Honest review time: The LostVape GRUS mod

Here’s a quick look at a new mod from LostVape. You know the guys who are known for their gorgeous high-end devices that often sport EVolve DNA chips. Well this new mod uses one of their own design and it looks to be aimed at the slightly bigger atomizers. It’s called the LostVape GRUS mod and here’s what I make of it.

Package contents:

1 xGRUS 100W mod
1 xUSB Type-C cable
1 x18650 adaptor
1 xWarranty card
1 xUser manual

Listed features and specs:

Dimensions:94.6 x 40.5 x 30.5mm
Weight:176g
Base:30mm
Battery:Single 18650/20700/21700(not included)
Battery Voltage:3.0-4.2V
Output Voltage:0.8-7V
Power range:5-100W
Current range:0.3-30A
Temperature range:200-600F/100-300C
Screen Pixel:0.96" Colour TFT display screen
Body Material:Zinc Alloy
Coil resistance range:0.1-5Ohm

Packaging and contents:

The kit comes packed in a sleeved box with an image of the GRUS on the front and some basic warnings and the contents listed on the back. When you first open the box you find the GRUS mod, a user guide and a warranty slip, the rest of the contents are actually hidden inside the battery compartment of the device. Inside the device you’ll find a short 18650 battery adapter and a short USB Type-C cable. The kit couldn’t be more simply and cleanly packaged and though you don’t get any notable extras you get exactly what you need which I often appreciate.

The mod:

The GRUS mod is made for the big boi tanks and RDAs out there but it’s built in a way that it doesn’t feel bulky or uncomfortable in the hand. Primarily made of zinc-alloy it does have a decent amount of heft to it but it could still be considered somewhat pocket friendly. The GRUS has a sort of rectangular shape that wraps around the round 510 plate at the top with just a bit of the sides exposed. It’s a cool look that keeps the device slim but also more comfortable to grip. On either side it has some colourful plastic inlays but they don’t contribute to the grip in any way. The 510 at the top is rather thick, made from stainless steel with silky smooth threads and a gold plated spring loaded center pin. However because the top of the device is made to accommodate gear up to 30mm a lot of things may look out of place on it. I personally have very few 28mm and up atomizers so I’m a bit limited in what I could use on it but I’m sure lots of folks out there will have just the thing.

Working down the face of the device it’s got a modest round plastic fire button, a big bright and colourful 0.96″ TFT screen with several colour themes you can chose from with just a few clicks. Below the screen are the adjustment and mode button as well as the USB Type-C port for charging which it seemed to do at a rate of 5V/1A or less when tested, I wouldn’t mind if it were 2A but I still charge externally myself. The screen has a rounded clear plastic over the screen which might pick up some scratches down the road but for now it’s clean and clear. At the very bottom it’s got a flip out lever to help unscrew the battery cap. The device can accommodate 20700 and 21700 batteries but also 18650s with the included adapter. It worked well with the majority of my batteries however my thicker Golisi 21700 batts got scratched up and were a very tight fit. The battery cover and inside the tube are clearly marked for positive and negative but the threads are pretty fine so use caution when opening and closing the battery compartment.

The chip that powers the device seems nearly identical to the Quest chip in their recent Thelema device but with a slightly higher power limit of 100W. It’s fairly limited function-wise making it all the easier to pick up and use. Five clicks of the fire button turns it on and off, pressing the select button will highlight the mode and pressing up/down cycles through POWER, SS316, TI, NI and VOLTAGE. Pressing Select and up locks the wattage, pressing Select and Down clears the Puff count and holding Select for 2 seconds changes the screen highlight colour. Of course it also includes all of the usual safety features like short circuit protection, weak battery, over-heat and a 10 second cutoff so it should keep you safe in most any condition.

Overall:

There really isn’t much to it with this one, it’s a pretty straightforward device that’s easy to pick up and use and it will really come down to whether or not the design and 30mm top plate are what you’re looking for. It’s reasonably priced, comes in a number of stylish finishes and aside from a slightly tight battery compartment with certain batts and not fast charge I have nothing much to complain about with it. It looks good and feels well built in hand like a LostVape device tends to and despite not being powered by a DNA chip it’s still more than capable and will suit most new to advanced users.

How it adds up
Build qualityClean lookSimple easy to use interfaceFits most batteries 18650/20700/21700Nearly all metal constructionCan handle atomizers up to 30mm with easeFeels good in hand
Some 21700 batteries are a tight fitNo 2A charging
7.8Overall
Presentation7
Build Quality8.5
Performance8