An advanced personal vaporizer (APV) is one of the leading stars of the massive electronic cigarette market. In this form, an e cig takes on a muscular appearance far removed from the mini cigs of your first puffs, such as the Volt or Cigavette. If you own a good one, performance is equally strong. What you missed in a mini cig is available in an APV. Learn more about this type of device, how to choose one, and where to find it.
What are Advanced Personal Vaporizers?
An APV is distinctive from mini cigs and even eGos in two ways. One is power. You can enjoy over 1000 mAh of power, even 2600 mAh. That is about 10 times the capability of a cigalike (V2 Cigs, Green Smoke, Halo G6, Volcano Magma, etc.).
The other difference is control. A mini cig is usually powered by an unregulated battery. After charging the battery, it releases power at its highest voltage and power slowly drops, which is when voltage and heat are also reduced. Slowly but surely your e cig produces less vapor, which is also cooler than on a full charge.
An APV is regulated. You can adjust the voltage output of your device while using it, usually by pressing a button. Sometimes the wattage can also be regulated. Another factor affecting how hot your vapor is pertains to resistance. Low resistance atomizers burn hotter at whatever voltage you choose than high resistance atomizers. An APV is designed to be used with a variety of resistance levels and clearomizers or tanks which can be rebuilt or swapped over, changing resistance (measured in ohms).
Reading the Details
So how can you be sure you achieved the voltage you chose? With a Spinner-style battery there is no screen. APVs are built with digital screens that display everything at the press of a button.
Find out the voltage and possible wattage of your battery. Read the resistance and even how many puffs you have taken. A few devices display how hot your battery is so you know if it is time to give the device a rest lest it overheat and melt.
A battery is vulnerable to many accidents of energy, and so is your atomizer. Put the battery in wrong way around, for instance, and you could blow the whole thing. Over-charging the battery could wreck it too. APVs typically feature built-in battery protection.
Varieties of APVs
Several mini cig companies have developed advanced models which are designed to support their mini cig customers into the next level of vaping without losing their business. Apollo has one (the VTube), VaporZone sells the Rebel, V2 Cigs will soon release their Pro Series 7 and 9 with variable voltage (relatives of the newly released Series 3), and Volcano Cigs carries the LavaTube.
Numerous brands are not associated with mini cigs at all but with eGo, 510, or VV batteries such as JoyeTech, Innokin, Smok, and Sigelei. JoyeTech makes one of the most exciting APVs on the market today: the eVic. Using a battery-to-computer USB port, you can download information from built-in software to track the way you use your APV.
Innokin makes several APVs, including the MVP 2.0 box mod. It looks like a walkie-talkie, but that piece jutting up is a screw thread for your iClear clearomizer. Usually these devices cost around $60 to $70. An eVic sells for $95 to $110.
The Provari from Provape is a favorite of e cig commentators for its reliable performance and durable build. The Cool Fire by Innokin is just so much fun to talk about because of its resemblance to a hand grenade.
The Smok Ace Mod is a tube-style APV. So is the Provari and eVic. Tubes are more common than box mods or strangely-shaped devices.
Where to Buy an APV
You have three choices of vendor. One is the brand website where you usually buy mini cigs. Volcano, V2 Cigs, and VaporZone all sell their items directly. VaporZone and Volcano E Cigs also run physical shops where you can walk in, look at the device, get a tutorial, and buy it on the spot (if the item you want is in stock). Finally, there are general retailers selling products online and in stores. These include MadVapes, AltSmoke, Vapor Beast, and more.
Which Is Better?
There is a risk that buying devices from general retailers leaves you vulnerable to fraud. A number of companies sell knock-offs, which do not come with a warranty. When the device you are buying seems too cheap to be any good, it is probably a clone. The insides might not be properly wired and the outside might be fragile. Pay the right money to get what you want.
An even better idea is to read lots of reviews whether you are buying from a brand site or an online vape shop like MadVapes, etc. The companies named above have been around for a while and have reputations they are proud of. You should be able to trust them with your money.
Never assume that a particular model (MVP, Ace, etc.) is made by the brand noted above. The model name merely establishes the style of e cig. All MVPs look like walkie-talkies. All Ace mods are tube-shaped devices. They might not be of the same quality as the brand-specific device. On the other hand, there are some excellent clones. Again, read reviews. Research the market heavily.
A disposable e cig costs $5 to $10. An APV costs $50 to $100. Graduating to APVs is expensive but can be worthwhile if you are cautious.