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    Default Vaporshark DNA

    I've searched, but I haven't seen much discussion of this device, so I thought I'd start a thread...

    I ordered this for myself as on Christmas day. Our mailman brought it today. Wow, this thing is TINY!





    Build quality on the one I just got seems to be very good. I know there are reviews out there that showed some flaws in the castings. Mine doesn't seem to have any. I haven't taken it apart yet, but I like the fact that it can be taken apart.

    And yes folks, there really is a difference in the quality of the vape between a device like the MVP that uses PWM and a device that like this that produces true DC at whatever voltage is needed. I've swapped the same tank (the iClear 30S you see in the picture) back and forth several times now, with both units set to the same power (7.5 watts) and the difference is quite noticeable; the vape from the DNA is definitely smoother. I guess that's one of the things that sells Provaris, and to be honest I was skeptical, but it's true.

    Anyway, this is my new favorite device (by far!).

    I'll be back with updates as I use it more.

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    That looks nice. Yes, please let us know how it is. I've almost pulled the trigger three times this week.

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    So far, I'm 100% enamored with it. I have a bunch of other devices here with different flavors in 'em that I was constantly switching between in a search for a satisfying vape. I started switching around a bit less when I got the iClear 30S onto the MVP. But since I put that tank on the DNA, I think I've finally found something I could be content with vaping all day. It also feels great in my hand. I've got relatively small hands and it's just more comfortable than the MVP. The finish is also somehow friendlier. My guess is it's powder coating, and the MVPs brushed finish feels obnoxiously metallic in comparison.

    Given its diminutive size, I wonder about battery capacity. That's not a huge concern for me most days when I'm either at one of my desks or in a car. Of course there are those days when I'm out and about all day, but in that case, I've got the MVP as a backup (and I could even charge the DNA from it I was so inclined). Unfortunately, I can't really address this yet because I've been too busy vaping it to give it a full charge. I've plugged it in a couple of times just to verify that it does charge. I'll let it charge fully overnight and then see how long it lasts me from there.

    Here's a few more pics:

    First, to show those who aren't that familiar with the MVP another frame of reference for the size of this device:



    And a couple of close-ups:




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    Looks nice and glad you are happy but...you're actually vaping straight from the battery at that setting. The DNA20 doesn't step down power so if your battery is at 4.0 volts or over and your atty is 2.1 ohms, it's not regulating. It'll start once you get to 3.9 volts on the battery. Hot off the charger you are getting 8.4 watts and then it'll go down with the battery until you hit 3.9 volts left on the battery.

    You may actually enjoy the higher wattage.
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    Well... I've never seen the resistance reading flash, which I understand it should do if it can't regulate down to the requested wattage. Also, if you look at PBusardo's "The DNA 20" review, he believes it does have some buck capability and it looks like it will regulate down to somewhere between 3.3 and 3.5 volts. Lastly, there's a noticeable difference in the vape between 7.5 and the 8.5 watt settings, but I'll have to double-check whether that's still the case when the battery is really fully charged tomorrow morning.

    At this point I'm actually wishing I had a 510 "break out" box that would allow me to put a DVM between the device and the load. If I did, I'd make a nice chart showing what exactly what it's capable of into a ~2 ohm load.

    In any case, I really like the vape it produces from an iClear 30S on top. I've tried that tank as high as 10 watts on the MVP and simply didn't like it as well on there. At one point I had been thinking I should get a Kayfun Mini 2.1 to go with the DNA, but now I'm not sure that's going to be necessary since I'm entirely satisfied with the vape I'm getting. For just how long that will continue to be the case is anyone's guess. But since I always want to try new stuff, next thing I'm going to try is a carto tank from IBTanked.
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    I was just giving my understanding of how the dna 20 works. I checked the spec sheet

    http://www.evolvapor.com/datasheet/dna20.pdf

    and it says

    "The DNA 20D puts out a minimum of 4 volts. With low power settings (7 to 8
    watts) and low resistance atomizers (below 2 ohms) the DNA will sometimes be unable to provide a low
    enough power output to be power regulating. If this is the case, the Ohms display will be flashing. The
    device will still operate. "

    So Phil is wrong about the step down. 4 volts is right on the cusp of 7.4 watts at that resistance and factoring in the loss which the device is compensating for, it's probably firing right at that.

    However, the important thing is that you enjoy it. Also, I'd grab a spheroid over a kayfun mini if you want an rba with some capacity. It's shorter, easier to set up and not leaky at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fury83 View Post
    Also, I'd grab a spheroid over a kayfun mini if you want an rba with some capacity. It's shorter, easier to set up and not leaky at all.
    I'd never heard of the Spheroid. After watching some reviews, I'm mildly skeptical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rossum View Post
    I'd never heard of the Spheroid. After watching some reviews, I'm mildly skeptical.
    I've had both and a few other 17mm or under high end rbas. The Spheroid is the only one that I have kept.

    I'm guessing you probably put stock in different reviewers than I would but I can share my experience having had a Penelope, Taifun GS, Kayfun Mini, Spheroid, Arrow, Qzi Mini and Line SS...spheroid is the only one I have now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SecGuru View Post
    That looks nice. Yes, please let us know how it is. I've almost pulled the trigger three times this week.

    I have my own dna20 that I built, and all I can say so far its the best I have ever used. Planning on building my second one soon, so I would say get it you will like it.

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    I own the vapor shark DNA 20 as well. I absolutely love it. I'm running an ERA with a microcoil at 1.5 ohms (29g wire) with a cotton wick. At 18 watts it's my favorite device I own. I do wish the 1200 mah battery was larger but so far it lasts me all day. I've given up my dual coil sub ohm setup, especially when I discovered my optimal wattages were still in the 18-20 watt range even with dual coils. It's compact and I can actually carry my vape in my pocket which is a first for me. At $165 it's a good deal.

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