The ProVari is the crème de la crème of the vaping world. I’ve said it along with countless other vapers. That was certainly true up to a few months ago. But, has its time come? Are the only ones left singing the praises of this vaping status symbols the fanboys? I’ve pondered whether the ProVari has seen its day lately, so I figured why not put those musings into the form of an article.
Most likely, if this article got your attention, you are probably already familiar with the ProVari. If not, the ProVari is a high-end variable voltage electronic cigarette made in the USA. One of the first ones to feature any sort of display along with advanced features like a resistance meter and a single battery design. You can check my original review here if you need more details.
Last year, ProVape, the maker of the device released the first significant change to the device in the ProVari 2.0. The 2.0 used the same body, but upgraded the internal circuitry to support higher amperage loads. Shortly afterwards, the ProVari mini came into existence.
This model featured a shorter body for smaller batteries. It used the same circuitry and featured the same price tag as the original model.
Recently, the ProVari 2.5 was released. There was much anticipation about the possibility of more features such as variable wattage being added to update the aging product. The 2.5 update turned out to be purely cosmetic, leaving in the same feature set as the version 2.0 models.
In addition to ProVape, now Henley also carries selected models of the mini (be sure to use HENLEY15 for 15% off)
For the longest time the ProVari enjoyed its place as the king of e-cigarettes in terms of both technology and superior build quality. First came Volcano’s original Lavatube at half the price which had some of the same features of the champ, though it was light years behind in build quality. It was around that time that ProVape released the 2.0 upgrade for it flagship.
Clones of the Lavatube and of the ProVari continued come in from overseas. For the most part, they couldn’t match the performance or the build quality of the ProVari 2.0.
Eventually the challengers became closer in build quality, but lacked the performance. That gap too began to shrink with devices like the original V-MAX that used dual battery configurations to handle amperage loads of 4amp or higher.
Those initial high-performance models had a fatal flaw in the way they calculated power at lower voltages. These also were no match for the ProVari’s rock-steady voltage output performance.
The flaws were smoothed over. Suddenly, even more innovations were getting packed into the devices. Factory-made vaporizers started boasting features like variable wattage combined with higher current limits.
People began asking if the ProVari was worth the extra cash.
Is the ProVari Worth it?
Here we are today. There are probably a good dozen devices (or more) on the market right now that boast better technology than the ProVari. There are APVs that feature beautiful OLED displays, most also can do automatic power output in the form of variable wattage.
Let’s face it, variable wattage isn’t even that hard. It’s a matter of taking the resistance of the attached cartomizer and calculating the voltage to match the set wattage. Ok, that’s not hard for a microchip, but I still can’t do it in my head, that’s why I like variable wattage.
Then there are devices like the Joye eVic and Janty Mid which have USB computer connections that allow fixes and features to be added via software updates. To their credit, ProVape upgraded my original model to the version 2.0 for a reasonable fee, but I had to mail it to them. It’s also worth noting the eVic has a fairly low amp limit, due to software restrictions and design limitations.
Many of the devices do have high amp limits thanks to dual batteries (which is an issue on its own, I admit) which means it’s easy enough to drop back into voltage mode and just throw a ton of power at dual coil cartomizers.
Quality still varies widely from model to model, but there are some fairly well put together devices on the market.
And the thing is pretty much every device that bests the ProVari in technology is anywhere from a little to a whole lot less expensive. It does seem like the ProVari is starting to show its age like a Hollywood starlet past her prime.