Dovpo E LVT
The Dovpo E LVT is recently released. This is the second one that I have reviewed. The first one was a bright blue unit and one of the earlier releases. Looking back, I have no idea why I ordered the bright blue unit – at the time, I figured it would be easy to find if I lost it. Contrary to the "stealth" vaping I prefer, though, the blue unit is quite bright. This second unit is medium gray. Compared to the first unit, the functionality is identical. My thanks to Canvape for providing this and allowing me to feature it in a tutorial page to modify this device if you wish.
I first heard about this from an outdoorsman friend who participated in a group buy. It is easy to see why they wanted these:
- Rugged design ... it's nearly crush proof
- Water resistant ... perfect for the hunter, fisherman or anywhere outdoors
- Advanced engineering with Variable Voltage, Variable Wattage and circuit protection
- Works with one single 18650 and doubles as a charger for that battery too
- Multi-function: works as a power backup and emergency light
- Variable Wattage: 3.0 to 15.0 watts in 0.5 watt increments
- Variable Voltage: 3.0 to 6.0 volts in 0.1 volt increments
- Under Voltage Protection
- Over Charge Protection
- 510 and eGo threading
- Micro USB charging
- USB device charging
- 10 second auto shut off
- Three Color LED battery status
- Built in Ohm checker
- Built in LED Flashlight
This is one rugged looking device that is just as rugged in practice. Perfectly suited for constructions workers, actually anyone in a trade, working outdoors or building sites, hunters, fishermen, and other outdoorsmen.
The two units I have are shown at the right. The newest is the medium gray one, the first unit is the bright blue one. Packaging is excellent. A really nice gift box with a good manual, poster advising on water resistance, allen key tool, and two spare battery cover screws. (Note: the first one only included one spare screw). Also included in the package is a multi-lead cable. One end is the standard USB connector, the other is four different heads: Mini USB, Micro USB, Apple standard connector, and Apple Lightning connector. The unit is metal (zinc alloy) with a silicone coating.
The unit does not come with a battery. I had a spare high-drain 18650 freshly charged. I put that in and screwed down the cover. Once the battery is in, it stays put. There is no need to remove it, you can charge the battery using any micro-USB cable & it's pass-through as well (vape while charging). Handy feature!
It is on the heavy side, but keep in mind this is one rugged device. According to Dovpo, a large vehicle can run over this without causing any damage. Dovpo claims the device can survive a two meter drop – and it's water proof to IPX-1 specifications (protected against falling water, equivalent to 3-5mm rainfall per minute for a duration of 10 minutes with the unit in its normal operating position).
The top connector accommodates atomizers and clearomizers with either a 510 or eGo thread. It has a shiny chrome finish beauty ring that can be removed to clear the connector area. I was quite pleased to see that the connector pin is spring loaded (floats) and should connect to any atomizer or clearomizer. This is one advanced personal vaporizer you will not need to adjust the pin with tweezers or pliers. The beauty ring is 20.84 mm in diameter (0.82 in.). I used one of the new Aerotank Mega atomizers and it looked perfect. The beauty ring also has dimples – and one of those conceals an air vent hole for those atomizers that sit flush to the top of the beauty ring.
The E LVT has dual output mode supporting Variable Voltage from 3.0 to 6.0 volts in 0.1 volt increments and Variable Wattage from 3.0 to 15.0 watts in 0.5 watt increments. It also functions as a backup power bank. Much like the MVP, there is an outpout port and on/off switch on the side. You can use this to provide power to your cell phone (or any other USB powered device) if needed. The power bank capacity depends on the size of battery you use with the E LVT. On the same side, there is also a micro USB input port for charging the E LVT, and you can vape while charging. The USB cable for output/input is included. The cable itself is a very nice touch. On one end is the standard USB end and the output is a multi-connector with Mini USB, Micro USB, and two Apple style connectors (one is the new Lightning connector).
The Dovpo E LVT is available in three colors: Gray, Camo, and Blue. As much as an outdoorsman SHOULD prefer the camo, I would suspect Blue would be the color most in demand: drop this outside and the bright blue is really easy to see. The blue unit is the first one I ordererd ... and it is bright (and attracts attention too in an urban setting). The second unit I plan on using regularly is the medium gray color.
One of the features is an LED light. Dovpo does not call this a flashlight, but it sure is bright. It isn't a "torch" in the sense that you can see at distance, but as a light that can be used in close quarters or for emergency purposes, it is quite bright.
At its widest, the E LVT is 54.0 mm (2.12 in.) and at its tallest (including the connector top) it is 110.00 mm (4.33 in.). Thickness is 29.5 (1.16 in.).
The Dovpo E LVT will get compared to the MVP. It has similar size and functionality. Where the MVP is more urban in nature, the E LVT is more for the outdoorsman or use in rougher environments like work sites. I hate to admit this, but I did drop my MVP into a sinkful of water. It just hit the water as I grabbed it, so the MVP didn't get completely dunked. I let it sit for the better part of a full day before trying it ... and it kept working. I'm not sure if that qualifies as water resistant, but I was impressed with the MVP for even surviving a partial drop into water. The MVP can be "accessorized". I've got a black carbon-fiber wrap on mine. You aren't going to get a wrap on an E LVT, what you see is what you will end up with. The MVP and E LVT are about the same weight (the MVP might be a tad lighter). The E LVT does have a nice bright emergency light. Both the MVP and E LVT are pass-through while charging (vape while charging). Both LCD screens are quite similar, no edge to either.
Neither really have an edge over the other. The issue is personal preference over style and colors. The only aspect no one else seems to have discussed comparing the MVP to the E LVT is that the MVP battery is sealed inside the unit. The MVP can be reached about 300 times before the battery will no longer hold a charge. After that, you need to replace the entire MVP. The battery used in the E LVT also can be recharged about 300 times, but when the battery can no longer hold a charge, you just replace the battery. After considering the cost of the battery, the costs are roughly the same. In one year, the cost of the MVP will end up being about 80% more than the cost of the E LVT.
The Bottom Line: Is It Worth It? Yes it is absolutely. Canvape just started offering the Dovpo E LVT for $79.95 , an excellent value. Keep in mind that the E LVT does not include a battery, you will have to get that separately. While the MVP is a lower price, it also does not have some of the features of the E LVT and once the MVP no longer holds a charge, you have to replace the entire unit. With the E LVT, just replace the battery.
Update May 26 2014 : After using this for a bit less than one week, I have noticed a rattle develop where the 510/eGo connector assembly meets the body of the E LVT. I also was a bit annoyed at the silicone piece that covers the USB ports and power bank switch. So, I fixed both issues. I have that on a separate page under the Dovpo E LVT review.
Update June 7 2014: I received the Medium Gray Dovpo E LVT today. That really is the color I should have ordered to begin with. There are slight differences in this unit. There are no O rings included in the package, but there are now two battery cover screws instead of just one. I also have noticed that the beauty ring on the E LVT is identical to the beauty ring used on the Cool Fire 1 ... as a matter of fact, I have changed them so that I can use the brushed stainless steel look of the Cool Fire 1 to match the brushed stainless steel look of the Kayfun. (The E LVT beauty ring is chrome – that's the only difference). Before I even used this new unit, I modified it as the update above discusses.
Update July 7 2014: The E LVT has a coil resistance limit of 1.4 ohms. Anything below that will not fire. At this point, I do not know what the upper limit is, but I suspect it is 3 ohms.