Visto che ormai il nostro forum comincia ad avere una certa visibilità internazionale, ho deciso di postare anche qui, oltre che su ECF, la mia recensione sul Grand VV tradotta in inglese.
Credo sia proficuo per la nostra comunità iniziare, ad avere qualche 3d in lingua inglese, oltre quei pochissimi già esistenti, in modo da incentivare le visite (e magari iscrizioni) anche da parte di svapatori non italiani.
Ne approfitto anche per chiedere a @gorman o a chiunque abbia una buona scioltezza con l'inglese (soprattutto quello tecnico), di farmi da revisore di bozze. Ovviamente dietro compenso in rep.
Preciso che, rispetto alla versione in italiano, ho fatto qualche piccola modifica, proprio per adattarsi anche ad una utenza "generica": quindi ho tolto le menzioni ed i riferimenti ad utenti di questo forum che avevo citato nella rece originale, oltre ad aver tagliato alcune piccole parti "scherzose e goliardiche" che solo tra noi possiamo apprezzare, ma che non si addicono certo ad un pubblico estraneo alle dinamiche del forum.
Spero, come ho detto, che questo piccolo contributo possa servire a dare un pò più di visibilità al forum e spero anche, per lo stesso motivo, che in futuro, chiunque se la senta, posterà le proprie recensioni anche in versione inglese.
VARIABLE VOLTAGE REO GRAND
FEATURES AND INITIAL CONSIDERATIONS
The Reo Grand VV is a bottom feeder varivolt that for workmanship, materials and shape is identical to the Reo Grand, with the only aesthetic difference of being slightly higher than the mechanical brother
- Size: 14 mm in height more than the Grand mechanical (ie 99mm against 85mm), other measures are identical.
- workmanship: Compared to the mechanical model, the Grand VV presents an improvement; the corners of the boxes have been rounded (the rear ones then, in a very pronounced way), then seeing the box profile it seems that the Grand VV is thinner of the Grand classic. In addition, rounded corners make seem more streamlined and sleek the box, and also provide a better grip, thus increasing the pleasure and comfort of the handle.
- Tank capacity 6 ml (same bottle and the same tube of Grand)
- Battery: 2x18350 each 3.7v (recommended), but as in many other the box VV in this category, you can also mount the various batt of smaller size, such as 16340 and CR123 (so both Tenergy or the AW LiFePO4)
- Circuit: it is the well known circuit of VV Buzz Pro, which is a voltage regulator with a PWM with a limit of 15 watts. It does not include a display (a choice that, as I always said, I consider appropriate, if it should be aimed at limiting the size). The voltage varies from a minimum of 3.3 V to a maximum of 5.6 v, and allows, of course, variations very fine, of the order of 0.1 v. The adjustment takes place through a toothed wheel located in the right side of the black plastic, which anyone who has had a Grand already knows; the difference is that the plastic of the Grand VV is obviously a bit 'higher, having to hold the circuit VV and their annexed electronic components. The voltage regulation is very comfortable to handle, do not need screwdrivers or laborious work, you just slide the door a little down, and then adjustment ring is now at your fingertips.
- Switch: lever on / off switch located on the right side of the support of black plastic, just below the adjustment ring of voltage
- The material: I need not to describe it. Anyone who has taken up a Grand, can be sure that rediscover the exact same "granitic" feeling of solidity and reliability provided by a good monoblock of machined aluminum and fully anodized.
-button: the much-discussed side button, on which Rob focused long to decide as it should be and where it should be placed, is, in my opinion, an excellent choice (now, in retrospect, I can say that Rob has done well to take time necessary, because even a simple button can be an important detail both from the functional point of view, as on the purely aesthetic one): small and easy to press, as the button of a Ego, also has the advantage of not disturbing the linearity of the PV: it was, in fact, placed in a small alcove on the side of the box and not protruding at all. It is flush with the rest of the box (and this aesthetic particular, in my opinion, exalts even more the clean shapes that has always characterized the Reos).
- Weight: I preferred to measure the true weight of the box, which is what we carry around every day, with atom and batt mounted. The weight of the Grand VV is about 179g (I say approximately because the bottle was half full), compared to 172g of the classic Grand identically configured (atom 510 and two batt 18350).
Well, what I think about the structural and aesthetic plan is not a secret, because I mentioned earlier as the Grand VV, in my opinion, is an authentic "pleasure" for the eyes and for touch. I speak, of course, as a lover of the line of the classic Grand, which I always considered (and is not a secret) a point of reference, both in terms of size (very balanced and proportionate), as well as on that of the line (simple, linear and essential but at the same time solid and robust, so that the Grand has become the paradigm of PV "for any occasion"). Well, when I checked out the Grand VV from its packaging and I picked up for the first time, I was surprised at how similar the two were and of how the new Reo was even more beautiful than I had imagined seeing the pictures . I found the line, the compactness and robustness of my beloved Grand, but with the addition of details (like the new buttons, rounded corners and, of course, the circuit VV) that make, in my opinion, this box unique in its kind. In fact, concerning the boxmods VV of big size (ie for batt 18350) there are a lot (as the most experts vapers well known); most of them tend to "very large" size, while some of them (such as the Bogger VV) can take place within the limits of "medium-large" size. Now, as manic of measures and portability, I was really pleased to see that the Grand VV has a size that could almost be considered "medium", because I use, transport, and put it in my pocket exactly like my old beloved Grand, and those 14mm of difference in height are hardly to feel.
Probably, in the category for 18350, Grand VV is the box that currently has the best size / portability / performance ratio among all those known to me (and I say this being a holder of a Bogger VV, which until now was considered for lines and size, one of the most optimized on the market ... well the Grand VV is much more comfortable and considerably less bulky). In fact, its structure is optimized perfectly in order to reduce the size (thanks also to the small circuit of Buzz). I have seen no waste of space and everything seems designed for maximum efficiency in minimum space .... In short, it can be noticed at first sight like every single detail has not been left to chance.
Here are some pictures to give an idea of its shape, its dimensions and also of any divergence from classic Grand that everyone know and from one of the smallest box VV for batt 18350 on the market,
Also with regard to the interior, it can be seen the touch of the house Reosmods: a cleaning and a simplicity identical to that of Grand mechanic. No wires, nothing of superfluous, no electric elements which can break or make uncomfortable replacing the batt or the bottle. The circuit, in fact, is completely preserved behind the usual element of black plastic (also present on Grand), on which, as I said before, are encased also the small on-off lever and the wheel to adjust the voltage.
Here are some internal pictures to illustrate better what I wrote: