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Vamo V5 Batteries

Discussion in 'Batteries and Chargers' started by fretplayer20, Dec 17, 2013.

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  1. fretplayer20

    fretplayer20 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 2, 2013
    Mobile, AL
    I hope this is the right section for this. I just bought a V5 and am anxiously awaiting its arrival. In the interim, I want to go ahead and snatch up my batteries/charger. I have done a little reading, but wanted to ask a couple of specific questions on ECF.

    I am trying to stay under $10 per battery and want to find out some information on the following aspects of the batteries as well as get some suggestions on what everyone else uses.

    Protected vs. unprotected?
    High drain?

    I would like something over 2000mAh since I vape very heavy and want to make sure I'm not buying something that will start a fire/kill my family in our sleep. Brand recommendations very welcome. Thanks to all!

  2. richberstler

    richberstler Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

  3. Baditude

    Baditude ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Apr 8, 2012
    Ridgeway, Ohio
    I understand wanting to save money in todays economy. I was recently out of work for two months and I'm still struggling financially. However, batteries and a charger are not where you want to be cutting back and risk losing quality and safety. Batteries and chargers are not created equal, and you usually get exactly what you pay for. Batteries and a charger are the most important gear choices you will ever make in vaping. Whatever you choose you will be using on a daily basis for over a year, so choose quality and safety over saving a few bucks now. Please read the blog links below.

    There are three classes of batteries available to use as vapers: IMR, hybrids, and protected ICR.

    • IMR - also known as safer-chemistry, high-drain, unprotected, and Li-Mn batteries. Choose these for almost any application and you can't go wrong. These are recommended for regulated mods (VV/VW) because of their high-drain ability. The red AW IMR batteries are suggested within this class. WHY HIGH DRAIN BATTERIES?

    • Hybrid - same capabilities as the IMR's. These often will have additional mAh capacity for longer use between charges. Panasonic, Orbtronic, Sanyo, Samsung, and Sony offer excellent choices in this class.

    • Protected ICR (li-ion) - these use a volatile (flamable) battery chemistry and therefore require a protection circuit built into the battery. These provide the most battery run time of the three classes, but due to the attributes of the other two class of batteries are not often recommended any longer. These should not be used in high drain applications, such as regulated mods, mechanical mods using a Kick, or with RBA's.

    * Using sub-ohm coils in an RBA/RDA attachment requires special high drain batteries which have an amp rating of over 10 amps continuous discharge rate. If you are not running sub-ohm coils, you do not need one of these higher amp batteries.

    I have a list of recommended high-drain, safe-chemistry batteries in the below link. Any of these batteries are applicable to use in your Vamo.


  4. Exile

    Exile Super Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 5, 2013
  5. BaDaBooM

    BaDaBooM Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 7, 2013
  6. cvedrick

    cvedrick Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 13, 2013
    League City, Texas
    After doing CONSIDERABLE research in the flashlight forums among others, I have come to the conclusion that the efest batteries are just as good if not better than the aw brands. Note that the IMR style batteries are inherently safe and so yo do not need protected batteries.

    E cig accessories, E cigarette accessories, Electronic cigarette accessories. Quality Batteries and Atomizers

    I use 18350's in shortie mode because I use my VAMO as a full time device and carry it in my shirt pocket, also the 18350 battery case fits my front pocket well where the 18650s are too bulky.

    You can get Nitecore 2 or 4 unit chargers for under $20 at amazon

    the xtar VP1 is also popular but costs twice as much.

    I have gotten good stuff from lighthound in the past, but they are offline right now.
  7. epcii

    epcii Full Member Verified Member

    Oct 14, 2013
    I'd recommend 18350 flat-tops, that way you have the option of stacking them or not. 90% of the time, I use one while I charge the other. When stacked, this mod can't even fit in my pocket.
  8. WarHawk-AVG

    WarHawk-AVG Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Jul 27, 2013
    Stacked flat tops usually don't work...I tried...they wouldn't make contact between the batteries to make a complete ckt
  9. epcii

    epcii Full Member Verified Member

    Oct 14, 2013
    Which ones did you try? My eFest flat 18350's stack perfectly.
  10. Ryuukon

    Ryuukon Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 19, 2013
    Wyoming, USA
    I've got both 18350 flats and button tops and they both work just fine in my Vamo V5. Just make sure you switch to RMS mode instead of Mean mode. Do that by holding the left button for about 10 seconds. Otherwise it is an incredibly hot vape, even at low voltage/wattage.
  11. JohnDaddyo

    JohnDaddyo Super Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 6, 2013
    Tampa Bay
    Doesn't the Vamo recommend button top batteries?
  12. Keynith

    Keynith Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 13, 2011
    Nah you can use flat tops. OP if want 2000 plus mah look at panasonic 18650 2900 mah. They are AMR/Hybrid and unprotected.

    Sent from my SCH-I535 using Tapatalk
  13. JohnDaddyo

    JohnDaddyo Super Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 6, 2013
    Tampa Bay
    Panasonic also makes a 18650 3400 unprotected. I've got a few so, they'll work in the Vamo too, I guess.

    BTW, see the new Gold (I think brass) Provari?
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