Vaptio Wall Crawler Kit Review
The Vaptio Wall Crawler Kit is really comfortable in the hand and it vapes well in power mode while doing a decent job in TC.
First Impression Out Of The Box:
This is a nice little kit by Vaptio. Vaptio is definitely an up-and-comer in the vape market and they have been producing some nice products as of late. The Wall Crawler is no exception. It comes in a box with a cardboard sleeve. Remove the sleeve and open the box to find the mod sitting in a white plastic tray. Underneath the white plastic tray, you will find some paperwork, a USB cable, a spare coil, and the Throne tank. All the packaging is done very nicely.
My first impression when I put this kit in my hand was that it reminded me of a Smok AL85 or an Eleaf Pico mod. It has that raised battery cap like both of those mods do. It also has the same exact form factor and just like the AL85, it has a firing bar on the side of the mod. The screen is nice and big and there is some detailed webbing that goes around the mod. It really has a Venom/Spiderman kind of look to it.
What’s In The Box:
- Throne Sub Ohm Tank
- Wall Crawler 80W Mod
- User manual
- USB cable
- 1* Throne D1 coil, 0.25ohm
- 1* Throne D2 coil, 1.2ohm
From Top To Bottom:
On the top plate of the mod, we have the 510 connection, three-star screws, and a battery cap. The three-star screws hold the top plate in place. There is a stainless steel ring around the 510 connection. The threading around the 510 connection is very smooth and so far, all of my atomizers have sat flush on it. You can fit up to 25 mm on this mod without any overhang. Anything bigger and the exposed battery cap starts to get in the way. The 510 is gold plated and spring loaded. It has a very firm and short throw to it.
The outside exterior of the battery cap, there is some knurling in order for you to get a good grip of it. The threading on the battery cap itself is a little bit on the crunchy side and it could definitely be smoother. Once the battery cap is off, on the inside of the battery cap, you will see a clear negative battery indicator marking. When the tube is empty and you look straight down the battery tube, there is a red positive battery indicator marking. The tube fits all my 18650s rather snug. I have had no issues with the cap staying on or any sort of battery rattle.
The screen facing you on the left side of the mod is where you will find the firing bar. It is extremely responsive and you can fire the mod almost any place on the firing bar. Even when you press the firing bar towards the bottom, it will still fire the mod. I really like the way they did the firing bar on the wall crawler. It has a clicky tactile feel to it and it is extremely comfortable to use.
Located below the firing bar is where you will find the charge and update port. The Wall Crawler charges a single 18650 cell internally and quite quickly. It is also firmware upgradeable.
On the backside of the mod, there is a Spider-Man/Venom sort of logo. It almost looks like the black Spider-Man logo or the logo that Venom uses. Around the whole body of the mod, there is some webbing that really gives it a nice look. If you are into that Superhero sort of theme, you are definitely going to like the looks of this mod. On the bottom side of the mod, there is some battery venting as well as two-star screws with some Vaptio branding.
On the front side of the mod, there is a 1.3-inch color screen. It’s a pretty simple screen but it is well laid out and very easy to read. On the screen, you’ll be able to see your battery life, mode, puff counter and seconds, temperature, wattage, material, bolts, and resistance.
Below the screen is where you will find the up and down buttons. The up button is on the right and the down button is on the left. Both buttons have a diamond shape to them and they are very clicky and tactile. They are the same color of the mod which is black.
The Throne tank comes with a really nice 510 drip tip. It is made of Delrin and very comfortable. The top cap has these V-shaped cutouts that make the cap look like a crown. They give the user a nice grip when removing the top cap. They give the tank a unique look as well. The top of the top cap does bevel upwards slightly but most DT’s will still look good on it because the beveling is very slight.
Once the top cap is removed, you will see a circular rubber piece. Get a tweezer, pull it out and throw it in the garbage. I have no idea why Vaptio insists on putting this in some of their tanks. It’s like the appendix of the Throne, it serves no use. If anything, it just gets in the way while refilling the tank. Remove it and you will probably be able to squeeze a little more capacity out of this tank. The cool thing about this tank is there really is no chimney. The chimney is actually an extension piece on every coil for the tank. That piece goes directly into the top cap of the Throne tank.
The Throne tank doesn’t use your traditional type of coil system. The base really just holds the glass. There is no screw in coil system, since the coil actually drops in from the top. The coil drops into a cage-like structure with juice port holes in it.
The juice flow holes are situated low and they do close up when you pull the coil out. So, when you pull the coil, all your juice stays in the tank because the holes automatically close up. I think Vaptio did a great job with this aspect of the tank and it works well. Kudos to Vaptio for being innovative.
The base of the tank has the same type of V-shaped cutouts that are on the top cap. There is a cyclops style air slot on both sides of the base. It is fully adjustable and it has a nice smooth action to it. The AFC has stoppers on both ends. On both ends of the glass, there is some gold accenting that gives the tank a classy look. On the bottom of the tank, there is some Vaptio branding as well as their website address. The 510 pin is gold plated and surrounded by an insulator ring. The threading on the 510 is stainless steel and very smooth. So far, the Throne has not gapped on any of my mods.
A little side note, when I was at ECC, I noticed that Vaptio was selling this exact kit with the Frogman XL tank instead of the Throne tank that I received with this kit. I don’t know why they decided to go with the Frogman XL tank. It seems to me that the coil system that they are using for that tank really isn’t well suited for a single cell device. It takes Baby Beast coils and it’s just not going to do very well with a single cell mod. I would have much rather have seen them stick with the Throne tank. I really can’t comment as to how the Frogman XL tank will perform with this kit because I don’t have it. If Vaptio decides to send me the kit with the Frogman XL tank, I will absolutely update this review on the performance of the Frogman XL tank on this mod. For now though, I can only review what they put in front of me and what I have in my kit is a Throne tank.
- D1 (0.25ohm) Ni/Cr
- Range 30 – 70 watts
- Best 40 – 60 watts
- D2 (1.2ohm) FeCrAl
- Range 5 – 20 watts
- Best 10 – 15 watts
The Throne tank comes with two coils. The D1 coil is the one that is pre-installed when you pull your tank out of the box. I used this one first and I have to say that it is quite a flavorful coil. I get really good flavor from it at around 65 watts. The clouds are pretty nice, too, but it’s not really a cloud chucking coil. I would definitely rate this coil as more of a flavor coil with nice cloud production.
The second coil I tried was the D2 coil. This is a 1.2 ohm MTL coil. Really not my style of vaping in general but I do enjoy a good mouth to lung coil every now and then, just as a change-of-pace sort of vape. I like this coil right at around 12 watts. I feel like I get a nice, flavorful, loose MTL vape at that wattage. I have tried it near the 20-watt maximum and the vape was good but I definitely liked it a little bit more mellow and with less wattage when vaping this coil. I also tried it at under 10 watts and the vape seemed a little too anemic for me. I think that Vaptio has this coil rated correctly with a best of rating of 10 to 15 watts.
The coil itself is a legitimate MTL coil. The problem is the airflow on the Throne tank is definitely on the loose side. You can get a MTL vape off of this tank, if you cut the airflow down to just a sliver. I mean almost to the point where it doesn’t look like it’s open. Run the airflow like that and you can get a loose MTL vape off of the Throne tank. I just want to make sure that all the MTL Tootle Puffers out there understand that, this is not a tight draw when it comes to this tank and this particular coil. One con that also has to be taken into consideration is the limited coil choices and availability.
The Look, Feel, and General Aesthetics Of The Mod:
I’m a comic book collector, so I really like the look and feel of this mod. I’ve been reading Spiderman since I was a little kid and this mod just appeals to me. I love the webbing that they put all around the mod and I definitely did the Spiderman logo. I know, people are going to bring up the trademark infringement thing. I’m not too happy when I see that either but to be honest, that’s not my fight so I’ll let Marvel take that up with Vaptio. While I’m not happy about them going that route, I do like the look of the mod.
It’s a really nice form factor and the mod seems to be very well built. Aside from the little bit of crunchiness on the battery threading, it seems like a real solid mod. I like the way it feels in my hand and I absolutely love the fire bar. I think the screen they decided to use is absolutely gorgeous and hopefully, we’ll see more UI’s in an update. All around, it’s just a solid little single 18650 kit.
The chip that Vaptio decided to use is a proprietary chip. The chipset is capable of 80 W and it can fire down as low as .05 ohms. It has a full temperature control suite that includes SS, Ni, and Ti. It also has four TCR slots for those of you that use custom wires. There are also four slots that are available for a custom wattage curve setting. I know that is becoming very popular nowadays. Not only does it have a custom wattage curve but it also has a custom temperature curve as well with four slots available. On top of all that, Vaptio even added preheat settings that include soft, normal, and hard. They really did pack in a lot of features into this chipset.
The Menu System:
The menu system is pretty simple, in fact, it’s a simple as it gets. Press the fire bar three times to enter the main menu system. Once you are in the main menu system, you use the up and down buttons to highlight the section you want to enter. Once that section is highlighted, you press the fire button to enter that submenu. You do the same thing in the sub menu, you use the up and down buttons to highlight the parts of the sub menu that you want to adjust. Once that part of the sub-menu is highlighted, you hit the fire bar to enter into those settings. At the bottom of each sub-menu, there is a back button as well as a home button. You don’t even need to read the manual for this menu system, all you need to do is play around with it for five minutes and you’ll have it down cold.
How Does It Vape:
Vaptio never ceases to amaze me. They really put out some good products and I think they’re one of the most underrated companies in the vape market game right now. I have no doubt in my mind that this mod is absolutely doing the full 80 watts. It actually fires really fast and it hits really hard for a little regulated mod.
In TC mode, I did vape it next to one of my DNA mods. The TC on this is actually pretty decent but it does seem to be a little rowdy in TC mode. I think it’s actually hitting 10 to 15 degrees harder than the screen actually shows. One con in TC mode is the fact that you cannot adjust your wattage and I think that’s the issue with the rowdiness. It almost feels like it hits everything at the full 80 watts and then backs off. I think the internal wattage adjustment on this chipset is a bit on the aggressive side in TC mode. In TC mode, it actually ramps up your coil really quickly. I would definitely like to see the ability to adjust my own wattage in TC mode. Whenever a company does not allow me to do that, I will always list it as a con.
What Would Make It better:
- Smoother Threading On The Battery Cap
- Ability To Adjust Wattage In TC Mode
The threading isn’t terrible it’s just not very smooth especially towards the end when you are screwing the cap down. You can definitely feel a little bit of crunchiness and I would have liked to have seen it smoothed it out towards the end of the threading.
Having the ability to adjust the wattage in TC mode would have probably gone a long way in making this a much better mod. It’s already a great little single cell kit but not having that ability definitely hinders it when it comes to TC mode. As I’ve said multiple times in many other reviews, TC is all about control. When you limit one of our aspects of controlling the vape, you limit the ability to do good TC. I’m not saying that this mod doesn’t do good TC because it does. I just think the TC could have been much better if they would have given you the ability to adjust your wattage in TC mode. At the very least, I think they need to tone the TC down to be more accurate.
This is a good little kit from Vaptio. I’m not surprised at all, to be honest. They’ve been turning out some really good products in the past. Yeah, they’ve had a few missteps here and there but they always come back and make improvements. I like companies that run their business like that. Vaptio has always been a company that listens to its consumers and it’s constantly improving on every product.
I really like this kit a lot and I love the theme that they decided to use. It is really comfortable in the hand and it vapes well in power mode while doing a decent job in TC. You would probably be hard-pressed to find a better single 18650 kit on the market right now. It just performs very well and it looks good doing it. This one has my friendly neighborhood DeucesJack approval for all you Spidey lovers out there.
The Vaptio Wall Crawler Kit is really comfortable in the hand and it vapes well in power mode while doing a decent job in TC.
Pros & Cons:
A note about Pros and Cons. These are my Pros and Cons. They are very subjective. What may be a pro to me could be a con to you and vice versa.
- Color Screen
- Form Factor
- Accurate In Power Mode
- Decent TC
- Well Laid Out Screen
- Fires Fast
- Good Battery Life
- Bright Screen
- Very Pocketable
- Charges Fast Internally
- 25 MM Atomizers With No Overhang
- Extremely Simple Menu System
- Wattage Curve and TC Curve
- TCR Function
- Battery Cape Threading Could Be Better
- TC Is On The Rowdy Side And Has Room For Improvement
- Well Built
- Nice Knurling On The Top Cap And Base
- Very Good Flavor
- Decent Clouds
- Drop In Coil System
- Looks Good On The Mod
- Smooth Airflow
- Loose MTL Vape Is Possible
- Limited Coil Availability