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Steam Crave Glaz Mini Pure MTL 23mm RTA review by Mjag

Thanks for checking out my review of the Steam Crave Glaz Mini MTL RTA which was sent directly from Steam Crave. Before we get into it let’s talk a little about advocacy, something we need a lot of right now.

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Now onto the review…

Available in black and stainless steel

Getting to know the Glaz Mini MTL RTA

Steam Crave is not generally known for MTL tanks, usually clouds bro mother chuckers with tons of flavor…me likes. They did release the Aromamizer Lite recently which I reviewed. It was touted as a restricted deep lung or MTL RTA but I found it to be great for DL vaping, not so much for MTL. They have since added an accessory to make it more MTL friendly which can be found here but I have not tried it myself.

The new Glaz Mini which is the subject of my review is, as they say on the packaging, “Designed for Pure MTL” and yeah, no DL vaping with this one.

I always take a tank apart to clean prior to use in case some machine oil is still present. Giving the Glaz Mini a sniff prior to that it gave off no foul odors so they did a nice job of cleaning it beforehand. Not surprisingly the build quality is what you would expect from Steam Crave, smooth threads, and built like a tank. I was not happy to see the clear o’rings as those have given me problems in the past but these have been much better. Just be careful when cleaning though, some of the o’rings are prone to come off so keep that in mind.

As you can see by the small air holes on the deck, this is a Pure MTL tank for sure.

Instead of bubble glass, you get an extension that takes the Glaz Mini from 2ml to 5ml. I generally favor a bubble glass due to keeping the chimney as short as possible but in use, I could not tell the difference and appreciate the cleaner look.

That small airflow hole you see on the bottom, that’s it, no other airflow holes so yeah…Pure MTL.

Only one 510 drip tip included but it works well. I did swap it out for some of my favorite drip tips but in the end, I continued to use the one supplied. The only bad thing is if you have facial hair like me then sometimes it would snag a bit, never plucked one out or anything but I could feel it.

One thing I did notice while using is there is a gap between the chimney and top cap where condensation will collect. Sometimes there is a noticeable spit back from it and other times not, probably dependent on the build.

That might contribute to the extra flavor I am getting. Not like I am drinking juice but sometimes I can feel a little on my tongue. I almost forgot to bring it up as I am not experiencing it much right now and when it does happen it does not bother me much.

Builds and wicking

Now first Steam Crave gives a nice description of the building and wicking in the owner’s manual and it can be found on their website as well.

Since they did such a great job with the tips on the Aromamizer Lite instructions I tried that first. Ho hum was all I can say. First off with a 2mm coil you are not left with much wicking material which means your wicks need to be a little longer to go down further into the wicking slots. After 2 or 3 builds with 2mm coils using single wire and some claptons I decided that was enough, wasn’t working for me. I then went 2.5mm and yeah buddy, flavor improved immensely.

I tried about 5 more builds using a 2.5mm inner diameter with varying results but all better than the 2mm. My favorite was an SS316L tri-core fused clapton 28g inner with 38g wrap. Even though it came out lower than is optimal for MTL at around 0.26 ohms it still vaped great at about 25 watts. The wicking I feel was key to the jump in performance. As you can see in the pic below the wicking slots have a step to them, I just damned up the top step, no cotton down the next step. That kept my cotton soaking wet but no leaking.

You can only do that with a 2.5mm coil, 2mm will not provide enough cotton. You have to make sure the cotton is tight in the coil, almost where the coil moves then pulling it through. No need to thin out the cotton, just make it nice and fluffy and lay it on the top wicking slot. I can’t tell you how much of a difference this made for flavor.

Cutting your wicks is maybe just a half mm more than the deck, that is all you need.

If using round wire you can wrap your leads around the post screw, they designed it that way.

Pretty smart of them to add those notches so you could wrap your wire around for the best contact. Not possible with fused claptons, with those just hold the wire tight against the screw when tightening down. I would have liked to have had a post that screws down onto the wire from the bottom of the screw instead of around the head of the screw. It would have made building a little easier but it seems a lot of MTL tanks are designed this way. Everything held up great after 7 or 8 builds, Steam Crave quality at it again.

To MTL or not to MTL…oh wait, with this, you HAVE to MTL

I don’t have a huge selection of MTL tanks, the original Innokin Zenith, Fumytech Rose MTL, Silverplay RTA and the original Kayfun I got 3 or 4 years ago. I went ahead and put the same build in the Silverplay and Fumytech Rose MTL tanks. Loaded up the same juice and away I went.

Now pay close attention to the air holes on the Silverplay on the right, and Fumytech Rose on the left. That is how much I had to close them to equal the wide open airflow of the Glaz Mini. Both the tanks mentioned can do a restricted deep lung hit wide open, not the Glaz Mini.

It was pretty clear a few puffs into it that the SIlverplay was the lesser of the other 2 tanks, after finishing off a tank in all of them the Silverplay was put to the side. The Silverplay is not a bad tank but in MTL mode it didn’t shine, it is much better as a restricted DL tank. The Fumytech Rose is a very good tank and at first, it led the pack. Once the Glaz Mini’s build broke in a bit more it was about neck and neck. Some juices I preferred the Rose, other juices the Glaz, it really was that close.

I did place an order for a Digiflavor Siren V2, a MTL RTA I have heard great things about. Unfortunately, it is still a week away but if anyone wants to hear how it compares then please leave a comment and I will update the review.

Vape pics

Always good to see how tanks fit on various mods, I really enjoyed using it on my mini mods.

Wasn’t too bad on my medium-sized mods either

Pros:

  • Excellent build quality
  • The drip tip is actually really good, might snag your beard a little though
  • Wicks great with no leaking if you follow my guide above
  • Really clean looking and no branding if you use it in 2ml mode
  • Great flavor for a MTL tank (I do still favor DTL tanks for maximum flavor)
  • Pure MTL, no DTL vaping with this little guy
  • Ability to increase juice capacity to 5ml without bubble glass or flavor suffering

Cons:

  • A little tricky like most MTL tanks to trap your leads when building
  • 2mm coils as stated in the manual not ideal for flavor, 2.5mm much better
  • An extra drip tip would have been nice, one without fins so us guys with beards don’t get it snagged
  • Condensation can build between the chimney and top cap resulting in some spit back

Final thoughts

I started with MTL tanks, used a Kayfun for a good year religiously until sub-ohm tanks hit the market, I was hooked. I am coming back around though, don’t get me wrong, I will fight somebody who tries to take away my cloud/flavor chucking setups but I like a good MTL now and then. MTL tanks also come in handy when you don’t want to be a dick but still need that nic fix. With all that said it still needs to have good flavor and the Glaz Mini delivers…albeit with a really tight draw. I was almost going to list as a con that I would have liked a little more airflow but then it would not be a “Pure MTL” RTA. Steam Crave definitely delivered on that promise, that vapor is going into your mouth first, not straight to your lungs.

Now if you’re a cloud chucking fiend like myself is MTL right for you…No…maybe? If you need to be discreet but still need that nic fix then this will be better than a pod IMO. I also only use MTL in the house, my DTL setups are for outside or in the garage, less chance of getting yelled at for fogging up the room. The only thing I use in the car when raining as well, it makes a lot of sense then.

I do intend to collect more MTL tanks for my personal use and the Glaz Mini will be in that rotation along with the Fumytech Rose and Innokin Zenith. Once I run out of coils for the Zenith it is likely going in the trash to be replaced with another MTL RTA.

You can find out more about the Steam Crave Glaz Mini MTL RTA directly at there site: https://shop.steamcrave.com/c/glaz-mini-rta-new_0375 Looks like they already sold out of the first batch but should be getting more soon.

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Great review @mjag, thank you.

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Great timing brother! I’ve been eyeing this one and appreciate you going through it. Funny, I think we are phasing pretty close. I’ve been enjoying mtl again myself. Been carrying two mods, one DL, the other MTL. Right now I’ve got a siren and an arom lite going.

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Thank you Garry, appreciate it my friend.

Haha @SmilingOgre I must have some Ogre in my family tree…at least I hope :+1: I always carry a MTL in the car along with a DTL setup too. The Glaz is usually on the Warwolf you reviewed and was spot on about. I really dig that combo, never thought I would say that about a single 18650 mod.

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That must be a great set up. Get some pretty serious battery life using lower wattage like that. That Warwolf was a real sleeper. Never took of. A bit of a hidden gem.

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Definitely, I will pick up a black one if run across a deal. Have 2 friends looking to get one too after trying mine, it is just a solid mod…props to you for the review, I love it :+1:

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Thanks for the very good review @mjag ! I am interested in a follow-up once you get your Digiflavor Siren 2. I have an Arommamizer Light coming in a week or so. I was going to buy the Glaze Mini but they were sold out as you noted in the review. I actually thought of the chimney restrictor like they added to the A-Light well before I saw Steamcrave already did that :crazy_face: I was thinking about a chimney sleeve to use in the A-Plus along with a 510 tip and the single coil deck. So I am really looking forward to trying it out on the A-Light. I hope it comes with the Chimney insert :thinking:. Thanks again :+1: :+1:

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I was going to do it for sure, just wasn’t sure if anyone wanted to hear about it. I am hoping to get it next week but hasn’t even hit customs yet so who knows. Once I have a chance to get a few builds through both I will post it here.

Let me know how that Aromamizer Lite insert is. Not sure I want to change my Lite, I really enjoy it as is but am always wondering what if :thinking:

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Great review @mjag, good lede intro, and really nice that SC provided some tips/tricks in the box, and that you deep dove, and tweaked them for everyone. Like @SmilingOgre I always roll with a MTL and a DL, just makes sure you’re covered, no matter what you need. I’m still running (don’t laugh) an original Phiniac nude tank with Boge cartos for my MTL (snagged cases of cartos when they were on mega sale), but am always looking around for a good MTL replacement that IS rebuildable. I’ve been playing around with a Berserker and getting better MTL out of it, but ironically it’s still not as good as my carto setup ?? Maybe this Glaz Mini might help fill the bill ?? !!

:slight_smile:

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I remember cartos but not the Phiniac, retro is kool brother :sunglasses: I know I have some cartos somewhere in the stash, need to find it and a tank to reminisce.

I actually dusted off the Provari to use with the Glaz Mini when I installed a 1 ohm coil. It worked but my nipple top batteries don’t last too long anymore.

Thanks brother

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Two things ended Phiniac’s tanks. First, they were/are/were almost impossible to break. Hand blown, thicker than today’s tanks, and hardened (somehow). And secondly, people moved en mass away from cartos.

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I would totally rock one of those, probably the skull, kool stuff :+1:

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I think I still have 3 Nude XL’s floating around here. All with the stainless steel caps. I have dropped these countless times, over and over, and have YET to break a single tank. Couple of scuffs on the SS caps is all I have to show for it.

LOL, because even though cartos are old tech, they don’t leak, mine never flood, and they actually allow for pretty good flavor.

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LOL :rofl::rofl::rofl: I know right? Even though the Zenith coils are pretty nice with great flavor (for a coil head) it just doesn’t beat an RTA or RDA for flavor and cost.

Nice review bro. I want one…

I wonder if I can get one for review… :thinking: I think I’ll give em a shout.

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Yeah, lol. I did buy a pack of Zenith coils after my review but not planning on buying anymore coils aside from Mesh Pro which is my goto when I am feeling lazy to build.

I heard Innokin will be releasing a new version of the Ares mtl rta, never tried the original but would like to try the new one when it is released. For now I am good with the Glaz Mini and Rose. Hoping to get the Siren V2 this week so will update the review once I have had a chance to fully compare.

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@mjag, I’m guessing you’re like me, DL most of the time, but where not appropriate, MTL ??
After running it for a bit, still liking it ?

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Yeah, we share the same style brother :+1:

I don’t like to DL in the house or car for the most part. At home I go outside or to the garage to DL, don’t mind MTL inside the house.

Since I still have fresh builds in both the Glaz and Rose I have one near my laptop and the other near the TV. The Glaz has still been performing great and with the 5ml extension I fill up every other day along with a battery change.

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I wanted the Rose quite badly when it first came out and I would still like one but wouldn’t be able to bring myself to pay the cost. After this review, I want to pick up the Glaz Mini. Right now I have the Kayfun V3 mini, Kayfun Light Plus (thanks to my friend @d_fabes ) I have the Siren V2 and get a nice smooth vape from it. I have the Nautilus 2 and the 2S which I actually bought coils for and am on the last one and when it’s gone… I’ll probably give it away. Oh and the Zbiip which I liked but again I would have to buy coils and a pod once in a while (which I resent) so that one will go to the wayside too.

I would love to get a hold of the Aris and especially the V2 when it comes out.

Someday I will be as cool as you and your team and have manufacturers sending me stuff. Until then, I am content.

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I bought the Rose, I think it was @Fishaddict420 that posted the deal on the Rose in the deals section awhile back but sold out already. If I run across another deal on it I will post it and tag you bro.

I hardly get anything to review now, I am ok with that. It was definitely a “careful what you wish for” situation when a lot of products would just show up unannounced. Looks like a lot of mfgs are slowing down on review products sent out. I would not feel bad if I were you on not getting review products, it is a lot more rare than it use to be.

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