Only took 7 months for me to break my new year’s resolution. Was able to stay away from ordering any new vaping hardware through some will power, help from a few benefactors sending me items to try, and of course by there not being any new items that really begged me to part with my hard earned money. Yesterday received one of my two pre-orders, the Kayfun V5 Clone by SXK (Infinite). This also marks the first time I bought the clone version of any rta before owning the authentic. Enough of my rambling, let’s get to the details.
As you can see the SXK clone comes in a near identical box(es) as the actual Svoe Mesto. Honestly think the only difference is the blue on the clone is a shade darker than the authentic. Once open you see the two smaller boxes, one containing the Kayfun V5 Clone assembled with the glass tank, the other with the steel tank and extra orings, screws, and the magic little blue screw driver. Unlike the authentic the extras come in a opaque wrap instead of a clear plastic resealable bag. The instruction manual is also folded up and inserted behind the two little boxes, instead of inside the accessories box. Still if you didn’t know better it could easily be passed off as an authentic. Hoping no sites or shops take advantage of this.
As expected from SXK the machining on this RTA is top notch. All the threads are buttery smooth without any burrs or deformities. The logos are etched on, and line up properly to the same spots as the authentic. The airflow control ring is a little firm the first few times you adjust it, but after a short break in period it moves easily but not so easily that you’re going to disengage and turn it in your pocket. Everything else from the juice control to the top cap moved flawlessly. No issues with the deck screws, they came up easily without stripping the head, and caught the wire perfectly. Didn’t have any machine oil or debris of any kind, though did still clean it before use. The only differences I can tell visually from the authentic to the clone are the etchings are not as deep on the clone and the insulator is an off white/beige color instead of pure white as on the real deal. That and of course the SXK logo etched into the afc ring.
The Kayfun 3.1/lite set the gold standard for MTL vacuum rta’s a few years back. The 4 was a step forward and three back. It was plagued by being over engineered. Too many moving parts, which lead myriad of issues. Svoe Mesto fixed a lot of the 4’s issues with the Kayfun Mini V3. This is the refinement of that design. The only knock I can give the V5 is to some it will be too airy. It has as much airflow on its lowest setting as a wide open Kayfun Lite + (as in the air control screw removed). Unlike every other top fill vacuum designed rta’s I’ve tried (save the 4 and Mini V3) it does not leak after filling it. Only leaking issue I’ve had is by having the juice control too wide open for the juice I’m using. A key thing to note on the V5 is that unlike the 4 which you could top fill or fill from the bottom of the juice chamber, the 5 is really top only. I had a hard time getting any syringe larger than a 22G into the holes.
Now I know I’m reviewing a clone, not the actual device. My lone caveat to that is have gotten to handle a legit V5, and have a good friend in the vaping world with a real one who after sharing pics and a few phone conversations has agreed with me there is very little difference between the real and the clone. It’s a situation much like with the Kayfun lite + before it where there was almost no way to tell at first glance or actual use the difference between the real and clone. The boxes on the lite gave it away, the engraving on the bottom did as well, but that was it. With the SXK version the lines are even blurrier. It truly is top notch. I’m not saying don’t buy the real one if you can afford it or find it stock, but if your money is tight, or you have a hard time justifying the $120+ price tag, you can get the same experience for almost a 6th of the price. That’s a win in my book.