TECC (or The Electronic Cigarette Company) is a UK-based offshoot of Totally Wicked. The company offers a fairly wide selection of vaping products from basic, to the more advanced like the subject of this review. The V-Scope is actually a sort of simplified version of an advanced personal vaporizer. Read the review below to find out if that’s a good thing or not.
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TECC V-Scope APV
The V-Scope setup comes in the form of a full-on kit, although you can purchase the tank separately. The kit is probably the best stocked APV starter kit I’ve seen in a while. Here’s what you get:
- The V-Scope APV
- Dual Coil Pyrex Tank w/ replaceable heads and airflow adjustment
- Extra head
- Accessory pack including a screwdriver and extra mouthpiece
- 18650 IMR battery
- Single external battery USB charger
- Micro USB cable
- 10ml e-liquid
Quite the list, though I’m not exactly sure why the kit includes an external charger since the APV itself has a micro USB port that allows you to charge the battery without removing it from the tube.
The APV, available in either a satin or chromed finish, is a fairly simple design. Well, except for the telescoping section that is. There is a sleeve at the bottom of the device’s tube between the battery cap and the main body that sort of locks the thing into 18650 mode.
If you remove the sleeve, the tube can be adjusted to fit shorter batteries. I generally don’t bother since I like a longer run time, but it is certainly a nice option to have. You can use the device with an 18650 without having the sleeve in place, but I think it gives the device a nice, finished look often lacking in other telescoping devices.
Aside from the telescoping bottom section, the only other feature breaking the exterior surface of the V-Scope’s tube is the fire button and adjustment dial assembly.
This is basically a single unit. The dial surrounds the illuminated fire button. Simply turn the dial to adjust the voltage from 3.6 to 4.8 volts.
There is no wattage option, and 4.8v might be a little low to some people used to APVs that go up to 5 or even 6v. Although to be truthful there’s not a whole lot of difference between 4.8 and 5v.
I almost think of this like an eGo Twist style device, but much larger and with the ability to swap out batteries. Of course you can also charge up the device by plugging in the included micro USB cable into the port on the side of the device.
The top of the V-Scope APV is also fairly understated. There’s no eGo connector, just a flat 510 connector with a couple of grooves for air passage.
TECC V-Scope BDC
That makes perfect sense considering it’s designed to marry up to the V-Scope BDC. Indeed the two pair together quite well with an excellent fit, making the combined unit look like a hybrid setup of some kind.
Like the APV, the BDC is an aesthetically clean design. An understated top and bottom section matching the APV’s finish give way to a wide Pyrex tank.
In turn, the tank puts on display the somewhat chunky internals of this tank. That may in part explain why a fairly large tank only has an advertised capacity of 3.5ml of e-liquid.
A lot of the space is taken up by the bridge section that connects the bottom to the top of the tank and houses the dual coil head.
In case you’re wondering, the heads are nothing like ProTank heads. In fact, the design is fairly unique. It’s a sealed affair that has a couple of pin holes to feed liquid into the dual coils inside.
That’s not too uncommon since I’ve seen a few similar designs in things like Nautilus tank. Perhaps the most interesting part about this head is that it’s a push-in design. There’s no threads here, you simply pull it out of its bracket and then push a new one back in. It’s about the easiest head to change in the world.
The lack of threads doesn’t seem to have any negatives. I found that there were no leaking issues to speak of and there’s more than enough room to fill the tank via my giant economy-sized Mt. Baker Vapor e-liquid bottle.
Another thing I find very interesting about these heads is that they seem to be very resilient. I’ve driven them to the point of tasting burnt a couple times. Typically, that means that the head is shot and I have to replace or rewick the thing to get back into business.
Not with these TECC tanks. I just have to let it sit for a minute or two and the flavor pops right back.
Adjusting the airflow might also help with what is clearly a wicking issue. The only problem is that airflow adjustment is oddly complicated. Rather than having some sort of twist adjustment like many competing tanks, this one has an adjustment screw. The good news is that the kit includes a nifty keychain screwdriver just like the one that comes with Innokin’s MX-Z mechanical mod.
TECC V-Scope Performance Notes
Naturally, when kits like this are designed to fit together with a specific tank, performance will be optimized for the two pieces of hardware working together. They do work together well, though I found that running at the highest setting does seem to outpace the tank’s ability to keep up (hence the dry hit mention in the previous section). I found the happy point to be one notch below at 4.4v.
In that configuration, the tank can keep up fairly well and produce a nice amount of vapor. The flavor profile is clean, while the vapor itself is a little on the cool side. Running a dual bottom coil at lower voltages has a way of doing that.
It’s the type of experience that I think would be a great introduction to people who might be new to the big battery APV experience.
A 4.8v output does sort of seem disappointing. But then again, there are plenty of APVs out there that claim they can run at 6v but clearly can’t come close to it. In that regard, the device isn’t setting you up for disappointment.
That’s not to say this thing is any sort of a slouch when it comes to performance. I ran any number of other tanks like the Nautilus and the E-Mod II tank and wasn’t disappointed. Sure, this thing isn’t going to keep anyone who’s looking to chase clouds happy, but it is a good performer in the midrange category of tanks.
That level of performance seems to be dialed right into the zone for which this device appears to be designed. It’s a simplified APV, so it would be a great device for people who don’t want a lot of fuss, but want a little higher performance and better battery life that only a big battery APV can deliver.
My biggest peeve is that TECC doesn’t have a US store. But, they do ship internationally, so there’s that.
The TECC V-Scope starter kit is currently on sale for 55.99GBP. You can find out more about international shipping and kit options at TECC’s website.
Too Long; Didn’t Read
The V-Scope kit is readily available in the UK (and can be shipped internationally). The kit is a fantastic option for anyone who wants the big battery APV experience without a whole lot of extra bells and whistles. The tank and APV pair together very well and the tank is a very well built, but low capacity tank. The starter kit is one of the best stocked kits I’ve come across further showing it’s designed for those new to the APV category.
- Very well stocked kit
- Clean design
- Built-in USB charging
- Good performance
- Excellent entry-level option
- Max 4.8v output
- Small tank capacity
- No eGo connector
dave(09/28/15 - 11:05 am)
unable to get new tank for v-scope so would not buy