- Created: 03 November 2010
The day I first put a battery into my Copper and loaded a cartridge, Mrs. Doctor Vapenstein took one blast and said "Get me one.". I was happy to oblige. Giving up cigarettes after smoking her entire adult life was a stretch, and she did stipulate that she wanted her device to look like a cigarette. Happy with how 510 hardware worked, I decided on a standard 510 kit for her. I also knew that she wouldn't have the patience to fiddle around with gear, so I knew I had to figure out how to make this transition as easy as possible for her.
I looked at the Joye PCC, but was immediately put off by how little it held. One battery? Deal breaker. That, and people seemed to think the completely square metal box was hard on purse interiors. There was only one other option evident, and that was the 510 Smart PCC Kit from Mad Vapes.
The 510 Smart PCC Kit holds two batteries, which is a must. 510 batteries drain if you look at them. One just isn't enough. Only one of the battery slots charges, so you keep a charged battery in one slot and charge your other battery in the other slot. The PCC has six other slots for cartridges, cartomizers and/or atomizers. We pack hers with an atty and five cartridges. It's the size of a pack of cigarettes, and holds just about everything you need. If you carry a small bottle of juice with you, you're pretty much set for a day out.
The PCC itself charges via USB, and comes with a wall adapter. The PCC charges a 510 battery in about 3 hours, and you can charge 3-4 510 batteries off a full PCC charge, then it's time to plug the PCC back in for a charge itself.
As far as the hardware itself, I found the standard 510 offered a really good vape. The 510 works well, and running at 3.2v instead of the 3.7v my Copper runs at, I get the impression that it is easier on my flavors. The one drawback is battery life. A standard 510 battery runs out of charge fast, like 60-90 minutes fast depending on how hard you use it. It is a constant struggle to keep her batteries charged. For this reason I have already ordered her an eGo USB passthrough battery for use at Castle Vapenstein.
One thing worth mentioning that won't be evident if, like me, you don't read the manual before use. I thought this thing wasn't charging her batteries. It wasn't, but that was my fault. The 510 Smart PCC has a small LCD, an LED indicator, and a button on the front. When you press the button it lights the LCD and there is a bar gauge that shows the PCC charge status and a green or red light depending on charge. When you put a battery in the Smart PCC it doesn't automatically charge it. You have to hold the button down for 3 seconds. Then the LED flashes green 20 times, and the switches to and stays red until the 510 battery is charged. You just need to remember to do this, or your 510 batteries will not get recharged by the PCC.
What the 510 Smart PCC shines at is being an easy to manage vaping solution for when you are away from home. This is just the thing to take to work with you, go shopping with, etc. I question whether the batteries would keep you vaping for a night out socializing, but for now the 510 Smart PCC is the best solution out there for standard 510 users. At just under $50, it isn't a whole lot more than a 510 starter kit, and it gives you a mobile solution to keep your batteries charged and carry extra carts. Recommended for someone who wants to vape on something that resembles an analog.