IPV3 150W Box Mod Review by Toby Kilroy

Review Date: 
16.03.2015

Cloud chasers rejoice! A dual 18650 box mod that ramps up to the lofty heights of 150 watts and fires to the incredible lows of 0.1 ohms! Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? Lets find out...

The IPV3 is created by Shenzhen IPV Technology CO.,LTD. based in Shenzhen, China, but are more commonly known as Pioneer4you. This mod has been generously supplied by GearBest.com for the purpose of this review who have also supplied a discount code for this product to POTV which can be found at the end of this review.

Basic Info

  • Takes two 18650 batteries
  • Future software updates via USB
  • 0.1 ohms minimum atomizer resistance
  • Operating Range: 7 - 150 Watts
  • Touch sensor firing button
  • 150 watt SX330 v3s Yihi Chip
  • 7-150 watt range
  • 2.8-8.5 volt range
  • DC-DC power output
  • Fires coils from 0.1 to 3.0 ohms resistance
  • Auto ohm resistance meter
  • Wattage output adjusted with two buttons, -/+
  • Mini USB interface
  • LED screen with white OLED .96″ display
  • Locking mechanism to prevent misfire

Initial Thoughts

The IPV3 150W comes in quite a large, square box with a nice design and a viewing window for the mod itself. Inside the box you’ll find the device itself, a USB charging cable, a small hex screwdriver, a pack of wire and wick and an instruction manual. When purchasing you’ll have a choice of a black or silver finish. This review is based on the black model.

The mod itself is a reasonable looking bit of kit. At 10.5 x 6 x 2.3 cm it’s a bit bigger than the IPV2 and a little on the large side but that is to be expected when you think of the power this thing wields using the two 18650 batteries. The mod doesn’t come with any batteries so you’ll need to order those separately and remember that if you intend to use this device to its full potential, you’ll need to invest in some batteries that will handle it. If you’re not sure what you’ll need to buy, make sure you’re safe and have a read through some of our battery safety guides.

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Build Quality

The IPV3 feels solidly built although lacking the metallic feel of some of the more expensive mods, it can feel a little plasticky, but the finish of the paint goes a long way to combat this. Gone are the flattened “BB style” buttons of the IPV2 which have been replaced with polished, countersunk buttons similar to the Hana mod, which have a good click to them and a quality finish. The screen is pretty standard of box mod devices at the moment and features current wattage, voltage, ohm reading and battery level.

With the dual battery configuration and size, it’s not the lightest mod in the world weighing in at around 60 grams with batteries and an small atomiser in place. You’re going to notice if this falls out of your pocket although with it’s size and weight combined, I don’t think it will do so with any ease. Additionally,the IPV3 features a spring loaded centre pin so there won’t be any fiddling around with screwdrivers when your atomiser refuses to fire and you should always have a decent positive connection to your atomiser.

A small gripe here is that you will need to take out the two hex screws on the side panel (using the supplied screwdriver or a similar sized allen key) in order to gain access to the battery compartment. OK you have the built in mini USB input on the base of the mod to recharge from, but (call me old fashioned) I always prefer to remove batteries from a mod and charge them in a purpose built external charger. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with the onboard charger in the IPV3 but I haven’t used it, but it always seems a little unsafe to put your safety in the hands of a small module when you have a purpose built battery charger sitting there waiting to do it’s job. I digress, you will need to make sure you take good care of the supplied screwdriver and, of course, the supplied screws as there are no magnets on the panel or the device and without screws, it will simply fall off.

Does it work?

I have to say that this device works well, very well in fact! If you’re using a standard atomiser on this it will last for ages! After a few days of use, the batteries were still going strong with no sign of exhaustion but this device really comes alive when you use it as intended and really hit the low ohm ranges. I put an aspire atlantis on this coiled to 0.5 ohms and it beasted out the vapour in huge clouds of sweet smelling awesomeness!

I’m not sure I’ll ever use it consistently at 150 watts but it’s good to know the option is there if I ever decide to try a blast on a 0.1 ohm coil, however, and I can’t stress this enough, Make sure you have the right batteries for the job before attempting anything like that! If you don’t know what you’re doing, get youself on the forum and ask. There’s loads of fine people who are more than happy to stop you ending up as a stain on the ceiling. Better to be safe than sorry!

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Conclusion

At $100, the IPV3 is not the cheapest on the market but the 150 watt output will certainly be a deal sweetener for those looking to really hit the low ohms. Whilst not brand new to the market, I always think it’s best for a device like this to be very well tested and time has certainly done that. With the added bonus of future software upgrades via the USB port, it’s a pretty safe bet for anyone looking to get a device that punches with some of the higher end devices. A solid performer that won’t destroy your wallet but will see you chugging like a steam train with the right coil, wick and liquid configuration.

The IPV3 150W is available from gearbest.com and using the coupon code IPV3PC brings the cost down to $94.99! A bargain sure to put a smile on the face and song in the heart of any cloud chaser. Another thing to make your day is the competition we are running in conjunction with this review to win one of these beauties for yourself. Enter now!

Images courtesy of GearBest.com.

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 Toby Kilroy
Article by Toby Kilroy
Toby set up Planet of the Vapes in 2012 after another major vaping site was taken down. With a history in web development and running websites for clients he was well placed to use his previous knowledge to build and run a site on the scale of POTV.
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