VAMO eCig Variable Voltage, Variable Wattage, & Affordable
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Right off the bat I could tell I was going to enjoy using the VAMO. It has the look of The Bolt, which I really loved as a PV, but offered a whole lot more in the way of features. The most important feature, to me, that VAMO has over the Bolt is circuit protection, which is the main reason I refuse to the Bolt any longer (and I used to love the Bolt). But, there is a lot more to the VAMO than simply ‘circuit protection’.
The VAMO comes to us from a new advertiser here at Spinfuel Magazine, The Digital Cig. I like these guys so far. The prices are right, the amount of hardware and accessories is plentiful, there seems to be a great amount of inventory, and the owner, Tim, seems like a real good guy, someone that seems to have a passion for the industry, not the profits (although I’m sure he enjoys the profits as well). So, if you’re looking for something special, or something hot, like the VAMO, check The Digital Cig. And I certainly wouldn’t mind if you headed over there to buy the VAMO or anything else you might need since they are showing their support for our magazine. NOTE* The VAMO is a “special order”, meaning that it might take a 6-12 days to ship out to you.
VAMO EGO APV V2 – The Official Name
If you’re wondering why the word “eGo” is part of the official name, keep wondering because I don’t have a clue.
The one that I have here for review (and one that I’m going to keep as my primary PV now) is the Black Chrome version. It also comes in stainless steel. With its very smooth finish and deep dark chrome color it is a very good-looking PV. It’s also one of the least expensive units on the market. Considering all the features it has it’s difficult to understand how it sells for $46.99. That’s very little for a PV with this number of features.
The $46.99 price tag gets you the body and the end cap, nothing else, but compare that price to other VV/VW PV’s and you can see it’s about 40-45% less than its competition.
Variable Voltage & Variable Wattage
Like more expensive devices on the market the VAMO has a variable voltage range of 3.0v to 6.0v with .01v increments, which are increased or decreased with the simple press of the plus or minus sign buttons next to the OLED readout.
The Variable Wattage works the same way, by pressing the plus and minus buttons accordingly, and has a range of 3.0w to 15.0w. Like other devices the wattage increases and decreases by .5w with each click of the button.
The On/Off function is an easy 5 clicks of the main activator button (the larger button you press to vape).
Getting Around The Menu
Because the VAMO uses technology used in other devices, most recently for me is the lesser PV by Apollo, the V-Tube. The look and feel of the VAMO is a much higher quality when compared to the Apollo V-Tube, but accessing the menu is pretty much the same.
When you get your VAMO and have inserted a fully charged 18650 battery (I’ll get into a couple of cool options for battery power later), you click the larger button 5 times to turn it on. The default settings are 3.0v and 3.0w. This just turns the unit on though; to access the menu you need to reach for the smaller, plus and minus buttons that sit directly above the larger button, and directly under the OLED display.
NEGATIVES: The VAMO doesn’t retain the settings. (Most don’t) And to make matters worse, when you access the menu to change from voltage to wattage or vice versa, it falls back to the default setting of 3.0v or 3.0w. It only takes a second or three to get the device back up to where it was. But it kinda sucks that if you’ve been vaping at 4.5v and 4w and want to bump the wattage up to 6w the device falls back to 3.0v when you switch back, which means you need to click back up to 4.5v.
(V)RMS and (V)AVG
This next part I debated with myself for quite a while as to whether or not to get into it. It is a feature and it deserves to be mentioned, but in all actuality it’s of little to no concern to most of us. I’m talking about a very mathematical way of determining voltage and wattage, either with RMS or AVG (‘means’ and ‘average’). RMS is a more accurate method but only the very advanced Vapers would even think about these terms. So my advice is to just leave it set to RMS.
The VAMO is set to RMS at the factory and to access the menu to change it (but don’t) you hold down both the plus OR minus buttons for a full 10 seconds. The display will show NO1 or NO2, NO1 means its set to AVG and NO2 means its set to RMS. Your display will show you a couple of different settings depending on whether you use the plus of minus button to access the NO1 and NO2 settings, so just ignore them as you count off the full 10 seconds. For a deeper understanding between RMS and AVG do a Google search and you will find plenty. Just be prepared for the math involved.
The VAMO is long enough to hold an 18650 battery and by removing one of the extensions you can create a mini-VAMO that takes the shorter 18350 batteries. The Digital Cig suggests the Efest ICR 18650 Li-ion battery, Efest ICR 18350 Li-ion battery, and a TrustFire TR-003 4-channel charger.
I’ve not used the shorter 18350 batteries yet with the VAMO because the length of time between charges is so much longer with the taller battery. Both batteries are going to deliver the same great service from the VAMO; the only difference is the time between charges and the overall length of the device. I will warn you through; with the 18650-battery option the VAMO is quite tall. Taller than anything else in the office actually, including the Joyetech eVic. It’s also heavier than the eVic, but with the added heft you get a higher quality feel to it. At least I do.
The VAMO is a straight up 510-threaded device. Any 510 threaded cartomizer, tank, clearomizer, whatever will work right out of the box. You can always pick up a 510-eGo adapter if you want to use a Kanger T3 or MT3. Most of the time I’ve been using the VAMO I’ve been using one of the remaining Texas Tuff Tanks we have and a couple of different Vivi Nova’s. We have several adapters here so I am looking forward to trying out the new Kanger EVOD clearos that we expect to receive any day. I love Bottom Coil Kanger’s and although they do add height to an already tall device I still think the vaping experience will prove to be worth it.