Product Intro and Specs
Vandy Vape has come up with another of its wonderful products, the Vandy Vape Jackaroo Kit. Vandy Vape has built a reputation for consistently manufacturing high-quality products. The kit contains the Jackaroo mod. This mod is a single 20700 battery box mod.
It has a 100-watt rating, and it also comes with a colour screen. Vandy Vape says that this is a tough mod and it is water-resistant. The tank is a Jackaroo sub-ohm tank. This particular tank uses mesh coils. It also comes with a 3.5ml glass and a 5ml glass.
The full kit costs $63.95 at Element Vape.
The mod of Vandy Vape Jackaroo looks to be a little bit like mods on the Geekvape Aegis series. This particular mod has a classy rubber coating and a colour screen. The side panels are also replaceable. It’s still a mystery where Vandy Vape got the name Jackaroo from though.
Build Quality and Design
The Vandy Vape Jackaroo looks and feels like a well-built mod. It is mostly rectangular shapes, but the ergonomics are on-point. The soft outer rubber makes it feel comfortable on the hands, and it makes the mod more durable.
Its size resembles a small dual battery mod, but it is still much bigger than your average single battery mod. However, it still retains a good weight for a single battery mod.
The 10 colour modes offered by Vandy Vape are mostly different shades of black. Most of them are also rubber coated. The colour difference is in the panels. 6 of the 10 options are made of high-pressure fibreglass (commonly known as G10) while the other 4 are resin.
The panels can be removed and screwed back in. Vandy Vape generally offers the panels separately just as they do with the Pulse Squonk mods.
Like the Geekvape, the battery door uses a screw cap system. You basically use the handle to screw or unscrew the door. The design is efficient, and the batteries fit well.
In addition, the design work makes it easy to pull and push the latch. The screen is bright and large enough for any type of light. The screen has a black background. In addition, it has six colour options that you can choose from.
Button rattle is non-existent with this mode. Oddly, however, the fire button rotates quite easily. The 501 is amazing, and it works with most atomizers. It can easily handle a 25mm atomizer.
This mod does not support charging. The USB port is only there if you need to install updates. You have to unscrew the front panel for you to access this USB port.
Features and Functions
The Vandy Vape Jackaroo has nothing special in terms of modes. All the common modes found in mods of this price range are present. Some of these modes include Voltage mode, Power mode, Bypass mode, and Temperature Control Mode.
The only slight variation is that there is no preheat option with the Power Mode. However, this option is available with the Watt Curve mode.
Using the Vandy Vape Jackaroo
Vandy Vape could have done a lot more with the menu on this mod. It is outdated and difficult to navigate. Here is a brief summary of some of the features:
-Five clicks of the fire button turn the mod on or off
-Three clicks toggle mode swap
-Scroll the modes using up and down and one click of the fire button to accept
-Use up and down to select the submenu
-Four clicks of the fire button for changing power settings in TC mode
-Press + and fire button to lock down a mode. Only the fire button works after this
The submenu allows you to do things like:
-Changing the font
-Resetting to factory setting
-Removing mods from visibility
In general, the menu system is disappointing. It will take some time to get used to. However, it will be easier for you if you’ve ever used a Voopoo mod or if you’ve used other Vandy Vape products.
Power Mode Performance
The specs on this mod are listed as 8 volts, 40 amps, and 100 watts. Testing shows that you can achieve a slightly higher wattage than the one listed which is okay. The amp rating, however, maxes out way below 40 amps. In addition, testing showed that the volt limit is around the figure provided by Vandy Vape.
Testing also showed that the system uses a boost circuit which is now common for single battery mods.
This mod is really accurate and it doesn’t get hot while using. It hits slightly on the high side just like the company’s Pulse 80W. To counter this, try starting at about 5 watts lower than what you are normally used to. Also, remember that putting in a new coil sets the wattage back to default.
Temperature Control Mode Performance
Testing showed that the Jackaroo offers the complete 100 watts. Also, you can set the TCR in each mode even though there is no TCR mode. Sadly, the system on this mod doesn’t work well. For instance, the TCR was set at 1300 for SS which was useless. Even dropping the temperature down to 300 F still led to the production of dry and really warm vapes.
This mode is inconsistent at best, but you can get warm vaped at 1100 with the temperature set at 430 F. It throttles smoothly for a while, but you will inevitably get some dry hits after a while.
The verdict is that this is not a good mod for TC. It will disappoint you. This is definitely something that Vandy Vape should look into while developing future mods.
Durability and Water Testing
Vandy Vape lists this mod as shockproof, waterproof and dustproof.
Testing shows that the waterproof assertion may be correct. The Vandy Vape Jackaroo continued to work well after it was set in a meter-deep bath for ten minutes. In addition, water does not sip into the battery compartment.
Some water might get into the side panels, but there is nothing electric that can be affected here. Besides, some water got in between the screen and the side panel. However, this can easily be wiped off after removing the side panel. In general, the mod passed the waterproof test.
Testing for durability also showed that this is a durable mod. The mod was dropped from different heights, and it still worked after each drop. The internals of the mod remained intact. Moreover, there was minimal grazing on the outside. The screen on the Jackaroo is recessed, so the screen didn’t suffer damage.
Jackaroo Tank Rundown
It is not advisable to buy vape kits these days. The coils provided in the kits are usually sub-standard. It is advisable for you to buy the tank and the mod separately.
The tank comes with 3.5ml and 5ml glasses. The resin drip tip works without issues. The threading is smooth and nice. It requires a 90-degree turn to pop off and a 90-degree turn while pressing in to pop it back in.
The filling hole is large enough to ensure that filling is clean and easy. The airflow control ring is easy to adjust. It’s generally a well-built tank with no special features.
There are two coil options:
-Mesh 80: 0.15 ohms (50-90 watts).
-Mesh 50: 0.3 ohms (40-60 watts)
The 0.15-ohm coil works best between 65-70 watts. It doesn’t release the best flavour, however. The 0.3-ohm coil works best at around 60 watts. The result was also poor when it comes to flavour.
The Vandy Vape Jackaroo feels like it needs more power than it has now. The power available would have worked best with a 40-50 watt tank.
-Superior build quality
-Accurate voltage and watt readings
-Multiple colour options
-Great performance on power mode
-Large colour screen
-Easy to open the battery door
-Water and shock resistant
-Temperature control performance was poor
-Tank flavour is poor
-The tank needs a lot of power which is unavailable
-Amp limit is overstated
-TCR system doesn’t work
This is another great product from Vandy Vape. However, it is not the product for you if you prefer optimal TC performance. The mod works great and it is durable. Vandy Vape would do well to drop the amps rating down to its actual figure which is closer to 30 than it is 40.
The menu might also need tweaking, but it slowly becomes easy to use once you get used to it. The tank provided is poor. It’s advisable that you buy the mod only and find another atomizer to pair with Vandy Vape Jackaroo.