Asvape Strider 75w Mod



Lynn over at ASVAPE invited me to join the ASVAPE testing team, to give feed back on their new Mod, and kindly sent over the Striper 75w Mod free of charge for the purpose of this review.

Product Introduction
Asvape Strider 75W is a powerful and stable Box MOD, which adopts the latest American VO75 chip. The Strider supports variable power curve(VPC), Power, TC and BYPASS modes. It can be powered by one 26650 battery or 18650 battery with removable 18650 battery adaptor. Upgradable firmware will always keep your Strider a new mod. And you can customize the logo according to your own taste. 

Presentation.
The Strider arrived beautifully packaged in a stunningly put together presentation box.

 

The box its self is like a monkey puzzle, firstly the high gloss sleeve slides off from one end. To reveal the bright orange inner box.

 

Standing the inner box up on end, the top section, hinges up on the angle to reveal the contents securely held in its velvety foam padding.
 

 
Once the mod is removed, the top section of of inner foam padding, can be removed, to gain access to the rest of the kick.
 

It comes with
  • 1 x Strider Mod
  • 1 x 18650 Battery Adaptor
  • 1 x Micro USB Cable
  • 1 x Mirco fibre cleaning cloth
  • 1 x User Manul

The Strider is available in a choice of two colours, either Silver or the one I was sent black.


Specification
Model Name : Strider 75w
Manufacturer: ASVAPE
Main material : Aluminum Alloy + Carbon Fiber
Type : Power, VPC, Bypass and TC
Supports:  Ti, Ni200, SS316 Coils
Atomiser Connection: Stainless Steal threaded spring loaded 510
Atomiser Connector Diameter Max : 32.4mm
Display : Sapphire glass of viewing screen
Charging : external & Micro USB
Output Wattage: 5W - 75W
Output Voltage: 0.3-9.5V(3.7V Li Battery)
Temperature control range: 212~572'F;
Resistance Range (VW): 0.08~3.0 ohm;
Resistance Range (TC): 0.03~3.0 Ohm;
Resistance Range (Bypass): 0.2~3.0 Ohm;
Battery Size: 18650 or 26650
Battery Cover Type: Threaded
Chip Set : American VO75
Size : :  91x50x34mm
Product weight: 181g (6.38oz)
Price: US$129 / £107 @ HeavenGifts.com

Safety Features
Anti-Dry Burning Technology / Low Battery Voltage Protection / Low Resistance Protection / Reverse Polarity Protection / Short Circuit Protection / Auto Shut-off.

 

The Body
The Strider is beautifuly crafted out of one piece of Aluminium Alloy, which has then been powder coated and hardened, ASVape then tested the paint surface by reportedly boiling it in water for 300 hours, to test for paint loss.

 

To continue the high end feel, the body of the mod, is then wrapped in carbon fibre, lacquered, then polished to a high shine. No sticker, or wraps on this mod. The Carbon fibre shell is edged with the bordering Alloy frame.

510 Connection
The seamless body curves up to the top 510 connection.  

 

The brass spring loaded 510 connection, is set in a 24mm stainless steel base plate.

 

The widened 510 plate, does have airflow slots machined into it, coming out from the 510 threading, but strangely the airflow slots don't actually go out to edge on the section, so I can only assume they are for decoration only, as they won't actually function for base feed air-flow.

There is fine engraving running around the inner ring, "VO75 Designed in California" with a signature which I can't actually ready.

Base & Battery compartment.
The Strider will run on both a single 18650 or single 26650, the battery compartment is accessed via a threaded cap in the base.

 

The threaded battery cap, has large recesses to allow you to easily grip and turn. And due to the wide gauge threading, with just two and a half turns, the cap pops off. 

 

The 26650 battery, positive end first then simply slides into the exposed battery tube.

 

The positive terminal makes contact with the positive brass battery terminal, located at the end of the tube.

 

The negative terminal is then made up by the under side of the battery cap.

 

To use an 18650 battery, you will need to use the battery Adaptor, that is included in the kit.

 

The plastic battery Adaptor, features a large rubber oring, to ensure that it fits snugly into the wider 26650 tube hole.

You can then simply side the 18650 battery into the Adaptor,

 

Then slide it into the mod, where it fits snugly.

 

 

To remove, just simply Tip the mod up and the battery will slide out, then you can then pull the Adaptor out with your finger.

The base of of the mod also features, "Powered by VO Chip" and the serial number " S/N 00003961" which is printed onto the base.

Buttons & Screen.
The other stand out feature on the mod, it the attention to detail on the choice of buttons, they have fitted the Strider with hand made black cut crystal,  which have a real tack tile feel to them.

 

The buttons have a very satisfying, positive click to them.

The style of the fire button is replicated, in the two smaller control buttons, located below the screen.

 

Nestled between the fire button and the control switches is the display screen, which is constructed out of high end crystal clear Sapphire Glass, which should be more hard wearing than the normal plastic screens, and more resistant to scratches.

 

I did find the screen, although very bright and clear, a little on the small side, measuring only 10mm x 25mm, they could have easily added another 5mm all round.

Although small they have managed to cram all the relevant information onto one scree.

 

The amount of information on the screen, does make the screen a bit busy, and some information a bit small and hard to read.

The screen will stay lite for 15 seconds before shutting off, which feels a natural length of time. The screen is nice an bright, and seemed ok, when using outside, although you do get quite a lot of reflection, off the sapphire screen.

Functions & Controls
Power on: Press the power button 5 times within 3 seconds;

 

Lock mode: Press the power button 3 times within 3 seconds;

 

No unlock simply press 3 times again.

Mode select: Press the power buttons 5 times within 3 seconds while the machine is on. A mode indicator lights up and indicates the device is in mode selection menu.  From this menu you can select from Power, Temp, VPC (variable power curve) and Bypass.

 

Press the + and - buttons alternates between the modes, and press the fire button will select it. Once selected it will move you across to 'System' pressing the + button, will then exit back out of the setting, whilst press the - will power the device off. 

In VPC mode, you can alter the way that your device fires, by altering each point on the graph, so you could start off at 65w then drop down to 40w , unlike the graph, the device doesn't fire along a smooth curve, it will literally fire at 65w then drop down 40w. And strangle there is no scale on the time axis, so your not sure how long each point of the graph will last for.

In Bypass mode : it will perform more in line with a Mech Mod, in the fact that it will fire the coil at whatever voltage is coming off the battery, rather that at any chosen wattage. 

Power off: Press the power button 5 times within 3 seconds to enter mode selection menu, select "System" by press the power button, press "-" to turn off.  - I did find the power off function a little fiddly, 

USB Socket
The Strider features a Mirco USB socket, located just below the - button, this can be used for firmware upgrade, logo upload, and charging, (although I would always recommend external Charging of the battery)

 

The USB Socket, is the only thing as far as quality finish that lets the device down, the USB socket seems to stick out just hairs width, but it is just enough to catch your finger on, you can just feel the burr on the edge of the metal socket. But that might just be mine.

Performance and Every Vaping.
The Strider is stunning looking mod, and is a real pleasure to use, with faultless performance, and seeming instant delivery of power, with no ramp up. It feels great in the hand, with its extra width from the 26650. 

I did find the carbon fibre to be a little to polished, and does tend to slip through the hand, and could have done with a few little texture line running across the sides.

The menu system did bug me a bit, It just seems a bit backwards, I'm so used the clicking 5 times to turn a device on and off, and 3 times to enter a menu, whereas on the  Strider 5 times enters the menu, and visa versa . And there were a couple of occasions were I though I had turned it off, and I hadn't.

I mainly used the mod to power mod, as I'm not a massive fan of Temp control, and VPC seemed just a little to complicated, I tend to find that if I want to Vape at 65w, I will Vape at 65w, I don't tend to see the need to have it adjust whilst Vaping, but that is just me.

Whilst Vaping at between 50w and 60w, I got a good day and a half from the 26650 battery.

Positives.
- Stunning Build Quality.
- Ability to use both 18650 & 26650 Battery.
- Buttery smooth threading.
- High quality Button & action.
- Long Battery life in 26650 Mode.
- Fits atty's up to 30ml.
- Looks Stunning
- Firm ware upgradeable 
- Charging via USB.

Negatives
- Can be slippery in the hand.
- Small display.
- Busy Screen.
- 5 Click / 3 click operation.
- Fiddly menu system.
- Finish on USB Socket.

Conclusion & Recommendation.
I would defiantly recommend the ASVAPE Strider, it is a stunning mod, so well made and designed.with a real high end luxury feel to it, due to there choice of material. With its long battery life it has become my go-to-mod for going out and about.

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