ClearMax Acrylic Variable Volt APV
This is a MadVapes exclusive. Introducing a new variable volt APV manufactured by MadVapes right here in the USA!!!
This is a variable volt APV made by madvapes that uses the same circuit board as the Zmax in a clear acrylic tube. This is really a variable power mod because you have the option of adjusting either your voltage or your power (watts). The ClearMax adjusts from 3.0 to 6.0 Volts in .1 volt increments or 3.0 to 15 Watts in .5 Watt increments. The ClearMax is made of a clear durable acrylic and has a maximum output of 4 Amps
With a side mounted button, the 510 connector is free to accept any 510 tank. And with the power of varaible volt you can use almost any tank or carto you have. In addition there are ample vent holes in the side of this APV for added safety.
The ClearMax will accept the following batteries: Button Top IMR 18650, TrustFire Protected 18650 Battery, 2400mAh, TrustFire Protected 18650 Flat Top Battery, 2400mAh, Ultrafire Protected 18650 Battery, 2400 mAh, or the MarsFire Protected 18650 Battery, 2600mAh.
Never use non-rechargeable batteries in any device. Only use the recommended batteries for this device.
All adjustments and settings are made with the push button switch. This includes a setting to turn your ClearMax off for safe travel in your pocket, bag or purse.
There is a 90 Day warranty for device failures under normal use.
Click here to see if you you have the correct atomizere or cartomizer for your device.
Cartomizers, tanks, batteries or other accessories shown in the photos are not included. This is for the ClearMax unit only.
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- Clearly a superior view.Review by Dr. Phil
- Great for the price but fragileReview by M
- I really like this device.Review by Ben
It fires constantly. The controls make sense once you use it for a few minutes. The fit and finish is good except the battery screw connector. It needs some improvement on the battery cover.
Since I have payed far more for other devices, I would recommend this device.
As a matter of fact, I will probably buy a colored version next. (Posted on 10/23/12)
- Good price alternative to the zmax!Review by Michael
- Great for the priceReview by Scott
- Pretty decent for the $Review by Robert
I have to dock a star for fit-&-finish; mine has a gap on one side of the top cap, and the battery cap threads aren't exactly silky-smooth. However, it does feel fairly solid for an acrylic, and I like the clicky button (which is not uncomfortable to press at all). You might want to find others' reviews of the VMax or ZMax if you're looking for better quality. I'd say this device has a build quality similar to a Lavatube v1 (and its various clones), perhaps slightly better. The internals are the real star here; this is basically a ZMax for about 2/3 the price.
For anyone else who's looking, I found instructions for the ZMax on another site, which do apply here as the control chip is the same. Click three times to get to the menu, and keep clicking to advance through the options.
1. Uu - Voltage up
2. Ud - Voltage down
3. So - Standby / on/off
4. Uc - Battery voltage check
5. Ds - Display change / Resistance Ω/Voltage output/Voltage under load 'live'
6. Lo - LED on/off
7. Up - Voltage power (Wattage setting)
- Po - Constant power operation
- Uo - Constant voltage operation
(I presume the capital U is supposed to be a V for Voltage. Keep in mind that P = Power, or wattage.)
Error codes :
LOR---Lower resistance indication; If the resistance is below 1.2ohm,the display will show "Low Load".
LOU---Lower voltage indication. If one 18650 battery voltage is below 3.4V or 2 18350 batteries Superposition voltage is below 6.4v,the display will show "Low Voltage".
WSC---Short circuit indication. If cartomizer/atomizer output port short-circuit, the display will show "Warning Short Circuit".
Low Battery Indicator --- When the battery gets low the red lighted pushbutton will slowly flash indicating that your battery is low.
The menu system is a lot like the Provari's, but without the annoying blank spots between options. It's also more responsive (my Provari seems to "lag" behind my clicks pretty often).
I'd like for the device on/off option to be a little easier to access (perhaps the first menu option, before voltage/power settings), but I still have to give kudos for the option being there at all. More PVs should have a master on/off switch of some kind.
I haven't used this enough yet to go into detail regarding the variable wattage capability. So far, I'm enjoying it, and I have a feeling it will be very useful in the future. I don't have a scope to test it with, but it does seem to work well. I noticed very little difference in vape between a 1.5 ohm dual-coil and a 3 ohm single-coil on the same power setting, which I understand is the point of setting a constant wattage.
Note: Ohm's law says that 4.3V on my Provari should produce
a little higher than 12W, yet 12W on my ClearMax seems a bit stronger. Not sure what that means, if anything...just an observation. It might have to do with the PWM in the ClearMax, or the accuracy (or lack thereof) of one of the devices.
I got one of the EH batteries from MadVapes, and it's performing well. AW IMRs are also rocking, as always. My go-to carto is the MadVapes Dual-Coil 1.5 Ohm, and the ClearMax is treating those right, too.
Neither a plus nor a minus for me, but worth noting: the LED on/off option is for the display, all or nothing. There's no additional LED in the button or anywhere else on the device.
If you're looking for a high-quality VV, I still think a Provari is the best option out there. However, the ClearMax is a good option for a reasonably priced VV, and an awesome price for a VW. If you're considering something like a ZMax but want to spend a little less, give this one some serious thought. (Posted on 10/3/12)