FIRST IMPRESSION OUT OF THE BOX:
The initial impression on the Primo mod is it’s a nice looking little mod. I pulled it out of the top tier in the box and I have to say I’m really liking the shape and form factor so far. It has a carbon fiber sticker that seems to be really well done. Definitely a step up for Joyetech as far as build quality and looks go. I like the two-tone color combination and the way they worked the stainless steel into it. Basically, it’s just a really nice looking Mott.
WHAT’S IN THE BOX:
- eVic Primo SE
- Procore SE Atomizer
- Pro C1 .4 Ohm Coil
- Pro C1S .25 Ohm Coil
- Tank Band
- Quick Charge USB Cable
- Mod And Tank Manual
- Warranty Card
- Warning Cards
- Spare O’Rings
- Widget Tool
FROM TOP TO BOTTOM:
The 510 on the Joyetech eVic Primo looks to be a little better than the usual 510 that Joyetech has been using. It is spring loaded and definitely on the stiff side but it does have a pretty decent throw to it. The pin itself is gold plated and the threading is stainless steel. The threading is pretty smooth and all my atomizers up to 25mm have sat flush on it with no overhang. So far, it has been pretty accurate when reading my coils.
On the front of the mod right below the 510, there is a square fire button that wraps around the front of the mod. It has a nice, clicky, feel to it and it has been very responsive in daily use. The fire button is actually large compared to the size of this mod and it is very easy to find and fire. So far, I have had no button rattle on this mod.
Right below the fire button, you have the .96 inch OLED screen. I have to say that I really love the way Joyetech set this screen up. The font is pretty large and easy to read for a mod as small as this one. The screen is set up in a vertical arrangement. The first thing you will see on the screen is the time of day followed by the date. Under that, you will see what mode you are in, watts/temperature, resistance, and a battery meter. I like that the screen is not overloaded with all kinds of nonsense and just has the pertinent information on it that I need to know. The screen is extremely bright and vivid. I have no problem viewing it in all lighting conditions including outdoors. I love the fact that Joyetech included a clock feature on this mod. It is a feature that I think every vaper uses and that every manufacturer should include. I also like that when the mod goes into sleep mode that it does show the clock of my choice. It’s a great feature that I really have come to appreciate.
Below the screen, we have the plus and minus buttons. They are just as clicky and responsive as the fire button. They do have a nice tactile feel to them and they are the same color of the mod itself. Below the plus minus buttons, we have a horizontally mounted charge update port. This mod actually supports 2 amp charging and they do include a 2 amp quick charging cable in the kit. I always do charge externally but on a single battery mod, I am definitely more comfortable with charging internally. It is also a great feature to have if you are on the go and you need to juice up your battery quickly. The Primo is also firmware upgradeable.
On both of the long sides of the mod, there is a carbon fiber sticker that is extremely well done. I have been using this mod for weeks now and it shows no signs of wear or peeling. The sticker actually has a little bit of texture to it as well. On the outsides of the sticker, the rest of the mod is done in stainless steel. It’s a great color combination and the stainless steel does a fantastic job of breaking up the mod so it’s not just one black piece. There is some extremely subtle branding on the sticker itself but because of the carbon fiber you really have to look closely to see it.
The battery door has a latch system type of door. Push it down and out and the door pops up. Push it down and in and it will secure your battery. Every 18650 I have loaded into this mod has sat in the battery tray firmly without any rattling. Batteries go in positive side up. If you look down the battery tube, you will see a big positive sign done in red. In the middle of the positive sign, there is a button style positive contact. On the battery door, there is a spring loaded negative battery contact that is also gold plated. I think the battery door on this mod is done extremely well especially for a mod at this price point. On the outside of the battery door, there is some venting for those just in case moments.
So far, I have to say that I am very impressed with the looks and build quality of the eVic Primo SE. I really did not expect a single battery mod to look this good, feel this comfortable, and have the build quality that the eVic Primo SE has at its price point.
The tank that comes with this mod, unfortunately, is another story entirely. Included with your eVic Primo SE, you will receive a Pro Core SE atomizer. I can’t help but feel that Joyetech took a serious step back with the design of this tank. I’ll explain that as we go further.
The top part of the tank is an integrated drip tip type of bell cap. It is all one piece and it is held in place by screwing the coil head into the metal chimney at one end and having the coil head at the bottom screw into the base. The tension between the base and chimney holds the bell cap in place.
The chimney is actually just a metal tube that is built into the bell cap. It does tend to get pretty hot when chain vaping this tank. I do understand what Joyetech was going for here. They wanted a minimalist looking tank with great flavor. So they built this throwback looking type of tank to remind vapers of the days when they were rocking bell caps on tanks like the Kanger STM. I totally get it, I liked that look back in the day, too. In fact, I am sure I have some different colored STM bell caps floating around somewhere in my house. The problem with what Joyetech did is while they were going for the old bell cap look, they didn’t figure out a way to do it as a top fill tank.
Unfortunately, the Procore tank is a bottom fill tank. To me, in this day and age, that’s just kind of ridiculous. That’s what I meant when I said it looks like they are taking a step back. The one good thing that Joyetech did with this design is somehow they managed it so that every time you unscrew the base, the coil actually stays mounted in the chimney. This is a really good thing with a tank like this because if the coil would come out while removing the base with a full tank, you would have juice all over the place. Joyetech must have really thought this over because not only does the coil stay in place all the time but they also included a tool specifically to get the coil out of the tank while the glass is still installed. For that reason, they included what they are calling a widget tool. I can’t help but feel like that widget tool that Joyetech provided looks like a World War II can opener. It even has a drilled out hole that I’m assuming is to put on a keychain. In my opinion, this is just way too much of a hassle to deal with in today’s day and age with all of the great top fill tanks out there. As I’ve said before, I understand what they were going for but in today’s market, it just doesn’t make sense to me.
Moving on to the base, as I said, when you unscrew the base, the coil head does stay attached to the chimney. This is a screw-in style base and the coil does screw directly into the base. Around the sides of the base, there is your bottom airflow. It is on both sides of the tank and whatever you adjust on one side will show up on the other side. On the underside of the base, there is some Procore branding. You will also see a gold plated 510 pin and a stainless steel housing around it. The threading on the 510 is actually pretty smooth. The Procore is a 25mm sub ohm tank with a 2 ml juice capacity.
PRO C1-S .25 MTL COIL:
This was the first coil that I tried upon receiving the eVic Primo SE Kit. I know Joyetech is identifying it as an MTL coil but in all reality, it really isn’t. It’s more like a restrictive lung hit than an MTL coil. Joyetech has it rated from 25 to 50 watts with a best range of 30 to 40 Watts. Yes, if you try, you can MTL this coil but honestly, it really does better as a restricted lung hit coil. I do have to say that the flavor on it is very good and the airflow is really smooth. It definitely is a little more restricted than the other coil included in the kit but not by much. I have been vaping this coil right around 34 – 38 Watts. I like the vape that I get. It is very flavorful but definitely not as cloudy as the other coil in the kit.
PRO C1 .4 OHM DL COIL:
I did wind up liking this coil a lot better than the .25 coil. It kind of surprised me because I do like vaping right around .25 ohms. This coil is a little airier than the .25 ohm coil. It has a recommended wattage of 40 to 80 watts with a best range of 55 to 60 watts. I normally run this coil anywhere from 58 to 60 watts. I vaped on this coil a lot in the other Procore tanks and I really do enjoy it. It’s just my type of coil. For me, this coil is very similar to the Big Baby Beast coils. It falls right in that range and the flavor and cloud production is very similar as well. When I put this coil on the eVic Primo SE, I get a nice, flavorful, cloudy vape. The only problem with running this coil on the mod included in the kit is you will chew through the battery rather quickly. Let’s face it, this is an 80-watt mod so to run it at 60 watts or above, you are just going to go through the battery rather quickly. The only way around that is to use the .25 ohm coil at a lower wattage.
No matter which coil you decide you like better, one thing is for sure, they both provide a very good vape. In fact, you could actually say that the coils are actually the one saving grace when it comes to this tank. Had it not been for the great coil family available of this tank, then it would have probably been a total bust.
THE LOOK, FEEL, AND GENERAL AESTHETICS OF THE MOD:
I truly love the look and feel of the eVic Primo SE Kit. I think Joyetech did a bang up job with the look, feel, and general aesthetics of this mod. I like the way the mod feels in my hand and the contours on it are just fantastic. The big downfall of this kit is the tank. The tank doesn’t fail in the looks or performance department. I actually think it’s a great looking tank and a very respectable performer. I just absolutely hate that it’s a bottom fill tank. I do understand that Joyetech was going for a certain look with this kit and in many ways, I think they achieved it. I just wish they were able to achieve the goal they set out to achieve with a top fill tank. The bottom line is, if you really like the look of this setup and a bottom fill tank is not an issue for you, then absolutely go out and buy this kit. Because looks and performance-wise, Joyetech really did a good job with this kit.
The board Joyetech decided to use in this kit is actually pretty decent. I find it to being very accurate in wattage mode. When I have a fully charged battery in it, I believe it definitely hits 80 watts or at the very least, pretty close. Vape it like that though and your batteries will not last long. I’ve tried it in SS TC mode and I have to say that the vape is actually pretty good. I’m not saying that the TC mode is fantastic but it is definitely usable. I ran my Ammit 25 on it with a single coil Clapton ohming out at .28 at 40 watts and 500 Degrees. I have to admit that I actually got a very decent TC vape off of it. It was smooth, flavorful, and consistent throughout the entire pull. It definitely looks like Joyetech is maybe upping their TC game a bit.
THE MENU SYSTEM:
The chipset in the Joyetech eVic Primo SE is packed with a lot features for such a small mod. It’s a pretty simplified menu system that most of us have seen in one form or another before.
WITH THE DEVICE ON:
- 5 clicks of the fire button turns the mod on and off
- Press the fire button 3 times to enter the mode menu; this gives you access to the materials, and clock function
- In the mode menu, use the +/- buttons to navigate
- In TC mode, press the fire button 4 times to adjust the wattage, adjust the puff counter, and lock or unlock the resistance
- Press the +/- to lock the keys
- Long press the + and fire button to access the screen timeout, logo, and preheat menus
WITH THE DEVICE OFF:
- When the mod is off, press the +/- buttons together to flip the screen
- Hold the + and fire button to adjust the M1 – M3 TCR values
- Hold the – and fire button to see the battery voltage
HOW DOES IT VAPE?
So far, I really can’t complain about the vape quality that I get off of this kit. I like the flavor and cloud production I get off of the included tank. I have found this little mod to be accurate in power mode and provide a very decent TC vape. This little mod basically does exactly what you ask it to do. I have to admit that I was a little surprised because of Joyetech’s history in the TC department. It definitely looks like they have made some improvements with this kit as far as the TC and 510 connection go.
If you want a stealthy, good-looking, single 18650 kit with a tank that will give you some good flavor and some good clouds, then definitely check out the Joyetech eVic Primo SE. It definitely will perform without breaking the bank. If those are your criteria, it is worth a hard look. I think it’s a really good looking setup that will serve you well for some time. The price point is also on the affordable side, so if something happens to a mod like this, it really isn’t a big loss. I would definitely take that into consideration when considering this kit.
It’s a great mod to use as a backup or a knockaround mod. I tend to keep a few single 18650 mods in my rotation for those times that I know I will not be leaving the house for long, running to the store, or heading up to school to pick the kids up. I like having a mod that’s easy to carry and that I can access quickly from a pants or shirt pocket. For those types of situations, it’s a perfect little setup.
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