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    I've been modding mine. I have given it a bit of a polish (not mirror but it has a nice shimmer about it.)

    I also bored out the tank air hole on mine to 3mm to help increase wicking, definitely a big improvement.
    Next plan is to increase the wick hole ever so slightly, just so the wick is a slightly looser fit this will also aid in wicking and I should never see the likes of a dry hit again!

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    Did some serious modding on it today, it's no longer some whimpering runt of the litter in the far corner but a full grown wolf with a serious bite!

    full pics and details to come tomorrow but as for now, here's one pic of the finished product.


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    Rather than calling my mods to my mod, mods, I will be calling them alterations. After all, when you say mod, a mod comes to mind, not a modification.


    Alteration One:

    With the upgrade kit attached, I drilled a 3mm hole (you can go smaller if you like, but I wanted to make sure I got rid of those dry hits!) through the tank air hole (located on the atty chamber base). I obviously did this with everything disassembled that needed to be.
    I used a vice with a rag to keep the part in place. Make sure you're drilling straight, otherwise you might damage the threads on the inner side of the piece.





    Alteration Two:

    Same as alteration one but through the tank.
    I drilled from the top for 2 reasons. One is explained below, the other, it was a hell of a lot easier!





    Alteration Three:

    Next, it was time for some sanding. Using 320 grit paper, I sanded out any rough edges from the drilling. Not much work for me as the drill bit was quite sharp.

    Just create a cone shape with a small piece of paper, insert in to drilled hole and run around the edges. Do this until you can run your finger over the hole and it feels completely smooth. When drilling a hole, the side with the drill attached will usually be completely smooth. This is good as some of these areas are making connection for electrical conductivity. Sand it just to be sure though.



    Alteration Four:

    I then pulled the top section apart, specifically, the upgrade kit. On the Delrin insulator/isolator, I used a Dremel grinding attachment that was slightly bigger than the wick hole and ran it through the wick hole. This probably increased the wick hole by only about 1mm but it was enough to loosen up the wick in the hole, allowing for faster wicking.


    The wicking issue (for me) is solved at this point but I wanted to lower voltage loss. I use low res coils and push my devices to their limits!


    Alteration Five:

    Time for some more sanding! Having already smoothed out the drilled holes, the rest of the sanding was extremely straight forward. There are 6ish major components to sand. The bottom of the upgrade kit (and screw head), the top of the tank, the bottom pin that protrudes from the bottom of the tank. The switch screw that makes contact with the battery, The inner square beam like thing and the part of the switch that slides up and down on that.

    I used 1500 grit paper to start off with, then finished it off with 2000. On the metal disc for the upgrade part, the tank top and pin, and the switch screw, I simply put the piece of sandpaper on the table and rubbed the parts on it in a circular fashion. For the post in the switch I simply used my finger and for the part that slides up and down I made a cone like in Alteration Three. Once the sanding was done, I cleaned all parts in water then isopropyl alcohol.

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    Alteration Six:

    This next one isn't so much of an alteration, just more of a maintenance and performance addition. I ever so slightly added some Noalox to the switch post, dipped the switch contact screw (threaded part) in Noalox and reassembled the switch. I reassembled the upgrade part, put Noalox on all the threads and I wiped away any excess.

    I then set up my coil and reused the wick.




    The S-dog was then given a polish with a cape cod polishing cloth and a silver polishing cloth to finish it all up and give it a nice shine.





    The difference is huge set up like this. No dry hits, bugger all voltage drop. The way the S-Dog was intended to be all along!

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    lol

    TLDR; drilled out tank air hole and cleaned it..
    In order of useful: Provari V2 and V1, vamo, eGo twist, Katana v3, Hex, Orion v2, LavaTube, eGo x 6, VMAX, 510N, Tick V2, Tick V1, noEgo 18650, noEgo 14650 , Indulgence x 2, 905 6v mod, KR808D



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    i never looked at the s dog. what was its claim to fame ?
    does it measure up?
    In order of useful: Provari V2 and V1, vamo, eGo twist, Katana v3, Hex, Orion v2, LavaTube, eGo x 6, VMAX, 510N, Tick V2, Tick V1, noEgo 18650, noEgo 14650 , Indulgence x 2, 905 6v mod, KR808D



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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoney View Post
    i never looked at the s dog. what was its claim to fame ?
    does it measure up?
    It's claim to fame was based on the hopes that Van, the creator/designer of the Katana, Line, Mini & Maxi would finally get it right.

    Upon release, parts were sub-par, I had to round out the part that holds different sized battery tubes as it was squashed and there was no chance in hell of getting a tube on. It's still stiff at a point but it's getting better.

    Apart from that, the switch was sketchy, huge voltage drop, dry hits and just poor manufacturing quality.
    Some people had no trouble, some people had some, some people had a heap.

    They said they wouldn't rush it and wouldn't release it until it was perfect, etc.. but that never happened.
    Even now they're making improvements for the next batch, although they had made the claim that there would be no need for improvements.
    It took about a year for them to release it.

    There's some innovations in it, and it is a nice device (once alterations are made, but that's just IMO).


    The above alterations were posted for Cruz as he was having trouble with his and he wanted to see what I did to get mine working. He was considering selling it but he wanted to hold out until he saw what I did to mine and possibly alter his own.

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    Van didn't make the Katana, that was peace of cake I think.

    Mine works great since the upgrade, before that actually as I added a mesh washer. But it should have come ready to use.

    Now there is going to be a version 2. Sounds a bit like the Chinese and their revisions.

    RC

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    Peace of cake made the katana. As long as they have a half decent machinist all should be good.
    Move along!!! Nothing to see here.

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    happy with mine to the point that i will get the revised one and keep the original that i got from ck.at first i thought wow no need to oxidis the wick and used it that way for about 12 days till the upgrade showed up.put in the upgrade and blew coils one after the other.needless to say i oxidise the wicks now.the only issue i have is the slight leak from the top cap ,which needs an oring to stop the leaks.i dont have the internal tank leak issue.they are very tough which is what i need for a day to day device.will buy an oring kit and spare delrin parts as they may need replacing in the future.have had no issues with the switch.excellent mod.
    RIP VP

 

 
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