Joyetech eGrip OLED
Today I will be looking at the Joyetech eGrip OLED CL personal vaporiser.
There are in fact two versions of this device, the CL version I am reviewing and a CS version as well.
The difference is the type of coil heads you use in them, the CL uses the Ego One CL heads, the CS uses the same coil heads as the previous eGrip had.
The eGrip comes in a fairly standard cardboard box with foam insert to protect the device.
Inside there is the device, a tool, spare head (one is pre-installed), charger (for your particular outlet type) and usb lead to charge with.
The tool is to unscrew the head cover and adjust the airflow.
A view from the top of the device, with its included drip tip. The device is available in wood, chrome, silver, black and camo finishes. This one is the silver which has a matte body and polished top and bottom.
The included drip tip is removable.
This will allow you to replace it with your own if this type (and bore) isn’t to your liking.
The drip tip fits into a standard sized hole in the top of the device.
The device features a regulated variable wattage range of 8-30watts, controlled by the ring around the firing button. They suggest not exceeding 20watts on the coil heads, only on the RBA (which is sadly not included).
It can do 2-8volts.
From the side we can see the integral glass tank, which will hold about 3.6ml of juice. The device has an internal 1500mAh battery.
On the same side there is the device logo ‘eGrip OLED’ and just below that is a small screw. This adjusts the air flow.
On the other side there is the Joyetech brand logo.
On the opposite side to the fire button/control wheel, there is a fill port.
Opening it can be done with the tool or a fingernail. Inside it has a pair of holes, one to fill with and the other to let the air pressure back out as you fill. On the fill port door we can see there is a rubber seal that stops liquid leaking back out once it is closed.
On the bottom, as well as the USB charging port, we have the head cover. Here we can change the head by unscrewing the cover with the tool.
Inside the head cover there is the chimney that the vapor passes through to the drip tip.
And, the head cover with the coil head inserted. This is the CS version, the CL essentially the same (they are not compatible/interchangeable though) other than the coil head.
To change the head, you just unscrewed the coil head and screw in the new one.
These are the heads, the two on the left are the CS and the two on the right the CL.
As I said above, the eGrip, heads and head base can not be swapped around. The CS eGrip, CS base and CS heads will not work with the CL counterparts.
The CL version uses eGo One heads, which are ‘adapted’ with these silicon grommets. There are four of these (one on each coil head and two spares) included, I have no idea how long they would last.
The menu system is typical of these sort of devices, the dial turns power up and down instead of buttons doing the same.
The fire button does the rest. 5 clicks on or off, and 3 clicks to swap between volts and watts mode.
So, opinions ….
The original was great, this is a good update to that device.
This thing is tiny, measuring in at just 46.4mm width and 20.4mm thick with a height of 99.5mm with the drip tip (74.5 without). For a complete solution that is a great size.
It is not heavy either, at just 190grammes, and that is including the 1500mAh internal battery and the 3.6ml liquid (its max capacity) I had in it.
It is a good vape as well, I take this out as a ‘mobile’ device and the vape quality/quantity is perfectly adequate.
Air flow adjustment is there but I just left it at its default position and was more than happy with the vape.
The finish and looks are nice although I personally find the drip tip a bit too long and so replaced it with a shorter one.
The tool is a nice touch to include but I tend to just use a small coin (we all have one in a pocket) to open the head cover and replace the head. On that subject, I use a custard liquid most of the time and a head has lasted a weeks worth of heavy use without the need to replace it.
30 watts is more than adequate, and much more than that and the heads wouldn’t keep up, it is more than enough power for this style (clearo) of atomiser.
1ohms (1.5ohms in the CS) works well in the device although I found myself asking if some vapers might like a little more choice to get their preference of hit/warmth.
If I had to be overly negative I would say the cost of head replacement (which any clearo user is used to) and the overly long (for me) drip tip where the only places that this device didn’t excite me.
One thing I think Joyetech missed is, they have made a RBA head for the original eGrip and it would have made a damned good extra to find in this kit. I was quite sad to not find it in there.
For some real excitement and joy, the addition of the Joyetech temperature control would be great. Maybe hard to include that in something this small.
Overall I really enjoyed this device and it is now my driving mod of choice. Prices have not yet been officially announced, but I expect $70/63euros to be where it starts.