The front-loading-washing-machine-looking box mod, the Laisimo Gaish Speed, is a barely average box mod that may be worth considering if you’re in the market for a new 220W mod. Unfortunately, the same thing cannot be said for Kanger Subtank lookalike GAISH Sub-Ohm Tank. Plagued with spitback, fair-to-middling flavor (more on this later), average vapor clouds, and a poorly thought out top-fill system that this Starter Kit is, at best, an Average kit. I would score it a “C-”, though the mod alone would rate higher, maybe a solid “B”.
Car-inspired or Affordability-inspired?
Laisimo markets the GAISH Speed as having a race car look. I suppose because of the speedometer-type color display. However, even after 2 weeks of working with this Kit, I can’t figure out why the mod deserves the name “speed”. Ramp up times are on par with most other average box mods produced in 2018, so that can’t be it. In fact, of late there has been some mods released that have lightning speed ramp ups, and this is not one of them.
The Laisimo GAISH Speed does have its positives too, one of which is that it is an affordable kit, and you can get much better flavor from the tank by switching to SMOK Baby Replacement Coils. Stick a TFV8-Baby-X6 or the Baby-Strip-Core in the tank and the flavor and vapor improves dramatically.
The Laisimo GAISH Speed 220W TC Starter Kit is a true 220W Box Mod with a chipset that allows for temperature control, manual TCR settings, capable of resistances down to 0.05-ohms, and can be powered with two 18650 cells, or a single 18650 cell. Using one 18650 will get you a maximum output of 80W, and if you don’t need more than 80W it’s a nice feature, a feature tried a couple of times last year with other brands.
The Laisimo GAISH Speed 220W Box Mod chassis uses a soft contour design scenario made from a zinc alloy that provides quite a bit of heft to it. The paint job gives it a very smooth and glossy look and feel, and the colors are deeply saturated. The GAISH Speed comes in Red, Yellow, Gunmetal, Black, and White. My unit is the Red one, but the best-looking color for this mod is the Gunmetal, which went to another writer on the staff.
The main “feature” of the mod is the circular, color 1.33-Inch OLED display designed to remind the user of the speedometer of his or her car. That said, perhaps they should have built in some type of line or pointer that moves up the wattage scale as the user holds down the fire button (located at the top of the right side of the mod) to simulate a working speedometer.
The Laisimo GAISH Speed uses the practical and common 5-click on/off. To enter the Menu the user holds down both adjustment buttons, below the display, and uses the buttons to move through the various modes. It’s definitively intuitive, and I doubt anyone will have difficulty finding their way around. The default setting is Power mode, which is also common and practical because the coils that come with the provided Sub-Ohm tank use Kanthal coils, as does the SMOK TFV8 Baby coil line.
Laisimo GAISH Speed 230W TC Box Mod Features:
- Dual High-Amp 18650 Batteries – Not Included
- Optional Single 18650 Platform
- Maximum Wattage Output – Dual 18650: 220W
- Maximum Wattage Output – Single 18650: 80W
- Minimum Atomizer Resistance: 0.05ohm
- Temperature Range: 200-600F
- Versatile Temperature Control Module
- Supports Ni200 Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless-Steel Heating Elements
- Temperature Coefficient of Relativity (TCR) Adjustments
- C-T Mode – Customized Temperature Setting
- Superior Zinc Alloy Construction
- Soft Curvature Chassis
- Intuitive 1.33″ Circular OLED Display – Full-Color Rsolution
- Oversized Firing Mechanism
- Two Adjustment Buttons
- Bottom-Loaded Hinged Battery Door
- Low Resistance Protection
- Over-time Protection
- Reverse Polarity Protection
- Overheating Protection
- MicroUSB Port
- 510 Connection
- Available in Black, White, Gunmetal, Red, Yellow
Laisimo GAISH Sub-Ohm Tank Features:
- 25mm Diameter
- 4mL Juice Capacity
- Superior Stainless-Steel Construction
- High-Grade Glass Reinforcement
- Convenient Hinged Flip-Top Design
- Dual Adjustable Airflow Control at Base – 15mm by 2mm
- Black Delrin Ultra-Wide Drip Tip
- 0.4ohm Gaish Single Coil – rated for 40-80W
- 0.15ohm Gaish Dual Coil – rated for 30-70W
- Coil Structure Interchangeable w/ TFV8 Baby Coils
- 510 Connection
Laisimo GAISH Speed Kit Includes:
- 1 Gaish Speed 220W Box Mod
- 1 GAISH Sub-Ohm Tank
- 1 0.4ohm Gaish Single Coil
- 1 0.15ohm Gaish Dual Coil
- 1 MicroUSB Cable
- Instructional Manual
The Kanger Subtank, I mean GAISH Sub-Ohm Tank
Firstly, the GAISH Sub-Ohm tears through eJuice like nothing I’ve seen all year. Using both the preinstalled 0.4 GAISH Single Coil and the 0.15ohm GAISH Dual Coil, eliquid drained from the tank in under 40 minutes of moderate to heavy vaping.
The GAISH Sub-Ohm Tank has a 25mm width, 4mL juice capacity, and bottom airflow slots. The so-called “convenient” hinged flip-top-fill system is, I’m afraid, not going to last as long as many high-performance tanks like the SMOK Prince, Prince Cobra, Freemax Mesh Pro, or the Vaporesso Cascade.
The reason is that there is no release button, and no slide away method. To open the top of the tank the user basically pushes up the top cap which is secured by a simple and small nipple-tip that snaps down into a small hold on the lower part of the top cap. There’s just no way this method is going to last long, the more I refilled the tank the easier it became to pop open the top cap. In addition, with this snap system the tank is not 100% sealed.
Remember Spitback? 2 or 3 years ago nearly all good sub-ohm tanks suffered some level of spitback. Companies would attempt to minimize spitback by building creative drip tips, or even place a metal mesh piece between the drip tip and the top cap.
Then, through the evolution of sub-ohms, spitback became practically extinct. The GAISH Sub-Ohm brings it back with a vengeance. Even after I tossed the included coils and switched to SMOK Baby coils, the spitback issue remained. The problem with GAISH Sub-Ohm is that it uses old technology, plain and simple.
From a performance, feature, and aesthetic viewpoint, the Laisimo GAISH Speed is a decent box mod, and it’s priced well enough to pass the “price + value” test I place on all mods and tanks. However, when it comes to the included sub-ohm tank, I’d switch it out for a much better tank from the get-go.
For a Starter Kit sold in 2018 the Laisimo GAISH Speed may well be value-priced, but it does not meet today’s standard fare. There are much better mods and tanks on the market for just $5-$10 more than you’ll pay for this one. If you’re in the market for a 220W Starter Kit, I would point you toward Vaptio Capt’n or the Sigelei Sobra (reviewed here) or MFENG (reviewed here), or perhaps the very popular SMOK X-PRIV (reviewed here)… any of these starter kits are better built, better performers, and priced about the same as the Speed.
No one likes being overly critical of vape gear, but it is only through being honest and open about our experiences can we force manufacturers to do better, and in this case, Laisimo can and has done better. I’ve been writing reviews for a long, long time, and it’s beginning to feel like vape gear manufacturers are throwing everything they can against the wall to see what sticks. I’m sure the Chinese vape gear industry can afford it, I’ve seen them go from a design on paper to shipping the final product in 3 weeks time, but perhaps it’s best to slow down now, and release less products that are properly thought out, and tested.
As always, we’ve included all the specs, features, and what’s included in the box. I impress upon you to take a long look before you decide to pass on it or take the plunge. I absolutely pass on the GAISH Sub-Ohm, but the box mod may be worth a look. That is why I give these 3 scores below.