Joyetech eVic VT
I have not been a fan of Joyetech for some time – the company or the products – particularly in the past year to year and a half. The company released far too many products that were proprietary and lacked in quality. The eVic VT indicates the company is headed back to compatibility. Certainly the quality is very good.
The unit reviewed is the one at the far left. It is white with a blue racing-style stripe. There are two other colors available: gold with black stripes, and black with red stripes.
You can purchase this in kit form as shown at the right. The kit includes a Joyetech eGo ONE Mega VT atomizer in a matching color.
Let me deal with the eGo One Mega VT first. Save your money and get the Express kit without this tank. Although it comes with both Ni and Ti coils (nickel and titanium), you'll get more dry hits than these types of tank should get. I had to keep checking the juice levels just to make sure I had actually put juice in. The problem is the coils themselves ... the juice flow holes are so small, I can't see how anyone could expect to get anything more than a short mouth inhale. It was a chore getting through just 2 ml of juice ... thankfully I had a good tank with me to swap out and continue the VT testing.
Now on to the eVic VT. Joyetech has come out with a winner with this advanced personal vaporizer. Featuring an incredible 5000 mAh battery. I've seen some references to this as a dual 18650 setup (it isn't). This is a lithium ion polymer battery system similar to the Smok M80. This battery lasts and lasts. It is one of the few that gets through roughly 22 hours of vaping hard. And it is rechargeable using a micro USB cable either in your car or with a wall charger.
The 510 connector at the top is floating and the threading is quite nice and smooth. While the eViC VT (VT stands for Variable Temperature) is non-standard with its buttons, it works. My initial reaction when I first saw the top button that rotates in about 60 degrees: this is going to be wonky. It does take a bit of getting used to, after all it is non-standard and has no equivalent in the industry. But it works. And, here's how:
Click the fire button at the front five times to toggle on/off. When powered on, the top rotating button adjusts the first menu item displayed on screen. That can be either the temperature setting for Ni, temperature setting for Ti, or power setting (wattage) when using it with Kanthal or Nichrome coils.
When the device is powered on, click the fire button three times and the top menu will start to flash. If you rotate the top button to the left, you change the menu going incrementally downwards. Once you reach the last item, it cycles back to the top. Rotate the top button to the left, and the highlighted menu item will increment. You can't rotate left to decrease ... but the options do cycle. For example, if you are adjusting the power (wattage), holding the rotating button towards the right will get you to 60 watts quickly and then it stops. Release the rotating button and turn it right one more time and it cycles back to 30 watts to start over. The starting point depends on the other settings you have picked.
The first menu item offers you a choice of "Temp Ni", "Temp Ti", and "Power" ...
In Temp Ni, you set the temperature you want when in regular mode. In menu mode, the second menu option is "Power" where you set the peak wattage you want to deliver to the coil to achieve the temperature you selected. The range is 30 watts to 60 watts in 0.1 watt increments.
In Temp Ti, you set the temperature you want when in regular mode. In menu mode, the second menu option is "Power" where you set the peak wattage you want to deliver to the coil to achieve the temperature you selected. The range is 30 watts to 60 watts in 0.1 watt increments.
In Power, you set the wattage you want to delivery to the coil when in regular mode, and the second menu option changes to a Voltage display ... you can't change that, the device will display the voltage needed to get to the wattage setting you picked.
The third menu option is for the coil resistance displayed in Ohms. You can't adjust this, but you can lock it in place. Since both Ni and Ti resistance vary depending on how you use it, you should not lock the resistance unless the coil is at room temperature.
The last menu option display on the OLED screen can alternate between Vapor Time, graphical Battery display, and Puff counter. I find the puff counters and vapor time displays to be nowhere near as important as a graphical Battery displays, where I have the eVic VT set. The graphical battery display is quite accurate too.
If you use the Vapor Time or Puff counter, you can reset it back to zero by display it in menu mode and pressing the fire button.
The tempearture range in both Ni and Ti is between 200 and 600 F (100 to 315 C). When in regular mode, the adjustment is in 10 degree increments.
I've been using the eVic VT for close to four weeks in preparing for this review. I really like it, it's one of my go to devices for temperature control. I use it with the Smoktech GCT tank and Ni coils. The vape experience is outstanding. Although the eVic VT is a bit on the heavy side, it all works well in hand.
The image at the left shows the setup I used for the tests. Note that I have replaced the translucent white silicone skin included in the package with a medium blue one. The reason for changing the skin was to hide something: you can also see (at the left) that I added a wireless charger card. With the translucent skin, that wireless card didn't look that great. With the blue, it is well hidden, with only a black square showing in the silicone cut out for the micro USB charger port. The wireless card plugs into that, all I need to do is set the eVic VT on a Qi charger.
If you decide to do something similar, be aware there are quite a few variations in wireless charger cards. I picked the most powerful, one that has a range of connectivity to 8 mm, and outputs 1 amp so the eVic VT charges in about the same amount of time as plugging a micro USB cable directly into the device. The range of connectivity is the distance between the charger and receiver. Typically they are between 3 mm and 5 mm with a straight sight line. But keep in mind that the silicone will absorb some of the signal, so shoot for a stronger card. The amperate output is usually 300 to 700 mAh ... you can also get them up to 1000 mAh (1 amp), but these are at a slight price premium.
The OLED display on the eVic VT is quite nice. It is not your standard configuration, but Joyetech did this right. It is bright and easy to read. The bottom of the device has 29 vent holes. Keep in mind this is a lithium ion polymer battery ... if dropped, you should stop using the device for several hours to make sure it hasn't vented. Lithium ion polymer batteries are usually encased in a light plastic housing and sometimes inserted in a hard plastic or metal container. These are not as robust as the typically 18650 style batteries that we are used to. Exercise caution and don't bang them around.
Well done, Joyetech, and keep up the good work. Produce high quality devices like the eVic VT and we'll keep buying.
The device is as complete as you can get in either kit. The box includes the battery, silicone skin, USB cable, translucent white silicone skin, and a USB wall adapater. The full kit adds a color matched eGo ONE Mega atomizer, a Ni coil, and a Ti coil.
So, what’s the verdict? Is it worth it?
Usually after using a device like this for one month, you start to see some wear on the threads of the 510 connector. You will likely take off your atomizer several times through a day to refill it, and the wear on the threads starts to show the bronze under the threads (wearing off the chromium finish). With the eVic VT the 510 connector looks as clean as the day I got it, and the threading is incredibly smooth. I am thoroughly impressed with the 5000 mAh battery in the eVic VT ... it easily performed perfectly through roughly 22 hours of solid vaping. The eVic VT is available in two configurations: either as an "Express Kit" or "Full Kit". The Full Kit includes a Joyetech eGo Mega atomizer with samples of Ni and Ti coils. I didn't even finish a full tank of juice with this atomizer ... all I kept getting was dry hits and the burned taste. That was consistent with either the Ni or Ti coils. I did have a look to try and figure out why and determined the problem is with the size of the liquid holes in the coils. They are quite tiny and I suspect do not allow enough juice in to the wicking material. Once I put in a known temperature control atomizer and coil on the eVic, I had no problems. So, save yourself the money and get the Express Kit (battery only). You have quite a few temperature coils to pick from that work well on the eVic VT. Do I recommend the eVic VT – unqualified yes for the Express Kit.