Review: Joytech VTC Mini Express Kit

The Evic VTC Mini Express Kit is an excellent setup for beginners or seasoned vapers at a great price that you definitely shouldn’t ignore.

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Aesthetics

The EVIC VTC Mini is a pretty basic looking device, but looks can be deceiving.  The VTC Mini is the perfect size for every day carry.  It fits perfectly in your hand, pocket, or purse.  The approximate height is ½” taller than an 18650 battery.  The overall design is sleek and streamlined especially on my black version.  Very tiny black text graces the bottom with the Joytech name and EVIC VTC Mini on the opposite side.

The eGo ONE tank seamlessly integrates with the look of the VTC Mini.  Similar finish and style and the chrome accents add a touch of flair to the solid black VTC Mini.  The vertical windows to view the juice height add a touch of style and functionality to the simple tank.

Functionality

The VTC Mini, quite simply, functions amazingly well.  The whole thing has left me shocked with how much I enjoy the device.  It fits perfectly in my hand and pocket.  The battery door is delightfully magnetic and secure.  All of the tanks and RDAs that have graced the top sit flush with exception to my new Zephyrus.

The Evic VTC Mini's design is sleek and streamlined especially on my black version.

The Evic VTC Mini’s design is sleek and streamlined especially on my black version.

The screen is perfect.  All pertinent information is displayed in a clear manner to be easily viewed no matter which hand you hold it in. Navigation through the menus is intuitive and easily accomplished.  It is even better after being updated to the new v2.00 firmware.

Temperature control works great and is probably the best experience I’ve had with temperature control so far.  No dry hits, decent vapor, and most importantly it’s consistent.  You have the option of Nickel, Titanium, and if upgraded Stainless Steel.

While still supporting a traditional wattage mode, the VTC Mini also has a “bypass mode”. This mode allows it to function similar to a mech mod, allowing you to run the device at a maximum of 4.2v that scales down as the battery loses its charge.

The eGo ONE Tank functions relatively well.  I think it’s a good tank to include in a starter kit such as this, but seasoned vapors will find it lacking in a few areas.  It’s simplicity is what works best.  There aren’t much frill features but what it has works well.  I have yet to have it leak on me and it consistently provides the same temperature control experience time and again. 

Operation

The VTC Mini is very intuitive to operate out of the box.  Throw a battery in and it’s on.  5 quick clicks and it turns off.  The buttons are shallow and directly on the board from the feel of it.  Nice and clicky without a lengthy press depth or rattling.  About the only complaint I have is the firing button presses too easily.  It’s definitely important to lock the device each time you pocket it.

The eGo ONE Tank functions very simply like most other replaceable coil tanks.

The eGo ONE Tank functions very simply like most other replaceable coil tanks.

Prior to updating to v2.00 firmware, accessing the menus is done via 3 quick clicks.  The wattage will start flashing, then you can press the right adjustment button to swap between wattage, Ni TC, and Ti TC.  Press the left button again and the battery gauge will flash.  Then pressing the right button allows you to navigate between the battery gauge, an Amp gauge, number of puffs, and puff time total in seconds .  The puff counter and time are a bit difficult to reset as you have to know when that setting it next on the menu and hold the button down so that when it switches to the feature on the screen it also resets (not applicable on v2.00).  I never bothered with having those features showing.

After updating to v2.00 all the info is on the screen.  Navigation through each setting is still accomplished by pressing the left button and the right button changes mode, locks the coil resistance, or resets the puff counter and time.

Charging via USB works great and is a nice feature for a single battery mod.    You can vape it while it is charging but from what I have read the battery actually stops and starts charging again each time which may be bad for the battery.  I’m not sure if that’s true but possibly worth mentioning.

The eGo ONE Tank functions very simply like most other replaceable coil tanks.  Unscrew the bottom base, put a few drops on the coil to prime it, screw the coil into the base, and top up the tank.  It does lack some more modern features like top fill but in it’s defense, it is very low mess to refill.

Firmware Support

Prior to updating to v2.00, accessing the menus is done via 3 quick clicks. After updating to v2.00 all the info is on the screen.

Prior to updating to v2.00, accessing the menus is done via 3 quick clicks. After updating to v2.00 all the info is on the screen.

Mine came with v1.02 firmware.  It worked great out of the box and I had no complaints.  Shortly after Joytech released v2.00 firmware which increased the power output to 75w and added a temperature control mode for stainless steel wire.

Upgrading was ridiculously easy and quick.  Download and extract the installer on their site.  Connect your VTC Mini via USB to the computer, select which firmware you want and in 2 seconds it’s complete.  It’s hard to argue with free upgrades to a bargain priced device. Detailed instructions can be found here.

Summary

I have never been a huge fan of Joytech due to their  previous products and what appears to be a lack of support for them.  Therefore, this is my first Joytech product, but likely won’t be my last.  My experience with the VTC Mini has made me rethink my preconceived notions of their quality.  Simply put this device is absolutely fantastic.  It’s become my everyday carry device and has moved with me for the past month everywhere.  It works great with tanks, RDAs, prebuilt coils, and temperature control.  Anything I throw at it is taken in stride.  The firmware upgrade was a nice bonus and I definitely want to try the stainless steel with temperature control.  The eGo ONE tank is good enough to get you by but is less than ideal.  Good for a starter or backup but not one I would rely on every day.  The Evic VTC Mini Express Kit is an excellent setup and at a great price that you definitely shouldn’t ignore.

Please Note: This product was provided by GearBest to the reviewer at no cost in order to evaluate the product.

Specs

Size: 22.20mm x 38.20mm x 82.00mm
Output Mode: VT-Ti / VT-Ni / VW / Bypass Mode
Output Wattage: 1-60W
Resistance Range (VW): 0.1-3.5ohm
Resistance Range (VT): 0.05-1.0ohm
Temperature Range: 100-315℃ / 200-600°F
Colors: Black, White, Cyan
The Joytech Evic VTC Mini Express kit is available on GearBest for $47.22

Author: Scott

Vaping since Jan 1, 2014. When I first started I was lost in the world of vaping. I didn't know where to begin. Once I found my way I wanted to help others on their path. So I started writing juice reviews on JuiceDB and eventually started reviewing new hardware I purchased. While I don't consider myself an expert, I am somewhat of a vetern of vaping, and I hope my casual-advanced vaper opinion provides you assistance. You can find me on Reddit as well under the user name sc0lm00.

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