[Header Image Description: The Vaporesso Tarot Baby, a red box mod vape with a blue world on the body of the vape.]
Happy April Fools’ Day! I’m taking today to be a little silly and a little weird, so instead of my usual sex toy reviews or introspective personal essays, I’ve written a review of one of my other special interests: vaping! I think vapes are really fascinating, and unfortunately, I am also quite attached to the nicotine that often comes with them. If you don’t know anything about vaping, don’t worry; this is more of a written info dump than an actual review. Believe me when I say I have plenty of experience in explaining vaping to people who don’t know anything about it.
This review is of my current favourite box mod, the Vaporesso Tarot Baby. I’m a big fan of Vaporesso because their products have enough features to be customisable, but aren’t so advanced that they need hours of research to use properly.
The Vaporesso Tarot Baby has two main sections: the tank or atomiser, and the mod or battery section. The tank is where the e-juice sits, and in the middle there is a coil. The coil is a heating element, often a piece of wire, that surrounds some cotton. When the cotton is soaked with e-juice, the wire heats up and vaporises the e-juice, which the vaper then inhales. The heating elements also come in a range of ohm values, which indicates resistance that they have to the current. A higher ohm coil will provide more resistance and use less power, and a lower ohm will provide less resistance and use more power. Generally speaking, more power equals more vapour. The tank also comes with a wide-bore 510 delrin drip tip, which is the part you put your mouth on. I quickly replaced that with a thinner resin tip, which was easy because 510 tips are pretty common.
The tank receives power from the mod, where the battery is located. The Tarot Baby has an inbuilt battery, which means you cannot change it out if the battery fails. This does mean, however, that the whole mod can be charged via micro-USB, rather than with the bulkier chargers needed for replaceable batteries. The Tarot Baby has a variable wattage, which means you can change the power that the battery gives out. This can be controlled by the LED screen on the side of the mod.
The pre-installed tank for the Tarot Baby is an NRG SE tank, and comes with two coils in the pack. I prefer the 0.18ohm mesh coil, because the 0.6ohm ceramic coil was too cool for me. Due to the bubble glass style of the tank, it can hold up to 4.5mL of e-juice, which lasts me a good few days if I am exclusively using the Tarot Baby. It also has a removable 510 drip tip (that I replaced because I prefer smaller tips) and two adjustable airflow ports. I prefer using the Tarot Baby on about half airflow, so I’m positive that it would please even the airiest of vapers.
The Tarot Baby mod has a 2500Ah battery and 2A charging, which are a lot of numbers that essentially mean it has a big battery that takes around 2 hours to charge. It goes up to 85 watts, and can be changed in increments of 0.1W. I don’t change my wattage very often, but I like the option because some of my e-juices perform better at slightly different wattages, and I find that I need to lower the wattage towards the end of a coil’s lifetime.
The mod also has options for TCR settings and bypass mode, which I don’t use because they’re too advance for my needs and preferences. Additionally, TCR, or temperature coefficient of resistance, is only possible with Nickel, Titanium, NiFe, and Stainless Steel coils, and my coils are currently made of Kanthol. I like that the options are there, because that’s some really advanced stuff if you are so inclined.
Box mod design is incredibly important, because it sits in your hand the whole time. The Tarot Baby is wide enough that I don’t struggle to keep my grip on it, but small and reasonably light. It has nice beveled edges that don’t dig into my hands, and doesn’t pick up fingerprints as much as other glossier mods do, with the exception of the screen. Even then, the screen is quite dark so the fingerprints aren’t terribly visible. Fingerprints are to vapes what dust and lint are to sex toys – some products are absolute magnets.
The screen is a decent size, and I’m able to read it quite well. I appreciate that I can change the colour of the screen, both for readability and for aesthetics. I’m also unreasonably delighted by the clock that appears a bit before the screen blanks out.
The Tarot Baby comes in a range of colours and designs. I have the red model, which I think looks very nice and fits the Tarot theme. I also like the blue design, and black, silver, and rainbow are all hard to mess up. The other designs are a bit too edgy for my tastes and don’t match my aesthetic very well.
Yes, I have just as many opinions about buttons on vapes as I do about buttons on sex toys. The Tarot Baby has 4 buttons – the three under the screen, and the fire button (that makes the coil heat up and the vapour come out) which is part of the screen. I particularly like the fire button’s size, as it is the button I use the most. It also has a satisfying click, so I can hear and feel when I press it. Even when I have the vape the wrong way around, I can still click the fire button with the other side of my hand.
It’s easy to remember the functions for the other three buttons, with the leftmost and rightmost buttons scrolling through settings, and the middle one for selecting. They are on the smaller side, probably because the mod is quite compact, but spaced apart and set out from the body of the mod, so I don’t have much trouble finding and hitting them. When scrolling through wattage settings, you short press to move by increments of 0.1W, and long press to move by 1W. This is difficult for me to use, because my fingers are not as fast or precise in their movements as the average user. It takes a fair bit of finagling up and down the range before I actually land on the wattage I want.
The biggest problem I have with the buttons on this mod is the locking and power off controls. In order to lock to vape, so you don’t accidentally press buttons and change your settings, you hit the fire button three times. To turn the vape on and off, you press the fire button five times. This is really hard for me, because I need to press the button in quick enough succession that it registers the presses as connected, but I also need to let the button fully come back to its original position so the mod can tell the difference between three presses and five. Additionally, turning off the vape or locking it engages the fire button, so some vapour is produced. I worry that this shortens the life of the coil, because it’s not great for a coil to fire without the airflow of the vaper pulling on it. I don’t see why the middle button can’t be used to power on and off, especially because then a long press could be used to turn the vape off.
I’m really happy with the Tarot Baby overall. It’s easy to use, but I have the option to further customise it if I want to. I’m happy with the airflow range, so much so that it’s ruined me for pod-style vapes with tighter draws. I’ve had hardly any trouble with liquid leaking out of the airflow holes, which is a persistent problem with other tanks I own. There is also minimal spit back – when heated droplets of liquid come out of the coil and through the drip tip – and the small amounts that have occurred haven’t actually hit my face. The coil size is also incredibly compatible, and accommodates a lot of coils from companies other than Vaporesso. Most importantly, flavour is top notch.
My only real issue with the Tarot Baby is that it takes a lot of strength to replace the coil, as it crews into the base of the tank and I need to get a good grip on it to twist it out. Luckily, the coils last for a good while, and I don’t need to replace them very often.
The Tarot Baby is a great little addition to my vape collection. If I had the option, I would use it all the time, but unfortunately it does create a lot of vapour, which is a bit antisocial, so I use it mostly in my house. It’s a nice little treat, and especially fun while I make heaps of video calls during self-isolation!
Thanks for reading my self-indulgent April Fool’s piece — though I don’t intend to imply that the rest of this blog is anything other than thoroughly self-indulgent! Hope you have a silly day free from screamers, cruel jokes, and stress. April Fool’s!