Jac Vapour Wee VIM Review
As one of the most reliable vape brands on the market, Jac Vapour always strives for perfection with every new device. Their previous model, the VIM All-In-One was a vaping masterpiece which I make no secret of my love for. Despite its simplicity, it was an ideal model for more advanced users given its output and power. But with their new device, the Wee VIM, Jac Vapour have scaled their design right down to the basics. Jac Vapour offer you a 15% off between now and the end of February (28th) use this code: ECIG15
Marketed solely as a beginner’s device, the Wee VIM is the little sister of the VIM AIO, foregoing innovation in favour of minimalism. There’s a few significant changes, as well as a few minor ones, but how does it hold up in today’s saturated market?
Let’s take a closer look at the smaller details.
What’s In The Kit?
As mentioned, minimalism is the magic word here. As of the time of the writing (October 2018), the Wee VIM is sold as model-only. Everything extra needs to be purchased separately.
With its familiar blue and white colour scheme, the Wee VIM’s packaging tells you everything you need to know. Name, picture, and Jac Vapour logo. On the rear, the description makes the claim of this model being “the ultimate beginner’s device,” along with a few specifications.
The box includes:
- 1x Wee VIM 900mAH battery
- 1x Micro USB charging cable
- 1x User manual
That’s the lot. For a beginner model, I at least expected a little more. However, this is where the outside-the-box thinking of Jac Vapour comes into play. I’m sure many people will agree that one of the most frustrating aspects of vaping is the constant need to source the correct coils and e-liquids, especially when getting to grips with a new model. This is why the Jac Vapour website includes the choice of two free PODS when purchasing the Wee VIM.
As with various other devices, the Wee VIM is compatible with these PODs which are already pre-filled with the necessary coils and e-liquids. You need only insert them in place and you’re ready to go.
It’s a useful system, especially for the beginner, but it can feel a little limited. However, a normal atomiser can be purchased separately and filled with the e-liquid of your choice. Given that the Wee VIM is aimed at beginners, I would have liked an atomiser to have been included in the kit.
Jac Vapour Wee VIM Product Specifications
- 900mAH internal battery
- Dimensions: 70mm x 21mm x 38mm
- Pass through compatible (vaping whilst charging)
- 6 months warranty
- Un-regulated from 3.9v to 3.1v
- Min resistance – 0.9 Ohm
- Charge time: 1-2 hours
The Pros and Cons Of The Jac Vapour Wee VIM
Design wise, the Wee VIM is as sleek a model as I’ve seen. It’s easily the lightest device I’ve ever used, even with a full tank. Its dimensions are only slightly smaller than the VIM AIO, but the weight difference is quite significant. Personally, I see this as a positive, but some people might not.
The build quality and surface finish are good, although it lacks the sturdiness of previous models. Instead of the rubbery texture of the VIM AOI or the S17, the Wee VIM has a matt plastic finish across the entire body. While it’s preferable to stainless steel, plastic surfaces can be something of a scratch collector. However, in over a week of using it, it’s still relatively unmarked.
A slight change from the previous model, the Wee VIM’s fire button is now located at the top-rear of the device, as opposed to right below the tank. It’s unfortunate, as this was one of my favourite design elements of the VIM AIO. It made access to the fire button easy and comfortable, so it seems an unnecessary change. It might be because I’m so used to using the VIM AIO that this irks me a little, but I’ve found the Wee VIM’s fire button to be a hassle. It took me a few days to get to grips with it. It’s by no means bad, it just seems like a change for the sake of change.
Now for the performance aspect of the vape. Unlike the VIM AIO, the Wee VIM is MTL-only, likely due to the lower battery power. While MTL vaping certainly has its place, it’s unfortunate that this isn’t a dual model. Going from MTL to DTL is the natural progression of beginner vapers, and with the Wee VIM, it requires a completely new device to make the leap.
Furthermore, it seems that the Wee VIM is only compatible with 1.5 MTL coils. I tried it with a 1.0 coil and found it struggling to make any headway. All I got was gurgling and a mouth full of liquid. I did try it with a 0.5 DTL coil too, but it wasn’t the most pleasant experience, so I recommend avoiding that avenue at all costs.
These negative points aside, the MTL experience was as good as any other device I’ve tried. I’ve used the Jac Vapour S17 as an MTL device in the past, and the Wee VIM’s output blew it away. It definitely packs a punch, and manages to retain all flavours of the e-liquid.
As functionality is limited with the Wee VIM, there isn’t much else to say about the performance. It’s almost indistinguishable from smoking a cigarette, just with a much stronger nicotine hit.
As the manual states, charge time is around 1-2 hours. Very quick for any device. On the subject of charging, another change from the VIM AIO is that the USB port has moved from the underside of the device up to the top near the atomiser. It definitely makes for easier charging, but it sometimes means lying the device on its side. However, it’s only a minor issue.
Battery life lasts around 12 hours before power starts to diminish. A very respectable time for such a small battery.
Lastly, the only other change from the previous model is the lack of airflow column. With the VIM AIO, there was a small rubber flap which could fully open or close the airflow. However, there’s no such thing on the Wee VIM. Luckily, most beginners will prefer a more airy flow, which the Wee VIM provides.
- Fantastic MTL performance
- Super lightweight
- Excellent battery life / charging time
- Sleek and classy black design
- Ability to switch between pre-filled pods and regular atomiser
- Very limited in functionality
- No DTL experience available
- Fire button located in an inconvenient spot
What Are The Wee VIM’s Best Features?
I’m a big fan of minimalism, and this be the most straightforward device I’ve ever used. So, that gets a lot of plus points in my book. The pre-filled pods are a great addition as it removes a lot of hassle around the worst parts of vaping, and this feature will be especially attractive to the beginner user.
The powerful output despite such a small battery is very appealing. I’ve been using this device as a secondary vape for over a week now, and I’m finding it’s perfect for a quick nicotine hit whilst driving or on a break at work. Its feather-like build also makes it perfect for transporting around when you don’t want a bulky device weighing you down.
The ability to switch between pre-filled pods and a normal atomiser is ideal for beginners. Once they’re comfortable with the pre-loaded pods, they can then personalise their experience a little more. However, I’ve found the pre-filled pods a great little convenience. In fact, I prefer them to using my own liquid, but that might be because I’m using the Wee VIM as a filler device.
Charging times and battery life are also fantastic, but these are two areas Jac Vapour have always excelled in.
How Does It Compare To Its Peers?
I’ve struggled to find many points which make the Wee VIM stand out amongst other beginner models. Considering the £24.99 price tag, I would honestly expect a little more, especially from such a respectable brand.
If you’re looking for a similar device with a slight edge on the Wee VIM, check out the Aspire Zelos 50w Kit. Where the Wee VIM falls short, the Aspire Zelos stands tall.
Here’s a comparison of the two:
Wee Vim: Little functionality
Aspire Zelos: Maximum functionality
Wee Vim: MTL compatible only
Aspire Zelos: MTL and DTL compatible
Wee Vim: Comes as device-only
Aspire Zelos: Comes with tank, coils and additional components
Wee Vim: Sleek, lightweight design
Aspire Zelos: Heavy, sturdy design
Wee Vim: Retails at £24.99
Aspire Zelos: Retails at £40
As much as I love Jac Vapour, this is their first model in years to leave me somewhat underwhelmed. I understand that the Wee VIM is aimed solely towards those vapers fresh from the cigarettes, but I can’t help but feel they could have done a lot more with this device. I would assume that, even with a beginner-only device, DTL capabilities would have been a priority. But unfortunately, it seems that the VIM All-In-One is a much more attractive model to beginners and intermediate users alike.
Aside from these negatives, the Wee VIM still provides an enjoyable experience, which is more than enough for some users. I think Jac Vapour have simply tried to capitalize on the pre-filled pods concept but scaled the device’s functionality down too much in the process.
With that said, if MTL vaping is your thing, then definitely consider giving the Wee VIM a try. If you favour convenience over everything else, then you’ll find this might just give you everything you need. However, if you’re looking for a more all-in-one model, look elsewhere.