Le Zephyr by Vaponaute: Evolution, Not Revolution

Introduction

Disclosure: A very lovely friend of mine lent me this atomizer (for way too long) for me to put together a review of it; it is free outside of shipping it back and forth.

Le Zephyr
Le Zephyr

Le Zephyr is Vaponaute’s latest limited run atomizer. They took lessons learned from Le Magister and incorporated an Ultem tank reducer with the airflow control, kept it down to single coil, and even widened the variety of airflow options available – all moves in the name of progress! Let’s take a look at the specs:

Specs

  • Price: $155.00
  • Height: 30mm
  • Diameter: 22mm
  • Volume: 2.8mL
  • Tank Material: Steel & Ultem chamber reducer.
  • Airflow: 1.2mm to what appears to be a 6x2mm slot

Le Magister was great because it had access to so much variety – to chamber reducers, cotton, mesh, single coil, dual coil, tight airflow, and wide airflow. Le Zephyr goes a step further in many places, but does it all work out? Let’s check out my

Impressions

This wick hole is big. Wicked big. 4.2mm big. That is a lot of mesh to have to get into a wick hole, and have enough of it filled up to keep the tank section from leaking all over you. Vaponaute do sell wick hole reducers on their site, but I haven’t picked one up since this is a borrowed atomizer.

The construction method and airflow control are interesting. You can, on some airflow selections, choose not to have the slot in the Ultem lined up exactly with the airflow holes. There are grooves cut into the Ultem reducer to channel air around. Does it make much of a difference? Not really. The throat hit is a little different, but I wouldn’t say it’s revolutionary, or necessarily outside of the margin of error from just regularly lining up your top cap.

The airflow configuration
The airflow configuration

Airflow adjustment in general, though, is kind of a pain. You have to remove the whole top cap assembly because the geometry of the Ultem reducer makes it such that if you twist it, then the reducer will totally mess up your build. Which is lame. The reducer on the piece that I have, if it gets a little too much liquid on it, will also slide on or off at will, which is incredibly inconvenient. And sticky.

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Filling it with a glass dropper is a bit of a challenge. You have to rest it on the deck and angle it just right and make sure you don’t squeeze too hard and try not to get it on the deck and and and. It’s just a pain. Filling Le Magister was great because you could use an unoccupied wick hole for it. Just a little dimple would have helped.

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I ended up being a little less than impressed with the quality of life stuff surrounding Le Zephyr, because Le Magister was easy to live with. Airflow adjustment and filling are the two things you do most with atties (not necessarily in that order), so making them more difficult to access was an interesting choice.

Builds

Building on this is fairly self-explanatory. Le Zephyr comes with a simple coil jig to place in the wick hole and wrap your coil around. Truly the height of simplicity. That said, it can be a little difficult to make sure that your coil doesn’t touch the positive post – my recommendation is to go with a marginally smaller jig just to make sure you get that clearance.

Cotton

This is definitely a build that I would recommend using a twisted/clapton’d vertical 3mm coil and using that extra wick hole clearance to make sure you can do the Genny tilt to keep the cotton fed. I wouldn’t readily recommend any other build in there for cotton (except maybe on even narrower coil builds, folding the wick tail back over the coil and feeding it down into the tank).

It’s really dead simple stuff. It’s very user friendly (for the most part) and hard to knock for build difficulty.

Mesh

Mesh is simultaneously simpler and trickier. Trickier baseline because you need to treat the mesh before it goes on with a thorough round of oxidation and it requires a lot of mesh to totally fill up the 4.2mm wick hole. Something I found that works perfectly well, however, was that if you simply loosen up your mesh (and you can loosen it by quite a bit) then it wicks perfectly fine! This is one of those things that could be relatively simple to fix with one of wick hole insulators.

Because the distance from the bottom of the wick to the deck isn’t very long, mesh wicks fantastically. I did not encounter a dry pull even with 30/70 PG/VG liquids until the tank was entirely empty.

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Conclusion

This was something that I wasn’t quite ready for. Certainly, the tank wicks quickly in fiber and mesh configurations. The flavor wasn’t quite there, though. As it shows in the “About” page here, I am pretty strictly an MTL vaper, and I kept tinkering and tinkering with my builds and couldn’t quite get the flavor to be where I wanted. I ended up idly playing with the airflow control while watching something on Netflix and I decided to give the fully open slot a shot.

It was fun.

Real fun! I was chuckin’ cloudz in my home. I can’t do it full time, it’s kind of a chore to do all day every day as I once did, but it is fun to play with.

In that same vein, I also got a lot of leaking with this atomizer, especially in its more open configurations. I would pocket it for a few minutes and end up with a pocket (and mod) that were all sticky and gunky, which was kind of lame.

I suppose the main competition to Le Zephyr is going to be the Origenny. The Origenny is more versatile, holds more liquid, and has better flavor, and is much easier to fill. Airflow control convenience is about on par for the both of them, and it’s a little less convenience on the Origenny to build by virtue of the hex screws. Airflow on Le Zephyr is going to be able to get much wider for the single coil configuration, and it can handle twisted/fancy coil configurations a little better as well at the expense of the MTL experience.

This brings us to my favorite section:

Who is this for?

Le Zephyr by Vaponaute is for someone who:

  • Wants a lung-hitting Genny.
  • Does not care for MTL experiences.
  • Is fine with leaving this atty at home.
  • Has unicorn bottles to fill.
  • Who wants to use fancier wire types.

If you were satisfied with Le Magister, K.Loud+G, izi, or other mesh/cotton interchangeable atomizers aimed at a warm, flavorful MTL experience, then this is not the atomizer for you. If you like big, thick clouds, then this is a great way to go and it’s as simple as that. If you already have an Origenny (as I’ve said more than once), you’re not really missing out on much and you’re at least able to tell how much liquid you have left in the tank (and hold more of it).

This was a tough review for me because it was the first atomizer that really isn’t for me, and that made it difficult to review impartially. It behooves you to read more opinions than just mine, as there are people who are better equipped to review direct lung atomizers. But, if you’re the person in the “Who is this for?” section, then this is right up your alley! It helps that this atty is a handsome one, too.

Keep an eye on your classifieds if this is something you want, they’re still trading hands pretty frequently!

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The airflow configuration

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Author: New Fat Mike

I herald a gilded future of Gennies and Genny accessories.

  • mickey

    Hi Mike, how would you compare le zephyr to le magister? I currently own le magister with a chamber reducer for a vertical cotton build (prefer cotton over mesh). Would the leaking problems be solved with a cotton build? I rarely get leaks with my le magister and thought le zephyr would be even better in that aspect due to a sealed deck and single wick hole. I also prefer the smallest airflow hole for MTL on le magister, does le zephyr have the same draw at 1.2mm?

    • New Fat Mike

      Hey hey! Sorry I missed your comments!

      With even more time passing between this review, between the two I’ve really only missed Le Magister. I think the sealed deck introduces sufficient difficulty when refilling with glass bottles on Le Zephyr, that it’s really not worth the trade.

      I think the flavor on Le Magister was also superior to Le Zephyr just by virtue of having a more reduced chamber (and the fact that I had the vertical coil chamber reducer for Le Magister). If you don’t have the chamber reducer, swing over to Ought Vape and check under Kensi Mods, it’s really a game changer for that atomizer. The draw feels the same, but the performance is quite different.