Or "The Bamboo" as it is called where I purchased it.
A few months back I decided to get the Zmax when the version 2 came out offering the two power modes. When I got that, I started to love my dual coil tanks again because it had the power to push those cartos to full potential. After a few months, the button started to get funky on the Zmax, and I began to worry about the device taking a dump on me while I was out on the road. I still have my Lambo 4.0 but I knew I wouldn't be satisfied with that. I wanted an AnyVape CVI, but due to the recall you couldn't get one. I was reading some good things about the Vamo and I happened to stop by Indy Vapor Shop and they had some in stock, so I picked one up from them (under the name Bamboo).
I got home with the device (which does not come with instructions) and put in an 18650 battery. The light on the screen flashed, but nothing happened. I tried another, and the same thing happened. A few batteries into the process the idea came into my head that perhaps I was doing it wrong. I started clicking the fire button on it and Houston, we have liftoff.
I immediately set the device to AVG (N01) so as to get the most power out of it. This is the same way that I had my Zmax set, but for some reason, this device hit harder than the Zmax. Within a week it had gone from my backup device to my main squeeze. To this day, my Vamo is my most relied upon mod (and I did finally get an AnyVape CVI as well). I have had no problems with this device, and it is performing well.
How to use it:
Since the device comes without instruction, here is a quick rundown on how to setup and use the Vamo.
- Upon installing batteries (1 18650, 1 18350, or 2 18350) the unit will be off. Press the fire button 6 times to turn the unit on. Once it is on, pressing the button six times again will turn the device off.
- Select Variable Voltage or Variable Power by pressing both of the small buttons simultaneously for 5 seconds. This will change it from one mode to the other.
- Adjust the volts or watts up or down by using the smaller left button to reduce the setting or the smaller right button to increase the setting.
- Pressing and holding the left button for 3 seconds will cause the display to show the remaining charge on your battery.
- Pressing and holding the right button for 3 seconds will cause the device to display the resistance of the atomizer attached to the device.
- Pressing and holding either of the small buttons individually for greater than 10 seconds will change the device power settings between AVG and RMS (explained below).
AVG vs RMS
First off, understand that these settings display as N01 (AVG) and N02 (RMS). Without getting into technicalities, N01 pushes more power than N02. For most vapers, especially those who do not use dual coil cartomizers, there is no need to use the N01 setting. It is also important to note that in the N01 setting you have an increased risk of burning out your atomizers. It is recommended for this device that you use it in the N02 setting. Also, this setting will hold when removing the battery, so assuming you set yours to N02 there would be no need to change this function with each battery change.
For those of you that use dual coil cartomizers and want to try out the N01 setting, feel free to do so. In the event that you blow out a cartomizer, you will recognize this event first by the stream of smoke that comes out the bottom of the tank and then by the burnt taste that comes through the top. Yes, I have blown out at least 3 cartos to the date of this posting in the couple of months that I have been using this device. When in this mode, start low and take a few hits with a fresh carto at about 4.5 volts then work your way up to your desired setting in .2 or .3 volt increments. This seems to help the cartos out, as I have only blown out cartos that I did not treat in this manner.
Variable Volts vs Variable Watts
This is a matter of personal preference. I use mine in the voltage mode, however the wattage mode does have an added benefit. The device will maintain your wattage settings when replacing the battery, but not your voltage setting. I believe this is some type of safety feature to keep you from blowing stuff up.
Dual 18350 mode
You are not supposed to stack batteries. Never, ever stack batteries. Okay? Now, when you stack 2 18350's (you know you will) in this device it hits harder than with a single battery. I believe this messes with the amp limit, but I'm not sure on that. For those of you who were wondering, the amp limit on the Vamo is 4 amps, which is plenty of power for dual coil products. But as I said, in the event you get this device and want even more power, then just stack 2 18350 batteries, which you should never do. Is that clear? Good.
Fit and Finish
I got the stainless steel version. It is surprisingly tough for the price. I had no scratches or blemishes on it, but there is a minor hangup. This mod is ugly. I'm sorry if that offends you, but it is. You can help your Vamo out by getting a wrap for it and putting some clothes on it. But in the event that you are one of these people that think that you have the only cute Vamo out there, the stainless steel does hold up well without the wrap. Also, this device does have ego threading inside so it will accept some devices that are ego threaded only. However, it does not have enough clearance for a Kanger T3 so you will need an adapter to use that device and other wider ego devices like the Smok Tech Dual Coil Ego Clearomizer.
If you head over to Indy Vapor Shop you can pick one of these bad boys up for $59.95 although they should arrest you when you walk out the door with this thing at that price. I know some places have them cheaper, but seriously, with the Zmax weighing in at $90 or above, this device is flat out cheap. You positively cannot go wrong with one of these units. If you are looking to get into the VV/VW world, you can't do it any cheaper and you can't do it much better than the Vamo. Every vaper should have one of these in their arsenal.
As always, I am in no way affiliated with the manufacturers of this device nor with Indy Vapor Shop. I was not compensated in any way for this review, and I paid full price for this device at Indy Vapor Shop. 2 weeks later, I went back and purchased another one (again, at full price) for my girlfriend. Check out the shots of my Vamo (wrapped in a skin from Jwraps) below, and watch my video review below that.