Augvape’s has been pretty bold with the design of their first high-powered mainstream mod. The V200 is a dual 18650 box mod, capable of powering up to 200W, and is designed to resemble a Honda VTEC engine.
It forgoes fancy features and even temp control for simplicity and power. It also has some smart design choices to help it remain a streamlined, compact device.
Engines at the ready…..let’s take the V200 for a spin.
Well-executed design, simple board & controls, delivers in power mode. Compact and durable.
Polarizing looks, quite simplistic board with no Temp Control or power curves.
- Dimensions: 87.5mm x 45mm x 29.2mm
- 5 to 200W Output Range
- 0.05 to 3.0 ohm Atomizer Resistance Range
- Modes: Bypass Mode, VMode (Responsive power mode), Normal (power mode)
- 0.96 Inch OLED Display
- Construction: Zinc Alloy
- Oversize Hidden Firing Button and Rotating Button
- In Built Protections
- On-Board Charging: 1.2A
- Takes Dual 18650 batteries
- Gold plated 510 pin (Stainless steel plate)
- Weight: 164g
- Available Colours: Red, Black, White
Augvape has not played it safe with the design of the V200. It’s clearly a device that’s only going to appeal to a certain niche of vaper.
The fact that the V200 mod is inspired by, or in fact looks exactly like a Honda B VTEC engine, may put some people off.
However, it has to be said they’ve actually done a remarkable job at getting the minute details right, and have not compromised the look or usability of the device with intelligent design choices like the ‘hidden’ fire button on the screen, and the scroll wheel for control.
It’s also an incredibly sturdy device, one which I’m sure will withstand some heavy use and abuse.
I’ve heard arguments both for and against the look and style of the V200.
Why did they make it look like a Honda engine?….. and Wow, that looks exactly like a Honda engine?
Irrelevant of which camp you fall into, you can’t argue that Augvape has done a very good job of replicating the design of a Honda engine cam cover. Especially considering this is their first mainstream box mod.
It’s also one of those devices that pictures don’t do it full justice; it’s far better in person.
I was initially in the first camp of not totally agreeing with the design choice. But after using it for a couple of weeks, I now really like the look and feel of it, and it’s certainly a head turner.
I think part of the fact I’ve been won over by the design of the V200 mod, is it has rock solid build quality.
This mod has a sturdiness and weight to it that gives you a sense of satisfying security; it is not a flimsy plastic device. The main body is built from die-cast zinc alloy.
I’ve had no issue with the paintwork scratching or device breaking after a couple of accidental drops, and the battery door is well implemented and robust. Although there are no signs of holes for battery venting.
The scroll or jog wheel is the only part of the device that might not be as long-lasting, as it’s made from plastic, but it does seem to be quite a strong plastic.
The V200 has become one of my top beater mods due to it being so rugged and durable.
While the V200 is a heavy box mod, and you will certainly notice it in your pocket, it’s surprisingly small for a dual 18650 device.
It measures in at 87.5mm by 45mm by 29.2mm, which is quite a lot thinner than some other dual 18650 devices. In all honesty, I was expecting it to be a far more chunky device just by nature of its design.
However, despite the weight of the mod I quite happily class this a portable dual battery device.
While there isn’t any real innovation in the design of the V200, after all, it looks like a Honda engine.
There are some clever design decisions like scroll wheel to control the mod looking like the oil filter cap of the engine. The 510 connection sparking a resemblance to a wheel hub. Even the screen, fire button, and micro USB port do not look out of place in the seamless central black slither.
It’s these little nuances that keep the V200 looking clean and authentic, but also add to the comfortable, practical use.
Maybe one of the reasons Augvape were able to keep this quite a slim and streamlined device, is due to it having an almost back to basics board.
The V200 only has 3 modes; Normal, V Mode, and Bypass Mode.
There are no fancy features like preheat settings or curve modes, and even more surprisingly there’s no temp control.
Normal mode is exactly that, your straight up wattage mode.
V Mode acts as a boost or hard setting, which is also supposed to decrease ramp-up time. I didn’t really notice the difference between this and normal mode, as it seems to fire pretty instant in normal mode anyway.
Bypass mode allows you to hit with whatever voltage you have left in the batteries (coil resistance dependant) bypassing the regulator to simulate a mech mod.
The V200 also has vape while charging, and pauses the charge while you have a vape.
The V200 box mod is one of the easiest devices to use.
That’s not just down to it having a lack of features or confusing menu’s to navigate, but also because of the controls.
The fire button which is integrated into the top of the screen is really responsive and clicky, and a delight to use.
The control wheel feels natural to handle and makes it easy to navigate the menu and adjustments settings up and down.
The only operating controls you need to know are:
- Five clicks of fire button to turn on and off
- Three clicks of fire button to enter the menu
- Use the wheel to navigate through the menu options
- To lock wattage hold fire button and turn wheel up – repeat to unlock
- Wake up the device with any button (goes into sleep mode after idling for 60 secs)
- Press the fire button and wheel down together, you lock and unlock the atomizer
When it comes to performance, the V200 really has some horsepower behind it.
You may not be able to set power curves or TCR values, but you can certainly get a great vape experience from the sheer raw power.
The V200 hits fast, and it hits hard.
I don’t have the ability to measure the exact power output to see if it hits the 200W advertised. But I’m sure it can’t be far off.
It really is a powerful and excellent performing device when it comes to wattage or normal mode.
Set this thing into V Mode and it becomes even more powerful.
Not massively so that it will blow your socks off, but with certain builds, you will feel it, along with the faster ramp time. It’s noticeably more in the low to medium wattage ranges up to 120W.
Although personally, I didn’t feel the need to use V-Mode that often and was more than happy with the performance in Normal mode.
Temperature Control Mode
If you are a temp control vaper, this device is unquestionably not for you.
You’d typically expect most dual 18650 devices to be fairly equal when it comes to battery life.
That’s certainly not the case, and the V200 shocked me with just how efficient it is with the batteries.
It’s probably down to the simplified board, but Augvape has done an excellent job at making this device just sip at the power.
You could say, even though it’s a power monster the V200 is quite easy on the gas
The Augvape V200 does have a quirkiness about it as pays homage to the Honda B VTEC engine. But fundamentally that quirkiness is backed by the excellent build quality of a great performing mod.
Which is quite unlike some of the plastic cheaper looking mods that have flashing LEDs just for the sake of it.
I didn’t especially miss having all the extra features, and sometimes simplicity is key, especially when it comes in a good-looking compact design with great battery life.
However, if you’re a temp control vaper, then look elsewhere.
The Augvape V200 is a no-nonsense powerful daily beater and one which I have grown particularly fond of. If you like the look of it and don’t need all the bells and whistles, it’s a very solid purchase.
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