- Created: 11 November 2010
Mrs. Doctor Vapenstein wasn't looking to quit tobacco. The morning I popped a battery into my Copper for the first time and loaded the sub par juice I had ordered, she took one blast and said "Order me one.".
I was only too happy to oblige. I love my wife, and Castle Vapenstein would be very empty without her. She did stipulate that she wanted her device to look like a cigarette. After looking into the KR8 and the 510, and becoming increasingly more happy with the 510 as I used my Copper, I convinced her to go the manual battery route and got her a 510 kit. I've tried to make this as easy as possible for her by also getting her a 510 Smart PCC, and by and large she has stayed the course.
I say by and large because the transition to vaping has not been without frustration for her. Even with the PCC it is a challenge keeping 510 batteries charged. I finally took advantage of her frustration and convinced her to let me order her an eGo USB passthrough to use at home. I explained to her that would allow her to keep her 510 kit topped off and ready to go when she was away from the Castle, and she could use the eGo battery without draining it at home. Even when dead, the eGo passthrough would function when plugged into a powered USB port. She consented, and we received her new eGo USB Passthrough from Liberty Flights a few days ago.
The eGo USB Passthrough is available from many vendors. I chose Liberty Flights for their low price, their six month warranty on eGo batteries, and their good reputation. The passthrough also included a USB standard to USB mini cable in the box.
The eGo battery vapes pretty much like any 510. The Chinese 510 stuff only puts out 3.2v, so it's a little cooler than your 510 mod. This has the affect of being easier on your flavors. Not as warm a vapor as my Copper produces, but a subtle improvement in juice flavor delivery, like a standard 510 battery.
The button is small and plastic-y, so I can see why people gripe about it and prefer the Riva button. Still, it isn't a deal breaker. It illuminates a white LED underneath when pressed.
I would have to qualify the eGo USB Passthrough experiment as wildly successful. The unit itself is small, smaller in diameter than a dime, and positively svelte compared to my 14500-bearing Copper. I have yet to see her drain the 650mah battery in this thing. At the end of the day I simply plug it into a USB port, the end lights up red to indicate it is charging, and when I return it is ready for another evening of vaping. Mrs. Doctor Vapenstein's vaping frustration has decreased significantly, and she is quite fond of the new device.
I would recommend the eGo USB Passthrough to anyone who finds themselves in the same situation as Mrs. Doctor Vapenstein. For that matter, if you don't need your PV to look like a cigarette, just pass Go and proceed directly to the eGo or one of the eGo clones. They are a cheap way to get yourself into a starter PV that will lessen the pain you experience as you transition from tobacco into the world of vaping. I have a feeling I may yet get Mrs. Doctor Vapenstein into some cool mod down the road now that she has accepted and likes the eGo. At right around $20, it's easy to recommend the eGo USB Passthrough.