The first has the gold and rosewood while only the factory promo sample seen in the product pages for this new one shows a gold button on top. There's a YouTube clip on it that shows it with the Nautilus I thought I might add here that goes over it quite well in fact. SMOK Guardian E-Pipe II
I'm actually using the foam insert that comes in the box as a temp stand for it until I can find either the right case to store it in since i have a few hard cover cases or an epipe stand. The Drip Tip was on the other Guardian I mechanical version of this where you have to turn the button clockwise to see it thread down in to lock it since it doesn't have the typical 3 or 5 click on/off type switch. That was seen best back in Post #1088 there.
There's a lot of people that have been waiting since August for the new one to come out and the sales person who initially replied back to my inquiry once the first week of December came and went mentioned he would push my order through since Smoktech was taking longer to get these out. From what I was just told already having noticed a $5 price increase was that Smoktech raised their price up that amount to cover the slight increase in production costs since they are running into further delays it seems.
Now for running a few days at higher wattages the mAh factor plays a larger role. The brand new Demonfire 1200mah 18350 for example first put in the first epipe mech and then the second of the first of two pairs ordered went into the new mod. Upon getting it all set to go I wore the battery down on the factory charge in no time!
Even with it coming in with a full charge I only managed about 2 1/2hrs. without the first full charge seen to here.
Now on the first Vamo here I started off with a 2250mah 18650 I forgot was on and left for two full weeks when going to use it the next time with some vaping time still left. For the daily use with a 3400mah battery now seeing 20-30w on one of the new mods I may see 2 1/2 days tops! And that isn't from chain vaping either. Puff time on the Vamo V6 was increased from 10seconds to the max of 20 seconds where if only used for a few hours a day will tend to last a week while the same battery in another mod used all day long provides only 1 1/4 days of battery time.
For 1300mah batteries having several with one left on for a quick grab of one menthol flavor that would see several days before needing a recharge at a steady 7w when not vaping one particular flavor at 10w in the Smok Tumbler tanks with 2ohms coils. At 10-13w with the iStick and Nautilus Mini on top the 2200mah actually goes faster and may last about two full days since I have keeping one on constantly until needing the second being the alternate while the first recharges. Note this light to medium vaping not chain vaping where a 5000mah battery could be pulled down in under two days time!