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Research done, now what should I buy?

Discussion in 'VV/VW APV Discussion' started by Tunka, Jun 12, 2014.

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  1. Tunka

    Tunka Full Member

    May 31, 2014
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Provari and Reo way outta my league. Imho, over priced status symbols like a Corvette or a Harley. Draw back to a vaping status symbol? No one but us has a clue that it's a status symbol. EVERYONE knows a Harley. Just sayin'. :)

    I use a eGo 1000mAh to fire my cartos at present. CE4s. Love 'em. I bought two EVOD2 tanks and one iClear 16D. Both are dual coil. Both vape for crap on my eGo. The singles work perfectly. So, I figure I need a better battery, right? Something with some .... Like a Vamo v5 or a Twist type eGo.

    I like the looks of the V5. Sleek and strong. The reviews I've read are evenly split, "don't waste your cash", "bad circuit boards", "short lived use", "stripped threads", etc. The good? "Buy it NOW!", "Love it!" "Had mine for 6 months, works great", "won't ever go back to eGo", etc.

    Should I buy the Vamo v5 or maybe a Twist type? :confused:
  2. anumber1

    anumber1 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 14, 2014
    NW Ohio
    I have a Vamo v5. It was $32. I like it. Its kind of large using 18650 batteries. Works good. Sturdier than my eVic. No complaints. I've had it for a few months and it seems dependable.

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  3. jklotz

    jklotz Senior Member Verified Member

    May 7, 2014
    The South
    I have a vamo v5, been nothing but trouble. If you don't mind a box style mod, I'd go with an MVP 2.0. Mine been really good, plus it holds a charge for 2 days, and you can charge other USB devices from it. It's in your price range.

    But don't take my word for it, read the other threads about it. Not many who don't like theirs.

    Hope this helps
  4. Tunka

    Tunka Full Member

    May 31, 2014
    Pittsburgh, PA
    These two replies show my problem on a micro scale, two replies, one pro one con on the Vamo.

    And thanks, I'll check out the MVP!
  5. Marc411

    Marc411 Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 17, 2014
    Windy City
    For what it's worth I just bought the MVP2 for the wife a couple weeks ago and it's pretty solid. We traveled last weekend and I forgot my gear, she shared.

    It vapes real nice but I'm a REO owner, a bit of a snob :)
  6. Ed_C

    Ed_C Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 11, 2013
    Seligman, MO
    I don't own a ProVari or Reo, but I know people who do and I've read enough to know that they aren't just status symbols. All the Chinese PVs might last a year (or maybe even a bit longer) or they might only last a month (or less). I have two that have started flaking out in 2 and 6 months. Many ProVaris and Reos are several years old and still kicking. If they do break, you can send them in for repairs, at a reasonable rate (if past their warranties). If your Chinese PV breaks, you toss it in the trash and buy another. Many people have found that buying a ProVari is cheaper in the long run. Depends on what you want.
  7. Jugband

    Jugband Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 10, 2013
    PA, USA
    I bought several Chinese PV's, most long broken, no warranty. I also own a Provari and three Reo's. It was an expensive lesson. Your not buying a status symbol, your buying quality.
  8. wonkeypickle

    wonkeypickle Super Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 29, 2013
    Went through this same issue as a new vaper. Out of the two i went with the spinner(twist or whatever they're calling them these days) because again at the time i was new, so the idea of having to buy the batteries plus the charger for the vamo didn't seem best for me simply because i didnt know how long this "hobby" was going to last. In hindsight, and 5 devices later, i wish i wouldve gotten the vamo because i would still find use for it now, rather than the spinner being delegated to pool duty only.
  9. Double Helix

    Double Helix Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 1, 2014
    Houston, TX
    I know I'm not going to get a lot of support by saying this but the Provari is overpriced. I own one, and I'm not arguing that it isn't high quality or that their customer service isn't awesome. I bought a mech mod for the same price as it would cost me to upgrade my Mini to 18650 batteries (something that just about every other APV provides for free), and I'm glad I made that decision. IMO the $40 mech hits just the same as the $180 Provari. I'd need this mod to break 5 times before the Provari would become the more cost efficient decision.

    In the long term you'd probably be right in that it's more cost effective. However based off my observations there are very few people who've purchased a Provari and ended their collection of APV's. Is longevity all that important if you're gonna have many other mods to chose from?
  10. fropit

    fropit Super Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 4, 2013
    United States
    The evic,vamo v3 or v5,Innokin svd, cool fire 1 and 2 are all affordable good apv's IMHO. But as we know everybody is different

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  11. Lurch

    Lurch Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 13, 2014
    Central Florida
    As you can see, options vary widely on this topic! Everybody has their own idea of what is good and what is bad. That's probably why Howard Johnson used to carry some many flavors of ice cream!

    I have a Tesla and am satisfied with it. It provides me with a VV, and, if I so desire, a VW device to power the coil in my tank to produce vapor. I have had some issues with it (sometimes it will read everything as a "short" and will not fire, which requires me to fiddle with it until I can it to read, then will be fine for awhile).

    My next purchase will probably be a Provari based on information I have gained from this site and my own research.

    I would recommend, if you can, go to a B&M and see, feel and touch the units you are considering. I was able to do it while trying to decide between a Vamo and the Tesla. I liked the way the Tesla fit in my hand better than the Vamo. I would not have been able to get that information from discussion with others or seeing pictures of the units on the Internet.

    Good luck and I hope you find something that serves you well.
  12. nebulas

    nebulas Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 30, 2011
    Provari is definitely not a status symbol. I have one that I have used exclusively for the last 2.5 years and it still works like brand new. Never had a single issue with it and it has taken quite the beating over the years too.
  13. Cool-breeze

    Cool-breeze Super Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 24, 2013
    Upstate sc
    To the OP: Making negative remarks about provari and the reo is a fantastic way to get your post to be 256 pages long with maybe 5 posts addressing your actual question. Saying something like 'I don't want to spend the money to get a provari or reo' keeps things more on track. On that very side note I mentioned, Provari and Reo are, IMO, the 2 most popular and respected devices but clearly you know more from your extensive experience with egos. See no one likes having their toys made fun of :p

    Moving on I agree the mvp is a great device to own. It can be used to teach you plenty if you want to rebuild and a fantastic battery life. If you upgrade pass there it still makes for a great back up or 'pool' device. Its also the most recommend upgrade from an ego on ecf. If you are dead set on spinner vs vamo I'd have to say vamo. Pen style batteries fall apart very quickly in my experience and at least you'll have some batteries and a battery charger left from your vamo purchase when it dies.
  14. Ed_C

    Ed_C Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 11, 2013
    Seligman, MO
    I know that the ProVari is expensive and for the sake of argument, let's say it's overpriced. The issue I had was that there's very little available in the market, between the cheap Chinese APVs and the ProVari, if you looking for a VV or VW device. I couldn't afford a ProVari at this time and 2 of the 3 iTaste VV3 that I own (one is my wife's) are starting to get flaky. So, what I did was buy a mech and a Evolv Kick 2 to go along with it. I felt like the Evolv products were good and that I'd have a good chance of it lasting. So far I'm pretty happy with my decision.
  15. b.m.

    b.m. Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 30, 2014
    I have 2 vamo v5's,i haven't had any real issues with them,other than the occasional shut off that seems to plague just about every vamo i have read about.I have only had these about 2 months on my oldest one though,so time will tell,but i have used it all day every day since i got it.I can tell you though,there are 2 versions ofthe v5,a newer version was just released at the beginning of may,and in my opinion it is the better version.Instead of having to change the screen to see different options,the newer one shows several things on the screen at once,it will show volts/watts depending on which you set it for,ohms,and a battery meter all on the screen.Also i have not used it quite as much yet as my older one,but i have not had any shut down issues with that one yet,where as with my older one,i was getting that issue within the first few days.
    I just recently picked up my first mechanical mod,a nemesis clone,and i can tell you,they are great.I was planning on getting a kick to make it vv,but after using it for a few days,it's great without a kick.I would reccomend a vamo,but in time,do yourself a favor and get a mech with an rda,you will not regret it.

    Forgot to add,if you get a vamo,like mentioned they are pretty long with the 18650.The best set up i have found on mine,is an 18350 when i am out of the house,this takes it to a normal size,but the 18350 doesn't have a huge amount of time,i get probably half a day,but when i am home,i throw an 18650 in it,this will easily get me 1 1/2-2 days from a full charge.
  16. slappy3139

    slappy3139 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 8, 2013
    New Iberia, LA, USA
    Never ceases to amaze me that people that used to spend $6 and up per pack of cigarettes complain about the cost of proven mods that are durable and reliable.

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  17. Ed_C

    Ed_C Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 11, 2013
    Seligman, MO
    Just because someone spent $180 per month on cigs, doesn't mean that money could not have been of better use in other places. People go without all sorts of things to afford their addictions. When given cheaper options, sometimes people without great means make other choices. But then, like I said, the ProVari is probably the cheaper, long term, choice.
  18. Nodnerb

    Nodnerb Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 8, 2011
    I don't think your research is done yet if you think the higher end mods vv/vw mods are solely a status symbol. I avoided buying a provari for 2 years of vaping assuming something similar to you and that it was too expensive. Well, after using lava tubes, xl mod, vamo, 2 sids, sigelei zmax, smoktech vmax, etc.......all of them failed in some way within 6 months. And in the end, the people who were using a provari at the beginning of my venture are still using their same provari. Not only has my first provari proven to be reliable, but if it does break, I will get support from provape.
    I am by no means a provari fanboy, in fact I am the opposite. But it just works. Same as my iphone. I HATE apple, but after many failed and buggy androids, my iphone simply works.

    I would suggest an MVP 2.0 though if that is the price range you are looking for. I haven't used one but so many people are happy with them it's got to be decent.
  19. Marc411

    Marc411 Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 17, 2014
    Windy City
    $6, you mean to tell me I could have moved to New Iberia, LA, USA and save 2 bucks a pack for 35 years. Damn, how's the fishing in New Iberia?

    The day Provari goes VW I will think about picking one up.
  20. slappy3139

    slappy3139 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 8, 2013
    New Iberia, LA, USA
    You're kidding right? Cajuns are born with fishing poles in their hands! Yeah cigs are a lot cheaper in Louisiana than a lot of places. Marlboro is a little less than $6 a pack actually

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