When I started vaping, I didn't jump in head first. I did what I always do when entering a new product segment. I started small. One little eGo 650 battery and one CE4 clearomizer. I ran a bottle of juice through it and within a couple weeks decided that this was something that I was going to really enjoy. So I stepped up to a variable voltage eGo battery and a KangerTech Protank. And it was another couple weeks using both setups that I decided: it's time to really get serious about this and buy a serious "grown-up" device to vape on. I researched. I read. I watched reviews. A buddy of mine who got into vaping at the same time decided that he was buying a VAMO. I took a serious look at going that direction. It seems like all the big boys down at my local vape shop were using VAMOs.
I wasn't at all sure about the MVP. I had a great deal of apprehension about buying a device that is a little metal box with a button. At least with the bigger tube mods like the VAMO or the SVD, you could imagine that you are smoking a big cigar. Everything I've ever smoked was cylindrical. The idea of vaping on a small squarish device seemed, well, weird.
But the math on these things just didn't add up. If I bought the VAMO, I'd have spent $55 for it without any batteries in it and without a battery charger. On the other hand, the MVP has a built in 2600 maH battery in it and comes with its own charging cable that plugs right into my computer. The MVP version 2 (I bought mine almost immediately after the 2 was released) has the ability to set output in watts and volts instead of just volts like the eGo twist I was using. And the MVP has a built-in ohm reader to measure the resistance of the tank I put on top of it. And I was able to get all that for just a little over the price of the VAMO without adding an additional $35 in batteries and a decent charger.
Fast forward a few months and this week 101vape.com has the MVP2 for $39.99. That is literally nuts. It's so nuts that I ordered myself a second one tonight. I'm entirely certain that some of my vaping buddies will shake their heads at me for doing such a boneheaded thing. Why in the world wouldn't I save my money and order a different mod? Why wouldn't I make the leap into mechanical mods and rebuildable atomizers?
I'll tell you why. For the same reason that I've been harping on the past few nights. I place a high degree of value in convenience. I love the fact that on my MVP, I can charge it and literally get a couple of days of vaping off of a single charge. I like the fact that it's actually got a USB power output that would allow me to use it as a backup battery charger for my iPhone. I don't use that on a daily basis, but I'm going to be traveling at Christmas this year and may just need a little extra juice in my phone if I use it to shoot a bunch of pictures.
More importantly, like I said at the start of this post, I really really really like products that are well built. I like products that I feel like were designed for use by the military on the battlefield. Things that are going to last me a while. Those are all characteristics of the Innokin iTaste MVP. So as of tonight, I've added a silver MVP to my black one.
But there is another reason I did this. The single most important reason. At $39.99 for the MVP, it is literally only a few dollars more expensive than the eGo vv V2. And it's actually less expensive than Innokin's own vv model that has a quarter of the battery life and actually quite a few less features. Sure, the MVP is a bit bulkier, but even with a big Apsire tank or Protank on it, the whole thing fits easily in my pocket. I never carry it in my pocket, but it's small enough to.
Now I will have two of what I consider to be the best, most robust devices made for vaping. And one will always have a nice full charge. Or maybe I'll just keep two different tanks on them and go back and forth between two different flavors. I already tend to do that with my eGo batteries in the mix. If you are looking for a solid, convenient, and ridiculously well-built device, I don't think that you will come anywhere close to competing with the MVP in the sub-$40 range.