One of the more interesting entry in the flurry of eGo clearomizers and cartomizer tanks has been the eGo Vision. The eGo Vision clearomizers, sometimes referred to as the Stardust cartomizers are an interesting design. The first generation of the cartomizers came out with little stubby wicks but suffered from that design. The latest version includes longer wicks. Read the rest of the eGo Vision Clearomizer (v2) review to find out if it’s helped.
Vapor Alley is currently offering sale pricing on these cartomizers.
The latest offering in the Stardust family keeps the same unique silhouette as the original. The base of the cartomizer is the width of an eGo battery, but the last third of the body tapers up to about half the size.
The taper sort of gives the Vision a profile not unlike a beer or soda bottle.
The bottom of the cartomizer has a recessed battery connection to mate with an eGo battery. When perched atop of an eGo battery, such as the eGo Twist I used for this review, it gives the entire e-cigarette a uniform and sleek appearance.
On the side of the clearomizer’s tube are graduated markings indicating the amount of e-liquid on board. The markings go up to 1.6 ml, but the eGo Vision can be filled past that mark to nearly 2ml.
The whole thing is topped off with a tip that resembles a traditional drip tip. Except these tips have a post the extends beyond the top of the cartomizer, and they screw on to keep e-liquid from leaking.
This version is also available in a number of different colors. Of course the real changes are on the inside of the device.
The interior construction is mostly unchanged, featuring a heating coil assembly atop a thick inner tube. The coil is capped with a silicone seal that covers the assembly and the wicks.
A new addition is a small brass tube that sticks up from the silicone cover and inserts in the bottom of the drip tip. This seems to be designed to provide a better seal between the gasket and tip to prevent liquid from getting directly into the heating element.
In the place of the fat and stubby wicks are four thin wicks reminiscent of traditional clearomizers. This change addresses the biggest complaint of the original Stardusts. The original design required the cartomizer be tipped often to insure the wicks stayed wet. The result was more frequent dry hits as the liquid levels dwindled.
The new wicks extend all the way to the base of the eGo Vision clearomizer. Holding the device horizontal is no longer a requirement with this design.
Using the eGo Vision Clearomizer
The new version of the eGo Vision actually performs as well as the original did. Which is to say it is a pretty competent device. There is great vapor production and throat hit.
The temperature of the vapor is cooler than you’d expect from a top-coil design, but isn’t bad. Interestingly, I find the overall vapor profile to be more mellow than something like a Boge cartomizer, for example.
It’s not that it doesn’t perform as well, it simply doesn’t have quite have that little bite I tend to get from the other cartomizers. This can be either good or bad depending on your preferences.
There is one difference in the performance over the old version. Lengthening the wicks was a good idea. The old Stardusts would start petering out and giving dry hits with about 1/3 of the liquid still left in them.
The longer wick versions offer consistency through the entire cartomizer. It does start to exhibit wicking problems when there is a small amount of liquid remaining in the tank.
Filling the eGo Vision is also the same as before. Fortunately, this is a pretty easy task. There’s a decent sized gap between the side of the tube and the center part. If one is careful, the clearomizer can be filled without a syringe by letting the e-liquid dribble down the side of the tube.
I’m not so coordinated, so I prefer to use the syringe (it’s also faster that way). The key is to avoid getting liquid down the center tube while filling, lest the device become flooded and start gurgling during use.
Speaking of which, I have had zero issues with gurgling so long as I took care while filling. Using the previous version of the Stardust, I did run into occasional gurgling issues. It seems like the addition of that tube extension has proven to be helpful in this department as well.
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The second version of eGo Vision Clearomizer is not a radical update. Primarily the changes were the addition of long wicks and a small tube extension at the top of the gasket. The original Stardusts performed decently, and this new version does the same. However, the updates to the design eliminated a couple of the problems that plagued the originals such as dry hits and gurgling. This is a evolutionary update rather than revolutionary, but it makes for a pretty decent clearomizer.
You can get one to try for yourself at Vapor Alley.
- Easy to Fill
- Good performance
- Attractive design
- Adapter required to use on non-eGo devices
- Vapor a little on the cool side
- Proprietary drip tips
Product Name: eGo Vision Clearomizers V2
Available From: Vapor Alley
Price: $5.99 (on sale for $4.99)
Threading: eGo (510 with adapter)
Resistance: 2.0 or 2.4 ohm
Disclosure: I feature affiliate links for Vapor Alley
The Wonderer(07/05/12 - 11:39 am)
Sorry to "butt" in
Armed police swooped on a coach on the M6 Toll motorway in the West Midlands.
A police source told BBC Radio WM a passenger was seen smoking.
The 48 passengers on the Megabus Preston to London service were led off the coach and forced to sit apart in a cordon on the opposite carriageway.
Staffordshire Police said the coach stopped on the hard shoulder "of its own accord" at 08:20 BST.
About four hours after armed officers arrived, police confirmed the scene as safe. Shortly before 1500 BST the M6 Toll reopened.
The passengers have been allowed to continue their journey to London, although some have chosen to return north, to Manchester.
A police spokesperson said: "We received a report from a genuinely concerned member of the public about suspicious activity on a coach travelling on the M6 toll at Weeford, near Lichfield
PS The Army was called in for backup.
Christopher Cha(07/05/12 - 1:54 pm)
I think this is the 3rd version, 2nd looked the same but used a different crack-resistant or thicker tube, and 3rd is with these longer wicks plus the new tubing.
Steve K(07/05/12 - 2:00 pm)
I think there was also a version that had 2 long wicks somewhere as well. I ended up just going with what Vapor Alley called it, this is one of those products that a bunch of factories make now, so keeping track of which one is what can be a little… challenging :)
Jason(07/05/12 - 3:06 pm)
I had been using a CE2 clearomizer with a plastic chamber that I liked quite well. When I went back to re-order recently, they also had it in a black metal casing, I thought less convenient since the insides were hidden while filling or to see how much liquid left, but other than that, it promised a better hit and less chance for leaking. So I tried the metal and it works quite well too. This one above has the tapering built into it. The CE2 clear plastic ones wouldn't accept the standard eGo tapering sleeve. But with the metal ones, the eGo tapering sleeve fits like a glove. This is neither here nor there, in my comment, but the idea of top heating coil combined with liquid chamber below and no polyfill material, has been, for myself, a better experience than even the tank systems have been. I think I will try this one one day too now that you describe it, the designer colours are an addtional attraction.
Jason(07/06/12 - 2:13 am)
I wanted to add, about those rubber seals inside the clearomizers – sometimes the configured ones with a ledge around the perimeter and seal around the top begin to tear if removed to refill or poked through with a filling needle enough times – so as a replacement spare, since I like using a more comfortable drip tip on the end, I learnt I could take the original stubby plastic tip that fits in the end, carefully cut off the little ridge that keeps it from going down into the tube, then use that to push down inside the tube to the top of heating coil area and use that as the rubber seal instead. I learnt I can sometimes stack two in there for double protection against leakage. I do like on this one you describe for the eGo that it has the extended brass air tube coming up and above the internal seal since that would doubly assure that fluid has less chance of making it up and over into the center air tube that must be kept dry. Again, it sounds like a nice product, I will be hoping to try it soon.
Steve K(07/06/12 - 5:48 am)
Finally a use for those rubber tips that come with CE2s :)