Published on September 24th, 2013 | by Trick5
Review: EHPro NZonic V3 Clone
EHPro NZonic V3 Clone
Summary: While it may not match the original on workmanship, the EHPro NZonic V3 clone can give it a run for its money on performance.
Chinese clone manufacturers have really stepped up their games in recent months. It’s getting more and more difficult to tell the knock-offs from the real things, as suppliers like EHPro and Rainbow Heaven crank out nearly identical replicas of American, Greek and Philippine mods at an astonishing rate.
This trend toward exact duplication seems to have started with the success of the Terminator atomizer, a part-for-part copy of the Golden Greek Odysseus. Since then, we’ve seen a huge increase in the number and variety of clone mods and atomizers designed and built to be nearly indistinguishable from the originals. If a mod is popular, it’s now more common than ever to see a knockoff appear on the market, and they’re appearing faster than ever.
One such clone mod is the NZonic V3 clone recently released by EHPro. At first glance, it is a very faithful copy of the original NZonic V3 made by Pinoy manufacturer Madz Modz, from the stylized Philippine sun motif of the top cap all the way down to the small crystal set into the bottom-mounted button.
Like the Madz Modz NZonic, the EHPro clone telescopes to fit batteries ranging from an 18350 up to an 18650 or larger: like the original NZonic, with the larger of the two included center tubes, the EHPro NZonic clone can telescope far enough to accept an 18650 with a Kick or Crown to provide variable wattage capabilities. The EHPro clone also includes a small velour drawstring carrying bag.
However, almost like trying to tell one identical twin from another, there are small differences that start to stand out, particularly when the clone is placed next to the original. The EHPro NZonic clone, for example, is noticeably larger than the Madz Modz NZonic, both in width and height. Equipped with an 18650 battery, the Chinese clone stands nearly an inch taller than the original, and it is visibly wider as well. In addition, this extra bulk is accentuated somewhat by the sharper, straighter lines of the clone, which has a flat top cap rather than the slanted one of the Madz Modz device.
Much of the extra height of the EHPro NZonic clone comes from the button. While the clone has a magnetic button very similar to that of the Madz Modz original, it is quite a bit longer, and the button protrudes from the bottom of the mod a bit farther than on the Pinoy original. We also noticed that the button on the clone has a longer throw and is somewhat less stiff than that of the original NZonic V3, and the mod is prone to misfiring and wobbling if placed on end without engaging the locking ring, something we never found necessary with the original.
We’ve also noticed a few other cosmetic differences between the two mods, particularly in things like the engraving of the upper tube, the use of gold plating rather than brass, and some finish inconsistencies in the form of small nicks in various places on the EHPro clone, but particularly on the sides of the top tube, in addition to a large amount of pitting and splintering in the threads of the center tube.
Internally, there are some differences as well. Where the contacts on the Madz Modz NZonic V3 are copper, the contacts of the EHPro clone are brass at the top, and stainless steel at the bottom. Surprisingly, though, this doesn’t seem to have resulted in a loss of performance. In our tests, the EHPro NZonic clone exhibited a loss of about .095 volts from a battery charged to 4.2 volts, or a retention of about 97.7% of battery voltage — a rather impressive showing, particularly when contrasted with previous Chinese NZonic-alikes such as the disappointing Sigelei #19. This seems to follow another trend from EHPro lately: they seem to be paying attention to the conductivity of their mechanical mods, as evidenced by this clone, as well as their recent clone of the EA Mod.
All in all, had we not ever seen the original Madz Modz NZonic, we’d probably love the EHPro knock-off. While it’s not quite up to par with the original when it comes to the details like finish and materials, it can easily stand head-to-head with some of the best mods out there on a pure performance level. The EHPro NZonic V3 clone can be found at several online retailers for under $60, which is a very reasonable price point considering the output of the device. If you’re not quite ready to make the jump to spending a bit more than twice as much on the original NZonic V3, this EHPro clone is easily the next best thing.