The Kabuki by House of Hybrids

The Kabuki tank by the venerable House of Hybrids! The Kabuki uses Nautilus coils made by Aspire. Despite the fact that there is and aftermarket RBA deck for it, I will not be qualifying it as an RTA. Let’s see how it holds up:

For those of you wondering about the Kabuki, here are my impressions so far:

  • At first it was a FIDDLY DAMN BITCH. Things were getting crossthreaded, and I couldn’t get it apart or get the coil in right (so much so that at first I thought I had a poorly machined coil). The biggest key is to make sure the bottom O-ring that secures the glass and threads are well-lubricated, it makes sure that everything screws together alright.
  • The flavor is definitely great. I haven’t used my Nautilus mini in a while, but it is definitely warmer than my Nautilus mini ever was.
  • I don’t have as much worry about the glass being super janky like it can be with the Nautilus mini. The threaded top of the glass on the Nautilus was always worrisome to me.
  • The drip tip is different from any other one I’ve ever owned. It’s friction fit, but that’s not the difference. It’s very wide, but it’s not to be a wide bore drip tip, because it is very wide bore. It does something really great for texture, and the delrin is great for keeping heat from transferring. I tried the drip tip on the Cane, but it wasn’t quite the same. Still great, but not the same, so that leads me to believe it’s something about the tank.
  • The airflow control requires a hex wrench, which is not for me, but I see the logic behind it. It’s a very Zen thing to do – you put your setting in and you leave it, no fucking with it. Same thing for his PVs being mechanical, I think.

It’s a good tank, a really good tank, but I don’t think I could heartily recommend it to someone who wasn’t ready for every fill-up (three times tonight so far) to have a good amount of hassle because the coil doesn’t like to stay in one place.

There is a lot of stuff that isn’t quite there on this, though. The label has a full length YouTube URL for instructions – that’s ridiculous, right? Not a page on the House of Hybrids website, QR code, nor a shortened URL.

I’ve been doing a lot of thought on UX in the industry lately, and if there’s any interest, I guess I have some rambles on it, but I do have some rambles on this particular one:

Zen likes to talk about his devices being for quitters rather than vapers, and that’s the angle that I’m coming at when I ask this question: “Who is this tank for?” Even the stock tanks, the Nautilus and Nautilus Mini are easier to cope with for the mundane parts of personal vaporizer ownership, I imagine it’s even harder for people new to the whole thing.

I don’t think this is intended for intermediate vapers necessarily, either. There is an up-and-coming RTA deck for the Nautilus, but early reports are saying that it doesn’t fit the Kabuki, so it doesn’t even get the flexibility of the Subtank or the Kraken V2.

This definitely isn’t for the more advanced among us, either; not just for the same reasons it’s not for the intermediate vapers, but it also doesn’t have the quality of life features that are present in a variety of other tanks either, and it’s in a weird space price-wise.

It’s a good tank, it’s got great flavor and texture, it’s just outside the price/performance curve of a lot of things and it isn’t super easy to live with. I don’t think I could recommend it to anyone unless you have a bunch of cash floating around that you can spare.

The Kabuki can be found at Provape.

Author: New Fat Mike

I herald a gilded future of Gennies and Genny accessories.