eGo-V V3 Mega by SLB


ego-v-v3The eGo-V V3 Mega is a 1300mah VV/VW battery with an LCD screen and pass-through capabilities. It is the first eGo style battery with variable wattage. Similar in style to the V2 but with VW & a better LCD. It features short circuit, low voltage, & over-discharge protection, a 14-seconds safety cut-off, and a 5 Click On/Off function. The v3’s dimensions are 132mm by 17mm, so much thinner than most 1300mah batteries which are usually 22mm or greater. It is compatible with all eGo and 510 threaded atomizers/cartomizers/clearomizers. The pass-though sports a mini-usb connection on the bottom. I know some people are annoyed that it’s not micro-usb, but I have a multitude of devices with both, have many cables & chargers laying around, so for me it’s not a big deal. The LCD screen indicates power level, current wattage or voltage, lock state, and can also display the atomizer’s ohm rating. The wattage range is 3.0w-15.0w in 0.5w increments and voltage can go from 3.0v-6.0v in 0.1v increments. I picked mine up at sweet-vapes.com, in black, for around $32.
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This is my first foray into VV/VW, and after a lot of online research, I settled on the eGo-V V3. For those new to VV/VW vaping (I’ll be writing a longer beginner’s guide later), here’s the gist: Most regular 510/ego batteries are regulated at 3.7 volts, this in conjunction with the atomizer’s ohm rating produce a given wattage (Watts=Volts2/Ohms). Wattage is how much power is coming to your coils. The more energy, the hotter your coils. This also means that if you take a standard battery, use an atomizer with a 1.6 ohm rating, you will get a hotter vape and different characteristics than if you used the same juice with a 2.2ohm atomizer.

Now first their were VV or variable voltage batteries, these would let you set the voltage within a given range, so in the example above, if you wanted to get the same characteristics on your 2.2ohm as on your 1.6ohm, you’d need to rase the voltage. You still had to do a bit of math, but at least it was possible. Now VW, or variable wattage, is a step above that. Instead of adjusting volts, you set the wattage you want produced, the device will read the resistance of the atomizer (ohms) and set the voltage automatically to the correct value. Now you can set your wattage and then swap out various ohm atomizers while still producing a similar heating profile.

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Anyway, back to the eGo-V V3. Pressing & holding the + button switches the device from VV to VW and back. Quick presses of the + or – buttons will increase or decrease the voltage/wattage depending on what is selected. The screen shows a V or W to let you know which mode you are in. Holding the – key down for a bit will display the ohm rating of the atomizer. When you plug in a new tank, this ohm value is also briefly displayed. Finally, holding down both buttons puts the device into lock mode, so that accidental hits of the button do not change your selected volts/watts. Pressing the buttons together again for 5 secs will unlock it. There is a small lock icon on the screen when the device is locked.

Build quality is nice, the black model has a coating that gives it a smooth rubbery feel, very comfortable. Power regulation seems to be very good all the way until the battery needs recharging. Speaking of a dead batter, the V3 is pass-through so you can plug it in to recharge but still continue to vape. I’ve really enjoyed this battery, varying the wattage, finding the right power level for various juices. Some e-Juices just work better at higher settings. I found Captivate’s The Good Sh*t to be much more flavorful at 10.5 watts. One great use of the ohm reader is to keep track on how your atomizer is doing. If after a while you see it’s ohms rising, you know it’s on it’s way out, or maybe needs a good cleaning. If the atomizer is dead you’ll get zero ohms.

My only complaint so far is that the power button gets stuck down sometimes. I’m hoping this will clear up after more use, but we’ll see. Also there is no end cap covering the bottom mini-usb port. True this means you can’t lose it, but I worry about junk ending inside the port from carrying it in my shirt pocket. At 1300mah this battery will last for a while. So in short, I love it. Setting the watts and letting the battery decide on the volts for whatever ohm atomizer I’m using is extremely cool. The slightly thicker body looks great with my larger clearos, like the Nautilus. This has become my regular vaping battery. At $32 the V3 is slightly more expensive than other standard eGos but the added VV/VW and ohm reader makes it worth it.

eGo-V V3 Mega by SLB, reviewed by vapeAdmin on 2014-02-24T01:54:30+00:00 rating 4.6 out of 5

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10 thoughts on “eGo-V V3 Mega by SLB

  • just me

    It’s a shame they went mini USB instead of micro. I know you said it isn’t a big deal for you but its sort of a deal breaker for me. It’s one of the reasons I chose the iTaste VV V3 when upgrading from my original ego. I was tired of carrying around the charging dongle. I have a lot of micro USB devices so I have chargers everywhere, office, car, kitchen, bedroom. but I haven’t used a mini USB in years. Seems like a missed opportunity.
    Thanks for the review.

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    • vapeAdmin Post author

      I can understand not wanting mini USB if all you have are micro devices now. How are you liking the iTaste VV V3? I just picked up an iTaste VTR. Love it, put it is one heavy mod!

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  • ssw

    I prefer mini-usb to micro. it’s ends are a superior design with ends that don’t wear out and tend to fit more snugly.

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  • David C

    Do you write an online beginners guide I can see? I bought an eGo-V v3 Protank 2 kit with a battery, mouth piece/ chamber and a charger cable. I want to use it for dry herb.

    Most guides don’t tell how to fill it or how to keep it going. I’ve read how to turn it on but then it doesnt seem to keep going. I’ve had the same problem with other vaporizers too. Do i need to keep holding button down?

    I regret I have no idea whatsoever about how to actually load it and smoke it. Is there any useful very basic guide for complete newbies? Even the online forums and youtube videos raise more questions for me than they answer and seem to be for users with some basic experience. Very frustrating and amstuck just looking at darn thing.

    Many thanks!

    David C

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    • Laura Jones

      I’m having trouble with my ego v v3 mega also. It will not vape! Once or twice it does and I have to puff untill my head shrinks. Rrrr

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  • Steph

    Just have a question for you about these. I bought an ego-v3 from my local cape shop. Liked it a lot and bought one online that was supposed to be the same but it is slightly different. The one I bought in store has no markings on the battery. Completely plain. It came in a light brown box with the ego-v v3 label/logo and has a micro USB charger. The one I bought online seems to work slightly better and has the ego-v v3 logo printed directly on the battery. It came in a dark brown box with logo on it and it has a mini USB charger. Is one an older version or is the one I bought in store some sort of knockoff? Just wondering as I am very new to vaping and know nothing about any of the stuff.

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    • vapeAdmin Post author

      Sounds like the first one was a clone. I had bought a couple in the past and they always had the logo and also came in a dark brown box.

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      • Mark T

        Nice review. I was wondering if you still have the stuck button problem. And if not, how did you fix. I’m having that same problem.

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