Vapor Storm are a Chinese company based in Shenzhen. They have a whole range of different types of devices available. I was contacted by Vapor Storm and asked if I would conduct a review on a couple of their MODs, I was sent out for the purpose of review the Subverter (check out my review by clicking here) and the Puma which is what I have for you today.
What comes in the box:
- 1 x Puma 200W Box Mod (Without 18650 Batteries)
- 1 x Micro USB Cable
- 1 x User Manual
- 1 x Battery Safety Card
- 1 x QC Inspection Card
Taking a look at the box
The box itself is a solid flip top box with magnetic fasteners.
On the front of the box you will find a outlined picture of the MOD, the company name and the name of the MOD. On the base of the box you will find a detailed diagram of the MOD with pointers, a contents list, a MOD specifications list and QR code.
On the top dark side you will find the companies address, on the the other dark side with the magnetic fasteners the name of the MOD. On one of the white sides you’ll find the colour option in the box and on the other white side the companies website address and some warning symbols.
The Puma’s specifications:
- Voltage Range – 6.4V – 8.4V
- Resistance Range – 0.06Ω – 3.0Ω
- Coil Supporting – Kanthal, Ni200, Ti, SS316
- Wattage Range – 5W – 200W
- Material – Plastic
- Currant Range – Max 50A
- Temperature Range – 100ºC – 315ºC/200ºF – 600ºF
- Bypass Mode – with the ability to go up to 230W
- Fast Balanced Charging – DC 5V/1.5A
- Colours available – Red/Black, Blue, Camo Green, Camo Grey and Blue/Yellow (which is the one I have)
- Size – 80.7mm/43mm/40mm
- Weight – 70.6g
Taking a look at the device
The main casing of the device is made of a soft to touch painted hard plastic. For me it is a rounded triangular shaped MOD, which sits very comfortable in the palm of my hand. On the back of the MOD is the battery door which is connected by two magnets. There is also large slits on the edges of the battery door to allow ventilation for the batteries.
On top of the device the 510 connector is placed on the side above the fire button. The silver plate has some lovely groves for under the atomiser, ventilation and to keep juice out of the connector. The 510 connector pin is sprung loaded. There is nothing on the base of the MOD. Down one side of the MOD you will find VAPES embedded into the device.
On the fascia you will find a good sized fire button, a lovely sized vertical screen, the +/- buttons and the micro USB port at the bottom (another happy, smiley MOD). The buttons all have a good clicking sound to them.
Looking at the screen and menu options
Looking at the image below, this is the power screen or variable wattage screen. It displays the wattage in a large number. It also displays a temperature number, which I’m not entirely sure why as it has no effect in this mode. Below that you will find voltage, amps when in use, the ohms of your atomiser and puff counter in seconds.
Pressing and holding the +/- button together will start the top right hand corner of the screen flashing. Once flashing you can use the +/- button to scroll through the options.
I didn’t get photos of each one, so here is the order that they come in Power VW, TMP Ni, TMP SS, TMP Ti, TMP M1, TMP M2, Power VP (Bypass), Power CCW (curve) and then back to Power VW.
The device fires very quickly, but you are able to change how quickly with the Fire Speed Control – On the main screen press the + button and fire button together, the screen will change to KEY SET and there are five options you can scroll through with the +/- buttons, press the fire button to select the desired option. 1 being the fastest and 5 being the slowest. (See top right image below).
When any of the temperature control modes are flashing if you press the fire button you will be able to set your desired wattage, as you can see in the two bottom images above.
So, the Curve option is not mentioned in the instruction manual. So here is how to use the feature;
- Once you are in CCW mode press the fire button, a small flashing dot will appear below the first bar of the curve table.
- Use the +/- button to scroll to desired wattage (a small wattage number comes on the screen, can’t be seen in the image above).
- Once at desired wattage press the fire button, you can do this ten times by repeating the previous steps.
- When curve is completed press the fire button again to lock it in.
- Keep the screen on CCW to use the Curve when vaping.
Thoughts and Conclusions
For the purpose of the review I have used the following atomisers:
- Geek Vape Peerless with dual Alien coils at 0.16Ω
- Aspire Cleito EXO with a 0.4Ω SS316L coil
I’ve been using this device for over three weeks now, putting it through its paces and trying out its features.
The first thing I have to say, this device fires fast, impressively fast. What I do like though, is that there is an option to change the fire speed, there are five settings. I think this is a great feature, it just gives the user that little bit more control. Great addition Vapor Storm.
Aesthetically, I really like the look of the MOD, the shape, the weight and the feel. Though it is a solid plastic MOD it has this soft finish to it. I have found this MOD extremely comfortable to use. I also really like how the screen is vertical, it doesn’t matter whether you are right or left handed. A lot of MOD’s on the market are designed towards a right handed person, leaving us lefties (like me) a little bit upside down.
Batteries, putting them into the device I find them very tight and need a little manipulation, however taking them out using the ribbon is much easier. But once in I have found that I am getting a good life span from my batteries. When I first got the device I did think the magnets on it were a little weak, but I have had no problems with the door coming off whatsoever.
The 510 connector will comfortably fit a 25mm atomiser, but much more than that and you will start to see an over hang.
I do love the design of the MOD I’ve got and I really like some of the other colours that are available. It is a minor detail but it gets on my nerves that my battery door design isn’t a continuation of the MOD design. I kind of expect the whole of my MOD to match.
All the buttons are great with some fantastic response times. The menu system is very easy to use and clear. However, I found a curve feature which is a great addition and I know there are a lot of people who will enjoy it. But, there is no mention of it in the device manual. I have been able to work out how to do a curve and how to use it.
I do have to say that this is a great MOD and I have really enjoyed using it. Looking around at the prices I’ve seen it is an excellent performing MOD at a very good price. I’m a little surprised that there is no mention of how to use the curve feature in the manual, but it doesn’t take the shine off my opinion of the device.
- Fast firing
- Fire speed control
- Large vertical screen
- Curve feature
- The comfort feel of the device
- Comfortably allows 30mm atomisers
- Curve feature not explained in manual
- Possibly stronger magnets on the battery door
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