Artery Cold Steel AK47 Review by Si Davies

Review Date: 
15.03.2021

Artery Cold Steel AK47 AIO Kit

Artery Cold Steel AK47 AIO Kit (HP Version) 

Supplied by the friendly folks at SourceMore for review.
https://www.sourcemore.com/artery-cold-steel-ak47-kit.html
$26.19 Artery Cold Steel AK47 Kit
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Having previously reviewed the Artery Cold Steel AIO Pod/Mod:
https://www.planetofthevapes.co.uk/reviews/pod-systems/artery-cold-steel-aio-pod-mod-kit.html
That was a great kit for DL and RDL, but the AK47 looked more suitable for MTL so I ‘bit the bullet’ and agreed to review it. Perhaps I’m ‘jumping the gun’ here but it’s rather good!

Artery Cold Steel AK47 AIO Kit review

Before I crack on, let’s address the elephant in the room: Guns! The AK47 is clearly styled around the worlds most manufactured assault rifle. Now I know this will offend or possibly outrage some folks, but not me, I honestly don’t care what they call it. They could call it ‘Monkey Spunk’ for all I care, the important thing for me is the looks and performance, so I am not going to let the gun theme affect my review, though I doubt I can resist gun puns along the way.

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Artery Cold Steel AK47 Starter Kit Details

  • Various coils options for different vaping needs: HP/NP/XP coils
  • Innovative dual airflow adjustment system
  • E-juice detectable technology
  • Changeable 510 drip tip: MTL or DTL
  • Easy bottom filling type
  • 4ml standard e-juice capacity
  • 1500mAh built-in battery capacity
  • Type-c quick charging with max 1.5A charging current
  • Multiple safety protections: Short-circuit/Over Heat/Over Current/Weak Battery/8s Cut-off/Low Voltage/Battery Over-charge Protection

These details mostly tick all the boxes for me, but when is ‘bottom filling’ ever easy? But there’s a few things that do stand out for me. The ‘E-juice detectable technology’ worked well enough on the AIO but I think it will be more effective on this kit due to the pods shape. The ‘Changeable 510 drip tip: MTL or DTL’, nice one, this came in handy later on. The 1500mAh battery is also very welcome for the size, and finally a decent charging current, USB-C at 1.5 Amps.

  • Size: 30.5 x 22 x 111mm
  • Weight: 125g
  • Material: Zinc alloy + PCTG
  • Maximum Wattage: 50W
  • Resistance Range: 0.4-1.2ohm
  • Coils
    • NP Version: NP 0.7ohm/1.2ohm Coil (also compatible with Nautilus BVC Coil)
    • XP Version: XP 0.4ohm/0.15ohm Coil
    • HP Version: HP 0.7ohm/1.2ohm Coil
  • E-juice Capacity Standard Version 4ml
  • Battery 1500mAh
  • Output Voltage 8V
  • Colours: Gun Metal, SS, Red, Camouflage

Unboxing and contents

The box is nothing special but is a of a good quality construction and everything is nicely packaged, though I am glad they didn’t plaster guns and bullets in the artwork (or indeed ‘Built For Killing’ on the white box).

Artery Cold Steel AK47 AIO Kit boxed

Opening up the inner box reveals the AK47 itself and a box of extras, I have to admit seeing the kit in real life brought a smile to my face. Forget the whole gun thing, it looks very art deco to me and I really liked the look of it.

Artery Cold Steel AK47 AIO Kit details

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Artery aren’t known for piling in the extras, no spare pod or bits n bobs, but I did notice the additional drip tip for MTL, and the USB-C cable was a decent and useable length.

Artery Cold Steel AK47 AIO Kit contents

I chose the HP version as I already love these coils, especially for MTL, but there are three different options for you to choose from: HP/XP/NP pod versions are all the same except the actual pod and coils:

  • 1* Cold Steel AK47 Mod
  • 1* Cold Steel AK47 Pod (HP or XP or NP Pod)
  • 1* Extra Coil (appropriate to the kit choice)
  • 1* Drip Tip
  • 1* Type-C Cable
  • 1* User Manual
  • 1* Warranty Card

First impressions

Picking up the AK47 for the first time, you notice how solid and weighty it is, deceivingly so as it’s only 125g. This is so far typical of the Cold Steel range and I really like it as something different. I have no preference as I appreciate really lightweight stuff but I also like some heavy kits too. This is pocket friendly but definitely not shirt pocket. It does feel a bit different in the hand as it feels really tactile with all of the chassis moulding. There are no hard edges and the fire button (or trigger?) feels intuitive for either index finger or thumb firing.

Artery Cold Steel AK47 AIO Kit close ups

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It just looks so ‘art deco’ to me. If they removed the ‘AK47’ and the guns lower embossing, they could have easily called it Art Deco, though you can loosely see the AK47’s shape somewhere in there. If you’ve seen Artery’s official page then it is more than blatant that they are trying to appeal to gun fans. Personally I found it off-putting but I saw past it and really loved the actual mods shape.

But the plain truth is that it looks nothing like a gun. I proved this by asking my neighbours “what does this remind you of?” and none of their answers were a gun, so I eventually said “what GUN does this remind you of?” and a sci-fi cannon was the best they could come up with. When I said AK47, their look was of bemusement – I shot myself in the foot there!

Artery Cold Steel AK47 AIO Kit top and tail

Hats off to the designers on this kit, every single face and feature is well thought out and interesting to look at and indeed feel, usually there’s always something you would have preferred to be different but as a design, it simply appealed to my tastes.

The mono screen is pretty small but I generally managed to navigate it without reading glasses.

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Pod/Tank Podank (magazine)

Again, the designers did well in sculpting the shape of the pod. The only down-side is that it doesn’t suit the 510 drip tip as it is sculpted to accommodate the DL ducks bill one better. I wish they had produced a narrow bore ducks bill drip tip instead.

Artery Cold Steel AK47 AIO Kit pod

It fits into the mod perfectly, there is zero play and the magnets hold it into place firmly, but it’s still easy enough to pull out as there’s plenty of it protruding to get a grip on.

The first thing I noticed was the little airflow lever under the coil which is a really welcome touch along with the mods rotary airflow control, so you can really fine tune the draw. The ‘easy’ filling bung is on the base. I will give it to Artery that it is easier than most to open and shut, plus there’s plenty of room to get your liquid nozzle in without causing air-locks.

Loading a bullet into you AK47….. erm I mean fitting your coil into the pod is plug n play style and there’s no location tabs to annoy you. It was a little tight though and I had to use a coin to pry it out, just a minor niggle though and it’s not like you do it often.

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You may notice the additional connection on the base of the pod. This is the rather clever “E-juice detectable technology” which detects when your ammo is low. This feature was also on the AIO but was less effective due to which way round you vaped and your liquid tipped. So far it has been much better on the AK47 and is pretty useful. That said, it’s pretty easy to see your juice level in this pod.

Operation

It’s a pretty simple chipset and is easy to navigate:

  • 5 x Fire = Turns device On/Off
  • 3 x Fire = Enters sub-menu:
    • POWER – Preheat pre-sets (Soft, Normal & Hard)
    • PUFF – Clears Puff Counter
    • AUTOW – Turns Auto-wattage On/Off
    • E-JU – Turns E-Juice level detection On/Off
  • Press & hold UP/DOWN buttons – Locks the device (will not fire)
  • Press & hold UP/FIRE – Locks adjustment buttons
  • Press & hold DOWN/FIRE – Flips screen 180 degrees

That’s the lot and I didn’t find the need to read the manual to work the functions out.

Artery Cold Steel AK47 AIO Kit nice and salty

Performance

In short, the AK47 performed perfectly. The flavour from the HP 0.7ohm/1.2ohm coils seemed to be better than I remembered the HP coils being. I don’t know if Artery have revised them, but either way they are on par with the best for flavour.

We Vape

I mostly used the AK47 for MTL. The dual airflow control worked a charm and with a combination of the two, I could get a cheek pulling tight draw. You can just about get a restrictive DL draw using the 0.7ohm coil with both airflows fully open, but it was just a bit too tight. I would say this kit excels in MTL mode overall and I’m very happy with that.

Handling wise, it felt so comfortable and I found myself thumb firing mostly. The fire button (trigger) is easy to find in your hand without ‘rifling’ around. The resistance was just right, the adjustment buttons were never in the way and there was slim chance of accidental adjustments. You can of course lock them, but I didn’t find the need.

Auto-Wattage worked really well. It tended to set it to the lower range and you can adjust it up to the coils limit. The clever part is it won’t let you stray past that and just round-robins back to 5 watts, so even if you managed to accidentally adjust the power, then you would never get a dry hit.

You can turn this feature off but I’m happy with the vape warmth produced within its range, and it also increases the coils lifespan.

My one and only niggle was the 510 MTL drip tip. This felt like an afterthought as it is very basic and bland, it works well enough but didn’t look right. I ended up using one of my own in the end.

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Battery life was good as to be expected with 1500mAh which easily lasted me all day at 11 watts MTL. Charging was pretty fast and it took around 40 mins from low to full.

Artery Cold Steel AK47 AIO Kit comparison

Conclusion

If the gun thing doesn’t bother you and you enjoy MTL, then the Cold Steel AK47 is a bit of a no-brainer. Perhaps the weight might be off-putting to some but it’s not that heavy, 125g without juice. Generally it’s just such a good MTL device. I’m spoilt for choice recently with MTL pods and tanks, and the Cold Steel AK47 makes choosing that bit trickier. It certainly will be in my ‘arsenal’ for some time.

Is it worth it? Absolutely worth pulling the trigger on as there’s plenty of bang for your buck(shot).

If you cannot get past the whole gun theme then nobody's holding a gun to your head, so don’t buy it but please don’t ‘bang’ on about it.

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Artery Cold Steel AK47 AIO Kit shiny

Pros

  • HP Coils give superb flavour
  • Art Deco Styling (art deco gun?)
  • Feels good in the hand
  • Dual Airflow works a charm
  • E-Liquid level detection
  • 1500mAh battery with 1.5 Amp fast charging
  • Great value
  • Tactile

Cons

  • MTL Drip Tip is pants

Final Thoughts

I think I managed to get through this review without overdoing the ‘gun’ thing, it certainly didn’t bother me. It reminds me of the Smok Mag controversy, that looked naff all like a weapon but folks still slagged it off for glorifying guns. I don’t think it does. Had it been a proper gun shape, I would have thought differently. This is a fine art deco pod system in my eyes, and a bloody good one at that.

The Artery Cold Steel Art Deco (okay then AK47!) is simply a superb MTL pod system.

(For the record; I am anti-guns – Light Sabers though, I’m all for em!)

Score: 8.5/10 – Artery have produced yet another fine MTL device.

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 Si Davies
Article by Si Davies
Now into my 50's I smoked ciggies for most of my life, I used to smoke tailor mades for 20+ years then onto rollups for 15+ years, as much as I enjoyed smoking I was forced to quit after an operation, started vaping in 2017, managed to quit the ciggies in 4 days, plodded along vaping using local shop naff vape gear until I discovered POTV then learned so much and enjoy vaping far more than smoking.
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