Just received my Swag 2 kit in the mail today, and I’m loving it. I have two other mods on the way to me as I write this.
Ideally I wanted to add various mods, tanks and other accessories to my collection slowly, but the imminent USPS vape mail ban changed all this. Now I find myself fighting against time.
Hopefully I’ll have enough mods and tanks in a daily rotation to get the maximum longevity out of all of them.
There’s already a ton of reviews done for this tiny powerhouse, so I won’t venture there. Instead I’ll put down my likes and dislikes.
What I like:
Small, compact and light weight.
Wide enough to fit up to a 25 mm tank with no overhang. I don’t own a 25 mm tank, (yet) so I personally can’t attest to this, but the tank included in the kit is 24.5 mm, and it fits perfectly.
Battery cap is female threaded. This (to me) makes it easier to screw/unscrew the battery cap, and it also makes the threads less likely to become stripped. My Pico mod’s cap threads stripped long ago, and is now held in place with a rubber band.
And while we’re on the subject of the battery cap, the Swag 2’s is large, even more so than the Lucid’s, which makes handling much easier with my fumbling fingers.
The rubberized external coating makes it easier to hold/grip. I won’t have to order a silicone sleeve for this.
The screen is monotone, with white alpha-numerics over a black background. I don’t really care for a multi-color screen. To me, the simpler, the better.
And the screen is noticeably larger than both my eLeaf Pico and Geekvape Lucid mods, with correspondingly larger letters and numbers, making it much easier to read.
The real test for this screen will come later, to see if I’m able to read it outdoors. My Lucid’s screen can barely be read, even at max brightness. I have several other mods, and all suffer,
to some degree, difficulty in reading the screen outdoors, but none to the extent of the Lucid’s.
What I dislike:
The menu system is something I’ve never seen or experienced before, so I had to refer to the user manual and several YouTube tutorials. But I eventually caught on. ‘Eventually’ being the key word here.
I can’t for the life of me figure out how to lock the resistance in TC mode, with SS316L. This makes for sometimes erratic vaping. There are times when I have to do a short primer puff to heat-up the coil, because I was getting a ‘pulsing’ effect. BTW, I make my own coils, using my ancient, but still fully functioning Kanger Subtank Mini with the RBA.
Battery life is not that great. But then again, my batteries are over two years old, so I should replace them ASAP. I’ll do a future update as soon as I replace my batteries.
Mode changes are not as intuitive, and at first, not very user friendly.
The ‘Plus’ and ‘Minus’ buttons are placed on the side of the mod, which took some getting used to. But I think I understand Vaporesso’s thinking when this mod was being designed. They wanted a fairly good sized screen, and placing all the usual buttons in all the usual places would’ve necessitated a smaller screen, or taller device.
The addition of a separate ‘Menu’ button adds an extra step or two when switching modes.
In TC mode, temperature is adjustable in 10 degree increments. Five degree increments would’ve been easier to find my “Sweet Spot”.
Despite some of the initial shortcomings, this is a quality and quite eye-catching mod. It has the bells-and-whistles of a more expensive mod, but still simple enough for even a technology-challenged guy like me to eventually figure out.
Please note that the Con’s are purely subjective. YMMV. More like nit-picking when you really get down to it, but they were my honest, personal observations.
Oh, and did I mention I can’t figure out how to lock the resistance in TC mode?