The vPipe III a Pipe Dream?
The vPipe III is the latest device from prolific vape manufacturers VapeOnly.
Anyone who read my review of the Zen Pipe will know I was pretty scathing about that device’s performance so I went into this review with an open mind – but certainly hoping for better.
Powered by a single 18350 battery this is a strictly MTL [mouth to lung] device made from rosewood – plastic – brass with gold plating.
It has a 2ml capacity and once again VapeOnly has been generous including x2 batteries a charger and x2 1.0ohm coils.
On their website the company uses a quote from Einstein:
I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgement in all human affairs.
So has vaping on the vPipe III left me calm or once again left me in a bit of a huff?
This was sent to me for the purpose of this review and as always my objective judgement is my own as are my thoughts and opinions.
Inside the Box
A very large well-built box with the vPipe brass and gold decoration embossed on the outline – sadly my box was torn inside.
Once again you do get plenty of ‘stuff’ including a couple of 18350 batteries and charger.
Inside you’ll find:
- X1 vPipe III
- X2 18350 batteries
- X2 1.0ohm coils
- X1 charger and cable
- User manual
vPipe III Quick Start Guide
- Charge you batteries using supplied charger
- Remove pipe stem and unscrew tank
- Unscrew coil to replace
- Fill e-liquid down the sides avoiding the central chimney
- Push the pipe back onto the tank
- Replace stem
- Inhale to vape – bowl will glow red
Compared to the Zen Pipe this one is far more ornate with what VapeOnly are saying is brass with gold plating decoration around the bowl and stem.
To be honest it is extremely ornate and not to my taste – but as a gift for someone I’m sure they’ll think it’s high class.
It’s relatively easy to fill and there’s no menu or screen to worry about – simply pop in one of the fully charged batteries [positive up] and to vape you just need to inhale.
I say ‘just need to inhale’ – once again you do have to puff quite a bit to get a vape – but more on that in the next section.
It’s 1300mAH pumping out 3.3v to 4.2volts and operates between 7 and 17 watts so strictly a mouth to lung [MTL] device.
Design and Build Quality
The main part of the VapeOnly vPipe III is made from rosewood and very nice it is too – solid and smooth with a nice weight to it fitting reasonably well in the hand.
The ornate design around the bowl and stem is brass with gold plating and a little too ornate for my tastes but it certainly adds a bit of class to the overall look of the device.
The stem is plastic and the mouthpiece is very comfortable indeed and once again the bowl glows red when you’re puffing away.
On a full charge I was able to use this device pretty much a hour a day for a week before the battery died – so not bad longevity – despite the amount of wear you put on it through the amount of puffs you have to take…
Overall it looks like a fancy if traditional pipe so job done on that side of things!
How Does the VapeOnly vPipe III Perform?
After the mauling I gave the Zen Pipe from the same company I wasn’t expecting much from this at all.
Taking it apart it’s pretty much the same except that is for the cute little 18350 battery.
Now whether that compared to an 18650 in the Zen has made a difference I don’t know because this is better – only slightly but at least if feels more like a pipe when puffing on it.
But once again given this is powered by your puffs you really do have to work to get a decent hit.
I was using the JAC Vapour Picnic shake ‘n vape Real Tobacco Silver and whilst the flavour was reasonable the vapour was just OK.
The Zen pipe had me puffing away until I was blue in the face to get a good hit – the vPipe III has me slightly pink in the face!
Those first three deep puffs are simply wasting e-liquid because it can take the fourth or even fifth to get the same hit you’d get from one draw on the Aspire Nautilus 2 or come to that the Innokin Endura T20 I’m using as I’m out of coils at the moment for the N2.
So for me once again the puff power simply isn’t enough to give a good vape simple as that.
What I Like
The rosewood is good quality and the wooden part of the pipe is very nice indeed with the stem being quite solid with a comfortable mouthpiece.
And again I do like the amount of ‘stuff’ they’ve packed in with x2 batteries x2 coils and of course the charger – it’s all well-presented and screams ‘gift for your granddad’ – if that is he remembers the turn of the 19th century.
The stand is very good though and I’ve found a couple of my desk mods fit nicely on it…
What I Don’t Like
I just don’t like it at all really.
Sure it’s a little better performance wise than the Zen Pipe but only a tad – whilst I was getting slightly more flavour and vapour with less work – the key word is slightly.
And I do not like the ornate décor at all – maybe hipsters will like the retro look – but for me it’s more antique than fashionably retro.
Final Review Verdict
Despite getting a bit more puffs for my huffs I’m not keen on this one either.
Far too fussy looking and far too much work to get a decent vape – so sadly this one will also be going into the cupboard I’m afraid.
I can’t seem to find this for sale anywhere – however the Vapeonly vPipe II is available for a staggering $114!!!
Sure the rosewood is good quality and yeah it looks like a pipe – but man that is a lot of hard earned cash for a not so good device – if of course the vPipe III will be that lofty price.
- Rosewood is good quality
- Good amount of contents in the kit
- Not powerful enough
- Hard work to vape on
- Weak flavour
- Weak vapour
- Can’t see it for sale anywhere!