Vapedroid C1D2 Review by Dan Willis

Review Date: 
22.11.2016

Designed in Germany by renowned modder Ayman Azmy, and manufactured in China by SBody, well known for their Elfin DNA mods, the Vapedroid C1D2 is an East meets West collaboration, with the C1D2 being the smallest version of a Vapedroid mod to date, and the first to be fitted with the new Evolv DNA75 chip. 

Featuring a precision engineered full metal body, with a ruggedized non slip coating, the Vapedroid C1D2 is a 26650 battery device that also has an ingenious 18650 battery adaptor included, allowing you to use either of those battery types. The Evolv DNA75 chip powers the Vapedroid C1D2, and allows you to take advantage of the outstanding Escribe customization software.

Specs

  • Dimensions- 86mm x 44mm x 29mm
  • Full metal Zinc Alloy body with ruggedized non slip coating
  • Magnetic battery door 
  • Takes a single 26650 battery
  • 18650 battery adaptor allows you to use an 18650 battery
  • USB charging port 
  • Uniquely designed ventilation slits 
  • Spring loaded 510 connector
  • Genuine Evolv DNA75 chip
  • Escribe customization 
  • 8 presets
  • 1-75W power range
  • 0.1-4ohm Kanthal/Nichrome resistance range
  • 0.05-0.35ohm Ni200 resistance range
  • 0.2-1.0ohm Stainless Steel resistance range
  • 0.1-0.6ohm Titanium resistance range

What's in the box?

Coming in a black presentation box with the Vapedroid logo and a futuristic font used, the Vapedroid C1D2 comes with an 18650 battery adaptor sled, USB cable and a user manual. I do love the design of the box, the minimalist futuristic styling on the box itself definitely stands out!

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Looks and build quality 

If you are looking for a rock solid device, the Vapedroid C1D2 is built to last. It's manufactured from a full metal Zinc Alloy, and features a black ruggedized non slip coating too. It's pretty big, being primarily designed as a 26650 device, but this just feels awesome in your hand. Fans of lightweight and flimsy mods can look away now!

At the top of the Vapedroid C1D2 is a spring loaded 510 connector, which leaves no gap between mod and atty, and with it being a 25mm width around the 510 connector very few atomizers leave an overhang either side of the mod. I've used a few 22mm atomizers on there but strangely never felt the need to use a beauty ring to cover up the space!

Plenty of venting is present on the Vapedroid C1D2, however rather than traditional unsightly battery venting holes, there are large ventilation slots on the sides of the device, that don't look out of place in the slightest. They fit into the design of the Vapedroid C1D2 perfectly.

On the front of the Vapedroid C1D2 you'll see the large and clear OLED screen, the information found here can be customized through Escribe, however as standard battery level, resistance, voltage, amperage and power output are displayed clearly. A large power button is found at the top, underneath are the plus and minus buttons next to each other. The buttons feature a polished stainless steel finish. In the past few weeks that I have been using this device I've found the buttons to be very tactile and responsive, with no issues with any of them getting stuck. 

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A really cool feature of the Vapedroid C1D2 is that although as standard it is a 26650 device, an 18650 battery adaptor sled is included in the box. This clips into the battery compartment easily, however I've noticed that fitting an 18650 battery in can be a bit of a squeeze, however the negative battery contact does retract cleverly to allow an easier insertion of an 18650 battery. The battery door has strong magnetic contacts, which hold the battery door firm. 

Overall I just love the feel and look of the Vapedroid C1D2. The design and ergonomics of this device really do appeal to me, a nice rounded edge means this is a lovely fit in the palm of your hand, and it suits any atomizer I've used on it perfectly. The looks may not appeal to some, being pretty minimalist, however this sort of design is what I love!

Escribe

First found with the groundbreaking DNA200 chip, the DNA75 chip also features Escribe compatibility, in fact it offers virtually all of the same functions, just with a reduced 75W maximum power output. Escribe is a groundbreaking piece of software within the industry that allows you a lot of freedom to customize the chip, from adjusting the performance itself to customizing the display, such as what is displayed on the screen. You can even use your own custom graphics for the boot up screen and safety messages!

You can really get the best out of the Vapedroid C1D2 and any other device with a DNA75 chip by investing plenty of time into learning how to use the Escribe software to great effect, it's definitely worth you putting the time into seeing how this works. Of course, if you find it a little overwhelming or are uninterested in it, the Vapedroid C1D2 can be used straight out of the box, but you would be missing out on a whole realm of customization should you skip over it!

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Performance and using the Vapedroid C1D2 

Thanks to the DNA75 chip, the Vapedroid C1D2 is one of the best performing devices out there, you have a power output of up to 75W and this will fire resistances down to 0.1ohm with a kanthal/nichrome coil. This makes the device perfect for just about any style of vaping, whether you like sub ohm builds or above ohm builds.

Temperature control really shines with a DNA75 device, with resistance read right down to 0.08ohm with an Ni200 coil, and the DNA75 chip is very accurate at reading resistance and providing a stable temperature control experience. Supported out of the box are Ni200, Stainless Steel and Titanium coils, and you can enter the TCR coefficient for other wires and load this into your device through Escribe. 

When you attach a new atomizer to the Vapedroid C1D2, the DNA75 chip will prompt you to confirm whether you are using a new or existing coil, you will need to press up if a new coil has been attached, and down if the coil is the same as the one you were using previously. The DNA75 chip uses the resistance of the atomiser to calculate the temperature of the coil, and continually looks to see if a new atomiser has been connected. When using a temperature control coil you want to ensure that you have waited until your atomiser has cooled to room temperature otherwise temperature may read and protect incorrectly until the atomiser has reached room temperature. 

5 clicks of the power button will lock and unlock your Vapedroid C1D2 . There isn't a menu system present, most things are customised via Escribe on your computer. There are some button press combinations you can use with your Vapedroid C1D2 however:

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  • Holding down the plus and minus buttons will lock your power to prevent the power setting from being changed. 
  • Holding down plus or minus with the power locked will allow you to change the temperature limit.
  • Double pressing either the plus or minus buttons will allow you to access 8 presets
  • Holding fire and plus will allow you to lock in your resistance.
  • Holding down the fire and minus buttons will allow you to switch in and out of stealth mode.
  • When using a temperature control coil holding up and down for two seconds will allow you to adjust the temperature limit of the unit and once the temperature limit is displayed you subsequently simply press up or down to adjust this. If you wish for the temperature to be displayed in Celsius, then adjust the temperature down past as far as it will go in Fahrenheit and Celsius will then be displayed. Temperature control can be disabled by adjusting the limit past 600 until it reads ‘OFF'

Battery life can vary dependent on whether you are using a 26650 battery or an 18650 battery. If you vape at over 35W, you might want to consider investing in a decent 26650 battery to take advantage of the extra mAh on offer to get you through the day, however if you vape at under 35w then an 18650 battery should be sufficient. Personally, I've mainly been using this with a Rose3 at 30-32W, and a single 18650 battery will last me the whole day. You do have USB charging should you need an emergency charge when out and about! 

Conclusion 

With a sub £100 price tag, you'll struggle to find anything out there better than the Vapedroid C1D2 at that sort of price bracket. If you are looking for a beautifully designed mod, that features one of the best chips on the market, the Vapedroid C1D2 certainly ticks all of the boxes here. This really is a faultless device worthy of a price tag much higher than the one it already commands. 

With its combination of solid build quality, eyecatching minimalist design and the stellar DNA75 chip, the Vapedroid C1D2 has become a solid feature of my set up rotation. In fact, it's one I have grown to love so much I'm already looking at adding a second to my collection!

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 Dan Willis
Article by Dan Willis
Dan was an early adopter of vaping as a way to quit smoking and has seen and done pretty much all there is to see and do in the vaping world! From Ego batteries to mechs and from rebuildables to pods there isn't much that Dan hasn't tried.
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