asMODus Oni 133W DNA200 TC Box Mod
When first researching the Player Mod, the information was inconclusive across several websites, and rather confusing to me as to who exactly created the device. Some are calling it the Player Box Mod while others the asMODus Oni 133W Box Mod. The device is the asMODus Oni Edition 133W DNA200 TC Box Mod on Element Vape’s site. That being the case, to make things easier, let’s call it what Element Vape calls it. The asMODus Oni 133 was designed by Starss (creator of the Starss 80W Mod or better known as the Stride VR-80) who then teamed up with the masterminds at AsMODus for distribution of the Oni 133.
asModus Oni 133W and the Player Mod by Starss
The only difference between the Starss Player Mod and the asMODus Oni 133 Edition is the AsMODus logo on the device versus the Starss; everything else is identical save for some minor tweaks. Not to confuse the situation even more, but when I opened the warranty card it a 90-day warranty covered by Stride. I’m guessing Starss or asMODus threw in the Stride VR-80 warranty cards they must have had lying around. Name confusion and small details aside, the asMODus Oni 133W DNA200 TC is a powerful, heavy duty device that’s customizable on so many fronts.
The asMODus Oni 133W features a very unique way to convert from a dual 18650 battery orientation to a Lithium Polymer (LiPo) battery pack. The battery tray that holds the two 18650 cells comes as the default setup which maxes out at 133W. By installing a LiPo battery and plugging some information into Evolv’s Escribe, you can bump power up to the full DNA potential of 200W!
Starss wasn’t the first company to come up with this innovation but they sure made the transition between the two battery modes simple and convenient, even for people that aren’t the most tech savvy.
VapeNW sells the Player Mod 1100mAh LiPo that plugs into the DNA200 board for $20.99 if running Lithium batteries is your thing. For this review, I didn’t have a LiPo so everything stated is based on the default 18650 configuration.
The asMODus Oni Edition 133W Box Mod is crafted out of T6061 Aluminum Alloy resulting in a lightweight and durable device that will handle rigorous long-term abuse. The faceplate and battery cradle are 3D-printed plastic but don’t feel cheap or flimsy whatsoever. My asMODus Oni 133W is the Black version (with Red trim and faceplate) but is also available in Black/White, Tiffany Blue, Chrome and Gold. In the near future, other variations such as Red/Black, Blue Chrome and Neo Chrome (as seen on Starss Facebook page) will be released and are beautifully executed. The process and delicacy it takes to manufacturer the Chrome and Gold models is such that the warranty does not cover these models. Keep that in mind when spending the extra $15-$30 for the premium finishes, knowing you’ll be stuck with minor scratches and imperfections. Then again, it’s always the first scratch that makes any product you truly yours.
The asMODus Oni 133W has a modular design that can be disassembled and personalized to your liking. The battery door, main body, frame, buttons and faceplate are all interchangeable with various colors being available on VapeNW exclusively. Having the option from switching button colors to completely overhauling the appearance of the asMODus Oni 133W is very appealing and is a huge selling point for Starss (disassembly noted later in the review). Mixing Black with the Gold or Chrome would be my ideal setup. Men or women with smaller hands be aware, this device is large and bulky (88mm x 65.2mm x 28.7mm). I have big hands (I’ve been told) and it feels large even to my standards. The saving grace is the lightweight aspect so even though my hand stretches all the way to hold it properly, weighing only 176g (269g with batteries installed) makes the squared size not so bad. I would definitely think twice before purchasing this one if you prefer smaller more ergonomic devices.
asMODus was definitely proactive and went with the tried and true Evolv DNA200 chipset. With the power pulled back to 133W, it’s the perfect range for my style of triple digit vaping. Hopefully in the near future we can swap the DNA200 board out for a DNA250, which will increase the backed up wattage to 167W; *Hint**Hint*.
Right out of the box, you’re able to crank up to 133W with an output voltage maximum of 9V. The Temperature Control functionality with DNA boards is outstanding so expect nothing less but accurate and precise TC vaping. The asMODus Oni 133W comes preprogrammed with Preset 1-3 being Nickel 200, Titanium (SteamEngine), SS304, SS316, SS316L and SS317L. After plugging into Escribe, I installed my Kanthal profile into place as well as SS430 instead of having two unnecessary Nickel Modes. You’re able to fire as low as 0.1Ω in Wattage Mode and 0.08Ω in TC Modes. With the ability to fully disassemble the Mod, it gives you complete access to the DNA200 chip just in case it needs to be swapped out.
The asMODus Oni 133W runs on dual high-amp 18650 batteries (not included). There’s a small notch cutout into the door panel that serves as access to your battery tray. The door is held on by three magnets in the corners that snap into place and keeps the door from having any play; the door is rock solid.
The battery tray has brightly labeled battery orientation markings with Green signifying Positive and White for Negative. Installing your batteries is easy with no hesitation and slip right in between the Gold-plated battery contacts. The bright Green battery pull tab is a bit too long so some scissors will get the job done. The space cutout for removing the door could serve as little battery venting but other than that small area, there’s no other ventilation. Even running high wattages, the warmth factor of the device was never a concern. You can safety charge your batteries via the micro USB port of up to 1A charging. With a LiPo battery installed, the cell-balancer and cell-by-cell monitoring by the DNA200 board ensures safe and reliable charging.
The bright OLED screen is easy to read and is always a bonus to see. The 9.7mm x 7.8mm square fire button clicks easily and is located perfectly for my sized hand. The 4.7mm regulatory buttons function just as good with a (+) and (-) symbol carved out on each. With the Oni Edition asMODus Mod, asMODus fixed the button rattle that plagued the initial release version. If you’re interested in buying one, make sure you get the Oni Edition since the price is the same as the original but with some needed improvements (head to Element Vape as they always have authentic devices priced cheaper than anyone else I’ve seen). The spring-loaded Brass 510 pin along with smooth connection threads makes attaching a variety of tanks a breeze.
But a nit-picky con I have to mention is when you attach an Atomizer, it isn’t completely centered on the device. Because the door adds a couple extra millimeters, the 510 connection is centered without the door as a consideration. Is this is a huge deal? Absolutely not but something I tend to always look at.
asMODus makes disassembling the device straightforward and user-friendly. Take the battery door off and remove the batteries. The housing can be taken off by pulling on the skinnier side compressing the two visible clips. This piece is plastic which took longer to remove as I was hesitant to break it (without an extra on hand). I’d recommend picking up one or two extras just in case a clip breaks or the cradle snaps; you’ll be out of commission for a few minutes, not a few days. Once I popped the one side up, I took a small screwdriver and wedged it inside one of the magnet holes and it came (more like flew) right off.
The faceplate and DNA board are attached on a rail type system and slide up and out. To remove the battery tray, you need to unplug both the White and Yellow connectors that are connecting the board to the tray. The White connector has a tab you need to pull up on to get it unplugged. To exchange out the faceplate or buttons, there’s three small Philips screws that when removed, will separate the board and faceplate. Just pop the buttons off the board and place your new ones on. Tighten up the three screws, and put everything back to together. All in all, taking apart the device and putting it back together wasn’t difficult at all and can be done within a matter of minutes. There is a trifold instruction manual explaining these steps in much less detail.
Available Now at Element Vape for $114.95
Final Grade – A
“The asMODus Oni Edition 133W Box Mod is a nice addition to anyone’s collection with so many customization options to make yours standout. The accessories are cheap and the build quality is definitely an area both Starss and AsMODus focused on. If you don’t mind a larger device, the Player Mod separates itself from everything else out and could be a great reliable choice!”
asMODus Oni 133W DNA200 TC Box Mod Features:
- Dual High-Amp 18650 Battery Platform – Not Included
- Wattage Output Range: 1-133 Watts
- Voltage Output Range: 1-6 Volts
- Temperature Range: 200-600F
- Min Kanthal Resistance: 0.1ohm
- Min Temperature Resistance: 0.08ohm
- Patented Evolv DNA200 Chip – Downthrottled
- Industrialized T6061 Aluminum Construction
- Full Body Customization
- Intuitive OLED Display
- Magnetized Battery Door
- Three-Button Operation – Highly Responsive
- Reverse Protection System
- Upgradeable Escribe Software
- 97% Output Efficiency
- Cell-by-Cell Monitoring
- Cell Balancer
- Atomizer Protection
- Low Resistance Protection
- Short Circuit Protection
- Overheat Protection
- Low Voltage Step Down Protection
- 510 Connection
In The Box:
- 1 asMODus Oni DNA Mod
- 1 MicroUSB Cable
- Instructional Manual