- Sponsor having loaned the product for the magazine: Vype
- Price of the tested product: 19.90 Euros
- Product category according to its selling price: Entry level (from 1 to 40 euros)
- Mod type: Capsule system
- Is the mod telescopic? No
- Maximum power: 6 W
- Maximum voltage: Not applicable
- Minimum value in Ohms resistance for a start: Not applicable
Reviewer comments on business characteristics
The fashion of capsule systems expands its cloudy mantle. From China, the United States and Europe, proposals are flowing at ever higher speeds to identify today's and tomorrow's markets. Excellent news for the development of the vape!
It is in this opportune context that Vype proposes us the version three of its ePen which presents itself as more than a simple update. Compared to the previous version indeed, the object gains power, autonomy, compactness but also offers a greater capacity of pre-filled pods, the use of a cotton-based capillary and a volume of steam and improved flavor accuracy.
Offered at a price of 19.90 € and including 2 capsules of 2ml in the discovery kit, the ePen 3 remains at a very attractive price and thus rushes into the niche already occupied by Bô, myblu, Koddo Pod and other Juul while presenting intrinsic qualities clearly aimed to stand out from the competition.
Physical characteristics and felt quality
- Width or Diameter of the product in mm: 26.3
- Product Length or Height in mm: 123.5
- Product weight in grams: 38.75
- Material composing the product: Plastic
- Type of Form Factor: Semi-elliptical
- Decorative style: Classic
- Quality of decoration: Excellent
- Is the coating of the mod sensitive to fingerprints? No
- All components of this mod seem well assembled? Yes
- Fire button position: Lateral to 1 / 2 of the tube relative to the top cap
- Fire button type: Mechanical plastic on contact rubber
- Number of buttons in the interface, including touch areas if they are present: 0
- UI button type: No other button
- Quality of interface button (s): Not applicable interface button
- Number of parts in the product: 2
- Number of threads: 0
- Quality of the threads: Not applicable on this mod - Absence of no screws
- Overall, do you appreciate the quality of manufacture of this product with regard to its price? Yes
Vapelier's note on quality feelings: 4.7 / 5
Reviewer's comments on physical characteristics and perceived quality
It is first aesthetically that the ePen 3 imposes a very decided bias. Indeed, here we get rid of the pen-like effect that is omnipresent in the category for a much more sensual, semi-elliptical form factor that relies on increased visual seduction to flatter the desire for possession. Even if you start to vape, as much as you do on a beautiful object, this phrase seems to be the leitmotif that has led the designers of the brand. The result is successful and therefore offers a new vision of the object to be vapped or the material is no longer hidden but, on the contrary, shows and assumes. At the price though of a slightly larger size but which is integral to the concept.
The drawing is nothing if it does not come with a good grip and here, Vype hits a big blow. The soft-touch coating gives a touch quite magical and again, it is a certain form of sensuality that prevails. We are surprised to touch the ePen 3 as the material is soft and the act of vaper becomes a pleasure as tactile as taste. It is, again, a great success.
Available in five colors for the moment, everyone should be able to find happiness, it is an additional asset.
While the norm seems to be shifting, for this category of primovapotors-driven equipment, towards automatic vacuum steam delivery, Vype is making the opposite wager by providing its ePen 3 with a firing button. It could be seen as a negative point but it is not. Indeed, we move away from the spirit of cigarettes to join a spirit vape and act as a pedagogy to the smoker by teaching him from the start the particular gesture he will reproduce throughout his life as a vaper. The switch is also pleasant to handle, a very short race and falling well under the finger.
The finish of the object can not trigger the least criticism. Even if the plastic abounds here, the feeling is very qualitative, largely due to this soft-touch coating or throne in the lower part of the device stamped logo of the brand. A USB port takes place under the object for charging.
Using proprietary capsules that clip onto the top of the battery, the ePen 3 is again showing great attention to detail. A very loud sofa greets the success of the installation and there is no risk that the capsule is extracted alone from his home.
To finish with this physical overview, it remains to salute the weight / size of the device, 38gr gée capsule, which will suit all palmar morphologies.
- Type of chipset used: Owner
- Connection type: Owner
- Adjustable positive plot? Not applicable
- Lock system ? Electronic
- Quality of the locking system: Excellent, the chosen approach is very practical
- Features offered by the mod: Fixed protection against overheating of the atomizer resistors, Short circuit protection, Clear diagnostic messages, Operating light indicators
- Accu Compatibility: Proprietary Accus (650mAh)
- 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? No
- Maximum diameter in mm of the compatibility with an atomizer: Not applicable, usable with the pre-filled proprietary capsules
- Accuracy of the output power at full charge of the battery: Good, there is a tiny difference between the power demanded and the real power
- Accuracy of the output voltage at full charge of the battery: Good, there is a tiny difference between the requested voltage and the actual voltage
Vapelier's note regarding functional characteristics: 4.5 / 5
Reviewer's comments on functional features
The beginner, the heart of the ePen 3 target, requires a simple object to take in hand and whose features remain transparent to use. Here is the case. The operation remains basic and quite suitable for inexpert hands.
To power up the ePen 3, just click the button three times after clipping your capsule. You are ready to vaper! Press the button and suck the steam, nothing very complex. To turn off the device, three clicks again. At each consecutive triple press, the led on the button will flash three times in green to signify that the object is on and off.
After 10mn not used, the ePen automatically goes to sleep and will need to be turned back on. An understandable protection to extend the autonomy and make the object unusable by children, for example.
About battery life, so the battery offers 650mAh, which is enough to start. The color code used to describe the remaining charge is quite clear. If the led is green, it remains between 40 and 100% charge. If the led lights up orange, it remains between 10 and 40% charge. If it turns red, the battery is charged within 10%. If it does not turn on ... you have a problem ... 😉 A full charge takes about two hours, the good news is that you can continue to vape because the USB / USB micro charging is passthrough, which means it will not does not interrupt the operation of the 3 ePEn.
The battery has the necessary protections for a serene use. In the event of a short circuit of the battery, the system switches off and the LED indicates this problem by flashing red three times. When the capsule is empty, the led will flash five times in white and the ePen 3 will no longer send steam. It will then be time to replace the capsule.
The capsule is the device of vaporization of the device. It therefore contains a reservoir of 2ml of pre-filled liquid and a resistance of 1.95Ω, composed of a kanthal coil of 0.15mm on eight turns spaced with an internal diameter of approximately 2mm and a cotton capillary to convey the liquid. to the resistance itself. The capsules do not fill when empty, they must be replaced by another one. We can always hope to "hack" but the pod loses what is interesting: its tightness (tested for you ...).
Little more? Vype offers us either capsules containing "normal" liquid nicotine, or capsules with nicotine salts called VPro. The goal is to really cope with each primovapotor profile. Nicotine levels are four for the standard capsules: 0, 6, 12 and 18mg / ml, which establishes a beautiful palette of choices that really meet all needs. VPro capsules, they are only available in 12mg / ml, they will do wonders for average smokers (between 10 and 20 cigarettes per day) sensitive to the pungent appearance of nicotine, nicotine salts being softer to vape and being more quickly absorbed by the body. However, in my opinion, it is missing a higher rate (18 or 20mg / ml) in the VPro range to satisfy the biggest smokers.
Be careful, however, the normal discovery kit contains capsules only available 12mg / ml or 0, the latter choice seems a little special for a target of smokers. The VPro Discovery Kit contains capsules in 12mg / ml of nicotine salts.
The power of 6W is ample here, considering the tight draw MTL and the high value of the resistance.
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? Yes
- Presence of a user manual? Yes
- Is the manual understandable for a non-English speaker? Yes
- Does the manual explain ALL features? Yes
Vapelier's note on packaging: 5 / 5
Reviewer's comments on conditioning
A white cardboard box contains the device as well as the charging cord and two pods (Classic and Mint) perfectly packaged in a "medicine" type plate. The required information appears on the packaging and the manufacturer has not saved on the various warnings and warnings.
A very complete user manual in French accompanies a set quite well dimensioned for the price.
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: Not applicable, the battery is only rechargeable
- Did the mod heat up? No
- Has there been erratic behavior after one day of use? No
Vapelier's note in terms of usability: 5 / 5
Reviewer's comments on the use of the product
In use, the ePen 3 convinces without difficulty. First, the draft is tight as it should be for a beginner even if some competitors are even tighter. Here, the draw is completely consistent with that of an analog cigarette, without excess. The flavors are well transcribed, the resistance does its job well and the volume of steam, given the power / resistance ratio, is honest. In any case, the beginner concerned by this device, will not seek to obtain a significant vapor. The inhaled and exhaled cloud is, again, the smoke of a cigarette.
Even in intensive use, we do not notice any leakage at the connectors, a weakness often found on this type of equipment. The tightness has been well worked by the engineers. The autonomy in energy remains correct and one can hope to spend a day quietly with the 650mAh proposed here. The liquid consumption is low and the 2ml of each capsule will hold the day in the case of a normal initiatory vaping.
It remains that the physical characteristics of the object make the vape pleasant and quite fun. The grip is easy and the softness of the coating a big plus in a daily vape.
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? Proprietary capsules pre-filled
- With which model of atomizer is it advisable to use this product? Proprietary capsules pre-filled
- Description of the test configuration used: As supplied by the manufacturer
- Description of the ideal configuration with this product: The only possible configuration is the use of pre-filled proprietary capsules
was the product liked by the reviewer: Yes
Overall average of the Vapelier for this product: 4.8 / 5
The mood ticket of the reviewer
At the moment of passing the stop of the stop of the tobacco and taking advantage for example of the good resolutions which you will take for the year 2019, ePen 3 is a formidable challenger.
Object of initiation but not that, the quality of its presentation and its ability to be used in a simple and intuitive way make it quite recommendable. Its sharpness of taste and the total absence of leaks are major assets that, added to a sexy and different physique, can easily help the smoker to pass the course. Which is basically his first goal.
No wonder then that the ePEn 3 wins its Top Mod by the quality of its interpretation and the displayed difference of its form factor. A distinction deserved by its versatility because, being able to use normal capsules or capsules with nicotine salts, it will lend itself easily to content all profiles vapoteurs. Good game !
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