After losing my fullsize Lavatube in a Taxi I went on the hunt for a new device and of course wanted to checkout if there was anything new and improved on the market. While I loved it’s function I was never happy with the size and shape of the Lavatube. I used it at home or in the office but never felt comfortable with it in public. When I saw the VV Gripper from SmokTech it instantly peaked my interested based on the shape. It’s price isn’t all bad either with the standalone unit coming in at under $50.
First thing I noticed when I ripped the package open and got my hands on the Gripper is that it has a soft touch matte coating. I would guess rubberized. It feels pleasant against your skin and in your hand. The coating also deals pretty well with the oils on your hand, doesn’t get covered in fingerprints instantly, and wipes off easily. Another thing that struck me right away is how light this thing is due to plastic construction. An 18650 battery fits perfectly behind a sliding trap door on the bottom, not unlike those found on a digital camera. The LCD screen glows a nice bright blue with white digits and looks good. I’m not sure if it’s better quality or just higher contrast but it’s easier to read than most.