This 80W mod has been a much bigger hit among the Spinfuel VAPE Staff than we ever imagined it would. While there is nothing inherently innovative or brave about the larger eVic Primo 2, the eVic Primo Mini takes a bold move with a brand new, never seen 1.3” OLED display, 80 watts with a single, replaceable, 18650 cell, and the new ProCore Aries sub-ohm tank, the first sub-ohm from Joyetech that the entire team agrees is one damn fine tank. Not perfect, surely, but a sub-ohm offering very good performance and large clouds of vapor.
After a couple of weeks of usage by Julia, Tom, and myself, we present the full review of this nifty little mod, the eVic Primo Mini Kit.
About the eVic Primo Mini
The eVic Primo Mini measures a petite 25 x 39 x 75.5mm, or 1.5” by 2.3”, by 4.6” in height. With the ProCore Aeries tank attached, the height jumps to127.5mm, or 7.8”. Diminutive yes, but taller than the usual “mini” box mods like the SMOK AL85 or the iStick PICO type box mods. The Primo Mini is sturdy and well-built.
The eVic Primo Mini Fire Button is oversized, larger even than the fire button than the eVic Primo 2, yet firm, nearly flush, and reactive. Replacing the single 18650 cell is a simple matter of releasing the latch on the bottom battery door, and slipping a new, fully charged battery in its place. While we will always encourage charging your cells with an external charger, it is interesting to note that the Primo Mini can recharge at a fast clip of 2A. The user will need to purchase the Avatar Control Quick Charger adapter to get that 2A output, but for some, it may well be worth it.
The output range of the eVic Primo Mini is 1W to 80W, and the resistance range is 0.05Ω to 1.5Ω for Temp Control and TCR modes, and 0.1Ω to 3.5Ω for Power, Start, and ByPass modes. The maximum amperage output is 25A.
In Temp Control mode, the user will have access to the usual suspects, Pure Nickel, Ni200, Titanium, Ti, Stainless Steel 316, SS316. Temperature range is the standard 200-600 degrees Fahrenheit.
Several colorful finishes are available for the Primo Mini, including Silver/black, Black/black, Red/black, Yellow/black, and Dark Blue/black. The ProCore Aeries sub-ohm tank is color matched. I am very fond the of the Yellow Kit, with the yellow Aeries tank. Tom is fond of the Black on black, and Julia adores the Red body and Red tank.
While most of us will stick with the ProCore Aeries tank when using the eVic Primo Mini, the 510 connector is ‘flexible’, meaning that just about any tank or RDA you want to use will get a secure attachment (up to 25mm in diameter). I’ll admit that I used a SMOK TFV8 Big Baby sub-ohm and it fit well and worked just as well as it does on my SMOK Alien, a much larger box mod.
The ProCore Aries sub-ohm tank (4.0mL), featured in the Kit version, has a well-designed flip-top fill system that has held up well through the 4 users on staff, through more than 2 weeks of heavy usage. The dependability of the flip-top mechanism was a concern at first, but proved to hold up and is no longer considered to be worrisome.
We still believe that the new ProC and ProC1 coils use Kanthal wire as the heating element, despite offering temperature control tech. This may indicate that Joyetech and Spinfuel VAPE are like-minded with the belief that Temp Control just isn’t being used enough to worry about offering premade coil heads with other metals.
The ProC1 is a 0.4Ω head with a wattage range of 40-80W and built for Direct Lung vaping. The ProC1-S has a lower resistance, 0.25Ω, but the wattage range is only 25-35W and is built for a much tighter mouth-to-lung draw.
Optional coil heads include 3 other Direct Lung coil heads, the ProC2 0.15Ω, 30W-70W, the ProC3, a 0.2Ω 40W-130W (!), and the ProC4, 0.15Ω, 50-110W. We did not test these optional coils, but from the performance of the ProC1, we predict these coils will perform as advertised.
All the above information can be found anywhere the eVic Primo Mini is sold. For this device we’re recommending Vapor Authority, which will sell the Kit for $43.99. We’re told the eVic Primo Mini will be available by the end of the first week of May, perhaps even sooner.
Performance in Real Life
At this point you may have a sense of what the eVic Primo Mini looks like, and a good sense of the features and some of the specs. But, what can you expect if you purchase one? Will you feel immediate Buyer’s Remorse, or will you be happy you took the plunge?
When you look at the photos accompanying this review, do you approve of the slender two/tone chassis and the ProCore Aries tank? Will a single 18650 replaceable cell provide enough battery life for your vaping style? Is 80W the upper limit of your needs? If so, then I believe you’ll be very happy with the Primo Mini.
Even after putting in more than 50 hours of usage, or 200 hours of usage when all 4 of members of the team’s usage is combined, we can’t really find much, if any, fault with how Joyetech developed the Primo Mini.
Holding the eVic Primo Mini in my left hand, pinky resting on the bottom of the device, my index finger falls naturally to the Fire Button, making it one of the most comfortable small mods I’ve used. That huge 1.3” OLED display is simply amazing with a slightly curved glass front and the large fonts used. The two adjustment buttons under the display are “notched” in for a nice fit, and is well protected. The responsiveness of the buttons is excellent.
The Kit includes a Direct Lung ProC and a MTL ProC1 coil, which makes smart business sense, to appeal to buy type of Vapers. I highly recommend picking up a couple of packs of replacements coils that work right for you, either Direct Lung to Mouth-To-Lung. The coil life is very good, but at some point you’ll need to swap it out for a new one, and the difference between the DL and MTL coils is large. I can take huge Direct Lung hits using the ProC DL coil, and the ProC1 is a ‘tight’ coil, and isn’t at all compatible with Direct Lung vapers.
Overall, we like the eVic Primo Mini more than we do the eVic Primo 2, despite the massive difference in power and size. When we received our shipment of early eVic Primo 2’s we found the UNIMAX 2 in the Kit boxes. When it began shipping that was changed to include the ProCore Aeries in the Primo 2 kit, a much better option for us. The UNIMAX is a decent tank, but we’re not big fans of the TFTA (top fill top airflow) design. The ProCore Aries has a traditional top fill, bottom airflow slots, and the much preferred bottom base coil head, not the top down type coil.
Joyetech eVic Primo Mini MOD Specifications:
Manufactured by: Joyetech
Wattage Range: 1W – 80W
Resistance Range (Wattage Mode): 0.1 Ohms – 3.5 Ohms
Resistance Range (Temperature Mode): 0.05 Ohms – 1.5 Ohms
Temperature Range: 200°F – 600°F (100°C – 300°C)
Maximum Charging Current: 2.0A
Maximum Output Current: 25A
Continuous Discharge Current: ≥ 25A
Battery Compatibility: Single 18650 (Sold Separately)
Available Colors: Black, Silver, Red, Blue
Height: 2.91 Inches (74mm)
Width: 0.98 Inches (25mm)
Depth: 1.53 Inches (39mm)
Joyetech ProCore Aries Tank Specifications:
Manufactured by: Joyetech
E-Juice Capacity: 4ml
Body Material: Stainless Steel
Tank Material: Pyrex (Borosilicate) Glass
Height: 2.05 Inches (52mm)
Diameter: 0.98 Inches (25mm)
Joyetech eVic Primo Mini Kit Includes:
1 x Joyetech eVic Primo Mini MOD
1 x Joyetech ProCore Aries Tank
1 x Joyetech ProC1 Atomizer Coil (0.4 Ohms)
1 x Joyetech ProC1-S Atomizer Coil (0.25 Ohms)
1 x Replacement Pyrex Glass Tube
1 x USB Charging Cable
1 x Bag of Spare Parts
1 x User Manual