice too. Overall a great kit from Wismec that would suit anyone looking for a DTL device with good battery life and above average flavour. Even if you don’t really need the rugged exterior or IP67 rating it would still be worthy of your attention.