Vandy Vape are probably best known for their popular Pulse range of RDA’s and mods. The Jackaroo is something different altogether being an IP67 rated, single 21700 mod that’s built to be as tough as possible. It’s available with a range of colourful and patterned panels and looks great. It has a lot of modes and features and at first glance seems to be a direct rival to Geek Vape’s Aegis range of mods. I’ve used a couple of the Aegis mods recently, so it will be interesting to see if the Jackaroo offers anything different from those.
The Jackaroo has an impressive list of specifications, starting with the IP67 rating, meaning it’s waterproof, shockproof and dust-proof. It’s made of some fairly unique materials too including silicon and G10, which is a strong, lightweight composite material. It uses a single 21700 battery or an 18650 using the supplied adapter. The Jackaroo can supply up to 100w from the ‘Vandy Chip’ which is what Vandy Vape are calling their own custom designed electronics. The Jackaroo has a nice colour display and almost every option and vaping mode you care to mention. There’s wattage mode, voltage Mode, wattage curve, temperature curves, bypass mode, and temperature control mode for Ni200, Ti, and SS wires. The TCR is adjustable in each of the TC preset modes too, just to make sure everything is covered.
The Jackaroo isn’t a huge mod, it’s around 91mm tall, 29mm deep and 48mm wide. The shape is ergonomic and it’s very comfortable to hold and use. It isn’t super lightweight once you’ve put a 21700 battery in it, but it’s lighter than most dual battery devices. It will work with a wide coil resistance range from 0.05 ohms right up to 3 ohms, so there’s no worries with using your favourite tank and coils with the Jackaroo. One thing you’ll notice right away is that there isn’t any charging available on the mod itself. There is a micro USB port hidden under the front facia, which you have to unscrew to get to, but that’s only for firmware updates. Which means you’d need to buy a charger if you don’t already have one.
I really enjoyed using the Vandy Vape Jackaroo. I’d even say I like it more than the Geek Vape Aegis or the Aegis Legend. It’s smaller and lighter than either of those mods and feels even more solid and robust. It’s a little bigger than your average 21700 mod but that seems to be just because of the rubbery coating, which I don’t mind at all. The lack of onboard charging is a bit of an issue for me. I know that using a dedicated battery charger is always recommended. However, this mod has been designed to be used outdoors in tough environments. It’s not always ideal to be carrying spare batteries around so it’s a bit of a drawback.
If you get caught without a spare battery or a charger, you are going to be left with no option to charge the device. If you don’t own a battery charger, then you will need to factor that into the price, as well as a pair of 21700 batteries. You can use 18650’s with the adapter as a temporary measure but to get the best and longest performance out of the mod I would recommend a good 21700. The screw cap for the battery works fine and the little latch you pull up is easy to use. The threads on the cap feel fine too, so at least changing batteries is a quick and pain free process.
The screen is large and bright, but the menu can be a little confusing. It’s similar to the Pulse mods and the Voopoo Drag so it will be familiar to some already. However, it’s really not the most intuitive device to navigate around for someone who’s new to vaping or used to a different type of menu. I tried a few different tanks on the Jackaroo. From MTL to the biggest DTL tanks, it performed well at both low and high wattages. It only really looks nice with tanks up to 25mm though. Bigger than that and it will over-hang the mod slightly.
Temperature control was working really well for me using a stainless steel coil but only after a bit of dialling in of the TCR value. If you don’t mind spending a bit of time with TC and navigating the menu to do it, then you’ll be rewarded with a good TC vape. I did put the mod through its paces by dropping it in the sink and leaving it in a dusty building site environment all day. I can happily say that in ‘normal’ tough conditions it stands up well.
Obviously like anything, if you take any of it to extremes it will fail and break. If it gets dirty it’s absolutely fine to wash it under a tap though and it’s not going to die if you drop it in a muddy puddle. Because it’s a single battery with no onboard charging I would recommend this for use with tanks and coils that are happy at 50w or under. Otherwise, overall battery life will start to suffer which makes it slightly less practical. If you can live without onboard charging then the Jackaroo is a great choice for anyone looking for this type of device.