Here at SKVW, I like to review a wide variety of e-Cigarettes. I’ve used everything from basic starter e-cigarette kits to more specialized personal vaporizers. Today, I’m going to add another category to the mix: the high-end model. Let’s take a look at the ProVari e-cigarette in this review.
Update: ProVape recently announced the ProVari V2. The update is incremental so most of the features are unchanged. The new model has a higher amperage rating to better handle dual coil cartomizers.
ProVari Specs and Features
The ProVari from ProVape certainly fits into the high-end of the e-cigarette spectrum. While there are other, even more expensive models available, this unit costs considerably more than your average e-cigarette kit. The ProVari boasts an impressive array of features and an attractive design to go along with its premium price tag. Take a gander at the feature list:
- Variable voltage selections from 3.3 to 6.0 volts in .1 volt increments
- Push button menu for setting voltage and other settings
- LED display
- Microprocessor controlled
- Current voltage setting read out
- Battery level readout
- Resistance meter for your cartomizers and atomizers
- Single battery design
- Lighted push button with low battery indicator
- Protection circuitry to prevent short circuits, excessive amperage and overheating
With the optional extended end cap, the ProVari positively dwarfs more standard devices like the eGo. The end cap allows you to run a higher capacity 18650 battery instead of the standard 18490′s to give you about 50% more capacity. This should get most vapers through a full day easily. I get well over half a day on the 18650′s as it is.
The tiny computer inside the ProVari beyond controlling voltage is also in charge of keeping your investment safe. The system has a number of safeguards that will shut down in the event an unsafe condition is detected. These conditions include a short circuit in the atomizer, overheating or too much amperage being drawn by your setup.
The ProVari Experience
Using the ProVari is pretty straight forward, push the button and vape. However, changing the settings or running the diagnostics are a bit more involved. The unit features a single button, so all control must happen with the single button.
The control system works by pressing the button multiple times to navigate through a menu then pausing for the item to come up and then more clicking to select your desired setting. To get into the menu system, press the fire button 5 times, this will drop you into the PU (power up) menu. If you pause for 3 seconds you can adjust the menu. Click 2 more times to get to the next option and so on.
In all honesty, I don’t have a lot of things I can fault the ProVari on.
Anything else is really pure wish list stuff. While I’m on the wish list, one feature that is lacking is a wattage calculator. I’m pretty sure something like the ProVari is smart enough, so if it had a display to show you what your wattage was with your atomizer and voltage combination, that would be pretty handy. Other luxury models like the Darwin operate by setting the wattage rather than the voltage.
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- Wide voltage range adjustable in .1v increments
- Easy to read display
- Single button design
- Reliable performance
- Bragging rights
- Large and heavy
- Menu system can be annoying at times
- Unable to run multiple coil cartos at higher voltages
- Display and button lighting only available in red
Purchased from: Provape.com
Price: $159-$299 (plus options)
Battery: 18490/18500 high drain 18650 (with optional extension cap)