Vamo V5 – a full review

Vamo V5

The Vamo V5

Available from VaporAlley – $56.99 and from VaporDNA – $47.99

Vamo V5 – Overview

The Vamo V5 is a reasonably priced VV/VW APV. Its generally held in high regarded by vapers for its ease of use and performance. I recently got my Vamo V5 in the mail and after about 2 months of use, I’m happy to report that its a keeper. Its got some great qualities and features that make it one of the best, most hassle-free APV’s on the market. Sure there are a few gripes that I have with the unit, but for the most part I love it. Lets look at the Vamo V5 a little more in-depth.

What is the Vamo V5?

So what’s new compared to previous versions? The Vamo V5 uses the body style of the Vamo 2 which is cool. The Vamo 3 introduced some great electronics and a new OLED screen, but the body was weird with these stripped swirly lines. For whatever reason we skipped a Version 4 and went straight to the Vamo V5. So essentially V5 is a Vamo 2 body with Vamo 3 electronics. There is also a removable top that makes it easy to get ego mods on and off.

The Good

The Vamo V5 is extremely well built and feels solid in the hand. Its not telescoping, per-se, but it does have a small extension tube that lest you switch between using an 18650 battery and an 18350. Its easy – want the longer battery? Just screw on the extension tube and your Vamo V5 is in 18650 mode.

Vamo V5

The Vamo V5 Button Layout and Display

The control layout is honestly the best of any of these Chinese made APV’s. It features a horizontal screen so its always easy to read. There are 3 buttons – the main firing button and 2 smaller buttons for various functions.

While vaping these 2 smaller buttons turn the voltage up or down or the wattage up or down depending on how you have the power set up on your Vamo V5. I love this – no menu scrolling. Want to know how much battery is left? Hold down the left button for a few seconds and you’ll see the remaining battery power on the screen. Want to check the ohms? Hold down the right button for a few seconds and the resistance readout is on the screen. This really is the easiest APV to use and the main reason I love the Vamo V5.

To get into the system options, hold both buttons down for a little while – this puts you into the menu system. The left button becomes the “scrolling” button while the right sets the options for what you have selected. Its a little werid, but you get used to it really fast.

Also worth noting that you can change the power setting from Mean to RMS. Hold the left button down for a LONG time – 10 seconds or so. What it reads is what its set to. Again – weird, but if you want RMS, hold it down. If it says Mean – you just set the Vamo V5 to Mean so do it again to see it read RMS. Its a little weird, but again – you’ll get used to it.

So that sums up why I love this mod – easy operation, the 3 button layout is fantastic and the unit feels good in the hand. The power output is nice and it performs really well – particularly if you like standard resistance cartomizers or coils. If you’re vaping at 3.0 you’ll need power that lots of mods won’t give you – the Vamo V5 delivers. The Vamo V5 power output uses pulse width modulation which I have no problem with. It vapes beautifully.

The Bad

Okay so the Vamo V5 is not without flaws. First off is the length of the unit. Its too long in 18650 mode. It feels like a skinny lightsaber so stealth it is not. The Vamo V5 in 18350 mode is fine, but even this should be shorter. There is a lot of wasted space where the electronics and screen are. Not the end of the world – I got over it. But trust me you’ll want smaller batteries – carry a few spares around and you’ll be fine.

Vamo V5

Vamo V5 510 connection fix using a tank airflow controller.

The second complaint is the 510 connection. Its weak. This is a classic problem with Vamo’s in general. Some are better than others. The solution is this – either be very careful when connecting your tanks or you can do what I did. I got a 510 “airflow controller” to act as a buffer. The airflow controller is basically 2 washers that control airflow to the 510 if that’s where your air holes are. I don’t use it for this – I just pop that on and it holds the Vamo 510 connection more snug. This will solve the problem. I know its a pain, but its a $1 fix. For me it was worth it because I like this unit so much better than my other mods.

Overall

If you don’t have a Vamo – get this. VaporAlley has them for $56.99 and from VaporDNA for $47.99. I recommend the brushed stainless steel. The Gun Metal finish is cool, but it comes off too easily. I like a beaten up look, but not everyone does. The brushed stainless will stay clean and look great.

If you already have a Vamo V2 or V3 – this mod gives you the same performance with the only enhancement being the screen. It is beautiful so if you want aesthetics get it – its cheap. But there’s no major performance difference.

Available from VaporAlley – $56.99 and from VaporDNA – $47.99

Vamo V5 Specs

Variable voltage 3.0 – 6.0V (.1 increments)
Variable wattage 3 – 15W (.5W increments)
Voltage operation selection (RMS or Mean)*
Multiple battery options (single 18650, dual 18350, single 18350)
Atomizer resistance display
Battery voltage display
eGo/510 threading (recessed)
Chrome over copper construction
Chrome over copper button
Blue OLED readout
Over/under current protection
Low resistance protection
Approximately 5 3/8″ Long and 7/8″ diameter. (Complete unit)

Available from VaporAlley – $56.99 and from VaporDNA – $47.99

Comments

  1. Glenn says

    Nice review that I considered with others in taking my decision to purchase a Vamo V5. I’m very pleased with it and have been using it for the better part of two weeks. I concur with most of your judgements, though I differ in a couple of areas:

    First, and likely a recent development, my v5 seems permanently set to read RMS. Holding the ‘-’ button for even a minute or more produces no change. The only indication of the mode comes when the display is set to ‘current,’ showing ‘RMS’ on the left of the screen when the fire button’s depressed, and (I’m a bit puzzled here) a low number of apparent amps, like 1.2A-1.6A.. When set to display ‘power’ it shows ‘OUT’ followed by the correct wattage, like 6.5W. Odd but no biggie and at this point I’m taking the easy path with adjustable wattage.

    Second, I picked up an airflow controller as you suggested, but it’s actually worse than useless in this case, When installed, if you look, the lower surface of the unit isn’t touching anything, and so can’t physically make for a firmer connection. Worse, it introduces a bit of slop into the equation, I assume from adding more length plus the inevitable play allowed by the extra threads. Result: with the controller installed, my Protank 2 is rather wobbly but sits firm without play on its own. Good idea, but I have to say it only gives the appearance of more stability without adding any. I agree the 510 connection’s a bit skinny to provide good strength using any lesser material than steel, which the Vamo does’t…if I remember correctly it’s brass. The real fix here is simply being careful not to overstress or abuse it.

    Apart from those tiny issues, your review’s spot on, and I thank you for helping me make a truly satisfactory decision…I’m mighty fond of my Vamo!

    • Vapor Mods says

      Thanks Glenn –

      I totally agree – being careful with the connection is really the best thing you can do. I love my Vamo – for me its worth it.

      • Glenn says

        Oh, and a PS: in looking over other discussions of the Vamo v5, I wonder is the puff counter that appears on the lower right of the OLED display is new, too?

        It’s nothing fancy, clearly a timer routine when the power button’s depressed for longer than 2 seconds or so, but it’s kinda handy for gauging how efficient your battery is. I’m just curious if this is a recent addition.

  2. Gary says

    Regarding the air flow adapter sitting higher than the beauty ring,
    I use the air flow adapter on all my mods just to keep from destroying the threads due to my changing tanks a lot, it’s the weak spot I think in all the mods.
    What I did after getting annoyed with the looks of the adapter was to take my bench belt sander and shaved it down until it sat flush, didn’t affect anything.
    Another thing I did and was much easier was to find the right size washer shine it up and put it between the adapter and the beauty ring.
    Nice thing about the air flow adapters I bought is that if you unscrew the two half’s you can then attach ego tanks.

  3. kristin says

    Now is it okay to put a fuse in this mod? I tried, but its really hard to get the piece back together. I just dont want to end up breaking something. Just being safe.

    • Vapor Mods says

      You don’t need it. The Vamo already has protection built into the electronics. The fuse is designed for mechanical mods.

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