Sub eGo-V v3 MEGA Kit – $34.99
From Virgin Vapor
We all know, and love, the 100% organic flavored e liquids coming out from behind the magical curtain of Virgin Vapor. Sure, their reputation is all about the great flavors and highest level of ingredients that go into them, but e liquid isn’t the only trick Virgin Vapor has up its sleeves, they stock one of the widest selections of affordable batteries I’ve seen from most e liquid labels.
We have heard our fearless leader, John Manzione, prattle on (oops, I mean, talk about) his love for what he describes as his perfect setup, the Vision Spinner and an X.Jet Spider. I’m not going to try and tell you that his setup isn’t a good one, it is. I too have a Spinner/Spider setup of my own, and while I enjoy the two devices, especially an X.Jet Spider with a fresh coil head, there are plenty of other setups that work just as well, or better.
I’m not going to make this about comparing apples and oranges, that wouldn’t be fair to anyone. Instead, I want to focus on a middle-entry class of batteries that are the perfect step up from the cig-a-like level, the eGo/Spinner/Vea level. This is where a whole lot of people go to when they ditch their cig-a-like, and many stop here, deciding there is no need to move up to the massive batteries of the various iTaste devices, ProVari’s, mechanical mods, and other beasts that serious vapers love.
While you can ride those aforementioned beasts like the wind, throw a saddle on them in the form of heavy rebuildables, and chase clouds from morning to night, it is the eGo/Spinner/Vea class that gets the job done for most of us. And while poking around Virgin Vapor’s online store a couple weeks back I saw an eGo that reached out of the browser window and grabbed me, slapped me across the face, and screamed out “BUY ME!”…
This Review is about that…
The eGo-V v3 Mega by SUB is an affordable eGo battery (includes Mini-USB Cable) that provides a long battery life and variable voltage, variable wattage features for very little money. Even if you already have a bunch of batteries there are plenty of reasons to add one of these to your vape collection.
For me, the reason why I decided to add it to my collection was that I wanted a 1300mAh battery with features found on more expensive batteries. I wanted a long-life battery that would provide the power of the larger batteries but was small enough for me to stick in my purse and not worry about. An eGo battery is just small enough to be inconspicuous yet large enough to do a brilliant job with most any tank or clearomizer. And, you certainly can’t argue about the price.
SPECS: (From Virgin Vapor)
- 510 threaded.
- 1300 mAh.
- Variable voltage: 3.0-6.0 volts in 0.1 increments.
- Variable wattage: 3.0-15.0 watts
- 14 second smart protection.
- LCD screen showing voltage and remaining battery life.
- USB cable included for recharging from a USB port.
- Pass-through capability.
- Plus, built in ohms reader!
- 1 x Ego-V V3 Mega Battery
- 1 x USB charging cable
- 1 x Gift box with instruction manual
A Virgin Vapor TIP: If your battery gets stuck at a set voltage, push both buttons at once to reset it!
After reading Keira’s review about the new Innokin Lily, and how it was designed for the “ladies”, I knew I had to counterbalance that review with one that spoke to all of us, both ladies and gentlemen. We can’t all be foo-foo girls that their daddies fawned over. (just teasing Keira!)
Real World With The eGo-V v3 Mega
Unlike many other reviews where I have been literally excited to write about it as I was to vape with it, the eGo-V v3 Mega is more like a workhorse battery than a high-profile exciting new product. This isn’t a “must have now!” battery, it is a very good, very affordable, very durable battery that makes an excellent backup for vapers with big investments in batteries, or as a great replacement for vapers who have been using simple, 3.7v eGo’s and want to get into VV/VW level batteries. For under $35 a vaper who has been using a simple eGo can move up to variable voltage, variable wattage features without giving up that ‘eGo size’ vape. Using a car analogy you could say that your new iTaste 134 Mini or Sigelei 20W is a Bentley or Mercedes and the eGo-V v3 Mega is more like a Ford Focus. All good cars, but one is not only affordable, it’s steady and true.
The battery is lighter than I thought it would be, especially for a 1300mAh. It has a stainless steel finish that is always cool the touch, and might even be too cool to use outside in the winter. With 510/eGo threading it handles anything from a simple 510 cartomizer to the largest tank I own, the Aspire Nautilus, with ease. I can go from 3v to 6v in .1 increments and back again by using the two buttons next to the ultra-bright display window at the bottom of the battery. Turning it off and on is a simple matter of clicking the Fire button at the topside of the battery. The size is about average for a 1300mAh battery, though, like I said, lighter than other 1300mAh Spinner, especially a Vision Spinner.
It takes anywhere from 3.5-4 hours to charge and lasts me most of the day, and I am a heavy vaper. An average vaper can expect to get at least a day’s worth of vaping with a single charge. Although it also works in pass-through mode, it isn’t very useful since the USB cord you get isn’t long enough to hook into the USB port of your computer and extend to a normal sitting position in front of the computer, desktop or laptop. I’ve seen USB extension cables and I have no reason to believe it wouldn’t work here, though I haven’t tried it.
For fans of Variable Wattage this manly battery goes from 3w to 15w, in .5w increments. 15w of power is a lot for battery this size battery.
I’ve been using it off and on for a couple of weeks, mostly with an Aspire BDC Vivi Nova tank and the performance has been delightful. For $34.99 it is one heck of a value and something most vapers should opt to have in their collection, either as a primary battery or a terrific backup battery. I know I said that already, but it bears repeating.
Some people have complained about one of the buttons getting a bit sticky, and while I have no reason not to believe them, for me there haven’t been any problems, including a sticky button problem. Though, if you do find yourself in that situation you can hold down both buttons at the bottom of the battery for a few seconds and reset it.
The eGo-V v3 Mega is a well-known battery in the vape community, but one I think a lot of people pass by because it isn’t a “hot” product. I can just see people looking through various vendor websites and completely overlooking it because it’s a low-profile battery. My eyes were drawn to it first by the price, it fit the budget, and second, because of all the features. I can get a long pull from the battery, and have the atomizer ohms read in about a second, all from the comfort of a small footprint eGo. What’s not to love?
The main point to consider is this; will a battery that offers so many features yet sells for under $35 be a high quality battery, safe to use, and dependable, or is it a cheap throw-away, with more bluster than quality? SUB is not a big name like Vision Spinner, JoyeTech eGo, and so on, but from where I’m sitting, after putting it through quite a bit of use it is holding up extremely well. I definitely have plans to add a black one to my collection as another backup.
If you have an itch to add a good battery to your collection but you don’t want to drop a lot of money on one, pop over to Virgin Vapor and check it out. They have both the stainless steel and black battery in stock.