Joyetech eGrip VT
Now Joyetech add a variable temperature control version to the successful series of eGrips.
The Joyetech eGrip VT arrives in a familiar looking cardboard box, the same as the previous versions (apart from the ‘Variable Temperature’ note at the bottom).
Inside the Joyetech eGrip VT is resting (albeit a little off-angle) in a protective foam insert.
Below the insert are the accessories/spares included. We have a user guide, warranty card, two spare coils, some spare o-ring seals, a ‘multi-tool’ and the USB lead.
The kit includes 3 coils in total. A regular 1.0ohm coil (black o-ring, shown on the right) which is usually pre-installed, a 0.4ohm titanium coil (red o-ring, shown on the left) and finally a 0.2ohm nickel coil (blue o-ring, not shown).
I have removed the pre-installed 1.0ohm coil and installed the nickel one to test the temperature control of the device.
The Joyetech eGrip VT is available in a choice of rose gold, black, white, dark grey, red or cyan colours. I was fortunate enough to have been sent both the white and the cyan versions for you to see.
For existing eGrip owners there is nothing new to see here, it still has the clear window to see your liquid level, the fill port flap, variable airflow screw, USB charging port and the coil base (to insert new coils).
The drip tip has been improved, now has a wider bore to it and a flanged base to stabilise it in place more.
The controls are still a ‘jog-wheel’ design which you can twist for up and down functions and press the centre to ‘click’ a menu or fire the device.
Here is a better view of that fill port, it has a rubber seal and two fill holes below. The larger hole lets you fill the device, whilst the smaller hole lets the air out as you fill.
Here is a better picture of the improved bore of that drip tip.
But, below it we find another new feature of the design. The drip tip base now has a ‘slot’ in it.
Using the ‘multi-tool’ the air tube and drip tip base can now be completely removed.
This allows for the device to be rinsed out more easily than previous eGrip versions.
The coil base unscrews from the device (with a coin or the included ‘multi-tool’) quite easily and allows the coil to be changed.
The coil screws into the base and has an addition seal that sits on the top end of the coil to seal it to the air tube when installed.
The coil base the screws back into the device until it sits flush with the device base.
The menu system is essentially the same. A ‘jog wheel’ can be turned to increase or decrease a value whilst the centre can be pressed to select a function or fire the device.
5 clicks of the button will turn the device on (or off) and 3 clicks (whilst on) will change the mode of the device between watts, temperature for nickel and temperature for titanium.
Whilst vaping under watts mode you can turn the ‘jog wheel’ to increase or decrease the wattage output.
Whilst vaping in either of the temperature modes the ‘jog wheel’ will increase or decrease the maximum temperature allowed.
The device can display (and regulate) in either Fahrenheit or Celsius (changing is done by scrolling passed the F to C or passed the C to F).
Temperature control ranges are 200-600F or 100-315C.
Wattage can be changed between 5-30 watts.
The Joyetech eGrip VT features a 3.6ml liquid capacity, 1500mah internal battery and can use 0.2 too 1.0ohm coils in variable temperature mode and 0.4 to 3.5ohm coils in variable wattage mode.
The device measures 46.4 x 20.4 x 99.5 mm. That is including the quite long drip tip which can be replaced with any standard drip tip in your collection (including a shorter one if you wish).
It weighs 188grams, with a full tank of liquid in it.
So, opinions time …
I was (and still am) a major fan of the original eGrip, they improved upon it with the eGrip OLED with the nice addition of the display.
This new eGrip is even better, I have long believed in the added vape quality and improved safety of temperature controlled vaping and this addition to the eGrip is very welcome.
Joyetech have a good track record with the function and accuracy of their temperature control systems in vaping, the eGrip follows this record with good, accurate and satisfying vaping at your chosen temperature.
The controls are simple and easy to use, if a little different using a ‘jog wheel’ rather than the traditional up and down buttons. Users of previous eGrip devices should be familiar with this control method and adapt with ease. New users should also have little difficulty in adapting either.
The build quality of the eGrip series has not changed, or needed to in my opinion, since it first arrived. It is a small and well made device.
One big change that users of older eGrip devices will like is the removable centre air tube. Whilst I never really struggled with cleaning them before, this removable part does make it a lot easier to both rinse through and dry. It has been a regular complaint from some users and now Joyetech have answered that criticism.
Joyetech suggest a retail price of £60, $76.50, €75.80 for the eGrip VT, as usual you might be able to find it cheaper if you shop around.