You saw it coming. I saw it coming. We all saw it coming. The variable wattage box mod has gone mainstream and that means it’s also become affordable.
A few years back, the DNA box mod was an expensive, highly-desired unicorn that only the well-connected and/or wealthy could acquire. Getting your hands on one involved knowing the right people or getting on a waiting list and fronting a bunch of money (unfortunately, I fell into the latter camp).
But then the cloners showed up. First they developed the SX350, a DNA-like chip. Then they cloned the DNA chip. And finally, the Hana Modz clone poured into the market. Suddenly, everybody could have a high-powered VW box mod. And once DNA-style chips were plentiful, the floodgates opened.
Today, there’s some sort of DNA box variant everywhere you look. The competition is fierce between true DNA boxes, such as the Vaporshark and Hana, vs. blatant Hana clones, and original Chinese designs. The iPV2 is the latter.
So What is the iPV2?
Looking like the offspring of a Hana and a Vaporshark, with a little Hammond project box thrown in, the iPV2 is a compact 50-watt box that uses an 18650 of your choice to generate vapor. It retails for around $100, making it affordable to the vaping masses.
Power goes from 7 to 50 watts, and will fire between 0.2 and 3.0 ohms. In other words, plenty of power and flexibility for even the cloud-chasers.
The iPV2 is one of the first Chinese box mods to be designed from the ground up. Using a YiHi SX330v2 50 watt chip that can be charged via USB, it takes no design chances, but it gets a lot of things right, bringing a great vaping experience to the masses.
Control, Meet Freak
The controls are rather standard – with one notable exception – a fire button that doubles as a 5-click on/off switch and up/down buttons. If you’re familiar with Vamo controls, you’ll be fine here. But it does include one new interesting (or rather baffling) twist. Next to the 510 connector is a dime-sized touch-sensitive firing pad. Basically, if the device is “awake,” you can fire your atty by just placing your finger or thumb over the pad.
Why would you want to do this? I have no idea. It seems a bit clumsy, and offers no real benefit. I suppose this is for the weary vaper who tires from pressing a button all day long. But hey – thanks for trying something new, PIL. Thankfully, the function can be turned on or off.
Otherwise, the iPV2 is a straightforward aluminum box mod. It’s 21mm wide, so most attys will sit nearly flush. The venerable Kayfun Lite fits quite well. The 510 connector is not great, but it has an adjustable pin, which alleviates many headaches. It’s beyond time this becomes a standard practice.
The OLED display is not amazing, but it’s bigger than a DNA display and seems to use no battery power whatsoever. It gets the job done.
But How Does it Vape?
In daily use, I find the iPV2 just about perfect. Less bulky than a Hana or OKR box, but not so oddly tiny as a Vaporshark. It fits in the pocket nicely, and simply works. The best part is at $100, I don’t feel like I need to wear velvet gloves when handling it. It is now my go-to daily driver.
The one problem I’ve encountered is very occasional spikes in wattage. This produces a very hot, often dry mega-hit that is no fun at all. For some reason, I got these fairly regularly the first few weeks of use, but I haven’t had one in quite some time.
To Buy or Not to Buy the iPV2?
If you’ve been waiting for a powerful box mod that won’t empty your bank account, get an iPV2 now. I can’t think of a single reason not to… unless you want to wait for the inevitable power boost. It’s a good time to be a vaper.
Check out the Project Sub-Ohm iPV2 here.