The Smoktech VV Gripper

Kevin Burke
by Kevin Burke
10 Comments
September 13, 2012

Matthew Olmstead recently completed his review of the Smoktech VV Gripper. This mod was purchased from MadVapes and we gave away two of the units through contests. Keep an eye out in our Vape For Free store for your chance at nabbing one for free.

Matt’s Verdict?

Pros:
-The VV Gripper uses pulse width modulation (PWM) which gives it exceptional battery life.
-The mod is a great entry to variable voltage for less than $50, a price that’s tough to beat for most mods with big battery, variable voltage or both.
-The voltage output is accurate based on Matt’s test with an oscilloscope

Cons:
-The mod suffers from questionable or poor build quality, a common problem on some Chinese made mods. Matt mentions that he hasn’t had it long enough to make a statement on its durability, but the seam where the body of the mod fits together and the wiggle in the buttons point to poor build quality and the possibility of juice getting into the unit if the user is not careful.

Overall:
The VV Gripper looks to be more functionally sound than the V-Max, although it may have some issues with build quality, it does exactly what it is supposed to do and offers an very functional variable voltage mod at a bargain (under $50).

Check out the VV Gripper at Madvapes

Comments

10 Responses to “The Smoktech VV Gripper”

      Errol Nielsen on September 18th, 2012 8:54 pm

      I’m curious why no one has brought Smoktech and the various vendors to account for advertising the GRIPPER as a 4amps APV when in fact it is a 3amp unit.

      Young June has been doing the same thing for months and I noticed recently that L-Rider is doing it also, that is representing APVs to be 4amps that are in fact 3amp or less.

      Errol

        hificat101 on September 22nd, 2012 3:13 am

        Hi Matt,
        I really do enjoy your reviews, but I somewhat disagree with you on this device. I find it just plain too wild for my tastes. You may have heard me talk about my chrome Young June Lavatube, well if I take a piece of hardware that I’m running on my LTube at 4.2-4.5V, and put it on my Gripper, I can’t really take it over 3.4V or so. It’s been my experience so far. I think it’s just too wild for my vaping style or something. Another thing I don’t like about it, is considering you need to run it really low, the device is REALLY close to that round robin point, where if you accidentally bump the minus button one more time, your now hitting your hardware with 6V.

        On the up side, I think it’s super attractive, I really like the rubberized finish, and the screen is fantastic.

        It’s definitely for some people, but probably not me.

        JMO, and thanks for the review.

          Jamie on September 25th, 2012 2:58 pm

          I really like the gripper. I dont have a problem hitting the voltage adjustment buttons. I KNOW juice can get into the unit as I had a tank go nuts and the juice was definitely down in the unit. I used an air compressor and hopefully got most of it out.

          I LOVE the fact that it will tell me the OHMs (is that right?) or resistance of the carto…I use it to check what is what in my slew of cartos.

          I find this unit blasts through batteries tho. I find the gripper really really works great at quite low voltage settings. I also find that I dont have as many problem with OOOPS (putting it in a place where it could get messed up) Not sure if that is due to the design compared to the Vtube or the weight (it is really light) For the price..it is one dandy little device! I would buy one again.

            Amanda on December 1st, 2012 3:03 pm

            I really like these

              Karla Lyle on December 3rd, 2012 1:40 am

              Looks pretty decent but what worries me are the negative reviews om Madvapes. Looks like a great size and shape mod though. Perfect fit for your hands.

                Amanda on December 3rd, 2012 11:33 am

                Ive read they fall apart

                  Johnathan Brown on December 19th, 2012 10:05 pm

                  i’ve been wondering about these as well, I just do really hate they fact they made it a cheaper build quality. This is one reason i stay away from plastic box builds as well.

                    Mike on December 27th, 2012 12:52 pm

                    the battery door gets to the point where it doesnt want to close

                      Mike on December 27th, 2012 12:52 pm

                      …..thats on the 808 version I need to add

                        pandora on August 11th, 2013 1:34 pm

                        i won one of the two…it still works. it is a bit intermitant and i have had to resoilder a wire…but I love my gripper. i am currently looking to buy another one. i also have an itaste and love it too.

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