Volcano Lavabox M DNA 75 Review

Volcano Lavabox M DNA 75
LAVABOX M INTRO

Hawaii-based Volcano Fine Electronic Cigarettes decided to take their most successful product, Lavabox DNA 200 Box, and build a smaller version of it.

While not as powerful as the original, the Lavabox M DNA 75 still has plenty of oomph while keeping the beautiful aesthetic of its bigger brother. Let’s take a closer look…

PACKAGING & DESIGN

The Lavabox M comes in a classy box with a futuristic design. Inside, you’ll find the device and a user manual. The device is an quite eye-catching.

Though the basic shape is similar to other box mods, the Lavabox M uses beveled corners to soften the industrial feel of the device.

Even with a single 18650 installed it’s pleasantly light in the hand. This is mostly due to the fact that it’s made from 6061 billet aluminium which is known to be sturdy, lightweight, and resistant to corrosion.

The button layout is quite similar to other mods. The fire button’s on the top front, the OLED screen sits in the middle with the adjustment buttons below it along with the USB charging port.

The spring loaded 510 connector is solid, however, some atomisers don’t sit flush to the mod, having a small gap in between.

Atomisers that have a diameter above 24mm will see some overhang, which is to be expected from a mod of this size.

The battery door has a rubber-coating that makes it feel nice to hold. It’s also easy to remove, making battery changes a breeze. You can even buy extra battery covers to change the look of your mod if you so choose.

Everything about the M DNA 75 feels solidly built, and despite some issues with the atomiser gap, the overall build quality is excellent.

MOD SPECIFICATIONS

  • Material: High-Grade 6061 Aluminium Alloy
  • Threading: 510 with Spring-loaded Centre Pin
  • Battery Door: Magnetic & Interchangeable
  • Grip Colour / Material: Stealth Black & Rubber-coated Polypropylene Plastic Shell
  • Wattage Output: 1 Watt – 75 Watts
  • Voltage Output: 0.2 Volts – 6.2 Volts
  • Standard Resistance Range: 0.25 – 3.0 Ohms
  • Temp Control Resistance Range: 0.15 – 1.0 Ohm
  • Current Output (Continuous): 30 Amps
  • Current Output (Instantaneous Peak): 40 Amps
  • Chipset: EVOLV’s DNA75 Chip
  • Software: EScribe (requires Windows computer to access)
  • Temperature Limit: 200°F – 600°F (93°C – 315°C)
  • Dimensions: 26.6mm x 85mm x 43.8mm
  • Battery: Single 18650 High Drain Battery (not included)
  • Grip Colours: Various
  • Powered by the DNA 75 Chipset from EVOLV
  • Adjustable up to 75 Watts
  • Variable Wattage/Voltage
  • Temperature Control Capable with Ni200
  • Titanium & Stainless Steel Coils
  • Bright OLED Display
  • EScribe Software Equipped
  • Internal Charging Capable
  • Preheat Feature in Temp Control Mode
  • Upgrade-able Firmware
  • Powered by Single 18650 High Drain Battery (not included)
  • 8 Customisable User Profiles
  • Interchangeable Magnetic Battery Door (Find them here)
  • Battery Monitoring
  • Integrated 1A Charger

FUNCTIONALITY

The Lavabox M can put out 75 watts of power on a single 18650. Though the 200-watt version puts out more power, it is larger and uses a built in battery which can’t be replaced.

The DNA 75 chip performs great with the Lavabox M. You have the option to use variable wattage as well as temperature control with three coil options: nickel, titanium, and stainless steel.

The mod can fire down to 0.25 ohms while in Power mode (variable wattage), and 0.15 ohms while in TC mode.

The ohm limit is a little high in my opinion. Most MODs will fire down to .1 ohms, and I often have builds below .25 with variable wattage mode.

Volcano Lavabox M DNA 75 MOD
DISPLAY

The Lavabox M has a tinted OLED display that almost looks invisible when the screen is turned off. Because of the tint, viewing it under bright lights can be difficult, however, you can adjust the brightness using escribe.

Just remember that increasing the brightness will impact the length of time your battery will last if you’re thinking of doing this.

All the information you’d expect is displayed on the screen such as coil resistance, power, temperature, voltage, and battery level. It may be basic, but it works well.

BATTERY DETAILS

The Lavabox M  uses a single 18650 battery. The battery terminals are gold plated for efficient power transfer, and they fit the battery just right to prevent any rattles.

DISLIKES

  • 24mm+ atomiser overhang – Any atomiser above 24mm will have an overhang. If Volcano just moved the 510 connector a few millimetres to the back, we wouldn’t have this problem.
  • Expensive – For a single 18650, the asking price for the Lavabox M is hard to justify, especially given the wealth of options available
  • Some atomisers don’t sit flush – Whether this is a common problem or just from the sample we have, the small gap comes as a huge minus
  • High ohm limit – Having an ohm limit of 0.25 for Power Mode is ridiculous these days, since others can fire up to 0.1 ohms
  • Large for what it is – While smaller than the 200-watt version, for a single 18650 mod, the Lavabox M is a tad too large

LIKES

  • Customisable covers – Swapping out battery covers is a nice touch to make your mod more personal
  • Firmware upgradeable – The ability to update your device’s software is always a plus
  • Temperature control – The option to use temperature control is slowly becoming the industry standard in variable mods
  • DNA 75 Board – Using one of the best boards in the business assures you of efficient, accurate, and safe vaping all the time
  • Build quality – The build quality is excellent, and makes the price point more bareable.
  • Ergonomic – The smaller design makes the Lavabox M easier to handle than its larger 200-watt brother

SHOULD YOU GET THE LAVABOX M?

While the overall build quality and performance is great, at this price point, you’d want something that can fit atomisers more than 24mm in diameter.

There should also be no gaps between the atomiser and mod. Admittedly not a huge problem, but it’s something that you’d expect a mod at this price to get right.

If you are in the market for a single 18650 mod, there are other devices out there that will burn a much smaller hole in your pocket, many of which offer as good if not better quality.

  • Ahmad Kamal

    Hello sir. I’m currently contemplating on whether to get tha Lavabox M or the SMOk Alien Mini. Any suggestions?

    • Carlos Aguilar

      Hi Ahmad, personally I’d go with the Smok Alien Mini all day. Apart from being an overall better mod in my opinion, the Alien Mini will give you more bang for your buck. I find the Lavabox M to be a little on the expensive side for what it is and has to offer, currently selling for around $80. The Alien Mini is one of the best mini mods I’ve used and is available for under $60.00 or under £50.00 dependent on your location. While there is a lot to like about the Lavabox M, the Alien Mini’s overall build and performance far outweigh the Lavabox M for me. Good luck with whatever you decide!

      • Ahmad Kamal

        Thank you for the advice. Will consider about it!

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