Introduction: Super Cape by Vaptio
If you haven’t heard of Vaptio, they are a Chinese manufacturer out of Shenzhen City, and their devices are manufactured by Shenzhen First Union Technology Co. Vaptio have a fairly decent, and varied range of generally low cost kits, mods and tanks. The Vaptio Super Cape seems to be carrying on with their line of weirdly named ‘Super-Hero’ style, poorly translated devices. Kits such as the Vaptio Wallcrawler and Super Bat. But that doesn’t mean it’s a bad bit of kit. Lets dig deeper.
This Kit was sent to me for the purpose of review. All views and opinions are solely those of my own and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of others.
In The Box
- 1 x Super Cape Mod
- 1 x Paragon Tank
- 1 x Spare Glass Tube (2ml TPD)
- 1 x Paragon Mesh Coil Pre-Installed (0.2 Ω)
- 1 x Paragon ‘Strip’ Coil (0.15 Ω)
- 1 x Bag of Replacement O-Rings
- 1 x Micro USB Cable
- 1 x User Manual’s and warning cards
- Size: 93.7 x 52 x 34.5mm
- Weight: 226g (Without Batteries)
- Power Range: 10-220w
- Temperature Range: 100-315°C, 200-600F
- Resistance Range: 0.1-5 Ω
- Battery: 2x 18650
- Display: 1.3inch Colour
- Charging: DC 5V/2A
- Colours: Black | Red & Yellow | Red & Blue
- Diameter: 25 x 49mm
- E-Liquid Capacity: 8ml Bubble/2ml Straight(TPD)
- 810 Drip-tip (Partially compatible)
- Top-Fill with internal silicone seal
- Silver plated 510 connection
Design and Build Quality
The Vaptio Super Cape is a Marmite mod. You’ll either love it or hate it for styling alone. In my opinion it looks brilliant, and if you’re into your comic books and super heroes, you’ll love this. The Super Cape is a 220w MAX Dual 18650 mod, with plenty of output options including: VW/ TC/ Smart/ CCW/ CCT/ Bypass
It also offers a whole host of other customisations, mainly aimed at the 3 ‘Y’ shaped and 1 triangle shaped LED lights on the back of the mod, along with colour customisations to the home screen itself.
The 1.3” TFT display is nice and bright and is ‘speedo’ style, with your desired output information displayed in the centre of the device.
There is a triangular shaped button at the top of the device which releases the battery magazine, and below that is a downward arrow button which is clickable on either side of the arrow, which basically works as your left-right/up-down button, and on the side of the mod is the Fire/Enter sidebar style button, similar to the Smok X Cube II.
All the buttons are nice and clicky and I had no problem navigating the menus or using the buttons.
The battery release button protrudes more than the menu buttons which might be a saviour in disguise if the device happens to be squeezed in your pocket, as it would release the batteries and turn the device off, rather than firing the mod in your pocket. Intentional safety feature, or coincidental?
The mod itself is Heavy, weighing in at 226g which is heavier than the Dual 18650 rugged Geek Vape Aegis Legend. I’m not sure what this mod is made of, but I’m pretty sure it’s made of Super-Hero muscles?
But aside from the weight, its nicely built, the paint quality is glossy and not too easy to scratch or scuff during my testing, the 510 connection at the top is apparently leak-proof, and it is a spring-loaded 510 connection. But it is extremely stiff.
The battery magazine and internal compartment is nicely constructed from some form of plastic, but it’s thick and well labelled to identify which way the batteries should be installed.
The Paragon Tank is your standard looking, top filling, bottom fully adjustable airflow setting tank! The 810 drip tip comes complete with 2 ‘o’ rings, and there is no integrated ‘o’ ring in the top of the tank, so no compatibility with ‘goon’ style 810’s.It’s a top filling tank with an internal silicone seal/flappy bit that protects the 2 generously sized fillings slots from leaking if you accidentally drop the tank upside down, and it does work! That’s right, I tipped the tank upside down for a minute and had no leaks.
The 0.2Ω Mesh, and 0.15Ω strip coil that came with the kit are nice and beefy, they’re both basically ‘mesh’ coils but the 0.2Ω mesh covers more of the cotton, and the mesh itself is more intertwined. But they screw nice and cleanly into the tank, and everything else screws together nicely, with only the odd time the top cap was a bit of a faff to screw back on, but I got there in the end.
And at the bottom of the tank is an adjustable airflow slot on each side which offers plenty of airflow when wide open.
The paint and finish of the tank is really strong and durable, the only weakness in my opinion is the drip tip included with the tank, which is thin and bends when gently squeezed.
In The Hand
The Vaptio Super Cape with the Paragon Tank on top is a very weighty kit. The mod is top heavy, even with batteries installed and with the tank on top, it’s very easy to knock the kit over.
But to hold, it feels Ok. Despite the weird shapes and angles it feels fairly comfortable firing with your thumb, or with 3-4 fingers. The only annoying part to the feel is that your pinkie ends up placed between the bottom of the fire button, and the side of the battery magazine, which can feel a little annoying. But that’s being extremely niggly.
It’s also very easy to accidentally adjust the wattage up or down when holding the mod, which has caught me out a few times, resulting in a 220w dry hit – Not nice. You can lock the device but that locks everything. A simple option to lock all or lock mode wattage/temp etc. would cure this issue.
Quick Start Setup Guide
- Unscrew the Top Cap
- Poke bottle nozzle in, past the silicon seal
- Fill with desired E-liquid
- Re-screw on Top Cap
Once switched on with 5 clicks of the fire button, you can access the main options by clicking the fire button a further 3 times.
Once into the main menu, you can change your mode as listed above, make changes to the settings which includes information on how many puffs you have taken, and the time you have been vaping for, which annoyingly is labelled as ‘Smoking Time’ – Hopefully a firmware upgrade will change that.
You can adjust when the screen, LED’s and device switches off in seconds, which is a nice feature if you’re trying to conserve battery life.
Also in the settings menu is where you can change your colour preferences for the LED’s on the back. You can choose between:
- Red, with a green triangle
- Yellow, with a turquoise triangle
- Blue, with a red triangle
- Pink, with a yellow triangle
- Green, with a blue triangle
- White, with a white triangle
And you can also set the option to multi-colour mode so it will scroll between all 6 options.
Also in the LED Mode settings, you can enable the LED’s to pulse in Breathing Mode, Stay On permanently, light up when firing the device, or switch them off.
In the ‘Theme’ menu, you can change between Theme 1, which is a blue display, and Theme 2 which is red. Both themes look good, but I preferred the blue theme during my testing.
One thing that did bother me was the weird screensaver that comes on after a random number of seconds, I couldn’t find an option to remove this other than taking the Screen Sleep time down to 20 seconds, at which point the display turns off, so you won’t have to see the annoying switch between a weird Wolf image, and Vaptio’s Flavour Optimisation Logo.
How Does the Vaptio Super Cape Perform?
The Super Cape Mod
The mod itself is very good in my opinion, although its heavy, it’s a joy to hold and you’ll certainly get biceps like a Superhero if you curl this mod a number of times.
But the display is nice, bright and simple to use, and personally I Love the Leds at the back. If it’s not for you, just switch them off. Battery life was not affected in the slightest by the LED’s, even when I left them on all day.
I tested the mod against a couple of my other dual 18650 devices to see how accurate the Temperature Control and Wattage modes were, and they perform very similarly to the other mods. I’m pleased to say the chip is doing a good job in relation to output in comparison to other devices.
I always advise against charging your batteries within a device, and always use an external, stand alone charger – But I tried out 2 dead 18650’s on this mod and they charged surprisingly well. But not quite to maximum. Which is fairly standard for internal charging.
The Paragon Tank
The tank is noisy, throughout the airflow it’s a turbulent tank. At full airflow, it whistles and wails which is a little embarrassing at times. At half airflow it’s a lot better, which worked out to be around where I liked it. Thank goodness.
The top airflow system with silicone flappy thing works brilliantly, and may save you a few ml in future if you accidentally drop the tank on its side whilst filling – My only issues with filling ended up being the bottle tops fault. So, there’s no complaints there.
The 2ml glass tank is the usual pointless bit of glass that the TPD Regulations impose on us. So as always, upgrade as soon as you can, or as with any sub ohm cloud creating tank, you’ll be filling the tank every 5 pulls.
Flavour & Vapour
For this review, I picked up a 120ml bottle of Element E-Liquid – Watermelon Chill from their Dripper Series. It’s simply a cooling fresh watermelon and is a firm ‘favourite’ of mine.
The 0.20Ω mesh coil did not perform as expected, after a fairly heavy break-in period (3x8ml tanks) – Yes that’s 12x 2ml tank loads for the TPD peeps – I finally got more than just the cooling sensation from the e-liquid. But it was lacking in sweetness and the tangy watermelon bite I was used to. I put a good 50-60ml through this coil, and although vapour production was good, the flavour never really hit the spot.
During my testing, this coil was usually rated around 0.16Ω as opposed to the 0.20Ω rating on the coil itself. So, 70-80w suited me perfect and gave a slightly warm vape.
The 0.15 Ω Strip coil performed better, with a quicker break-in period, and with a nice amount of sweetness, a much less muted flavour, and a lovely thick vapour at 80w. And the coil rating is spot on. On any device, this coil came out at 0.15Ω. I was much more comfortable with this coil which I wasn’t expecting as it doesn’t cover as much surface area of the cotton. But nonetheless it was my favourite of the two during my time with the Paragon Tank.
The coils however do seem like they will last pretty well with the right e-liquids, I had no dry hits or nasty tastes from either coil, apart from when I accidentally wacked the wattage up to max. Ouch.
- Looks the bee’s knees (Subjective)
- LED’s don’t affect battery life
- Display & Options are clear and detailed
- Well-built and excellent finish
- Spill-Free top fill
- Non TPD 8ml bubble glass
- Coils are durable
- Noisy airflow across the range
- Flavour is muted on 0.2Ω coil
- Drip tip is weak
- Easy to accidently press wattage up
- New Atomiser alert comes up every switch on
Final Review Verdict
As a combination, the Vaptio Super Cape Mod, and the Paragon kit work well together, and look pretty smart. It’s a shame the tank is so noisy, but then if you like the whooshing sound of a Super Hero flying past, you could well use this tank to replicate the same.
Apart from the accidental pressing of the wattage up button, the mod is a great bit of kit. Hopefully Vaptio will bring out a simple firmware upgrade which would clear the problems I experienced. Yes its heavy but it’s a solid, cool looking mod which I’ve been more than happy to carry around – But then the looks might not be your thing. Especially with the LED’s.