Joyetech eVic Supreme
Joyetech has launched the successor to their widely acclaimed eVic. They rate it at 30W output. Despite its new design and enhancements, we do not recommend the Joyetech eVic Supreme.
Joyetech has released new software in conjunction with the release of the eVic Supreme. The new software has also been renamed to MyVapors. The new software has a much nicer interface than the version it replaces ... however, the new software is not ready for prime time yet. It lacks much functionality and appears rushed out to meet a launch schedule. We also used the previous version (called MVR) and while it is nice to be able to view and edit your eVic settings on your computer screen, it is much more of a novelty than a practical tool. Other than its initial few uses, the software became another "bloat" on the computer that remains unused (and now un-installed too).
The eVic Supreme should be a game changer ... and I emphasize should be. Many manufacturers are producing higher wattage devices. Just a few months ago, if you wanted anything over 15 watt output, you were forced to buy expensive "mods" that typically sold in the $200 to $300 range.
The average vaper will never need this type of power. Most vape at 8.5 watts. I can understand boosting wattage up to 12 watts occasionally – but that depends on the eLiquid you use. Increasing wattage has two main benefits: enhanced flavor and enhanced clouds. Any time I have met up with others using high wattage devices, it's always been about the clouds. When I vape at over 8.5 watts, it is to get a bit of additional flavor from the juice I am using at the time. And, I rarely go over 8.5. I've tried vaping over 12 watts. I've tried it with several devices actually (Lambo 6.0, eVic, E LVT, EVOLV Kick, and others), but there is no flavor enhancement above 10.5 to 12 watts. There is a lot more cloud and a bit more throat hit and considerable more eLiquid being used up. In my opinion, spending the extra money to get a mega wattage device is not worth it. You can achieve the same thing with any device that can output 6 volts and use low resistance coils (including sub-ohm) and usually save some money at the same time by building your own coils.
So, why isn't the Joyetech eVic Supreme recommended? Well, it's a tough call, but the eVic Supreme is a product that has been rushed out the manufacturer's door without their usual quality design and build levels. The edges are rough, even sharp in some areas. The USB cover is both an improvement over the swing out style of the eVic, but at the same time a darn nuissance since they increased the height and gave it the same tactile feel as the firing button. Unlike the original eVic, this thing weighs a ton and the advantage for "stealth" vaping is gone. It's taller than most devices with these capabilities. There is a plus, though. Joyetech is finally including a decent battery with the Sony VCT4. This is truly a high drain battery and suited to the task (and should have been included with the eVic too).
One of the other aspects that is both an enhancement and a step backwards is the control head. The enhancement is that it is slightly larger to accommodate a larger screen. the down side is that is it slightly larger to accommodate a larger screen. Size matters, and Joyetech should have kept the size and changed the display functionality so that users could pick and choose what to display. More than half the information on the eVic and eVic Supreme is useless information when vaping. Don't get me wrong, I prefer to have some of that information on setup screens or configuration screens – I just don't need to see it every time I press the firing button. What would be preferable is a display that shows remaining battery life. Wattage OR Voltage, if it is being changed. The puff counters should be accessible on demand, not on every screen. Screen resolution remains low at 64 x 128 pixels – the picture at the left is the Joyetech promotional image and it is not an improvement over the original eVic, both of which are rather pixelized. In any brightly lit environment, particularly outdoors, the screen is completely useless. I also found the new adjustable ring to be noticeably rougher with sharp edges. Despite its full 360 rotation and detent points, it is very poorly designed in my opinion.
One of the complaints about the original eVic control head was the USB cover. It was a flimsy piece of rubber that nearly disintegrated within a few days of use and attached to the eVic. The small piece that kept it attached to the control head didn't last long ... once broken off, your USB cover was open. And likely to stay that way too. With the eVic Supreme, the USB cover appears to be a better quality and more substantial piece and no longer attached. In making these positive changes, Joyetech took it too far and made the USB cover the same shape and size as the firing button. Since it is located on the same "plane" as the firing button, it is so easy to press the USB button instead of the firing button. Instead of using the eVic Supreme like all other devices – by feel – you now have to look before your press or have the frustration of press on the USB and then have to re-press again on the real firing button. All while getting nothing out of the atomizer the first time around.
For a premium priced device, the eVic Supreme isn't worth these hassles and poor quality build. There are far too many quality products with similar feature sets available to buy one of these monstrosoties.
For some specs. The box includes a manual, plus:
- the eVic Supreme Control Head
- 18650 battery tube
- rechargeable 2100 mAh battery
- eVic Supreme USB cable
- eVic Supreme wall adaptor
- MyVapor user manual
- plus a spare USB plastic covers
The total length of the unit (without an atomizer) is 139 mm (5.47 in.) and weighs 114 grams (4.02 ounces). The diameter is 23 mm (0.91 in.) There are threads at three points: 1) at the bottom cap; 2) at the top of the battery tube; and, 3) at the top of the unit where the beauty ring covers the 510/eGo atomizer connector. All of these machined threads on the unit are smooth – not quite as smooth as the eVic, though. The bottom cap has sharp edges. I really don't understand why Joyetech didn't smooth these out. It's the same with the new 360 full rotation control head adjustment ring, very sharp. Poorly designed in my opinion.
With so many quality 30 watt products available at the same or lower prices, we do not recommend the eVic Supreme. This just isn't worth it.
There really isn't much point in looking at the eVic Supreme any further. For $159, this just isn't worth it. If you need 30 watt output, you'd be better off looking at more user-friendly devices. Some suggestions are from Siegelei, KSD, Lrider ... plus there are the originals from ZNA and HANA that you can look at. There's even a 30 watt clone of the Hana, also like Joyetech – from China, for under $100. that uses dual 18650 batteries. Other than the increased wattage, it vapes about the same as the eVic. If you are like most vapers vaping under 12 watts, you would be further ahead to find the original eVic. With the release of the eVic Supreme, the original eVic will be available at good clearance prices.