Discussion in 'ProVari' started by Tibby, Mar 28, 2013.
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Does anyone use batteries other than aw imr suggested in the Provari?
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No I only use aw imr in mines as recommended by Provape.
Nope . . . As per the manufacturers recommendations.
the panasonic cgr 2250 i get a half a day longer... easy.
it should be noted if something goes down and they find you used a different battery repairs arent under warranty.
IMR - yes
AW - No, not always.
I use eFest IMR 18350s in my mini. No problems at all.
i was going to respond "no. never" but I just realized that's a lie. When I first bought my provari, the store only had Ultrafires and those are not aw imrs. I keep it as a back up, just in case I run out of batteries esp. on days I'm out of the house at 5am and don't come back until 10pm. According to the battery it's a XSL 18350 1200mAh 3.7v. *shrug* I just picked up a extension cap and a aw imr 18490 so I'll keep that one at home, just in case. ^^;;
I've rotated between AW IMR 18490 and AW IC 18500 for about the last 18 Months. The Only difference I see is the AW 18500's last a tad Longer.
BUT... I vape in the 2.8~3.0 ohms @ 3.8~4.3 volt range.
So I'm not drawing that many Amps.
i got xsl ultrafire 18650's for pretty cheap, been using for a couple of days and so far no problems
I use Efest primarily, with a few AWs and Panasonics thrown in. All quality IMRs.
No, I only use AW IMR and mainly in 18350 and 18490.
AW brand.....up to you
The point is not to used protected cells in a VV device. Can't deliver the demands on voltage. You CAN use protecteds in their Provape-1 product, since it is 3.7 device and no VV. BTW, nice little device.
I use AW IMR's, and some older 18650 "ProVari Power" batteries 2500 mAh 3.7v Li-ion, which oddly enough, are protected batteries. I'd say they were made for the ProVape 1 except for the fact that they clearly have the word ProVari on them. They work well enough, but when they die, I will switch over to AW IMR's full time.
EDIT: Those batteries came with the used V1 ProVari I bought off of the classifieds, and originally came from ProVape. They no longer recommend or sell the "ProVari Power" batteries.
If you use anything other than a AW IMR battery you just voided your warrenty. After seeing your post I just realized that the only batteries I got for my mods are the AW brand IMR. (boss gave me some protected 18490's but never used em yet so can't say. I only go with what the manufactor says).
That's just not true.
Not sure about voiding your warranty. Last Friday, when I received my provari mini from provape, there was a small note stating that the aw imr batteries should used. Hmmm . . . Now, I need to find that note. It was on a piece of yellow paper.
ETA: the note said l . . . Warning. This device uses a single battery! Use only the approved AW IMR redd high drain battery in this device.
Provape only recommends AW. As long as IMRs are used your warranty is fine. Provapes says that they have only tested their products using AW batteries, that's why they can only recommend that brand. Now, AW is just a brand of IMR batteries and most likely uses the same cells that other brands use.
AW is not even a brand. What I've been able to find out is that "AW" is or was a member of the Candle Power Forum, who started buying high quality Panasonic batteries and testing them. AW obviously doesn't manufacture anything himself, but we've come to trust that he always has sourced good quality cells with consistent performance and excellent safety record. The batteries that pass his PCB test get the AW heatshrink label and sticker. He has a reputation for only marking the best batteries with the AW label, but the batteries are just Panasonic batteries, nothing more and nothing less. They are just the best of the best of the Panasonic batteries.
I do not know if this is 100% true, but I've read it before on several of the flashlight forums.
So he puts his brand on it. Still holds true that these cells get used by other brands. Either way...I trust AW, Panasonic, and Efest as high quality cells.
I've searched and reviewed the Provape website concerning batteries. From what I read, they do in fact recommend only using AW brand IMR's. But using some other brand will not actually void the warranty. What WILL void the warranty is if you use magnets in order to use flat top batteries in the Provari.
If anyone can prove this wrong, please document where you find your information.
I use AW brand, IMR batteries in ALL of my mods, variable voltage and mechanical mods. They are a safer battery than protected batteries in either class of APV by the simple fact that they use a safer chemistry. Having had a protected battery vent in thermal runaway in a mechanical mod changed my view of protected batteries forever.
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