Infinity Pro Review
This review is going to sound very similar to my last review of the Buzz Pro, in that internally, they are the same device. The differences lie in price and appearance. That being said, my opening salvo is the same as in my previous review of the Buzz. Normally I hate to cut and paste, but in this case, I’d hate to type it all out again even more.
I must first preface my review with a disclaimer. I am a huge NotCigs fan. There, I said it, I am biased. Hopefully though, after reading this review, you will understand why I am a fervent fanboi of all things Buzz.
I would like to start this review off with a little history lesson. I actually spoke (via email) with Mike Buzzetti, the owner of NotCigs, who right now is a very busy man with the recent release of their new VVProV, and the development of their next mod sure to rock the vaping world (hopefully soon). Specifically, I wanted to know if the rumor’s that I have heard all my vaping life were true. Is he the inventor of the variable voltage mod? You know how people are, and vaper’s are no different, people talk, embellish, make things up,and sometimes flat out lie; and urban legends are born of this. Given his heavy workload, his answer was surprisingly lengthy and informative. In a nutshell, Mike stated that he first started vaping on a standard 901 kit, and shortly after purchased a mod that was supposed to be variable voltage but didn’t work as advertised. He didn’t name the mod, but he decided, instead, to create a real variable voltage ecig. Using his background in electronics and mechanical engineering, he created the original Buzz in December of 2009 and applied for a provisional patent before it’s release. The original Buzz used a linear voltage regulator to control the output voltage, NotCigs then released the Infinity eight months later using the same basic design. Improvements in the efficiency of the chip culminated in the Buzz Pro in January of 2011, followed by the Infinity Pro soon after that. Just this month, NotCigs released the VVProV; the only top feeding VV device with the juice housed inside the body.
So what is the Infinity Pro? It is a variable voltage tube mod that uses 2 protected Li-Ion 14430 3.7v 650mAh batteries in series, and uses a “buck” circuit to limit voltage via an analog linear potentiometer within a range of 3.3 to 5.6 volts. Unlike other mods, which boast menu systems, LED readouts, and multiple button presses; the user interface on the Infinity Pro is amazingly simple. There is a fire button, and an adjustment wheel, aka the “Hit Control.” That’s it!
Built in protection is standard on all NotCigs products, and includes over current, over temp, and reverse battery protections. There is ample venting provided, should a catastrophic battery meltdown occur.
The Infinity Pro comes in 5 colors (black, chrome, silver, purple, and blue). The top and bottom caps come in either brass or chrome, and can be configured with either a 510, 801, 901, or 808 native connection. The tops can be swapped out relatively easily if you decide to change colors, or native connections. The bottom cap now comes with Delrin threads so that a quarter turn of the cap breaks the connection, acting as a switch, turning the device off. Extra top and bottom caps can be ordered individually from NotCigs.
The Infinity Pro itself costs $99.95. The 14430 batteries are $8.00/pair, and a battery/charger combo is $20.00. Laser engraving (Your logo or text) costs an extra $30 (the Infinity Pro logo and S/N are standard at no additional cost, only extra engraving costs more). Use coupon code “ECF Buzzkill” for 7.5% off your order, and returning NotCigs customers get an additional 5% off as well.
The Infinity Pro came in a USPS small flat rate box, well padded in bubble wrap, with all accessories, and instructions included. As is customary with many high end US mod makers, there was no official fancy logo embossed box, which I assume is an effort to keep costs down.
I ordered my Infinity Pro in blue with extra engraving, as I am a huge University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball fan, I had Mike laser engrave a UK logo on it for me, along with the standard Infinity Pro logo and serial number. I designed a banner logo, and saved it as a *.bmp file as instructed. After several emails back and forth, with little tweaks here and there, Mike said he could do it. The engraving is superb, and artfully done. The body is well machined, the anodizing is perfect, no dings or scratches in the finish, the end caps fit flush, and the threading is nice, tight, and quiet. The Infinity Pro is significantly thinner than the Buzz Pro (the Ipro is more like an eGo in width), and is also a little longer. Kind of like the tall and lean little sister to it’s short and squat big brother, the Buzz.
I was initially unsure about the delrin threads on the end cap, holding up against the metal threads of the body. It seems to me that plastic v. metal in a moving part could cause premature wear. Time will tell, although, I haven’t heard any reports of this being an issue.
The “Hit Control” is marked with three color hash-marks; green, yellow, and red. The dial moves easily but is not loose. The Activate button is a little small for my preference, rubbery, and clicky. It sits in a recessed area on the main body which helps eliminate misfires while pocketed.
The device itself is very light, and appears to be made out of aluminum. It fits well in the hand, the finish is satin (not gloss like the Buzz Pro), and is not slippery.
There is a red LED light located just inside the “Hit Control” dial area that lets you know the device is on. The LED turns blue when the button is pressed to let you know it’s firing.
After a little voltage testing, I found the the green hash-mark was 3.3 volts, the yellow was 4.5 volts, and the red was 5.2 volts. The “Hit Control” proceeded past the red up until 5.6 volts. Under load (with a 2.8 ohm cartomizer attached) there was a 0.1v drop across all voltages and was to be expected. The voltage regulator held the voltage constant all the way up until the batteries were almost completely dead. I consistently get 10-12 hours of good vape time out of this device on a single set of batteries. I expected this as the internals are the same as the Buzz Pro, just with smaller batteries.
The Infinity Pro, from a user standpoint, is a simple device that works as advertised. It is reliable and easy to use. It is just slightly more expensive than some Chinese made variable voltage devices on the market, and less expensive than the Buzz Pro and other US made devices. It is extremely well put together and durable. If you choose to get yours engraved, the workmanship is flawless. In my personal opinion, you can’t go wrong with this one!
Overall, I give it a 5/5