Introduction to the iJOY Avenger Starter Kit
Before I offer up Spinfuel VAPE’s second look at the iJOY Avenger mod kit, let me give you a brief overview of my vape journey. When I first started with e-cigarettes, I said “I don’t need anything larger than this… it’s silly.”
Then I said, “I’ll never need anything other than tobacco flavors … others are silly.” This was followed by, “I’ll never need external battery mods” and “I’ll never need more than 50 watts….” Because, again, it was “silly.”
Well, it’s obvious things have changed. But I’m almost entirely sure I won’t change my outlook on voice controlled vape mods like the iJOY Avenger Mod. Why? Because the whole thing is just unbelievably silly.
And I felt this way the instant I opened the box, long before the bootleg Siri capabilities even presented themselves, when I saw the tall red and gold mod, nearly identical to Iron Man. Wait a second – Iron Man looks? Angled, comic-like logo font? The name “Avenger?” Ooooooh boy, I hope iJOY has those legal retainers paid up.
(Okay, I’ll drop it… for now.)
Is the dual-20700 Avenger Mod an UGLY mod? Not at all, but it’s not going to win any beauty pageants either. The tall sloped sides come inward a bit toward the top, culminating in a well-designed, centered 510 connection. It’s not a typically shaped frame, which is nice, but I found the slightly wider base section to feel a little awkward overall.
The rest of the exterior is well-done, with a solid feel and quality construction. Only the slightly loose battery door raised any eyebrows during testing. I didn’t experience any problems, but it’s something I’ll keep my eye on as I continue to use the Avenger.
I know there are other colors available, but the two-tone, red and gold design of my test model certainly plays right into the Iron Man aesthetic, with jagged cutaways and a mechanical feel throughout. And yes, the two LED lights located at the base of the screen look like the superhero’s eyes. Maybe it’s a coincidence? Ummm… no, no it’s not.
Hell, even the display, which seems like a standard monochrome OLED screen until the heartbeat pulse goes across the top, and the sports car design catches your eye. In terms of giving users the requisite amount of vaping information, the screen is a winner. But again, the entire presentation is just so silly it’s painful.
Highlights of the iJOY Avenger
Now, let’s be clear – no one is buying the iJOY Avenger Mod Kit for its Iron Man looks. Or its superhero name. Or even its sports car and heart monitor display. They’re buying it because it is the industry’s first mass-produced, voice-control vape mod. (Though SMOK is pushing to get theirs out as soon as possible.)
Okay, so I’ll keep this brief – I wasn’t nearly as impressed with the Avenger’s voice control abilities as my colleague, who even used the term “achievement” when describing them. That’s because my experience can be summed up in one sentence – “If you want to tell a vape mod to do three things fairly well, while sitting in a perfectly silent room, the Avenger is the mod for you.”
Three things? Yes, despite a list of functions much longer, the Avenger only did three things well for me during my testing: Light on. Light off. Change color. Nothing else came even close to functional, and I could have entered the menus 1,001 times in the amount of time it took me to yell into a vape mod like some type of lunatic.
Am I intrigued by the possibility of voice control someday improving DNA-type temperature control and curve customization? Sure! Telling my mod, “Hey, I’m using a nickel coil, and want a temperature of 475 degrees on memory preheat 1” would save me a lot of time and thumb gymnastics. Screaming, “Hello iJOY, light off!” six times in a semi-crowded bar? Not even close to useful.
The other (only?) highlight of the iJOY Avenger mod kit is the awesome 25mm Avenger sub-ohm tank, which got off to a rough start, but proved to be a worthwhile, unique contender in a very crowded tank marketplace.
The rough start stemmed from the pre-installed X3 mesh coil, which simply wouldn’t sit right in the tank’s base. As a result, it would have been easier to spill e-liquid directly on my desk, rather than funneling it through this ill-fitting sieve of a coil.
HOWEVER, when switching to the included (and properly fitting) X3-C1S coil, the Avenger sang like an angel, with immediately rich flavor, solid vapor production, and VERY long-lasting durability.
I was also happy to see that the Avenger tank is also compatible with older X3 system coils, which is always a nice thing to see from any vape company. It’s just a shame the mesh coil was DOA, since the early reviews are quite good for both flavor and vapor.
iJOY Avenger Mod Kit Features:
- Joy Avenger 270 234W TC Box Mod Features:
- Dual 20700 High-Amp Battery – Not Included
- Optional Dual 18650 High-Amp Battery w/ Sleeve Adapter
- Maximum Wattage Output: 234W
- Minimum Atomizer Resistance: 0.06ohm
- Temperature Control Range: 200-600F
- Ni200 Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless-Steel Compatibility
- TCR Adjustments
- Voice Control System – Highly Intuitive
- Unique Custom User Mode
- Multi-Faceted Diamond-Cutting Design
- Vertical Display Layout
- Intuitive OLED Display
- RGB Firing Bar
- LED Light-Up Functionality
- Short Circuit Protection
- Overcurrent Protection
- Overvoltage Protection
- Overcharge Protection
- PTC Protective Circuits
- MicroUSB Port – Firmware Upgrades
- Spring-Loaded Stainless Steel 510 Connection
- iJoy Avenger Sub-Ohm Tank Features:
- 25m Diameter
- 4.7mL Maximum Juice Capacity – Bulb Glass
- 3.2mL Optional Glass
- Superior Stainless-Steel Construction
- Pyrex Glass Reinforcement
- Massive Dual Slotted Bottom Airflow
- Convenient Threaded Top-Fill Design
- Advanced X3 Cores
- 0.35ohm X3-C1S Coil – Wood Pulp & Cotton – rated for 40-80W
- 0.15ohm X3-Mesh Coil – Wood Pulp & Cotton – rated for 40-90W
- 810 Wide Bore Drip Tip
- 510 Connection
iJoy Avenger Mod & Tank Starter Kit Includes
- 1 Avenger 270 234W Box Mod
- 1 Avenger Tank
- 2 18650 Battery Adapters
- 0.35ohm X3-C1S Coil
- 0.15ohm X3-Mesh Coil
- 1 Spare Glass
- 1 MicroUSB Cable
- Spare Parts
- Instructional Manual
I’ll do my absolute best to not use the word “silly” any more times in this review, and try to assess the Avenger Mod as a high-powered vape mod.
And power is exactly what the Avenger mod is best user for. This 234-watt, dual 20700 beast gives users a legitimate 234 watts, though there was some minor hiccups above 200, with some random misfires that occurred, even with no warnings on the display. More concerning is that these misfires were immediately followed by power spikes and quick stutters before righting the ship.
At more reasonable wattages, this never presented a problem. But if you’re a consistent high-wattage vaper, you might want to test drive the Avenger before laying out the cash.
The Avenger mod also offers a full temperature control suite, in that the features are technically available to users. However, at no point during my testing did I ever manage to lock in a resistance, nor did temperatures ever feel quite right. Plus, the mod continued to change coil types – sometimes while in the middle of firing.
Long story short? The less I say about the Avenger’s temp control, the better.
Ending on a positive, the Avenger might be the first dedicated 20700 mod that justifies the format, since battery life was outstanding, even when hitting the upper echelons of its wattage limits. There just might be hope for the format yet.
I promised you I wouldn’t say it, but I can’t help myself – the iJOY Avenger is one of the silliest mods I’ve ever owned. (And that’s coming from a guy who tested a neon green mod with a top-hatted skull.) The power and overall performance is adequate, but nothing great. It looks like a toy, complete with superhero coloring. The display has an unexplained vehicle and pulse meter design, with little purpose or interaction. And the voice control gimmick is weak and poorly implemented.
If you just HAVE to have the latest vape devices, regardless of what they are, you’ll get enough performance from the Avenger to justify the purchase (alongside an awesome sub-ohm tank). But if you’re looking for a truly innovative vape mod, please keep looking, since these ideas are nowhere near ready for the big screen.