The gimmick, or rather, selling point, for choosing the Vaporesso Switcher as your new, or next, high-wattage Box Mod Starter Kit is the ‘replaceable cases’. I’ll dive into this further down, but I want to point out that the Red/Blue case is a Limited Edition case, and the cost is higher for this model. I find this very disappointing because it is the coolest looking Switcher case in the bunch. Sadly, I did not receive the Limited Edition case. My review will be based on the yellow case Switcher.
About the Vaporesso Switcher 220W TC Starter Kit
The Vaporesso Switcher 220W TC Starter Kit is, at its heart, a mod powered by the OMNI Board 2.6. The Kit also includes the Vaporesso NRG Sub-Ohm Tank. The name Switcher is apropos because this Mod incorporates a replaceable chassis case design. Users can purchase different cases for about $12.
The Switcher Kit’s OMNI Board 2.6 is Vaporesso’s newest chipset. It features graphical virtual keys, a physical “unlock” button, puff number stats, and high power protection function, all inside an easy to use interface. It’s front panel fire button notwithstanding, there is a lot to like about this modern, attractive Mod.
The Vaporesso Switcher wattage range is 5W to 220W with a coil resistance range of 0.05-ohm to 5.0-ohm. There are several output modes, including a Customized Curve of Wattage (CCW) and Customized Curve of Temperature (CCT). Other modes include variable wattage, temperature control, bypass mode, and my favorite, Smart Mode.
The Vaporesso Switcher is uses two hi-amp 18650 batteries (not included) which is accessed by way of a hinge-and-lock battery door. There is no battery rattle due to the battery compartment having fitted battery ‘sleeves’. Left side is positive side up, right is positive side down. The battery hinge door keeps a tight lock on the batteries so there is no worry that the door will accidentally pop open.
There is a 0.96-inch OLED screen display in the Switcher that displays all the essential information needed for the user. With a glance the user will see the wattage/temperature, coil resistance, dual battery life icons, and when at rest, the display shows a Real Time Clock (RTC).
The Vaporesso Switcher is distinctive among other Mods because the chassis is interchangeable with other cases (sold separately).
The NRG Sub-Ohm Tank
The Vaporesso Switcher Kit includes the NRG Sub-Ohm Tank. The NRG (reviewed here) features a slide-away top fill and has a 5ml ejuice capacity. The NRG Sub-Ohm Tank utilizes the GT Coil Family. The Kit comes with a 0.15-ohm GT 4 coil head and a 0.15-ohm GT 8 coil head.
The GT 4 coil head is a dual vertical coil and has a wattage range of 30 to 70W and the GT 8 is a quadruple vertical coil which has a range of 50 to 110W. The GT 4 is the preinstalled coil and delivers great flavor and ample amount of vapor, as does the GT 8.
The NRG Sub-Ohm Tank has dual adjustable bottom airflow slots, along with an extra heat insulation layer. The drip tip is a proprietary 14mm wide bore Delrin Mesh drip tip that does an excellent job of preventing spit back (remember spit back?).
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Impressions of the Vaporesso Switcher and NRG Sub-Ohm Tank
The Switcher has plenty of company in the 220W range of Box Mod Starter Kits, including several from SMOK. To find some success in today’s market, I believe it takes more than the perfunctory high-wattage, temperature control, bypass, and other modes to set a Mod apart from the pack.
One of the features that works for Vaporesso is the Smart Mode, which reads the coil resistance and offers up an optimal wattage for your vape experience. I’ve used Smart Mode for quite some time when I vape with a Vaporesso Mod, and I found it to be very accurate. But Vaporesso isn’t going to succeed on this alone, but the aesthetics of the Switcher just might.
The Vaporesso Switcher Aesthetics
The Vaporesso Switcher is an extraordinarily attractive Mod. Featuring multi-texture contours and other shapely elements, the modern styling of the Switcher is quite appealing. While a full-color TFT display would have further impacted the aesthetics for the better, we’re left with a monochrome, albeit sharp and bright, display screen.
Be that as it may, the real component that just might help the Switcher find an audience is how the user can completely change the look of the Mod by replacing the outer case, which is quick and easy.
To remove and replace the case, the user opens the battery door (on the bottom of the Mod) and the outer case shifts just a bit, the user then slides the case out toward the battery door and slips a new one in the same way. Changing the case took me under 10 seconds, half that 10 seconds was making sure the case was facing the right direction.
The outer case of the Vaporesso allows for a strong grip, is ergonomically designed to feel comfortable and it feels natural in the hand. That was surprising actually. Looking at the Switcher it doesn’t exude a ‘hand friendly’ feeling, but picking it up and using it felt natural. With dual 18650 batteries installed the Switcher feels hefty, but because of its shape and easy grip, it’s never uncomfortable to hold and use.
Lastly, no Mod (well, except for the VGOD Elite maybe) can survive a fairly severe and/or accidental drop. And while the Vaporesso Switcher is built with a strong zinc alloy casting, the outer shell case serves not only as a replaceable aesthetic, but also extra protection. Should the Switcher shell suffer a break, all that needs to be done is replacing the case that’s made to be replaced.
I don’t want to make a bigger deal out of being able to switch cases than it is, but I do like the idea more than I thought I would. In addition, I like Vaporesso products. The Switcher feels like a quality device, and when combined with the internal electronics, I’m happy to have one.
Wrapping Up and the Score
The Vaporesso Switcher Kit with the NRG Tank is a solid value. The OMNI 2.6 chipset is one of the best on the market, offering accurate wattage and temperature features. The craftsmanship is excellent, and the inclusion of the superb NRG sub-ohm tank, the Vaporesso Switcher should be a successful Kit for Vaporesso.
In an overcrowded market it’s difficult to grab the attention of would-be customers. Vaporesso might not be able to generate enough enthusiasm to become the hit it should be, but if you’re looking for something different, and something that offers all the expected power and features, the Switcher is an excellent choice.
My Score: A
Vaporesso Switcher Features, Specs, and Package Contents
Vaporesso Switcher 220W TC Box Mod Features:
- Dimensions: 89mm by 53mm by 31mm
- Dual High-Amp 18650 Batteries – Not Included
- Wattage Output Range: 5-220W
- Temperature Control Range: 200-600F
- Min Atomizer Resistance: 0.05ohm
- Innovative OMNI Board 2.6 Chipset
- Support Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless-Steel Heating Elements
- Temperature Coefficient of Resistance Adjustments (TCR)
- Customized Curvature of Temperature (CCT)
- Customized Curvature of Wattage (CCW)
- Smart VW Mode
- Bypass Mode
- Real Time Clock Setting
- Real Charging Time
- Equalizing Charge System
- Durable Zinc Alloy Construction
- Unique Interchangeable Case Design
- Intuitive 0.91 Inch OLED Display
- Oversize Firing Button
- Two Adjustment Buttons
- MicroUSB Port
- 510 Connection
- Standard Version – Silver, Retro Yellow, Iron Grey
- LE Version – Red Blue
Vaporesso NRG Sub-Ohm Tank:
- 26.5mm Diameter
- 5mL Juice Capacity
- Superior Stainless-Steel Construction
- Pyrex Glass Reinforcement
- GT Cores – Features cCell Ceramic & Traditional Cotton
- 0.15ohm GT 4 Core – rated for 30-60W
- 0.15ohm GT 8 Core – rated for 60-110W
- Mesh Delrin Wide Bore Drip Tip – Spit back Protection
- Slide-n-Fill Design – Convenient Top-Fill
- Heating Insulation Layer on Base
- 510 Connection
Vaporesso Switcher Starter Kit Includes:
- 1 Switcher 220W Mod
- 1 NRG Sub-Ohm Tank
- 1 0.15ohm GT 8 Coil Head
- 1 0.15ohm GT 4 Coil Head
- 1 Spare Glass Tube
- 1 MicroUSB Cable