Vamo V2 Review
About 10 months ago I came across a sale from VaporBeast where they had the Vamo V2 on sale for $14! I snatched it up quick, fast and in a hurry because my Kanger eMow was having some problems and by this point I really wanted to get a unit where the battery was removable. This is important because I think this is where a lot of the problems start with units where the battery is not removable (more on that later).
Now before I go any further, I should emphasize that while I’m calling this a “review”, the Vamo V2 is an outdated product and for the most part isn’t even carried by vaping retailers any more. But I still think it’s important to write about because I feel that the Vamo helped a lot in my vaping journey; and it’s proof that sometimes you have to tune out the hype and do what’s best for you.
Like many who vape, I started off with the cigalikes and then moved on to EGO kits. Even my eMow was an EGO-type setup in essence. When they worked, they were fine. But what I found is that within a few months, you would start having charging issues. With one unit I had to hit the button to make it fire. To be fair, Kanger was good about sending replacements out to me. But that’s not the point. The point is it was hard to say if it was the build, the battery or the atomizer that was the culprit. With one of my units, I took the unit apart and it looked very generic and cheap inside. Almost like what a middle school student would build for their science fair. Obviously, these things aren’t meant to be taken apart.
So even though my Vamo purchase came out of need, it really made sense to me. Vaping started with people taking flashlight housings and modifying them. So yeah, it was larger and a bit more clunky, but it made sense to be able to have a battery that you could remove and replace as needed.
One of the complaints that I heard about the Vamo is that it was large and heavy. It’s definitely larger than an EGO type unit. It’s kind of heavy as well (although it’s lighter than my new IPV D2). However it’s not like holding a dildo or anything. Even with the extender in place to accommodate the 18650 battery, I didn’t feel that the unit was huge. I’m an average sized woman, and most of the body of the unit could be enclasped in my hand, with many the tank sticking out about my hand.
Overall I had no issues with the size. I actually grew to like it; in that it looked and felt like quite a steampunk device. You really wouldn’t have been able to pull that off with something small.
As I mentioned above, the Vamo has a very steampunk look to it. It’s a fully metal device except for the display and screen, which if it is not glass, it is a durable plastic. I opted for the chrome version. I had also read complaints of the durability of the chrome. But I had no issues with it. And I kept the Vamo in a side pocket in my purse with other items. Minimal wear and scratching over the course of 10 months.
However one thing I learned from playing the flute is that everyone’s skin is different in terms of pH and sensitivity…especially to nickel. I don’t have sweaty hands, so I’ve never experienced metal items wearing and corroding prematurely because of contact. But I’ve seen it happen…so ultimately your results may vary.
Before the Vamo arrived, I was concerned as to whether or not the trim ring near the top was removable. It was (I think I heard somewhere that on the V1, it wasn’t…I could be wrong though). The buttons are not labeled, but with only 3 of them, the device’s operation is pretty straightforward. I’ve heard others complain about the display, and apparently its been improved on the new Vamos. But I was fine with mine. It didn’t fail prematurely…and that’s all I really care about.
Detailed technical specs on the device can be found here , so I’m not going to rehash those. Also if you want the full user manual for the device, I saved it online here. Basically the Vamo fires up to 15W, which is fine for your standard non-sub ohm coil. So anything from 1.5 Ω (which is what I was using in my Kanger Genitank) to 2.5 Ω (the approximate resistance on your standard, cheapie, disposable clearomizer).
The Vamo can accommodate both 18650 batteries and 18350 batteries. However, I was not a fan of using 18350 batteries in the Vamo because a couple of times, the 18350 would die on me during the day. So let’s say I leave home at 7 a.m. and I’m not able to get home and recharge until 9 p.m.; then that battery is most likely not lasting that long. 🙁
The device doesn’t have a battery indicator, but you can check the battery voltage. Mine would stop firing when the battery got below 3.6V. Fully charged, the Vamo would read the battery at around 4.1-4.2V.
I hardly ever used the unit in voltage mode, so I can’t really comment on that. You do want to change the device out of the default AVG mode to RMS mode. I don’t remember exactly how to do it (but the process is in the manual I linked above), but I do remember that it took me a couple of tries to get it. You may also want to check out this thread on the eCigarette Forum for some help as well.
And one last thing about how the Vamo is built; it probably has one of the nicest spring loaded contact pins of any device I’ve used. I’ve used quite a few tanks on it and the pins moves up and down discernibly and smoothly and has never gotten stuck. The only tank that I’ve had issues with is the Kanger eMow tanks…which just wouldn’t maintain reliable contact. But like I said, every other tank worked on it, so it must be the air hole sleeve on the eMow….it’s just a hair too tall to work on a Vamo.
Ok so here’s the deal; I’m not expecting anyone, today, to go run out and buy a Vamo. If you do get one, you should pay no more than $15-$20 tops for the V2 (understand that later versions of the Vamo, which go up to I think as high as V9 now; but most of them look very much the same on the outside). But I do want to stress that the Vamo is such an improvement over the standard EGO kits, size notwithstanding. If I could turn back the clock, I would have invested in the Vamo much sooner. I know that it terms of size and appearance, it will not work for everyone. But since I started vaping, my Vamo has been the most reliable, most versatile device I’ve used. The only reason why I’ve moved on to a box mod is because it’s power limitations won’t allow for sub-ohming and it was barely able to drive my Herakles Hydra tank. Other than that, I will definitely keep it around to use with other tanks. I wholeheartedly suggest it to others as a backup to keep around the house for a rainy day; especially at a price point of $15!