With the speed at which new devices are released these days, and the new technology they contain, it’s no wonder that the iStick and Nautilus Mini has been surpassed among established vapers. It’s still a superb kit for new vapers (and an amazing upgrade for those with starter pen-style devices), but those who’ve been vaping for a while tend to upgrade to the sub-ohm tanks and high powered mods eventually.
But there’s been a split for the last year as to what’s the best device, and what’s the best tank to go with it. Do people prefer the Kanger Subtank, the Freemax Starre, or the Aspire Atlantis? Will they pair it with the Sigelei 150W, the IPV D2, or the SnowWolf?
Well, the debate has raged for many months, but finally there seems to be some consensus as to one of the all-time great pairings, on par with that iStick and Nautilus Mini.
Why is this pairing so good?
The eVic-VTC Mini is a 75 watt device that takes a single 18650 battery to run. It’s a temperature control device and capable of running a wide range of coils, including Nickel, Titanium and Stainless Steel. In fact, Stainless Steel coils can be run in either temperature mode, or regular wattage mode.
On top of this, the device has a Bypass mode for those who want the simulation of a mechanical mod. In this mode, the device delivers a wattage determined by both the resistance of the coil and the remaining charge left in your 18650 battery.
There’s also the ability to edit the Temperature Coefficient of Resistance (TCR), and a memory mode to keep this information locked in. The TCR dictates how much the resistance will rise for a given increase in temperature relative to its starting temperature. For those who know how to use it, this gives a more exact temperature reading for each different kind of wire used. Here’s some more information on TCR values and the eVic-VTC Mini.
The Uwell Crown tank is pretty much universally loved. The coils are large, with great surface area, and available in either 0.5 ohms or 0.25 ohms. They handle whatever juice you throw at it and in whatever ratio (we’ve used max VG juice without issue), and give off not only a superb flavour, but a large amount of vapour too.
The tank has a 4ml capacity, which is reasonably large but you’ll go through your juice relatively quickly. That’s not really a problem, though, because the Crown is top filling, and it’s one of the easiest top filling tanks on the market. There’s often over-engineering in top filling tanks and that leads to leakage, but we haven’t experienced any leakage from the Crown. Just unscrew the top ring and you’ve got access to the tank; it’s as easy as that.
The Crown comes kitted up with a 0.15 ohm Nickel coil, but you’ll probably end up sticking with the Stainless Steel coils (one at each resistance – yes, that’s three coils in with the tank) if you pair up the tank with the eVic-VTC Mini, as the device can do either temperature or wattage mode with those coils.
The range of options with this tank and this mod is almost unparalleled. You can run any coil, and you can run the Stainless Steel coils in wattage mode if that’s what you prefer. It’s top filling, and the device is tiny. Really, really tiny. It’s a great fit in the hand, and easy to carry around just about everywhere. 18650 batteries are held in behind a magnetic door, so they’re easy to swap out as the day goes on.
As a bonus, Joyetech has provided continued support for the mod through firmware upgrades, and the latest version is Version 3.0. These are downloadable from the Joyetech website and you install them via the Micro USB cable connected to either a PC or Mac.
There’s no doubt – and many vapers agree – that the eVic-VTC Mini and Uwell Crown is among the best pairings we’ve seen since the early days of the iStick and Nautilus Mini.