I’m always glad to have a Vaporesso device come across my desk. In the few years that I’ve been doing reviews, I’ve come to associate the Vaporesso brand with excellence in almost every facet of vaping. Their devices are marvelously designed, perform above and beyond expectations, and always feature some technical marvel that other mods just can’t compete with.
The newest box mod kit, the Vaporesso Swag kit, is a full triple-threat in each of those categories. It snuggles into the palm of your hand with its 75mm x 48mm x 25mm dimensions and its 64g weight. The Swag also features a different design aesthetic with the inclusion of an IML (in-mold label) face-plate that adds to its durable and easily grippable facade.
And the technical marvel that puts the Vaporesso Swag above the competition? The Omni 2.0 circuit board that lets you charge the mod faster with its 2A charging capability displays precise and multiple readings and has numerous smart features that allow you to program your most important vaping settings.
Some of the other more fascinating features of the Vaporesso Swag:
- Temperature range of 200F-600F
- Power output between 5-80W
- Powered by one 18650 battery (sold separately)
- 510 threaded
- Almost seven different output modes
- Resistance ranges from 0.5ohms to 5 ohms
Here’s what you’ll receive with the purchase of a Vaporesso Swag kit:
- One Vaporesso SWAG mod
- One GT2 Core (pre-installed)
- One NRG SE 3.5 ml sub-ohm tank/TPD 2ml tank also available
- One Vaporesso Micro USB charging cable
- One extra GT CCell coil
- One extra glass tube
- One instruction booklet
The first thing I was struck by with the Vaporesso Swag is the small stature of the device, which is fitting since “swag” is supposed to mean exactly that: “swag” has nothing to do with size, and everything to do with attitude.
The other thing that caught my eye was the top cap of the battery cell that I mistook for a rotating knob that I thought would be how you could control the settings on the mod. Ha! Boy, was I wrong. But still, I wouldn’t hate it if a company came out with such a retro-design for one of their mods.
The plastic injected coating on the Swag was something that felt great and melded well with the overall, fits-in-your-hand design goals of the mod. It was textured but was still smooth enough to provide a satisfying feel.
Along the side of the mod, you’ll find the OLED screen, the firing button, and the mode selector button. The plus/minus selector buttons are on the front of the device located close to the rest of the controls.
Despite being a Vaporesso tank, the NRG SE sub-ohm tank the Swag comes with recalls a SMOK design, like the Big Baby or the TRV8 with the orange O-Rings inside. The chimney inside is slightly broad and looked like it would provide a considerable amount of vapor.
There are bottom airflow slits, along with a protruding 510 pin. The diameter of the tank only measures 22mm, so Vaporesso decided to keep it small rather than go for that extra-wide tank. The 22mm tank is also because anything wider would not be able to fit onto the mod, given its proximity to the battery top cap.
And, again taking a cue from SMOK’s top-fill tanks, but also the original NRG tank, the NRG SE has a sliding top cap that reveals the bean-shaped fill hole underneath. The top cap also snaps in and out of place for secure, leak-proof filling.
The tank comes pre-fitted with a GT2 0.5ohm coil and has a companion GCell coil that has 0.5ohms of resistance. The GT2 vapes best within the range of 40-80 watts and the GCell within the scope of 20-35W.
There are so many different features on the Vaporesso Swag, much like with the Vaporesso Revenger that it can be hard to wrap your head around all them. But these kinds of advancements in vape technology are what Vaporesso is known for, so it’s to be expected to have to go through a slight learning curve to get the most out of your Vaporesso products.
So let’s start with the basics. To turn on the device, you click the firing button on five times. If you have no atomizer attached, the OLED screen will display a “change atomizer.” When you’ve connected the NRG SE to the tank, the smart mode on the mod will automatically adjust the wattage to the attached tank, just like with the Revenger and the Tarot.
Apart from the now standard temp control, variable wattage control and TCR modes, the Vaporesso Swag features a new technology that is fast becoming a new standard for box mods. The Vaporesso Swag makes use of both CCW and CCT modes (custom curved wattage and custom curved temperature, respectively).
These options let you designate the power and temperature your vape begins and ends in with each session. It also enables you to decide how long you want the mod to vape at either your preferred temperature or wattage.
So, if you want your vape to start at a specific temperature (say 350F) and only want it to last for a certain amount of time (as low as half a second) before it moves on to another temperature, then, the Vaporesso Swag lets you do that.
Of course, you can cycle through the all the different modes using the mode selector button. You’ll find temperature control settings for nickel, stainless steel, and titanium; you can also use the bypass mode to do away with all the adjustable settings and use the Swag like a mech mod.
The Vaporesso also has three different (high, normal, and soft) vaping modes dependent on which coils you are using in the atomizer. So there are plenty of adjustable features on this Vaporesso Swag, only – and I’m nitpicking here – I didn’t like having to hold the mod sideways to access and change all the features. I would have preferred to have the screen upright to keep my tank upright and not risk it leaking all over the place.
And, if there is anyone here who thinks that Vaporesso should not be crowned the most scientifically, forward-thinking vape company, speak now or forever hold your peace. No one? Alright, then, Vaporesso, I now pronounce you King of the Vapes.
The level of customization available on the Vaporesso Swag, again, is something that a brand like Vaporesso specializes in. I had toyed around with the CCW and CCT modes in their previous hosts, the Revenger, and the Tarot, but I was still too confounded by it to get the most out of it.
But this curve setting allows for such a level of precision and customizability that the more I learned about it, the more I lost interest in boring, old temperature control and variable wattage control.
To me, the curve features were similar to adjusting the levels on your sound system; you tinker with them just enough to find that ideal level; the vaping nirvana, if you will. This is the spot where your vapor reaches a certain level of perfection, whether it be regarding flavor, temperature, or both because you have programmed it for a specific wattage (or temperature).
And then, just like that, poof! It’s gone.
You reach the apex and, of course, you can maintain it at that level or you can bring the levels back down, or even push it higher depending, of course, on what your coils can take. The curve settings can also be used to conserve your battery life and e-juice levels.
I went with the CCT option to go through peaks and valleys with my vape. I started cold at nearly 300F and then programmed it to go up slowly by ten increments, every ten seconds, to keep it nice and even. But then I changed it to go up every twenty seconds, and so on.
The level of precision and adjustability were evident from the first inhale. My vape was great-tasting, but the clouds were not so prodigious. The density and length of my vape cloud did grow as the temperature slowly went higher. I had on the pre-installed NRG SE coil, so I stayed within the recommended range of 40-80W.
Swapping out the GT CCoil, which vapes in between a range of 20-35W, was a flavor-chucker’s paradise, however, especially when paired with the CCW function on the Swag. Feeling the flavor intensity gradually increase with every new inhale was revelatory.
Sure, you could do that on your own, but that’s the novel thing about CCW and CCT that you pre-program where you want the device to go and that’s where it goes.
This is yet another comparison made solely because the two mods physically resemble each other. The two mods in question are, of course, the Vaporesso Swag Kit and the SMOK AL85, but the fact that they look alike is the only thing that connects them.
The Vaporesso Swag Kit has such a bevy of adjustable features and settings that its resemblances to the SMOK AL85 is all that connects it to the mod. The two devices, of course, do share physical characteristics like their shape, size, and large top-screw battery cap next to the 510 threads.
But, as I’ve been droning on throughout this review, the Vaporesso Swag Kit features such a high-level of personalization, most notably the CCW and the CCT settings that the SMOK AL85 does not even come close to overtaking it.
The Vaporesso Swag Kit has a great-looking shape and design; it comes in five different colors, and they all bring out the best accents to the device, especially with the knurling around the battery cap.
Apart from the CCW and the CCT functions that I’ve probably bored you to death by talking about it so much, there are still, even more, things you can customize about the Vaporesso Swag from the brightness on the OLED display to the vaping modes of normal, hard, and soft.
The fact that you could swap out the coils to use on any number of different tanks was something that I thought brought up the level of customizability to even greater heights.
LIMITED TANK SIZE
Because of the restrictions of the battery cap, which looks cool, there’s not much of a chance to use any bigger size tank over 22m. But that wasn’t such a deal-breaker; I just would’ve liked to see how different tanks and coil system would have performed with the CCW and CCT functions.
There’s not much left to say; Vaporesso never ceases to impress. My expectations of what a Vaporesso device can achieve are not only met but exceeded, every time. The Vaporesso Swag has a beautiful, compact form; it’s great for a portable device, and durable with its aluminum alloy casing.
The tank and coil system work magically in cooperation with the many features and customizable vaping options on the Swag that is brought to us by the fantastic Omni board that now even lets you control the speed, duration, temperature, and wattage of your vape to exacting levels.
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