Published on May 9th, 2013 | by Trick1
Review: The Kamry K200
Summary: While unusual-looking and a little quirky, the K200 is a solidly-built variable wattage mod that works well, as long as you don't like your voltage extremely low.
Kamry’s a fun company to buy stuff from directly. You never really know what you’ll get until you’ve got it in your hands. It might be something with the bargain-basement quality of the KTS, or it might be a well-built, very pleasant surprise like the K100. When we got a chance to get Kamry’s new variable voltage/wattage mod, the K200, through Florida’s Sunny Vaping, we threw the dice and took our chances.
We knew before the package showed up on our doorstep that the Kamry K200 would be a very unique-looking mod. With its wavy body, flat face, and five buttons, it looks a bit like a cross between the iVape Tesla mod and a Wii controller. The K200 is available in several colors, including chrome, gold, and black. We ordered the black, which is closer to a dark gray gun-metal color than a true black. The mod uses a single 18650 battery.
When the mod arrived, the first thing we noticed about the Kamry K200 was its weight. It’s got some heft to it — enough that we immediately opened it up to see if there was a battery in it already. There wasn’t, but there is something about a mod with a little weight to it that makes it feel a little better-built. Whether it actually is or not remains to be seen, but it does give a good first impression.
Popping an 18650 battery into the Kamry K200, we did notice a bit of screech from the threads of the bottom cap. It was nothing serious or alarming, and something we’ve come to expect a bit of from most mods, but it’s always nice when we don’t get it. In the case of the K200 the screech was definitely there, but it didn’t affect our ability to remove or replace the cap, so it’s really not worth worrying about unless we decide we absolutely must be able to replace a battery without anyone hearing it.
We immediately set out to discover what those five buttons were for. The first, the big one, was relatively obvious. It fires the mod, in addition to reporting atomizer resistance if quickly pressed three times. That’s always a feature we’re glad to find on a new mod — it comes in very handy, particularly if you also keep a mechanical or two around. The two smaller buttons just above the fire button adjust voltage, and they can be used to set the K200 from 3.0 to 6.0 volts in .1 volt increments, with the current setting shown on the simple three-character LCD display. Oddly, these buttons seem to be reversed: the left button adjust volume upward, while the right one adjusts it downward.
Of the top two buttons, the one on the right is used to adjust wattage. Variable wattage mode is definitely not a fine-grained thing on the K200. Pressing the adjustment button steps the Kamry K200 through a range of 5 to 15 watts in 1-watt increments. It only adjusts upward, so if you want to go from 10 watts to 7, for example, you need to click the button until it adjusts up to P15, again to cycle around to P5, and then two more times to get to P7. While the one-way adjustment isn’t really much a problem, we’re sure some won’t appreciate the large 1-watt increment between settings, as most other variable-wattage mods we’ve seen allow a bit more fine-tuning.
One nice feature of the K200 is that you don’t have to switch between variable voltage and variable wattage modes. If you press one of the voltage adjustment buttons, you’re automatically put into VV mode. Adjust the power, and you’re in VW mode. There’s no need to fiddle with menus or figure out the right button to make the switch — it just happens.
The last button, on the top left, is for a purely cosmetic purpose: it allows the user to cycle the Kamry K200 between seven different screen background colors: white, red, green, blue, yellow, magenta or cyan. Most of the colors are surprisingly rich; we particularly like the red, blue and yellow options.
The K200 features a nice, deep well around the 510 connector, as well as eGo threading, making it compatible with a wide range of atomizers. It’s also got a floating center pin, so we had no problem getting atomizers to sit flush with its 19mm slanted top. Air channels have been cut across the drip well, which ensures that flush-mounted atomizers and tanks which require airflow from the bottom, such as most cartomizer tanks, will be able to get it.
In our testing, we noticed an oddity with the Kamry K200′s voltage settings. At the low ranges, our mod seemed very inaccurate, with a 3.0 volt setting actually producing 3.7 volts. We went on to discover that all settings between 3.0 and 3.7 volts produced 3.7 volts; adjustments in that range seem to do absolutely nothing, with all of them producing exactly the same output. The K200 was accurate across the rest of its settings, however, and once set above 3.7 volts, the K200 did not vary by more than .15 volts from the voltage to which it had been set.
One other little gripe: the K200 loses its settings between battery changes. When you swap one out, you’ll need to reset voltage or wattage where you want it. Not having to switch between modes makes this relatively easy, but we’d be happier if we didn’t have to do it at all.
The K200′s retail price seems to hover around the $50 mark, which is rather reasonable for a variable wattage mod. While it’s definitely got some quirks, at that price it may be worth checking out if you’re in the market for an unusual, but very functional and easy-to-use variable wattage PV.