The Joyetech Exceed Grip Starter Kit (affiliate) was sent to me for review from HeavenGifts.com. This is an upgraded version of the original Exceed device. It’s a small kit with a unique look that uses replaceable mesh coils in the pod cartridges.
- 1000mAh battery capacity
- Variable voltage output
- Max 20 watts
- Size: 74mm tall (including tip), 40mm depth, 21mm thick
- Colors: Black, Blue, White, Mystery Blue, Rainbow Tattoo, and Skull Stone
- $24.39 from HeavenGifts.com
- $9.00 for a five pack of EX-M mesh coil heads
- $18.00 for five disposable cartridges
In the Box:
- Exceed Grip device
- 4.5 ml standard cartridge (replaceable coil)
- 3.5 pod cartridge (non-replaceable coil)
- One EX-M 0.4 ohm mesh coil
- USB cable
There are six different designs on the panels, three of which are solid and simple single colors, while the others are much more artistic. I really like the artistic ones, but I didn’t get to choose, so I have the black one. Nothing wrong with that though. The single color panels give the Exceed Grip a more toned-down classy look, which I think still looks good.
The device is small and compact at only 2.9 inches tall with the tip, 1.5 inches from front to back, and only 0.8 inches thick. It’s a great size for portability.
On the front panel you have a fire button, an LED indicator, and the USB charging port.
Functions & Features
To turn on the Exceed Grip, click the fire button five times. The fire button has a nice click to it.
There’s no screen on the Exceed Grip and there aren’t any settings, so once it’s on, all you have to do is press the firing button to vape. Joyetech made this really easy for beginners to use.
The max wattage is 20 watts, so this isn’t designed for chucking clouds. This is more for high nicotine users. The Joytech website even says that the Exceed Grip is optimized for nicotine salt users. I get this question all the time now, and yes, you can use regular nic, low nic, or zero nic in here just fine too. But if you like high nicotine, it works great for that. I do want to say though that I think it hits too hard for really high salt-nic, such as 50mg. I think something like 25mg is better.
Dry Burning Technology
Joyetech says the Exceed uses a new dry burning technology. When the device senses that the coil is nearly dry, the indicator light will blink twice and then immediately turn off the device, preventing you from taking a dry hit.
They say this feature only works with EX-M coils or the integrated MESH POD cartridges, so keep the in mind.
The mouthpiece is your standard removable 510 drip tip, which is really cool because that means you can use your own drip tips on here. I really like that they made the tip removable. That’s not so common on pod style devices like this.
Pod Cartridge & Coils
The Exceed Grip has two different types of pods. One is a 4.5ml standard cartridge which uses replaceable EX coil heads. And the other option is a 3.5ml cartridge which has a non-removable 0.8ohm mesh coil.
I can’t say for sure, because I don’t know exactly how the Exceed Grip’s chip works, but I would assume that you get wattage based on the output voltage and the build of the coil. I can’t find any data about the output voltage unfortunately, so I just have to assume that it’s 4.2 volts. If that’s true, Ohm’s Law tells us that with either the 0.4ohm or the 0.8ohm coil, you’re getting more than 20 watts, which clearly hits the max of Grip’s 20 watts. Like I mentioned earlier, 50mg salt-nic seems like too much nicotine for the 0.8ohm MTL pod, and that’s why. 20 watts is high for nicotine that strong.
There also a TPD-compliant version of each cartridge for those of you in the UK.
To remove the cartridges, you just pull them right out. They come out easy.
One thing to keep in mind with the cartridges is that they can be installed upside down. I did this by accident and when I pulled it out, I felt it snag on something on the device. I don’t know if it snagged on the connectors or the metal on the device, but just be careful so that you don’t break it.
With the built-in coil pod, you can’t remove the coil. This is a 0.8 ohm mesh coil using mesh cotton. I don’t know if mesh cotton actually makes a difference or not. This cartridge is refillable, so to do that you open the plug on the side, fill it up, wait 5-10 minutes to saturate the wicks, and then you can start using it. It should last you a few tanks and then you’ll toss it and get a new one.
Joyetech says this coil is best for tight draw mouth-to-lung hits.
Replaceable Coil Cartridge
For the cartridge with a replaceable coil, you unscrew the bottom of the pod get to the coil.
The coil used in this cartridge is the EX-M coil head built at 0.4 ohms using SS316 wire.
Joyetech says this coil is best for bigger lung draw hits. It’s also refillable and should last 3-4 tanks, maybe more in some cases. Then you can toss the coilhead and install a new one.
On HeavenGifts.com, I see the pods selling for $18 for packs of five. (https://www.heavengifts.com/product/Joyetech-Exceed-Grip-Cartridge.html). The EX-M mesh coil heads for the replaceable coil cartridge sell for $9 for a five pack (https://www.heavengifts.com/product/Joyetech-EX-M-Mesh-Head.html). The replaceable coils are much cheaper so that’s the probably the better option, but it sucks that Joytech doesn’t make replaceable 0.8 coil heads for people who like a tighter draw.
The airflow depends on your coils. The 0.8 ohm coil head has a tighter draw than the 0.4 ohm coil, but both are actually pretty loose. The airflow in the 0.8 disposable coil is tight enough to get either a restricted lung hit or a loose mouth to lung hit. The air flow through the 0.4 ohm coil head is way too loose to get a tight draw, so you can really only do a lung hit on that one. Both have pretty good flavor production.
The battery in the Exceed Grip is 1000mAh. That’s pretty big for such a tiny little device. You should be able to get through a full day of vaping heavily without recharging.
To charge the battery, plug it into a computer or wall adapter using the included micro USB cable. The light will stay red while it’s charging and go out when it’s full. And this does have a passthrough feature, so you can vape it while it’s charging.
- 10 second time-out
- Over charging protection
- Short circuit protection
- Over discharging protection
The device fires really fast, so it has a great chip inside, The flavor from both pods is very good, and the Grip is really easy to just open up and use. I would have liked for a more restricted draw from the 0.8 ohm coil but Joyetech can easily fix this by releasing another version of their pod so hopefully they do that.
I also think it’s really cool that they included both types of cartridges in the kit. It’s a great way to make sure that people buying this get the full experience and can decide on which cartridge they like the best. Overall, I think it’s a great setup.