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Vamped Batteries & Amp limit Confusion

by on September 1, 2014
 

Let me preface this with; I am not an expert when it comes to this. I’m simply a skeptical guy, and decided to put all the research and personal experience I have with this issue into one article.

Every battery you’d use for vaping comes with different numbers and ratings attached to it. Depending on your build, or atomizer, what battery you are using could make the difference between a good vape, and a “pipe bomb” in your hand.

We all know battery technology has it’s bottlenecks. The VTC5 battery from Sony is about as good as you can get, and sets the gold standard for combining amp limit and milliamp hours. So you could believe I was a little skeptical when people were claiming that there was a new battery, made specifically for vaping, that beat the Sony VTC5.

Enter the Vamped battery. The Vamped brand battery is marketed specifically for Vapers. boasting the “highest” amp limit in the vaping game. Could it be?  I received one of these batteries to review, and decided to start doing some research on it. What I found was interesting. There is a lot of information that comes from other sources in this article, and I will cite them as I go.

First off, let’s get one thing straight about batteries. On the spec sheet of a battery, there are usually two amp limits that are shown. The “Max” or “Pulse” limit, and the “Constant” amp limit. The constant limit would be the amp limit you can run the battery at constantly, until its dead, and not have it fail. The Pulse or Max limit would be what the battery can discharge at in a given “Pulsed” amount of time. For the sake of this article, let’s say that window of time is 60 seconds.

Most of the time, when you’re going to purchase a battery, the amp limit that is the standard is the Constant Amp Limit. This puts a VTC5 (what we consider the best battery on the market) at 30 amps. This is usually what would be the advertised amp limit. A 30 amp limit gives you the headroom to fire some serious sub-ohm coils. You do the math – Ohms Law!

Vamped came to the market and somewhat flipped that marketing technique on it’s head. The Vamped battery is labeled as a 40 amp limit battery, and they aren’t lying about that probably. But, when we get into the spec sheet of the battery here is what we find:

The Vamped battery has a “Quick Discharge Current” (continuous amp limit) of 20 Amps, and a “Max discharge current” (pulse amp limit) of 40 Amps. So while the information is correct, they are simply labeling the battery with its pulse amp limit, and not the constant amp limit.

Kidney Puncher has been doing some pretty extensive battery testing, and put the Vamped battery up against the Sony VTC5, and others. Here you can see the results of some of those tests:

Sony VTC5:

Sony VTC4:

Vamped:

Each peak and valley along those graphs are how many times the mod was fired before it hit a charge capacity of needing to be placed on the charger. As you can see, the Vamped battery’s lack of milliamp hour rating made it fall far short of the Sony VTC4 and VTC5. This is what I experienced first hand with the Vamped battery as well. While it worked, I could feel the power fall off much quicker than when using a Sony battery.

While many claim that Vamped is the newest and best battery on the market for Vapers, it seems to be simply a marketing strategy, the same as the Gplat’s and the Cotton Bacon’s have done before them. While they are a battery that works, and are specifically marketed to vapers, It just can’t hold it’s own against the Sony VTC5, or VTC4.

There’s no doubt in my mind that the Sony VTC series is still the king of the hill.

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