The HCigar VT167 is a relatively cheap (by the DNA device standards) DNA 250 mod. Since most devices, with the same DNA board, are very similar it’s worth saying the VT167 is a dual 18650 battery device which, in combination with the DNA250 board, means that it will go up to 167 Watts.
The days when I have to either bring a 3-battery device to work with me, or grab another set of batteries, are over. I’d like to point out a useful safety feature that is reverse battery protection - you won’t actually fry your mod if you insert batteries the wrong way anymore.
I’m still nervous every time I charge batteries and insert them back to my Triade DNA200 but with the VT167 that’s absolutely not a concern.
Anyway, those are the well-known details about DNA250 boards so let’s jump into the aesthetics of this particular mod.
I picked up the carbon fibre option; while I don’t know whether it’s real carbon or not it’s definitely something I haven’t come across before on a mod. It’s not bad, but it’s slightly soft and malleable - to the point that a small dent can be made if you apply any pressure. It’s certainly different from its competitor - the Lost Vape Therion.
The battery door sits snugly in place so it won’t fall off and it’s not too hard to open. It’s held by two small ball bearings that the door latches onto. I even tested the door strength by shaking the mod while only holding onto the door. It’s very well built and didn’t come apart once.
As for the form factor, it sits nicely in my hand. I’ve never had a wide device like this before, but it’s pretty natural and comfortable. (I do have rather large hands though, and usually find any large mod sits fine).
Comparing it with my Triade, vt167, it’s taller and wider, even though the Triade has three batteries in it.
It feels cheaper than Lost Vape devices, which it certainly is, but still a very big step up from usual lower-end models.
I’m comparing it with say, Wismec RX2/3 - the metal on RX feels thinner, and I think it’s aluminium whereas VT167 is made of Zinc Alloy.
The 510 connection is great as well. Threads are as smooth - as they need to be. The pin is spring loaded, has an interesting cone shape, retracts easily -and by quite a lot - so atomisers shouldn’t have a problem sitting on this device. Speaking of atomisers – there’s one problem I’ve found - it doesn’t really support larger tanks. 22mm RDAs are just fine, 24mm is pushing it and 25mm I can just notice little overhang from the front.
By no means is it a big problem, but still something to point out.
Overall the Hcigar VT167 seems to me like an absolute bang for your buck. You get a phenomenal DNA250 board and a pretty solid device. It might not be the best in terms of looks, but it feels like an upgrade from every other ‘regular’ device that I own.