The VIM AIO Kit – One Vape Kit For All Vaping Styles? Has JAC Vapour Pulled It Off Again?
Aimed at those brand new to vaping the JAC Vapour VIM AIO kit is designed to grow and change with your vaping style.
Saying that the VIM AIO is more than suitable for more experienced vapers looking for a vape kit that can adapt.
The adaptability comes from the choice of coils [and soon to be released nic salt pods] which means newcomers to e-cigarettes can replicate the sensation of smoking with a tight draw and try their hand at DTL [direct to lung] looser cloudier vaping.
Many other manufacturers have tried to do this with only a few actually managing to pull it off.
JAC Vapour – based in Scotland – design their own devices and have a track record of producing some of the very best vape kits on the market – so they are far more likely to pull of the vape for all styles than anyone else…we shall see 😉
I gave up smoking completely thanks to an early JAC Vapour vape kit and have reviewed and thoroughly enjoyed many of their devices including the superb S-22 kit – the Series B DNA75 25mm and the Series S-17 vape pen to name but a few…they do awesome e-liquids too 😉
So given I’m a JAC fanboy of sorts and this kit was sent to be direct from Jac Vapour for the purpose of this review I can assure you it in no way clouds my judgement…
OK let’s take a closer look and once again my sincere apologies to JAC Vapour for the delay in getting this review out – and again at least I’ve really put it through its paces!
Inside the Box
- 1 x VIM 2600mah battery (the device!)
- 1 x VIM Top Fill Tank
- 1 x Mouth-to-lung (like a cigarette) 1.0 Ohm Coil
- 1 x Micro USB charging cable
- 1 x User manual
JacVapour Vim Specs
- Height – 76mm
- Height with tank – 90mm
- Width – 20mm
- Length – 40.5mm
- 2600 mAH internal battery
- Un-regulated from 4.2v to 3.1v
- Min resistance – 0.5 Ohm
Jac Vapour VIM AIO Quick Start Guide
- Charge before use – USB port on base!
- Remove coil from base of tank and prime well!
- Press down and screw tank/coil back into device
- Fill by removing top cap
- x5 clicks to turn on and off
- Press fire button to vape
- Change airflow by swivelling rubber bung on base
- Lights: Green = charged – Blue = half charged – Red = low charge – Red flashing battery empty
The size of the kit and battery power coupled with an ergonomic design and ease of use are key here.
This is an all in one [AIO] device that can switch between both vaping styles (MTL and DTL) – Mouth to Lung [MTL] for new vapers or those who like a tighter draw and Direct to Lung [DTL] for those who prefer an airier cloudier vape.
It’s a simple matter of swapping out the coil to set the vape you want and there’s a choice of coils:
- Turbo MTL 0.45 – For maximum Flavour
- MTL 1.0 – Better for battery life and e-liquid consumption
- DL 0.5 – For maximum vapour production and throat hit
- DL 1.0 – For a more relaxed direct lung experience
Ideal For New Vapers
JAC Vapour are stressing that in MTL mode this is as close to the draw of a cigarette you can get – so again you can see they’re targeting newbies to vaping and indeed those of you who like a tight MTL vape.
There is airflow control too which interestingly is on the base of the device – more on that later.
As to how those different coils perform I’ll get to later.
JAC Vapour says this is designed for both brand new vapers and the more experienced and simplicity is key.
Simply fill the tank via the clean and easy top fill – screw back into the battery/device and away you go.
The powerful 2600 mAH internal battery means you’ve got at least a full days vaping between charges and you can also vape on it whilst it’s charging [pass through].
BTW this is an unregulated device with a plethora of built in safety features – the device recognizes the coil and adjusts the power accordingly – so no menus to worry about.
Design and Build Quality
Design wise I quite like it – very contemporary indeed.
It might look from the photos to be slightly angular but has curved edges that fit nicely in the hand.
It’s as light as the proverbial feather with the body coated in rubber polycarbonate ABS that appears to take the knocks well and is grippy and feels good in the hand.
This is an AIO kit designed in the side by side style as in the tank unscrews from the side of the device and can be removed for cleaning and coil swaps – however filling is easy enough thanks to the top fill.
The airflow is interesting in that JAC has designed in on the bottom.
It’s a rubberized bung that swivels and snaps into place opening or closing off the airflow – again more on that later.
The large fire button is pleasantly ‘clicky’ – though its placement on the bottom of the device does if I’m honest take a little bit of getting used to.
There’s a refreshing lack of logos with just the funky ‘J’ and VIM etched on the top and bottom only adding to the clean look.
As I always say on a JAC Vapour review it was these guys that got me off the cancer sticks in the first place so I have a lot of time for them.
From the first device I bought to all the ones I’ve reviewed the build quality on all of them has been exceptional and the VIM AIO is no exception.
The body feels great to the touch smooth yet plenty of grip thanks to that rubber effect.
The tanks slips in easy enough after a few goes – here’s a quick tip when inserting the tank press down a little and twist until the lines on the glass are facing out – that way you’ll know it’s locked into place 😉
The proprietary 510 does the job well enough feeling comfortable on the lips and is also used to fill – unscrew to reveal the fill ports.
So nice design – the moving parts work well and the materials are excellent – so how does it vape?
How Does the JAC Vapour VIM AIO Kit Perform?
It took me a moment to figure out the included coil was 1.0ohm MTL however the device airflow rubber bung was set to DTL so the draw was not the super tight one I was expecting.
So if you’re looking for a really tight draw make sure the bung is closed near the USB port!
MTL 1.0 ohm Coil
With the airflow closed off [see above] this is what I’d call super super tight to say the least!
It’s been a very long time since I had a stinky and to be honest as a roll up man I preferred a looser draw than filter tipped.
However if you really [and I mean really] are looking for the sucking of a golf ball through a hosepipe vape then this is for you!
Good clouds and a very good flavour from my go to tobacco 12mg e-liquid.
To be honest I preferred the 1.0 ohm MTL coil with the airflow fully open – no real loss of flavour or clouds just a more comfortable vape for me.
Incidentally I was using a 50/50 VG PG e-liquid and just a couple of times after leaving it over night there was some liquid residue on the base.
This could be due to the thinner consistency or indeed the spell of hot weather we’ve been having.
Look it hasn’t leaked per se’ but I do have to mention it!
DTL 0.5 ohm Coil
JAC kindly added a set of the DTL coils in the review pack and very well they work too.
With the airflow closed off I was still getting a bit blue in the face – did I mention this was tight!
However with the airflow set in the DTL mode things got a whole lot better and indeed cloudier!
Not sure what the max wattage this is pushing out – but the vape was rich – on the cool side of warm and cloudy with no dip in flavour.
I was using an 80VG 20PG e-liquid and even chain vaping the JAC Vapour VIM AIO wicked well and managed to keep up and compared to the 1.0 ohm MTL coil I had zero residue on the base.
Turbo Coil and Pods
There is another coil for the VIM – the Turbo MTL 0.45 ohm that JAC says ‘maximizes the flavour’.
Sadly they weren’t in the pack so I can’t comment.
I also understand JAC are bringing out nic salt pods for the VIM and if that is indeed the case then this could become one of the most adaptable and easiest to use starter kits on the market.
- MTL and DTL
- Looks good
- Superb build quality
- Light as a feather
- Good battery life
- Easy to use
- Easy top fill
- Coil swap when tank full
- Rubber body protects from falls
- Choice of coils including pods
- Great price!
- Button placement
- Battery indicator light placement
- USB placement
- Airflow bung may stretch or snap after prolonged use
- Only x1 MTL coil in kit
Final Review Verdict
The Jac Vapour VIM AIO kit is a very well thought out good performing device that is extremely adaptable.
There’s a couple of niggles especially the placement of the fire button.
Trust me you will instinctively keep pressing the tank as that is where your hand/fingers/thumb automatically think it will be!
I know that may sound a little silly but once you’ve got it in your hands it will take a few goes before you work it out – it feels a little clumsy even after weeks of use!
To the button again and instead of a battery indicator light on the device itself it’s on the button and therefore covered each time you fire.
A small niggle but again maybe a pin prick below or above the button would have worked better?
The airflow control bung whilst OK now – I think it may snap or at least stretch or loosen up over time – but again that’s a ‘what if’.
Finally on the niggle front – the USB port is on the base of the device – again there is room under the button to have allowed it to stand whilst charging.
I have charged it whilst filled and no I haven’t had any leakage, however, sods law tells us lying anything filled with liquid on its side may cause leaking!
OK those little annoyances out of the way…
Onto the Positives!
Flavour is good – not excellent – but good.
Look this is what it is and if you’re looking for a warm to hot vape this isn’t it – it’s on the cooler side of warm for me and to that end I’m not getting the richness from my go to e-liquids – so good taste NOT outstanding.
However the clouds are surprisingly good in both MTL and DTL which I guess if that’s what you’re looking for then there’s a bonus!
Battery life is very good indeed in both MTL and DTL with over a day’s vaping on both coils.
As to coils the kit only comes with a single 1.0 ohm MTL coil – maybe a bit stingy but bare that in mind when ordering!
So would I buy the JAC Vapour VIM..?
Ummm tough one if I’m honest and I guess I’m going to have to say no – however when and if the nic salt pods are released that may change my mind considerably.
Personally I’d stick with the superb Series S-22 which at around £24.99 is the same price.
However for a brand new vaper that wants a very compact e cig filled with nic salts or the the JAC Vapour Originals e-liquids I’d definitely recommend it.