I read up on this before making the decision to buy. The battery/passthrough has a three distinct advantages as I saw it:
First being that the coil/carts are powered by the battery and USB connector only charges the battery. So the load is on the battery when vaping and does not affect the charging current making it safe to use on most USB 2.0 and above laptop ports.
Second is the variable voltage settings advertised at 3.2/3.7 & 4.2 volts. No quite as flexible or range as the LT but I thought it sufficient for my newbie vaper purposes because if I wanted more oomph I could always opt for a lower resistance carto.
Third of course is that it can be disconnected and with the top cap screwed back on becomes a regular 900 mah battery for portability.
The disadvantage if of course that if the battery capacity diminishes it cannot be used as a passthrough indefinitely. So in the strictest sense it's not a passthrough but a battery that can be charged at the same time that it is being used much like a laptop.
Received the kit through the post this morning within 2 days after ordering from Vapourhut so fantastic delivery time and Alex kindly threw in a 5ml sample of Virginia e-liquid.
Inside the jiffy bag were two items. A slim cardboard box labelled "Spare battery for E-cigarette" and a retractable USB lead exactly as pictured in the website.
Was a bit disappointed that there were no instructions at all with the item but no biggie with this forum being the biggest instruction guide for just about anything to do with e-cigs if I ran into any issues.
The battery itself looks quite like the pictures of a standard ego type battery that I have seen, except with the removable top to insert the USB charging cable with a nice rubberised black covering which is very soothing to touch and great to hold. It measures 100mm (10 cm) and is not very heavy and fits in both my hands nicely which pleasantly surprised me.Was very impressed with the finish of the device.
However, the activation button rattles a bit when you shake the battery and I would have liked it to be firmer and not so loose. Operationally the button clicks nicely when pressed providing good tactile feedback.
Unscrewing the top cover reveals a mini-A type USB port set in a translucent plastic with an LED mounted behind it. The led lights up when charging and the entire shroud glows red. Very nice effect indeed. This goes out when the battery is fully charged. I would have liked a SD Keyring like lanyard or some arrangement to keep the cap with the device so as to not misplace it which something to bear in mind.
There is also a translucent plastic ring just above the button which lights up when the activation button is pressed. The voltage output is colour coded with red for 3.2 v, Blue & Red for 3.7 V and Blue for 4.2 V.
Once I had the device charging I whipped out my trusted multimeter to measure the battery outputs under 3 conditions. I measured it with the charging cable on, without the charging cable and also with the battery fully charged and disconnected with the same result. You press the button activation button 5 times in quick succession to change between voltages.
At the lowest setting it was only putting out 3.1 volts instead of 3.2V.
At the middle setting the battery was putting out a steady 3.7 V.
At the highest setting it is putting out around 4.19 V.
It also has auto cut-off at around 10 seconds.
I attached a freshly filled 2.5 Ohm cart and tried it at 3.2V setting. Lots of vapour though slightly cold and decent throat hit but with muted flavour.
At 3.7 volt the vapour production improves by about 30% and the throat hit is more noticeable and flavour is considerably better. It is much better than the SD Keyring as a direct comparison.
At 4.2 volt the vapour is a lot warmer very similar to the analogue and the vapour production improves by another 25 to 30 % and flavour really comes through. It is really a superb experience more similar to the analogue than my KR808D-1 which I thought was pretty good to start with. I had a really satisfying vaping session and couldn't put the damn thing down..it was that good. I tried grape, RY4 and Virginia and the flavours were excellent.
Battery life is good as I haven't charged it since 10 am this morning and I haven't noticed any drop off in the performance. I am just testing this as normally it is better to the keep the battery topped up at all times and avoid deep discharging them for longer life. Here is the photo of my three "Vapeteers"
All in all I am very satisfied with my purchase and of course this is my own experience of this device for a very short period of time.
I would like to get a black cone for it but have no idea which one. Maybe someone will be kind enough to point me in the right direction.
I liked the piccy with the ruler in it so you can see for yourself what it means in comparison with the other batterys I liek when people put it next to everyday items so you can compare teh sizes but often you only know the size of the comparison object if you own one yourself lol
It's performing quite well..Dropped it a couple of times yesterday at work but seems to be working just fine..Battery life carried me through my 12 hour shift yesterday with no issues.
I like the smoothness and flavour of Virginia e-juice but cannot really say that it's just like analogue. The Freedom vape juice seems to have very good flavour. I am yet to try the Paradise Vape one. The Vapourhut one is also ok but has a very earthy flavour to it. As you are aware, it's all very person dependant. Flavour wise the original Virginia carts that came with my SD Keyring seem to be the best. No idea what juice/mix that one was.
At 4.2v with a 2.5 ohm cart the vapour temperature is akin to analogue. When and if I get a 2 ohm Biansi iMist I'll probably step down 3.7v.
Post by gizmondothefirst on Feb 4, 2012 19:11:49 GMT
Thanks for the replies guys!
Sooo busy this weekend but keep sneaking online to search for passthroughs!!! I've found quite a few so far, but not had chance to compare properly...I may have to start a new post and ask for your thoughts?