SIGELEI VCIGO MOON 200W BOX MOD REVIEW

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Today I will be reviewing the Sigelei VCIGO Moon 200W Box Mod. Printed on the round speedometer dial it says “watts”, which is misleading because it is actually a variable voltage box. Right, now that’s out of the way, let’s get into the review.

First and foremost the Sigelei VCIGO Moon has a very stylish and artistic pattern painted on its tin box body. On the device you have your fire button, round voltage dial, USB port and LED lights. These lights are able to produce four colors and are fairly compact in size.

The Sigelei VCIGO Moon is lightweight and feels really good in hand. It’s 510 connector will fit most 25mm atomizers without overhang. The mod is powered by two 18650 batteries giving an output range of 50 to 200 watts. The resistance range can achieve 0.1 to 2.5 ohm’s. Being a tin material based mod it does have a con, its fairly easy to dent and scratch if you handle it roughly.

Performance wise, it’s really good ( if you know what you’re doing ). I wouldn’t recommended it to a newbie vaper as it takes some time to fine tune the voltage settings. The mod suits an RDA/RDTA style atomizer which more so leans towards it being an ideal mod for the experienced vaper.

Sigelei VCIGO Moon 200W Vape Box Mod Review

Price

Your looking at a cost of $27.95 USD or $37 AUD from most online vendors. Is it worth the money? I think yes. But it would be more so a novelty purchase due to the nature of the build.

Packaging

As with the Moonshot by Sigelei & Suprimo RTA, the packaging for this mod was arty and fashionable, which I liked. The mod itself comes in a variety of colors and two character versions. The design is very unique and will definitely draw attention. In the packaging you’ll find your mod box, USB cable, user manual and of course a warranty info card.

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Joyetech Cuboid 150W Review

Joyetech has been on a roll for quite a while now. They released the awesome Cubis leak-proof tank that we got a chance to review earlier this year, and they recently launched the eGrip 2, which I’ve been using for a few days and will be posting a review of shortly. The Cuboid 150W box mod has been around for a few months now, and has been virtually flying of the shelves ever since, so I’ve only been able to get my hands on one a couple of weeks ago. I was drawn to this device the moment I laid eyes on it and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to test it and share my experience with you guys. So let’s take a look at the Joyetech Cuboid 150W mod:

The Cuboid comes in a sturdy white cardboard box with a picture of this beautiful vaporizer on the front, and some basic information and the package contents on the back. Inside, we have the gorgeous looking mod in a foam holder, and underneath that there’s a USB data cable and a user manual. It’s a fairly austere offering, but considering you can buy it for well under $45 nowadays, it’s actually a pretty good deal. Let’s not forget that this is an advanced dual-18650 battery mod packed full of useful features.

Joyetech-Cuboid

Speaking of dual-battery vaporizers, the Joyetech Cuboid is by far the most compact such device I have ever used. Yes, it’s also just a bit taller than most dual-18650 mods, but it’s so much thinner, and feels much better in your hand. If I were to compare it to a similar size device, it would have to be the single-battery Koopor Mini, which is insane. You basically get the battery life and power output of a dual-battery mod in the body of a single-battery device! According to the Joyetech website, the Cuboid is 42mm wide, 28mm thick and 91.5mm tall. That’s impressive for such a device that can deliver up to 200W of power (with a firmware update).

The Cuboid 150W mod comes in three different colors – stainless steel, black and grey. I received the black version from the guys at Aspen Valley Vapes, for the purpose of this review, and I noticed that it’s a bit different than the stainless steel one. It’s got a matte finish, whereas the stainless one is a shiny fingerprint magnet. I would say the stainless steel one looks better with the contrasting black display on one side, but if you hate greasy fingerprints, go with the black.

Joyetech-Cuboid-connection

I, for one, fell in love with the simplistic yet elegant design of the Cuboid the moment I saw it. It’s not as visually impressive as the Vaporesso Target or Vaptio Ascension S150, but if you appreciate simplicity and functionality, you’re going to love this device. On top of the device, we have spring-loaded 510 connection with a gold-plated pin, and on the button we have a very well-made battery door. The fire button is positioned on one of the lateral sides, while the other accommodates a strangely-placed micro-USB port. I say “strangely”, because these are usually found either on the bottom, or at least in the lower part of the mod. On the Cuboid, it sits very close to the 510 connection. Apparently, that’s because in order to make this mod so compact, Joyetech managed to somehow fit the circuit board in the upper part of the device. Finally, on the front side of the Joyetech Cuboid, we have a large display and a oval button that actually works as the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ buttons. It’s a bit confusing, but well get to that.

The battery door is hinged and features a little tab that you pull back to open the door. After you put in the batteries, just press it down and it locks into place. It’s a nice, efficient solution that I like much more than the solution on the new SMOK H-Priv and R-series mods, for example. The fire button is nice and clicky, and although it rattles quite loudly if you give the Cuboid a good shake, I didn’t notice any rattling in normal usage conditions. The one thing I was disappointed by was the scratched glossy display cover. It’s not by no means a deal-breaker, but it could easily be avoided by using a simple plastic foil protection.

Cuboid-150W-mod

The Cuboid 150W is a firmware upgradable device. In fact, like all other dual-18650 mods, the micro-USB port can only be used for upgrades, not on-board battery charging; you’ll need an external charger for that. One of these firmware updates increases the power output of the Cuboid from the original 150W to a whopping 200W. However, Joyetech has chosen not to advertise their box mod as a 200W device for the simple fact that the two 18650 batteries can not sustain that kind of power output once their charge levels drop under 3.8 volts. Still, if for any reason, you need to go over 150W, the Cuboid can take you there.

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Another thing that makes the Joyetech Cuboid different front other advanced mods I’ve tried recently – apart from the compact body –  is the circuit board. I’m not sure exactly what model it is, but it’s definitely not the popular DNA200. This doesn’t really affect the performance of the device, but the different button combinations and settings do take some getting used to. You click the fire button five times in rapid succession to turn the Cuboid on or off, but other than that, everything, including the display is different from DNA200 devices.

Cuboid-150W

So let’s go through the different commands: quickly pressing the fire button three times will let you scroll through the different settings. You’ll notice that the first line on the display will start flashing on and off, and pressing the left side of the oval button – which we will be referring to as ‘-‘ – I mentioned earlier allows you to move down to the other lines (voltage, coil resistance and amp load). When the first line is flashing and you press the right side of the oval button – which we will be referring to as ‘+’ – you’ll be able to scroll through the different modes (wattage mode, temperature mode for Ni200, titanium and stainless steel, as well as TCR mode). To select the desired mode, just press the fire button once. In wattage mode, you can only move down to the “amp” line, and pressing the ‘+’ you’ll be able to change to puff counter or puff timer. In temp mode, you can move down to the ‘Powr’ field and change the wattage, and resistance to lock in your resistance.

You can switch stealth mode on or off by pressing the fire button and ‘-‘ key simultaneously, or lock the settings buttons by pressing the ‘-‘ and ‘+’ keys at the same time. There are also a bunch of commands that you can do while the Joyetech Cuboid is offline, including setting the different TCR modes, and checking the voltage of the batteries, but I didn’t really find them that useful, so I’m just going to let you discover them for yourself, if you’re interested.

Cuboid-battery-door

I found messing with all the different settings and button combination a bit cumbersome, especially since the ‘-‘ and ‘+’ buttons are not marked on the Cuboid and I found myself constantly forgetting which was which, and which one I had to press in order to do what I wanted. In my opinion, they could have made the mod much easier to navigate, but I admit my opinion is subjective, seeing as I am not accustomed with Joyetech’s s system.

One last thing I wanted to mention before wrapping up, which I personally haven’t seen before – the Cuboid’s OLED display has separate battery level icons for each battery. That’s really interesting, because if you accidentally insert a fully charged battery and one that really needs recharging, you’ll see it on the display, instead of a single, half-full battery icon. This also makes it possible to see if one of your batteries tends to deplete faster than the other, so you can replace it. It’s a nice, unique feature that I’m willing to bet other companies will adopt in the future.

Cuboid-mod

Performance-wise, the Cuboid has been fantastic. There are no annoying delays when you press the fire button, it’s been reading resistances correctly, despite what other reviewers have reported, and it even seems to be working well in temperature mode, although I’ve only tried it with stainless steel and only out of curiosity, as I am really not a big fan of temp. control vaping. I’ve had no problems with it whatsoever, so I can confirm that the Joyetech Cuboid is a solid performer.

As I mentioned in the beginning, the Cuboid has been out for about six months now, but while it may not be considered a hot item these days, it’s in no way obsolete. It comes with all the features of newer devices, and even if Joyetech comes up with some new tricks, you can easily bring it up to date with a simple firmware upgrade. The form factor remains one of its main draws, as I have yet to see another dual-battery device this compact, and the price is extremely hard to beat. Under $45 for such a stylish, high-power device is basically a steal, so I’d be crazy not to recommend it.

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Think Vape Finder DNA250 Review

Think Vape Finder DNA250 Review

Think Vape Finder DNA250 Review

You may know of Think Vape from the likes of the Panzer, Box 133 or Finder 75 box mods, all equipped with Evolv DNA chips. Well they are now back with their latest offering called the Think Vape Finder 250. Holding up to the tradition, it is also powered by the Evolv DNA 250 chip and sports three 18650 batteries enabling the mod to reach the chips full potential of 250 watts.

What’s in the box

  • 1x Think Vape Finder 250w TC Box Mod with Evolv DNA 250 Chip
  • 1x English User Manual
  • 1x USB Cable

 

Out of the box

Arriving in a simple black cardboard box, the Finder 250 was securely held inside with a foam insert. This is definitely enough protection to ensure the mod does not get damaged in transit and will arrive to you safely. Not much else was included in the box, being a comprehensive manual (that actually does makes sense for once) and a USB cable.

Looking at the mod initially it definitely resembles the triangular structure of the Lost Vape Triade and the Reuleaux 200S. As well as the triangular design, it also sports a leather battery door, which was made popular by Think Vape. This makes me wonder if these companies are one and the same, maybe something we will never find out. I do think the Finder 250 does look a lot better than the aforementioned mods, due to unique intricacies such as the grilled top section and centered 510 stainless connection plate.

The screen is recessed into the face of the Finder 250 between hexagonal shaped fire and selection buttons. Below this, on the face, sits a micro USB port for charging purposes along with firmware updates and Escribe connection. The bottom of the mod contains ample small venting holes, which should give the chip enough air to operate accordingly. The leather battery door feels really nice to the touch and is easily removed to insert the three 1860 batteries it requires to operate.

Think Vape Finder DNA250 Review

The display offers all of the information you need including Voltage, Resistance, Wattage, Amps, Battery Life and Temperature (when TC mode is engaged). It advises if resistance lock is activated and will tell you if you are in a locked mode, which locked mode you are currently in. If you do not like the layout or the information provided by default, you always have the option to customize the screen layout via the Escribe software, to which you need a PC to make that happen. The Escribe software is still unavailable for MAC users, which is obviously a subjective con to some.

In direct comparison to the Reuleaux RX200S, the Finder 250 sits a little taller at 89mm and a little narrower at 49.5mm. There isn’t much difference, however it seems like a lot when you actually hold it in comparison. The Finder 250 is definitely a lot more comfortable to hold and ergonomically superior in my book. You wouldn’t think so just to look at them side by side, however the Finder 250 wins out in my book for sure.

 

Usage

To install the batteries on the Finder 250, you need to remove the battery door. It’s held in by magnets and can be a bit of a fiddle to get the right grip on it. Once the door is removed, the battery bay is exposed and the battery orientation information is displayed clearly for each cell. There is a ribbon attached to the back of the battery bay that you place behind the batteries, which aids in taking out the batteries when it’s time to charge. Please remember to use a married set of batteries in the Finder 250 and you can brush up on our article on battery safety here.

The menu system its not complicated at all and quite easy to use for those that have used box mods before. One thing to keep in mind is that the DNA mods do not fully turn off. They can be locked or have the batteries removed, however when the batteries are installed the mod remains in a state of sleep only. This honestly took me a while to get my head around, as I like to shut my mod off fully before storing it in my vape pouch or pocket. But as long as it is locked, there is no fear of mis-firing when you don’t it want to.

Five clicks on the fire button will lock or unlock the Finder 250. To lock the power, make sure the device is unlocked and hold down the plus and minus adjustment buttons. To lock and unlock the Resistance, make sure the device is locked and hold down the fire button and the plus adjustment button simultaneously. To put the device into Stealth Mode, make sure the device is locked and hold down the fire button and the minus adjustment button simultaneously.

Think Vape Finder DNA250 Review

To change the temperature, make sure the device is locked and then hold down the plus and minus buttons simultaneously. The temperature can be adjusted in the menu and you can have it display in either Celsius or Fahrenheit or switch it off completely. To access the presets, make sure the device is unlocked then hold down the plus and minus buttons to access power mode and then double click the plus button. The default device presets include Wattage, Ni200, Ni200 No Preheat, Ni200 Relaxed, SS 316 and Titanium.

I found that all of the preset modes work well without having to dive into customization with Escribe. There seems to be overkill on the Nickel options for my personal liking, I personally never vape Nickel, but again that is a subjective con to the way I like to vape and the coil material I use. Escribe is very straight forward to use and there are plenty of templates/preset options to choose from. And you have the ability to store/customize up to 8 presets.

I usually vape SS316L claptons and it was easy to download a SS316L profile from Steam Engine and upload that into a custom preset. I was then able to select my standard wattage, along with a preheat curve that I desired. The software can record and tell you all types of information about how you vape and your mod, so if you find that interesting feel free to load that up. You can also configure Escribe to tell the Finder 250 what batteries you are using, as to give you an accurate battery meter and help the charging process.

In regards to charging your batteries, it is usually recommended to use an external charger. The DNA 250 board does boast per cell charging at a rate of up to 2A, which I would feel comfortable in charging my batteries if I didn’t have an external charger available. The Finder 250 is going to make sure each cell gets charged in a balanced manner and it also supports pass through functionality so you can vape while the unit is on charge.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 89mm x 41mm x 49.5mm
  • Weight: 160g
  • Zinc Alloy Chassis
  • Spring Loaded 510 Threaded Stainless Steel Connection
  • DNA250 OLED Display
  • Powered By Evolv DNA250 Board
  • Power Range: 5w – 250w
  • Temperature Range: 200C to 300C or 200F to 600F
  • Input Voltage Range: 9v to 12.6v
  • Output Voltage Range: 0.5v to 9.3v
  • Maximum Output Current: 55A
  • Efficiency: 97%
  • 2A Fast Micro USB Charging

 

Performance

I have to say after using the Finder 250 for a number of weeks now, it has become one of my favorites. The DNA 250 chip does not miss a beat and is very accurate and reliable. I have been rotating some of my favorite tanks and RDA’s on this puppy and I can confirm that reliability and consistency always ring true. I get such a rewarding and satisfying vape from all of them due to the quality of the DNA 250 board. These boards always have the most consistent and accurate ohm reading that I have seen on any of my mods.

Both wattage mode and TC mode work without hesitation. The customizable pre-heat time is a god send especially when working in TC mode and powering some large coil builds. It gets you going instantly once you get your settings right and is so satisfying when you’ve nailed it to just how you like it.

The beauty about this mod is that although it will work for you out of the box, once you get Escribe fired up and customize the Finder 250 to your liking it will keep rewarding you day after day, toke after toke. It can also grow with you as you progress into different builds and materials and keep tweaking the settings to your liking.

Think Vape Finder DNA250 Review

I did the obligatory dry burn test and can confirm that it passed with flying colors, no longer do you have to be scared of getting a dry hit when you least expect it. The big bright screen is a pleasure to read in even the most challenging lighting situations. And the fact that it is more compact and pocket friendly than say an RX200S, I find myself bringing it out of the house and even to work with me replacing my smaller beater mod setups.

It definitely isn’t an every day carry arrangement, however it has its place and that place is constantly growing. The Finder 250 is so comfortable and ergonomic to use and is much easier to get in and out of your pocket than an RX200S.

The Finder 250 didn’t have any trouble firing any RDA or RTA I threw on it, with all types of builds installed. It can handle up to a 28mm atty, with anything less showing some open space around the 510 connection plate. Everything I put on the mod looked really good and the spring loaded 510 connector ensured that there were no gaps present on any one of them.

Battery life is excellent on the Finder 250 which boasts a 97% efficiency rating. Vaping at around 50 watts I was getting around 2 days of vape time before having to think about recharging. Obviously with higher wattages this turn around time will be lessened and I found that TC mode saves some battery life as well.

Wrap Up

With so many options in quality high-powered mods currently available it is always a hard choice to make. The Evolv DNA 250 chip is available in a few mods now and easily proves that it steps above the rest. Granted, they do come with a higher price, but the quality, reliability and consistency definitely pay for themselves before too long.

Keep in mind that it is an investment that you won’t easily or quickly grow out of as you can keep customizing it as you go. You can try out new things and news ways of vaping that you wouldn’t ordinarily be able to do with other non-customizable mods on the market.

The Finder 250 really does tick a lot of boxes and it looks really good as well. Think Vape have done stellar job on presenting the DNA 250 board and have honored this with excellent build quality, ergonomics and aesthetics. With only one major con that I have established, this isn’t even really to do with the Finder 250 itself, it’s more to do with the DNA chip on board and not having the support for MAC users, so although it’s not directly aimed at the Finder 250 itself, it comes with the territory of the DNA chip.

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