The legend: Provari. A myth?
Here's the scoop. The Provari is a Variable Voltage device that all other advanced personal vaporizers are compared to. It's the "Gold Standard" in a way of speaking. The legend is well earned. While other devices were frying, the superb electronic circuitry of the Provari stands the test of time.
The Provari 2.5 is available in many configurations and colors. There's even a limited edition version (the Dragon) ... a vaping device to suit all tastes and needs.
The one we reviewed included the extension for the 18650 battery. The box included:
- The Provari 2.5 vaporizer (black)
- 2 AW IMR batteries
- 18650 Extension cap (black)
- User manual
- Buyer's Rewards program documents
- All in a "Provape" black box
The Provari standard battery cap is silver with matching top "beauty ring". The Extension Cap is black to match the color of the Provari body.
The first thing to notice is how incredibly well machined this is. The threads are superbly done and buttery smooth – and the entire unit is well done, well machined. Provape recomment the AW batteries only. That's what I used for the tests and review.
There is no complexity to using this. The menu is simple and well organized. It's a single button setup, with the menu providing details. The "default" power setting when brand new is 4.0 volts. To change power, for example, you press the firing button five times until PU (Power Up) is displayed. Wait about two seconds and then 4.0 is displayed. After that, when you press the fire button, the voltage increases by 0.1 volts. When you reach 6.0 volts, it starts at 2.9 and continues upwards. To change power in reverse, let the screen "shut" down and then press the fire button seven times until PD (Power Down) is displayed. Wait two seconds until your power is displayed, and then you can cycle in 0.1 volt increments. When you reach 2.9, the Provari cycles back to 6.0. There are other menu options: PO (Power On/Off); CB (Check Battery); AO (Atomizer Ohms); and, LO (LED On/Off). It's pretty simple and easy to get used to.
There are also other feedback: if the fire button is blinking slowly, the battery needs to be recharged; The LED can also display when the atomizer has a short.
There are circumstances when the Provari will not function: if you attempt to use unprotected batteries, the Provari will not power up. If you stack two batteries, the Provari will not power up. If you attempt to use too low a resistance atomizer, you will get an error message. The Provari will fire at 0.9 ohms at the lowest, but that is touch and go. Many atomizers will not fire below 1.2 ohms. Provari recommend higher resistance coils for the best experience using the Provari.
One aspect of the Provari that is highly touted is how the Provari delivers consistent voltage until the battery is nearly fully depleted. This does work quite well. Vaping with the Provari yields the same vape experience until recharge time. One aspect not mentioned is how smooth the vaping experience is. Quite a few advanced personal vaporizers have a noticeable harshness when going past the battery's rating – meaning anything over about 3.8 volts. I usually attribute this to how the circuitry handles pulse mode modulation. The Provari is in the class of vaporizers that handles this extremely well. This is one well designed and engineered product.
Beyond the electronics: the Provari just feels right. It's well balanced and feels "smooth" ... like it belongs in your hand. It's all positive.
The negatives: there's two. The Provari "standard" beauty ring is tapered for smaller diameter tanks. Most tanks these days are designed for 18650 devices and are typically in the 20-22 mm range. The only way to get a smooth finished look is to order the "straight" beauty ring – at extra cost. This really should be included. The second negative is more of a personal issue: I don't like devices where the firing button is opposite to the display. That's the case with the Provari, the firing button is on the opposite side of the device. The only other device that does this is the Innokin SVD. The Innokin SVD has the firing button on the opposite side of the LED, plus it has the Plus and Minus buttons (that the Provari doesn't have) on either side of the LED. Everyone that I've ever talked to that has used the SVD all make the same mistake: press the wrong button consistetntly. However, I need to point out that the reason I prefer to have the firing button within viewing range of the LED is to see what is going on. In using the Provari, I found this unnecessary: the Provari is consistent when using it and referring to the LED is not necessary. So, the only issue, really, is the beauty ring.
So what's the verdict? Is it worth it? It's a Provari, it's a legend, and it's worth it. Really, it's your choice. The lowest price for a Provari Mini is around $130 in the Clearance section of the Provape website. The "regular" price is $159.95. That's the unit itself, everything is an extra cost. And you can get a starter kit for $209.95 that includes everything you need to vape, except for juice (including the charger too, two batteries, and an excellent quality tank). Please note that there are a number of add-ons that you can get for the Provari that are not available with most other devices. For example, if you want to use your eGo threaded clearomizers (Aspire BDC, ET/ET-S) with the Provari, you'll need to get the eGo threaded adapter from Provape. The Provari is not inexpensive. There are many that suggest you can get considerably lower priced advanced personal vaporizers – you need to keep in mind that Provape have a history of quality with the Provari and stand behind the product with a full one-year warranty.