Meet the Evolv DNA 75
The DNA 75 is Evolv’s latest temperature-control variable-wattage EScribe-compatible chipset. If you’re not familiar with Evolv, the company is an industry pioneer that’s known for creating variable-wattage vaping and for producing some of the highest-quality chips in the business. The most obvious difference between the DNA 75 and its predecessor, the venerable DNA 200, is its output. As the respective names imply, the DNA 75 runs as high as 75 watts, while the DNA 200 can hit as high as 200 watts. The newer chip does have some subtle differences from the DNA 200 that could make it the best choice for you. To help you learn about the chip, I linked up with Evolv president Brandon Ward to get the story straight from the creator.
Why the DNA 75 created
From a superficial standpoint, some vapers that see the names DNA 200 and DNA 75 will erroneously assume that the latter is worse. Some will wonder why Evolv followed a groundbreaking chip with a less powerful model. While the DNA 75 doesn’t have as high an output as the older chip, it’s less expensive and capable of providing power that will satisfy most vapers.
First and foremost, the DNA 75 was designed to be a less expensive alternative to the DNA 200. We were aware that the typical DNA 200 vaper was not exceeding 75 watts. We also saw the need for a single-battery offering with EScribe capabilities. The DNA 75 was our attempt to bring all of the features and functionality of an Evolv EScribe mod to the broader mass market.
Even though it’s less expensive, the chip is extremely versatile. As Ward emphasized, it’s EScribe compatible. The software can be used to update firmware, tweak battery settings, set temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) values, customize a mod’s homescreen, set up profiles for different atomizers, and more. While the chip is powerful and versatile on its own, EScribe takes its functionality to another level. It’s fantastic that the DNA75 gives vapers this level of power at a lower price.
Differences between DNA 200 and DNA 75
As I mentioned earlier, there are some subtle differences between the two Evolv chips. They operate with different efficiencies and are optimized for different setups. In fact, for vapers that don’t require more than 75 watts, the DNA75 could be the better choice.
The DNA 75 control structure is slightly different, which results in better temperature control with stainless coils. The board was designed with 18650s in mind; it holds a more accurate output at weaker battery states than our previous boards. It also uses a separate charging chip, but doesn’t give the user as many charging control options in EScribe. It’s a little shorter than the DNA 200 and includes a programmable multicolor LED (disco light).
If the disco light doesn’t sell you then I don’t know what will…. More seriously, vapers use lithium-ion 18650 batteries more than lithium-polymer packs. They’re still, by far, the most common battery for enthusiast vapers. That the DNA 75 was designed with this battery type in mind will appeal to many vapers. Additionally, stainless steel coils have been gaining popularity. Vapers that want the best temperature control for that wire material will want to consider this chip.
DNA 75: what's in it for vapers
The bottom line for vapers is that the DNA 75 is a powerful and versatile chip that’s less expensive than its predecessor. The end result is that more people will have access to Evolv’s superior technology, since the mods will be more affordable.
The DNA 75 is manufactured in the USA. It’s an integrated all-in-one board with unparalleled safety features and accuracy. It offers Evolv technology and EScribe capability at a lower price than its big brother.
The chip is especially appealing if you use 18650 batteries and stainless steel wire or replaceable atomizers heads with stainless steel coils. It’s also a great choice if you prefer smaller, single-battery box-mods. As Ward mentioned, it’s also one of the safest and most accurate chips on the market. Evolv has been so synonymous with safety and accuracy that some vapers take these vital features for granted. At the end of the day, your DNA75 mod will perform precisely and shouldn’t blow up like a Samsung Galaxy S7.
DNA 75: what's in it for modders
For modders, the DNA 75 is a very appealing chip. This is especially true for small operations that make bespoke devices. In addition to top-notch support from Evolv, the company’s forums are a great resource for people building DNA-based mods.
The DNA 75 is by far our easiest board to build with and has a form factor similar to the DNA 200. Escribe allows for modder defined UIs and easy debugging in the event of build issues. It’s traceable with both production data and serialization, and it’s water resistant. The DNA 75 has a one-year warranty and is actually backed by people you can reach and are willing to assist with build questions and issues.
In addition to affordable mods from large manufacturers, expect to see less expensive custom mods. While those devices won’t be cheap, on paper they should be more affordable than their DNA 200 counterparts. If you’ve longed for a custom stabilized wood box mod then DNA 75 could help a modder make your dream come true.
DNA 75 Box Mods
The Evolv DNA 75 offers stellar performance, unsurpassed safety, brilliant versatility, and a high degree of customizability. If you’ve decided that the chip fulfills your needs then let’s go mod shopping. The following list has some of the top DNA 75 mods available.
Volcano Lavabox M
From Hawaii’s Volcano Ecigs comes the followup to one of the most popular DNA 200 devices of 2015. The Lavabox M is a single-18650 battery DNA 75 that features Volcano’s distinct design language. It has bold lines and a rubberized grip that’s quite ergonomic. In addition to the performance of the Evolv chip, Volcano is known for providing great customer support.
Lost Vape Therion
The Lost Vape Therion is a dual-18650 battery DNA 75 box mod. Even though it has a relatively affordable price, the Therion features luxurious wood and leather accents that give it a high-end appearance. There are a number of leather and wood combinations to chose from, including a particularly sexy “Italian Leather” limited edition. If you want to enjoy the features of the DNA 75 and the battery life of parallel 18650 batteries then the Therion is a great choice.
HCigar VT75 Nano
If you’re looking for a DNA 75 stealth-vaping device then this is the mod for you. The VT75 Nano is approximately 41-percent smaller than the original VT75, but retains all of its predecessor’s capabilities and has some minor improvements. As expected with a stealth vape, this diminutive box mod runs on a single 18650 battery. It’s small. It’s powerful. It’s awesome.
The Hotcig DX75 can be used with either a single 18650 or a single 26650 battery. This gives vapers a nice choice between a battery that easily available and a less common option with a longer lifespan. While it’s not the smallest or most attractive mod in this roundup, the Hotcig DX75’s battery versatility is quite appealing.
The SMY SDNA75 has a pistol-grip like shape for comfortable ergonomics. This single-18650 battery box mod is available in four colors, including a particularly groovy (in that ’70s way) wood-grain finish. The body is made out of a zinc alloy that’s coated with a durable TPU finish.