Now that I have mine, I was curious if there were any significant changes to the device…besides the fact it is made of stainless steel. Instead of doing a full out review, I thought I would highlight the similarities and differences.
Stainless Steel VTube
Here is my original review on the Lavatube variable voltage device.
Similarities of the all new stainless VTube and the original VTube, or Lavatube
- Amperage limit is still at 2.5.
- Voltage recorded by atomizer/cartomizer Ohms specifications are the same.
- Controlling the device has not changed.
- Buttons are still plastic.
- Flat top batteries (18650) are still required.
- Display has not changed.
Differences between the all new stainless steel VTube and the original VTube, or Lavatube
- Stainless version has a much more solid feel to it.
- Threading is much better, though I still recommend using Noalox, or something similar on them.
- Button rattle is more perceivable when handling the device.
- The stainless version is a fingerprint magnet.
- Newly designed atty/carto connector that now accepts eGo type cartomizers.
- Revamped design of the top and bottom caps.
- Draw is lighter, or airier.
- Activation button on my stainless VTube seems “touchier”. I have to ensure I am pressing hard, or it may not fire everytime.
What does all this mean?
I prefer the solid feel and heft the stainless steel version of the VTube or Lavatube has.
The threading and end cap is much better constructed than the original plastic cap. The bottom cap on my original Lavatube didn’t last a week before needing a replacement.
The revised top connector to be able to accept eGo type cartomizers and tanks may appeal to many. In my case, I actually prefer the original design. The draw was much tighter, and I would not top a variable voltage device with a cartomizer or tank made for an eGo anyway.
Can you see my fingerprints?
The newly released stainless steel edition of the VTube (Lavatube) is a much better constructed…and looking device from the original aluminum. Even with the quirks I don’t necessarily need or want, I prefer this adaptation for sure!
- Construction – Body is made of stainless steel.
- Simplicity- The controls are simple to use.
- Price – A very reasonable price for a variable volt device constructed of stainless steel.
- Buttons – Are still made of plastic, long term use dependability is unknown.
Final Words on the stainless VTube from Apollo Electronic Cigarettes
Website: Apollo Electronic Cigarettes
- Name: Stainless Steel VTube
- Price: $104.95 (kit)
- Type: Variable Volt adjustable from 3.0v – 6.0v
- Battery: Uses one 18650 Flat Nosed IMR High Drain Battery
- Connector Type: 510
- Body: Constructed from stainless steel.
- Warranty: One year for manufacturing defects.
- Short Circuit/Atomizer Protection. The VTube can recognize an atomizer with too low of a resistance for the current voltage setting and will drop the voltage to 3.7v to protect both the battery and atomizer. If the atomizer is too low or shorted out it will shut off power to the device to protect the VTube from being damaged.
- Battery Monitoring/Over-Discharge Protection – The device will monitor the battery voltage and automatically turn off when the battery is discharged, preventing damage to the battery by overly depleting it.
- Reverse Battery protection
- 10 second cut off time protection.
Though the stainless steel VTube, or Lavatube cost more than the original constructed from aluminum, it’s worth it.