!!COMING SOON TO THE Vapor4Life LINEUP!!
THE VAPOR ZEUS
I'm sure by now you have all heard about Vapor4Life's new mod, the Vapor Zeus. There has been a lot of speculation, some agitation, and a couple of videos out there which leave more questions than answers. One thing I do know, we are all very excited for its eminent release! What you may not know, is that through the grace and generosity of the folks at Vapor4Life, and BHam in particular, I was given the opportunity to preview and test drive this "revolutionary" new mod. For that, please let me pause a moment and say thank you...
Warning: I can be a long-winded SOB at times, and this is going to be one of those times. There will be a review in here somewhere, but to give you a good idea of where I am coming from in my review, I feel it is necessary to give you some background. This will not be a tech-heavy review, I couldn't give it justice in that area, and besides, Morandir will cover that better than anyone can! This review will be from a somewhat novice mod-user's perspective. I promise to get a video review up soon as well, so if you don't like to read long posts, you can always wait for the movie!
Those of you who know me here on the forum know that, compared to most of you, I am still a novice vaper. I started my vaping journey in mid-December of last year. Through the encouragement and sound advice of one of my closest friends, I endeavored to make the switch from analogs to vaping, and I jumped in with both feet! My first experience with vaping was using the OMG All Day mod with a 6ml tank full of 24mg WOWbacco and a 1.5ohm carto. It quite literally blew my mind. I had no idea that the flavor, enjoyment, and satisfaction of puffing on my beloved (and very expensive) cigars could be replaced so completely with an e-cig-type device...
Like all of my hobbies (most of which could be considered "vice"), once my initial interest is piqued, I researched the heck out of it. I dove into this and other forums with a voracity some may consider a mild madness. I started ordering tanks, pre-filled cartos, and e-liquids. I then got my wife hooked, and because she likes them, ordered stick batteries in manual and auto. I back-tracked from the OMG in search of a more "stealthy" and compact unit, but found the stick batteries lacked the vapor production necessary to satisfy my cigar-minded cravings. I even remember posting somewhere on the forum that I wished Vapor4Life would come out with a more "cigar" like mod with a drip tip I could "bite and gnaw on". You know how it is when you switch from analogs: you are in search of something which most closely matches the tactile feel and "full" experience of your old analog choice, not just the vapor production and throat-hit...So I went back to my OMG, and I still do love it.
Then, by chance, I entered a Vapor4Life contest and won a Dial-A-Volt. To be fair, I don't think I would have ordered a DAV on my own. At the time, I just didn't get the whole "variable volt" scene. However, when it did arrive, I decided to give the DAV a fair shake, and I'm glad I did! I absolutely fell in love with it, (I think I may have mentioned this once or twice here on the forum...) and much like my experience with the OMG, I was convinced that NOTHING could top the DAV. Then there was the Auto DAV...and again the pattern repeated itself: Get new mod; love new mod; become convinced that nothing can be greater than new mod; get new-new mod, rinse and repeat...
Then, one day, I got a vape-mail package that, yet again, blew my freaking mind! I remember opening each little box and saying over and over again in a most reverent whisper: "Wow!" "Wow!" "Wow!" I won't bore you with the details, but it went on like that for at least the first 15 minutes...The first thing that I noticed was the quality of the device. This is nothing new where Vapor4Life is concerned. One look at the OMG or DAV lineup and you know that these mods are well-built, quality machines.
The next thing that caught my attention (and held it…and still holds it) was the drip-tip. The DT which comes with the Zeus’ cartos is, IMHO,( and speaking from a purely cigar-obsessed perspective) revolutionary. The exterior is a firm and yet pliable silicone, which, right out of the box, has a most foul taste. Do NOT let that discourage you; it didn’t me: I simply rinsed the silicone tip in some alcohol and voila`! no more foul taste. The interior is a solid metal piece onto which the silicone outer shell firmly seats. This combination lends the tip the unique ability to be comfortably bitten upon and held in the teeth. Into the Zeus’ DT, Vapor4Life has engineered a most near-perfect replica of the experience of biting on my favorite stogie. And for that I tip my hat to you, good sirs and madams!
Moving right along, we come to one of a pair of the coolest features which the Zeus so rightfully touts: the dual mode switch. The Zeus takes away the age old dilemma: “Do I get an auto or manual battery?” With the Zeus one no longer has to choose. The conveniently located button high on the battery toward the carto, when pressed 5 times converts this lovable machine from manual to auto, and if you like, back again. The button is also back lit with a subtle LED. (mine is green).
The second in the “coolest features” category for the Zeus is the pass-thru port on the end of the battery. Just as one no longer has to decide “auto” or “manual”, one no longer has to settle for a stick batty PT. When plugged in via the USB/PT cable, the Zeus is not only acting like a PT, but is being charged as well. I use the PT cable when sitting in my favorite EZ chair working on my computer (as a matter of fact, I’m vaping on my Zeus in PT/Auto mode right now…) and when I’m driving down the road.
Want all day battery life? You Got It! This thing will literally go all day! I am talking 10-12 hours to the “blink”! (yes, the full Auto version does have a very small, and very surreptitious white LED on the tip just above the USB/PT port) While charging the LED is red; when charged the LED is green. Long charging time? Forget About It!! You can plug the Zeus into your PT/USB cable and from the “blink” it only takes 3.5 hours to charge! Don’t have your USB adapter? No problem, just screw the Zeus onto the Slim Line Charger. This method will take 12 to 16 hours depending, though.
The cartos that came with my “test” Vapor Zeus are 3.5ml, Single Coil, 2.5ohm cartos, and on the 5v Zeus battery, they kick like the proverbial mule. The vapor production is nothing short of amazing. When I was testing the Zeus for the very first time, I was puffing away at the kitchen table and my wife came into the kitchen; she almost lost it, accusing me of going back to those “damned ol’ stogies!” due to the tremendous volume of vapor hanging in the air all around my head! All the flavors I have tried (as of this post over 20 flavors) interact well with the Zeus cartos (aka 'Smileomizers'), and the 5 volt output.
I have been intentionally somewhat abusive to my Zeus (while watching the sky for errant lightning bolts) to see how the unit will hold up. Over the past 28+ days I have dropped it, sat upon it, carried it in my pocket, soaked the cartos in 100 proof, washed them and spun them dry. I have filled them and refilled them I don’t know how many times…and the Zeus works as good tonight as it did right out of the box. I keep waiting and dreading the day when one of the 2 cartos I was sent starts to leak or burn out on me, but it has not yet happened. Thank Zeus!
The Vapor Zeus, as of now, comes in two colors: the cigar wrapper we are familiar with from the Titan Soft Touch series, and matt black (also Soft Touch). I love this feature as well.
What don’t I like about the Zeus? I really can’t point to anything just yet that I don’t like about this unit. I foresee some possible problems with the (my beloved) drip tip. I am concerned about the longevity of the silicone exterior; however, I am a heavy gnawsher (an actual word? Sure, if I say it is…) and have not yet begun to wear it out. Also, I would like to see some sort of cover or “plug” for the USB port on the end. I carry my Zeus in my shirt or side pants pocket and lint buildup and foreign debris has become an issue. For those worried about the weight of the Zeus: don’t be. It is comparable to the Auto DAV with a 3.5ml tank.
My overall view of this unit is hands down “Two Thumbs UP!” It’s my go-to for all-day vaping. I have a hard time setting it aside to enjoy my new Auto DAV! My advice to you is to definitely get one of these as soon as it becomes available. Steve Milin’s vision of the supreme ruler of all mods has truly come to fruition! Well done, sir!
Darin M. McFarland