Just to update this thread, twiztid just snagged one of my VMax's from the co-op, which is a fine answer IMO, but certainly not the only one, to the original question - "ProVari, or Buzz Pro".
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What about the new lavatube coming out? The 1.5? It has a 3.9 amp limit i believe and an Ohm check. Competition for the Provari?? I love my new SS LT with SS end caps. I think if this had a higher amp limit and ohm check I would prefer it over the Provari based on looks. Really nice looking and feel nice and heavy like the Provari. I just hope the new LT's are going to have a LT price tag.
I like Provari hands down, compared to LT. I haven't seen an SS LT yet, but from some testing I heard about, SS LT's are not manufactured by L_Rider. Apollo states they have an SS LT, but when you take a look at them, the color inside is the same as the outside. As I understand it, if it were true SS, the inside of the tube would be a different color. Copper is the only thing I know of that LT's are made of, at least to my knowledge. If you scratch the inside of the LT tube, you will notice a difference. If there is a true SS LT I'd be interested in at least looking into that. From what I understand from others is that they used an SS spray compound and made it look like an SS LT. But again, I am only going on what I heard.
Sorry guys but, the thread is too long for me to wade through the whole thing. I think the choice between the Buzz Pro and the Provari is mostly personal preference. I own the Buzz Pro and a VV Woodvil which for VV is about the same thing.
I need to say that I have a strong preference for knobs as opposed to buttons for adjusting voltage. At first glance, the meter might seem better, it's certainly flashier but, I don't see it being more useful. With a knob, you learn very quickly about where you're going to like it for the resistances you use. Tweak up and tweak down from there and it's very easy to tweak up and down. With a meter, you know about the voltage you are going to like for what you use and tweak up and down from there but, you have to fiddle with it to get to where you can adjust the voltage. To me, this is a real minus when you manage to screw up and flood an atomizer. With a knob, it's very simple to bump the voltage up a little while you're vaping through the flood. The meter makes the mod cost more and adds unnnecessary complications during use.
I also need to say that there are only a few things I care about. The vape, ease of use, and price. In pretty much that order. Safety, fit and finish, feel in your hand, and durability are also considerations. However, for me all of those are minimums that must be met. Once a device is beyond the minimum, anything more doesn't matter to me.
I'm satisfied with the safety, fit and finish, and durability of both the Provari and the Buzz Pro. They are both VV and they both do what a VV does. I don't use much in the way of dual coils so, the top end difference in voltage is a nice to have with the Buzz Pro but, it's not really important to me. So, I'll say the vape is about the same. Ease of use, I give to the Buzz Pro. No fiddling with menus. No looking at meters. Just a tweak of a knob. Most of the time, you can do it with your eyes closed. The Buzz Pro is less expensive than the Provari with extension tube. So, the knod goes to the Buzz Pro for price too. I chose to buy the Buzz Pro.
You might rate some things differently than I do. This is just my way of thinking.
Since the Vmax has been mentioned, I'll say something about it. It doesn't have much of a track record yet so durability is unknown. The meter is okay for voltage because you really only need something to give you a clue where you are and it'll serve for that. Just don't expect 4V on a Vmax to equal 4V on a Provari. I don't like the LED display and I really don't like the fact that you can't turn it off. It defaults to 5 volts when you replace the batteries. That's an invitation to fry any LR equipment you put on there. The best thing would be for it to retain settings. Barring that, it should revert to a safe setting.
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