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Update: September 2, 2014
The Vamo V5 has been replaced (sort of) by the much more advanced Vamo 30 Watt. I will leave this review up to serve as a reference for those interested in historical information. Yes, you can still get a Vamo V5 but at this point I’m not sure why you’d really want it.
In a nutshell, the Vamo V5 for its time was a great mod – no question. I owned 2 of them in the early days and used them till they fell apart. For its time it was very much a “no hassle” solution to vaping. You could pair this up with something like the Kanger Pro Tank and this combo was amazing. But a LOT has happened in the last year in the vaping world. This setup is low powered by today’s standard and over designed.
When it came out, the Vamo V5 was significant because it delivered up to 15 Watts of power. And it was one of the early mods to offer variable wattage. At the time these were really fantastic specs. However, the Vamo couldn’t handle sub-ohm atomizers and the power was pulse width modulation based. This means that when you’re vaping you can hear the fluttering as the power is cycling back and forth. This feels really crude and weird to vape on and wasn’t exactly satisfying.
We have a ton of options now in the vaping world. The Vamo had a serious upgrade to the 30 Watt version that’s now available. Sure it costs a little bit more, but honestly the Vamo V5 is so dated that even at just under $50 I think you’ll regret spending the money on it. It just doesn’t cut it with all the other options that you have available now.
Having said that – I’m leaving this review up for historical purposes. Plus its kind of funny how giddy I was about this when it came out. I even rave about my fix for the crappy 510 connection – I was very proud of this. Alas, a year ago it was fantastic. My 2 Vamo V5 units are now retired to the drawer. They lived good lives and saved mine since I used them to quit smoking. This old review is their story. Just take it with a 2013 grain of salt!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
If you like Cartomizer Tanks, don’t miss our AGR+ review and tutorial – goes great with the Vamo V5!