April 2016

Nephos Mod Tech

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By Chris Mellides

The Nephos mechanical mod, manufactured by Nephos Cloud, is an imposing mod that is as beautifully crafted as it is stout.

The Nephos stands 76mm in height, boasts 3mm thick walls and features a unique button housing measuring 11mm tall. The tube itself is 24.5mm in diameter and tapers to 22mm at the top cap making drippers and tanks with elongated 510 connections look the part.

At its core, the Nephos is constructed out of C101 grade 100 percent oxygen free copper, and is available in two distinct styles.

The first is the Copper Nephos, which has a glossy copper finish that will need an occasional polish to maintain its luster. The second is the Silver Nephos Elite. The Elite requires less maintenance, as the tube, top cap and switch have been plated four times over with .999 grade silver.

The product I received for review was the Copper Nephos, and as far as mech mods go, this is a nice one. The tube is emblazoned with very deep engravings of Greek characters spelling out “Nephos”, which roughly translates to “large dense cloud” in English. A name that’s certainly not lost on this device.

As you can expect from most high-end American made devices, the build quality of this mod is superb and with an 18650 battery and atomizer installed, it’s got a hefty weight that feels very substantial — making the device comfortable enough to hold, but solid enough that it could survive a drop and continue to perform just as it did the day it was purchased.

The term “hard hitter” is one used more often than not to describe exceptional performance. So much so that it’s lost a lot of its meaning. However, make no mistake about it, the Nephos does hit hard, and for a number of different reasons.

The Nephos makes use of a hybrid 510 connection, where the 510 pin on your favorite atomizers make direct contact with the 18650 battery housed inside the mod. This minimizes voltage drop for optimal performance and is a feature you’ll see on many of today’s mech mods.

Unlike many of the current mech mods on the market however, the Nephos hardly has any threading, which further reduces voltage drop and allows the mech to preform that much better. In fact, the only threading you’ll find is at the 510 connection and the mod’s firing pin.

The top portion of the Nephos is press fitted onto the body using six tons of pressure, so the odds of those two pieces separating are slim. Additionally, rather than screwing onto the tube, the mod’s switch is also press fitted and is held in place by a durable fluorocarbon O-ring, which the manufacturer claims can withstand higher temperatures and is more durable than traditional O-rings. This design also makes it easy to remove the switch and swap out batteries on the fly, which is great.

A sturdy, silver plated beryllium copper spring provides a good amount of resistance in the throw of the switch, which was not at all hard to push. The fire button is very responsive as well. I didn’t experience any misfiring whatsoever, nor were there any hot button issues and there was no crunchiness experienced when firing the device either.

As far as adjusting for battery rattle, a removable ring of what I wager is made of acrylic, surrounds the copper contact and can be adjusted in and out to get rid of any slack in the mod—much like the Limitless mod.

What I did find was that when the Nephos is cool, say it hasn’t been used in a while, the switch assembly doesn’t feel very secure when press fitted into the tube. It’s a little odd, but I found significant play in the switch.

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Just like any other mech, through continued usage the device tends to heat up a bit, and it’s at this point that the switch on the Nephos seems perfectly secure and there’s no play or wobbling to speak of.

As with any copper mod something you’ll have to remember with the Copper Nephos is that your hands will likely smell of pennies following repeated use of the device.

The good news is that you’ve got a mod that’s highly conductive, given its copper construction, and I’m betting if you’re a fan of copper already you probably wouldn’t mind the scent anyway.

I would well imagine that the Silver Nephos Elite will not have this issue since it is plated copper, so there’s always that option if you’re willing to fork over the extra cash.

While we’re on that topic, the Copper Nephos retails for $175 and the Silver Nephos Elite sells for $250, which is a lot of dosh, but depending on your budget and tastes it may be well worth the cost.

According to the manufacturer, the Nephos will soon be available in a variety of different colors. They include: black, red, blue and white and are appropriately dubbed “Midnight”, “Ares”, “Poseidon” and “Zeus,” respectively.

I received this mod for review from Matthew “Grim” Elliott at Vapeworx in Commack, NY. The Nephos is available for purchase online directly through the manufacturer at: nephos-cloud.com.