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GeekVape NOVA 200W TC Kit – [A Beginner’s Review] https://ift.tt/2vY1WiG

Intro

About Me

Hi, /r/electronic_cigarette community. I've been lurking (and trying to participate) here for almost a month and am going to try a different tack with this product review. Since I am completely new to vaping, my insight (by default) is going to be that of a newbie. i.e. this isn't even going to be an 'average' review (as /u/darkDeluge does), but one that is from the perspective of someone just starting out. I did not rush to write this review; I felt two weeks with the product was a reasonable amount of time to get familiar with it, and figure out what I like and what I don't like. I consider myself a flavor chaser; the main features/performance that I'm looking for is good flavor. I don't really care for impressive/excessive vapor production.

Product Disclaimer

I received this from GeekVape as a winner of their Giveaway that was hosted here on /r/electronic_cigarette. This is a sample product and therefore may not be identical to the final retail product that is released.

Pics

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The Review

What's In the Box (!?!?)

  • GeekVape NOVA mod
  • GeekVape Cerberus sub-ohm tank with bubble glass (5.5mL)
  • SuperMesh coil 0.2Ω KA1 (installed)
  • Spare straight-sided glass (4mL)
  • Spare SuperMesh coil 0.2Ω KA1
  • Spare o-rings
  • Flat mini-USB cable

Specs – NOVA Mod

  • 52.3×25.15×88 (L x W x H mm) mod only
  • 119 (g) mod only (no atty, no batteries)
  • 208 (g) mod with batteries installed (Samsung 25R)

Specs – Cerberus Subohm Tank

  • 27×46.8 (dia. x H mm)
  • Delrin(?) 810 drip tip (shorty/low-profile)
  • 1/4 turn top cap for fill access
  • Smooth (no 'clicks') airflow control base – it does have stops at full open and full closed

Usage

  • Power on – 5x Fire button
  • Power off – 5x Fire button
  • Mode selection – 3x Fire button
  • Stealth mode – Fire button & (+) & (-) buttons

Build

NOVA Mod

The body is primarily aluminum alloy with resin panels that are textured (ribbed, but 'irregular,' almost like hand-scraped hardwood.) The edges of the mod are not rounded or contoured for ergonomics, but it's small enough (in my hands) that it's not a huge issue. I did feel the need to readjust it in my hand because gripping it in one position does tend to get uncomfortable. The ridges on the resin panel do make a nice 'fidget' surface while repositioning the mod, but I'd prefer a better feel in the hand. I like the aesthetic and feel of the brushed aluminum alloy construction, and the resin panels look great and the texture is one of my favorite aspects of the design. It's lightweight, but with batteries installed it feels solid. The battery door does not fit snugly, though; it's not 'loose', but it can be pushed/slid a little bit when installed on the mod. I'm not sure if this has to do with the fact that it's a flat magnetic cover. My only point of comparison is a Wismec RX200, which has a 'cupped' battery door and this has absolutely no wiggle room.

It would have been nice if both panels were removable so they could be switched out, but only the battery plate side is removable.

The 510 connector has a spring-loaded, gold-plated positive pin. It is positioned off-center, and the baseline is elliptical. I didn't really see the point of the baseplate shape, and it just seems weird.

The (+) and (-) buttons have brushed surfaces and have excellent tactile feedback. The fire button has concentric ridges on its surface, which look and feel nice, but I found the button to be a bit 'squishy' at times. I would have liked something with a more defined clickiness (you can see clearly how technical I get!)

Cerberus Tank

Stainless steel and glass…pretty standard stuff. 810 drip tip that is a shorty/low-profile, which I'm not a huge fan of. Clean threads throughout and everything fits together very well. The bottom airflow ring and the top cap are both facted, which makes them easy to grip, and also looks nice.

The bottom airflow ring has stops at full open and full closed, but other than that there are no detentes. The rotation of the ring was pretty stiff out of the box, but this loosened up a bit pretty quickly and it has a good amount of resistance now where it is easier to turn, but will stay in place.

Airflow was smooth, but seemed to get a bit whistle-y at anything less than half-open.

The top fill ports are accessed by removing the top cap, which is just a quarter-turn. The ports sit flush with the surface of the chimney cap – I would have liked to see a lip around the outer edge – and they are on the small side. Definitely expect a mess with any droppers, and plan on being careful even with unicorn tips. I guess the advantage of no lip is that you can easily wipe anything that spills without juice (or cleaning material) getting caught inside the lip.

Operation

Mod

The mod has all the operation modes you'd expect in a box mod:

  • Wattage
  • TC-SS
  • TC-Ti
  • TC-Ni(200)
  • TC-TCR
  • VPC (Curve mode)
  • Bypass

The mod powers on and off very quickly. It also fires very quickly (quicker than I'm used to – while trying to turn it off it would fire; I hadn't experienced that before).

Wattage is selectable in 0.1W increments from 5-100W, and then in 1W increments up to 200W. It does wrap around.

Temperature is selectable in 5° increments from 200-600°F or 100-315°C. It does wrap around, and switches temperature scales. And you can adjust wattage in Temperature mode as well; 1W increments from 5-200W and it wraps around here, too.

The TC-SS/Ti/Ni modes display the TCR values for the different materials. It is not adjustable, but it's nice to show you what the mod is using and could be a helpful guide for dialing in the TCR value in TC-TCR mode.

TC-TCR mode allows selection of Temperature, Wattage, and TCR (0010-5000 in increments of 1). I was used to using my Wismec RX200, which has three TCR modes, each with a selectable TCR (range was 0001 to 0999, though).value. The trade-off is that you can't select the TCR value from within that mode, though. This is just a personal preference, but I feel like it would be more practical to have presets that correspond to the attys/coils that I currently have in rotation versus changing the TCR value 'on-the-fly.' Again, this is purely personal preference, and I think mods tend to implement TCR modes this way rather than how the RX200 has it. It caters more to people that are all over the place with TCR values that would regularly need to switch between more than three different values…

The VPC mode has 5 set points, but there isn't anything to indicate the time increments. Going by the information I've found on the Aegis, I assume they are 1 second increments.

The screen is very bright (adjustable brightness – Fire button along with the (+) or (-) button) and also has different and also has a few color/shade options. The brightness I find useful – it also has a stealth mode. The color/shade options are more of a novelty, and not that great of a novelty at that – there are only three colors, and two of them looj like just different shades of blue. It dims after 10 seconds, and then goes to sleep after another ~7 seconds. I didn't see a way to change these timeout values.

The mod displays two battery meters, but this seems to be more of an aesthetic that reflects the overall/combined voltage(?) of the inserted cells rather than that of the individual cells. This is based on a quick 'test' I did where I swapped the cells, but the battery meter levels did not swap (left/right).

This uses a similar chip as the Aegis Legend, I believe, so performance should be more or less identical. Unfortunately this would include the (reportedly) less-than-stellar TC performance. Please note *I don't** have a way to test TC accuracy, consistency, or stability.*

Vaping

This is going to be pretty short and sweet. This vapes awesome. As many people throughout the community have mentioned, mesh coils produce excellent flavor. They also burn through juice pretty quickly, but I'm fine with juice consumption going up 20% (this is a made-up figure) if the corresponding flavor increase is 45% (this, too, is a made-up number).

Product Information

This section has general information about the product that is irrespective of my opinion. (I kept on interjecting with my opinion, so here is general information about the product, with some editorializing.)

Color Options

I received the Silver Flare NOVA mod color option, that is silver finish on the aluminum alloy portion, and the 'Flare' resin design, which is the most attractive resin option in my opinion (sorry, was supposed to keep opinion out of this section). It comes in seven other color options:

  • Black Flare (my favorite – sorry, there's my opinion again)
  • Gunmetal Cobalt (blue resin)
  • Gunmetal Ember (red resin)
  • Gunmetal Onyx (black resin)
  • Silver Cobalt
  • Silver Ember
  • Silver Onyx

In the kit, I received the SS Cerberus Subohm Tank. This also comes in blue, rainbow, black, and gunmetal. Opinion: Resin tanks are a thing, I hope Geekvape makes resin tanks available that match the resin color options of the mod panels.

Coil Compatibility

The Cerberus Subohm Tank is advertised as being compatible with "baby coils," which means there are quite a few coils that will work with this based on /u/DailyKnowledgeBomb's Coil Compatibility List.

The Super Mesh Coils are advertised as being compatible with the Aero Mesh Tank (which comes with the Aegis Legend Kit).

The Bottom Line

Likes

  • Looks gorgeous (IMO – I know people consider this a retro/throwback look, but I'm new to vaping and I like it!)
  • Powers on and fires extremely quickly
  • Cerberus tank/mesh coils have excellent flavor
  • Cerberus tank has excellent airflow
  • Cerberus tank has a wide range of compatible coils

Dislikes

  • 510 connector – weird aesthetic of elliptical base plate
  • Sometimes squishy Fire button
  • Drip tip is not my favorite, luckily I can pop in another 810.
  • Fill ports are prone to messes
  • Battery door has some wiggle room

Areas For Improvement

  • (Nitpicky) I would have preferred some TCR presets – but this may be a moot point as this might not really be a mod for TC performance.
  • (Nitpicky – but Geekvape I know you're listening!) I think the included drip tip (or an additional drip tip) should be matched to the resin design of the mod.

Recommendation

I'm still a newbie here (I think my time for using that excuse is quickly running out) so I feel pretty silly providing a recommendation. That being said, I think the NOVA mod is a good intro mod. Unfortunately there are a lot of good, dual 18650 mods that have a similar (if not identical) feature set, that also unfortunately don't have a whole lot to distinguish them from the pack. Everyone seems to be doing mesh coils, and everyone seems to include the whole gamut of operation modes, with TC-TCR and a 'power curve' mode seemingly the most recent additions. Just going through the last month or so shows how flooded the market is with dual 18650s (maybe this has always been the case, though):

  • Vaptio Capt'n
  • Sigelei Sobra
  • HCIGAR WildWolf
  • Snowwolf Mfeng
  • Kangertech XLUM
  • Rincoe Manto

EDIT: formatting

IntroAbout MeHi, /r/electronic_cigarette community. I’ve been lurking (and trying to participate) here for almost a month and am going to try a different tack with this product review. Since I am completely new to vaping, my insight (by default) is going to be that of a newbie. i.e. this isn’t even going to be an ‘average’ review (as /u/darkDeluge does), but one that is from the perspective of someone just starting out. I did not rush to write this review; I felt two weeks with the product was a reasonable amount of time to get familiar with it, and figure out what I like and what I don’t like. I consider myself a flavor chaser; the main features/performance that I’m looking for is good flavor. I don’t really care for impressive/excessive vapor production.Product DisclaimerI received this from GeekVape as a winner of their Giveaway that was hosted here on /r/electronic_cigarette. This is a sample product and therefore may not be identical to the final retail product that is released.Picsimgur albumThe ReviewWhat’s In the Box (!?!?)GeekVape NOVA modGeekVape Cerberus sub-ohm tank with bubble glass (5.5mL)SuperMesh coil 0.2Ω KA1 (installed)Spare straight-sided glass (4mL)Spare SuperMesh coil 0.2Ω KA1Spare o-ringsFlat mini-USB cableSpecs – NOVA Mod52.3×25.15×88 (L x W x H mm) mod only119 (g) mod only (no atty, no batteries)208 (g) mod with batteries installed (Samsung 25R)Specs – Cerberus Subohm Tank27x46.8 (dia. x H mm)Delrin(?) 810 drip tip (shorty/low-profile)1/4 turn top cap for fill accessSmooth (no ‘clicks’) airflow control base – it does have stops at full open and full closedUsagePower on – 5x Fire buttonPower off – 5x Fire buttonMode selection – 3x Fire buttonStealth mode – Fire button & (+) & (-) buttonsBuildNOVA ModThe body is primarily aluminum alloy with resin panels that are textured (ribbed, but ‘irregular,’ almost like hand-scraped hardwood.) The edges of the mod are not rounded or contoured for ergonomics, but it’s small enough (in my hands) that it’s not a huge issue. I did feel the need to readjust it in my hand because gripping it in one position does tend to get uncomfortable. The ridges on the resin panel do make a nice ‘fidget’ surface while repositioning the mod, but I’d prefer a better feel in the hand. I like the aesthetic and feel of the brushed aluminum alloy construction, and the resin panels look great and the texture is one of my favorite aspects of the design. It’s lightweight, but with batteries installed it feels solid. The battery door does not fit snugly, though; it’s not ‘loose’, but it can be pushed/slid a little bit when installed on the mod. I’m not sure if this has to do with the fact that it’s a flat magnetic cover. My only point of comparison is a Wismec RX200, which has a ‘cupped’ battery door and this has absolutely no wiggle room.It would have been nice if both panels were removable so they could be switched out, but only the battery plate side is removable.The 510 connector has a spring-loaded, gold-plated positive pin. It is positioned off-center, and the baseline is elliptical. I didn’t really see the point of the baseplate shape, and it just seems weird.The (+) and (-) buttons have brushed surfaces and have excellent tactile feedback. The fire button has concentric ridges on its surface, which look and feel nice, but I found the button to be a bit ‘squishy’ at times. I would have liked something with a more defined clickiness (you can see clearly how technical I get!)Cerberus TankStainless steel and glass…pretty standard stuff. 810 drip tip that is a shorty/low-profile, which I’m not a huge fan of. Clean threads throughout and everything fits together very well. The bottom airflow ring and the top cap are both facted, which makes them easy to grip, and also looks nice.The bottom airflow ring has stops at full open and full closed, but other than that there are no detentes. The rotation of the ring was pretty stiff out of the box, but this loosened up a bit pretty quickly and it has a good amount of resistance now where it is easier to turn, but will stay in place.Airflow was smooth, but seemed to get a bit whistle-y at anything less than half-open.The top fill ports are accessed by removing the top cap, which is just a quarter-turn. The ports sit flush with the surface of the chimney cap – I would have liked to see a lip around the outer edge – and they are on the small side. Definitely expect a mess with any droppers, and plan on being careful even with unicorn tips. I guess the advantage of no lip is that you can easily wipe anything that spills without juice (or cleaning material) getting caught inside the lip.OperationModThe mod has all the operation modes you’d expect in a box mod:WattageTC-SSTC-TiTC-Ni(200)TC-TCRVPC (Curve mode)BypassThe mod powers on and off very quickly. It also fires very quickly (quicker than I’m used to – while trying to turn it off it would fire; I hadn’t experienced that before).Wattage is selectable in 0.1W increments from 5-100W, and then in 1W increments up to 200W. It does wrap around.Temperature is selectable in 5° increments from 200-600°F or 100-315°C. It does wrap around, and switches temperature scales. And you can adjust wattage in Temperature mode as well; 1W increments from 5-200W and it wraps around here, too.The TC-SS/Ti/Ni modes display the TCR values for the different materials. It is not adjustable, but it’s nice to show you what the mod is using and could be a helpful guide for dialing in the TCR value in TC-TCR mode.TC-TCR mode allows selection of Temperature, Wattage, and TCR (0010-5000 in increments of 1). I was used to using my Wismec RX200, which has three TCR modes, each with a selectable TCR (range was 0001 to 0999, though).value. The trade-off is that you can’t select the TCR value from within that mode, though. This is just a personal preference, but I feel like it would be more practical to have presets that correspond to the attys/coils that I currently have in rotation versus changing the TCR value ‘on-the-fly.’ Again, this is purely personal preference, and I think mods tend to implement TCR modes this way rather than how the RX200 has it. It caters more to people that are all over the place with TCR values that would regularly need to switch between more than three different values…The VPC mode has 5 set points, but there isn’t anything to indicate the time increments. Going by the information I’ve found on the Aegis, I assume they are 1 second increments.The screen is very bright (adjustable brightness – Fire button along with the (+) or (-) button) and also has different and also has a few color/shade options. The brightness I find useful – it also has a stealth mode. The color/shade options are more of a novelty, and not that great of a novelty at that – there are only three colors, and two of them looj like just different shades of blue. It dims after 10 seconds, and then goes to sleep after another ~7 seconds. I didn’t see a way to change these timeout values.The mod displays two battery meters, but this seems to be more of an aesthetic that reflects the overall/combined voltage(?) of the inserted cells rather than that of the individual cells. This is based on a quick ‘test’ I did where I swapped the cells, but the battery meter levels did not swap (left/right).This uses a similar chip as the Aegis Legend, I believe, so performance should be more or less identical. Unfortunately this would include the (reportedly) less-than-stellar TC performance. Please note *I don’t** have a way to test TC accuracy, consistency, or stability.*VapingThis is going to be pretty short and sweet. This vapes awesome. As many people throughout the community have mentioned, mesh coils produce excellent flavor. They also burn through juice pretty quickly, but I’m fine with juice consumption going up 20% (this is a made-up figure) if the corresponding flavor increase is 45% (this, too, is a made-up number).Product InformationThis section has general information about the product that is irrespective of my opinion. (I kept on interjecting with my opinion, so here is general information about the product, with some editorializing.)Color OptionsI received the Silver Flare NOVA mod color option, that is silver finish on the aluminum alloy portion, and the ‘Flare’ resin design, which is the most attractive resin option in my opinion (sorry, was supposed to keep opinion out of this section). It comes in seven other color options:Black Flare (my favorite – sorry, there’s my opinion again)Gunmetal Cobalt (blue resin)Gunmetal Ember (red resin)Gunmetal Onyx (black resin)Silver CobaltSilver EmberSilver OnyxIn the kit, I received the SS Cerberus Subohm Tank. This also comes in blue, rainbow, black, and gunmetal. Opinion: Resin tanks are a thing, I hope Geekvape makes resin tanks available that match the resin color options of the mod panels.Coil CompatibilityThe Cerberus Subohm Tank is advertised as being compatible with “baby coils,” which means there are quite a few coils that will work with this based on /u/DailyKnowledgeBomb’s Coil Compatibility List.The Super Mesh Coils are advertised as being compatible with the Aero Mesh Tank (which comes with the Aegis Legend Kit).The Bottom LineLikesLooks gorgeous (IMO – I know people consider this a retro/throwback look, but I’m new to vaping and I like it!)Powers on and fires extremely quicklyCerberus tank/mesh coils have excellent flavorCerberus tank has excellent airflowCerberus tank has a wide range of compatible coilsDislikes510 connector – weird aesthetic of elliptical base plateSometimes squishy Fire buttonDrip tip is not my favorite, luckily I can pop in another 810.Fill ports are prone to messesBattery door has some wiggle roomAreas For Improvement(Nitpicky) I would have preferred some TCR presets – but this may be a moot point as this might not really be a mod for TC performance.(Nitpicky – but Geekvape I know you’re listening!) I think the included drip tip (or an additional drip tip) should be matched to the resin design of the mod.RecommendationI’m still a newbie here (I think my time for using that excuse is quickly running out) so I feel pretty silly providing a recommendation. That being said, I think the NOVA mod is a good intro mod. Unfortunately there are a lot of good, dual 18650 mods that have a similar (if not identical) feature set, that also unfortunately don’t have a whole lot to distinguish them from the pack. Everyone seems to be doing mesh coils, and everyone seems to include the whole gamut of operation modes, with TC-TCR and a ‘power curve’ mode seemingly the most recent additions. Just going through the last month or so shows how flooded the market is with dual 18650s (maybe this has always been the case, though):Vaptio Capt’nSigelei SobraHCIGAR WildWolfSnowwolf MfengKangertech XLUMRincoe MantoEDIT: formatting

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