Is it All Systems Go with the VaporFi Rocket 3?
The VaporFi Rocket 3 hails from the good old US of A and as a company they are renowned for bringing out quality vape kits to suit the beginner right up to the more advanced vaper.
The Rocket 3 starter kit is one for the newcomers to the vaping particularly those looking to get into the whole sub-ohm scene.
It comes with two sub-ohm coils one for wattage and one for temperature control which the device recognizes automatically.
I Apollo-gize in advance for a lack of space and rocket puns in this review – I’ve come down to earth with a bit of a bump – and the meds are making me a little befuddled – oooo me aching back lol.
Anyway let’s take a closer look at the Rocket 3 and see if we have a problem Houston or if it’s sent me into a happy vaping orbit.
The kit was sent to me by Vaporfi free of charge and for the purpose of this review – and as always my thoughts and opinions are my own and completely unpaid for by the company so 100% ‘shill free’ 😉
Inside the Box
Anyone who’s bought Vaporfi products will know the packaging is superb with everything neatly packed away inside its own box.
OK once you’ve opened up all the boxes you’ll find:
- 1 Rocket 3 Tank (with pre-installed 0.5 ohm Atomizer)
- 1 Rocket 3 2500mAh Battery
- 1 Additonal Rocket 3 Ni200 0.1 ohm Atomizer
- 1 Micro USB Charging Cable
- 2 Pack of O-Rings
- User Manual
VaporFi Rocket 3 Vape Starter Kit Specs
- 3.5mL Tank Capacity
- Battery Capacity 2500mAh
- Battery Voltage 3.7 volts
- Atomizer Resistance 0.1ohm-0.5ohm
- Top Fill Tank Design
- Colors: Black, Purple, Red, Blue, White and Stainless Steel
Quick Start Guide To The Rocket 3
The battery I received was pretty much fully charged straight out of the box.
- Click fire button x5 times to turn on and off
- The Rocket 3 automatically recognizes temp and wattage coils
- When fully charged you can change your power/temp settings
- X3 clicks = red light device at 30W/400F
- X3 clicks again = white light device at 40W/500F
- X3 clicks again = green light device at 50W/600F
- The tiny LED light also tells you have much battery power you have left with green fully charged – white about to decline and red means your device needs charging.
A Quick Note on Buying Non-Compliant TPD Vape Gear off the Internet
As this is American made it’s a top-fill 3.5ml tank – no word on any plans to bring out TPD compatible kits. Although a Vaporfi UK store will be with us soon.
However if you refer to our piece on TPD Enforcement – you’ll see that as a consumer buying ANY device or e-liquids that are NOT compliant via the internet means you are NOT breaking any laws – particularly when buying outside the EU.
If you buy a non-compliant vape product or e-liquid from within the EU over the internet and you live within the EU– the store is liable not you.
However if customs or your local Trading Standards decide to open your #vapemail – you could see it confiscated.
OK hope that’s clear lol – right onto the filling:
How To Fill Rocket 3 Tank
- Unscrew the top cap – it’s extremely tight first few times
- Drizzle your juice through the two cut out ports
- Don’t overfill
- Leave to stand for at least 10minutes so the liquid is soaked in
How To Change Coils on the Rocket 3
- Turn the tank upside down and unscrew the base
- Unscrew the coil and dispose
- Screw in the fresh coil and make sure you prime it well [drizzle a tiny bit of juice on exposed cotton]
- You can change the coil with juice in the tank if it’s under half full
Design and Build Quality
I’ve been fortunate enough to look at a whole host of VaporFi products and they are all exceptionally well made.
The Vaporfi Rocket 3 Starter Kit is no different – it’s a sturdy solid piece of kit that has some weight to it and feels good in the hand and is built to take some knocks.
The threading is tight but smooth – however the first few times you unscrew the top-cap to fill the tank you may struggle as not only is it tight – there’s nothing to grip on.
Design wise it is what it is a pen style vape device – however it’s certainly a looker.
There’s no screen but the LED light is extremely clear and the fire button is nicely ‘clicky’.
The airflow control ring spins through 360 degrees and you match the x3 holes to the holes on the tank to your preferred setting.
It works extremely well with a really tight draw with one open and obviously much looser draws with 2 and 3 ports open.
The paint job looks and feels more like enamel so like I said it looks as though it will take some knocks.
I received the white version and against the shiny shiny stainless steel accents it looks very smart – other colours are Black, Purple, Red, Blue, White and Stainless Steel and I guess you could switch them around to get funky combos of colour.
All in all it’s a nice looking device that shouts class.
How Does the Vaporfi Rocket 3 Kit Perform?
First up in wattage mode:
I popped in a 70/30 VG and PG mix e-liquid onto the pre-installed sub-ohm 0.5ohm coil – for the record it was Vaporfi’s Pineapple Pow.
The coil wicked beautifully and I began with the airflow open and at 30 watts.
It was tough getting a draw at that power and I found myself feeling as if I was sucking fresh air – the taste was slightly muted and vapour was about the same as a normal cigarette.
At 40watts things began to look up with more vapour and the flavour certainly popped a little more.
Cranked up to 50watts and with the airflow wide open I was a happy vaping bunny!
My mouth was filled with sweet vapour giving me extremely good cloud production.
Shutting the airflow to one hole meant I could get a reasonable MTL (Mouth To Lung) vape so technically the Rocket 3 can adapt to both styles of vaping.
The spare coil is a Ni200 0.1 ohm Atomizer and its purely for temp control vaping.
However, thanks to the chip inside the device you don’t have to do anything as it adjusts itself automatically.
To cut a long story short I found little if any difference between the two vaping styles – however at a push I’d say the flavour was ever so slightly muted in temp mode – but seriously I’m talking very slightly!
Fully charged I managed a little over a day of vaping – unfortunately ‘pass-through vaping’ isn’t supported with this device meaning you can’t vape it whilst you charge it.
Bit of a bumma but the powerful 2500mAH battery has more than enough umph in it to keep you vaping pretty much a full 8-hours.
I’ve taken this out and about with me and to date I have had zero leakage.
What I Like
As with most of the pen style kits out there there’s not a lot you can do to make them standout however the Rocket certainly does with its clean lines and classy looks.
I like the simplicity of filling and swapping out the coils – remember you can change coils whilst there’s juice in the tank so long as it’s half full.
This might sound a bit daft but I like the cleanliness of the Rocket 3 – it feels nicely clinical if that makes any sense whatsoever!
What I mean is where some devices can look and get a little grubby – this one just seems fresh crisp and er clean.
[I’ll shut up now lol]
If I was starting my sub-ohm vaping journey I’d definitely be happy if I’d got my hands on one of these as it doesn’t hit as hard as some of the other kits out there – it’s a gentle introduction to lung hits if you like.
What I Don’t Like
OK I’m nit-picking here.
Removing the top-cap to fill can be a pain in the proverbial as it is slippy and very shiny.
A little bit of knurling on there might have made the whole thing easier.
The drip tip feels stainless steel and whilst I had no heat coming off it I don’t personally like metal drip-tips.
VaporFi do sell extra 510 drip tips that should be compatible so keep that in mind to add to your cart if you’re considering getting a Rocket!
Final Review Verdict
The VaporFi Rocket 3 starter kit is a solid product and given it can hit up to 50watts – you can get a decent lung hit off it.
I will stress again this is most definitely a beginners sub-ohm kit because despite the 50 watts you are not getting that hit some of the more advanced DTL (Direct to Lung) tanks and kits give.
It’s beautifully crafted looks good and feels good in the hand and as I’ve said I reckon it can take some knocks – the paint job looks excellent.
It’s a little pricey compared to most starter kits out there – but you are guaranteed quality and sometimes it’s worth paying that little extra.
Hands down I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the Rocket 3 starter kit to a newcomer to sub-ohm vaping.
Have you bought the Vaporfi Rocket 3? Have something to add to the Rocket 3 review? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
- Simple to use
- Battery charges fast and lasts an age
- Good airflow control
- Good flavour
- Decent clouds
- Looks smart
- Good weight
- Metal drip-tip
- Top cap a little tricky to unscrew
- A little pricey compared with similar products