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Variable Volt Gripper

Discussion in 'MadVapes' started by wolfstone5, Jul 20, 2012.

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  1. BubbaBlue

    BubbaBlue Full Member Verified Member

    Mar 5, 2012
    Maryland
    I ordered one early this morning. Why?

    • Have been pretty happy with MV hardware up to this point (not counting the last two orders of 3152 DCC's that are now cr@p) so I figured Hoogie wouldn't steer us wrong.
    • Was holding out for the new Lavatube next week but it bothered me that it tops out at 3 amps. Wanted more and this one will do 4. Good.
    • It appears to have the latest bells and whistles... volts/ohms/etc.
    • Love the other Gripper.
    • Cheaper than the LT plus the 10% coupon is a bonus.

    So... WTH.
     
  2. ejervjero

    ejervjero Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 16, 2012
    Raleigh,NC
    What the hell just went in for 1 figure why not the Ovale V8 with 4 batteries would put me around this and I have extra 18650's
     
  3. Errol

    Errol Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 4, 2010
    Salt lake City, Ut
    For those that are unaware MV has a discount coupon going for a few days.


    Mid Summer Sale

    Save 10% on your next order with the coupon code:
    "midsummer"

    Offer for retail customers only. Offer may be used 2 times by each customer and expires 7/27/12.

    Errol
     
  4. Dieseler

    Dieseler ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 24, 2011
    Illinois
    Im wondering what type of regulator the gripper uses, is it the Ncp630 ?
     
  5. JimmyJet

    JimmyJet Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 30, 2011
    Carolinas
    From a performance standpoint, yes the Panasonics will work. 10A C-rating is more than enough. The only question is dimensions but I suspect they will fit fine. I have 4 of these Panasonics and in my humble opinion they are the best high-drain 18650's on the market. Even the flashlight guys love them, and they are tough critics. Let us know after your Gripper VV arrives.
     
  6. ejervjero

    ejervjero Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 16, 2012
    Raleigh,NC
    That is exactly why I bought the Panasonics when I was in the market for some real IMR batteries when I got tired of the generic ones that came with my previous kits.

    Madvapes is about 2 1/2 hour drive from me so I should get it quick if they ship it out Monday.
     
  7. trinifreak

    trinifreak Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 19, 2011
    I don't see any safety features listed.
     
  8. TravTech

    TravTech Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 11, 2012
    PA
    This new mod does look sweet. I've already consider just about all that's been discussed here, and I'm very close to hitting the checkout button.

    Nice that the button is neutral for right or left. 4a rocks. I got a bunch of those panasonics on the way from a coop as I type this. Volt/Ohms + definitely more pocket friendly than my Provari. It costs what I used to pay for a carton of smokes, which kind of makes it a no-brainer for me.

    About my only concern / question, since I can't pick it up in my hands, would be quality of construction. I do like the rubberized coating.

    I'm going to sleep on it and probably still end up buying in the AM.
     
  9. Badmotorfinger

    Badmotorfinger Full Member

    Apr 22, 2012
    NY
    just saw this on madvapes.. hopefully OP reviews his soon so I can order before the coupon expires. Would be my first VV device
     
  10. JimmyJet

    JimmyJet Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 30, 2011
    Carolinas
    Keep in mind that the Panasonic high-drains come in two styles, flat-top and button-top. Depending on the mod, both styles may or may not make contact on the positive side of the batt. We won't know for sure until somebody tries and reports back. But if the flat-tops don't make contact, a dab of solder on the positive side should solve the problem.
     
  11. TravTech

    TravTech Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 11, 2012
    PA
    I've got some of both styles on the way. ;)



    EDIT: Ordered... :w00t:
     
  12. TravTech

    TravTech Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 11, 2012
    PA
    But of course... Brought to you by our good friends at SmokTech.

    18650 VV Gripper
     
  13. JAY73

    JAY73 Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 5, 2011
    CLEBURNE TX
    to cool cant wait for hoog to chime in this will most likely be my new toy lol...
     
  14. hoogie76

    hoogie76 Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Aug 1, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    I've been testing the VV gripper for a few days now and it's pretty sweet. It uses one 18650 IMR Battery. If you can find a shorter style protected 18650, it should work but the ultrafire and trustfires we have don't fit(well they do kind of but it's really tight and stresses the little flip cover that closes when replacing the battery).

    The device has a 10 second cutoff, low battery indicator and an on/off function.

    It comes with a fold out type pamphlet which tells of the various button functions but is difficult to see what button is what so one of the pictures on the product page has them laid out..

    Switch 3, when pressed very rapidly 5 times, turns the device on or off. I found that I just press it a bunch of times and it turns on or off. When the device is on, you press switch 3 once and it tells you the currently attached atty or carto ohms for 3 seconds, then flips to your actual battery voltage, not what voltage you are running at which is a pretty cool feature.

    Switch 1 and 2 control the voltage output, which I haven't tested at the connector yet but I can definitely tell the difference when I change it.

    It will also show lo on the display when the battery is low but haven't measured the battery voltage yet when it reaches low.

    Overall, it's about the size of a 3xAA battaery box but about a half inch taller. So far, I'm really impressed with the ease of use and reliability.

    We only got in 200 of them so for now they're exclusive to Madvapes, but soon enough everyone will have them :(

    hoog
     
  15. ejervjero

    ejervjero Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 16, 2012
    Raleigh,NC
    I will be kind of depressed if mine arrives and the High Drain Panasonic CGR18650CH 10A 18650 Rechargeable Battery Cell IMR don't fit into it. Those suckers are the best battery for me I have found at 2200mah for IMR. I do have the flat top so hopefully they do fit in it.
     
  16. ejervjero

    ejervjero Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 16, 2012
    Raleigh,NC
    The Panasonics I have come in I think at Size: 18.4*65mm anyway you can confirm possibly this will work in it :) These ones do work in a Lavatube and I think the button tops are 18.25x 69.59mm
     
  17. JimmyJet

    JimmyJet Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 30, 2011
    Carolinas
    High-drain (safe-chemistry) 18650's are generally shorter than protected 18650's because high-drains don't require the protection circuit board. The difference is only a mm or two but that can make a big difference in certain mods.
     
  18. JAY73

    JAY73 Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 5, 2011
    CLEBURNE TX
    do you or will you carry the batts for this bad boy i want one it has the bells and whistles i wanf at an affordable price...
     
  19. hoogie76

    hoogie76 Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Aug 1, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    Yes.. We're working to get the IMR batteries on the website. So far we've received 15270's, 16340's, 14500's, 18350's and 18650's. Some flat tops, some button tops. I really like this new brand of IMR's so far and we'll probably be expanding the selection a bit.

    hoog
     
  20. ejervjero

    ejervjero Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 16, 2012
    Raleigh,NC
    Well order shipped now to see how long it takes to get over here to Raleigh. Knowing USPS they going to hit every town along the way even though it's only a 2 1/2 hour drive and it will take a week to arrive.
     
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