- Sponsor having loaned the product for the magazine: Vaporshark
- Price of the tested product: 199.99 Euros
- Product category according to its selling price: Luxury (over 120 euros)
- Mod type: Variable power electronics and temperature control
- Is the mod telescopic? No
- Maximum power: 200 watts
- Maximum voltage: 9
- Minimum value in Ohms resistance for a start: 0.05
Reviewer comments on business characteristics
The Evolv DNA 200 chipset has been on everyone's lips for some time and is causing a stir in the community. How could it be otherwise? The last chipset of one of the world's two great founders can only attract covetousness, jealousy, rumors, joys or doubts.
We stayed on a DNA40 that had moved, disappointed and finally satisfied its users, through various and varied versions that had finally managed to stabilize the electronic reliability of the product after a fierce battle of several months. We imagine that Evolv has learned his lesson and delivers here a chipset.
To put this chipset in value, it needed a manufacturer to the height and, as usual, Vaporshark sticks by offering us this mod DNA 200. The price is high in the absolute but not so much if we consider that for a price equal or higher, other European manufacturers are content with 24 or 40W. For this price, Vaporshark offers us the chipset, of course, the temperature control that goes with it and a slew of innovations that will undoubtedly make the difference and set the record straight but also a new box that, even if it looks like two drops of water to a ... Vaporshark, promises us greater reliability and a more solid finish.
Well, at the table, the coffee is hot, me too and I'm not equipped with temperature control ...
Physical characteristics and felt quality
- Width or Diameter of the product in mms: 49.8
- Product Length or Height in mms: 89.2
- Product weight in grams: 171.3
- Material composing the product: Aluminum
- Form Factor Type: Classic Box - VaporShark Type
- Decorative style: Classic
- Quality of decoration: Good
- Is the coating of the mod sensitive to fingerprints? No
- All components of this mod seem well assembled? Yes
- Fire button position: Lateral near the top cap
- Fire button type: Mechanical plastic on contact rubber
- Number of buttons in the interface, including touch areas if they are present: 2
- Type of User Interface Buttons: Metal Mechanics on Contact Rubber
- Quality of the interface button (s): Excellent I love this button in every way
- Number of parts in the product: 2
- Number of threads: 1
- Quality of the threads: Excellent
- Overall, do you appreciate the quality of manufacture of this product with regard to its price? Yes
Rating of the vapelier as to feelings quality: 4.7 / 5
Reviewer's comments on physical characteristics and perceived quality
Taking a Vaporshark in hand is always a mini emotional event. The fame of the object and its aura awaken in us this child's soul prompt to marvel at a new toy and the sleeping enthusiast wakes up with a single stroke of adrenaline to scrutinize the object of his lust.
Objectively, the softness of the coating is incomparable and even quite sensual, with a touch of peach skin that alone is worth the grip. But what is surprising here is the lightness of the mod. We are not at all on the same weight basis as the 40 rDNA. The explanation is the use of an aluminum alloy 6031, which contains a proportion of magnesium and silicon and which is obtained by wrought (hammering). This alloy has the reputation of being solid and light, which demonstrates in a nice way a small comparison of weight:
DNA 200: 171.3 gr
rDNA 40: 210 gr
There is however an unknown that the owners of rDNA 40 alas well know: what about the reliability of the coating after a few days or weeks? Indeed, many users were disappointed with the poor performance in the time of the previous coating and had to resolve to get a silicone skin to avoid ruining their precious mod. Which was a shame since it went from a velvet touch to a silicone touch ... Beark. Vaper with condom does not protect anything but on the other hand, level sensations, it was the disaster because we lost what was precisely the interest of this finish: the touch ...
Vaporshark assures us that the DNA 200 coating will hold a lot better and shows us that the mod required three different applications to get the famous "Vaporshark's Touch" with the reliability that goes with:
We first have a black anodizing on the aluminum to ensure better resistance to scratching, heat and corrosion.
Then, the manufacturer coated the object with a layer of black paint.
Then, Vaporshark has affixed a light rubberized coating that creates this famous tactile emotion.
In use, it will of course remain vigilant because, even if the process developed by the manufacturer looks complete, the daily use remains the only valid experience to gauge the result. I still note that I screwed my Taifun Gt on relatively tight, it is slightly undermined at the base and it tends to furrow on mods a little fragile. Here, nothing of such, for the moment the coating remained virgin. (Sorry Spoke, but if we do not crash-test at Vapelier, who will? ???)
The battery door is easy to remove and will not fall on its own. She is magnetized on the top and clipped on the bottom. An additional qualitative guarantee.
The connector 510 also seems good quality, it is judiciously posed in front of the trenches in the rubber which allow the arrival of air for atos taking their air by the connection.
In short, an excellent quality record that will of course be verified when the mod will be confronted with the vicissitudes of time.
- Type of chipset used: DNA
- Connection type: 510, Ego - via an adapter
- Adjustable positive plot? Yes, through a spring.
- Lock system ? Mechanical
- Quality of the locking system: Excellent, the chosen approach is very practical
- Features offered by mod: Battery charge display, Resistance value display, Short circuit protection from atomizer, Display of current vape voltage, Display of current vape power , Variable protection against overheating of the atomizer resistors, Temperature control of the atomizer resistors, Supports the update of its firmware, Clear diagnostic messages, Indicators of operation
- Accu Compatibility: Proprietary Accus
- Does the mod support stacking? No
- Number of used batteries: The batteries are owners / Not applicable
- Does the mod retain its configuration without batteries? Not applicable
- Does the mod offer a recharge feature? Charging function possible via Micro-USB
- Is the recharge function pass-through? Yes
- Does the mode offer a Power Bank function? No power bank function offered by the mod
- Does the mode offer other functions? No other function offered by the mod
- Presence of a regulation of the flow of air? Yes
- Maximum diameter in mms of compatibility with an atomizer: 20
- Accuracy of the output power at full charge of the battery: Excellent, there is no difference between the requested power and the actual power
- Accuracy the output voltage at full charge of the battery: Excellent, there is no difference between the requested voltage and the actual voltage
Vapelier's note regarding functional characteristics: 5 / 5
Reviewer's comments on functional features
The features of DNA 200 bloom like pimples on an adolescent face. So it's hard to know where to start.
Well, let's settle once for all the security problem. You only need to know that the only scourge against which the Vaporshark is not protected is a possible rise in the dollar. For the rest, apart from testing it in sulfuric acid with a battery of Peugeot 204, I do not see. Everything is there, it's not more complicated.
The 510 connector is located on a fairly tight spring, which will ensure a "flush attitude" to all your atos but also a better durability. It does not move sideways and seems properly insulated in case of leaks.
Regarding the energy, the mod is powered by three Fullymax brand Lithium Polymer cells (30C) of 900mAh each (http://www.fullymax.com/en), which makes us a good 2700mAh if I'm not mistaken. But the real revolution is elsewhere. Indeed, we can easily change these batteries! You had to think about it and Vaporshark did it. The set is available at Evolv at about $ 20 and probably elsewhere for less. Be careful however, the battery change is quite simple but requires special concentration not to tear at the same time the son who join the crew to the electronics. The battery pack detaches by pulling upwards and unfolds gently (gently ......) to exit. At that moment, we unscrew the different pins, we replace the block with a new one and we put everything back in place in the same way we proceeded for the extraction.
Breathe, it will not happen to you every day but it is good to know that this feature was thought of the start in order to give this mod the maximum possible life. It is probably less simple than changing a simple 18650 but at least you will never have any problem of battery whose technical specifications do not match the energy demand of the mod.
To load the DNA 200, the box is simply equipped with a micro USB connection that will carry up to 2A per hour of current instead of 1A commonly used to load your mod in record time. This is still a rare possibility in the high-end yet it avoids many anxieties existential when you're on the go and you only have one mod.
As its name suggests, it is 200W that you will have on hand to use your mod in all possible types of vape. Being able to cash up to 0.02Ω and delivering from 1 to 200W with a maximum intensity of 50A (55A in point peak), as well as saying that nothing scares him! From the quiet vape in genesis mounted in 3Ω to power-vaping clapton / tiger / parallel coil in 0.1Ω, he does not flinch and welcomes all your atos with a smirk limit. The curves below will show you the performances to expect depending on the wire used and the resistance.
Of course, Vaporshark is one of the pioneers of temperature control, the mod is also capable and much better than the 40 rDNA. Wanderings of the past seeming to belong ... to the past precisely. So, you NI200 to benefit from this feature that, if it still does not appeal to me and this, whatever the mod, will in any case please fans for a warm, warm or icy vape. The Vaporshark can go up to 300 ° C, which is very (too) largely sufficient considering the limit that I advise you to 280 ° C which is the temperature or the Vegetable Glycerin decomposes and produces acrolein . On the other hand, the manufacturer remains evasive on Titanium which is not a priori not accepted. This suits me personally because I think the NI200 is a healthier thread to use and I do not trust the oxidation of titanium. Of course, this is just a personal opinion based on readings and I leave it to future studies to make the difference.
The firmware control and update software
In the long list of features of the DNA 200, there is of course the software Escribe, downloadable HERE (as well as the user manuals and all the documentation available on the chipset) that will allow you to view all the parameters and influence the behavior of your mod by creating different user profiles to better match your atos preferred.
So let's talk a bit about this software ... and immediately announce to all fans of the apple brand, that there is not yet an application dedicated to their favorite platform. From all the information we have been able to cross on the subject, the EVOLV roadmap does not foresee an IOS application until the beginning of the year 2016. So if you do not have PC virtualization on your mac, and that it is your only machine, you will have to get closer to a friend who owns a PC under Windows 7 and beyond.
First of all know that Write is self-sufficient. Once in place and the box connected to your pc, the app is able to download all its updates Escribe, but also all updates FIRMWARE your box depending on the version that it embarks. For those who wonder what a firmware is, it is a generic name given to any software embedded and executed by a component, in this case the DNA 200D. This driver controls the features, as well as the interface of the box.
The installation of the software is in accordance with the canons of the genre under windows ... .is the next waltz (yes the software is not Francisé yet) and does not pose any particular concern, if it is not a real latency as for the installing the USB device driver (the driver in English) you will have to arm yourself with patience (this was the case for me 7 good minutes) before seeing it announce that it is correctly configured and installed.
the application window will open then!
The first thing to do is to check (it's validated by default, but check anyway) that the options for checking for updates are checked.
For that you will have to locate the classic menu bar:
and click Options, the first choice should be checked ... uncheck it only if you do not want the application to automatically check for updates (which would be a shame ...)
The help button will allow you to access the various resources available on the net, including a simulator for getting started with the Escribe software, and forums ... Everything is completed by the classic About (about) that you give the version number of the software used:
Connect now the box and if everything went well you should hear the small sound of the connection USB USB devices, but also and especially the name of your box appears in the section of the quick access buttons below the classic menu:
On the right, we see "Evolv DNA 200 connected on USB" ... whew! everything is fine !
Let's take this opportunity to quickly talk about these buttons.
Launch a real-time monitoring application of the behavior of the box, you just have to check the information you want to monitor in real time by checking (to the left of the window of the application in question) ... This is very convenient to "see" and monitor a specific behavior, based on the establishment of a new configuration, and this in use of the box.
this button, finally, will allow you to choose on the fly and without disconnecting, THE box equipped with a DNA 200D on which you want to work ... Yes you understand, the software can handle the case or you have SEVERAL box DNA200D connected simultaneously on your pc ...
That's where REALLY interesting things happen ... so let's look at them one by one.
The values vary a little when this window is displayed ... too much variance inevitably indicates a connection problem, or coiling (short circuit or electrical leak).
Each profile allows to assign a name (for a better ease of use), but also and especially a personalized screen to the connection of the ato for which the profile is dedicated (we will see this principle of customization on the theme tab a little further down). It is also possible to choose the desired power and / or temperature, as well as the unit of measurement and display of the latter.
The first field "Material Coil" allows to work with Nickel 200 whose behaviors are preloaded in the software, or to build a personalized resistive profile, for which you will have to download within the various data of behavior at different temperatures (this which is essential for a good control of the latter by the box).
The second field "Preheat power", or power of preheat, asks the box to go up to 200 W (by default or the desired power), with an aggressiveness going from 1 to 5 (the punch) and for a duration of preheating of 1 second by default or more depending on your desires.
A great American reviewer, famous for his beard and his speech rate, recommends that he go down the 200 W preheats to 150 or less, because according to him, the rendering is otherwise too hot for his taste.
If you are like him, this implies that a connection from your box to your pc is mandatory, because these 200W preheat are not modifiable from the box itself.
The latter makes it possible to personalize all the message displays given by the box. The only condition to do, respect the size 128 pixels wide for 32 height.
It's also the only way to totally frenchify the box, or simply to insert your logo when lighting the box 🙂
allows a customization of the screen and various information that it will display during the vape (not counting its orientation).
Supreme Gadget, it is even possible to ask the box to display the temperature of the room where you find ... but I'll let you look 🙂
We will stop here for this software part. For information P Busardo has dedicated two videos of one hour! but we wanted to help you take it in hand, through this quick introduction.
Whatever you do, do not forget to save your settings before you start, so if you get lost, you can still reload.
Evaluation of the packaging
- Presence of a box accompanying the product: Yes
- Would you say that the packaging is up to the price of the product? We make fun of us!
- Presence of a user manual? No
- Is the manual understandable for a non-English speaker? No
- Does the manual explain ALL features? No
Vapelier's note on packaging: 0.5 / 5
Reviewer's comments on conditioning
The packaging is a vast joke.
We have a very Innokian plastic box that contains the mod and a USB / micro USB cable. And basta! The entire record is in the box (it's a practice!) And only explains how you press a button to get such a result in English of course ...
5 clicks on the switch: we lug and delocke.
1 click on the "-": it lowers the power.
1 click on the "+": it rises the power.
1 click on the USB socket: well it does nothing, necessarily ...
After the mod lock, press "+" and "-" at the same time to enter the temperature control mode and set the temperature in Fahrenheit or Celsius (300 ° C maximum).
To go back to variable power mode, locate the mod and simultaneously press the switch and the "-" and choose "normal mode". There is also a "Stealth Mode" that can disable the screen to save energy.
Appreciations in use
- Easy transportation with the test atomizer: Ok for an inside jacket pocket (no deformations)
- Disassembly and cleaning facilities: Super simple, even blind in the dark!
- Easy to change the batteries: Difficult because requires several manipulations
- Did the mod heat up? No
- Has there been erratic behavior after one day of use? No
- Description of situations in which the product has experienced erratic behavior
Vapelier's note in terms of usability: 4.3 / 5
Reviewer's comments on the use of the product
The Vaporshark is easy to use and ergonomic. Tested over two full days and without wanting to prejudge possible damage that may occur over a longer period, it has filled me with its ease of implementation but also and above all by its versatility.
A little delusion in 100W with a big dripper? Do not move, I'm coming !!!! A sweet little vape at 17W for tasting my favorite juice on a freshly coiled Nectar? The DNA200 is here! An allday in a clearo without problems of implementation, she answers again "Go send!" It is very simple, in all sectors, it behaves royally and wins all votes, at least mine. Easy, reliable and stable, a daily mod that can largely avoid cluttering multiple tubes and chargers and batteries. The lightness as a big plus for those who lug around with during his day's work.
Aesthetically, since it seems important to me to talk about it, the DNA 200 has the genetics of the Vaporshark family and resembles the rDNA 40 like the hat of a cardinal seen from plane to a Smarties. Slightly higher, slightly wider but much less heavy, it evokes more and more the famous monolith sliding in the interstellar space on the music of Strauss in 2001, the Space Odyssey. She is beautiful, of a monastic sobriety and her deep matte black impresses. This is not a flashy box to laugh with friends but a piece of black aluminum that imposes silently by its singularity. Do not look here for full and untied, we are in the kingdom where the shortest way from one point to another is the straight line.
Faults ? Yes of course. At least, I enter one in passing. I found the autonomy lower than the one I expected. Of course, I did not spare and I had to go through the entire power scale, up to 200W with temperature control. But all the same, I found that the autonomy remained a little fair. On the other hand, the battery gauge seemed to me better calibrated than on the previous models.
Otherwise, nothing to complain about. The switch, borrowed from the rDNA 40 is always at the top, soft and precise at a time. The increment and decrement buttons are just perfect and fall under the right finger. A pearl in sum.
Recommendations for use
- Type of battery used during the tests: The batteries are owners on this mod
- Number of batteries used during the tests: The batteries are owners / Not applicable
- With which type of atomizer is it advisable to use this product? Dripper, A classic fiber - resistance equal to or greater than 1.7 Ohms, A low resistance fiber inf or equal to 1.5 ohms, In sub-ohm mounting, Rebuildable Genesis type metal mesh mount, Rebuildable Genesis type metal wick mount
- With which model of atomizer is it advisable to use this product? Any atomizer is welcome on this mod.
- Description of the test configuration used: Taifun GT, Joyetech Ego One NI200 Mega, Subtank, Mutation V4, DID
- Description of the ideal configuration with this product: Any ato equipped with an 510 connection and less than or equal to 23mm diameter
was the product liked by the reviewer: Yes
Overall average of the Vapelier for this product: 4.8 / 5
Link to a video review or blog maintained by the reviewer author of the review
The mood ticket of the reviewer
Vaporshark bluffs us with his DNA 200.
We expected a lot, we are served! Between the visible improvement of the coating, a temperature control finally efficient and a versatility never before reached, the chipset of Evolv found a case to its excesses.
This box knows how to do everything and do well. The price may seem high and the autonomy could have been higher but these considerations can not overshadow the fact that this mod is certainly the most successful and ambitious of the galaxy of electro mods.
The software part, if it may seem complex and / or useless, will seduce the most demanding of the vapers who want to create profiles according to the atos they use.
But if we only remember one thing, it is this exceptional ability to produce a tasty and consistent rendering to all powers and configurations imaginable.
A big, a HUGE blow of heart! and a Top Mod more than deserved!
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