I received my 3.5 ml Vision Vivi Nova clearomizer last week from MadVapes for the low price of just under six bucks. The clearo came nicely boxed with three atomizer heads, 1.8, 2.4, & 2.8 ohms. It uses a top feed single coil atomizer with very long wicks trailing down both sides to the bottom of the tank. Looks-wise the Vivi is just run of the mill, no bling or distinguishing feature. Straight clear or colored plastic tube, minimal metallic hardware top & bottom. Cheap plastic drip tip. Internally you can see the standard chimney with the long wicks dangling down. I can envision those ropes becoming nasty looking with frequent use, but I have not had the clearo long enough to verify that. As to the build quality…, well I worry about some of the screw threads, nothing has broken yet but they seem thin & weak. The Vivi Nova feels really light. The plastic tube seems cheap, but it could be my opinion is clouded by owning only pyrex clearos right now (and that has its own disadvantages as I just shattered my Nautilus’s glass this weekend).
Performance wise the Vision V.N. is just middle of the road. It works better than some of the early Totally Wicked clearomizers I had years ago (also top coil w/long wicks), but in no way lives up to the DBC clearos I now own like the Aspire Nautilus and Kranger Protank 3. Flavors seem muted and vapor production is not as good. I don’t think the wicking action is sufficient, even after priming the wicks for over 15 minutes, the Vivi Nova could not keep up with chain vaping. I would get the occasional dry burn. Having the coil near the top produces a slightly warmer vape; That could be good or bad depending on your preference.
The Vision Vivi Nova does have some substantial advantages. First of all is the price, you can’t beat a tank with three heads for six dollars. Second, it all comes apart, every piece is replaceable. In fact, it is simple to rebuild the atomizer itself with easily reached wicks and coil. For many this is undoubtedly the best feature of this clearo. Because it all comes apart it is also very easy to clean. The fact of it being a top placed coil means it is top filled. Can’t tell you the number of times I’ve unscrewed the wrong portion of one of my BDC tanks to only spill e-Juice all over my hands and battery.
Now one of my vaper friends tells me that if you cut the wicks shorter, to say 10 mm on each side, that the wicking action is much improved, although once the e-Liquid goes below the wick you constantly need to keep turning the clearo on its side & rotating it to keep the atty fed. Also cutting a notch in the plastic cap that holds down the wicks will improve the draw. Another option of course is to replace the wick altogether with a better material. All this is nice, but am I the only one who expects a clearo to work correctly right out of the box? Because of my Cerebral Palsy, my hand dexterity leaves much to be desired, so I won’t be attempting any of these DIY modifications myself. I’ll be keeping the Vivi Nova in my collection, but only as a backup, or to be used with a juice I find too strongly flavored.
As usual, these are only my opinions. If you think I’m wrong, or right, please use the ‘thumbs’ below the ratings box to let me know, or better yet, leave me a comment.Vivi Nova by Vision,