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Jacvapour VGO2 VV Review – Does The Variable Voltage option Make A difference?
It’s no secret that we are fans of Jacvapour products, having reviewed the V1P starter kit, the Mini VGO2, the VGO2 and of course the latest superb Series E we were left with little to complain about. All of them were fine electronic cigarettes. So when we found out that they were planning on bringing a VV (variable voltage) device to the table we couldn’t wait to get our hands on it.
Now one thing to note with the VGO2 VV is that it’s not suited or marketed towards the e cig beginner, if that is you then by all means check out this review but you may be better off starting your vaping journey with one of the previously mentioned e cigarettes.
As usual, despite this product being sent to us free of charge, we will be honest in our opinion! OK, on to the review.
In The Box
The Jacvapour VGO2 VV comes, not in a box, but in a faux leather zipped carry case.
Whilst these are quite a generic case in the e cigarette world it definitely does a good job of keeping all of your vaping kit in one easy to manage place.
In the carry case you will receive the following:
1 X 2ml Nova Clear Tanks with replaceable 2.4 ohm coil fitted
2 X 400mAh Manual VV Batteries (3.3v-4.8v)
2 X Replacement coils – 1.8 ohm and 2.8 ohm
1 X USB Charger
The kit comes with 2 variable voltage batteries that allow you to adjust from 3.3v all the way upto 4.8v, the idea being that the higher the voltage the hotter the coil is heated which in turn will give you a varying vaping experience. The higher voltage used will result in a thicker vapour and increased throat hit, go too far though and it can create a burnt taste. This is something we will look at in more detail in the next section though.
The batteries I received were both 400 mAh but they do also have 600mAh as an option if you want your battery to last longer and you don’t mind the slight increase in size. The 400 mAh battery is 74mm in length and the 600 is 88mm but bear in mind that is without the Vivi Nova tank attached which does double the size. For me personally I wouldn’t use this setup when I am out and about as it is too big so I would normally opt for the 600mAh battery just to add the extra 2/3 hours between charges.
The batteries are also available in a two options, the stainless steel and the black rubberised finish. Both look great and the black option that we are reviewing has, like the other batteries in the VGO range, a great feel in the hand.
Unlike the Innokin iTaste VV which comes with a digital display, the VGO VV has a twisting base/dial that has a red marker, the body of the battery then has the voltage number markers 3.3v – 3.8v – 4.3v – 4.8v.
It’s just a simple case of matching up the red marker with the required voltage, you can also set the marker in between these markers to get the vape spot on for you.
As would be expected with the battery itself it reacts instantly when the button is pressed so you get a good responsive draw every time.
The battery also comes with the now normal 5 button on/off function allowing you to switch off the battery when not in use.
Overall – The variable voltage battery functions very well, the VV dial feels solid and gives you great flexibility to help find the perfect setting for you. The battery life can however be effected depending on the settings you go for.
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Vapour / Flavour
The Jacvapour VGO2 VV comes with the Nova Clear tank that has a 2ml capacity and a re-buildable coil. These re-buildable tanks not only offer a cheaper way to vape in the long run but also offer even more flexibility to the way you vape.
How can it be cheaper?
You have initially got your tank with the coil already fitted, this is the strange looking part that has the long wicks attached to the atomiser.
They work like any disposable tank device in that you fill it with e-liquid.
The difference with these is that once the taste starts to go rather than dumping the whole thing you can simply remove the coil and replace it with a new one leaving you with fresh wicks ready to soak up your e-liquid.
This is very easy to do by the way, take the tube off by unscrewing (ensuring there is no e-liquid in there) and unscrew the used coil and screw the new one into place.
If you find you need a replacement Nova tank, which you will do at some point, they aren’t indestructible, then this will cost in the region of £10.99, yup more expensive at first compared to the Clear Tank from Jacvapour but as long as you look after the tank each replacement coil will only set you back £1.99 each. Each replacement coil should give you around 15/20 refills, sometime maybe a little more.
This may sound complicated to those that have never seen or used a re-buildable tank before but it is a lot easier than it sounds!
How does it offer even more flexibility in the way I vape?
This is where it can get a little complicated for some (or should I say me) so if this doesn’t make much sense don’t worry too much!
The kit comes with three coils, each with a different resistance (1.8Ω – 2.4 Ω – 2.8 Ω).
The term ohm (or represented by the symbol Ω) refers to to the resistance or in other words how freely electricity can pass through something.
In the case of e cigarettes it allows you to fine tune your overall vaping experience for both vapour production and flavour. So a higher voltage from your battery and lower Ω atomiser will produce more heat, this is the heat that evaporates the e-liquid and effects the overall results.
This example setup can also effect things like battery life and the amount of e-liquid you go through due to the higher heat being used to produce the vapour.
Hope that is clear without rambling on too much! Let’s just go through how I got on with each coil. Remember the beauty of these is to find your sweet spot so you will likely find that what I prefer will be different to yours, the e-liquid you use will also provide different results.
The 1.8 Ω coil
This worked well for me upto about the 4.1v setting, anything above this and I was starting to get a slight burnt taste coming through that got gradually stronger as I went up in voltage. At 4.8v my e-liquid didn’t taste so great.
On 3.3v I was getting a very smooth and cool (temperature wise) draw with very little throat hit (if any) but still a decent amount of vapour
At 3.8v there is minimal difference apart from a touch more throat hit
At 4.0v-4.2 I was getting a little more of the flavour coming through, a slightly better throat hit and a good amount of vapour. This was for me my preferred range.
The 2.4 Ω coil
Unfortunately I think I may have had a faulty coil, it didn’t work at all even with the adjustments that are recommended in the instructions. This was disappointing but I just want to make it known that I didn’t contact Jacvapour to tell them, if I did then I am pretty sure (in fact positive) a replacement would have been sent straight away. They are very good in that way. Luckily I was also given a 3ml tank to use so I have used the coil from that.
At 3.3v I wasn’t getting too much happening, no throat hit and little vapour
At 3.8v the flavour improved as did the vapour volume but not much improvement on vapour volume
At 4.3v vapour volume is very good with only a very slight increase in throat hit, flavour is good.
At approx 4.5-4.6v the vapour was good as was the flavour. Throat hit was also good.
The 2.8 Ω coil
At 3.3v the draw felt very week, no throat hit and not a lot of vapour. Not good.
At 3.8v slight improvement on vapour and throat hit
At 4.0v-4.2v – Flavour is good, vapour volume just OK but throat hit still not great
At 4.3v Burnt taste coming through
The 2.8 Ω coil didn’t produce very good results for me personally. I found that for me the 1.8 Ω and 2.4 Ω coil worked very well.
As mentioned before though, this will most likely differ greatly for you, a big factor is also the e-liquid you are using that will be affect results. I was using an 11mg tobacco flavoured e-liquid for this test.
Overall – Yes it is more work setting everything up than say just using cartomisers or disposable clear tanks but the pay off is there with a wide range of options to make your vaping more enjoyable.
It is however hard for me to advise which ohm rating atomiser you should be using or buying, this is something you will need to experiment with. The only real negative is that depending on the settings you choose you could find yourself using up more e-liquid than you are used to.
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Returns / Warranty
Jacvapour offer a 14 day ‘no quibble’ returns policy as well as the usual warranties. These can change from product to product though so, as I always say, please check their website for the latest upto date information!
No problems here, always been responsive even though contact is just via email at the moment.
Overall – (And For Those That Skipped To The End!)
I was getting great vapour volume and good flavour with the juice I was using, I had to play around with the settings but I got there in the end. Half the fun of it though The product performs very well on all counts but this doesn’t mean to say that everyone needs to rush out and buy one, just yet! It is not going to be suitable for everyone.
This e cig would be recommended for:
– Vapers that want to experiment and have a device that can deliver flavour, vapour volume and throat hit to suit their needs.
– Experienced vapers that currently have an EGO type e cigarette and are looking for something different or even just an upgrade in 2013.
– It would be good for those that don’t mind that their e cigarette contain more parts ie: Not just a 2 piece with disposable cartomiser/clear tank.
– The tinkerers amongst us that want to experiment with settings and find the optimal vape for them.
I wouldn’t recommend this for:
– Those new to vaping. There are some good kits for beginners out there!
– The VGO2 VV may add options and further flexibility but if you are happy with your current e cig setup then there is no real need to change just yet. Maybe wait until a replacement is necessary if this product interests you.
– Those that want their e cigs to have a ‘plug and play’ convenience to them.
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