- Sponsor having loaned the product for the magazine: The little vaper
- Price of the tested product: 189 Euros
- Product category according to its selling price: Luxury (over 120 euros)
- Mod type: Variable power electronics
- Is the mod telescopic? No
- Maximum power: 40 watts
- Maximum voltage: 6
- Minimum value in Ohms resistance for a start: 0.3
Reviewer comments on business characteristics
The Provari is a true legend of the Vape. He has ruled for a long time without sharing, becoming for a time the indispensable mod to possess as he made around him the unanimity. Then the pipeline arrived, jostling him seriously. Last year ProVape returned to the conquest of its lost glory and faced the Chinese boxing armada surviving with the P3. This tubular mod did not totally convinced, especially since its update paid off. It is therefore with a certain delay that the American giant arrives with a box: Provari Radius.
And there ... .. the elephant gives birth to a mouse. A medium sized box, a plastic body, a power of 40 small watts and even no temperature control. All at a price of 189 €, I do not get everything. ProVape believes what? That he can find his place with a copy as bland, a box-shaped P3?
Well, such a name has the right to a fair trial, so let's open the session.
Physical characteristics and felt quality
- Width or Diameter of the product in mms: 43
- Product Length or Height in mms: 86
- Product weight in grams: 190
- Material constituting the product: Stainless steel, Delrin
- 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: 3
- Type of user interface buttons: Mechanical plastic on contact rubber
- Quality of the interface button (s): Very good, the button is responsive and does not make any noise
- Number of parts in the product: 4
- Number of threads: 3
- 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: 4.5 / 5
Reviewer's comments on physical characteristics and perceived quality
The radius, with a name like that we imagine that it is an ideal extension of the arm.
On picture, the design is correct and no doubt about the affiliation of the box ,, the body is not very plastic engage. the screen is tiny, only the switches seem as usual very good quality. Once in the hand things change a lot.
Although the box does not shine particularly in the sense of compactness, its proportions are harmonious. Its rounded shape on the edges gives it a good hold in hand. The plastic is a polycarbonate of high quality marked in the manner of a pistol grip ensures great comfort and good grip.
Both stainless steel top caps are machined and engraved with precision. On the top, the excellent connection of the P3, with its system allowing in particular to replace his 510 screw pitch if it is fair with an ato nut.
The bottom cap, it is held in place by two screws with notched head, which opens access to the battery, certainly, but impractical. Moreover, the battery is already in place, ProVape chose a Samsung 25A. This suggests that it will focus on charging by the mini USB port.
On one of the slices, another steel piece stands out. It fits perfectly in the beginning of the rounding of the slice then proposes a plane surface which hosts the button fire, the [+] and the [-]. This configuration offers perfect ergonomics.
The fire button is translucent plastic which allows to illuminate the latter in one of the proposed 7 colors. This button is big enough, it is perfectly adjusted in its enclave. This button is a model of its kind, its race, its "firm tenderness", its reactivity, its sound discretion, make it one of the best switches that I used.
The other two adjustment knobs are also nice to handle.
The screen is clear, but it could have been bigger. Here we end up with a screen of the same size as a tubular mod, yet the place is not lacking.
At this stage we are still facing a beautiful product. It's tough, it's perfectly finished. All is adjusted to the hair. ProVape shows us all its expertise in terms of quality, a little extra daring on the design would have been welcome, but let's be clear it's still a beautiful object.
- Type of chipset used: Owner
- Connection type: 510, Ego - via adapter, Owner, Owner - Hybrid
- Adjustable positive plot? Yes, through a floating pine.
- Lock system ? Electronic
- Quality of the locking system: Good, the function does what it is for
- Features offered by mod: Battery charge display, Resistance value display, Protection against short circuits from the atomizer, Battery polarity reversal protection, Display of the power of the vape course, Fixed protection against overheating of the atomizer resistors, Supports updating of its firmware, Adjusting the display brightness, Clear diagnostic messages, Operating light indicators
- Accusability: 18650
- Does the mod support stacking? No
- Number of batteries supported: 1
- Does the mod retain its configuration without batteries? Yes
- 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: 24
- 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: 4.8 / 5
Reviewer's comments on functional features
Let's eliminate two points on this high-end box: it does not have temperature control and it only makes "40" watts of maximum power with an amp limit to 9,5 A.
So, we have to do a chipset that is almost a year late. ProVape arrives late 2015 with this product that displays 40W power, while Evolv offers 200 watts, even Joyetech offers 200 watts with its Wismec RX200. So, let's try to judge the product by disregarding these data.
So we have a box with a variable power mode. And that's all ? No, not quite.
The radius offers a booster system that increases the power on the start of the puff on a time that can be varied from 0,25 to 1,25 seconds on a scale of 5 steps. It is rather effective to counter the diesel effect that we have with certain types of resistance.
You can also record 5 power and boost settings.
The display shows the union minimum: resistance value, power and battery level. Moreover, regarding the charge indicator, it displays the battery level according to the resistance value, the power and how to vape (repeated or spaced). So it's a bit confusing visually because the indicator varies just by changing ato.
In the less useful but nice series, you can change the color of the LED that illuminates the buttons. There is also a system that calculates the economy of smoking.
Nothing revolutionary, but everything works perfectly, the vape is nice, wise but full, perfectly regulated. The vape called "smooth" is common now, but still, we still feel a little more characteristic of high-end chipsets.
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? Can do better
- 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: 1.5 / 5
Reviewer's comments on conditioning
Do I really have to talk about this aspect?
ProVape offers us its latest in a simple and ordinary cardboard box. Even a Istick is better presented. As a bonus no notice, if you do not have internet, you're doing it alone! A vulgar neon yellow sticker offers to go to the site of the brand to download the manual. Of course, on the site, you will find it in French, but still, there's a fucking mouth. Only note a little positive: it is the presence of the battery in the box and the cable of loading on reel.
But honestly, a box at 189 dollars, made in the States by a legend of the vape, we were entitled to expect much better.
Appreciations in use
- Easy transportation with the test atomizer: Ok for an inside jacket pocket (no deformations)
- Disassembly and cleaning facilities: Easy, even standing on the street, with a simple Kleenex
- Easy to change the batteries: Easy but requires a workspace to lose nothing
- 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: 4.5 / 5
Reviewer's comments on the use of the product
The box is compact enough to consider walking with you. The autonomy is correct, even if the cutoff is set to 3,25 volts. The box is usable when it recharges, you can change the battery, but the system of maintenance of the bottom cap chosen will not facilitate you the task.
The setting of the beast is not yet intuitive but the contribution of +/- buttons simplifies the use of basic functions. An update obviously brings some corrections which improve the navigation in the menus. This box is not necessarily made for beginners even if it displays a high level of security, which also serves as a banner / shield to the brand to justify the low power level of its box.
Recommendations for use
- Type of batteries used during the tests: 18650
- 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 Classical Fiber, In Sub-ohm Mount, Genesis Rebuildable
- With which model of atomizer is it advisable to use this product? I will say a rather nice atomizer type Taifun gt2, GSl, a Kaifun4
- Description of the test configuration used: Taifun gsl to 0,9 ohm and Aspire Triton 2 to 0,5
- Description of the ideal configuration with this product: An atomizer of your choice that expresses itself at less than 40watts
was the product liked by the reviewer: Yes
Overall average of the Vapelier for this product: 4.7 / 5
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The mood ticket of the reviewer
The Provari Radius will not become the new reference of the vape, one might even think that it does not really interest, especially because of its price. Indeed, the radius offers for 189 €, a box that shows a technological lag of several months compared to many competitors in the high end sector.
It is not the resurrection that the followers of the brand were waiting for. Putting security as always to explain its choices, the brand struggles to evolve in the current landscape.
But the picture is not as catastrophic as that. The quality of manufacture, the design, the great fire button, the ergonomics and the quality of vape make it an interesting product. For me, this box is for you if you are looking for quality, Temperature Control does not suit you and that power is not your benchmark.
Personally, I am seduced by the object and the highly qualitative aspect that emerges. The vape, even if the functions of the box are a little behind innovation, is still a must-feel and I am often below 40 watts, so the power suits me. The absence of temperature control is, I think, perhaps the most damaging aspect, given the time that Provape took to release this product, they could have frankly put it in TC.
So if your budget is wide, you like qualitative products, ultra-safe and your reference atomizers are expressed on the average powers, this box is for you.
Thanks to the Little Vapoteur
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