Published on March 25th, 2013 | by Trick4
Draw Tube Smart by Beautiful
Draw Tube Smart
Summary: A well-built, good-performing mechanical at a very reasonable price.
If it seems we’re reviewing a lot of very GG-like mechanicals lately… well, that’s because we are. They’re a hot commodity, and it seems everyone wants a mechanical. The GG-style telescoping body with side-mounted button also happens to be a rather popular and comfortable configuration for many, and China is cranking out quite a few mods aimed at people who want something that looks and works like a GGTS, without the GGTS price. The Draw Tube Smart is another in this seemingly endless stream of GG clones — so what makes it different?
The first thing apparent to us was the build quality. Placed side-by-side with a Kamry KTS, for example, it’s clear which is better-built. The Draw Tube Smart is built with thicker, stronger materials and doesn’t have the flimsy, paper-thin feel of the KTS. It is built of solid stainless steel, unlike the chrome-plated brass of the KTS. The threading, button quality, and materials are all just head and shoulders above the Kamry mod.
While the brushed stainless finish is somewhat uneven, it’s probably on par with, or slightly better then, the finish on our SmokTech Natural, and the two mods do look quite a bit alike. The dimpling on the flat-headed top cap of the Draw Tube is less pronounced than on the Natural, and also appears on the bottom cap. The button is somewhat smaller on the Draw Tube, but wide enough to be comfortable. As far as look and feel go, the button is nearly identical to a GGTS buttons, with an octagonal head and two adjustment rings (one to lock the button, and another to adjust the throw of the switch).
[Retraction: Apparently, the second ring at the bottom of the switch is just there for looks, and does not, like the GGTS, allow switch throw adjustment.]
Internal contacts are stainless steel, which will probably disappoint those who place a lot of importance in brass contacts. We tend to think that importance tends to be wildly overestimated, particularly in the case of inexpensive mods, but it might be worth mentioning. The center pin is somewhat adjustable, though not widely so. Much like with many SmokTech mods, the back of the center pin has a screwdriver socket that will allow small adjustments up and down.
Frankly, we’ve got to say that out of all the inexpensive Chinese GGTS clones we’ve played with so far, the Draw Tube Smart may just be the best built.
Build Quality: 4
The Draw Tube Smart really is a well-built little clone. The materials seem strong, and the parts are well-crafted. There is a minimum of grinding on the threads, and the mod, overall, just feels solid.
It’s obvious that the Draw Tube Smart borrow a lot of design details from the GGTS, particularly its telescoping design and octagonal button. However, it manages to clone the GGTS style in a way that doesn’t look as cheap as some other attempts, resulting in a very nice-looking mod.
The finish is somewhat uneven, however. Under some lighting, a waviness of the brushed finish is rather noticeable.
With its adjustable center post and telescoping body, you’ve got a lot of options as far as batteries and atomizers go, and with its solid stainless tubes, a Kick would be easily accommodated.
In under-load testing, the Draw Tube Smart scored decent scores, displaying voltage retention of nearly 89%.
Priced at around $50 retail (when it can be found), the Draw Tube Smart compares rather favorably to other similar mods, particularly when its sturdy construction is factored in.
Overall Score: 3.6