Published on July 4th, 2013 | by Trick9
Review: The EHPro EA Mod Clone
EH Pro EA Mod
Summary: While it's not built quite as sturdily as the original, the EHPro EA Mod clone is close, and one of the best performers we've ever tested.
Update: The original version of this review complained about the tubes being too short. Then TallyVapes kindly pointed out that, sometimes, I am a complete moron, and hadn’t noticed the longer extension tube in a hidden compartment of the box under the mod. After revising this review, I went to go hide under a rock until everyone forgets.
Clones can be a difficult thing to review. On one hand, it’s hard to complain about cheap vaping hardware. With a lot of gear out there either obscenely expensive or very hard to obtain, there’s certainly an upside to gear that’s not only accessible, but inexpensive. On the other hand, there are the ethical issues: is it wrong to buy or recommend a mod that’s a blatant rip-off of someone else’s design? Does it potentially harm the vaping industry as a whole to encourage people to purchase knock-offs?
We think about those questions a lot, but don’t really have answers. It’s hard not to ponder them as you’re trying out a mod like EHPro’s new EA Mod clone. It’s about as blatant a clone as clones get: designed to look just like the EA Mod from Electric Angel, SmokTech didn’t even bother coming up with their own name for the mod: the label on the box reads “EA Mod.”
It is also pretty damned close to the EA Mod in appearance. It has a very similar brushed stainless finish and a gold-toned button, though in the clone’s case the button is gold-colored chrome, or perhaps gold plating, as opposed to the EA Mod’s brass. Like the Electric Angel mod, the EHPro EA Mod Clone uses a three-piece telescoping design with a GG-style side-mounted button on the bottom tube (a feature that has led to many calling the original EA Mod a GG clone, thereby making the EHPro mod a clone of a clone). The metal used in the EHPro clone’s construction isn’t quite as thick and substantial as the EA Mod’s, but it’s pretty sturdy stuff.
The button is worth a special mention here. We caught some crap from a few people after we reviewed the Electric Angel EA Mod several months back. A lot of people really love their EA Mods, but we weren’t fans. Part of the reason for that was the mediocre performance of the mod, but one thing we absolutely hated was the small, domed button. Coupled with a stiff spring, we found the EA Mod’s button to be painful to use after a while. Electric Angel’s button was also difficult to remove for adjustments or cleaning, being held in with a tiny C-ring that was prone to flying off into oblivion if you tried to remove the button from the mod. Thankfully, EHPro chose not to go for an exact duplicate of the EA Mod’s button, instead opting for a wider, flatter-topped button which we find much more comfortable to use. The spring is also somewhat less stiff, making it more comfortable to use for long vaping sessions. Perhaps best of all, though, the EHPro clone uses a large nut to secure the button instead of that maddeningly small C-ring.
We were also surprised — maybe even shocked — at how well the EHPro EA Mod clone performed. We tested, re-tested, and tested again, and through all of it the EHPro clone performed extremely well; almost unbelievably well. It fired consistently, exhibiting no misfires and uncommonly consistent voltage output. We also experienced extremely little voltage drop with the mod: on average, it retained an almost unheard-of 99.3% of battery voltage to the atomizer, a drop of only .03 volts on a 4.2-volt battery. We weren’t quite willing to believe it at first, but this Chinese-made clone mod with what EHPro says are gold-plated brass contacts outperformed just about everything we’ve ever tested.
[This is the part where we talked about the tubes being short, making ourselves look like clueless morons. It has been removed, but it will be a long time before we live it down, I'm sure.]
We got our EHPro EA Mod clone for a bit under $40 in a group buy run by Bucky’s Bargain Vaping. That’s about 1/5 of the cost of buying an EA Mod from Electric Angel at today’s exchange rates. This is a new item and we haven’t seen it at a lot of retailers, but we suspect prices of $60 to $80 will be common if retailers start picking this up.
You’d be hard-pressed to find one with better performance, at any price. While we can ponder the moral issue of whether it’s ethical to sell, or even to recommend, clones like the EHPro EA Mod clone, we can’t question that the result of this particular duplication is a mod that outperforms the original by a very wide margin, both on a voltage level and on price, even if it doesn’t quite match up when it comes to the materials.