Last Updated on March 27, 2017 by Team Spinfuel
Council of Vapor Mega Volt 80W TC Box Mod
When it comes to the world of vaping, my preference is big; big clouds, big flavor, big battery life and especially bigger devices. But stepping out of my comfort zone brings things into perspective on how great these smaller compact mods really are. Have you ever heard of the saying, “big things come in small packages?” The Council of Vapor Mega Volt 80W TC Box Mod ($48.95 at Element Vape) is unbelievably pocket-sized for the amount of power it’s capable of exerting from its 60mm x 39mm 24.5mm chassis (a couple millimeters larger in every direction than its little brother, the CoV Mini Volt Box Mod). What do you get when you put the Mini Volt, steroids and a turbocharger in a blender? The Council of Vapor Mega Volt 80W TC Box Mod!
The Mega Volt was designed in Los Angeles, California and manufactured in China it comes housed in premium packaging with the beautiful CoV logo plastered all over. Obviously the size will be the first thing that comes to mind but CoV doubled the 40W power output of the Mini Volt (also available at Element Vape for $29.95) to an amazing 80W while retaining a miniature sized frame. Available in both Stainless Steel and Gunmetal variations, the two-tone color scheme along with the Carbon Fiber inlays (they are stickers) shows the craftsmanship CoV executes from the drawing board to the finished product. They have stayed true to their ability to precisely design artistic pieces that are not only powerful and accurate but also get the two big thumbs up in the visual department. “Like a smart car with a Ferrari engine!” (CoV describing the Mega Volt)
The top half of the Mega Volt has a Line-X type texture (which is actually textured paint) and the bottom half a slick, brushed Zinc-Alloy giving it a rugged but elegant feel. It only weighs 131g but expect no rattling at all and a lightweight but quality made Council of Vapor device. One side is rounded and fits into the crease of my hand just right. And thanks to the elongated fire button, trigger firing is my configuration of choice. My hand swallows the entire Mega Volt up (even with a tank attached) and knowing this tiny device can crank up to 80W of horsepower is an incredible accomplishment; major kudos to Council of Vapor! 22mm Sub-Ohm Tanks have been my preferred weapon on top (I’ve been using the SMOK Baby Beast mainly) since they sit flush and work perfectly with the Mega Volt. The recommended power range of most 22mm Sub-Ohm Tanks match the Mega Volts 80W maximum quite nicely. I also ran a 528 Customs Goon on it creating quite the stealthy Dripper setup. With the tear drop shaped frame, its widest point is a little more than 24mm so fitting atomizers that size result in zero overhang.
Aesthetics aside, the chipset is equally impressive with the ability to crank up to 80W of power, redline at an 8V maximum and can fire down to 0.2Ω, while keeping everything lightweight and compact. The entire operating menu is really simple and requires no memorizing of certain commands; anyone can pick it up and learn the system in minutes. I’ve been running mainly Power Mode but the three main temperature control modes (Nickel, Titanium and Stainless Steel) are available if that’s more your thing. The Soft, Standard and Powerful Ramp-up Modes can also help personalize your vape experience (mine stayed at the Powerful setting most of the time). In any of the Temperature Control Modes, the wattage is determined by the temperature and resistance so unfortunately, no adjustments can be made. While in Power Mode, you have the option of selecting Auto Power Adjustment which will automatically reduce power to conserve and help extend battery life. The wattages won’t fluctuate until the battery bars are dancing between two and three but I didn’t notice much of a battery benefit with it off as opposed to on.
The one widely subjective con with not only the previous Mini Volt but also included with the Mega Volt is the Auto-Off feature. If the device isn’t fired within a certain amount of time (a couple of minutes), the mod powers off and requires 5-clicks to turn it back on. A lot of people hated this about the Mini Volt which results in a lot of false puffs; you think you’re getting a pull but the device is off. But for someone that pockets their mods, it’s a good safety feature to have in my eyes. When I vape, I don’t normally set the device down and come back to it. I’m ripping it every 20 seconds so I don’t run into the issue of setting it down and having to play the frustration game of it shutting off and turning it back on. Some might think it’s a negative but with such a small window of battery life, preserving every little bit helps. I do wish this was an option you could turn on or off so that’s one thing CoV could improve on in their future devices.
The Mega Volt is powered by a shorter but fatter 20500 (20mm by 50mm) non-removable 1750mAh battery. Most of the 20500 batteries I’ve come across have much lower milliamp ratings (900-1300) so it appears CoV sourced a higher quality option while still providing plenty of power at the push of a button. The continuous or pulsed amp rating is unknown but 80W feels accurate compared next to other devices set at that same wattage. Once the battery voltage reaches 3.3V, the device will display ‘Low Battery’ and powers itself off. The battery life is decent and definitely lasted me longer than I anticipated. But if battery life is a concern for you, don’t vape the maximum 80W for long periods of time and take advantage of the Auto Power Adjustment to potentially help extend the life a bit while still getting a really good vape. The Mega Volt never gets overly warm even with the minimal battery venting supplied (one pinhole underneath the USB port).
The Council of Vapor Mega Volt claims to be the fastest charging device on the market with 3A charging capability and an estimated charge time around 30-45 minutes! Unfortunately I don’t have a 3A capable charger so I can’t verify the exact duration. There are very few devices that support legit 3A charging so this could be useful if you find yourself charging it often. It took one and a half to two hours from completely drained to fully-charged with a 1A iPhone charging adapter. When plugged into the port on the bottom (a White USB cord is included), the screen displays ‘Battery Charging’ while showing you progressive blinking bars. It does support pass-through charging if you’re an impatient person like me.
The 12mm x 6mm oval-shaped fire button is the perfect fit for this size device which makes firing the Mega Volt really easy anyway you like. Both 4.5mm regulatory buttons share the same durable construction and are equally responsive and easy to click. The 0.47inch OLED screen is small but is to be expected and displays only the wattage or temperature and your battery bars. The text is very bright, easy to read even in the daylight and has a Teal blueish color to it that’s very pleasing to the eye (similar to other Council of Vapor devices). I never had any problems with the spring-loaded 510 pin and the 510 connection threads feel smooth. When first removing the Mega Volt from its packaging, there’s a screen protector on the bottom of the mod. Once removed, there are two small rubber inserts that prevent scratching after sliding around and does provide some grip; the attention to detail Council of Vapor has hammered out time and time again is evident here.
Available at Element Vape for $48.95
“Could the Mega Volt be something you would seek out for its small size? This is the epitome of not judging a book by its cover. When at full throttle, the Mega Volt will bring you every watt that’ll have you looking at it in disbelief. The Mega Volt’s miniature size and auto-off feature might keep some at a distance but what CoV achieved with the overall fit and finish is truly astonishing!”
Council of Vapor Mega Volt 80W TC Box Mod Features:
- Dimensions: 60mm by 39mm by 24.5mm
- Integrated 20500 Battery – 3000mAh Capacity
- Wattage Output Range: 5-80W
- Voltage Output Range: 2.6-8V
- Min Atomizer Resistance: 0.2ohm
- Temperature Control Range: 200-600F
- Support Ni200 Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless Steel Heating Element
- High-Quality Zinc Alloy Construction
- Textured Paint Finish
- Carbon Fiber Inlays
- Oversized Firing Mechanism
- Three-Button Operation
- Intuitive OLED Display
- V3 Charging Capability – Can Be Fully Charged Within 30 Minutes
- Micro USB Port – Passthrough Capability
- 510 Connection