Many of you who got into vaping via a pen style vaporizer may now be looking to get into something that is a little more powerful and feature filled.
That generally means taking a step up to a box mod set-up, but what many of you may believe is that you are going to have to give up portability in favour of power.
While it’s certainly true that box mods can be heavy and bulky, there are some out on the market that deliver a power punch without tearing a hole in your pants pocket when carrying it around.
One of those units may well be the IPV400 by Pioneer4You, and the reason I say that is because it comes loaded with a pair of 1650 batteries, yet is still compact and light enough to carry around.
If this is something that sounds interesting to you, then you should read on to learn more about this great little box mod.
PACKAGING & DESIGN
The unit comes in your standard cardboard box package with an image of the IPV400 on the front and some details about the device on the bottom.
One thing that you are going to notice is the “THIS IS NOT A TOY” warning stamped on the bottom of said box. This has probably been done to appease those who fear that these devices will fall into the hands of underage vapers, and you certainly can’t help but notice that warning.
It’s the usual set-up once the box is open, with the IPV400 on top and the charging cable below that. There aren’t a lot of accessories with this one, so you won’t be spending time sifting through goodies.
The design of the unit itself is one that you are probably going to either love or hate.
It’s a dual-tone colour design (a few different options are available) that looks quite sharp, and the device is small enough to fit comfortably inn my hand.
I have heard some complaints about the aesthetics of the IPV400, with some people not caring for the buttons or the notches in front. I personally had no issue with the overall look.
Looks aside, you are about to find out why this is a very reasonably priced box mod.
- 1 x iPV400 Mod
- 1 x User Manual
- 1 x Micro USB Cable
- Dimensions: 88 x 41.5 x 28mm
- Powered by YiHi SX330 – F4 Chipset
- Wattage Range: 10W – 200W
- Joule Range: 10J – 120J
- SX Pure Output: 10W – 200W / 10J – 120J
- Resistance Range: 0.15Ω – 3.0Ω (VW Mode) 0.05Ω – 1.5Ω (Joule Mode)
- Voltage Range: 1.0V – 7.0V
- Input Voltage: 6.4V – 9.0V
- Output Current: 1.0A – 45A
- Temperature Range: 212°F – 572°F / 100°C – 300°C
- 200W Max Output
- Temperature Control Function
- OLED Display
- Compatible With SX Pure Technology
- Requires (2) 18650 Batteries (Batteries Sold Separately)
- Battery Door
The IPV400 is able of cranking out up to 200W.
You will need to employ the 5-click method on the fire button to get things rolling, and you’re also going to have to invest in a tank as this kit does not come with one included.
As mentioned earlier this is a bare bones package, so be sure to keep that in mind when figuring out what you want to spend.
The fire button is very clicky, as are the wattage and temperature controls. I imagine that some of you may not like buttons that are clicky. You may feel that it makes the whole thing feel rather cheap. But me, I prefer MODs that have clicky buttons.
Toggling between all the menu controls can be a little tricky to get used to at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s quite easy to navigate.
You have total control over the temperature and wattage with the IPV400, and moving up and down is easy to do.
I’ve attached a few different tanks on top, and have had no issues yet. The layout of the buttons makes firing and controlling the temp and wattage easy to do as you vape, which is always good.
Another great feature is the placement of the micro USB port, which is situated near the top of the IPV400. This placement means that you can stand the device up while it charges.
I would like to point out that I don’t recommend charging a device via the USB port if you can avoid it. Using an external charger is always a safer option.
The OLED display sits atop the control buttons and is a little on the smaller side for my liking.
When you first fire the device on, the display lets you know that it’s an IPV400 you are using before switching to your basic readouts, such as temperature, wattage, etc.
You are going to have to turn the unit on its side or tilt your head to see the readings clearly, which is a sacrifice they had to make by having such a small screen.
This may not be an issue for you, but I am becoming more accustomed to MODs with larger screens, and it’s something I’d like to see improved on in later IPV models.
The most surprising thing for me about the IPV400 is that it’s powered by a pair of 18650 batteries. It just does’t look big enough for two 18650’s from the outside. But hey, I guess looks can be deceiving!
You gain access to the battery compartment at the bottom of the device by sliding open the cover. Once opened, the cover does not seem to be hinged on there very securely, so you may want to be careful when loading up your batteries.
You can charge up the device via USB, but I said earlier I would suggest that you consider investing in a battery charger, and a couple of spare 18650 batteries.
- No tank provided
- No Firmware Upgrades
- The overall design is a little old school, and may not appeal to everyone
- Small OLED Screen
- Battery cover seems a little weak and floppy when open
- Very portable unit
- Excellent Build Quality
- Affordable price point
- Spring-loaded 510 connector
- Total control over temperature and wattage
- Power all the way up to 200W
- Positioning of buttons and micro USB port is good
SHOULD YOU GET THE IPV400?
I wasn’t wowed when I opened the box, and you probably won’t be either.
But once you see what it delivers, you’ll understand that you are getting a very good little bargain here.
You can generally find this device for under £50, and for what it delivers, that is an excellent price.
I would recommend it if you’re looking to make the jump to a box mod or even as a second device to have laying around since it’s not that expensive.
It wouldn’t hurt to compare it to a few others first, but on the whole it’s a pretty good mod.