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OFRF nexMESH SS316L mesh review by Mjag. Good TC for mesh?

The new nexMESH SS316L stainless steel mesh was sent to me directly from OFRF along with the new nexMESH Sub ohm tank, review coming soon. I was planning on doing one review to cover both but felt this needed its own review.

Mesh shmesh, what’s the big deal?

I have been a fan of mesh since the first mesh sub ohm tank hit the market but rebuildable mesh, not so much until the Wotofo Profile RDA hit the market. I reviewed the Cthulhu Ceto mesh RDA, wasn’t a fan and purchased Vandy Vapes first offering of a mesh RTA prior to the Kylin M, again, not a fan.

During that time I also purchased a lot of mesh to try, got a huge tube of SS 400 mesh from lightning vapes when they offered it, meh. Also bought 3 rolls of Vandy Vape SS316L mesh, the one that was supposed to work with there failed first attempt at a mesh RTA. The Vandy Vape SS316L mesh comes in 3 versions, 150, 200 and 300, the numbers meaning how coarse or fine the mesh. Luckily I am a cheap bastard and didn’t throw any of this mesh away. Thought they would never get used until I was sent the Profile RDA to review. I tried all the mesh I had in the Profile RDA and fell head over heels for the VV SS316L 200 mesh, kicked flavor up a notch and even better I could use it in TC mode to avoid the dreaded mesh dry hit from hell.

The VV SS wasn’t too accurate when it came to TC though, experimentation was needed to find the right settings vs what I used to with normal SS316L coils.

Enter the OFRF nexMESH SS316L mesh coil

OFRF came on the scene with the original Kanthal nexMESH coils made exclusively for the Profile RDA and boy did they make a great first impression. I did enjoy this mesh but went back to the VV SS316L 200 mesh, I forget to squonk sometimes and wind up with a dry hit, cough my brains out, I need TC.

Imagine my excitement when I opened up the vape mail from OFRF expecting to only find the new nexMESH Sub Ohm Tank and find a package of there new SS316L nexMESH for rebuildable tanks!!! The clouds parted and the sun shone down on me, they must have heard my prayers!

Opened up the packaging, oh, look at that!

Not only is it SS316L but a different hole layout in the mesh compared to the kanthal version, here is a pic showing the VV SS316L 200 on the left, nexMESH kanthal in the middle and new nexMESH SS316L on the right.

Performance and comparisons to the VV SS316L 200 mesh

I am already set on mesh, the VV 200 SS316L mesh is my go to so I didn’t feel a need to compare it to all the others I have, I wanted to match up with the best performer I have. You have to cut the VV mesh to size, it comes on a roll, not precut. I used the included bending tool that comes with a different mesh RTA to make sure both mesh was installed to the same height.

As you can see the nexMESH on the bottom 2 pics was not fully pushed down, the solid part is what makes contact, I found this makes for a better TC vape than fully inserting the mesh, a little more accurate.

Both Profile RDA’s loaded up and ready to rock, the same wick was used in both to make sure thickness was the same.

I just want to note whenever using any SS316L coils do not dry fire them until they’re red hot, it can form oxides which are not good. WIth mesh, you can also damage it by glowing them red hot, these are very small hair-thin wires. No need to work out hot spots on mesh, it is already uniform, just dry fire at 10 watts to clean the coil prior to installing your wicks, short 1 second pulses are all that is needed, you want a dull glow, not a bright glow.

Using the juice I have been obsessed with lately, Fuji by Pacha Mama (if anyone has a DIY recipe please let me know) I placed both Profiles on DNA250C mods and made sure the settings matched right down to the preheat boost.

First thing I noticed was the nexMESH SS is not as spity as the VV SS mesh, it was apparent with each draw. Now the moist hit of the VV mesh does lead to a bit of a flavor bump, you will be licking your lips, sugar lips anyone? The flavor with the nexMesh was pretty damn close though which is to say it was tasty and better than any other mesh I tried besides the VV SS 200. With the VV being a thinner mesh the ramp-up was a bit quicker too but really close, I had to look into the drip tip to confirm which mesh was which a few times.

For TC the nexMESH was closer to what you would expect with a traditional SS coil, more accurate than the VV SS mesh. I had to turn down the temp on the VV mesh to avoid a dry hit, the nexMESH I ran at my normal 430F and got results I was expecting, still different than a normal build but no dry hits which is a godsend when it comes to mesh. It has to be noted though that when the next mesh was fully inserted into the clamps, the solid part was not visible like the pic shown above, then TC was not as accurate.

For the Profile RDA I preferred the nexMESH SS316L mesh over the VV SS 200 mesh, the flavor was almost even but the spit back was reduced. This stopped me from looking like a spaz while licking my lips.

Moved both over to my Pumper mods to test out just power, I use my Profiles a lot on these as I have trained myself to just give a pumper a squeeze before hitting the power button.

I had a hard time figuring out which was which with a 18650 installed in both mods, both really tasty.

I only have 1 Profile RTA and 1 Kylin M, had a fresh build in the Profile using the VV SS 200 and installed the nexMESH into the Kylin M. In this situation with your mouth being further away from the coil I preferred the VV 200 mesh as it is still a little moister, the nexMESH a dryer vape. Still very close though and I would be satisfied with either one, I do tend to prefer the Profile RTA over the Kylin M.

Final Thoughts

Skipping the Pros and Cons, not really any cons I can think of other than they didn’t send me a lifetime supply. I think the OFRF nexMESH SS316L mesh will be the new standard for mesh RDA/RTA’s, power or TC, it doesn’t matter, it excels at both.

I will keep using my roll of VV SS 200 mesh until it is used up but will be ordering more OFRF nexMESH SS316L mesh for the convenience, performance and how well it works in TC. If you love the VV SS 200 but wish it wasn’t so spity then the nexMESH SS is for you. I just noticed that vapordna just put the new nexMESH SS316L in stock as well and it should be at other retailers soon.

I was only able to find a blog post of OFRF’s site regarding the new SS316L mesh: https://www.ofrf.com/community/ofrf-launches-nexmesh-ss316l-stainless-steel-coils I would expect them to start selling it soon though.

Check out how this stacks up to other tasty gear and meet the Steampugs team of reviewers. Your bound to have a good time and read up on some great products, not so great ones too http://www.steampugs.co.uk/

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Daminit! I’m sorry I gave my Profile away now. Guess I need to go shopping again…
Great review!

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Hahaha, thanks!

Mesh definitely has it lovers and haters, I am not giving up my standard coil tanks but some juices really come alive with mesh. I have a strawberry peach cream that shines with mesh, seems like fruits and other bright flavors have an added kick.

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I have been waiting for the SS nexMesh ever since the Unity was introduced. This news is almost as good as Illinois approving recreational pot last week!
Great review and details. Thank you.

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I’m curious about the cost myself.

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I didn’t even know they had it in the works so yeah, it was a great surprise when I opened the box. Still prefer the VV 200 in the Unity and Kylin M, gives off that crackling noise so you know that juice is just popping off the coil. The nexMESH is not far off though and preferred in the RDA for me. Thank you

@Letitia pretty sure the SS316L is $9.99 at vapordna for a 10 pack.

I forgot to mention in the review that the coil lasts a long time too. I rewicked after about a week but just cleaned the coil with some dishwashing liquid and a toothbrush and a light dry burn. Was good as new again and so far more than 2 weeks and it is still going strong.

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Not the coil cost I was curious about but thanks. Don’t have much interest in mesh builds honestly. Mesh stock coils have come a long way, still trying to decide whether to pickup the OFRF or Fireluke 2.

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Oh, you mean the sub tank. Still working on that review, if you only use single coil mesh than the OFRF, there SS coil is pretty good. If you like multi coil mesh than the Fireluke 2, the dual and triple put out a lot more flavor. You can use the new Fireluke 2 coils in the old Fireluke M or mesh as they called it, the first small mesh tank they introduced.

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Erm, I’m an Illinoisan and Zen’s comments about mesh is not what had me grinning happily.

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Oh sorry, I am in California, legal for a while now, was high when reading your comment and munching Doritos :wink:

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You’re in California?? Let’s hope SF doesn’t set a trend…

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Yep but luckily Southern although still not great but NOT SF, idiot’s over there. Saw an article that said hmmmm, so SF bans ecigs but cigarettes are still legal? I am hoping this will backfire on those mindless morons

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Last I heard dispenseries should be opening around January.

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@mjag great review, and THAT ^^^^ perked up my ears…

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I almost exclusively vape a strawberry peach cream in mesh tanks for this very reason, tastes so different in a normal tank. Not all juices of course and some are better with a standard coil.

Thanks brother

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@mjag I’m so happpeeeee!!! Can’t wait for the OFRF SS Mesh to be easily accessible. Aaaand now I’m gonna try my VV SS316 mesh wire in the Kylin M… I wasn’t super over the moon about it in the Profile, so I didn’t even try in the Kylin M. Definitely will now after your (kickass) review. And luuuuurving those Pumpers with the matching Profiles! Niiiiice!

And YAY Illinois!!! I’m in AZ, personally. We’re also an up w green state, with medcard, at least. SF has lost its damn mind w that nonsense. :wink:

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Love your enthusiasm, it’s awesome!

Definitely let me know what you think of the nexMESH. With the VV 200 you do have to make sure you don’t crease or deform the mesh, can be tricky in that it is thin. The nexMESH is better in that regard for sure.

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Nice write up! I predicted this a while ago on the VU. Different or new style mesh paterns and types for rebuildables. Not hard to predict, but it’s nice to see it happening. I just saw a dual mesh RDA today. Pretty interesting…

I’m happy with OFRF’s original kA1 mesh sheets. I squonk my Profile after every other hit so no problems for me. I’ve never really liked TC but I’ve never had a DNA mod either. My only gripe with OFRF is the price. They know they make great “mesh” sheets and make you pay. $1 a per for a little piece of metal is a bit much IMO. But I’m a cheap skate too lol. I saw VV is making sheets similar to Nexmesh and selling them for about half the price. I saw another company doing the same thing so OFRF doesnt have a monopoly on them anymore. That’s a good thing as a consumer as long as they are good.

I won a pre-release Fireluke Mesh tank before they hit stores. I loved it and still do. They sort of opened the flood gates with all these mesh tanks we have now. I like watching history unfold in anything I’m interested in. It will be fun to see what these companies unleash on us as far as mesh and mesh rebuildables.

I also won a Themis RTA and didn’t like it at first. I had no idea what I was doing (mesh deck) and couldn’t set it up right. Later I got a Profile and learned how to use it properly. I went back to the Themis and used mesh from a Vandy roll. With my new knowledge I was able to set it up well. It’s a really great tank (with the mesh deck) when done right. “For advanced users” lol

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Do tell, who makes it?

It is pretty pricey when you think it is $1 per mesh, it does last long though. I got more than 3 weeks with it so far, just pull the wick, clean the mesh with a toothbrush, very light dry burn at 10 watts to dry the mesh and rewick. I have done it 2 times now on both my RDA and RTA.

The VV 200 mesh is a better value though, you pay more for the convenience of the OFRF.

Thanks for all the added info :+1:

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