how heavy is it, compared to over mods
Zmax Chrome = 92g
Provari V2 (18650) = 125g
Lavatube V1 (black) = 51g
VVGripper = 37g
All unloaded weights, without batteries or atomisersis the chrome proper chrome like that on a provari
My Provari isn't chrome, but the chrome on the Zmax is good. The chrome on the end-caps seems slightly darker than the chrome of the body. It feels solid and well made in the hand.does the blue light make ya guey
It makes me want to listen to this:
You can turn it off tough! There does not seem to be a light on the button at all, so the display turns off instead - (unlike the Vmax I think).do u have to buy an endcap
No, but some fat (19.5 mm diameter) 18650 batteries don't squeeze in the Zmax end-cap. Only "regulation" 18650s (like AW) will do. Also, batteries without the "nipple" will work (unlike the Provari).is the button stable
Yes. It has a slight clicky feel too and less travel than a Provari. It is a slightly larger button than the Provari too (@diameter 7.8mm vs. the Provari 6.3mm)is it fingerprint proofish
As much as chrome can be. Wear gloves!does it work well with a gooseneck
I couldn't say. Send me one and I'll test it out.
Overall pro's and con's:
- It remembers the settings between battery changes - like a Provari, but unlike a Lavatube. This is a wonderful idea.
- The Zmax switches between variable voltage and variable wattage, so you either adjust volts or you adjust power. For example, when in power mode, 3 clicks allows you to increase power. When in volts mode, 3 clicks allows you to up the volts.
- It is quite slim @ 21mm (vs Provari @22.9mm & Lavatube at 22mm)
- The bottom cap is not completely flat, so the device wobbles slightly when you stand it on it's end.
I believe the Provari is also a PWM device, but it works in a different way. It uses PWM to boost the voltage up, but the Provari does also control the actual voltage output and smooths the peaks between pulses to give consistent power . I think the ZMax - in voltage mode - works like the VVGripper and controls the length of 6 volt pulses to average out the voltage.
I have not tried this out yet, but I'm hoping the variable power mode will stop me blowing new coils in my rebuildables that is so easy to do with the VVGripper's constant 6V peak power delivery and high current. I never had this problem with my Lavatube V1 or the Provari, but he VVGripper has shown no mercy for shorted coils and pops them like fuses.
I plan to get my oscilloscope hooked up to the ZMax to see how it deals with the variable wattage, but I can say I am having more success with vaping my low resistance DIDs and the VMax in Variable Wattage mode than I did with the VVGripper and low Ohm atomisers.
I've only been using it for a few hours today, but I do like it more than I thought I would.
Hope this helps!