Joyetech eVic-VTC Mini
The Vape Store Online sent us the Joyetech eVic-VTC Mini and we are thrilled with it. It's incredibly small, and incredibly powerful. Small? In all dimensions (length, width, depth) it is smaller than the Vapor Shark.
As you can see at the right, it is available in three colors: Black (as we received), White, and Aqua blue.
It's even more powerful than the first eVic-VTC with a button arrangement that is more consistent with similar products. The fire button is quite a nice size and an excellent tactile feel. That fire button delivers power nearly instantaneously to the coil too ...
The adjustment buttons are recessed with the touch portion of the button flush with the facing of the eVic-VTC Mini ... very nice and prevents inadvertent adjustments.
Notice that the micro USB Charge port is just below the adjustment buttons. To charge this, you just set it on your desktop surface and plug it in. Charging time is about 3 hours. Perfect even for dripper atomizers, sitting upright on your desk means no leaks.
The micro USB Port is also used for firmware updates – and Joyetech has that covered right from the start. This is advertised as a 60 watt temperature control device. Joyetech already has three versions of upgrades available. The latest, version 1.20, supports up to 75 watts. And the upgrade process is incredibly simple with the included USB cable. Download, plug in the device, fire up the software and it upgrades in seconds. No fiddling with removing batteries, pressing a sequence of buttons, or anything else. It's that simple.
The 510 connector is a brass color and floating. It's spring loaded ... not too firm, not too loose. The threading on the connector is buttery smooth and appears to be a chrome plated brass. You can see it at the left with nice air flow channels built into the top and case. You can use just about any atomizer on this device.
The OLED display is high contrast and easy to see in any lighting condition. The layout is similar to the original eVIC-VTC. Adjustments are nearly identical, just use button presses. You will need to read the manual, though.
I really like the graphical battery display and found it to be quite accurate.
The Joyetech eVic-VTC Mini has a U-shaped battery compartment held in place by two rectangular shaped powerful magnets. There are two ways to remove this cover: either pull it straight off or slip it downwards. Either way works. By the way, the serial number is on the rectangular magnetic on the 510 connector end.
Despite its small size, inserting or removing the battery is easy. The + side of the battery faces upwards (towards the 510 connector end) and the connector is spring loaded. You insert by putting the positive end first, pushing it in slightly and sliding the negative end in.
There is a ribbon that helps remove the battery.
The case appears to be a cast aluminum metal. It is light, yet firmly assembled with absolutely no rattles or noises of any kind from any part of the device. How do I know it's aluminum? I dropped it twice. Other than a minor scrape, it's held up very well – and still no rattles.
Manufacturers continue the five clicks on and off style to power on and power off their devices. The Joyetech eVic-VTC Mini follows this same protocol. I really am pleased that this eVic-VTC Mini implements buttons instead of the round top button on the original eVic-VTC ... the buttons are far more comfortable to use and familiar for adjustments. Three clicks in rapid succession access each individual component to adjust.
Here's where it gets interesting. The Joyetech eVic-VTC MIni supports variable temperature (100 – 315℃ / 200 – 600℉) with nickel and titanium coils. It also supports variable wattage from 1.0 watts to 60 watts (75 watts after upgrade) in 0.1 watt increments. There's also a "bypass" mode that is a protected mechanical mode – that delivers actual remaining voltage in the battery directly to the coil. The only other device I am aware of that has these three modes is the Smok M80 Plus ... the Joyetech eVic-VTC Mini implements this much better though.
In practical use, this is one stealthy device. It's light and easily fits the hand with only the atomizer showing. Button placement is ideal. You can either have the OLED display facing you and press the fire button with your thumb, or away from you and press the fire button with your finger. Either way is comfortable and made a lot easier with the rounded edges. The magnets holding the battery cover are just perfect strength. They hold the cover in place regardless of orientation for firing preference. The only time the battery cover came off unexpectedly was when I dropped it from a height of about four feet.
When you press the fire button the power transfer from the battery to the coil is near instantaneous. No waiting. And, I found it to be full power. From the onset of inhale all the way through to finishing the inhale is a satisfying vape. No lag, no unmet expectations. Battery life from one 2500 mAh battery was about 6 ml of juice.
So, what’s the verdict? Is it worth it?
Yes, without any doubts. Joyetech has made great strides in developing products that vapers want and need. The Joyetech eVic-VTC Mini (or the starter kit version) is a great value. Definitely in a leadership position with the smallest size temperature control device available. I like "stealth" vaping, the smaller the better. And, the eVic-VTC Mini exudes quality in design, build and materials. It is well worth adding to your vape gear.
AND KUDOS TO JOYETECH – the user manual included in the package is very well written in English, French, German, Spanish.and Russian. WELL DONE!!!
What’s in the box?
- Joyetech eVic VTC Mini (battery not included)
- Ego One Mega Tank (with CL-Ni 0.2ohm head)
- CL-Ti head (0.4ohm)
- Micro USB cable
- User manual