VTX-25 Box Mod by Vape Cige review by

Review Date: 
19.09.2016

VTX-25 Box Mod by Vape Cige

The VTX-25 is a compact and form friendly device manufactured by Vape Cige that offers 1.0-25W of power. It requires a single 18650 battery and also includes Temperature Control functionality.

VTX-25 features

  • Aluminium Construction
  • Rubberized Finish
  • 510 Threaded Connection. (Non-Adjustable)
  • Output Wattage: 1.0-25W
  • Output Voltage: 1.0-7.0V
  • Temperature Control: 200 – 600°F
  • Resistance Range Variable Wattage Mode: 0.25-2.0ohm
  • Resistance Range in Temperature Control Mode: 0.15-1.0ohm
  • Supported Wire Types: Kanthal, Ni200
  • Requires 1x 18650 Battery
  • Genuine Evolv DNA 25 chipset
  • Size: 2.2 x 8.45 x4.1 cm
  • Weight: 170g

What’s in the box?

  • 1x VTX-25 Box Mod.
  • 1x Micro USB Charging Cable.
  • User Manual.

VTX-25 styling and build quality

The VTX-25 is pretty solidly built and it feels fairly durable. The aluminium construction is protected by a heavy rubberized finish that is very similar to the Sigelei 150W TC. The coating appears sufficiently thick so it shouldn’t wear too quickly.

The 510 connector is sadly not spring-loaded so not all atomizers will sit completely flush. When fitting my GP Heron V2 to this device there was a gap of about 2mm but depending on your tank/RDA you might be able to live with it. The threading on the connector looks to be made from brass and personally I think it would have been better if they had gone with Stainless Steel.

The device has three buttons, they all felt decent to the touch and were thankfully rattle free. Ideally I would have preferred the fire button to be located a little higher up since it felt slightly uncomfortable to press but that will be dependent on the size of your hands. The form factor of the device on the whole is pretty good with nicely rounded edges and the VTX-25 is roughly the size of an IPV D3. The VTX-25 is a comfortable weight even when an 18650 battery is fitted.

The display is quite small and not that bright but you can still read the information fairly easily. It features the typical information you would expect including Wattage, Temperature (when it that mode) and Resistance. In addition battery life is shown and the current Voltage appears when you press the fire button.

The battery compartment is decent and features a ribbon to assist with battery removal. The correct battery orientation is marked on the interior but on the version I received it was partially obscured by some manufacturer stickers. For anyone who purchases this device the correct orientation is to fit the battery with the positive end facing down. One issue that did bother me was the four magnets on the batter cover which seemed very weak and this meant that it would come off way too easily. It isn’t a problem when you are actually using the device but I do think it could have been much better.

The VTX-25 has plenty of venting and features twenty one holes in the base. The Micro USB port is located on the front of the device just beneath the plus and minus adjustment buttons. The 18650 battery that is required for this device can be charged up via the included cable or you can simply charge it with an external charger.

VTX-25 performance

When I noticed that the 510 pin was not spring-loaded I had a bad feeling that I was going to run into issues and I was proved correct when I fitted my GP Heron V2 which wouldn’t fire at all until I adjusted the pin on the tank. I swapped it for my Rose3 which has a more protruding pin and that thankfully fired right away. I am not going to make too big a deal about it but I do think that when you buy any vaping device these days it should always have a spring-loaded/adjustable pin. If you don’t own any atomizers that have an adjustable or protruding pin then I would be very hesitant to recommend this device because it would be absolutely awful to purchase one and discover your tank won’t even fire.

I vaped my Rose3 at 14 Watts and to be fair it was a very consistent vape and I encountered no issues. One bonus is that at that Wattage you will certainly get a good amount of life out of an 18650 battery before you need to recharge it.

The Temperature Control Mode on the other hand is a little dubious. While it does work in a fashion the Wattage limit of the device makes it very underpowered. Typically I have found that I need at least 35W to get the right amount of heat and the VTX-25 results in a very cool vape at its 25W maximum. To be honest I do not understand why the manufacturer even bothered to add it other than to say that the device has Temperature Control as one of its features. Do keep in mind that you will never get a satisfactory vape from this device if you use tanks like the Freemax Scylla with a Ni200 coil.

Even if the Temperature Control was better and if the device had a more reasonable maximum Wattage the VTX-25 only offers the ability to use Ni200 coils in TC mode and does not support Titanium or Stainless Steel.

Another minor issue that I should point out is that while the buttons are responsive you do need to apply some firmness when pressing the fire button.

Conclusion

In my opinion this device is very well put together and it certainly functions without issues but it is still something of an oddity which might only ever appeal to a small amount of customers. The reason for this is the maximum Wattage which is woefully underpowered for a single 18650 device. I do appreciate that this device is marketed as a beginner box mod and it will be fine for anyone who vapes high resistance coils at low Wattage (Nautilus Mini users I am thinking of you) but in all honesty it heavily limits the user’s options and I do feel that a more flexible device would be the better option even if you never use the additional Wattage.

If this device offered a maximum of 50-60W I think I would be a little bit more optimistic about it but as it stands compared to what is available on the market at present a 25W device that only supports Kanthal and Ni200 wire types is very limiting. Perhaps if the device was also priced much lower than it is it would be more attractive but since it currently retails for about $59.98 on Gearbest it compares poorly to an 80W IPV D3 which you can pick up for $62.57. As such this device is a poor investment in my opinion. The fact that the 510 pin is not even spring-loaded is another weakness of this device and there is no guarantee that the tanks you actually own will fire.

To put a more positive spin on things for the most part the device has a decent enough form factor, feels solidly built and in Wattage mode it will certainly give you plenty of vape time out of an 18650 battery considering its limitations. At the end of the day if you have low Wattage requirements then you would do much better looking elsewhere since I wouldn’t part with money for this and neither should you! If some strange reason your heart is set on this because you like the design then do be aware of its many issues and consider that if you ever want to try out other atomizers and setups in the future you will be restricting yourself heavily.

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