[spinfuel_scad ad=”ad1″ align=”left”] Much like the engine that inspired previous Augvape mods, the VX217 is meant to be lean, streamlined, and free of nonsense. In that sense, Augvape’s latest delivers. It’s not a forward-thinking vape device, and it has one major flaw in the box. So, if this one caught your eye, definitely keep reading to see if the VX217 is really the next mod you want for your collection.
Discover the Augvape VX217 217W Starter Kit, featuring a 5-217W range, versatile dual battery layout, and is paired with the Augvape Intake Sub-Ohm Tank. Offering up to 12V of output, the Augvape VX217 Starter Kit can deliver strong clouds of vapor at the press of a button. Powered by a dual battery configuration, the VX217 Kit can naturally accommodate 21700 or 20700 batteries or utilize pairs of 18650 batteries with the included adapter. Spanning an impressive 5-217W range, the Augvape can be paired neatly with any 510 threaded sub-ohm tank or rebuildable atomizer, but comes with the Augvape Intake Sub-Ohm Tank, featuring a 5mL capacity, top to bottom dual slotted airflow control ring, and utilizes a new Clapton mesh coil for intense flavor and vapor delivery.
Augvape VX217 217W Starter Kit Features:
- Dimensions – 80mm by 49mm by 42mm
- Dual High-Amp 2X700 Batteries – Not Included
- Optional Dual 18650 Batteries – Incl. Adapter Sleeve
- Wattage Range: 5-217W
- Voltage Range: 0.5-12V
- Resistance Range: 0.05-3.0ohm
- VW Mode
- VV Mode
- Bypass Mode
- TC Mode
- Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless-Steel Wire Compatibility
- Zinc-Alloy Chassis Construction
- Intuitive Firing Button
- 3″ Color Display Screen
- Spinning Adjustment Buttons
- Hinged Bottom Battery Door
- Low Voltage Protection
- Chip Overheating Protection
- Short-Circuit Protection
- Overcurrent Protection
- Reverse Battery Protection
- High Resistance Protection
- 10s Automatic Cut Off Protection
- Overcharge Protection
- Threaded 510 Connection
- Available in Black Matte Black, and Grey Matte Gunmetal
Augvape INTAKE 25mm Sub-Ohm Tank Features:
- 25mm Diameter
- 5mL Bubble Glass
- 5mL Straight Glass
- Pyrex Glass Reinforcement
- Threaded Top Fill System
- Superior 304 Stainless Steel Tank Construction
- Augvape INTAKE Mesh Coil Series
- 15ohm Mesh Coil
- 2ohm Clapton Mesh Coil
- Press Fit Coil Installation
- Dual Slotted Top Airflow Control Ring
- Top-To-Bottom Airflow
- Threaded 510 Connection
- 810 Widebore Drip Tip
- Available in Stainless Steel, Matte Black, Matte Gunmetal
The VX217 Includes:
- Augvape VX217 Mod
- Intake Sub-Ohm Tank
- Type C Cable
- Battery Sleeve
- Bubble Glass
- 2x 0.2ohm Clapton Mesh Coils
- 2 – O-Rings
- User Manual
- Warranty Card
Aesthetics of the Augvape VX217
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The VX217 is a stout, WISMEC-inspired device (remember those pentagonal JayBo joints?) The look is authentic, with smooth lines and a rock-solid zinc alloy construction throughout. It’s bare bones, though. So, if you’re seeking some padding or ergonomic cutouts, please move along – it’s metal on metal throughout.
Another noticeable design feature is the sublimely responsive fire key, which blends seamlessly into the top of the black display section above the OLED screen. On several occasions, I had to remind myself to press this key, and not the shiny black adjustment wheel below the screen. Nothing tragic, but it’s not the MOST intuitive thing we’ve used this year.
The 1.3-inch display was surprising, just by virtue of its simplicity. After seeing so many same-y designs, of late, I was pleasantly underwhelmed by Augvape’s subtlety here. As a functional screen, it works, with all pertinent information on display, clearly and legibly.
Bullet Proof 510-Connection
Finally, I loved the bulletproof 510 connection, but wonder why a hefty, burly vape mod like the VX217 wouldn’t have a centered position, rather than the offset one on display here. As a result, while the dual-21700 VX217 handled all my test atomizers (except for one), anything larger than 28mm had significant parts hanging beyond the edge.
But I have to say, there’s something a little “off” about the way the VX217 sits in the hand. Maybe it’s just my famous man-child digits, but I never felt like the device was truly comfortable to hold.
And the lack of comfort does take its toll after a while. No matter which grip I used, I struggled to find a truly natural way to hold and operate the VX217. It never HURT, mind you. But it never felt quite right, either. And before long, I found myself looking to grab more comfortable mods from my collection.
Vaping the Augvape VX217 box mod
Though there’s an obligatory temp control and TCR suite, power vaping is the focus of the Augvape VX217 mod, and it delivers in a big way. Not only does the mod hit 200 watts without a drop of elbow grease, but it also ramps faster than most – if not all – of the comparable mods in my collection.
I’m not sure of the chipset involved, but the VX217 proved to be among the quickest-ramping devices around – even at top wattages. And it stays smooth all the way up the ladder. This performance is most evident north of 120 watts, where many dual-18650 devices begin to stutter under heavy use.
Instead of stuttering, the dual-21700 capable VX217 just adjusts on the fly, smoothly and surely getting to the desired power level. Still, even at more conservative wattages, the ramp-up is still noticeable, and my 60-80-watt draws felt more substantial throughout.
To Be Fair…
[spinfuel_scad ad=”ad3″ align=“left”] To be fair, there are some negatives. First, the battery life — even when using the larger cells — was middling at best, giving me just a few hours of steady, moderate vaping before needing to be replaced. I appreciate any device that lets me dust off the larger batteries in my collection, but this isn’t a good showing for the format.
More severely, the included Augvape Intake tank isn’t worth much ink. While the included Clapton mesh coils certainly fit the bill for flavor and vapor production, the heads wear out in just a few days, never really getting to full stride before tapping out.
Plus, the Intake tank needed a few more hours in the design room before being released. I experienced bad leaking issues with both coils, but the 510 pin repeatedly lost connection with the mod when tipping it toward my mouth.
And Not occasionally. Not even frequently. I mean EVERY time. It got to the point where the tank was completely unusable, and negatively affected my experience with the VX217 kit.
- Throwback, “WISMEC-like” design
- Fantastic fire key
- Nice, simple display
- Poor battery life and coil longevity
- Included tank is terrible
- The size just seems a little “off”
Bottom Line of the VX217
With a sizable footprint and throwback design, the VX217 definitely has the goods to stand out on any shelf. But is that enough reason to buy one? While there are some notable limitations in the box (and a bad tank, to boot), and some severe hindrances to comfort, the fast-ramping performance might just be enough to get people to look past the problems.