“Lightweight” is a term we throw around pretty liberally around here. But never has it been more appropriate than it is for the all-new Wismec Sinuous V200 kit. Not only because of the streamlined, thin plastic chassis and matching tank setup, but also (sadly) because of the resulting performance and durability.
Let me quell some of the murmurs I hear in the back – no, the V200 kit isn’t the worst starter setup we’ve ever seen. But it’s a lot worse than we ever expected. And as you’ll read in the next few paragraphs, the lightweight frame isn’t a good thing. Let’s get to the official language, then dive in.
The Wismec SINUOUS V200 & Amor NSE Starter Kit is an elite vaping package, combining elements of the AVATAR Chipset, full extensive temperature control suite, and is paired with the Wismec Amor NSE Sub-Ohm Tank for an unmatched pairing. The Wismec SINUOUS V200 is powered by a pair of high-amp 18650 rechargeable batteries laid behind a magnetic battery bay door. Routing power to the advanced AVATAR Chipset, the Wismec SINUOUS V200 is capable of an extensive temperature control suite offering various firing modes and compatibility with a myriad of wire options including nickel, titanium, and stainless-steel offerings. Paired with the Wismec Amor NSE Sub-Ohm Tank, the SINUOUS V200 is an exemplary box mod, making full use of the versality of the tank with its sliding top fill system, various resistance coils for different output variations and styles, and features a dual slotted bottom airflow control ring with MTL and DL vaping methods.
Wismec Sinuous V200 Mod Specs:
- Dimensions – 88.8mm by 53.2mm by 25mm
- Avatar Chipset
- Dual High-Amp 18650 Rechargeable Batteries – Not Included
- Wattage Output Range: 1-200W
- Voltage Output Range: 0.5-8V
- Resistance Range – VW Mode: 0.05-3.5ohm
- Resistance Range – TC Mode: 0.05-1.5ohm
- Temperature Range: 100-315°C / 200-600°F
- Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless Steel Wire Compatibility
- TC Mode
- VW Mode
- TCR Mode
- Zinc-Alloy Chassis Construction
- Magnetic Battery Bay Door
- Intuitive Firing Button
- Two Adjustment Buttons
- 91″ OLED Screen
- Over-Discharge Protection
- Over-Charge Protection
- Over 10s Protection
- Short-Circuit Protection
- Over-Current Protection
- MicroUSB Port
- Centered Spring-Loaded 510 Connection
- Available in Green, Red, Black, and Magenta
Wismec Sinuous V200 Kit Tank Specs:
- 26mm Diameter
- 2mL Juice Capacity
- 3mL Upgraded Juice Capacity
- Pyrex Glass Reinforcement
- PETG Tank Construction
- Sliding Top Fill System
- Wismec WS-M Coil System
- 27 WS-M Mesh Coil – rated 30-60W
- 3ohm WS04 MTL Coil – rated for 8-14W
- Knurled Dual Slotted Bottom Airflow Control Ring
- 510 Connection
Right off the bat, I’m confused by the Sinuous branding. While I understand that a product line could feature multiple variations, there’s nothing here (or in the more-impressive Sinuous V80) that even remotely lines up with the original line of Sinuous mods, which were more substantial on all levels.
With the V200, you’ll immediately be taken aback by the translucent plastic side panels, and the overall plasticky feel to the proceedings. While these were more appropriate for the compact V80, which is an entry-level device, the larger size makes all this plastic feel more “cheap” and “flimsy” than lightweight.
As a result, there’s a decided lack of confidence that comes from firing the V200. On multiple occasions I noticed the side panels bending inward from even the lightest squeezes of the fire key. And even the short, aluminum-based sides of the mod were subject to some more flexibility than I’m comfortable with.
In turn, the fire key and operation buttons were also cheaper-feeling, and had noticeable rattle when shaking the device. I can handle a little rattle on a more-durable mod, but this was a 1-2 combo that made me want to surround it in bubble wrap whenever I was near a hard surface.
Visually, you’re either going to love or loathe the translucent panels that flank the V200. Again, on the V80, the compact size and minimalist use of the translucency added a nice, industrial flair to a small vape mod. But here, it just looks like a set of 18650 batteries through frosted glass – hardly a revolutionary design choice.
Finally, the antiquated display is fine – a standard, horizontal, monochrome OLED does its job and stays out of the way. But there’s only so much to say about this old-school menu setup that hasn’t been repeated on these pages ad nauseum. In my opinion? Put a little more flair and usability in the menu to match the bright, colorful design, and the overall effect might be more impactful.
I was pleasantly surprised by the included Amor NSE tank. Like the “Sinuous” nomenclature, the “Amor” line was previously synonymous with strict mouth-to-lung (MTL) use, but the Amor NSE is actually a passable multifacted offering that performs better than expected.
Now, to be clear, the NSE won’t likely be replacing any of the HorizonTech Falcons or Uwell Crown 4s in your rotation, but this cheap-looking tank is actually the best-built part of the V200 kit, with a stainless/aluminum build, matching color scheme, and a set of durable coils.
The 0.27-ohm WS-M mesh coil was a surprisingly good sub-ohm offering that offered good flavor, decent vapor production and two-week longevity, even under testing conditions. The 1.3-ohm WS04 MTL coil is also a solid performer, giving an authentic, restrictive experience to people seeking some versatility with their kits. The high-resistance, low-wattage options seemed a little strange for a 200-watt mod kit, but the tank performed above expectations, and for that, I’m happy.
Unfortunately, this isn’t really a 200-watt kit. To cop a phrase from “Spinal Tap,” maybe the amps turn to 11, but those who use them know what’s really up. While I was able to get the V200 to its limit on occasion, most times I vaped above 140 watts, the device began throwing a litany of overheating and battery warnings, while coil readings suddenly jumped all over the place.
Even at comparatively lower wattages (think 85-100 watts) I noticed the V200 began to get unusually warm with steady use – odd, considering how thin the plastic is, and how much venting there is throughout. Vaping above this mark led to all sorts of power spikes, misfires and other no-nos that should have been wiped out years ago.
Not to exaggerate, but I would have marketed the V200 as a 100-watt max device, throttling the chip’s output and letting the device function more realistically. Considering neither of the included coils were aimed anywhere near 200 watts of use range, why push the envelope? The target audience for this kit isn’t advanced vapers, or even those who’ve dabbled in true 200-watt power. A more conservative approach would probably make the V200 more accessible to people who might enjoy it.
That said, the extensive feature list works well enough. The usual temperature control options are solid, with only occasional resistance jumping when resistances got lower. But it wasn’t tragic – we’ve seen worse.
The only problem with TC vaping on my test model? Battery life was godawful, with a side of crap. In wattage mode, the dual-18650 V200 was average on battery life, with a freshly charged pair offering a solid 5 or so hours of moderate vaping. But in TC and TCR modes, the battery life plummeted by nearly 2/3, giving me about 90 minutes of moderate vaping before the device suddenly stopped pumping any power, and low-battery warnings appeared. It was really disheartening, and not like any other Wismec mods I’ve used.
– Lightweight feel
– Bright color scheme
– Solid tank in the box
– Lightweight capability above 100 watts
– Horrendous battery life in TC modes
– A sense of cheapness we don’t expect from Wismec
Look, I hate doing this, because as a rule, I love Wismec devices. But this was a rare misstep from a company that’s done a lot more right than wrong over the years. The V200 kit is well-intentioned but mislabeled and mismarketed. While they see this as an “all-encompassing” vape mod for a wide range of users, the V200 just misses the mark twice.
Not subtle or compact enough for stealth vapers. Not powerful enough for sub-ohmers. Not functional enough for anyone. My test model V200 was an exercise in frustration. The average tank offering was the only bright spot in my three weeks using the kit (and the only reason that score doesn’t start with “D”). Honestly, my opinion of Wismec as a company hasn’t changed from this error-prone vape mod, but forgive me if I try to forget they ever made it.