Vapouround magazine VAPOUROUND MAGAZINE OCTOBER ISSUE19 - Page 175

REVIEW BY BENEDICT ‘NED’ JONES NOVA KIT DEVICE SPECS: Dimensions: 88mm x 52.3mm x 25.15mm Wattage output: 5-200W Temperature control: 200F-600F/100C-315C Resistance range: 0.05Ohms – 3Ohms Battery capacity: 2x 18650 cells Charging: Micro USB, 2A quick charge • Super responsive, reliable AS chipset • Great fit, finish and construction • Bundled with highly underrated mesh tank • Boxy form factor not for everyone • Nova mod on the larger side Geekvape should be no stranger to vapers who enjoy rebuildable atomisers, but over the last 18 months this veteran company has started to dip its feet into the world of regulated devices and sub-ohm tanks, taking aim at a more mainstream audience. In many ways the Nova kit runs counter to trends we’ve been seeing this year, forgoing a large colour display, LED lights and outlandish finishes for a classically styled kit that focuses on functionality and clean lines. The Nova mod utilises the same AS chipset found in the recently released Aegis Legend mod. The chip had a few teething issues upon release which were resolved with firmware updates and thankfully, the Nova kit comes with these latest amendments pre-loaded right out of the box. This is a snappy chip full of features, which may come as a surprise considering the unassuming LED screen which is quite small by today’s standards. Power curves, temperature control and TCR settings are all available here and navigating the menu system is intuitive. All but the pickiest of users will be satisfied with this chipset and many may actually prefer this smaller screen to the large OLED displays found on some of the Nova’s competitors. In terms of form factor, the Nova feels like a bit of an homage to simpler times when mods were rectangular and built to last. This isn’t the most ergonomic design, but the boxy frame is deceptively comfortable in the hand and feels very solidly put together, with no play at all in the magnetised battery door. The resin veneer that covers half of the device is unobtrusive and of better quality than the usual fare. The Cerberus sub-ohm tank is a clear step up from other tanks bundled with kits, which all too often feel like an afterthought. The X1 mesh coils perform very nicely and also last for a good while, I was easily running 70-80ml of e-liquid through each coil before noticing a substantial decrease in performance. Geekvape’s coil quality seems to have slightly improved since they originally released their X1 coils and I found I was getting more intense flavour production than with the previous batch that came with the Aegis Legend kit. I feel that the Cerberus has actually been overlooked and is a very solid single mesh tank that can compete with the best on flavour, especially with the airflow turned down to two or three times of the way open at 50-60W. The Geekvape Nova kit is a fantastic all-around bundle that is ideal for anyone who’s setup is a bit long in the tooth and needs a refresh. Impressive. VM19 | 175