Vaporesso Wave Mod review

The new mod offers a tsunami-sized internal battery and 120W output.

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Vaporesso Wave Mod Intro

Vaporesso has been using the Omni board to power their Tarot series of box mods for a while. Until now, if you wanted a Vaporesso box with the Omni and an integrated battery, you had the choice of exactly one: the Tarot Nano. The Nano is a nice looking little mod, but offers a relatively meager 2500 mAh battery and 80-watt max output due to its small size.

What if you have a power-hungry tank and want a mod capable of pushing it over 100 watts? If you want to vape at the upper limit of the Nano at 80 watts, it’ll be of gas in no time. You need a bit more muscle.

The Wave offers the Omni board along with a massive 5000 mAh internal battery and 120-watts output to give you the power and battery life you need for higher wattage vaping.

We received the product from Vaporesso for the purpose of this review.

Vaporesso Wave Mod Gallery

Vaporesso Wave Mod Specs and Features

Kit Content

  • Wave 120W mod
  • USB cable

Specifications

  • Size: 80 mm x 55.5 mm x 23 mm
  • Weight: 200 g
  • Battery: 5000 mAh internal
  • Temperature range: 100-315℃ / 200-600℉
  • Output wattage: 5-120 W
  • Resistance range: 0.05Ω-5Ω
  • Voltage range: 0-8.5 V
  • Display: 9.91 OLED
  • Material: Zinc alloy casting

Notable Remarks

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The Wave is a step outside the box for Vaporesso. Unlike the signature design of the Tarot line-up, there is nothing about the Wave stylistically that screams “Vaporesso”. I like the look of the Tarot mods, but the black and red Wave review sample is kinda boring in comparison.

More favorably, the Wave is heavy, feels good in the hand, and the fit and finish are nice.

Regarding the Omni board functionality, all the functions are accessible without a PC, unlike the Evolv DNA board (not to say the two are necessarily comparable).

The Omni board allows a slew of vaping modes, including Smart Variable Wattage (Smart VW), Temperature Control (TC) with Ni/Ti/SS, Bypass, Constant Curve of Wattage (CCW) and Constant Curve of Temperature (CCT).

This won’t be a tutorial on using every setting of the Omni board with detailed button and menu functions, but should give you an idea of the different modes and uses:

Smart VW – The Omni board will measure the resistance of your coil and set the wattage to a suggested starting point.

TC (Ni/Ti/SS) – Good ol’ temperature control with nickel, titanium, or stainless steel wire.

Bypass mode – Bypass it allows you to, well, bypass the regulation of the board and vape with straight battery voltage. It’s almost like using a mech mod with protection.

CCW – CCW allows you to set up a vaping curve for the first 5 seconds. You can set the wattage to any value between 5-100 watts in 0.5-second intervals. One example: CCW can be used to heat your coil(s) quickly at higher wattage to reduce ramp time and then taper off to a lower setting.

CCT – The same as CCW but with temperature

Performance

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Right off, disappointment: I attach a Vaporesso Veco Plus tank to the Wave and even though it’s flush in front, the tank hangs over both sides. Really? How about making the mod a mere two millimeters wider? It would allow users to take advantage of a vast array of tank options, including your own Veco Plus.

Moving on, I installed the tank with a 0.3-ohm ceramic coil to the Wave, and the Smart VW feature set the power to 50 watts, which is just about right. The vape is as expected but this review is about the Wave mod, and it works just as advertised.

All other aspects of the Omni board work as in all the other Vaporesso the other mods featuring this board.

Likes

  • Long battery life
  • even when pushing the max power
  • Solid-feeling body and nice heft
  • The construction is without fault
  • All the wonders of the Omni board
  • Simple set up without PC

Dislikes

  • Atomzier platform should be at least 24 mm
  • Design is kinda boring

I’m gonna Wave goodbye

If the Wave were in a display case at my local vape shop I might not even notice it among the more aesthetically pleasing SMOK, Lost Vape, Vaporesso’s own Tarot mods. I’m anti-bling, but the black/red review sample even leaves me wanting for something more. But maybe I’d feel differently about the other color choices that Vaporesso is offering.

Even if the Wave was handed to me by the store clerk, I would hand it back once I found that it had an internal battery. I haven’t purchased a box mod with an internal battery since the Innokin MVP several years ago. Once again – personal preference.

But the real deal-breaker is the limitation to 23 mm atomizers without overhang. I’ve been reviewing the Vaporesso Veco series of tanks, and your own mod is too narrow to fit the Veco Plus or Veco Devil tanks. It would be nice to use the higher-wattage rated tanks fron Vapporesso. It’s a shame because the Veco Devil and Plus both perform very well.

Granted, you can use them on the Wave if you like. If you don’t mind the tank hanging over the sides of the mod.

So, can I recommend the Wave to anyone? Sure:

If you like the Omni board (and there’s a lot to like) and want a smallish, utilitarian, 120-watt mod with a massive internal battery that feels good in hand and works reliably, you would likely enjoy this. And especially if you don’t use atomizers wider than 23 millimeters.

Me? I’d be much happier with the larger Tarot Pro and some back-up batteries.

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Gary Joseph
Gary is a retired technical writer residing in the metro Detroit area. Besides vaping, and writing for Vaping360, some of his other interests include motorcycling, watch collecting, bicycling and fitness.