I first came across the Augvape V200 mod at Vaper Expo back in October and whilst it peeked my interest I was focused on the Druga squonk kit at the time – however I did take a photo and mentioned it was due to be released.
Augvape are better known for their tanks – RDAs – RDTAs and RTAs and I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing the Merlin RDTA and the Druga RDA both of which I thoroughly enjoyed – whilst Mike Murphy took a look at the Merlin Mini RTA.
It’s rare Augvape enters into the mod scene – in the past we’ve seen them release the chunky little Zoom 60 and the stunning looking ebony and brass Gargas.
OK so has this striking mod got my vaping engine revved or am I am stalled on the starting grid stuck in a kind of vaping neutral?
Let’s take a look under the vaping bonnet.
This was sent to me for the purpose of this review by Augvape – thank you very much – however and as always my thoughts and opinions are my own.
What’s in the Box?
Nicely presented in a see-through plastic shell with the mod in plain sight – not a lot in there however the USB cable is a very nice funky red one.
Inside you’ll find:
- One Augvape V200 Box Mod
- One USB Charging Cable
- One User Manual
Augvape V200 Mod Specs
- Size: 87.5mm by 45mm by 29.2mm
- Zinc alloy body
- 5 to 200W Output Range
- 0.05 to 3.0 ohm Atomizer Resistance Range
- Bypass Mode
- V Mode
- 0.96 Inch OLED Display
- 1.2A Max Charge Current
- Bottom Latch Battery Access Door
- Gold Plated Spring Loaded Connections
- Stainless Steel 510 Threading
- Spring Loaded Gold Plated Contact
Design is obviously the real key here – with the Augvape V200 designers getting their inspiration from the Honda B VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Electronic Control) Engine – more on that in a moment.
This is a dual 18650 battery device that powers between 5w to 200watts and features a bypass mode – a V Mode [more on that later] and there’s NO temperature control.
In a nutshell Augvape has kept this very old school.
The 510 is gold plated and spring loaded and 24mm atties and drippers sit nicely on top as do 25’s however you may get overhang with anything larger.
The two real key features are the fire and ‘up and down’ buttons.
First up the fire button is ‘hidden’ – in that it’s combined into the screen in a way very similar to the TAP technology I think first introduced with the Joyetech Cuboid TAP mod.
The up and down button isn’t a button as such but a wheel that’s meant to replicate the oil filter cap on the famous engine.
Augvape V200 Quick Start Guide
- X2 18650 batteries into the bottom of the device
- X5 clicks on the hidden fire button to turn on and off
- X3 clicks on the fire button to enter menu
- Use the wheel to navigate through the menu options
- Adjust screen brightness by holding fire button and turning the wheel down or up
- To lock wattage hold fire button and turn wheel up – repeat to unlock
- Device goes into sleep mode after idling for 60 seconds – any button wakes it up
Design and Build Quality
To the build first and I have to say in the hand with batteries inserted this really is an engine block of a mod weight wise!
It’s heavy but not overly so – however you really do know you’re holding it – solid indeed.
The funky alloy wheel looking 510 has a good throw to it with deep and smooth threads – everything I’ve tried on it has sat flush.
Your batteries go in from the bottom and unlike many mods out there the battery door is quality and looks set to last.
You do need to push the clip into place once closed but it shuts with a satisfying click and no rattle at all.
The Augvape V200 mod is extremely comfortable to hold and that’s despite the weight and the cam cover [thanks Michelle lol] inspired design even with all the bumpy knobbly mechanical bits [I’m not very technical].
The Design Detail Is Superb
So to the design and what can I say!
As I said I first saw this at Vaper Expo back in October however the two gentlemen on the Augvape stand found it difficult to explain exactly what it was all about – my Mandarin needs work.
Given it hadn’t been released most of us were too busy looking at the Augvape squonker kit to pay it much attention if I’m honest – however I did take a photo and gave it a mention so I can do my job sometimes lol.
OK so the V200 mod is paying homage to the B18C-R Honda engine and there’s a delightful inscription on the back of the mod saying just that.
Design wise that inscription looks classy as indeed does the front of the mod.
V200 and Augvape is printed to the sides of the very crisp and clear screen and for once those logos actually add to the overall look.
It really has captured the feel the designers were after and that oil filter cap inspired up and down wheel really lifts the design and indeed look of the mod to a whole new level.
For someone who doesn’t like my mods too fussy – I absolutely love the look of this one – yes even the wheel hub inspired 510 pin – I’m such a fickle fellow!
So superb build quality and design wise I love it – so how does it vape?
How Does the Augvape V200 Perform?
The lack of temperature control might upset some vapers but I’m not a regular user so no issues for me at least.
In power mode cycling through the settings is a doddle using the very responsive wheel and it does get slightly faster as you scroll however it doesn’t ‘round robin’ but you can keep it held in the up or down position.
I don’t have anything to measure if it’s pumping out 200watts – with a fresh wind behind you it’s possible because and yes here we go – this mod hits hard!
Especially in Bypass Mode – which replicates a mech mod.
OMG I actually gave myself a bit of fright popping the Drop RDA on top with a dual coil build coming out at 0.10ohm.
Wow – it almost took my head off so be careful and make sure you’re up to date with your Ohms Law if you fancy taking it for a blast!
Like the engine the V200 is super-fast off the starting grid too with amazingly fast ramp up time – and it gets better.
V Mode – Hold On Tight!!!
Slip this beast into V Mode and the ramp up time is even quicker and trust me it’s fast enough already – hold on tight for the ride!
Given the sheer power this mod seems to pump out the battery longevity is pretty good too.
I’ve had this close to 3 weeks and used it as my beater mod since it arrived.
I topped it mostly with the GeekVape Zeus RTA at 51w with a 0.32ohm coil and was getting 6 to 8 hours depending on what I was doing.
I spent a day or two using it with the Drop and the Dead Rabbit RDAs and obviously at much higher wattage – 75w to 90w – the batteries drained quicker.
So it’s quite good on the gas so to speak…
What I Like
I really do like simple unfussy mods and set-ups as a rule however even with the ‘cam cover’ design of the Augvape V200 I absolutely love it.
And remember I’m the last person you’d call a petrol head – I don’t even drive 😉
Design wise you may think it may come over as maybe a little gimmicky – however the photos you’ll see really don’t do it justice – it looks great in the flesh and is a delight to handle.
That wheel is a bloody brilliant design feature and it works a treat.
The performance of the V200 is absolutely first class in every aspect with the V Mode and Bypass modes giving you an absolutely amazing experience of raw vaping power.
I like the screen too – it’s clear crisp and refreshingly uncluttered and being able to dim or brighten it is a big positive for my tired old eyes.
The hidden fire button is a nice touch and very responsive.
When you set out to design a mod to look like one of the most successful car engines ever built you’re going to need to make sure you get it right – trust me Augvape has done just that – a truly brilliant piece of kit.
What I Don’t Like
I spent a while mulling this over lol.
I guess first up the temp control users may be a bit miffed – but they really shouldn’t be.
This is a back to basics mod that does the job with the minimum of bells and whistles and fuss – a real workhorse.
One little niggle and it did start to annoy me is when you take off and put on a new tank or atty.
Even if you’ve locked the wattage in beforehand the device will ask if it’s a new or old load.
No matter which one you choose it goes back to 10w as a kind of default.
Like I said a little niggle but one that can grate 😉
It’s also a bit of a finger print magnet too but nothing a wipe won’t sort out.
Time will tell if the wheel system stays on track as will the hidden fire button control.
I can tell you the throw on it seems to have got longer the more I’ve used it and maybe somewhere down the road a few might become loose.
But look these are what ifs and not real cons so to speak.
I know how much ‘our Michelle’ loves this look of this device and I have promised to send it on to her given she’s our resident car mad engineer.
So if I have to dislike anything it’s that I’m far too much of a nice guy lol – because as I said to Jonny last week – I’m gonna miss this little powerful beast.
Final Review Verdict
As I said earlier Augvape has gone old school with the V200 and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Indeed with the vape market flooded with plasticcy LED covered all singing all dancing mods [*shudders*] it’s actually quite refreshing to get my hands on a solid performing good looking no nonsense device such as this.
The design is superb – industrial – mechanical and a great tribute to an iconic car engine and is ideal for both car enthusiasts and those of us who simply want a powerful vape on a well built device with just a touch of quirkiness.
I can’t recommend this one highly enough.
Which brings me to would I go out and buy the Augvape 200 mod again?
The answer is yes but given I’ve just splashed out recently on a couple of new vaping bits and bobs – to ‘cheer myself up’ lol – I might have to wait for a flash sale 😉
- Great design
- Solid build
- Fast ramp up
- x3 modes
- Wheel feature
- Hidden fire button
- Clear uncluttered screen
- Performs very well!
- Good battery life
- No temperature control
- Could be heavy in the pocket [wear a belt]
- Slips back to 10w as default when changing atties