Interview With a Phantom – Mod maker follows artisan family tradition

By Pedroh H.

Excessive-finish mods. Everybody needs them. Most won’t ever personal one.

Our business has reworked the excessive-finish mod market to the purpose the place most can solely be obtained by understanding the key handshake or belonging to the correct personal group of some social media outlet. Erik Colvin, the person behind the famend Phantom’s Revenge, is dealing with issues fairly in another way.

Wanting again by means of Colvin’s familial roots of artisans and wooden staff, there isn’t a query why he selected to comply with this path. His family constructed Italian picket race boats within the Nineteen Sixties – so it was a pure transition for him. All through his life, Colvin has mastered many trades from comedian ebook artist to scorching rod restoration specialist, he’s even original a whole Boba Fett costume out of plaster of paris and casting supplies.

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Colvin’s ardour for his commerce is unmistakable and instantly obvious. His eyes lit up with pleasure when he started to elucidate his course of. He crafts every stabilized wooden clean, has customized C-Frames made to his specs, and personally wires and solders every Phantom. He has a cautious consideration to element and hand wraps the completed mod in parchment paper to be despatched to his shoppers.

Colvin was working as a foreman for a development firm when he first started to discover modding. The Phantom V1, his first dive into the modding world, took off shortly after AL “ModMen” reposted him and shortly after @vapeporn reposted AL. Colvin talked about “it needed to been the craziest half hour of my life.” After a while and tweaks he launched the Phantom 209, adopted most lately by The Spectre.

With any mod, what’s underneath the hood is all the time as necessary as what’s on prime. Colvin makes use of the Evolv DNA 200 chip inside his Phantoms 209 mods and the YiHi SX350 J v2 within the Spectre fashions.

Colvin needed to do one thing totally different. He had observed that a lot of the excessive finish mods on the time had DNA 40s and that simply wasn’t sufficient for him so he heard concerning the DNA 200s and received his arms on them. I might say it was a sensible selection. Naturally wanting so as to add selection to his mods he began to make use of the SX 350j v2 for his Spectres. Each are the DNA 200 and the SX 350j chip set are the perfect chips available on the market and he wouldn’t need something much less for his mods.

Colvin additionally stated he prides himself on his customer support – all the time striving to seek out options to issues that come up in a well timed method. Holding a Phantom’s Revenge mod in my hand I might perceive how necessary his work is and the dedication he has to make each design distinctive.

At first, his objective was to create an attainable mod that he would respect, personal and other people wouldn’t have to leap via hoops to seek out. The Phantom mods are one in every of few excessive-finish mods available on the market sporting the facility of the DNA200.

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Phantoms Revenge is predicated out of Simi Valley, California, simply up the road from the place Colvin lived as a youngster.

It’s been an fascinating journey for him to return so removed from his V1 to the Spectre. When discussing his course of and making an attempt to know how he makes all of these lovely sleeves that set his mods aside from everybody else, he laughed and stated, “It took me about two months to determine the right recipes for stabilizing the sleeves.”

With stabilized wooden, every mod is exclusive and has its personal type. Colvin all the time makes it a precedence to take shopper ideas under consideration together with his personal methods.

Colvin stated his spouse, Tara Colvin, has supported him each step of the best way. At first it was troublesome to stability his full-time job together with his work as a modder. Discovering a approach to make a dwelling with one thing you’re keen on is not any straightforward process, however having her behind him alongside the best way was a distinction maker.

He stated his inspiration to make the primary Phantom mod got here when he started seeing $500 and better mods, however he by no means felt they have been well worth the worth. Perhaps it was the button configuration, display placement, the chip set or a number of different issues. Regardless, he simply wasn’t seeing something he felt was really value its price ticket.

So Colvin started with a design and caught to it, making a few modifications right here and there. The aim was to make one thing that anybody at any degree of vaping, from the newbies to probably the most expert and nicely versed, might take pleasure in.

And he discovered it within the Phantom.

For extra info on The Phantom’s Revenge mods examine them out on Fb at https://www.fb.com/Tprevenge/, or on IG @thephantomsrevenge.

Pedro H. has been concerned within the business for the previous four years. He now works for Flawless Vape Distro. Comply with him on IG @theohmbre.