VaporFi V-Grip 75W TC Mod Review: Taking it Down a Notch
VaporFi is a company that I’ve never heard of before. Sorry for being so blunt, but that’s the truth. I took a quick glance at their website, and I saw that just like Mig Vapor, they are an all-in-one vape company that sells and creates their own devices, and they also make their own e-juices, which is always a plus.
The device I’ll be reviewing today, the V-Grip 75W mod is a sleek-looking model that it seems is catching on with American manufacturers of box mods. The V-Grip features a pared-down interface with a lateral firing bar behind the battery and a small OLED screen on the front that reads out all your essential vaping variables.
I remember looking at the Limitless Marquee’s design patterns and thinking the same thing: that stateside manufacturers are going in a different direction than their Chinese or international counterparts. The American designers are whittling down their devices, sticking them with simple, yet strong metallic accents, and aiming for lower wattage mods.
The V-Grip is sold as a stand-alone mod, but also in a starter kit that features the choice of choosing from three different tank options, all of them made by VaporFi. I only got the mod in my package, so I’ll just be looking at how it performs.
What You Get
Here’s what you’ll receive in your VaporFi V-Grip 75W TC Mod box:
- One VaporFi V-Grip 75W box mod
- One USB charging cable
- One instruction manual
Main Features of the V-Grip
I liked the V-Grip the minute I laid eyes on it. The first thing you see is the OLED screen that takes up the front part of the mod. The screen was the correct size for this type of mod, and it displayed cleaner and beautifully all your vital data.
At the back of the mod, you’ll find the lateral firing bar, which also doubles as the battery port cover since to install a single 18650 battery into the device you first need to remove the door. The battery cover door comes off by holding tightly onto the middle of the device and giving it a hard tug.
The cover gets replaced just as easily, but it didn’t feel like it would just come off by repeated use. Right underneath the OLED screen are the two selector buttons, clearly marked with “+,” and “-” engravings.
There is the spring-loaded, gold-plated 510 connector on the top, with a few plastic molded grooves around it to allow for more adaptability when you attaching your atomizers, but I think anything larger than 24mm might lead to some overhang.
And instead of installing a locking feature on the chipset, VaporFi took a low-tech approach and installed a locking mechanism on the top of the mod to lock the firing bar.
There are a few ventilation holes scattered around both the top and bottom of the mod. The designers knew that they would incur the wrath of vape heads everywhere by putting the USB charging port on the bottom of the device, so they wisely opted to put it on the side of the device to allow for stand-alone charging.
Adjusting the Mods
The VaporFi V-Grip 75W comes with an impressive list of vaping modes and outputs, although they aren’t anything I haven’t seen on any number of other devices. Clicking the firing bar five times activates the device and brings you to the main menu that displays your wattage, voltage, resistance, amperage, and battery level.
You click the firing bar three more times to get into the menus and options available on the device. Once you are in this menu you can use the “+” or “-” to navigate the various options; the “-” button brings you to every variable, and the “+” lets you select your options; pressing the firing button confirms your selection.
You can access the TCR outputs through the main menu, although temperature control is accessed by holding the firing bar and “+” for about five seconds, which then lets you enter the temperature control suites for nickel, titanium, and stainless steel.
The Bypass mode that lets the V-Grip act as a mechanical mod can be turned on through the main menu also. And there is a whole slew of safety protections on the V-Grip that run from low battery warnings to new coil recognition prompts.
Vaped It With Couple Of Goodies
As a stand-alone device that can only reach 75W of output, the VaporFi V-Grip is great for smooth, relaxing vaping sessions that don’t tax your lungs or visibility. I decided to go with a comparable coil and tank for the V-Grip’s low output.
I decided on one of my new favorite coils the A3 coil head from Aspire and the Spirals tank from SMOK. The two together made for a spectacularly smooth, great-tasting vaping experience. The A3 is best used at lower wattages, and I only had to get to 70W to find a perfect balance between cloud production and flavor output.
Why It’s Better Than the Others
I instantly thought of the perfect foil for the VaporFi V-Grip 75W. Another low-wattage device that not only performed beautifully but was also beautiful to look at.
The Eleaf BASAL was an angelic-looking piece of hardware that made me feel a little nervous just to even talk to it, and it only vaped at a maximum of 30W. But, it still managed to deliver amazing mouth-to-lung hits in an ethereal looking package that was tiny but still featured a LED screen.
I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to not only use it again but to see how it stacks up to other devices; the VaporFi V-Grip looks like it fits that criteria. So despite the 30W output, the BASAL did not lack in the cloud and flavor making department since it came outfitted with two coils for sub-ohm and above-ohm vaping.
Your cloud needs were met with the BASAL. The VaporFi V-Grip was much better though; the higher wattage at which I vaped being the obvious advantage. So the V-Grip has more of an edge regarding clouds and also vaping options since the BASAL was more or less dressed in its underwear when it came to vaping outputs (it had none).
I guess in that respect (which should be the most important respect) the V-Grip takes it easily. The BASAL was absolutely gorgeous, darling! And it was a pleasure just to hold in my hand, but in terms of vaping styles and modes, the BASAL is not in the same class as the V-Grip, and therefore the VaporFi V-Grip 75W mod takes it.
Its looks were the first thing that attracted me to the VaporFi V-Grip 75W. It may seem plain or boring to some, but I found it penetratingly handsome, and sleek. The screen was well-placed, the firing bar was responsive and locked easily. And there were no distracting features.
The VaporFi V-Grip made good use of the standard vaping outputs like temperature control and worked even better with just standard variable wattage; it made great-looking and great-tasting clouds.
At only 88mm in height, the VaporFi V-Grip is perfect for on-the-go vaping. The tank I paired it with did not add to the bulk or awkwardness of the device and made for easy portability.
With the V-Grip only using one battery, a fully charged cell can last you, with mild-to-moderate vaping, barely a day.
What’s the Conclusion
I was sad to see my beloved BASAL get beat in a vape comparison, but the V-Grip was the perfect next-level box mod. The BASAL was squarely aimed at beginners and featured no over-complicated vaping outputs to scare or bore people.
But after a while with the BASAL if someone wants to take that next step and try sub-ohm vaping with a good-looking, portable, and powerful device they can do that with the VaporFi V-Grip 75W box mod.
I give the VaporFi V-Grip 75W TC mod an 8/10.
VaporFi V-Grip 75W TC mod
Vape Rating: 85/100 by Vaping Daily