I’ll admit I was a bit enthusiastic about the VGOD Elite 200W Box Mod in my Preview back on January 18th. After just an hour or so of using it I felt this Mod was something special. Even with the high price tag, I did not, and have not, suffered Buyer’s Remorse since that first hour. With just 3000 units being made, and serialized, (my serial number is 1443), I’m just happy I was able to snag one. So, I’m thinking this just might be a positive review.
Limited Edition and Limited Appeal?
Is the VGOD Elite Mod for everybody? Most certainly not. Most Vapers can get by with high wattage starter kits, such as the new SMOK X PRIV Kit, and never miss a beat, but for those looking for a lasting device, one that packs as many features as anyone could possibly want in a modern regulated vaporizer, the “value” of the VGOD is worth the cost of owning one, steel edition or not.
Where other vaporizers wither and die, the VGOD Elite only gets better with use. To be honest, it never feels like I’m using a Chinese manufactured Mod. (not to slam all Chinese manufacturing, but come on, you know what I mean.) Using it, handling it, reminds me of the precision engineering of the ProVape Mod, American designed and American Made.
So, in any case, this is my take on the VGOD Elite after 12 days of vaping with it.
The Physicality of the VGOD ELITE 200W
The only awkward part (and that only last a couple of hours), of the VGOD Elite is the placement of the Fire Button. It sits atop the unit, at the back, and after you’ve used to a side panel fire button for a long time, it takes some getting used to. That’s not a big deal mind you, we’re reviewing devices now that have the Fire Button on the front panel of the Mod (Vaporesso Switcher for instance), and that takes a bit of time to get used as well. Other than that, the VGOD Elite is solid.
The matte black aluminum body with brushed stainless steel accents makes for one impressive appearance. It’s equipped with a true 200W power output, particularly when used with hi-amp (30A+) 18650 cells, and features a broad temperature control suite with up to 20 memory slots. I doubt many people need that many memory modes, but for those that do….
People in the review business toss around words like “industrial design” often enough, which is a clever way of saying that the design is “timeless”, but it holds true here. While some Mod are made to resemble the handle of a pistol (SMOK Mag reviewed here)), or with removable panels, or strange looking bezels around the displays, the VGOD Elite pushes past all that for a mature, yet sophisticated look and feel.
Out of the box the Mod is hefty because of the thick sturdy, stainless-steel body structure. Adding a couple of batteries adds additional heft. Having said that, this ‘heft’ is beneficial, both in balance, and a sense of reassuring ergonomic style.
The front panel of the VGOD Elite is also stainless-steel panel, with a large, vertically oriented screen (yet laid out horizontally on the display). The fonts are sharp, bright, and easy to grasp. Unfortunately, the trend toward a ‘function’ button is not a part of the operation with this Mod. Navigating the menu requires the usual combination of button pressing. While a function button would have been nice, it’s not a problem. Included on the display are two battery icons, which adds a nice touch to the overall abundance of information on the screen.
Power, Style, Ergonomics
The VGOD Elite is an superior combination of power, professional style, and decent ergonomics. This Limited Steel Edition integrates the proprietary Atomv chip, a modern, and advanced chip that yields very accurate temperature controls, the 20 Memory Slot mode, includes a Mech-Mode, and a Power Curve Mode for users looking to push flavor and vapor through complicated coil builds in their RDA/RDTA, and so forth. Even for Vapers like myself, the Sub-Ohm Tank user, the resistance range begins with an ultra-low 0.07-ohms, making the choice of tank and coil head practically unlimited. The body itself can support Tanks of all kinds up to 24.5mm with zero overhang. (all the other specs and features are below)
During my initial Preview I talked about the excellent performance of the Mod and the new Freemax Fireluke Mesh (reviewed here) (still on the same coil head after 12 days by the way), and in the interim I’ve also used the SMOK TFV12 Prince (reviewed here), the Uwell Valyrian (reviewed here), and some prebuilt Dead Rabbit RDA’s (thanks Tom!). Oh, and the marvelous American Made “The Tanker” (reviewed here) Each of the personalities of these tanks shone through with the clean and accurate wattage output of the VGOD Elite, from 0.12 to .043 ohms, a simple adjustment to the wattage on the Mod led to optimal performance every time.
Below is a video showing off the VGOD Elite 200W Steel Edition
VGOD Elite Battery Management
One of the features I rarely talk about, or care about if I’m honest, is battery life. Honestly, battery life in a dual-18650 Mod is what it is… usually. I’m happy with just about every dual or triple 18650 Mod when it comes to battery life, but with the Elite 200W I am ecstatic. Here, with this VGOD Mod, somehow, someway, this Atomv chip is able to deliver excellent battery performance and squeeze out a longer battery life than I even thought possible.
During the time I spent with the VGOD Elite I would often glance at the display when I was sure I had to start thinking about a battery swap, and nearly every time I was genuinely surprised to see that a swap was a long way off. I’m afraid that now, after this Mod, I’ll be disappointed with less battery life in all the other Mods I use.
So far, everything from ramp up time to battery life has been one unexpected pleasure after another. Even the ample venting on the bottom battery door looks like deliberate and precise engineering.
Wrap Up and Score
Look further down this review for all the specs and features you’ll find in the VGOD Elite. Nothing in the specs is wrong or exaggerated, which is nice for a change.
Should you part with the money it would cost to pick up a VGOD Elite 200W TC Mod? That’s up to you. All I can say is that it is rare for me to pay for a Mod. I’ve maybe spent my own money half a dozen times in 6 years (February 2nd marks the beginning of Year 7), and usually after a week or so I start to feel a tinge of remorse for doing so, especially when a new Mod makes an appearance on my desk. This time though, even with the new, elegant and tasteful SMOK X PRIV sitting here (and it is a damn fine Mod in its own right so far), I find no remorse for purchasing this VGOD Elite at full retail.Long after I’ve forgotten the X PRIV and all the other PRIV’s that will undoubtedly come after, the VGOD will be here, throwing clouds out of the newest and greatest tanks. That makes this particular Mod invaluable to me.
The VGOD Elite 200W TC Box Mod is currently available at Element Vape. They will fly off the shelves, so if you want one (sure to become a collectors item), pick one up ASAP.
- John Manzione
VGOD Elite 200W TC Box Mod Specs and Features
VGOD ELITE 200W TC Box Mod Features:
- Dual High-Amp 18650 Battery – Not Included
- Dimensions: 84.25mm by 55mm by 24.5mm
- Wattage Output Range: 7-200W
- Min Atomizer Resistance: 0.07ohm
- Temperature Range: 200-600F
- Supports Ni200 Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless Steel Heating Elements
- Optional MECH Mode
- Memory Slots – Up to 20 Memory Modes
- Matte Black Aluminum Body
- Striking Stainless Steel Inlays
- Large 0.98″ OLED Display
- Oversized Firing Mechanism
- Ultra-Responsive Adjustment Buttons
- Bottom-Loaded Sliding Battery Door
- MicroUSB Port – Firmware Upgradeable
- 24K Gold-Plated 510 Connection
VGOD ELITE Package Includes
- 1 ELITE 200 Steel Edition
- 1 VGOD Carrying Case
- Instructional Manual