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VT75 by HCigar
VT75 by HCigar

VT75 by HCigar

Commercial characteristics

  • Sponsor who has loaned the product for the magazine: Do not wish to be named.
  • Price of the tested product: 103 Euros
  • Product category according to its selling price: High end (from 81 to 120 euros)
  • Mod type: Variable power electronics and temperature control
  • Is the mod telescopic? No
  • Maximum power: 75 watts
  • Maximum voltage: 6
  • Minimum value in Ohms resistance for a start: 0.05

Reviewer comments on business characteristics

The DNA75 chipset is the latest offshoot of the Evolv family after a DNA200 that has seduced by its rendering and its settings possibilities making the customization of its vape accessible to all geeks. For a long time now, the manufacturer HCigar has invested in a partnership with the American foundry and presented boxes in DNA40 or DNA200, often at a lower price than the competition, which has placed the Chinese brand on the steps of the high-end podium Chinese who is now invading the market.

It was thus necessary, in this fruitful continuity, to present a box equipped with the DNA75 and it is done with not one but two references: the VT75 that we will autopsy today and the VT75 Nano which is the reduced model.

For a price of 103 € that puts the box in the high-end, certainly, but still well below its direct competitors using the same engine, HCigar offers us a beautiful product, which flatters the retina and is the vision an inspired artistic spirit. Offering 75W power peaks and different modes of operation, the VT75 is not illustrated so much by its features that have become all too common these days but rather by a price / chipset / aesthetic adequacy that places it immediately in the category box-to-fall-that-I-want to buy-for-Christmas, you see what I mean ... Especially that the beautiful is available in black, red and blue.

It only remains for us to verify all this in practice but the promise is beautiful.

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Physical characteristics and felt quality

  • Width or Diameter of the product in mms: 31
  • Product Length or Height in mms: 89.5
  • Product weight in grams: 225.8
  • Material composing the product: Stainless steel, Aluminum, Zinc Alloy
  • 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: Mechanical metal 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): Good, the button is very responsive
  • Number of parts in the product: 2
  • Number of threads: 2
  • Quality of the threads: 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 / 5 4 5 out of stars

Reviewer's comments on physical characteristics and perceived quality

Can be used with an 26650 battery or 18650 battery (with an adapter supplied), the comparison with the VaporFlask Stout, which has the same functionality, is required. The VT75 is less compact, wider, taller, heavier and deeper. So we have a nice baby in the hand that does not shine by its compactness when compared with references already on the market and that reach or even exceeds 75W output.

The aesthetics is very neat. Boasting a mix of curves and straight lines at a time, the VT75 looks a bit like new car models with taut and sensual lines at once. The touch is very pleasant, due to a soft and pearly coating that adds the grace of visual quality to a very soft feeling against the skin.

Everything is not so rosy (especially since my model is carmine red) because where the eye adheres to 100%, the hand is sometimes reluctant. Between the consistent size and forms pretty tortured, the grip will not suit everyone. Those who switch with their thumb will be disarmed by a very congested facade and all in relief that will interfere in handling. Those who use their index will be much better off thanks to the sensual curve that will blend perfectly in the palm palate.

The facade, let's talk about it. If the sides of the VT75 are aluminum, the rest of the body is zinc alloy. Until then, I have no problem with it. But I notice that the material and the cutting of the slice hosting the screen and the buttons create a checkpoint less ergonomic than one might have thought. The switch is easy to handle and works very well, but it is small and surrounded by a ruder material a bit coarse that makes it more difficult to apprehend. Same for buttons [+] and [-] which undergo identical treatment. In the same way, the Oled screen of 0.91 'is also surrounded by a zinc barrier. It is undoubtedly an aesthetic choice of which one can discuss but it remains nonetheless that this facade of control is not necessarily pleasant to the grip with its somewhat incongruous reliefs.

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Above, we have a wide top-cap that can easily accommodate atos in 30mm as long as they do not take their air through the 510 connection because this possibility was not provided by the manufacturer. Well, this is understandable because this type of atomizer tends to disappear but it is a pity to deprive yourself of such a basic functionality that could have satisfied the few supporters of carto-tanks for example.

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On the bottom, we have the serial number, two hieroglyphs meaning that everything is ok for the EC and you should not throw your box in the trash (my address can serve you in such a case ...). We also and especially the battery access hatch. And here I have a mixed impression. HCigar has chosen a hatch to screw / unscrew. Already, the system may seem a little anachronistic at a time when the magnet is king and or other brands have made mechanical choices easier to maneuver. There, you must screw to enter the battery and unscrew it to take it out. Already it is long but, in addition, this screw is not up to the rest of the finish. Difficult to engage because of the low height of the circular hatch, it is not very comfortable to turn to the end. In addition, its finish is significantly behind the rest of the mod and slice on the beautiful aesthetics of the object.

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We console ourselves by seeing two degassing holes above and a median screw that will be used to refine the setting to properly maintain your battery, regardless of its format: 18650 or 26650.

A "beauty ring", translating "beauty ring", in stainless steel, is present to harmonize your atomizers with the top-cap of the VT75. I am skeptical about the usefulness of this ring. First of all, even if the aesthetics is particularly successful, it differs totally from the futuristic universe of the mod by displaying azteco-tribal decorations which are as complementary to it as a Renoir to a Kandinsky. And then, this ring will only accept atos 22mm taking their air from above since the high walls of the ring will hide the airholes if they are placed on the bottom of your atomizer. If someone wants to explain the usefulness, please leave a comment because I do not see.

In the balance sheet, here is a beautiful mod, objectively. The finishes are neat overall although some details could have been improved. The quality of machining and assembly poses no problem and the few defects identified will only concern the sorrows like mine.

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, Reverse battery polarity protection, Display of current vape voltage , Display of the power of the current vape, Temperature control of the resistors of the atomizer, Supports the update of its firmware, Supports the personalization of its behavior by external software, Adjustment of the display brightness, Messages of clear diagnostics, operational light indicators
  • Accusability: 18650, 26650
  • 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? No, nothing is planned to feed an atomizer from below
  • Maximum diameter in mms of compatibility with an atomizer: 30
  • 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: 3.8 / 5 3.8 5 out of stars

Reviewer's comments on functional features

In terms of features, it would take a book to nomenclaturer all that the box. If you are already a fan of DNA200, you will not be left out. Otherwise, you will have to pass the learning curve of Escribe, the software of Evolv used to customize the settings profiles or cosmetics among others.

Here, we are in the realm of Evolv and the American founder has left nothing to chance. You can upgrade the firmware, implement the coefficients of new resistive, create multiple profiles depending on the atomizer used or affect the minimum current level in the battery from which the box will stop working. Everything is planned to draw a curve of response in total agreement with your desires of vape, to adapt to the rendering that you wait for it.

For those who are hermetic to so much technicality, no problem either. The box can easily stand on its own, especially since the factory settings are very consistent. You have a variable power mode, ranging from 1W (?) To 75W, a temperature control mode running between 100 ° and 300 ° C, which natively accepts Ni200, titanium and stainless steel while knowing you can implement by yourself your own resistive wires through the software.

For all the rest, I refer you, mean as I am, to the product manual, the user manual of Escribe and our previous reviews on DNA200 and DNA75 that will explain the modus operandi of the box and the chipset. Know that nothing is really complex and that a rainy afternoon will be enough to go around and integrate all the manipulations to adapt the VT75 to your type of vape.

It should be kept in mind that the box can send a maximum intensity of 50A continuously and 55A peak, which is not nothing. For that, make the judicious choice of a battery which will be able to send the 35A necessary for a use without risks. Which automatically qualifies 26650 as the best choice, even though Escribe is more used to managing 18650. In addition, you will gain a little autonomy that will not be luxury, the box and the chipset being made to work optimally with resistances between 0.15 and 0.55Ω. Beyond 0.6Ω, the box will in no way send the promised 75W and you will have a warning of the type "Ohms too high" that will remind you that we have entered full foot in the era of sub-ohm.

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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

A pretty box, nice packaging. For once, the theorem is true.

It is in a beautiful black cardboard box that will arrive the VT75. a box proudly presenting the box on one side with a pleasant visual effect of brilliance and the reference and the mark of the mod of the other. You remove from this package a second cardboard box, as pretty as the first that opens like a chest. In the flat part, you have your beauty and the beauty ring and a cable UBS / micro USB for the electric recharging by the dedicated port for this purpose or the junction with your computer to act on the chipset by Escribe.

On the cover part, you have a very nice manual, parchment paper, but in English only, alas.

But the final grade is good because, for the price, the proposal in terms of presentation is quite consistent.

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Appreciations in use

  • Transport facilities with the test atomizer: Ok for a side pocket of Jean (no discomfort)
  • Disassembly and cleaning facilities: Super simple, even blind in the dark!
  • 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

Once you have acquired the knowledge necessary to operate your box at best, it will behave to perfection.

No untimely heating, even at high power and / or low resistance. It works very well, it's constant, it's reliable, it's Evolv. The rendering is exceptional, as often in the brand and makes this extra aromatic accuracy that could already be seen in previous chipsets. The latency is minimal and you quickly reach the temperature or power demanded.

On the side of the box itself, one reaches quickly, after one or two hours of grip, comfort necessary to serenely vape. The marriage between the Chinese body and the American engine works very well between the two manufacturers, better in my opinion than on the previous common achievements.

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There are, of course, some flaws in this idyll, the main one being the energy consumption of the chipset. The autonomy is sufficient, in 26650, but disappointing compared to what one gets on a Stout for example. In 18650 (2100mAh), one stays on 3 with 4 hours of vape with 40W approximately. Of course you can affect the autonomy by crushing Escribe but the factory setting is already low enough threshold or the box refuses to work either 2.75V, which seems consistent on an IMR battery. Going down lower would be bad for your battery.

The rest is just happiness and the mod stays right in his boots regardless of the barbaric setup you will impose (less than 0.6Ω if you really want to reach the available 75W). I especially liked the rendering in flavors that is not, as everyone thinks, only a question of mounting or atomizer, but also depends on the signal smoothing quality and its management. Here, it's perfect, just perfect.

Recommendations for use

  • Type of batteries used during the tests: 18650
  • Number of batteries used during testing: 2
  • 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? All except the Bottom-Feeder drippers ...
  • Description of the test configuration used: VT75 + Vapor Giant Mini V3, Limitless RDTA Plus, Narda
  • Description of the ideal configuration with this product: Your

was the product liked by the reviewer: Yes

Overall average of the Vapelier for this product: 4.5 / 5 4.5 5 out of stars

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The mood ticket of the reviewer

A very nice surprise! The Hcigar VT75 gets away with the honors on the test bench and, even if some flats exist, they are quite trivial compared to the quality of the rendering and the raw power of the machine.

The Chinese manufacturer has worked well its product and its price to be very competitive. He also gave a real "mouth" to his machine, which is important in the seduction of the consovapeur. Even if rare practical aspects were overflown, like the famous battery door (improved on the Nano version), the essential is there for a high-end box but which does not have the big head.

A little gem powered by one of the best chipset makers in the world, it's a blessed bread for fans and a meeting not to be missed by others.

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About the Author

54 years, 32 years of cigarettes, 8 years of vape and more happy than ever! I live in Gironde, I have three children I'm gaga and I like roast chicken, Pessac-Léognan, good e-liquids and I'm a geek of the vape that assumes!