The Desire Design Cut premium kit is the latest in the line carrying the CUT label and is a dual 18650 battery full vape kit topped with the Bulldog sub ohm tank.
It began life as the CUT220 however the company decided to add the word Premium I guess to make it stand out from the crowd – as to if it does we shall see.
Desire Design are relatively new to the vape scene releasing the hugely popular Cut squonker mods – the Desire Mad Mod Kit – the Desire X Mini Mod and the recently released Squonky stock coil tank which to be fair was a nice idea [a stock coil squonker] but took a bit of bashing from our Deano.
Odd Shape But In Vaping You Should Never Judge A Book By It’s Cover!
OK the Cut Premium vape kit was sent to me free of charge for the purpose of this review – thank you – and as always freebies in no way affect my opinions. Will it land a place on our best vape mod list?
Inside the Box
A no frills box that does the job and inside you’ll find:
- 1x CUT 220 MOD
- 1x BULLDOG tank
- 1x 0.2ohm Triple coil
- 1x 0.18 mesh coil
- 1x Extra 3ml Glass Tube
- 1x Accessories packet
- 1x USB Charger
- 1x User Manual
- 1x Warranty Card
Specs: Desire Cut Premium Mod
- Size: 46 x 35 x 81mm
- Battery: Dual 18650 battery (Not included)
- Multi-function adjust mode: NOVICE/VW/TC-NI/TC-TI/TC-SS/TCR/BYPASS/PMG (Power Multiple Graph) modes
- Power adjustment range: 5W-220W
- Resistance range: 0.08ohm-3.0ohm
- Screen: 1.3-inch TFT Colour Display Screen
- Dual 18650 batteries
- 1.3-inch TFT colour screen
- Colour: Red, Blue, Black, Purple, White
Specs Bulldog Tank
- Size: 24.5mm x 49mm
- 3ml and 4.3ml capacity
- Material: Stainless Steel/Aviation Aluminium
- Resin drip tip
- 4.3ml capacity
- Coil: 0.18ohm Mesh Coil (50-110W, Best 60-80W), 0.2ohm Triple Coil (80-130W, Best 100-120W)
Quick Start Guide
- Powered by x2 18650 batteries
- X5 clicks on and off
- X3 clicks to enter the menu
- Up and down button to scroll through options
- In advanced mode enter temp control settings and bypass
Apart from the strange shape the key here is what Desire Design is calling the ‘novice mode’ which in effect means the chip recognizes the resistance of the coil and auto sets the wattage accordingly and locks it in.
It’s something we’ve seen before but useful I guess for those new to sub ohm vaping. The company says this means no more coil burn out from setting the wattage too high…
There’s also an advanced mode which means you can set the wattage yourself and the rest of the menu is refreshingly easy to get to.
Once you’ve clicked fast 3 times apart from novice and advanced modes you’ll find:
- Colour – which obviously changes the screen colours
- LED Set – changes the LED colours and lights to off – on or when firing
- Device – puff reset – default setting and version details
And that’s pretty much it – all very simple and very intuitive.
Incidentally the LED Set function controls the light up Desire Design logo below the main screen…I prefer mine off.
The chip also has a raft of safety features including protections for low voltage – short circuit – over charging and many more.
The Bulldog sub ohm tank that comes with the kit has been reviewed in detail by Laura-ann here.
In a nutshell it’s a top fill with 3 and 4.3ml capacity and has three coil options: single – triple and quadruple. The kit comes with the 0.18 ohm triple mesh and the triple 0.2ohm coils.
Design and Build Quality
This is the first Desire Design device I’ve reviewed and I’m pretty impressed with the build quality first and foremost. Everything fits together nicely and the paint finish feels solid with little if any chance of flaking or chipping.
The battery door is secure to say the least and you really need to give it a tug to get it off – strong magnets indeed and definitely no rattle whatsoever – and the battery sled is also very clean and tidy.
OK onto the design and from the photos you might think it’s an uncomfortable mod to hold…far from it. Indeed the shape fits nicely in either the left or right hand and can be thumb or trigger finger fired and it’s pretty light too but maybe a little chunky for your pocket.
The screen is big but not as bright as you might think – maybe due to a smoked finish to the cover but still clear enough to see. However the colours are not the most vibrant – in fact they’re a little dull with that orange more of a muddy pool.
I really like the look and feel of the mod though and whilst it has that edgy contemporary feel to it – it also looks very futuristic and that etched logo on the side looks great and adds a certain understated elegance.
BTW the fire button is raised and in the shape of the Desire Design logo and all the buttons are pleasantly clicky with again no annoying rattle.
As you can see I received the White version which looks very stylish however the back panel and indeed screen are real fingerprint magnets.
One niggly issue I have is the placement of the 510 – it really is tight to one side leaving a ton of room to fit larger tanks and atties. Had they have centred it you’d be able to fit some real big boys on there 😉
So…a good looking kit – simple menu – so how does this one vape?
How Does the Desire Cut Premium Perform?
My puff counter is reading 810 hits which shows just how often I’ve used this kit. The Desire Cut mod is a joy to use and I love love love that menu – so easy with no messing about. As a newbie bonus the novice mode does everything for you – just screw on your tank and vape!
Indeed I’ve used the device with my favourite RDAs and RTAs and nine times out of ten the chip picks the right wattage. Just once with the Kylin 2 I felt I needed more power so switched to advanced mode.
One thing that has impressed me is the ramp up time – super fast indeed even with a couple of hefty coils using a dripper it fired immediately.
Incidentally I didn’t test temperature control but I’m assured by those in the know it passes with flying colours with many reviewers stating the curves option works very well indeed.
So How’s the Included Tank?
As for the Bulldog tank as you can see from Laura-ann’s review she absolutely loved it receiving the same coil as I did in the kit.
It’s certainly a chunky tank to look at and has an easy top fill slide design. Maybe I’ve been spoiled by drippers and RTAs but personally I found the flavour whilst decent not amazing. It also took a couple of fills before I found I was getting the best flavour too – which from what I remember is about the norm for stock coils.
As a side note I much preferred the vape from the mesh coil finding 80w the sweet spot.
As I said earlier if you want a more detailed breakdown of the tank checkout Laura-ann’s review.
- Extremely ergonomic
- Eye-catching design
- Instant firing
- Easy menu
- Good battery life – 70w steady vaping 7 hours-ish
- Firmware upgradeable
- Decent tank included
- Coils last well
- Display could be brighter
- Colours are dull to say the least
- Despite the width anything over 25mm on top gives overhang
Final Review Verdict
The photos online don’t do justice to just how comfortable this mod is to hold – think a Wismec Reuleaux on comfy steroids and you’ll get the idea.
Design wise its understated yet elegant which is bang on my idea of a mod especially as you can turn off that LED logo lol.
Most impressive is the ramp up time – no matter what you pop on top the Cut Premium fires it up without a murmur – very good indeed.
As for the tank it’s not for me as I’m more into rebuildables however the flavour is certainly passable especially on the included mesh coil of which I got over two weeks vaping – so good longevity too.
My little brother is after a new mod and hopefully when he gets his hands on this one we might get him away from SMOK lol – because as dual battery mods go the Desire Cut Premium is one of the best I’ve seen all year…