ProVari V2 Review Update
ProVape, makers of the ProVari variable voltage e-cigarette quietly rolled out version 2 of their classic high-end e-cigarette mod. The ProVari V2 is not a radical update. Really only a couple of features have been adjusted. For the most part this is an incremental update.
If you aren’t familiar with the ProVari, it is one of the most advanced e-cigarettes on the market. This high-end e-cigarette mod is considered by many fans to be one of the best e-cigarettes on the market bar none. You can read my original ProVari review to get up to speed.
The actual appearance of the ProVari remains unchanged. There are just a couple of changes with the device’s electronics. The first is that the voltage range is a little wider going from 2.9v to 6.0v. To be honest I have never really heard of anyone using voltage below the original ProVari’s 3.3v range.
The second update is the potential game changer for the new version of the ProVari. The original version of the e-cigarette mod limited amperage to 2.5 ams. After that the protection circuitry would kick in and shut the ProVari down.
Previously, the device was unable to run dual coil cartomizers at higher voltages. This is because the low resistance of the dual heating coils caused a fairly high amp load at relatively low voltages. The ProVari V2 should be able to run these dual coils at or above 5 volts! In my experience dual coil cartomizers really shine at 5 volts.
Essentially the update will eliminate one of the biggest weaknesses of the original ProVari.
If you’ve been on the fence about the ProVari because of the limitation with the dual coils, your wait is over! All styles of the device on ProVape’s site are now V2 versions and are available now!
Multiple Size Choices
Along with the more advanced circuitry, ProVape also announced the ProVari mini. This ProVari features a slightly different tube design featuring what looks sort of like rain drops rather than the ProVari’s classic fluting embellishment.
The Mini, as it sounds, is a smaller version of the original ProVari. The Mini features the same upgraded circuitry. The tube is the same diameter, but shorter than the original. With the default end cap the ProVari Mini can accomodate an 18350 battery. You can also add the same extender cap to increase the mini to the size of a stock ProVari without the end cap and run an 18490 battery.
If you like a more compact personal vaporizer, and don’t mind the shorter battery life, you can pick one up at ProVape.
My Real World Experience
I’ve had a couple of weeks to kick the tires on the new, higher horsepower V2 circuitry. I’ll admit, I haven’t really tested the new feature that allows the minimum voltage to go down to 2.9v. I’m sure someone must have an application for that, but I couldn’t think of a good reason to set the unit that low.
Most of my use focused on how the higher amperage translated into using dual coil cartomizers. This is sort of the star attraction of the new V2 for dual coil fans.
As soon as I got my package from ProVape, I opened it up as quickly as my shaky fingers could manage. In went a freshly-charged battery and I popped on a full dual coil cartomizer tank. I set the voltage on the ProVari to 5.0v and hit the button.
A satisfying sizzle sound started, then nothing. The display presented the dreaded E2 error message.
My heart sank a little, but I soldiered on and dropped the voltage to 4.9.
Again the carto made that happy hissing noise. This time, it didn’t stop and the error message never came. For some reason that .1 volts was a real sticking point for the ProVari.
In my book, 4.9v is close enough. I like my dual coil cartos at 5v. They produce a fantastically warm and rich vapor with flavor to spare. In short, I’m happy.
As for the cons, well if you like your dual coils at a toasty 5.5-6v you’ll have to keep looking for a solution. The other con isn’t really specific to the dual coils. When running the ProVari at high voltages, it’s going to drain your battery a little faster than cruising at a mild 3.7v.
A small price to pay from my perspective.
With this update, the only con left on my original ProVari review is that the button navigation system can be a little annoying at times. That’s not really a huge con to begin with. This upgrade has made the ProVari one of the most versatile and solid variable volt devices around. If you haven’t made the jump yet, you can use this handy link to pick up your own today.
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