This is my very first mech mod. I got to try a few at my local B&Ms and my friend’s but I never really had the desire to buy one myself, since newer generation regulated mods suite my needs perfectly well. But I’m a curious guy and the prospect of having a neat little stick as my new all-day vape sounds rather appealing, right?
Well, let’s dive right into it.
- VGOD Elite Crest Design
- Deep Set VGOD Engraving
- Diameter: 24mm
- Height: 85mm
- 510 Hybrid Connection
- Floating Battery Adjustment
- Single 18650 (not included)
- Gold Plated Copper Contact
- Aerospace Carbon Fiber Switch
- Plastic Tube Insert for Battery Protection
- VGOD Elite Series Mech Mod
- User Manual
- Warranty Card
- Protection case
- VGOD Pin
- 2 VGOD Stickers
- Replacement spring
Upon opening the package, you will be presented with a neat looking box, ready to visually upgrade your dusty, unnecessary collection of boxes. Inside you will find a practical and sturdy protection case, which seems to be made of nylon or some type of polyester. If you really, really like your Elite, you can keep the plastic foam insert, but personally, I recommend to remove it. You can store your liquid/batteries/supplies in the mesh pocket while securing your hardware in the customizable rubber strap grid on the bottom of the case.
How I (ab)used it
I pumped about 300ml of liquid through a few RDAs/RDTAs attached to the Elite. I used it as my all-day vape for about 20 days before writing this review. Atypical for me, I didn’t drop it once! However, I kept it in my pockets alongside my keys most of the time.
How it feels and performs
Before we get to the review itself, please take your time to read through this paragraph thoroughly.
Mech mods basically are nothing more than a simple circuit with a switch. There is no chipset or other safety features (besides venting holes) ready to counteract if you build too low, use the wrong batteries, don’t check your battery caps if they are dented, don’t use an atomizer with a protruded positive pin or forget something else among the many, many guidelines a mech user should follow to stay safe. Only you are responsible to keep you out of harm’s way. Don’t cheap out on batteries. Study Ohm’s law. RTFM. Don’t build below 0.07 Ohm unless you absolutely know what you are doing. Periodically check your hardware! Better be safe now than sorry later.
The Elite has a very distinctive style. While most tube-styled mech mods have a cylindric form factor, the Elite looks like a pregnant VGOD Pro mod. I personally really like the so called "flare grip" design. The crest pin, which looks like an exact copy of the included Pin (but isn’t removable), sits in a rounded off recess, which is the perfect place to clamp your thumb into while vaping. This way the mod sits in your hand nice and safe without sliding around.
Apart from the little belly in the middle, the VGOD Elite is 24mm(~0.95 inches) in diameter and 85mm(~3.35 inches) tall, which means that every 24mm atomizer will fit perfectly. Naturally, it’s a very heavy mod due to the full copper body. With a battery inserted, it weights 256g. For reference, my beefy LV Drone BF mod, loaded with 2 batteries and a full 11ml squonk bottle, clocks in at 361g, only ~100g heavier. The 510 hybrid connection has a very precise threading, I didn’t have any issues with it the whole time. The cerakote-like coating looks and feels absolutely perfect, even after deliberately trying to scratch it with a key it looks like it just left the factory. You can’t say the same about the full copper body, though. Copper has the characteristic of oxidizing. Since the deep set engraved VGOD logo on the side of the mod and the switch on the bottom aren’t coated, they develop the typical green, blunted patina pretty fast. While some might like the used look, I personally tried to remove the patina. I’ll describe the steps I’ve taken and my success in doing so in a later paragraph of the review.
The "aerospace carbon fiber" switch shares it’s (real) carbon fiber inlet with the VGOD Pro switch. However, it feels a little bit stronger and the outer part is made from pure copper. Sadly, the switches aren’t interchangeable between the Elite and the Pro. It features a screwed gold plated copper connection and a self-adjusting, spring-loaded battery holding ring which also features 6 venting holes. Since the venting holes are in the switch, I recommend to put your batteries in with the positive pin facing down for added security. All the parts are exceptionally well made, there is no battery or switch rattling even when shaken violently.
I don’t know if it was designed that way intentionally, but if you put a fingernail or a flat-head screwdriver in the gold plated connection and twist the carbon inlet clockwise, you can adjust the required way/force needed to make contact with the battery when pressed. However, therein lies the only design flaw I found and unfortunately, it’s a big one. If you twist it too much, the switch can and will stick out of your mod, causing it to autofire even when standing on the table. Now you might think "Well, how is this a design flaw? I simply won’t twist it that far /u/strel0ka, you moron!".
Well, the problem is the way you are firing your mod. You usually hold it in your wrist and press the switch with your pinkie or ring finger. The angle you apply pressure to the switch causes you to slightly turn the carbon inlet counter-clockwise when holding the mod with your right hand or clockwise when holding the mod in your left hand just a tiny bit every time you fire it. Since the pressure needed to close the circuit is enough to generate grip between the battery and the inlet, the switch will eventually protrude out of the mod without you even noticing if used left handed. This is really dangerous since the mod will keep firing until
- best case: you realize the fuck up and shamefully change the burned cotton of your RBA after screwing the inlet back in (this happened to me twice!)
- worst case: your battery vents or explodes since it’s a mech mod and it will just keep firing.
If you only use your right hand to hold the mod, you can safely ignore this flaw. If you are left-handed like me, you have to screw it back in after about every ten hits, which means you have to unscrew the switch, stick your fingernail or a screwdriver into the inlet and twist it back into the switch every. damn. time. As a substitute, simply alternate between your left and your right hand to counter the unwanted protrusion.
Unfortunately, I can’t measure the voltage drop precise enough since I’m only capable of measuring the voltage drop of the mod combined with the voltage sag of my batteries with my current equipment. The obvious solution to this would be to simply subtract the known voltage sag of my test batteries from the overall value, but since the internal voltage sag depends on the applied resistance, the internal/external temperature and the age of the battery, I don’t feel comfortable sharing numbers. However, I compared it to a lent VGOD Pro, alternating the same battery and RDA/build between the two Mechs.
In my experience, both mods hit about equally hard with the Elite having a tiny advantage. You do notice the voltage drop, though!
- good cost-benefit ratio
- incredibly well made
- ergonomic design
- practically unscratchable
- no cheap materials used
- hits hard
- Adjustable switch may protrude out of the mod if used left-handed, causing dangerous auto-firing
- "naked" copper parts are oxidizing rather quickly if left untreated
Would I buy it (again)?
With a list price of 120$, I’m not sure if the ergonomic and subjectively smoother design would be worth the benefits over the 50$ VGOD Pro or a similar mech tube. However, since the list price recently dropped down to 90$, I definitely prefer the Elite. It’s premium finish and all materials used feel like the result of a long, thorough and precise development cycle. While this is my first own mech mod, I tried a lot of them in stores or borrowed them for a few days from friends. I don’t like the usual tube style since they all feels the same (at least to me) and tend to slide around inside your wrist. Not the Elite! It challenges high-end, small batch mech tubes for a fraction of the price.
If you already have a VGOD Pro or a similar mech mod with the right quality, the potential improvements of the Elite probably aren’t worth it for you. If you look for an incredibly well made, sexy, durable, hard hitting and fair priced single 18650 mech mod with a premium touch and the features to back it up, you have to decide if the mentioned design flaw and the natural patina affect you and if they do, annoy you. After a few weeks, I trained myself to use the right hand whenever the switch protruded too much, I don’t even have to consciously fix it anymore. If you can tolerate those issues/effects: The VGOD Elite is definitely worth it.
Cleaning copper – with ketchup?!
Yeah, you heard that right. If you don’t like the patina of your copper parts, you can either buy an expensive cleaning paste or take care of it the old fashioned way.
There are multiple options. Some of the most popular are:
- washing powder (not very effective)
- citric acid (very effective, but damages the copper and results in an ugly pink finish)
- ketchup mixed with salt (effective, results in a blunt, clean copper finish)
Today we will try the last method.
4. Wait 10-30 minutes (Take a power nap or something.)
I wasn’t very patient and polished it after 10 minutes of waiting. Here is the result, I feel like a bit more waiting and polishing would make this method even better. I really like the blunt, clean look, what do you think?
Thanks for reading my review on the VGOD Elite! It took quite a while to test it thoroughly and I’d really appreciate your feedback. If you liked the review, please let me know! If you hated it, let me know, too! Since English isn’t my mother’s tongue, there may be some grammatical errors present.