Boxin DNA 75 by Hugo Vapor review by VapeMaster

Review Date: 
27.12.2016

Boxin DNA 75 by Hugo Vapor

The Boxin DNA 75 by Hugo Vapor is a dual 18650 device featuring a genuine Evolv DNA 75 chipset. It is made from premium die cast zinc alloy and, like all DNA 75 devices, it is fully compatible with Evolv’s EScribe software which offers a huge amount of customisation. The device can be used in either Variable Wattage or Temperature Control Mode and is loaded with several pre-sets for the most common wire types.

Boxin DNA 75 features

  • Premium Die Cast Zinc Alloy Construction
  • Small Form factor for a Dual 18650 Device
  • Powered by 2 x 18650 Batteries (Not Included)
  • Stainless Steel 510 Connector
  • Spring-loaded 510 Centre Pin
  • Ergonomic Design
  • RGB LED Indicator
  • OLED Screen
  • Genuine Evolv DNA75 Chipset
  • Output Voltage Range: 0.2V to 6V
  • Output Wattage Range: 1.0 to 75W
  • Variable Wattage Minimum Resistance: 0.25 ohm
  • Temperature Control Mode Minimum Resistance: 0.15 ohm
  • Temperature Control Range: 200- 600°F/ 100 - 300°C
  • Built-in TCR Mode
  • Micro USB Port
  • Firmware Upgradable
  • Full Customization with Escribe Software

What’s in the box?

  • Boxin DNA 75
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Warning Card
  • Warranty Card
  • User Manual

Boxin DNA 75 styling and build quality

Beauty as they say is in the eye of the beholder and that statement could not be truer as far as the Boxin DNA 75’s styling is concerned. Personally I find it a little ugly in terms of its overall looks but I am sure there will be plenty of people out there who quite really like it since taste varies so heavily. I do prefer the black version that is available this one is more appealing to my eye but, as these things sometimes go, I received the silver one which I don't think looks quite as good. At the end of the day when looking at any potential device my main concern is how well it performs and what it actually offers so aesthetics are less of a priority.

In fairness the Boxin DNA 75’s premium die-cast Zinc Alloy construction certainly feels solid and the device has a good, but not uncomfortable weight to it when the batteries are fitted. The overall rhomboid shape of the device is well rounded so it actually feels really good in the hand!

The 510 connector is made from Stainless Steel and it is very solid with excellent threading. The 510 pin appears to be made from brass and is spring-loaded. I had no issues getting any of my atomizers to sit flush and since the pin feels quite stiff it should last you a decent amount of time. The top of the Boxin DNA 75 is reasonably large so you should be able to get away with fitting 24mm diameter atomizers. Even the 30mm diameter Hellvape Iron Maiden didn’t look that bad when fitted even with there being a noticeable overhang.

The Boxin has three buttons that appear to be made of plastic (could actually be thin aluminium) and they do seem kind of cheap but in fairness they are all highly responsive. I did also notice that the fire button rattles about a little so is likely not the best of fits but I don’t honestly see it coming loose or anything. The main fire button does tend to protrude a little too far out which means it can be easily knocked so remember to lock the device when putting it in your pocket.

The screen is nicely recessed and both bright and clear. All of the typical information is shown such as Wattage, Resistance and Voltage. In addition battery life is shown, as is temperature (when in that mode) and also whether the Resistance Lock is enabled or not. All of this information can of course be completely customized to your liking by using Evolv’s EScribe software but you will require a PC to make use of it.

Both sides of the casing have a large embossed “Boxin” logo that will probably be quite divisive as to whether you care for it or not but do keep in mind that Hugo Vapor produce this device in quite a few casing variants including some with a rubberised finish.

The battery compartment is nicely done with the correct battery orientation clearly marked and a ribbon is included to assist with battery removal. The batteries can be something of a tight fit, at least they were for me when using a matched pair of Sony VTC5’s.  The battery lid features two solid looking magnets and the fit is extremely good. I did watch one review of the Boxin DNA 75 on YouTube where one of the magnets dropped off but since superglue works wonders it isn’t that big a deal and there were no such issues with the device I received.

Removing the battery compartment lid is simple since there are two long slots on either side that you can easily grab with your nails and these also serve as the main source of ventilation. In addition there are also three large holes in the base for further ventilation.

The Micro USB Port is located directly beneath the main screen and allows you to charge the batteries or connect to your computer to use EScribe and receive any firmware updates.

Ease of use

If you have ever used a DNA 200 or DNA 75 before you will be right at home with this device since they all have exactly the same system for doing things. While you can get more out of the device if you are willing to download EScribe on to your PC it isn’t a requirement and the Boxin DNA 75 does have several pre-sets set up so you can vape right away.

  • Five clicks of the main fire button locks/unlocks the device.
  • 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.
  • 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 pre-sets on the device make sure the device is unlocked then hold down the plus and minus buttons to access power mode and then click the plus button a couple of times. The device pre-sets include Wattage Mode, Ni200, Ni200 No Preheat, Ni200 Relaxed, SS 316 and Titanium.

Boxin DNA 75 performance

The Boxin DNA 75 works exactly how you would expect given the excellent on-board Evolv chip. Variable Wattage mode is consistently good no matter what atomizer you choose to use or what Wattage you select up to a maximum of 75 Watts. I vaped my GP Heron 1.5 which was filled up with some Manabush Mojave Dessert at 15W and I could not the fault the vape the device delivered at any point. I then moved on to vape some more Manabush only this time some Omusa in my Kayfun 5 and once again I had absolutely no issues at all!

Temperature Control worked extremely well when using my Sense Herakles Sub Ohm tank which is fitted with a Ni200 coil and filled up with Vampire Vape’s Heisenberg. Having first set the temperature to my typical 240°C and then set the power to 45W and locked the Resistance while the atomize was still cold I got a cracking vape that was extremely enjoyable!

Stainless Steel 316 mode also worked without issues when using my Achilles II RDA loaded up with King’s Crown Claim Your Throne, the vape was consistent, warm and highly flavoursome and I never encountered any strange Resistance fluctuation or heat spiking.

Battery life is certainly as good as any other dual 18650 device and probably slightly better in some respects due the very efficient Evolv chip. You will definitely get a day or more of use when using the device at modest Wattages and certainly a reasonable amount of time when using temperature control or when pushing the device into the 50-75W region. Given the fact that you can easily swap the batteries out the overall battery life isn’t a serious concern anyway but as it stands it is more than adequate.

Conclusion

The Boxin is an excellent dual 18650 DNA 75 device that works extremely well.  It does perhaps sacrifice some aesthetics a little but in terms of overall performance it works flawlessly!

Many thanks to Grey Haze who sent this product to Planet of the Vapes for us to review. If you would like to purchase the Boxin DNA 75 you can get it directly from Grey Haze. Remember to use discount code POTV10 for 10% off your purchase.

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