Since the new “Star Wars” is releasing in a few weeks, it’s only appropriate that my white/red/black Vaptio N1 Pro test model looks like a Stormtrooper’s vape device. It’s sharp, attractive and – in either two- or three-battery mode – flippin’ huge.
But one man’s design preferences are meaningless as long as the mod vapes well. And, for the most part, the Vaptio N1 Pro does just that. However, a few irritating quirks keep it from achieving “true Jedi” status. Let’s dive in…
Initial impressions of the Vaptio N1 Pro Kit
The most notable part of the Vaptio N1 Pro’s subdued packaging is the tremendous warning that the product “contains nicotine which is a highly addictive substance.” Thankfully, my kit arrived free of e-liquid, tobacco leaves or any other form of nicotine substance. While I certainly appreciate the intent, I hope companies find a better way to convey this message, since it’s wholly inaccurate – especially if the device is used with nicotine-free juices.
But the packaging also did nothing to indicate just how large the Vaptio N1 Pro really is. At 92mm tall, and a girthy circumference to match, the N1 Pro is about function and power, with less focus on portability. That’s not to say it isn’t comfortable; despite the large dimensions, the mod sits well in most hands, and the buttons are relatively easy to access no matter how users hold the device.
Well, that’s in the standard two-battery configuration. When using the included three-battery extended door, the N1 Pro becomes a monolith on your desk. Still attractive… still operable … but decidedly unwieldy for anyone looking to pocket their power.
Interestingly, the centered 510 connection is raised on a 25mm lip atop the rest of the device. So, even with a tremendous amount of real estate on top of the N1 Pro mod, any atomizer larger than 25mm will hang over this lip, creating awkward gaps with several of the tanks in my collection.
I should also note that I incorrectly reported an “enter/action” button in my preview earlier this year. The N1 Pro uses a standard three-button control scheme, with long/short presses of the fire key accomplishing the desired actions. This has to be listed as a disappointment, due to the amount of unused space throughout the body of the mod.
Complaints aside, the Vaptio N1 Pro is fantastically built and machined, with smooth lines, strong buttons, and pleasing design choices throughout. The companion Frogman sub-ohm tank is decidedly pedestrian by comparison, and I remain confused why a matching white/red/black tank wasn’t an option for my bold-looking test model.
Operating the Vaptio N1 Pro Mod
Despite the three-button controls, navigating the N1 Pro’s menu system is fairly intuitive by anyone familiar with vape devices, though I had difficulty getting the device to stay in temp control mode with certain coils. It appears the mod “kicks back” to wattage mode whenever it can’t get a consistent ohm reading in TC mode, leading to more than one “check atomizer” warning. It wasn’t a prevalent problem, but is worth noting for vapers seeking a seamless TC experience.
The rest of the modes match the lion’s share of current offerings. In addition to the full TC suite, vapers will enjoy five TCR memory slots, bypass mode, and fully adjustable power/ramp-up curve settings. I never had a need to adjust ramp-up, but it’s simple to accomplish, even on the diminutive display. Speaking of which…
The N1 Pro’s bright, but comparatively tiny 0.96-inch color OLED display is fine, but the basic color palette and pixellated numerals make it less-appealing than those from similarly specced mods. I didn’t have any trouble finding the information I needed, but (at the risk of redundancy) why is the screen so small on such a huge device?
One nice addition on the screen is the three-battery meters. Not only are they more accurate than many battery percentage readings I’ve seen, but the mod smartly “blacks out” one of them when in two-battery mode. It’s not a big deal in this day and age, but these attention to details help improve the experience, especially for newcomers.
The buttons are all well-made and solid, with good throw and feel across the board. I only wonder why Vaptio opted for such a small fire button when a larger trigger would have made more sense, ergonomically and aesthetically.
The 510 connection is as solid as they come, however. All my test atomizers sat flush, and only a few of the chunkier rigs hung over the raised lip. Again, these slight jut-outs didn’t bother me, but I can see where some vapers might deem this a negative.
Finally, changing the N1 Pro to three-battery mode is a simple affair. The replacement door locks nicely into place, with snug hold on the batteries, and a handy button release on the bottom of the mod. It all fits seamlessly, and doesn’t have a drop of rattle, even under heavy use.
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The Frogman Sub-Ohm Tank
Vaptio included the 24mm Frogman tank with the N1 Pro kit, and it’s a nice throw-in, all things considered. The locking, spring-loaded top-cap does a great job securing itself when in use, while remaining easy enough to remove with just two fingers.
Likewise, the included W2 (single coil) and W8 (quad coil) heads are flavorful and long-lasting, with wide performance ranges and solid vapor production.
The only knock on the Frogman is that you’ll be filling it constantly, because it maxes out at 2mL. There was no replacement glass or chimney extender in my test kit, nor does there seem to be one available for purchase. As a result, these thirsty, high-wattage coils forced me to have a unicorn bottle on hand, refilling nearly as often as I would top off an RDA.
I was also taken aback by how small the Frogman seemed atop the N1 Pro. Not to the point where it seemed out of place, but if you’re going to have a mod with this much power in your hands, you might expect a tank to offer a little more “oomph.”
Vaping the Vaptio N1 Pro Mod
Once I got past the size and weight of the N1 Pro, I enjoyed its deceptive simplicity. Though it has all the standard options and features one would expect from a higher-end vape mod, I found the N1 Pro was at its best when used as a “set it and forget it” rig.
That is, if you “set it” in three-battery mode from the outset. Because the default two-battery configuration proved to be problematic. Not only did I get low-ohm warnings (on coils well-above the lower limits of the device) but I also experienced random power spikes, at wattages no higher than 90 watts.
In two-battery mode, the N1 Pro is supposedly capable of 200 watts, yet I noticed occasional power stuttering and pulsing at 90-100 watts, and consistent struggles above 140 watts. To its credit, it never stopped working, but all the same, this wasn’t an ideal experience. I only hope a firmware update can steady the ship, as I would have preferred to vape the N1 Pro in its slimmer configuration.
Moving the N1 Pro to three-battery mode improved performance DRAMATICALLY. Suddenly, I was vaping at 150 watts and higher without a hiccup. Pushing it to its 240-watt limit was a breeze, even if it got a little warm at these elevations.
I am fascinated how the more conservative power option proved to be the problem, rather than the other way around. But I was happy to see such a vast improvement once dialed in.
Starting with the Frogman tank and the pre-installed Kanthal W2 coil, I vaped at 75 watts and immediately enjoyed the results. Thick vapor, strong flavor, and steady power flowed from the N1. Though I was constantly filling the Frogman, I was happy to do so, since the combination offered a satisfying vape experience.
I switched to a larger atomizer – the Pharaoh RTA, to be exact – to see how the N1 Pro handled tanks with slight overhang. Happily, there was no loss of power or disconnection, even if the wider tank had a slight bit of wobble. The low-ohm setup allowed me to push the pairing to nearly 200 watts before things got a little stressful on the coil, but the N1 Pro never stuttered.
Temperature control and bypass modes all worked as advertised, with no problems switching coil types, setting preheat and wattage, and adjusting temperature on the fly. Only once did I experience a “check atomizer” warning, and that was using a well-traveled Ni200 test coil, which has since been relieved of duty.
Finally, the custom curve settings were surprisingly easy to manage, though I thought the default settings to be more than adequate. The N1 Pro heats up like a champ, and delivers quick bursts of power. All without draining the shockingly strong battery life.
All in all, I had no concerns with the N1 Pro’s performance, as long as I stayed in the three-battery setup. It’s a shame that this mod presented such weird power quirks in two-battery mode, because I think many of the N1 Pro’s potential buyers would want the mod for its versatility. Again, it’s perfectly operational with two batteries, but the stutters were noticeable. To the average user, this might not be a concern, but it definitely warranted mention here.
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Vaptio N1 Pro Score
Still, even with the hiccups, I can cautiously recommend the Vaptio N1 Pro to users. It offers a nice slate of power and TC options, a versatile arrangement, and a bold, striking appearance. If you want a rock-solid vape device, and are willing to accept a few missteps along the way, give the N1 Pro a try. It’s certainly bound to stand out in any collection.
Vaptio N1 mod score: B-
Vaptio Frogman tank score: A-
Overall kit score: B
N1 Pro Specs and Contents
Vaptio N1 Pro kit specs:
- Color Display
- Over Vaping protection
- Low Voltage protection
- Short Circuit protection
- Low Voltage Protection
- Over Heating protection
- Multiple output modes: 240W max output, Bypass, Temper, Custom
Vaptio N1 Pro kit contents:
- 1x N1 Pro 240W mod
- 1x Frogman sub-ohm tank
- 1x USB Cable
- 1x User Manual
- 1x Battery Cover