- Starter Kit Price: £44.99
- Battery Cost: £24.99
- E-Liquid Cost: £4.99 / 10ml
- Clearomiser Cost: £17.99
- Atomiser / Coil Cost: £8.99 / 3-Pack
- Money Back Guarantee: 28 day ‘No Quibble’ Money Back Guarantee
- Charger Options: UK / EU / Car Charger
- Battery Life: 2000mAh – About two days worth of use!
The Vype eBox is NOT a sub-ohm device. You do not need sub-ohm liquid for this vaporiser. That’s the first thing I think you should know about this model, and the second thing is this – it’s a pretty impressive bit of kit. Before I got it, I read up on it and I’ll be honest, I couldn’t believe some of the specs I was reading – 11 wicks, for example. Who needs 11 wicks?!
(I’ll get to that later.)
Anyway, for more of my first impressions of this device, check out: Announcing The New Vype eBox
Let’s get back to the Vype eBox review. So, it got delivered (next day), I tore it open and I prepared to do an un-box video. I didn’t. It took me forever to piece it together, I didn’t find the instructions that easy to read, and it didn’t work right away. But wait… Don’t be put off. I promise you, this Vype eBox review isn’t all bad!
Vype eBox Review
The starter kit is £44.99 which is pretty much what you’d pay for a box of this size / style these days. In fact, if you put this one up against something like VOLTAIR Variable Voltage Starter Kit from Vapouriz, it seems a little on the expensive side but there’s a reason for this. The Vapouriz Voltair is £34.99 but only offers a 1500mAh battery with that long and thin design. The Vype eBox offers you a box-design which some people prefer in their hands, but with a battery of 2000mAh.
Again, looking at the JacVapour Series-B Tilt which is a similar box-style but slightly longer and more elongated, you’ll be paying £54.99 and that doesn’t even come with the battery for inside the box. That’s an additional £6.99 or £7.99 dependent on the one you choose, and you don’t get e-liquid either. With the Vype eBox starter kit, you do.
In short, price-wise, this is about right for the model. In fact, I’d go as far as to say it was a little on the cheap side once you take a closer look.
Anyway, opening up the Vype eBox and you’ll get the following contents:
- 1 x eBox device – 2000mAh battery
- 1 x glass tank
- 1 x stainless steel atomizer
- 1 x USB charging cable
Plus the user guide and a bottle of Dark Cherry 6mg e-liquid too.
It’s everything you’d need to get started and dependent on the wattage you have it set on, the whopper of a battery will last for ages too. I would have predicted almost two days on the lower settings, and maybe one day on the highest setting? You’ll see how much use I got out of it in just a moment.
But the kit? It’s decent. It’s everything you need. The packaging is tiny – it all comes neatly compacted in the cutest little box, and when you open it, you can see why Vype took a while to bring this one to the market. It was worth the wait. Well, so far anyway.
The device itself is really nice looking – neat, compact, all nicely nestled in together so there’s nothing weird or odd-looking about it. It’s heavy too, it’s not something cheap and plastic. Before I even used it, I was impressed. It looks pretty (and feels nice) if nothing else.
The device itself has the battery stashed away in it and I predicted one day’s use on the highest setting and two on the lowest. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t far wrong. I rarely use it on the lowest setting because it’s just not enough for me. I normally keep things at about 9.0w, occasionally flipping down a little first thing in the morning, and perhaps up a little when I’m stressed out or after dinner when I need something a little stronger. Straight out of the box with about 3/4 of a full charge, it lasted for a full two days. With a full charge on it, working on between 8.0w and 10.0w, this beast lasts for a full two days. That’s seriously impressive. I’m super impressed. This starter kit is worth it for the battery power alone!
Charging doesn’t take too long – two or three hours at max. It has an automatic cut-off after four of hours of charging which is good… Well, good for me anyway. I have a nasty habit of falling asleep and leaving mine plugged in and I know that’s super dangerous. I’ve stopped doing it now, I promise. But I love that Vype offers that as a security feature on it’s eBox. It’s a comforting little touch.
To save battery, you have two on/off options. There’s a flick switch at the bottom that you would use for long-term non-use, and as with most other models of e-cig or vaporiser, there’s a click-three-times-quickly option to turn it off too. In fact, after fifteen minutes of inactivity, you need to click the button three times quickly to reactivate again, another battery saving feature. That explains the super-long battery life!
I’ll be honest, I regularly put my vape down for 15-20 minutes to tap away at my laptop (I’m a full time writer / blogger / social media person), and then pick it back up again, and turning it on every time was a real pain in the ass to begin with. I’m getting more and more used to it now and I won’t argue that it’s a great safety feature. But … I keep forgetting to turn it back on again once I’ve put it down and I keep taking empty inhales. The more I use it, the more I get used to it but if I were switching between a couple of different devices regularly (which I often do), the on-off inactivity feature would really bug me.
There are more security features built-in to the battery too – an over-voltage protection ensures that your e-cig / vape won’t spontaneously combust (not that they do often and even then, it’s a user error that causes it), and a battery temperature safety feature to ensure the device never gets hot.
Oh, that’s another point I would like to make quickly – I’ve been using this device for five days almost constantly so far and it’s never overheated. Great mark for the Vype eBox review – so many others I’ve tried overheat really quickly, or at the very least get a little warm with repeated use. This one doesn’t.
Clearomiser / Tank
Vype call it a clearomiser so for the purposes of this Vype eBox review, I’ll be calling it a clearomiser too. Getting right in, it’s all built with stainless steel and glass, a top filling 2ml tank that uses a 2.1ohm coil that’s quite a bizarre shape and style if I’m honest. Just like much of the other Vype products, it would appear that you can only buy the replacements from Vype, meaning cheaper options won’t be available elsewhere. That’s not so much of a problem when you consider that many places such as chemists and even supermarkets like Tesco now stock the Vype range of products, so picking one up should be relatively easy.
The clearomiser itself is £17.99, and you can replace the coils at £8.99 for a three-pack which really isn’t that bad. I’ve paid more for tanks and coils, and I’ve paid less too. It’s probably about the right price to be honest – mid-range.
It doesn’t screw onto the top of the battery like it does with most of the other box-style e-cigs and vaporizers I’ve tried, instead nestling into the battery / device itself, screwing in. You drop and screw, it’s as simple as that. Well, once you’ve got the hang of it. It took me ages to understand this straight out of the box.
I really liked this style and design. I’ve broken a lot of e-cigarettes and vapes over the years because they’ve been too long and have snapped in half either in my pocket or handbag. I broke one Aerotank on the Vapouriz SubTank battery, and I also got one stuck on the VBox 40w battery too, unable to unscrew it after I believe it got a little bent out of shape. You don’t have any of these concerns with the Vype eBox, another reason why I kind of love it. And by this point, I think we’ve pretty much established that I love it.
I’ve been using the same clearomiser and coil for about five days now and it still tastes fine. The leaflet and website states that you’ll need to replace the coils every couple of weeks so I’ll make sure to come back and let you know how long they tend to last me on average. This is a vaporiser I think I’ll be using for a while.
One feature that the Vype eBox offers, and another that I kinda love, is the OLED screen, an anti-glare screen that shows you a number of snippets of information about the device as you’re using it.
When you first turn it on with the switch at the bottom, the screen tells you to click three times fast to turn it on from standby. Well, it’s meant to. Mine came up with a ‘Check Atomiser’ error message for a while and I needed to call their customer service department to find out what to do about it. If you get this error message, don’t worry, there are ways to fix it. I’ll bring you that information next, I promise. Keep your eyes peeled.
(It sounds as if this might be a ‘common’ problem. By common I mean the customer service representative wasn’t surprised by my error message, told me there was a small batch of devices that seemed to have the problem, and then run me through the steps to fix it.)
But when it worked, the screen also told me what wattage I was using the device on, the volts, the ohms of the coil, and how much battery is left. When you’re inhaling on it, it tells you how many seconds you have been inhaling for.
I love screens. At the very least, these days I expect a way to know how much battery I have left. With the Vapouriz VBox 40w, it’s with lights on the side of the battery. With the Vype eBox, it’s on the round screen, and it’s at the top of the device too so you can even see it while you’re vaping with it.
One quick thing I will say is that the button is in a little bit of a fiddly place. You get used to it but even now, after five days of regular usage, I press the up and down buttons (to change the wattage) instead of the activate button. It can get really annoying.
Also, when you’re turning the wattage up and down, you need to hold the button for a few seconds, release and then hold it again to change the power. It’s not a straight-away thing. You don’t just press and hold and it changes. I just felt you should know that. I didn’t, it took me a while to cotton on. I’m blonde, what can I say?
Throat Hit & Vapour
The amount of throat hit and vapour you get from the Vype eBox will depend on the liquid you’re using for one, but it will also depend on how high your wattage is. This is when you can play around with the buttons.
When you first turn the device on out the box, it is set to the lowest setting (4w) which, for me with the 6mg Dark Cherry e-liquid that comes with the starter kit, barely produced any vapour, and it barely felt as if I were vaping at all.
I turned the wattage up all the way, taking me up to 12w. This is a little too high for me. It made me cough a little although to be fair, I don’t like the e-liquid that much. I played around with the buttons for a while and eventually settled on between 8w and 10w depending on the e-liquid I’m using. Usually, it’s around the 9w point.
If you want a vaporiser that you can use in public discreetly and also use at home with plenty of clouds, this is a great one for you. Vape have thought about a lot of different things, and just as the slogan says, this really is a device that will completely customise your vaping experience. If you want more clouds, you turn the power up and you can have more clouds. If you want to turn things down, just press the down button. It’s as simple as that. You’ve also got that variable airflow slot too, although to be fair I usually just keep mine all the way open.
Right, I’m going to do a full Vype e-liquid review because I got all the flavours with my Vype eBox so it only seems fair. I dried the Dark Cherry and wasn’t overly impressed, although it does have an initial burst of flavour, and I also tried Blended Tobacco which I really didn’t like. I think that’s because it reminds me of the Vype ePen though and I really didn’t like that at all.
(As you’ll see if you read the Vype ePen Review!)
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Delivery & Customer Services
I ordered my Vype eBox and got it the very next day. When I called the customer care department because of that pesky ‘Check Atomiser’ message, they were super helpful and right away talked me through the steps to solve the problem. It was all done and dusted within about five minutes so although we had that initial hiccup, all it did was delay the me trying it for a few minutes. No dramas.
You can find more information their delivery and customer services on the Vype eTank Review so I won’t bore you by repeating myself again.
Vype eBox Review – Conclusion
Honestly? I wanted to hate it. I wanted to rate it really badly because I thought it would be as crappy as the Vype ePen. However, as soon as I did my research and actually received the device in my hands, I knew I was going to hate it at all.
This is a really well-built vaporiser, one that’s both durable and looks great, fits in your hand quite nicely, and has a great design that ensures you won’t bash or break your vape. I bash and break my vape all the time so I’m definitely grateful for this.
Not only looking and feeling great, it works really well too. I thought eleven wicks might have been a bit obsessive but it really does give you the smoothest vape, and you CAN completely customise it with the various options just like they say. I’m not the biggest fan of their range of e-liquids but with other brands I’ve tried (V2 Cigs and Vapouriz – sorry Vype!), the device has worked perfectly. I don’t think I could have asked for much more.
Although we didn’t get off to the best start with the device not working and all, I actually really like this one. I really, really like it. I’ve used it constantly since it turned up, and I’ve played around with some of the features. It’s a very clever little device, and one that I think a lot of people will get on board with.
I have decided to rate this Vype eBox Review with an impressive 4.5 stars out of 5.
I marked it down because it was very fiddly to get started with (and it didn’t work properly right away), and also because I didn’t really like the e-liquid although that’s not overly important.
I marked it up because it’s brilliant – durable, smooth to touch, simple to understand (eventually), provides a smooth and consistent vape, has great battery life, fits nice in the hand, has a great design that won’t be easily broken, and it’s not overly expensive either.
Whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced vaper, I would highly recommend the Vype eBox. You can use it as lightly or as heavily as you like with the variable wattage options, and the eleven-wick coil unit really makes for a great tasting vape too. A definite winner in my eyes!
For more information, check out the Vype eBox for yourself. Don’t forget to come back and let me know how you got on with it!
I felt the need to update this review after using the Vype eBox for a few weeks. At first, when I saw the ‘check atomiser’ message on the screen, the quick-fix that I wrote about before worked – within a few moments, the message would be gone and the device would work again. However, after a few weeks (probably about four or five I think), the device basically stopped working. The quick-fix I had been using stopped working entirely, and I couldn’t seem to get past that ‘check atomiser’ message.
After taking a peek on the website, I see that the Vype eBox and associated accessories are not available, so I can only imagine they have taken the device from the market to fix this problem. From what I can work out, it’s a relatively common problem, and judging from the comments that other vapers have left on the review, other people have not found the quick-fix to have worked.
Sadly, although I really did fall in love with this vaporiser, I can no longer give it the rating I gave it before. It’s all good and well when it works for a few weeks, but until they resolve that ‘check atomiser’ problem so that it doesn’t come up at all, or the very least, very rarely, you’re basically just throwing your money away. £50 plus for a vaporiser that will only work for a month seems a bit steep to me…
So, after re-evaluating, I’ve decided to give the Vype eBox review just 1 star out of 5, at least until the problem has been resolved. It’s too expensive to have a fault like that, and when I called them up to ask about it when I first received it all those months ago, they were aware of it. I struggle to understand why it has not been fixed yet.
UPDATE 2: 20/12/2016
I received a second Vype eBox and this one works as it should do. I have decided to retract my star reduction, and put it back to it’s rightful 5 stars out of 5. I will keep you updated. If it breaks again, I’ll let you know. It seems they have resolved the ‘Check Atomiser’ problem?