Mechlyfe Ratel Review

Updated on: 2019-12-22

Intro

What’s up, Insiders? DeucesJack, I’m at VapingInsider.com. Today, we got something a little different, a little weird. I’m talking about the Mechlyfe Ratel. It’s a rebuildable AIO kit. There’s no factory coils for it. It only comes with a rebuildable section to it. It’s kind of like a single 18650 mod with its own tank built-in.

mechlyfe ratel 80w tc rebuildable pod system - side and back view

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From Top to Bottom

In all honesty, it’s really more like a billet box type in a different shape. I consider it more of an AIO kit than a rebuildable pod. But that’s just all in the way they market it. Those are the different colors that you can get right there. You can see it. This is your user manual. You do get some two rather nice coils and some cotton. So that’s nice. You get two ni80 coils, 2.5 inner diameter, 0.65. So that’s kind of neat. We’re going to use one of these coils. And in this box right here, you get a black flat head screwdriver, a spare plug for your pod part or tank part, some spare o-rings, and some spare deck screws. You also get a micro USB cable. Here is the actual device itself. Really, beautiful, beautiful resin panels. Real nice clear window there so you can see your juice level. I definitely like that. Subtle Mechlyfe branding, that’s nice. On the other side, another beautiful panel, just drop-dead gorgeous. Nice job on that. There are your buttons right there, power button, screen, up/down, micro USB port. The buttons have a little bit of a raise to them, they do protrude a little bit out of the mod. Not so much the plus and minus because there is a cut out there, but nice and clicky. No issues with that. On the bottom, you’re going to see, you got these two little tabs, one and two. That allows you to pop off your panels. The panels are really, really clean. I believe they put the magnets inside because they do go on rather snugly and they don’t move. Great, great job on the fitment of the panels.

mechlyfe ratel 80w tc rebuildable pod system - disassembled view

You take one off and you can see it’s kind of clean with that nice clear window and then you can take the other one off on the back. And if you want, you could just push through to get your battery out. You don’t need a battery strap so that’s why there is no battery strap included. Indicator markings right there, done black on black. I think they could have done a better job with that. I don’t like to see that. I would have rather seen some mark of distinction, some type of gray, silver, white battery indicator markings, anything but black on black. On the bottom there, you can see, you got a gold-plated, spring loaded battery contact. And on the top there, you have a button style gold-plated battery contact.

mechlyfe ratel 80w tc rebuildable pod system - drip tip removed from pod

Size Comparison

Wanted to give you a quick size comparison. Of course this is the Ratel in the middle, this is the Dot mod Dot Box, kind of like a billet box type of copy, and this is the Sigelei Snow Wolf. The reason I pulled this one out is because this was a reboot of, I believe, my first mod that I ever got, the Sigelei 75. And when I saw the size of this, the overall size of this, it really reminded me of this mod. So I wanted to show it to you. But here it is, you can see. It’s much bigger than a billet box or a billet box like device, much taller. This also takes a single 18650 and it’s one of my favorite AIOs of all time. It’s much, much taller. But they put the tank on the top and it’s also a little bit slimmer. It’s not as wide. When we bring it over to the Sigelei, this of course, takes a tank on top. But you can see how the shape, how the feel in the hand made me think of this mod. So I just wanted to show it next to it. You can see, it’s basically this type of mod with a tank slapped on top of it. So that’s just for some size reference.

mechlyfe ratel 80w tc rebuildable pod system - pod drip tip removed

The Tank

On the top here, you have a 510 drip tip. It fits in there really snug. Make sure you juice it up a little bit. We’re going to put that on the side. Now over here, see this knurling right here? That’s what holds the pod or your tank, whatever you want to call it, in place. You unscrew that, machining on it is actually really good. And you can pop the pod out either way, it really doesn’t matter. You can take it out the front or the back if you have the panels off. And this is your tank, your pod, whatever you want to call it. Right here, I don’t like that. That just looks a little sloppy and not well thought-out to me. It’s nice that you have an easy pull tab. I just wish they would have used like a slider or something more akin to what the billet box is. You just pop that open and there’s your fill port right there to fill up.

mechlyfe ratel 80w tc rebuildable pod system - open magnetic door

The other thing that kind of bothers me is I don’t know if you can hear that. See that? That cut side kind of doesn’t look like it’s sealed right. I don’t know if that’s going to be a problem. I’ll let you know if it leaks or not but it may be an issue. Over here is where you have your airflow. You can open it up a little bit, one hole like that. That’s for mouth-to-lung. If you want to DL it, you can open it up all the way. And of course, you can cut down that little hole to a little sliver if you want to just do like a tight mouth-to-lung. But that’s for your direct-lung right there.

mechlyfe ratel 80w tc rebuildable pod system - detached view

What you want to do is you want to unscrew this base right here. As you unscrew it, you’re going to see, there goes your deck right there. The cool thing you is the barrel section actually stays in there and it does have a slightly conical design to it. So that’s definitely going to be cool for flavor. I know what you’re thinking when you see this deck. You’re saying to yourself, “But how am I going to dry fire it?” Well, let me show you. This part comes apart from the base. You just unscrew it and now you have a 510 connection right there so you can dry fire it. So that’s kind of neat the way they did that. I kind of like that. The other thing to notice on this deck is you have what looks like three post holes but they’re not three post holes. What this is is this is your secondary side air flow. You can take that screw and open it up or leave it closed. I’m going to leave it closed for now.

mechlyfe ratel 80w tc rebuildable pod system - carbon black

What we’re going to do is we’re going to throw this thing on a 521 Tab Plus and we’re going to build it with the provided coils. Now those post holes are wide open. Looks like you can get a pretty decent coil in there. Let’s use one of the provided coils. So there is the provided coil. We’re going to take this coil and we’re just going to put it into both post holes, just like that. Now what you want to do is you want to make sure you insert your coiling rod in there so you kind of hold it in place and you know where you’re at. You want to make sure you’re above that airflow right there. See the airflow there, peeking out? You want to make sure you’re above the airflow, just like that. Then you take your flat-head screwdriver and you just lock it down. And now that we’re somewhat in place, we can move that and now you take your second lead and you lock that down as well. Make it nice and tight. Now you take your wire clipper, get it as close as you can to that deck, so you make sure you don’t short out. Flush up against it, boom! And that’s it.

mechlyfe ratel 80w tc rebuildable pod system - back and side view

Now that coil is a little bit out of whack, it’s a little bit out of joint. We’re going to fix it. I’m going to push it down as far as we can to that airflow and that’s what you build should look like, something like that. See how it’s directly above that airflow right there? Maybe we can even pull it out just a little bit. Let’s see, pull it out just a little bit. And there you go, just like that. Now you’re grabbing all that bottom airflow.

Let’s give this thing a quick pulse, make sure we have no hot spots. We are ohming out at 0.69, see that? 0.6 now. We are glowing evenly from the inside out. We’ll give it a little scrape, just to make sure and there we go. Beautiful. Now we’re going to take the provided cotton and we’re just going to send that wick through. Hear the tension? That’s how you want it, nice and tight, just like that. Now we’re going to take our Vape Shears and we’re going to cut them a little long. Cut them right about there. Same thing on the other side, right about there. You want to leave them a little bit on the long side, and I’ll show you why in a second. Now we’re going to take our wicks and we’re just going to tuck them in there nice and gently. See how nice and gentle they go in? And we’re going to do the same thing on the other side. Get that back end in first, nice and gently. See how loose that is? That’s how you want it. You see how that cotton isn’t quite hitting the bottom of that deck, it’s right above it? That’s where you want your cotton because that’s how it wicks best. Same thing on the other side, see how there’s space there, right there? That’s how you want it, just like that.

Juice we’re going to be using today is Juice Head. this is their blueberries and lemon. Let me tell you something, guys. If you like fruity juices and you haven’t tried Juice Head yet, you’re missing out. They make some of the best fruity juices on the market.

So now we’re going to just take our blueberry lemon juice, we’re going to saturate that quite a little bit, get it started. Give it a little test fire, and we got vape and it smells glorious. This is just a fantastic juice. Break that coil in a little bit. Now we take our properly built wick and juiced coil, section deck, whatever you want to call it, and we thread it back in to the base. So we’re going to thread that right on the base nice and tight. Now we take our base section, we put it right into that barrel section right there, give it a little reverse thread so it catches, and then we screw it right back on just like so. And now we’re going to do is we’re going to pop this open. See that right there? We’re going to pop that open. We’re going to put our juice bottle in there and we’re going to give it a squeeze. You might want to go a little slow at first because you got to remember your juice actually has to make it past that barrel section. So the thicker juices might have a little bit of a tough time getting past there. So just be aware of that. Go slow and fill it up nice and easy. Once you’re all filled up, you pop that section back on, and that’s what your tank should look like, something like that.

Now what we’re going to do, we’re going to pop our tank inside, just like so. Now you want to take this knurled piece, remember? And you want to make sure you thread it in and you get it to hold that tank in place. Now that tank ain’t going nowhere, now we pop our drip tip back in and now we can put a battery in it.

Menu System

What’s in the Box

Includes:

  • 1 MECHLYFE Ratel Rebuildable Pod
  • 2 0.65ohm MTL Fused Clapton Coils
  • 1 MicroUSB Cable
  • 1 Screw Driver
  • 4 Screws
  • 1 O-Rings Bag
  • 1 Organic Cotton

mechlyfe ratel 80w tc rebuildable pod system - package contents

Cons

Let’s get into the cons and pros. We’ve really got a lot to go over so I don’t want to waste any time.

First con is going to be, this thing just doesn’t do mouth-to-lung well. Your a mouth-to-lung vaper, you have to stay away from this one. This is basically a DL AIO kit.

The internal charge on this thing is extremely slow. We always recommend that you recharge your batteries externally. However, it’s definitely a little safer if you have a single battery mod, it’s more acceptable to charge internally through the mod. And this one just has real slow ass charging, it’s a con.

TC on this, it’s atrocious. It’s horrible, it basically doesn’t work. It’s a con.

Tank is plastic. Some of you people that vape those citric and cinnamon types of vapes, I don’t know if it’s going to crack, the tank or not. It’s something that you got to keep in mind.

Sometimes this thing, especially if it’s coming out of sleep mode, it almost misfires. It takes like half a second to hit. It’s happened more than once. It’s happened quite a few times, enough for me to notice it it’s a con.

The style on this one, the tallness of it, it’s probably going to turn off a few people. It’s not that thing, it’s a subjective con.

On the tank, I didn’t like that flappy rubber gasket for the fill port. It just looks unfinished. It doesn’t look clean. I wish they would have done a better job with it. It looks like it’s just flapping in the breeze. Hello? Come on, that thing shouldn’t be hanging off there like that. It’s just ridiculous. It’s a con.

It’s got no locking feature. You either turn it on or off. There’s no way to lock it and put it in your pocket, con.

The edges on this when I put this in my hand, remember the feel of the original Voopoo Drag where it had those sharp edges? That’s what this feels like when I put it in my hand. I feel those sharp edges. I don’t like it. I think they should have rounded it off a little bit, should have felt smoother in the hand. It’s a con.

So that’s it on the cons. Let’s move on to the pros. It does have some pros to it.

Pros

First pro is going to be, love the deck on this thing.

It’s easy to build and wick, it’s a pro.

I like the deck because this thing does well with a Clapton or an alien. You can actually put it in here and vape on it. I like it, it’s a pro.

It’s got adjustable airflow.

Got really nice flavor. Let me show you what I’m talking about. Right now I got a 0.64 build in there at 35W. The cloud production isn’t bad for what it is either. Let me show you. Not bad. Getting full saturated flavor. I like it. For 35W, that’s not a bad vape at all. And the nice thing is that you can play around with builds and you can put some smaller builds in there and crank the wattage up if you want to. But I like the way this thing vapes. When there’s no delay, it actually puts out some decent flavor. Nothing wrong with that at 35W, nothing wrong with that at all.

I like that clear juice window where you can see your juice level. That’s a pro.

The panels on this one, those resin panels, they’re beautiful, they’re gorgeous. Mechlyfe did a great job on them.

I love the fact that it takes a single 18650.

It’s got a nice build quality, no rattles, no nothing like that. Listen. Can hear it. Nothing rattles, nothing shakes around and they’re real, real solid build quality.

Got a nice bright screen.

And I like the power-to-size ratio, I do. I like the fact that this thing takes a single 18650 and I can crank out some wattage to it if I want to.

So that’s it, Insiders! Those are my cons and pros. Let’s talk about this one a little bit.

Conclusion

Basically, I said it before, the TC on this mod actually sucks. It’s worthless. Don’t even use it. That’s how bad it is. So what that does is that renders this a power-mode-only mod. In power mode, it actually vapes pretty decent. I like to vape that I get off of it, I like the flavor, I like the clouds. If you’re going to compare this to something, you’re going to compare it to a billet box type of mod, I personally don’t have a billet box. My favorite mod in this category is probably the Dot Mod, that Dot AIO kit. It’s a little bit expensive so a lot of people shy away from it. But I think that’s a fantastic little mod in this category. Is this better than the Dot Mod, Dot AIO? No, not by a long shot. I like to Dot Mod Dot AIO much better. But this is a viable competitor. It’s just not as good as far as I’m concerned and I wish I could compare it to the billet box but I can’t because I don’t have one. If you’re looking for that billet box type of setup, this is definitely something you may want to take a look at.

Want to give a big shout-out to Element Vape for sending this one to me for review. Make sure you go check them out. Awesome company to deal with, great pricing, fantastic customer service.

Specs

Let’s get into some of the specs on the Mechlyfe Ratel rebuildable AIO kit. It measures in at 104mm x 42mm x 26mm. It is a single 18650 mod with an 80W maximum. It will fire down to 0.05 ohms. It has different working modes that include variable wattage, TC, variable voltage, and bypass mode. There is adjustable airflow onboard. It has an RBA deck only option. There are no factory coils. It has a 4 ml capacity and it is available in carbon, green, white, blue and red.

MECHLYFE Ratel 80W TC Rebuildable Pod System Features:

  • Dimensions – 104mm by 42mm by 26mm
  • Single High-Amp 18650 Battery – Not Included
  • Wattage Output Range: 5-80W
  • Voltage Output Range: 0.5-8V
  • Resistance Range: 0.05-3.5ohm
  • Temperature Range: 100°-315°C / 200°-600°F
  • VW Mode
  • VV Mode
  • TC Mode
  • BYPASS Mode
  • Aluminium Alloy & Resin Chassis Construction
  • Intuitive Firing Button
  • Two Adjustment Buttons
  • OLED Display Screen
  • Juice Viewing Window
  • Magnetic Body Panels
  • Refillable Pod – Replaceable Coil/RBA
  • 4mL Standard Juice Capacity
  • Side Fill System – Silicone Stoppered
  • Mechlyfe Ratel Build Deck – Single Coil Configuration
  • Top Secured via Flathead Screws – Two Terminals
  • Mechlyfe RATEL Coil Series
  • 0.65ohm N80 Fused Clapton Coil
  • Build Deck Based Adjustable Inner Airflow Control – Offers MTL or DTL Option
  • Bottom Build Deck Based Outside Airflow Control Ring
  • 510 Drip Tip
  • Slide In Pod Connection
  • Available in Carbon Black, Resin Green, Resin White, Resin Blue, Resin Red

Outro

Remember, Insiders. This fight isn’t over. We still have to fight for our right to vape. Make sure you talk to your local legislative. You see them in a neighborhood, get in their grill. Let them know you vape and you vote. Email them, tweet at them, call them, let them know this is a standalone issue for you.

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And that’s it, Insiders! That’s all I got for you guys today. You keep living that vape life. We’re out of here. Deuces.

Pros
  • Good looking
  • All the electronic features of a box mod
  • Nice resin panels are held in firmly
  • Feels sturdy
  • Lots of airflow options
  • Good flavor
  • 4 mL capacity
  • Replaceable 18650
  • Loads of vapor
Cons
  • Wired rubber plug gets in the way
  • Single-port refill can cause liquid to flow back out
  • Drip tip adapter may cause connection issues
  • Requires another device to build on
  • Airflow ring has up-and-down play
  • No power lock

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DeucesJack is head of reviews at Vaping Insider and has become known as one of the best reviewers in the industry. He pulls no punches and always gives an honest and unbiased opinion on the products he reviews. Since the launch of our youtube channel in 2018 he has put out a review video every single day.