Hey everybody! Today, I'll be sharing an interview I did with the Ankh box mod creator, Jacob McKeone. I stumbled upon this mod on Instagram, got in touch with Jacob, and within a day or so I'm EAGERLY awaiting my new, completely wood, parallel 18650 box mod! I've got to say it looks absolutely beautiful and has quite a buzz on Instagram! I always try and local local builders, creators and outfits, so it is with great pleasure I bring you this interview today. Enjoy!
Jacob: I have been vaping for roughly 7 years, and I have always tried to get better setups, back when us vapers on ECR used to stack 350 batts and run 3 ohm cartos at 7.4v. I got into mechanicals, got into cloud chasing and it was all downhill from there. I wanted more output, more power, more battery life. I did some research on basic electronic circuitry and came up with two options. A series connection to run double the voltage, but retain the same mAh and amp rating. Or to run a parallel circuit, to double my vaping time and amp draw. I took the later as my option.
Carlos: About how long does it take to produce an Ankh mod?
Jacob: If I were to sit down and make one, do nothing but that single mod, it would take me about 2 days. But, since I only work in "batches" I can do several at once. I can do up to 16 at a time and leave no time wasted.
Carlos: How can people purchase the Ankh, and about how long is the process (from order, to door?)
Jacob: People can find me through my instagram, or word of mouth. I currently tell people to expect two to three weeks, because I (contrary to popular belief) have a very active life with a full time job and a loving girlfriend whom isn't obsessed with vaping. I understand that 14 to 21 days is a long time, but I often ship around the 7-12 day mark.
Jacob: I love history, I love Egyptian culture. The Ankh is the Egyptian symbol for the Key of Life, or the Key to the Nile. I think it is an elegant symbol that meant a lot to their culture, and honestly it's just badass.
Carlos: Do you have any plans to wholesale, or offer through an online/in-store location?
Jacob: I am open to both options, I am in discussion with quite a few retailers, along with some local guys about doing wholesale and maybe setting up an exclusive shop to sell them through. It all comes down to what I feel is right. If I don't like the vibe I get from wholesaling, I'll stop doing it. I like the intimacy of selling them one by one, though it's a pain in the ass when it comes to shipping time!
Carlos: Was the Ankh a prototype, or did you always have the box mod in mind?
Jacob: I made a few prototypes, most of them failed. Then I just took my time and did it right. I've never liked tube mods, I only own one. The box feels more natural in-hand, and it doesn't get hot. It's just my style I guess, I"m glad the general public has finally seen the advantages of using a box over a tube mod. Seeing as my mod is around half the price of most authentic mods and hits harder than all of them.
Carlos: Can you tell me a bit about the build? 510 connection quality, wiring, material used?
Jacob: I currently offer four finishes. They're colors that I have seen look good on the wood bases I use. They are all made out of a red oak base, stained and gloss applied. I offer a Mahogany, Ebony, a Golden Oak and a darker Walnut color. I try to keep the options to a minimum because I am just a single dude making these by hand. I offer a spring loaded connector, though I discourage it. I offer magnets, but that too, I discourage. Moving parts and magnets just lead to trouble. Keep it simple, basic and with as few moving parts as possible and you will have a successful product.
Jacob: I plan on upgrading equipment, upgrading the mod, the quality and the design. All in all,you will not recognize my mod. It's still in it's infancy, and it hits like a truck. Looking into higher quality items, getting things custom made to set my product apart from others.
Carlos: Tell me about your setup!
Jacob: I actually use one of the parallel mods that I sell, with one minor change. I installed a USB charger and glued the mod shut. On top of it I run a stillare with some 20g microcoils. I stand by my product day in and out.
Carlos: Any last words?
Thank you Carlos for taking the time to type this up for me. I'm looking to sell more mods, get my name out there and make some people happy. I try to offer a decently priced device with sales at least once a month. I don't want people to look at my mod and say "yeah, it's nice but look at that price tag!" I want it to be dependable, affordable and hit hard. That's something you don't find with authentic tube mods. They're all overpriced. I want others to have a reliable device at an affordable price. :)
You're welcome, Jacob! Needless to say, I am extremely excited to get a crack at the Ankh, and watch it grow in the future. If you'd to purchase an Ankh mod, visit him on INSTAGRAM(ankh.mod) or email him directly at email@example.com.
The ANKH is currently $ 100.00 this week only!
(regularly 120.00 shipped)
Thank you for taking the time to read this, everybody!
Get in touch if you have comments or questions!
Vape Strong and Live Long!