We’re on a run of reviewing brands that are new to us, so we’re adding the Seattle-based Vaptio to the list. They’ve been around since 2014 and put out a number of products, the latest of which is the 220 watt Capt’n Paragon box mod. Let’s see how Vaptio and their newest vape stands up to our review.
Do you need a hero, or a vape mod? It seems like Vaptio is giving us both with the design of the Capt’n Paragon. It has a an emblem of a star on the front and stripes across it. The red colour version of it even has stars on the back. We’re sure this isn’t Captain America’s vape mod (wink wink), because that would be copyright infringement. Let’s just say it looks patriotic and could be holding a shield as far as we’re concerned.
So, there’s that. Otherwise this box mod does has a pretty nice look to it. It has a great paint job no matter which colour you choose. It looks boxy when viewed straight on, but it actually has 6 sides to it and has an ergonomic feel when held in your hand, which it fits into with ease because this is a pretty small vape mod. It’s not a mini, but it definitely is smaller than most. We will say that it does feel somewhat plasticky, but not too bad. The buttons are solid, and if you didn’t tell us we wouldn’t realize that the shield/star actually is the fire button. Below it is a big, beautiful 1.33” TFT screen, then the +/- buttons, and then the USB port.
This kit comes with a tank of the same name. The Capt’n Paragon tank matches perfectly not only in name, but also in look and style. It’s rather sturdy and feels a lot less plasticky than the box mod. The two Capt’n’s make quite the pair.
Whether you look only like a superhero or also perform like one, that’s the answer we wanted when looking at the performance of this box mod. This is a 220 watt machine, but could it get there? Well, it didn’t seem like it to us. The box mod itself started to get pretty warm around 150-160 and we weren’t going to press our luck. It did ramp up really quickly and vaping at lower levels, which is where most people stay, was totally fine.
The included Capt’n Paragon tank did a serviceable job in translating that power into vapour. We saw pretty good clouds, and eventually the flavour was good too. I say eventually because the first puffs had a really strange taste to it. Apparently the coils needed to be broken in, and it actually took quite a bit vaping to do that. It was smooth sailing from then on, but beware that you’ll need to work at it in the beginning. It is worth the payoff, because we ended up experiencing some really nice flavours, so in our book it was worth the extra effort.
The Capt’n Paragon spares nothing when it comes to its feature set. Besides variable wattage, this box mod comes ready for temperature control for stainless steel, nickel, and titanium. We found TC to be on the ball in terms of accuracy and performance. This vape mod also has TCR and Bypass modes, but that’s not all! Vapio included a smart wattage setup with selectable preheat levels, a custom wattage cure, and a custom temperature curve mode. This is what we call packed with features, and that’s always a good thing. It also features some rather amazing battery life. We were easily able to get through a full day with one charge, and sometimes even into the next morning.Here’s a list of the important features:
- 10 to 220W Power Output
CCT/Bypass Output Modes
- Resistance Range: 0.1-5 ohm
- Temperature Range: 100-315C/200-600
- Uses Two 18650 Batteries
- 1.3” Colour TFT Screen
- Spring Loaded 510 Threading
- Size Specs: Depth 42mm/ Width 33mm/ Height 75mm
- 1 Vaptio Capt’n Paragon 220W Box Mod
- 1 Vaptio Capt’n Paragon Tank
- 1 Paragon 0.2ohm Mesh Coil
- 1 Paragon 0.15ohm Strip Coil
- 1 Bag of Spare Parts
- 2 User Manuals (1 for the Box Mod, 1 for the Tank)
Ease of Use:
Despite the many modes and options that Vaptio includes, this is a very easy to use product. The menu is straightforward, and being as it is displayed on a huge and brightly lit 1.33” TFT screen it makes it even easier. The 510 threading is really smooth, making it a breeze to remove your tank whenever need be.
As for that tank, it’s rather easy to use as well. It comes apart into multiple parts for easy cleaning. It’s in the refill where we feel Vaptio is a little stuck in the past. Most tanks we comes across these days have an easy fill option where you slide back the drip tip. That’s not the route Vaptio went for whatever reason, so you’ll have to take the entire cap off to refill our tank. It does pop off and back into place simply, so it’s not like it’s hard, but we did get used to those easy fill designs and hope to see more like those from Vaptio in the future.
The lowest price we found for Mr. Ameri… I mean the Vaptio Capt’n Paragon, is £69.99. That’s about the range you would expect for a vape mod of this wattage, and you do get that tank too. It would have been nicer at a lower price point, but cost shouldn’t be the factor holding you back.
The Vaptio Capt’n Paragon 220W kit has some really great things in its favour. First and foremost is that design, but that can also be a drawback if it isn’t your thing. If you think it’s cool, and especially if you are into the Marvel universe of characters, it would be hard to pass it up. It has wonderful battery life and is very portable due to its small size, even with it being a powerful box mod.
The downsides we have spoken about. It won’t really come anywhere close to 220 watts, and really you shouldn’t take it above 150 if that. You can get some good flavour out of it, but those coils really need breaking in. The vapour clouds themselves are good, but nothing to write home about. The Vaptio Capt’n Paragon 220W kit is really meant for a very specific type of vaper. If you love the design, the portability, and can sacrifice a bit of performance, this could be a great secondary vape mod for you. We wouldn’t make it your first, but it’s not at all a bad choice to add to your collection if those attributes appeal to you.