#ThisThingRips R2 Series Gen 3 Review
Build Quality73%
Vapor Quality77%
Look & Feel78%
Difficulty85%
Portability86%
Discreetness81%
80%100Overall Score

The R2 Series Gen 3 is the newest device from #ThisThingRips, a company that’s been making wax vapers very happy for a while now. It’s one of those well-established yet relatively unknown companies. It isn’t that they don’t have a huge customer base. They get great business and great reviews, but they’re not one of the household names of the vaping industry… yet. The original R2 was met with mediocre feedback, but since then they’ve had time to listen to feedback and make improvements. This is the third installment in their R2 Series, and it’s their best yet.

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Product Pros

  1. Dual Quartz Coil
  2. Easy to use
  3. Portable and discrete

Product Cons

  1. Designed only for waxes
  2. Disposable wax tanks – need to be replaced

 

 

R2 Series Gen 3 Review: Breakdown

Quality

#ThisThingRips R2 Series Gen 3 atomizers

Build Quality

Build Quality

This Thing Rips isn’t reinventing the wheel with this unit. It’s what you expect when you buy a vape pen: a battery, an atomizer, and a mouthpiece. That being said, it’s as well-built as a wax pen can be. It doesn’t rattle at all when you shake it, it feels solid, and all the parts fit together very well.

It uses a 650mah battery that lasts about day, but that’ll vary depending on how often it’s used. The ceramic chamber houses two ceramic rods wrapped in high-quality titanium. On paper, that’s a pretty standard design. In practice, however, the results are quite impressive.

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Vapor Quality

The vapor that you get with the R2’s dual titanium coils has pretty average flavor. It’s delicious vapor, but it’s not close to the best we’ve had. That’s fine with us because This Thing Rips wasn’t focused on flavor when they made this device. 

As their name implies, they were focused more on the unit’s vapor production, and they did not disappoint. Those dual titanium coils hit like a rig, but they’re far more efficient. If flavor is your thing, #ThisThingRips has their Roil wax pen which features a ceramic donut which provides excellent flavor.

Design

#ThisThingRips R2 Series Gen 3 Coil

look-and-feel

Look and Feel

The R2 Gen 3 doesn’t exactly stand out from the crowd. It is, however, an attractive little device, and its soft finish feels great in the hand. The clear, hashtag-shaped fire button has three LED lights built in to indicate the temperature setting. It’s honestly the only thing that detracts from the look. It’s this one, cheap-looking, plastic piece in the middle of an otherwise good-looking device.

The R3’s “Vapor Blast” mouthpiece is standard in every sense of the word. Again, it doesn’t look bad, it just looks like most of the other mouthpieces out there. The include a second mouthpiece that’s clear so you can see the vaporizing process. It looks really cool, but using it will obviously reduce the discreetness of the device. Overall, the R2 Gen 3 doesn’t look bad at all. It just isn’t doing anything new aesthetically-speaking, and it isn’t the most premium-looking device on the market. In terms of this units look and feel, it sits at the higher end of the mid-tier wax pen spectrum.

Discreetness

Difficulty

This wax pen is extremely easy to use. Simply drop your wax onto the dual titanium coils, press the button on the front of the device five times to turn it on, and cycle through your three temperature options by pressing the button three times.

Once you’ve chosen your temperature, just hold the fire button down and take a hit. The user interface is pretty standard in that regard, but it doesn’t get a lot easier than that.

#ThisThingRips R2 Series Gen 3 Kit

Difficulty

Portability

It’s very easy to carry this device around. You might notice it in your pocket sometimes unlike the smaller, ultra-portable wax pens, but it’s unlikely to bother most.

It isn’t the smallest wax pen out there, but to be fair, wax pens are getting extremely small. The size will be absolutely fine for most.

Portability

Discreetness

The R3 Series Gen 3 is a very discreet unit due to its compact size, but This Thing Rips went above and beyond by including a pen cap. It’s a little bigger than most real pens, but with a cap on it, it manages to look like a large pen.

It isn’t so large that someone would question it, but it’s pushing that line. The three temperature settings help the units overall discreetness. The original only had one heat setting, and that thing ripped. The clouds were pretty difficult to hide, but the new R3’s low-temperature setting solves that problem.

Conclusion

The R3 Series Gen 3 is a great little unit with a lot going for it. If you want a fairly inexpensive wax pen that hits like a rig, you found it. It’s great at producing massive amounts of vapor. The flavor is slightly above average, and if they were to make it any better, they’d likely have to tone down the vapor production. We’re happy with the balance they found between vapor production and flavor. It’s a satisfying experience.

The build quality could be a little better, but overall, there’s not a lot to complain about. It’s durable, and it functions well. It would admittedly look a lot better if they redesigned that fire button. Reducing the size of the unit just a little would make it more discreet. In that case, with the cap, it would manage to look more like a pen. These are all pretty small gripes. This is a great wax pen that we can easily recommend. 

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Phil is a writer based in Pensacola, Florida with a real passion for the vape nation. Although he primarily operates within the vaporizer industry, he's also a professional lyricist, search engine optimization expert, comedy writer, tech writer, and social media manager.

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