When comparing sister companies Joyetech and Wismec based on their lineup of mods, one might assume that the latter focuses on high powered mods while the Joyetech caters to the more casual vaper. The all-new Joyetech Espion kit is here to break those preconceptions with it’s powerful dual 18650 powered chipset capable of firing up to 200 watts. Now featuring a 1.45 inch TFT color display, the Joyetech Espion kit which includes the powerful and versatile ProCore X sub-ohm tank promises to deliver a complete vaping experience regardless of the end user being a complete beginner or a vaping master.
Review: Joyetech Espion Kit with ProCore X
One look at the Joyetech Espion mod and it’s easy to tell that the device is an “all work, no play” kind of mod. The slightly ribbed exterior lends extra tactility when holding the device, making its hefty chassis less prone to slipping out of even the most slippery or clumsiest of fingers.
The zinc alloy construction feels wonderfully solid when held in hand creating a very premium feel which directly contrasts the no-nonsense aesthetic of the mod.
The top of the Joyetech holds probably one of its best features: A centered stainless steel gold plated spring loaded 510 connection. In addition, the 510 connection is also press-fitted from inside the mod.
So not only does the 510 connection allow for a wide variety of atomizers to be used in conjunction with the kit, you can be assured that the connection made between the Joyetech Espion and any atomizer that you end up using will work together flawlessly without any issues at all.
The front of the device houses the 1.45 inch TFT color display. While the screen manages to output a decent amount of color and resolution which makes legibility a non-issue, it would’ve been preferable if Joyetech opted for an OLED display instead, considering that the Espion can be considered one of their flagship devices based on performance alone.
Nevertheless, the screen is easy to read and brightness even in an outdoor scenario doesn’t impose any issues on its overall legibility.
The Joyetech Espion uses a total of 4 buttons to access all the features on the device. The firing button is large and ergonomically shaped for easy finger or thumb placement. A nice tactile click can be felt on every press, eliminating the dreaded mushy feel when firing the mod which is something often experienced with lower quality kits.
Aside from the standard up/down buttons, Joyetech is doing something new with the inclusion of a dedicated menu access button intended to make menu navigation even simpler.
The bottom of the mod houses the trapdoor mechanism which helps the dual 18650 batteries (not included with the kit) firmly in place. Polarity indicators are clearly marked ensuring that you’ll never make the mistake of installing your batteries the wrong way.
Battery ventilation holes are also found in abundance at the bottom of the mod. Luckily, the battery trapdoor is solid and sturdy which is sometimes a rarity by itself, so you’ll never have to worry about the battery door opening up by itself and dropping your poor batteries on the ground.
Thanks to the ProCore X’s wide chamber and a large variety of multiple airflow configurations, flavor and vapor production isn’t limited in any way at all. Flavors come through clean and crisp, bringing out the best in your chosen e-liquid.
The kit comes packaged with a ProC1 0.4-ohm coil which acts primarily as a direct lung coil, and a ProC1-S coil rated at 0.25-ohms which is geared towards mouth to lung vapers.
While it’s good to see Joyetech trying to cover all bases with the inclusion of two types of coil heads to their kit, I can’t help but wonder if there are any users out there who would actually prefer the mouth to lung coils over the direct lung set given the flexible power options of the kit.
Mouth to lung or MTL coils are best suited for smaller, more compact devices with limited wattage outputs. I feel it would’ve been better for Joyetech to have included two direct lung coils in the kit instead.
The good news here is that the Joyetech Espion is one of Joyetech’s most versatile devices as of late. Aside from the variable wattage mode which can reach a maximum output of 200 watts.
When it comes to temperature control, you get the full set of options: stainless steel, nickel, and titanium are all easily chosen and configurable from within the onboard menu of the Joyetech Espion (although admittedly there is a slight learning curve when having to navigate the menu).
Adjustable TCR also works splendidly letting the most vape savvy of power users unleash the full potential of their device.
Another strong point in favor of the Joyetech Espion is the large atomizer compatibility it possesses thanks to the centered 510 connection. Anything from 22mm up to 26mm diameter atomizers easily fit on top of the Joyetech Espion without any overhang.
Coupling this with the versatile power options of the mod and the list of possible options is something only left up to your imagination.
Ease of Use
When it comes to standard functions, the Joyetech Espion doesn’t deviate much from the standard fare. 5 clicks turn the mod off, while another 5 clicks turn it off.
The only main difference is that unlike Joyetech’s older devices, the Espion sports a dedicated function button which allows you to cycle between the various vaping modes.
The function button doesn’t give you access to the full range of features though, which is still accessed by clicking the firing button thrice to make more fine adjustments to the settings.
While the interface does take awhile to get used to, its far from difficult and should come naturally over time should you take the time to get familiar with it.
Maintenance of the ProCore X tank is far from complicated. Refilling the tank is easy as it comes thanks to the top fill cap which flips open to reveal the large e-liquid fill holes. Replacing a coil merely involves unscrewing the glass tank from the base to access the installed coil, easily unscrew it and thread in a replacement.
Battery life isn’t much of an issue with the Joyetech Espion as it can last anywhere from 1 full day to 4 full days of vaping depending the power setting you vape on.
Naturally, mouth to lung vapers will see more battery life out of the kit compared to those vaping with the direct lung coils installed.
While far from being the most portable device in the market currently, the Joyetech Espion still manages to hold its own thanks to its lack of wasted space on frivolous aesthetic features as the kit focuses more on function over form.
With overall dimensions measuring out to 43mm in length, 28mm in thickness, and 113mm in height (ProCore X tank included), the entire kit is still easily pocketed or stored in your bag should you choose to take it around.
The Joyetech Espion kit has many merits. The centered 510 connection simply makes more sense, great quality coils produce accurate and long-lasting flavor, and the wide breadth of vaping modes and functions make this kit an easy pick for anyone looking into entering the world of high powered devices at a price that won’t break the bank.
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