It’s the holidays, so I’m going to try and be more understanding and kind. But I just don’t understand the need for setups like the Uwell Hypercar 80W mod starter kit. I mean, it’s FINE, and does an adequate job… but I have no idea who this rig is for.

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Why does it have to be ‘for’ anyone, man?” Well, I’ll tell you why – because there are simply too many vape device options on store shelves for oddball setups like the Hypercar. Really good, dedicated mouth-to-lung (MTL) kits are spec’d and priced accordingly. Same goes for higher-wattage, cloud chucking monsters.

 

But what’s the current market for an 80-watt maximum, single-18650 vape mod that is nearly as big as a dual-battery device? What about a sub-ohm tank that claims to be good for both MTL and direct lung use? (Spoiler alert: it’s not.)

 

Once you add in slow, antiquated controls, poor ramp up time, and horrendous battery life, and you’ve got a device that really doesn’t have a niche today. But let’s dive in and see more about the Hypercar’s features.

 

When you open the box, the Hypercar makes a good first impression. It’s not the most-attractive mod you’ve ever seen, but the slanted fire key and ample vent ports speak to a comfortable, easy-to-use device. Then you pick it up…

Uwell Hypercar 80W TC Starter Kit Review

Uwell Hypercar Mod Specs:

  • Dimensions – 85.7mm by 44.2mm by 25.7mm
  • Weight – 205.5g
  • Single High-Amp 18650 Battery – Not Included
  • Wattage Output Range: 5-80W
  • Voltage Output Range: 0.7-8.0V
  • Resistance Range: 0.1-3.0ohm
  • Temperature Range: 200°-600°F / 100°-315°C
  • Power Mode
  • TC Mode
  • Bypass Mode
  • Zinc-Alloy Construction
  • Ergonomic Grip
  • Display Screen
  • Magnetic Battery Cover
  • On/Off Switch
  • Intuitive Silicone Firing Button
  • Two Adjustment Buttons
  • Low Power Alert
  • Reverse Polarity Protection
  • Short-Circuit Protection
  • Temperature Protection
  • Resistance Protection
  • Overcharge Protection
  • MicroUSB Charging Cable
  • Centered 510 Connection
  • Available in Red, Gold, Sapphire Blue, Silver, Black

Uwell Hypercar Tank Specs:

  • 2mm Diameter
  • Weight – 41g
  • 5mL Juice Capacity
  • Superior Stainless Steel Construction
  • Pyrex Glass Reinforcement
  • UWell Pro-FOCS Technology – Superior Flavor
  • Uwell Whirl Coil System
  • 6ohm Nichome Dual Coil – rated for 18-22W
  • 8ohm Nichrome Single Coil – rated for 10-15W
  • Threaded Top Fill System – Dual Fill Port
  • Adjustable Bottom Airflow Control Ring – 5 Incrementally Sized Holes
  • Detachable Structure
  • Gold-Plated 510 Connection
  • Available in Red, Gold, Sapphire Blue, Silver, Black

Uwell Hypercar Starter Kit Contents:

  • 1 Hypercar 80W Box Mod
  • 1 Whirl Atomizer
  •  1 Extra Quartz Glass
  • 1 0.6ohm Nichrome Dual Coil – rated for 18-22W
  • 1 1.8ohm Nichrome Single Coil – rated for 10-15W
  • 1 Pack of O-Rings
  • 1 MicroUSB Cable
  • 1 User Manual
  • 1 Drip Tip Cover

Observations While Vaping

There’s not much to say that hasn’t already been said above but vaping the Hypercar was a thoroughly middling experience throughout. While the mod does hit a legitimate 80 watts without stuttering – at least, no stuttering beyond what’s caused by the fire button – the battery life drops precipitously after 50 watts.

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Yes, in 2018, 50 watts is the cutoff point for serviceable battery life. I know the Hypercar is a single-cell vape mod, but I’ve seen mech Squonkers get longer lifespans from an 18650 battery. On a fully charged cell, I managed just 90 minutes of legitimate operating time, when vaping the MTL setup at 20-30 watts. When switching to the sub-ohm head and “cranking” it to 65 watts, the Hypercar turned into a conservative sedan performance-wise, and a gas-guzzler with efficiency.

 

I ran this cycle at least five times before conceding the battle – the Uwell Hypercar simply isn’t set up for all-day use. And with such mid-level specs, it really should be.

Bottom Line

What can I say, except that I’m a little disappointed… I love Uwell products (like the upcoming review for the Uwell Crown 4), for the most part, and had high hopes for the Hypercar kit. I expected to test a solid, long-lasting single-18650 device I could stow in my pocket for stealth use and road trips. Instead, I got an oversized, heavy, power-draining mod with a limp tank to go with it.

 

I have no doubt that Uwell has the chops and market-savvy to right this ship and fill this spot in the market. But the Hypercar is too unfocused and underperforming to consider as a contender right now.

 

Score: C-

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