Up to this point e-cigarettes, even the more advanced models, have been pretty straight forward. They may have variable voltage and wattage, but once you bought it, you pretty much had to buy a new one when improvements, or even fixes, were made. Joyetech's eVic promises to change all that by rolling out an e-cigarette with updatable firmware. What's more the eVic itself has some design features that are also new to the market. The question is do these things make for a good vaping experience? Read the rest of the eVic review to find out if this is the next big thing, or unnecessary fluff!
|Product Name||eVic Intelligent by JoyeTech|
|Available From||Panda eCigs|
|Voltage||3-5v (.1v increments)|
|Wattage||2-11W* (.1w increments)|
|* using eVic firmware version 1.1|
Joye's eVic (vapor intelligent cigarette, if you were curious) is not unlike many tube-style APVs out there. The design is maybe a little more streamlined, but it's still a tube. Despite the traditional look, there are a few new conventions and nice touches to discuss.
Before we begin, this review is based on the 1.1 version of the firmware. This version adds some very useful features, like being able to actually adjust wattage. If you're rolling 1.0 you should probably upgrade. If you're rolling something newer, hopefully I'll update this or post a firmware-only review which I'll then link to from here.
Overall impressions of the eVic is that it is about the same size as other devices that use the big 18650 batteries but it's a fairly light device. I'm guessing it's made of aluminum. The finish appears to be a metallic powder coat of some type. It's reasonably durable, but I have noticed a small nick in the finish of mine. Save for a couple of minor exceptions, which I'll dive into shortly, the eVic is reasonably well put together.
Starting from the top of this high-tech ecig, things don't look much different from any other similar device. The top features a tapered end with a recessed battery connector inside.
There's more to the top than that. It's the first of the cool things to be found in this device. Joyetech invented the eGo, so it's not surprising to find the battery connector inside is a fully eGo compatible connector complete with cone threads. Also, the top is actually a cone that unscrews, leaving the connector completely exposed just in case you have a tank that needs more breathing room or an exceptionally large cartomizer.
It seems like removing the top cone is mostly unnecessary. There are air notches in the top of the cone, and more than ample space between the inside of the cone and the battery connector to allow even very fat cartomizers like Kangers fit with room to spare. It's probably the first large device I could use those cartomizers on without an adapter.
The battery connection is built into the next part of the eVic, the control head. This section is the brains of the unit; where the magic happens if you will.
The control head is a black cylindrical piece that screws into the battery holder section of the eVic. Inside the head is the display which disappears when the device is not in use. Opposite the display is the sole button, an oblong chrome button.
In addition to being oddly shaped, the fire button is also low profile. I found the shape of the button made it very easy to find and press without looking. The button has a good feel to it, but it does rattle around a little, taking away from the solid feeling of the eVic as a whole.
Similarly, the control ring on the bottom of the head is slightly loose adding to the rattle. The control ring replaces the up and down buttons found on some other variable voltage e-cigarettes on the market.
One thing that is not loose is the cover for the built-in micro USB port. That is not a compliment. The cover is very difficult to pry open without using a small tool. There's been a couple of times I've shoved the edge of the cover under a fingernail trying to get to the USB port.
Access to the USB port is important. There are a couple of reasons you need frequent access to the USB port, first is if you want to use the MVR software with the device or upgrade the firmware (I will do a review for the MVR software and link to it when it's published.) More importantly, and an awesome feature is that you can charge the battery via the USB port. How cool is that? It's a feature I've always wanted in a big battery e-cigarette. You can also remove and charge (and eventually replace) the battery like any standard 18650 battery.
Getting to the battery is just like any other device, there's an end cap at the bottom of the battery compartment that simply unscrews for access. I did note that the thread action is very rough on the battery cap. It's more pepper mill than stereo knob. Fortunately, if you charge via USB, you don't need to open it often. If it really bugs you, you can always grease the threads.
The rest of the battery compartment is pretty standard stuff. Other than the odd Joye logo, it's just a silver tube.