Vision Spinner II – Upgraded, Updated, and Ready to Rumble
I can’t believe it’s been a couple of months already since the new Vision Spinner II was released. I’ve been using mine every single day since I got it. The upgrades they’ve made to this already fantastic variable voltage battery have only made it even more fantastic. Upgraded PCB board, 1600mAh rating, and more make the Spinner II a hard battery to pass up, unless cost is an issue, which I’ll get to below.
When I wrote my piece on the “Match Made In Vape Heaven” I was writing about my white Spinner, ah, I guess, version 1, and the X.Jet Spider, and I really felt at the time that the Spinner 1 was as good as it could get, or at the very least, all that I really needed.
My Spinners were lasting me longer than a year, still holding their charges for hours, and charging up fairly fast, considering their particular mAh rating (1100, 900), so I had no complaints really. Oh sure, some Spinners had problems out there in world, dying fast or even arriving DOA, but for me they worked flawlessly every time. I recommend them all the time, even now.
That’s not to say I didn’t like its closest competitor, the eGo Twist, but for me the settings dial l is what made me a Spinner believer. I didn’t have to “click in” to a certain voltage, I could turn it as much or as little as I wanted…much better fine-tuning than the eGo Twist.
When it was time to get myself a new Spinner II I opted for another white one, for some reason I really like white. When it arrived, in a box this time not just a plastic sleeve, I was pretty impressed. Vision is packaging the new battery as a serious device. The 1600mAh battery is substantially thicker than the 1300mAh Spinner 1, and the Spinner II now has a embossed finish, as well as a much larger, triangular firing button, with different color lights to indicate the remaining power level.
Here is the official feature list for the new Spinner
- Upgraded button with battery charge indicator: White light ~ 60%-100%, Blue light ~ 30%-60%, Orange light ~ 0-30%
- New Upgraded and stable PCB control Board
- More comfortable and ergonomic spin dial for adjusting the voltage
- Brand New and upgraded Battery Cell (which makes the Spinner II even more Powerful)
- Longer Lasting Life span due to the New upgraded PCB circuitry And Battery Cell
- Cutoff Time: Approximately 8 seconds
- Approx. dimensions: 4-15/16″L. x 5/8″D
So, you see, there are many improvements with the new Spinner II. Although you can still dial in any setting you want, the click-setting dial is firmer, it locks it better, tighter, but it also prevents me from toying with the dial as much as I used to with the Spinner 1…I’m not so sure that’s a good thing…for me.
The variable voltage ranges from 3.3v to 4.8v (3.3, 3.8, 4.3, and 4.8 are the click-locks), and each of the four click-locks are easier to see, and lock in very securely. The old Spinner easily moved up and down along the dial, and there were times when I would accidentally move the voltage up or down while putting it in my pocket or removing it from my pocket. That doesn’t happen with the new Spinner II.
MyVaporStore has had them in stock for a while, and Vapor Authority now have them in stock as well. The price is kind of high, $34.98 at MyVaporStore, and $32.49 at Vapor Authority vs. an average price of $24.95 for the Spinner 1 (I believe the Spinner 1 will remain in production, at least for some time), so we’re looking at a full $10 more for 300 additional mAhs (is that how you say it?). That 300mAh won’t give you more than maybe an extra hour, hour and a half, at most, over the 1300mAh Spinner 1, but you do get the upgraded electronics and a supposedly longer life span. Is it worth it? I’m not so sure.
Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot to love about the Spinner II, even from a purely aesthetic aspect; it just looks awesome. The embossed design, the deep colors, the triangular firing button, it is a major improvement on the aesthetics.
Thickness – With an X.Jet Spider sitting on top the clearomizer looks a bit awkward, the battery diameter is thicker than the Spider, whereas the Spinner 1 is the same diameter of the Spider, so while I have been continuing to use the X.Jet clearomizer, I have to admit that using something a bit thicker, say an AeroTank or even the Aspire Nautilus is not out the question. There is certainly enough voltage and power to push a larger glassomizer or full blow tank through it.
Deep, Rich Colors
The Spinner II comes in a variety of colors, including a deep dark red, an intense black, rich forest green, off-white white, an ocean blue and stainless steel. The standard, 5-click on/off button, short circuit protection, battery monitoring, and over-charge protection are among the features of the Spinner series and are definitely included in the Spinner II. The “cut off” time is still 10 seconds, which should be plenty of time for most vapers. Finally, The Spinner II is a 510-eGo threaded device, for all the tanks, glassomizers, and clearomizers we have I haven’t used one that hasn’t worked just fine.
Recap – While the Spinner 1 is still in production, or at least still available from retail and wholesale vendors, you have to ask yourself is $10 more for the Spinner II really worth the extra 300mAh and the new PCB board. Will you get a full one-third more feature/battery-life/upgrades to warrant the hefty price?
I can appreciate the extra time I get with a fully charged Spinner II, and I do feel a tiny bit safer using the stable PCB board, so it’s worth it to me to pick up one, but only one. It has come in handy on extended travel outside the office and at home, though your needs may vary.
What Kind of Vaper Are You?
I suppose it also comes down to what type of hardware you like to use. Clearly, if your wants and needs are advanced vaporizes like the new eVic Supreme or the Sigelei 20W, then an eGo/Spinner battery is a just a backup or a quick-use device when you just don’t want to deal with the complications of advanced mods. On the other hand, if you use these types of batteries all the time, and you depend on them for reliability and a nice long charge time, then yes, the next time you want to pick up a new battery the Spinner II is something that will definitely please you…maybe not your bank account, but certainly you.
Lastly, eGo Twist, Spinners, and other devices like them are always less money than the more advanced vaporizers, so maybe $35 isn’t so much for a device that will last you a good 5 or 6 hours of heavy vaping if its your primary vaping device. In the case, pick up two, and never worry about being stranded without a charged battery.