VaporFi revitalized its aging product lineup in 2016 by adding new mods for every price category. Among the new items are the VaporFi Pro 3 and VaporFi Rocket 3 for new and intermediate e-cigarette users. More than anything else, though, VaporFi really attacked the expert e-cigarette user category by introducing three entirely new series of box mods. While VaporFi once sold all of its box mods under the VOX brand name, we now have the VaporFi VAIO, the VaporFi VEX and the VaporFi VOX. All of VaporFi’s new box mods share a common design aesthetic and support temperature control coils.
VaporFi VAIO 75 and VAIO 80 Mods
Price: $129.99 and up
Includes: VaporFi VAIO mod with built-in tank; accessories depend upon kit selected
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VaporFi VAIO, VEX and VOX: Key Features
- VaporFi VAIO: Removable or built-in batteries depending on model. Includes built-in tank and supports removable tanks. Maximum power of 75 or 80 watts.
- VaporFi VEX: Removable batteries and tanks. Maximum power of 75 or 150 watts.
- VaporFi VOX: Built-in batteries and removable tanks. Maximum power of 40 or 80 watts.
So, the VaporFi VAIO occupies a unique position within VaporFi’s new lineup of box mods as the only mod with its own internal tank system. Since the coil and e-liquid storage are both inside the body of the mod, the VaporFi VAIO has a very svelte appearance. Using the VAIO, there’s also less risk of the tank cracking or breaking off of the mod if you should drop it.
Want to use your own tank or atomizer? No problem. The VaporFi VAIO also comes with a stem that replaces the included atomizer and adds 510 threading, so you can use any attachment you like.
The VaporFi VAIO 75 utilizes a removable 18650 battery, and the VAIO 80 has a built-in battery. Since the power difference between the two is negligible, the choice really comes down to personal preference. The VAIO 80 lacks a battery door and has a slightly cleaner appearance as a result. With the VAIO 75, though, you don’t lose the use of your device if the battery stops holding a charge — you can simply replace the battery.
How the VaporFi VAIO Works
The VaporFi VAIO operates in standard wattage mode and supports temperature control mode for nickel, titanium and stainless steel coils. The VAIO also comes with two coils to demonstrate the mod’s capabilities: a 0.5 ohm stainless steel coil and a 0.25 ohm stainless steel notch coil.
To access the tank and coil, simply twist the collar at the top of the VaporFi VAIO to remove the mouthpiece, stem and atomizer coil. You can add e-liquid directly to the hole at the top of the mod or replace the coil by twisting it off of the stem.
To enter the menu system, push the fire button three times quickly and use the “+” and “-” buttons to change selections. The menu system of the VaporFi VAIO is easy to understand, the screen is large and the buttons are very responsive.
VaporFi VAIO Review
The VaporFi VAIO Notch Coil
Our experience with the VaporFi VAIO didn’t begin smoothly. The VAIO includes a notch coil as well as a standard twisted coil. Both are stainless steel. We began our VaporFi VAIO review by testing the notch coil. If you haven’t seen a notch coil before, you can get an idea by looking at the picture below. A notch coil isn’t a twisted wire. Instead, it’s a cylinder with notches cut in. Notch coils heat extremely quickly and produce a great deal of vapor.
Unfortunately, though, we weren’t able to get an acceptable experience out of the VaporFi VAIO notch coil. Even at very low wattage settings, the coil spat extremely hot liquid from the mouthpiece immediately after the mod’s fire button was pressed. The liquid was so hot — and the droplets were so large — that one of our reviewers experienced a painful burn on his tongue.
Re-Wicking the VaporFi Notch Coil
The atomizer heads for the VaporFi VAIO are extremely easy to re-wick. All that you need to do is remove the coil’s bottom pin and insulator, and push the coil and wick through the top of the atomizer head. Unwrap the wick, replace it with clean cotton and reassemble, and you’re good to go. So, we decided to re-wick the coil, prime it with new e-liquid and start from scratch. The coil was still unusable. It spat scalding e-liquid from the mouthpiece absolutely every time it was used.
The VaporFi VAIO 0.5 Ohm Coil
We swapped in the 0.5 ohm stainless steel coil, and our experience with the VaporFi VAIO improved greatly. We were very impressed with the performance of VaporFi’s 0.5 ohm stainless steel coil. It heats quickly, reaching its maximum temperature almost the instant that you press the fire button. The character of the vapor is smooth and creamy, with great mouth feel and no wet droplets. In contrast to the experience that we had with the notch coil, we absolutely loved the 0.5 ohm coil.
If you buy the VaporFi VAIO 75 starter kit, you’ll get a 2,500 mAh battery. We received the device only for the purpose of this review and used the 1,500 mAh LG HB2 battery instead. With a completely new battery, we found that we needed to recharge the VAIO 75 about three times per day with frequent vaping. You’ll get better life from VaporFi’s battery, but it’s safe to say that one charge won’t last all day if you’re a heavy user. The VaporFi VAIO 80 has a built-in battery with a capacity of 2,100 mAh, so its battery life will be somewhere in between.
For the most part, we like the build quality of the VaporFi VAIO. The threads twist smoothly, and everything fits together tightly. The buttons are extremely responsive and have the perfect level of tactile feedback.
The magnetic battery door, though, was a slightly different story. After several days of using the VAIO, the magnet no longer wanted to stay in its chamber inside the door. It became necessary to replace the magnet constantly when changing the battery. Buying the VaporFi VAIO 80 — which has a built-in battery — would eliminate this issue.
The VaporFi VAIO comes with a stem that allows you to replace the mod’s internal tank with a 510 thread, making it possible to use any tank or atomizer you like. This is a hugely convenient feature, although we found it a little difficult to keep the stem inside the mod. Sometimes, we’d remove the tank and the entire stem would come out with it.
We wouldn’t expect most people to buy a device with a built-in tank with the intention of using it exclusively with third-party tanks. If you don’t plan to use the internal tank at all, though, we’d suggest getting a different mod.
VaporFi VAIO Review: Conclusion
Overall, we had a mixed experience with the VaporFi VAIO 75. The notch coil was a complete bust, but the 0.5 ohm stainless steel coil was a smooth as silk and very responsive. In fact, it was among the best coils we’ve ever used. It’s not even that difficult to re-wick the coil if you’d like to extend its life a little. It’s possible that the notch coil we received was somehow faulty. Since we received only the one, though, we can’t speculate on that.
We had some problems with the magnetic battery door, as well. The door might not cause a problem for you if you prefer to charge your e-cigarettes via USB, but we elected to use an external battery charger instead. The magnet came out of the door after relatively little use. Given the issue with the battery door, ‘we’d suggest getting the VaporFi VAIO 80 instead unless you plan to charge your battery via USB most of the time.
VaporFi VAIO Review: The Last Word
- Built-in tank creates a very sleek appearance
- Very responsive buttons with great tactile feel
- 0.5 ohm coil has excellent performance and heats very quickly
The Not So Good
- The notch coil in our VaporFi VAIO review sample was completely unusable
- Magnet fell out of the battery door after relatively little use