Ok- so I've been using mine for a few hours... here's some basic observations.
1. Output voltage is unstable, but generally within .2 volts- usually on the low side. Tested up to 5 volts. This is a VERY cursory report since the tests were not repeated multiple times. The unit does register voltage on a standard inline meter.
2. The "Rocker Ring": It's a little cumbersome, more so than the Provari button push routine. But there are a great deal more functions involved with the eVic.
3 Screen: Nice in indoor lighting. Next to useless in the car with the sun out.
4. Menu System: Seems cumbersome. It's nice to have the date and time available through the unit. Not so nice to not have it on the main display. Checking atty ohms is nice (once you get there) the mode stays running until it times out- you may have enough time that you may be able to check multiple atties. Does not *fire* when checking ohms- acts more like a multimeter with very low current (safe to check dry equipment).
4. Software runs as a service under Windows 7, unit has it's own driver. Software is always running. Plugging in the unit causes the software to connect and display a "charge or configure" screen. Changing USB ports caused the software to not recognize the unit. Need to find out if the software is phoning home to Ovale delivering the statistics it gathers.
5. Vape: It vapes quite well at the settings I usually use (4.1-4 @ 3.0 ohm).
6. Battery included is a Samsung ICR cell.
It will take the weekend to put together everything I have to say about the eVic. And that's just the face value stuff. We'll probably cover it on Vapelink and there will be a flood of reviews (Including a possible first look from me).
Remember not to buy into any hype surrounding this or any device. If you like reviews... look at a bunch of them before you spend your cash.
Think for a moment, you are a newbie walking into a b&m and the salesman is shoving this down your throat. After watching all that is needed to just set it up, how interested are you in vaping now?
Say you have some experiance and order one then go through all the BS and tire of it?
Either case, most will be happy to go back to an EGO again!
It seems they made this for the advanced vapor user, which isn't their target market, and it won't fit in there until a major firmware adjustment is made.
This is something you want anyone to be able to pick up and use easily, or be able to run with the big dogs out of the gate!
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If you do the math this unit isn't really suited for loads lower than 2 ohm (and that is stretching it to 2.5 amps at 5 volts). Personally I would not recommend anything below 2.2 ohm (which would give you roughly 2.2 amps at 5v against 2.2 ohms- 11.3 watts.
This is not a low resistance/high current device.
A revision 1 Provari has a higher amp limit (And voltage capability). So does the Lavatube and Kick. And those devices aren't even considered "big dogs" anymore.
BUT- for low wattage vapers looking for regulation and features- this device might be a good choice.
That's a far smaller segment of the market. I know this because I happen to be a low wattage kinda guy. And I'm so lonely!!!
And no- I'm not endorsing this device at this point. I'll use it for at least 2 weeks to a month before I have a definite opinion.
I'm also a low wattage guy, so this device seems great. I like my high-resistance coils!