The Vamo by SmokTek Review
As per request of a few lades and gents in the forums I have decided to post my review of The Vamo in the members blog. So here ya go!
A little back story behind getting this device. I finally got tired of having my eGo batteries die after not even a full day of use. I also didn’t like the fact that I couldn’t control the vapor production of different liquids because I could change the voltage or power going through my cartomizers. After doing a TON of research I finally settled on The Vamo from Smoktek.com. There are several different factors that drew me to this device. Since this is a device this review will be much longer and more detailed. I also wanted to give this device a little more time than just a day or two like I do with liquids so I can completely understand the device inside and out.
This review can be found at my blog as well: http://utopianvapes.wordpress.com
The new VAMO Advanced Personal Vaporizer is sleek, powerful, reliable, full featured and very well built with the same features as the Rev.2 ZMAX.
For this review I vaped a variety of different cartomizers ranging from 2.0 ohms to 3.0 ohms, a 3.0 ohm atomizer, and a Vivi Nova Tank with a 2.4ohm resistance. I also vaped several different liquids all which have come from Mister-E-Liquid which were Gray Matter, Cups O’ Peanut Butter, Dew Des Mountain, Chai Tea, Jamocha Haze and a 2 of their test flavors.
For the start of my device reviews I’ll be mentioning the price since that is always in the front of everyone’s head. The starting price for this device is currently $59.00 when this review was written. Remember that is ONLY for the device, not including any batteries or chargers. When I bought the Vamo I was new to PV’s so I bought an Efest 18650 Hybrid IMR 2250ma battery – button top, Efest 18650 IMR 2000ma battery – button top and the Trustfire TR-001 Charger -black which made my total bill come to $87.48. Though after adding those few items to my cart the price of this was still much cheaper than just buying a Provari. With that being said I think that the Vamo has a wonderful price for those just starting to get into variable voltage and power. Wait… what!? Yeah, I said it. Variable voltage and power. That information comes later in the review. I’m only docking this half a star because I don’t like spending money.
At first glance when this removed for the box this device is beautiful. I purchased the stainless steel version not knowing that you could get this in gun metal or chrome. I wish I would have looked deeper into SmokTek’s website because I wouldn’t have hesitated on the gun metal. Anyways, the device is rock solid and has a bit of weight to it (which shows me that this device is not cheap even though the price is cheap). The display is bright and crystal clear, no mistaking what the screen says. The screen is visible during the high noon sun which is an added bonus. The buttons match the device in color which is ok but I would have preferred the option to change those out for a different color. A You-Tube review of this device showed that this device was a scratch and fingerprint magnet. Now I’ve had this device for about a week or two and I have yet to see any scratches. I’ve knocked it over five to 6 times accidentally breaking a few drip tips off in the cartomizer in the process but I do not see any scratches. The fingerprint magnet issue is definitely noticeable. That really doesn’t bother me since a paper towel and a little water fixes that issue. The only complaint I have is that I would prefer the battery knob to have been cut differently but that’s in the functionality department. Overall I really enjoy the appearance of this device. I get jokes thrown at me left and right at work about it because they say it looks like the neuralizer from Men in Black. That’s ok, I’m not smoking and you are!
In this rather inexpensive package there are a ton of features that the big-bad PV’s are all starting to have and some that are new. You have the ability to check your resistance of the hardware you have on the device, check how much power is left in your battery, changing the voltage, changing the power, turning the device on and off, going from RMS to another option that I’m not quite familiar with and you can change the physical size of the device.
When you unpackage the device and put in a fresh battery you are in RMS mode at 3.0v. You can press the left button to drop the voltage by .1 and the right button to increase voltage by .1. Press and hold both + and – buttons for about 3 seconds to switch to variable wattage which by pressing the left and right buttons you can increase and decrease the power by .5 watts. If you press and hold the + button on the device for for 10 seconds you can switch over the the option that I’m not familiar with which has been called “inaccurate mode”. Since I was a newbie to VV and VW I decided to keep the device in RMS mode during the review. If you press and hold the – button for 3 seconds you can see how much power is left in the battery. By pressing and hold the + button you can check the resistance of your hardware you are currently using on the device. To turn the device on/off press the large button you would use to vape about 5-6 times. And of course to vape with the device make sure the Vamo is on, set your watts or power where you would like them, press and hold the large button and start vaping. For your information I decided to keep this device in the variable wattage setting because no matter what resistance hardware I had on the device I could always make sure I was vaping at the same power. I had to alter the power a little between different hardware but that was fine. A few clicks and I vaped away.
One unique feature to this device is the ability to change the physical size of the device. Out of the box this device is configured to for a single 18650 battery or two 18350 batteries. If you unscrew the device at the center seam between the battery cap and the solid seam just below the buttons the barrel comes off the device. If you take the battery cap off the barrel that just came off and put it back on the device you are now setup for a single 18350 battery. I think this feature is wonderful however I only own 2 18650 batteries currently so I couldn’t really experiment with this feature. I can tell you however with the setup for an 18650 battery this device fit perfectly in my hand.
The Vamo also has 510 and eGo threading which fits all 510 carts/attys, eGo carts/attys. The only problem is with a Kanger T3. It’s too snug of a fit and doesn’t let you either get a proper connection or enough air flow. I’m okay with that for the fact that I’m still only using 510 carto’s or the Vivi Nova Tank.
I don’t have the equipment to measure how accurate this device is with its output and displaying resistances but from reviews I’ve watched and read they all say that this device is extremely accurate.
Overall Rating: One of the Best!! 4.5/5
For anyone that wants to get into variable power and variable wattage I will recommend this device right away. The entry point to this device is wonderful because the price is low compared to other devices. There are plenty of options to the device that will keep those with ADD happy. This device is beautiful, easy to use and built rock solid. This will end up being my main device for an extremely long time. One for the record books!
Go to http://www.smoktek.com/Manufactured-PVs_c_43.html and get yours today! Make sure to get the finish that you want!