First Look: VaporFi VEX 150 TC
VaporFi continues to innovate and they recently introduced two new lines to their box mod family and revamped their original line, the VOX box mods. We’ve reviewed a number of VaporFi VOX mods, including the VOX II, VOX Mini, VOX TC 50, VOX TC 60.
The two new lines of box mods are the VAIO and the VEX lines. All three lines feature temperature control functionality. The VAIO mods are all-in-one devices with 3.5 ml built in tanks. The VEX line features a 75 watt and 150 watt model.
VaporFi sent one of their VEX 150 TC mods, their most powerful device to date, for Seven Report to review. The VEX 150 TC is powered by two external 18650 batteries (not included). The battery door has a spring loaded latch, VaporFi refers to it as “bottom door slip.” Positive and negative signs are etched into the door to make it obvious which way to insert the batteries. You can charge the batteries while they’re still in the device via the micro USB port on the side of the mod and the included charging cable. And you can continue to vape while charging, though it will slow down the charging process.
To turn the mod on or off click the fire button five times. The VEX 150 TC has a crisp, large (0.96”) OLED display that shows temperature or wattage (depending on which mode you’re in and the mode will be displayed above power or temp reading), voltage, coil resistance, amps and a dual battery meter. You can change the amp reading to display a puff counter or cumulative vape timer in the menu system.
The menu system also allows you to switch between variable wattage and temperature controls and to select the type of coil you’re using in temperature control mode. The VEX 150 TC will fire Kanthal coils in wattage mode with a resistance range of 0.1 – 3.5 ohm. In temperature control mode it will fire Nickel 200, Titanium or Stainless Steel coils with a resistance range of 0.05 – 1.5 ohm.
To enter the menu system press the fire button quickly three times. You’ll know you’ve successfully entered the menu when the mode begins to flash. Press the “+” button to switch between wattage, temperature and the TCR 120 sub menus. To choose your coil material in temperature control, enter that sub menu, then click the “-” button and the coil type will begin to flash. Press the “+” button to cycle between NI, TI and SS316. When you’ve highlighted your desired coil material press the “-” button again and the max wattage setting will begin to flash. Use the adjustment buttons to set it.
Press the “-” button again highlight the resistance setting. Press the “+” button to lock the base resistance of the coil. You should do this with the coil at room temperature. Press the “-” button one more time to highlight the amp display. When that starts to flash press the “+” button to change that display to the puff counter or cumulative vape timer.
The next sub menu is the TCR 120 memory setting menu, with three presets M1, M2 and M3. This functions the same way as the temperature control menu as far as settings. The final sub menu sets the VEX TC 150 to power mode. In this menu the only adjustment you can make is to that bottom line of the display.
Once you’ve selected your mode and if necessary coil material, you can adjust wattage or temperature with the “-” and “+” buttons. The VEX 150 is smart enough to recognize a Kanthal coil so that even if you’ve set the mod to temperature control, if you have a Kanthal coil attached it will default back to variable wattage mode.
The wattage range on the VaporFi VEX 150 TC is 1 – 150 watts with adjustments in 0.1 watt increments. In temperature control mode the range is 200° F – 600° F in 10° increments and 100° C – 315° C in 5° increments.
You can lock the adjustments by pressing on both of the adjustment buttons at the same. The display will read “Key Lock.” Unlock it the same way. Enter and exit stealth mode by pressing both the “-” and fire buttons. To check your settings in stealth mode quickly click the fire button. While vaping the volt reading will switch to a timer.
I attached an Eleaf MELO 2 tank with a Titanium coil to the VaporFi VEX 150 TC and set the mode to Temperature TI and the temperature to 400° F. The VEX fired immediately and vapor production, even at that relatively low temp setting, was more than satisfactory. I upped the temperature to 430° F and then to 450° F. With each increase in temperature vapor and flavor production increased as did the warmth of the vapor itself.
I’m very impressed with this initial performance of the VEX 150 TC. I can’t wait to try it with a SMOK TFV8 tank attached. I’ll be using the VaporFi VEX 150 TC extensively for the next week or two and then coming back with a full, in-depth review. If you follow Seven Report on Twitter or Facebook you’ll find out that way when the review is live.
Thanks to VaporFi for providing the VEX 150 TC for review. VaporFi is a long time review product supplier and advertiser. Find out more about the VEX 150 TC and order one here.