If 2017 was the year every company added a speedometer-styled display to their vape mods, 2018 might see a new trend – mods shaped liked engines themselves. And the first notable entry? The VTEC-styled Augvape V200 box mod.
To the naked eye, the V200 is another oddly designed vape device. To the motorheads in our audience – those who need power above all else – Augvape’s latest is a loving testament to one of the most desirable engines in the automotive world, the Honda VTEC.
But does the V200 just resemble an engine, or does it have the power to move you? It’s a little early to say, but let’s talk a little about what we know about this mod, and what we want to find out.
Hands off that hot motor…
Unlike a lot of mod designs that “grow” on you, there isn’t likely to be much gray area with the VTEC-styled Augvape V200 box mod. Either you’re going to love the jagged lines and jutting pieces, or you’re going to quickly dismiss it. I’m not much of a car guy, to be honest. But I DO love uniquely designed box mods, so I’m leaning toward loving it.
But make no mistake, this isn’t for everyone. It’s a fairly authentic tribute to automotive styling. But car engines aren’t exactly known for comfort and ergonomics, so the jury is out on how well the V200 will fare over a week or two of use.
There is a little bit of surprising subtlety with the fire key, which is camouflaged right into the top of the display section. It might have been a little TOO well-hidden, since I had to start squeezing all over the mod to find it. (Don’t worry, if you’re smarter than me, you’ll just go to the instruction manual.)
One nice design surprise was the spring-loaded wheel that handles wattage adjustment. Mostly because it continues the engine aesthetic by representing the car’s oil cap. It might not be the most intuitive functionality, but it’s well-implemented and looks good on the box design.
A straightforward engine...
Notice I only said “wattage adjustment.” Because that’s all there is on the Augvape V200 box mod. No temperature control. No TCR. No preheating curve adjustment. Just power in the form of wattage or bypass modes. But it’s supposed to be fast-ramping power, so there may be an advantage to just having a few options.
Honestly, as a wattage Vaper, this isn’t a concern for me. In fact, I found the V200’s lack of confusing menu trees a little refreshing. But for the car enthusiast who also like precision vaping, the lack of temp control options might be a turn off. Time will tell if the V200 does enough RIGHT, to make us forget the sheer lack of options the mod provides.
Some questions we have before testing the Augvape V200 Box Mod
Our opinion of the V200 will likely come down to two things – performance and ease of use. The deep grooves and rugged zinc alloy construction seems really durable. But will the mod be comfortable enough to use all day without concern? Jury’s out – but I already found myself putting the V200 down more than once, because it didn’t feel natural in the hand.
The screen is another concern. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with the 0.96-inch OLED display, it seems a little underwhelming on such a boldly designed device. Maybe Augvape was highlighting the no-nonsense performance of the Honda VTEC engine. Maybe they were HIDING the lack of features and functions within the mod. But if there was any modern vape mod deserving of a vibrant, speedometer-like display, it’s the V200.
The same thought goes for the fire key, which is awfully subtle and reserved for a design that is supposed to scream POWER. I instinctively kept reaching for an iJOY-like oversized monster fire button, but had to remind myself to seek out the camouflaged button atop the display.
Finally, I need to spend a little more time with Augvape’s branded “V-Mode” which is supposed to considerably increase the V200’s ramp up time. We’ve only had the mod in our hands for a few hours, so we can’t really make an educated comment on this yet. But our early testing didn’t show much difference from the standard wattage and bypass functionalities.
Of course, we only tested a few tanks and RBAs on the V200 so far, so it’s way too early to pass judgment just yet. But that’s exactly what we plan to do this week. So give us a few days to get our heads around the straightforward functionality of the VTEC-styled Augvape V200 box mod. We may not be the biggest gearheads out there, but if this mod hums like a dialed-in Honda, we’ll be thrilled with the results.
Stay tuned for the full review!
Augvape V200 Box Mod Specs and Contents
Augvape V200 Box Mod specs:
- Dimensions – 87.5mm by 45mm by 29.2mm
- Dual 18650 High-Amp Battery – Not Included
- Wattage Output Range: 5-200W
- Minimum Atomizer Resistance: 0.05ohm
- Three Output Modes: Normal, Bypass, V Mode
- V Mode – Quicker Ramp Up Time
- Superior Zinc Alloy Construction
- Modernize Grooved Design
- Intuitive 0.96″ OLED Display
- Hidden Firing Mechanism – Integrated Onto Display
- Rotating Adjustment Buttons
- Bottom-Loaded Hinged Battery Door
- MicroUSB Port – 1.2A Max Charge
- Spring-Loaded Gold-Plated 510 Connection
- Available in Black, White, Red
Augvape V200 Box Mod contents:
- 1x Augvape V200
- 1x Micro-USB Cable
- Instructional Manual