eVic VTwo and eVic VTwo Mini Review
One year ago today, May 21, 2015, we published our first review for the Joyetech eVic VT. Prior to the new Box Mod style eVic, Joyetech released its tube-shape eVic Supreme in May of 2014. Because the eVic moniker has been attached to a very successful line of products, these May (2016) offerings, are a natural refresh the eVic line. The eVic VTwo and eVic VTwo Mini are worthy successors. Oh how things have changed.
The advances made in the eVic line has been substantial, and to believe that if the FDA predicate date remains as it stands now, the insignificant specifications (according to today’s eVic VTwo) of the eVic Supreme would be considered far too advanced to be “accepted” by the FDA as qualified vaping instruments is sickening
To demonstrate how far the eVic line as come, take a look at the specifications of the eVic Supreme of 2014, and the eVic VT of 2015. These reviews covered all the specs and features of their time.
Now look at the new eVic VTwo specifications;
- 5000mAh Internal Battery (LiPo I believe)
- Output Mode: RTC, VW, VT (Ti, Ni, SS316), Bypass, TCR (M1, M2, M3)
- Wattage Range: 1W – 80W
- Temperature Range: 200°F – 600°F / 100°C – 315°C
- Resistance Range:
- 15Ω – 3.5Ω (VT & Bypass Mode)
- 05Ω – 1.0Ω (VT Modes)
- RTC (Real Time Clock) Interface
- Stainless Steel Threads
- Springs Loaded 510 Pin
- Large OLED Display
- Adjustable Setting Control Knob
- Upgradeable Firmware (Via Micro USB Port)
- Pass-through Charging and Vaping (Via Micro USB Port)
- Dual Circuit Protection
Available Colors: Black, Burgundy, Orange, Blue, White, Racing Yellow, Cool Black, Dazzling White
And The eVic VTwo Mini Spec Out As:
- Dimensions: 22.20*38.20*82mm
- Requires (1) 18650 Battery (Batteries Sold Separately)
- Magnetic Battery Cover
- Stainless Steel 510 Threads
- Spring Loaded 510 Pin
- Output Modes: RTC (Real Time Clock), VW, VT (Ti, Ni, SS316), Bypass, TCR (M1, M2, M3)
- Output Wattage: 1W – 75W
- Resistance Range:
- 0.05Ω – 1.5Ω (VT Modes)
- 0.1Ω – 3.5Ω (VT & Bypass Modes)
- Temperature Range: 200°F – 600°F / 100°C – 315°C
- OLED Display
- Upgradeable Firmware (Micro USB Port)
- On Board Charging (Micro USB Port)
- Customizable RTC (Real Time Clock) Interface
- Game Mode
- Dual Circuit Protection
Available Colors: Red, Gray, Burgundy, Orange, Blue, White, Gold, Black, Cyan
I received, for the purpose of this review, the ‘Orange’ eVic VTwo and the Black eVic VTwo Mini. The black is a wicked ‘stealth’ black, while the orange eVic VTwo is, well, at least ‘bold’? If I decide to add the eVic VTwo to the ever-expanding vape gear collection it will be a Dazzling White and/or the Burgundy. As for the eVic VTwo Mini, the black is just fine.
So What’s New with the eVic VTwo?
Comparing the eVic VTwo to last May’s eVic VT, the differences, or improvements, are many. The new eVic VTwo has added the now ubiquitous upgradeable firmware feature and Joyetech’s new dual battery protection. New features with the firmware include adding a custom logo and the real time clock display, called RTC. This new RTC feature is also included in the new eGrip 2.
eVic VTwo Mini looks nearly identical to the eVic VTC line. It also comes with upgradeable firmware and the dual battery protection system, as well as the RTC (Real Time Clock) display, and Custom Logo. The eVic VTwo Mini now has a larger OLED screen, and the same ‘modes’ offered by its larger sibling; RTC/VW/VT/Bypass/TCR modes. The Mini is also available in several colors. Let’s face it; the only difference between the eVic VTwo and the eVic VTwo Mini is size, a replaceable battery in the Mini, and 75W of power instead of 80w. Hence, one review for both.
The Joyetech/eLeaf/WISMEC Onboard Chipset
The looming August 8th FDA blockade of new product introductions without a ton of paperwork, application fees and long processing times, all three entities (Joyetech, eLeaf, WISMEC) are rushing to market with several new products. That’s a good idea, in my opinion, though it seems like the three companies are all adopting the same onboard chipset and the larger OLED hi-res display, first introduced with last year’s eVic VT. Moving forward, it looks as though the true differences between all the new mods will be cosmetic, and battery type and cell number; Single 18650’s, Dual 18650’s, Triple 1850’s, and LiPo packs are being spread around the new products, depending on the amount of maximum wattage output. Perhaps will we all soon use ‘copy n paste’ for the electronics section of our reviews for products from these three companies, and write more about the design, wattage, and battery type.
Our more recent reviews of Joyetech, eLeaf and WISMEC products discussed what looks like the standard Temperature Sensing and Control modes; RTC/VW/VT/Bypass/TCR (The Real Time Clock is the most recent addition) and the TC modes, including Ni200, Ti, SS, SS316, and manual adjustment of the TCR value. (Temperature Coefficients of Resistance). Depending on the maximum power output, the resistance ranges and continuous amperage output, these modes also becoming ‘fixed’.
As I said, this seems to be a good idea, and until we finally know how far innovation will be restricted, it’s a good standard to be stuck with. It’s going to be very interesting to see what all the manufacturers will push to market by August 8th.
eVic VTwo and eVic VT Side by Side
The body size of the eVic VTwo is identical to the eVic VT; 47*25.5*85.6mm vs 47*25.5*85.6mm for last year’s eVic VT. That said, side by side they are indeed the same dimensions, but holding the eVic VTwo it feels smaller. I know that doesn’t make a lot of sense, but it’s true.
I have but a few of the eVic VT’s from last year, so I’ve held both, and used both, during this review period. Other than the smooth matte finish of the eVic VTwo versus the glossy finish of the eVic VT, the black adjustment wheel instead of chrome/stainless steel, and several more color options, the two devices are physically the same. The changes then, are the more advanced electronics, which I mentioned above.
Basic Options and How to Access Them (eVic VTwo and VTwo Mini)
These devices are 5-click on/off devices. Accessing the Menu system requires 3-clicks. Both units are pass-through enabled, meaning you can charge them with the included USB cable and continue to use them.
Set Screen Protection – With the device ON, press and hold Right Adjustment Button or turn Adjustment Wheel to the Right and hold. This option allows to you turn off or on the Logo display. Using the Left button/turn of the wheel allows you to set the time, in minutes, that the display will stay on.
Set Time – Click Fire Button 3 times to enter menu – Press left button/wheel to move through time settings, hour, minute, year, month, day. Careful, this can be maddening to achieve the correct time and date. You can’t move back to correct mistake, you must move forward to reach your starting place.
Various Modes – Click Fire button 3 times to enter the menu. Use right button/wheel to move through the various modes. Arriving at the mode you want, click left button/wheel to make adjustments.
Set TCR Value: With unit OFF – Pres and hold Fire Button and right button/wheel for 5 seconds. Then enter TCR menu and make choices, and set memory preset button, M1, M2, M3.
There is much more in the actual manual that comes with the devices, these are merely a few basics.
Wire Protection – If you attempt to use a Kanthal wire coil the unit will automatically switch to wattage mode after 2 seconds. This is a great feature! Joyetech deserves kudos for this. Now all we need is for the electronics to determine the exact wire and set the device appropriately.
Software – Joyetech software for firmware updates are available for Mac and PC on Joyetech’s website. However, you won’t find the app on the Apple Mac Store.
Real World Report eVic VTwo
I’m not at all enthralled over the color choice Joyetech decided to send for review. Orange is not the new Black for me. Like Julia, I would have enjoyed the Dazzling White option. For some reason I’ve become a fan of white mods, ever sense using the Vape Forward Vaporflask Lite, which I have in White. But, whatever, the color won’t affect the outcome of the review.
Vaping with the eVic VTwo and VTwo Mini is roughly the same as vaping with the eVic VT or VTC Mini. Only the new modes and wattage output is different, so you’ll enjoy either one quite a bit. The VTwo or VTwo Mini are good mods that feel good to hold and to use.
Both devices accommodate 22mm tanks and RDAs fine, with no hangover. The displays are bright, crisp, and easy to see and use. Absolutely no complaints. Some in the vaping circuit are talking about a Game Mode like the the one in the eGrip 2, however, during my review I did not happen across a Game mode. But, my units are Sample units, so perhaps by the time it ships the Game mode will be there. But really, why?
In The Box:
- 1 x eVic VTwo or VTwo Mini Body
- 1 x USB Cable
- 1 x eVic VTwo or VTwo Silicon Sleeve
- 1 x Manual & Warranty Card
The Joyetech eVic VTwo will sell for right around $60, a fair price for all the advanced features and safety protections. The eVic VTwo Mini will run about $50, also fair price for what you get.
There are hundreds of vaping instruments on the market, but just the same, if someone asked me if I would recommend either one of these eVic’s I would tell them that if they like the looks of them, and the specs/features, then by all means, take the plunge.
Grade: A for the eVic VTwo
Grade: A for the eVic VTwo Mini
“Although neither devices are radically different than last year’s model, both are well-made, state of the art modern mods priced right and perform really well.”