Last Updated on January 30, 2018 by Team Spinfuel
I’ve been champing at the bit for a higher-powered, regulated squonk mod. So, getting to review the Geek Vape GBOX 200W dual-battery squonk mod was beyond exciting. And I’m thrilled to report it was worth the wait. This beast of a mod is certainly a handful, but the intense flavor and powerful draws make this one worth the extra heft.
Let’s take a closer look at the Geek Vape GBOX squonker, to see if it’s the right device for you.
Initial impressions of the Geek Vape GBOX 200W dual-battery Squonk Mod
First and foremost, vapers might be taken aback by the sheer size of the GBOX. Especially those accustomed to smaller, more compact Squonk Mods. But with room for dual-18650 batteries, an 8mL Squonk bottle, and a massive OLED screen, there’s realistically only so much Geek Vape’s designers could do to fit all this technology in a confined space.
That said, the company did a fantastic job. Though the dual-18650 GBOX seems a little bulky, the Mod actually sits very well in the hand, with easy one-handed access to operating buttons and the squeeze bottle. Despite its girth, the smoothly contoured sides make the GBOX a pleasure to hold, whether you use a thumb or trigger grip.
(I will say, the trigger grip felt more natural, even if the Squonk bottle isn’t as easily accessed, and the display sits away from your view.)
The anodized aluminum frame is gorgeously machined, with no rough edges or inaccurate seams. It’s also very durable – something I learned the hard way when accidentally trying to put the GBOX into my front jeans pocket. There were no dings or marks – even the stunning paint job was intact – but it taught me one lesson… the GBOX isn’t very portable.
Speaking of the paint job, my matte green test Model reminded me of something – and I even made a “Yoda” reference in the preview. However, it took my four-year-old son to point out that it actually resembled the helmet of XBox hero Master Chief, from the popular “Halo” series. As a gamer, I’m embarrassed my son recognized it before me.
The included 8mL Squonk bottle feels good to squeeze, though it took a little “breaking in” before we could activate it with any finger. It’s not quite as good as the one included with the iJOY Capo Squonk (review coming soon) but a 79-cent bottle is hardly a reason to recommend or discredit a vape device, so let’s leave it up to user preference.
Finally, one of my concerns during our preview assessment of the Geek Vape GBOX was the somewhat flimsy, press-fit 510 connection. Well, I’m happy to report it never presented an issue, regardless of which bottom-feeding RDA I attached. Connections were all flush and firm, with no misfires to be had, and no liquid seepage into any gaps.
One concern I DID realize in my testing is the notable lack of venting. While the GBOX never became uncomfortably warm, it’s clear this 200-watt device generates a lot of heat, and the minuscule vent holes aren’t enough to keep up at higher wattages.
Operating the Geek Vape GBOX 200W Dual-Battery Squonk Mod
Geek Vape introduced the GBOX by pushing its all-new AS chipset, which has some interesting features to go alongside the standard array of temperature control, TCR, bypass and draw power adjustments. There is also an interesting VPC Mode, which allows users to set rudimentary timed power curves, directly on the device.
While accessing most of the standard Modes is extremely easy and intuitive, thanks to the fantastic OLED display, I feel like the VPC Mode could have been better explored via an Escribe-like app. On the device, I didn’t quite understand what each setting was doing – maybe it’s my own ignorance, but I didn’t find this to be much of an asset.
Like I mentioned in the preview, the beautiful screen made the GBOX an absolute pleasure to operate, with all pertinent information laid out in a legible, clear manner.
The fire button is nice and clicky, if not a little small, given the sheer size of the GBOX. However, its position at the top of the tinted screen means it blends in a little too well with the display. In other words, expect to find a lot of inadvertent fingerprints on the glass.
I would have preferred a different location for the display, since the more comfortable grip (for me) had the Squonk bottle at my thumb, with the display facing away from me. It’s an odd layout, to be sure. But considering how the Squonk bottle needs to sit, it makes sense.
The GBOX offers a smart charging feature, which I can only assume means balanced charging for all installed cells. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find much about this feature in the literature. That said, onboard charging worked well, and was fairly snappy by current standards.
One odd operational note – removing the GBOX Squonk bottle is more difficult than it probably should be. The bottom of the bottom sits flush, right next to the battery chambers, but users will need to squeeze the bottle from the front and shimmy it downward. It’s not a big issue, but worth noting.
The Radar BF RDA
Normally, I spend a lot of time trying different RDAs on Squonk Mods, but I have to admit, the included Radar RDA was a perfect match for the copious power and juice flow from the GBOX Mod. This 24mm RDA is both aesthetically and functionally ideal for the setup, and worked flawlessly throughout testing.
The build deck is huge, even in a 24mm atomizer. I tried fitting a number of different coils, from straightforward wraps to more complicated blended wires, and all fit perfectly in the raised posts. Beneath the deck is a massive juice well that has enough room to capture even the most aggressive Squonks without leaking a drop.
The adjustable side airflow slots sit high enough that e-liquid won’t seep out unless you’ve completely flooded the deck, which – again – shouldn’t be an issue with the size of the Radar’s well.
While we used other RDAs on the GBOX, we always came back to the Radar, and are thrilled Geek Vape included it in this already-impressive kit.
Vaping the Geek Vape GBOX 200W Dual-Battery Squonk Mod
The Geek Vape Aegis (reviewed here) was one of the fastest-ramping Mods we’ve seen, and the GBOX continues this trend, offering powerful, measured draws with no hiccups – even at the 200-watt limit. Not only did the GBOX hit the mark, but it did it without any warnings or stutters along the way. Indeed, the AS chipset is impressive.
Because it’s rare to see this much power in a regulated Squonker, we weren’t sure what to expect from the GBOX at higher wattages. But I was very happy with the results, as the Mod produced warm, flavorful clouds throughout.
The comprehensive temperature control suite hit all the right marks, and my various test coils all worked as intended. For some odd reason, titanium coils seemed to make the Radar top cap a little warmer than other materials. Nothing uncomfortable, but another item worth mentioning.
Other than that, TC Modes, TCR adjustments and bypass Modes all worked extremely well. Like I mentioned, the VPC Mode seems a little thin without a companion app to explain the different settings. But in the grand scheme of the GBOX’s capabilities, this is a minor quibble.
I tested a handful of bottom-feeding RDAs, and all sat well on the stiff, gold-plated Squonk pin, with no connection problems or accidental leaks. Other than the Radar, the Dead Rabbit RDA was another great combination, but only the most discerning RDA enthusiast will find a need to separate the GBOX/Radar pairing.
Battery life in the GBOX was fair to good, until about 150 watts, when it dropped off the table. At roughly 70-90 watts on various builds, I enjoyed several hours of heavy vaping, menu adjustments and the like. When moving north of 150, I expected some heavier depletion. But using a very low-resistance build, the battery meter drop seemingly dropped in real time, and before long, low-battery warnings began appearing on screen.
Thankfully, these were the only warnings I experienced, though the included protection suite is both comprehensive and easy to understand, thanks to the detailed instructions.
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Wrapping Up, and Score…
My quibbles with the Geek Vape GBOX Squonk Mod are minor. Other than some erratic battery life, difficulty removing the e-liquid bottle, and some odd design choices, the GBOX is everything I’ve wanted from a high-powered regulated Squonk Mod.
Though it’s not perfect, and it’s certainly not pocket-friendly, the Geek Vape GBOX is a premier device, and my current go-to Mod whenever I want the rich flavor of a Squonker with power to match.
Geek Vape GBOX Mod score: A-
Radar BF RDA score: A+
Overall kit score: A
GBOX Specs and Contents
Geek Vape GBOX 200W dual-battery Squonk Mod kit Specs:
- AS chipset
- Powered with dual 18650 batteries, up to 200W
- Enlarged OLED display for detailed visual
- 8ml Squonk bottle for higher capacity
- Compatible with both 810 & 510 drip tips
- Innovative build deck
- Durable battery lock mechanism
- Smart Charging management
Geek Vape GBOX 200W dual-battery Squonk Mod kit Contents:
- 1x GBOX Mod
- 1x Radar RDA
- 1x Spare Squonk Bottle
- 1x Radar RDA Accessories pack
- 1x GV Allen Key
- 1x Delrin Drip Tip
- 1x 510 Drip Tip Adapter
- 1x USB Cable
- 1x User Manual