*UPDATE: Provape went out of business in 2017, primarily because the FDA regulations introduced in August 2016 made it financially impossible for Provape to remain competitive in the vaping market. This article is now an ode to a once grand company.*
(The following article originally written circa 2013)Nearly every day a new thread on ECF is started asking what is so special about the Provari from Provape. So to appease those people's questions, I've decided to add another title to my blogs with a collection of facts and opinions about the Provari. This blog is about the 2.5 version. Provape also now offers a "Classic", Provari P3, Radius, and Procyon models. Specification Comparisons of the Radius, P3, and Classic models
The Provari was first introduced in 2010. It quickly became the "gold standard" of regulated advanced personal vaporizors due to its quality of build, superb craftmanship, quality of parts used, and the attention to manufacturing detail.
It has a military-grade processor-regulator (made in the US) whose patented Accuset Technology offers unmatched accuracy of providing the user's set voltage throughout its battery's life.
Exceptional regulation From a fully charged battery until that battery needs to be replaced, there will be no drop off in vapor quality as the battery is used. Your last puff will be as good as the first. The processor continuously monitors the battery voltage, and adjusts the voltage automatically to maintain the user setting within 1% accuracy. The regulator uses PWM (pulse width modulation) at 800+ Hz frequency, which many owners describe as a "smoother vaping experience" when compared to many other mods. The vast majority of mod processors use a lower frequency (33.3 - 60 Hz -- the rattlesnake effect).
Provari on an Oscelloscope vs a Vamo
Why Mods that Use the Cheap 33.3 Hz Chip don't Vape the Same as a Provari, DNA-20, etc
The Different Types of Power In E-Cigs
Most of the Chinese mod manufacturers use cheaper, less sophisticated regulating chips in order to decrease production and sale costs, which use "mean" and not "RMS" regulation. These are not capable of down regulating power (they can be widely inaccurate, especially at lower voltages). They can't output voltages between 3v and 4.2 volts even though their display say they can and are. Therefore, they may appear to be vaping "hot" or harsh at lower wattage settings.
Durability and reliability A Provari will provide exceptional durability, reliability, and dependability for years. Survival stories are commonplace. From falling one story off of a ledge onto concrete, run over by cars and a dump truck, falling from a moving motorcycle and bouncing on the highway, getting dunked in a swimming pool or temporarily lost in a river, to surviving an entire cycle in a washing machine when forgotten in a pants pocket. In each instance and more, the Provari survived. Only the blade of a lawn mower has bested a Provari (the chip survived and was placed in a new Provari body when returned to Provape).
Exceptional customer support and warranty The US manufacturer supports its product for life, offering a 1 year warranty, an option to purchase a second year at time of purchase, and offering fast repair service for life after warranty for a reasonable cost. Typical turnaround for repair is only one week. Chinese manufacturers offer no repair options, you will have to purchase another mod should they break or need repair of any sort.
Standard Post-Warranty Service Repair Costs for a Provari
Replace Window and screws- $10.00
Replace Circuit Board - $65.00
Upgrade to V2 - $20.00
Replace plastic pushbutton - $5.00
Repairs to the circuit board - $25.00
Cleaning - $20.00
Replace top cap - $15.00
Broken Cartomizer Service - $10.00
Return shipping within the USA - $5.00
Provari: Made in the USA The Provari is 99% US made and manufactured. Provape uses US-made stainless steel bar stock to produce the tubes, top caps, bottom caps, and connectors. The circuit board and processor are made in the US. Only a certain few electrical components for the circuit board not available from the US are from other countries.
Two sizes of Provari The standard size Provari and the Mini are exactly the same except for the battery sizes that they can use and their overall length. They are the same price. They have the same mico-processor and functions. The outer body milling designs are different between the standard (crop circles) and mini (tear drops).
The Provari offers only variable voltage (no variable wattage). It uses a standard 510 connector for juice attachments. It has an LED screen to display information such as voltage settings, as well as ohm and voltage meter readings. For your safety, it will provide an error code when there is something wrong with the setup. It uses a single button to control mode settings: Power Up, Power Down, Power On/Off, Battery Voltage, Ohm Resistance, LED Light On/Off. The Provari measures resistance and battery voltage "under load".
It comes in a standard size using an 18490 IMR high-drain battery. With the optional battery extension cap ($25), you can use the larger 18650 battery. The shorter Mini Provari uses an 18350 battery; with the extension cap you can use the 18490 battery. Provape strongly recommends using only AW high drain IMR button top batteries. Why High Drain Batteries?
There are third party manufacturers who offer extension rings which will allow you to use an 18650 battery in the Mini along with the Provape extension cap. Tatroe Mods Provari Extension Ring
video by Provape
PBusardo's Review of the Provari (version 2.0) YouTube video
Provari and rebuildable atomizer.
Provari 2.5 are currently available (December 2015) with a starting price of $99. The default Provari comes in a satin silver finish. Colors are optional in carokote finishes for an additional $20. This is a durable ceramic coated finish that many firearms use. People may ask why Provape charges more for the colored models. Provape doesn't paint them in house, but outsources them to an outside company. This costs Provape $20, so they only charge this amount to those customers who desire a colored Provari. Provape also offers the extremely durable Zencoat finishes at additional charge.
"Slightly blemished" Provari's are available for less cost. These are tiny cosmetic flaws that most owners have a difficult time finding.
The default color for the LED display is red, with blue and green LED colors offered for $15 additional. The supplier charges Provape $15 more for the blue or green LED, so Provape only charges this additional amount to those customers who desire one of these LED colors.
People sometimes wonder why Provape charges additional for the battery extension cap. Other manufacturers charge the same amount for battery extensions. For example, AltSmoke charges $25 for their Kick extension sleeve for the Silver Bullet. So instead of raising the overall price of a Provari across the board, Provape charges extra only for the above options to those customers who desire them. This keeps the basic Provari cost to a minimum for those on a budget.
There are a number of beauty rings available to dress up the Provari's top for a more flush look with certain juice attachments: ProRings as of 2013
Below are links to archived articles, mostly from ECF (Electronic Cigarette Forum), that speak to the quality of the Provari:
The Provape Team Interview by Spinfuel Magazine
New Provari Owner - First Impression
Survival of the Fittest
Provari Takes a Licking, but Keeps on Ticking
This darn Provari just WILL NOT DIE!
Should I Upgrade to a Provari?
What Makes a Provari So Special?
Is the Provari Still Worth It?
Why are Provari's so Expensive?
For People Who Think the Provari is Too Expensive
Is the Provari Worth It? Yes, and I Will Explain Why
The Provari is Sublime
Is it Worth it?
What's so Great About a Provari?
What's so Good About a Provari?
Provari has Ruined Me for Other Mods
Provari P3 (20 watt/0.5 ohm)
The above information is about the 2.5 version of Provari. In late 2014, Provape came out with the P3 version. This version has the same Provape eye towards quality and ruggedness. It's a little more powerful (20 watts vs 15 watts) and now includes variable wattage in addition to VV. By default it can fire down to a 0.8 ohm sub-ohm coil, and with the firmware upgrade (available at selected dealers or from Provape) can fire down to 0.5 ohm.
It comes with two battery extension tubes, so you can use an 18350, 18490/18500, or 18650 IMR battery; and you can now use either flat top or button top batteries. The tapered "Provari cone" top is gone, it now has a flat top. It has a new user interface and some other added features.
New Provari Radius box mod (40 watt/0.3 ohm)
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