Joyetech Ocular C
This week I am taking a look at the Joyetech Ocular C, a dual 18650 device with a touch screen control system.
The Joyetech Ocular C arrives, like all current Joyetech devices, in a white box with a clear picture of the device on the cover.
Inside we find a large device with a huge screen on it, the Joyetech Ocular C.
Under the device there is also a USB charge/update cable with a warranty card and a large user guide (with colour illustrations).
And here we have the beast that is the Joyetech Ocular C.
On the top is the obligatory 510 connector, stainless steel threaded and with a brass positive pin that is self adjusting.
On the ‘left hand’ side is the USB port for charging and upgrading the device firmware, below that is a 3.5mm jack socket for headphones.
Yes, you can use this device as a MP3 player.
At the top of the opposite side is a large, smooth, flat, stainless steel fire button.
There are no menu up and down buttons at all on this device.
The back is plain and unadorned, just a nice brushed finish on this stainless steel version of the device.
It is also available in a black or a grey version.
On the base of the device is the battery door. This is opened by pushing the centre ‘switch’ and the flap opens.
Inside there is room for a pair of 18650 batteries, clearly marked (both on the door and down the tubes) with the orientation the batteries should be installed with.
Under the very bright studio lighting the display (even on its maximum brightness) is all but invisible.
With regular lighting it is more than readable, although I would think that in bright summer sun it would be hard to read.
Taken directly from the Joyetech site, here are a few specs for the Joyetech Ocular C
Mod size: 32.00*45.00*91.50mm
Screen type: 1.68 inch TFT/CTP(Capacity Touch Panel) Screen
Resolution: 320*240 dpi
Output wattage: 1-150W(will be available to upgrade to 200W)
Output mode: VW/VT(Ni, Ti, SS316)/TCR Mode
Resistance range: 0.05-1.5ohm for VT/TCR mode
0.1-3.5ohm for VW mode
Temperature range: 100-315°C/ 200-600°F
Memory capacity: 2GB
We saw earlier that the device has no menu buttons but does have a giant screen. It is with this touch sensitive (capacitive) screen that all the menus and features are controlled.
With the main display you can change mode, increase and decrease the power and access a hoard of settings and features.
The display is quite good at detecting your touches reliably, one annoyance would be the locked screen. Whilst locked (by a tap of the padlock in the top left corner) any touches at all will display a big ‘unlock’ bar across the screen. This bar is to indicate the device is locked and how to unlock it with a left to right swipe.
Settings are accessed by a down swipe of the finger, there are a mass of settings available which if you want to see more about you can find in the manual.
Joyetech Ocular C user guide PDF
The device also features an MP3 player.
It has a suggested retail price of $139 (149€)
So, opinions …
Firstly, aesthetically the Ocular C is very pleasing. Sure it is a little bulky and could be a bit lighter, but other than the (in my opinion pointless) 3.5mm headphone socket, it is smooth and neatly finished with the lovely brushed surface.
Mechanical operation is fantastic, the battery door is spot on and the 510 socket (with the self adjusting positive) is smooth and easy to thread an atomiser onto.
As far as the vaping technology is concerned I couldn’t be happier with it, everything works and works well. From the huge power output to the precise temperature regulation there is little to be unhappy with here.
Where I become less than happy is with the 3.5mm socket and the ‘bonus’ features of the device. Basically I can see absolutely no point in an MP3 player on a vaping device, if a person wanted music they would have a smartphone or ‘ipod’ type device already. This becomes more of an issue for me as I feel that removing the extra, un-needed features would reduce the size (and hence the weight) of the device. If only the 3.5mm socket was gone, we would surely get a thinner device.
The only other thing that bothered me with the device could easily be fixed in a firmware update, and I hope they do.
When the user wants to lock the device (and you will need to else every touch of the screen will tweak settings) they merely need to touch the padlock icon in the top left corner. This locks the device and prevents unwanted edits to the system. Unlocking is not, as I would prefer, a second touch of the padlock but a swipe from left to right.This is where I get frustrated as every single time you touch the screen whilst locked a big bar (shown in the screen photos above) appears and blocks out a lot of the screen info for several seconds. Why oh why does this exist, surely as a locked warning they could just flash the padlock and a long tap there would unlock it.
OK, to be fair to Joyetech, perhaps they considered that a user might unlock my suggested method by mistake and the swipe was ‘safer’. They could be right but I don’t like the bar across my screen every touch when locked.
I am of course being really fussy with the 3.5mm socket and lock bar issues and in reality the device does what it needs to and does it well. Not to mention it looks really nice.
Overall I like the Joyetech Ocular C and have enjoyed using it a lot. There is little in the vaping market with touch tech and this device is how it should be done.