A vaping icon says goodbye

Pioneering American manufacturer ProVape couldn’t compete in a market it helped create

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One of the pioneers of vaping is gone, killed by the uncertainty imposed by the FDA’s deeming regulations and its own inability to compete in a market it helped create.

ProVape, maker of the iconic ProVari series of personal vaporizers, announced its closing this week. The company was one of the first American vaping manufacturers to produce a variable voltage device. The company sent an e-mail to customers explaining the decision.

ProVape is now closed. Due to upcoming FDA regulations and restrictions, we have made the decision to cease production and close operations.

We want to send out a HUGE Thank You to all of our customers, dealers and vendors around the world for your support and for sharing your stories and photos with us over the years.

This has really been an amazing experience and we were privileged to have you as our customer. It’s been humbling to hear all the success stories and we are truly blessed to be a part of your lives. Thank you!

The first ProVari model was introduced in 2010, and featured a well-machined, heavy stainless steel body and military grade wiring. The chips were designed and made by ProVape. The ProVari was known as a rock solid device that could survive rough treatment.

The original model worked with 18490 or 18650 batteries. Later the ProVari Mini was released, offering an 18350 option. Other versions followed, but by the time the company released a variable wattage model (the P3) in 2014, the writing may have already been on the wall.

In a vape market that moved at the speed of light, ProVape expected vapers to appreciate its careful, thoughtful dedication to quality. But few were willing to spend $200 for devices that offered fewer features than $50 products from China. And as the Chinese manufacturers improved quality control, the distinctions were harder to justify.

The final blow was the FDA’s deeming regulations. No new products could be introduced after August 8, 2016. That left ProVape with a stock of products that were already somewhat outdated — and no possibility of further innovation or even design changes. The last few months saw the company selling its stock of mods at reduced prices.

The company was founded by former employees of the Washington state aerospace industry. It was located in Monroe, WA, about 30 miles from Seattle.

The company will still offer software updates for some devices till next year, and has made arrangements for a third party to perform repairs. Links for those services are at the ProVape website.

Jim McDonald

I spend most of my time studying the regulatory, legislative and scientific challenges to vaping, advocating for our right to exist, and talking with others who do the same. Consider me a source for information, and feel free to agree or disagree with anything I say. I love good coffee and sweet Michigan cherries. My childhood hero was Gordie Howe.

  • Nytrx

    Sad day indeed. Even tho they were on the pricey side, you can’t beat quality with quantity

  • Barry Comer

    Sad News indeed. Everyone whom I spoke to were only interested on one thing – my happiness. They are the template for professionalism and would always leave an email or phone call with complete satisfaction.

    Bye.

  • cigarbabe

    I wish I had known before today they were closing…Wanted to get at least one more Radius before they closed. Provari’s were the workhorse device everyone aspired to back in 2010 when I got my first Provari.
    You just couldn’t beat the quality!
    C. B.

    • Jeremy

      Hey C.B.,

      I totally get it. I bet they will be liquidated somewhere. I imagine Provape has a lot left… maybe.

    • Daddyeagle DADDY

      I know a shop that still has radius if you are still interested feel free to contact me anytime [email protected]

  • Putra Ramadhan

    Oh man, that’s just sad. Always love their products for the quality and the craftsmanship, see you provape, a lot of vapers will be missing you