VT 40 by Hcigar
VT 40 by Hcigar

VT 40 by Hcigar

Commercial characteristics

  • Sponsor having loaned the product for the magazine: Gearbest
  • Price of the tested product: 123 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: 40 watts
  • Maximum voltage: Not applicable
  • Minimum value in Ohms resistance for a start: 0.1

Reviewer comments on business characteristics

Hcigar has obviously decided to get into the high-end and leave the clone aside. As a result, they joined Evolv. This is not the first time since at the beginning of the year we had seen the HB 40, who was already using a DNA 40, but the latter was in my opinion on the verge of the "designistic" attack. Today with this VT 40, Hcigar corrects this by producing a box that embeds the latest evolution of DNA 40, but which has also benefited from a particular attention in terms of aesthetics and quality of manufacture. With a price running around the 125 €, the VT 40 enters the luxury category. But does it have all the qualities required to satisfy customers at this level of range?

hcigar vt40 screen

Physical characteristics and felt quality

  • Width or Diameter of the product in mms: 47
  • Product Length or Height in mms: 87
  • Product weight in grams: 200
  • Material composing the product: Aluminum
  • Form Factor Type: Classic Box - VaporShark Type
  • Decorative style: Classic
  • Quality of decoration: Excellent, it is a work of art
  • 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: Metal mechanics on contact caouctoucouc
  • 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: 2
  • Quality of the threads: Very good
  • 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: 4.9 / 5 4.9 5 out of stars

Reviewer's comments on physical characteristics and perceived quality

We touch perfection with this box. First of all, the design is in my opinion one of the most beautiful for this type of object, at least I think it is the most successful box embedding DNA 40. We see the effort made by Hcigar on this point is undeniable.
Then the aluminum used is of very good quality, the surface treatment is comparable to that of the SX mini. It's quite bluffing you do not expect such quality when you buy Hcigar.
To continue, the assembly is just perfect, obviously nothing was left to chance. The fire button and the +/- buttons are examples of their kind. Perfectly set in their respective homes, they are made of shiny metal and are covered with concentric circles. They are very responsive and very pleasant to use. We can also highlight the lack of glue on the chipset, which again reflects a real desire to design a high-end product.
The wide screen is on the side and is located in a slightly beveled window perfectly machined. The micro-USB port is placed just below the screen.
Finally, the battery door is simple and the quality of its thread is perfect, plus Hcigar provides you a small room with the same serial number as the box to unscrew this bottom-cap, we appreciate this kind of pay attention when you spend more than 120 € to buy a mod.
So let's be clear, at this time of the meeting with this box, we can already say that it is a high-end product and given the embedded electronics we already know that we will not be disappointed.

hcigar vt40 top

hcigar vt40 bottom

Functional features

  • Type of chipset used: DNA
  • Connection type: 510, Ego - via an adapter
  • Adjustable positive plot? Yes, through a spring.
  • 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, 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
  • 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 4.8 5 out of stars

Reviewer's comments on functional features

What to say, I believe that everyone knows the DNA 40 as it is used by manufacturers of high-end mods.
In the case of this VT 40, it is the V5 gold. This version does not bring much change but visibly Evolv corrected the bugs that suffered the first versions.
So this chipset offers a classic wattage mode and a temperature control mode (compatible with the resistive wire NI200).
The display shows the power, the resistance value, the voltage and of course the temperature in TC (Temperature Control) mode.
You can also change the orientation of the screen depending on whether you are left-handed or right-handed.
Also note that you can lock the resistance value in TC mode.
It is needless to say that the box has all the security systems that are usually found on the DNA 40.
In short, a box that has everything you need, no frills.

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? No
  • Does the manual explain ALL features? Yes

Vapelier's note on packaging: 4 / 5 4 5 out of stars

Reviewer's comments on conditioning

The packaging is clean. A black box in a black sheath too, on which appear the name of the box and the fact that it is regulated by an Evolv chipset, These two elements are electric blue. Inside is the box in a soft plastic bag, a manual, a USB cable winder, and a coin stamped box name (VT40) with the serial number of your copy. This small room useful for opening the bottom cap of the battery reflects the desire of Hcigar to switch to a product of easy use, it is successful. Only negative point, the record is not translated into French, fortunately the box is simple to handle.

hcigar vt40 packaging

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, even standing in the street
  • 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: 5 / 5 5 5 out of stars

Reviewer's comments on the use of the product

This box without being a champion of miniaturization, remains relatively compact. It is easily transported, it can be compared to the Vaporshark whose chipset it shares. Both are of a similar size.
This Vt40 is very ergonomic, its shape is perfectly adapted to the hand, very quickly one finds its marks, the buttons, in addition to being pleasant and effective are ideally positioned.
The different commands are easily assimilated, even with a notice in English.
After three weeks of use no problem to report in terms of the behavior of electronics.
In conclusion this VT 40 has serious arguments to become a reference.

Recommendations for use

  • Type of batteries used during the tests: 18650
  • Number of batteries used during testing: 1
  • With which type of atomizer is it advisable to use this product? Dripper, A conventional fiber - resistance equal to or greater than 1.7 Ohms, A low resistance fiber inf or equal to 1.5 ohms, In sub-ohm assembly, Genesys type rebuildable metal mesh assembly, Genesys type rebuilding metal wick assembly
  • With which model of atomizer is it advisable to use this product? Versatile so used your favorite ato
  • Description of the test configuration used: Subtank in sub ohm classic and Tc
  • Description of the ideal configuration with this product: Everyone will make his choice

was the product liked by the reviewer: Yes

Overall average of the Vapelier for this product: 4.9 / 5 4.9 5 out of stars

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The mood ticket of the reviewer

How to tell you…. I am a happy vaper. When a certain Victor from Gearbest contacted me (a priori he contacted a lot of reviewers) and offered to choose an article on this Chinese site, I thought why not. I went through the site and I came across this box that had already caught my eye a few months ago. Fan DNA 40 for me gives a vape very full and well regulated, I thought it's her. The design attracted me, but sometimes between the photo and the reality there is a world. Passed order.
When I took the box out of its box, the love at first sight was immediate. The quality of materials and assembly are obvious to you. The ramage and the plumage are in perfect agreement. I look at the serial number and there ... surprise! it is numbered 7504, and I was born in April 1975, it is made for me it is a sign. The little corner that accompanies it allows me to quickly put a battery. And there it works!
More seriously this stuff is in my eyes the box shipping DNA 40 the prettiest on the market. The finish is devilishly effective, the surface treatment is comparable to the SX mini. In short I am in the presence of a high-end box.
Difficult to find in French shop I guess the starting price was too high, it has melted since its release, since we start 180 € at launch to reach a current price of around 120 €. This remains a bit high for many of us. But let's be clear this box is equal, with a Vaporshark, I even think it does better. So the price seems very suitable considering the different characteristics of the VT40.
I tell you, for me it's a Top Box that deserves to be recognized as a high-end product. If you plan to offer a box boarding a DNA 40 do not forget to put it in your list because it is really worth seeing.

Thanks to Gearbest

Good Vape

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