Published on October 3rd, 2013 | by Trick1
Review: Grand Vapor Prometheus
Grand Vapor Prometheus
Summary: A heavy-duty device loaded with features, the Grand Vapor Prometheus is easily one of the best Genesis atomizers we've tested.
Grand Vapor has made a name for itself building high-performance, high-quality mods like the Sentinel and Private II. While they’ve gained quite a bit of respect for these mods, atomizers are new territory for this company from the Philippines. The Grand Vapor Prometheus changes that strictly mod-only focus as the company’s first Genesis-style atomizer.
Another company building their first atomizer might have just cranked out a run-of-the-mill standard Genesis, slapped a logo on it, and called it a day. Grand Vapor, though, obviously had other plans when they sat down to design the Prometheus. It’s a rather ambitious piece of work, combining elements of some of the best atomizers out there with a high degree of craftsmanship, and pulling it all together with the heavy industrial style that is a hallmark of Grand Vapor’s mechanical mods.
The first thing we couldn’t help noticing about the Grand Vapor Prometheus is that it’s heavy. It’s really heavy. Put one on a low-quality, lightweight mod, and it’s going to feel like you’re swinging a club. However, the weight isn’t something we’d consider a bad thing — it gives the Prometheus a substantial feel that gives the sense that you’ve gotten something for your money.
A lot of that weight is carried in the cap of the Grand Vapor Prometheus. It’s got a very unique design, incorporating a reduced chamber with a pair of twin adjustable air holes in a rotating ring which can be adjusted to expose one or more of a series of variable width air holes in the cap . The cap also features a locking mechanism for the air adjustment, which works by screwing the top half of the cap down onto the adjustment ring, ensuring that once you’ve found just the right air intake setting for you, it won’t slip.
We were also impressed with the deck of the Grand Vapor Prometheus, which sports a pair of 2.5mm wick holes and a third fill hole, flanking a hefty stainless steel center post with a flathead screw top that ends in an adjustable copper contact where the atomizer meets the mod. The negative screws are of the Torx variety, which means they’ll require a tool that won’t necessarily be in everyone’s toolbox, but the Prometheus thankfully ships with one, in a small bag that also contains a pair of replacement tanks, a spare negative screw, and a pair of small Phillips-head screws.
The tank of the Grand Vapor Prometheus is acrylic, and in the shipped configuration this tank is surrounded by a stainless steel tank sleeve with oval window cutouts that allow the juice level to be visible. We can’t help wishing the tanks were acrylic, but it may be possible to get quartz replacements through a third party such as IBTanked or Bedazzle, particularly if the Prometheus achieves a decent enough degree of popularity that the demand is there for them.
The Grand Vapor Prometheus is serialized, with the number (the unit we tested is number 558) deeply engraved on the bottom of the atomizer.
We’ve rambled on about the build of the Grand Vapor Prometheus for a while now — so how does it vape? We’d have to say it vapes very, very well. The sizeable pair of wick holes provide a good amount of juice to the coils, and the adjustability of the atomizer’s airflow allows the vapor production and throat hit to be tailored to a degree that just isn’t possible with most other Genesis atomizers. We were able to throw off some really huge clouds with our Prometheus, and the flavor was excellent. While this is a Genesis atomizer, and to some extent the performance is therefore predictable, the Prometheus goes beyond the capabilities of most other Gennies out there, and the dual-coil capability and adjustability of the atomizer really do provide a superior vape. In a lot of respects, the Prometheus operates and vapes like the QZI Megatron Genesis we’ve reviewed here previously, and that’s a very good thing indeed.
One word of warning if you’re thinking about picking one of these beauties up: like a lot of top-end Pinoy hardware, it’s not cheap. It’s currently in stock and available from myvape.in at a price of $145 before shipping, and going for quite a bit more at some U.S.-based resellers and local brick and mortars. However, the Grand Vapor Prometheus really is a nice piece of work with features and quality that put it a cut above most other Genesis atomizers, and we think the price is justified, particularly for those looking for a well-built atomizer that provides a the high-performance experience of the Prometheus.
Did Grand Vapor’s freshman atomizer put a dent in our wallet? Sure. Was it worth it? We’d say, unreservedly, yes, it was.