Okay, we’re a little late to the party here, with some of our compatriots reviewing the IPV V-IT as far back as November 2018. But better late than never, right? [ED: Wrong]
After wondering if we were ever going to see another mod enabled with a YiHi chipset, we finally got our hands on the Pioneer4You IPV V-IT, powered by the deep and feature-heavy SX540 chipset. This highly customizable board is basically an optimized version of what appeared on the beloved IPV G-Class mods, allowing users to further tweak and customize until their hearts are content.
We have a few thoughts on this expansive vape mod, but let’s get the official line from Element Vape
The Pioneer4You iPV V-IT 200W Box Mod is a visually impressive box mod, combining a beautiful artistic finish, multiple user and firing modes, and an intelligently designed advanced chipset to create an exemplary box mod. The iPV V-IT box mod combines beauty and function with its artistic design housing the advanced YIHI SX540 chipset within. On the exterior various resinous designs decorate the outside in an artistic and visually pleasing fashion lending an air of luxury to the box mod.
With slight inward ergonomic curvature, the V-IT box mod fits neatly into the natural shape of the hand, making the intuitive firing button easy to reach. With wattages attainable up to 200W, this box mod integrates functionality into the form of multiple user modes like temperature control, bypass mode, and is compatible with nickel, titanium, and stainless steel wire coefficients to dial in the perfect vaping style for each individual user, novice or advanced. Furthermore, the iPV V-IT box mod utilizes the highly appraised YIHI SX540 found in many higher quality and higher priced box mods, making this a definite favorite amongst the YIHI SX540’s fanbase.
Pioneer4You IPV V-IT Specs:
- Dimensions – 92.5mm by 48.3mm by 35.9mm
- Weight – 136g
- Powered by the YIHI SX540 Chipset
- Dual High-Amp 18650 Batteries – Not Included
- Wattage Output Range: 10-200W
- Voltage Output Range: 1.0-7.52V
- Resistance Range: 0.05-3.0ohm
- Temperature Range: 100°-300°C / 200°-570°F
- Ni200, Titanium, and Stainless Steel Compatibility
- POWER Mode
- Temperature Control TFR Mode
- Bypass Mode: Mechanical Mode
- Flavor Mode: Eco, Soft, Standard, Powerful, Powerful+, and SXi-Q-S1
- 001s Instantaneous Firing Speed
- Round 1.3″ TFT IPS HD Screen
- Customizable User Interface and Wallpaper
- Intuitive Firing Button
- Bottom Hinged Battery Door
- Low Resistance Protection
- Low Voltage Protection
- Short Circuit Protection
- Overheat Protection
- Reverse Protection
- Battery Overcharge Protection
- Battery Balance Mode
- MicroUSB Charging and Update Port
- Centered Spring-Loaded 510 Connection
Pioneer4You IPV V-IT Contents:
- 1 iPV V-IT 200W Box Mod
- 1 Micro USB Cable
- 1 User Manual
- 1 Gift Box
When I first learned of the IPV V-IT, I was surprised that a YiHi-based device was coming at such a low price point. Sure, the price of vape mods has dropped dramatically over the last few years, but these chipsets, like DNA devices, usually hang out at the higher end of the spectrum. But after opening the box and seeing the device, I think I know where the cost savings might be coming from.
You’ll immediately notice the V-IT’s rubberized coating – not uncommon for moderately priced mods, but definitely new territory for those more accustomed to high-end stabilized wood and resin vape devices. What’s interesting is that this skin appears to be placed over a textured layer underneath, creating an odd feeling collection of grooves and lines. I’m not sure if this was an intended design element, or just a mishap, but the V-IT definitely stands out.
You’ll also notice that the V-IT is pretty tall and wide, compared to similarly equipped devices. Size-wise, I’d say the mod is a close match for the Smoant Cylon, with a similar look and feel, to boot. The good news is that the V-IT can comfortably handle wider diameter tanks and RDAs, up to 32mm without overhang. The bad news is that this extra real estate makes the V-IT a little more difficult to operate with one hand.
Then again, with all the tweaks and customizations available on the V-IT, I’m not sure anyone is really looking to operate this thing with one hand, anyway. The gorgeous 1.4-inch display and attractive wallpaper selection only make the V-IT more of a standout, visually.
Overall, the V-IT maintains the IPV legacy of attractive vape mods. While the rubber coating and random bumpiness don’t necessarily scream “high-end” the V-IT has enough visual clout to stand out on shelves.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t spend a few lines talking about the laser-like precision of the YiHi SX540 chipset, which now has a “dummy mode” for guys like me who rarely dabble in temperature control and custom preheat curves. Using the “novice” setting, your V-IT will strip away all of the advanced tweaks, leaving you with a wattage-only device, free of unwanted clutter.
But then again, if you’re only looking to vape in straight wattage mode, is it worth the hassle? While the V-IT performed very well in basic modes, with hyper-fast ramp-up time and zero misfires during my extensive testing sessions, I never felt like I was getting the most from the experience, knowing there was so much more I could do with the device. Maybe I’m overthinking it, but in my opinion, vaping a YiHi device exclusively in wattage mode is like burning down a house because you saw a spider – effective, but overkill.
Moving into more advanced modes, the chipset has five different presets for specific atomizers, which comes in handy when testing mods or tanks. It also allows you to save preheat settings, coil-type settings and much, MUCH more.
This is where things got a little strange for me. For the first time in my history with YiHi chipsets, I had some issues with temperature control! Not to the point where it affected my enjoyment of the V-IT device, but enough that it became a mild annoyance. And that was the result of resistances jumping all over the place, and the chipset booting me out to the main menu more than once.
At first, I thought it was my fault. To be honest, I don’t vape TC very often, and when I do, it’s usually just during a test, to confirm it works for users. I also considered that it’s been a minute since I actively used a YiHi-enabled device, and I might be a little rusty. But no, this wasn’t user error – just some unexpected hiccups from a chipset that doesn’t usually have them.
Beyond those occasional moments, the V-IT performed well, with ridiculously fast ramping and strong power output. Some reviews I’ve seen claim the V-IT is a little overpowered in both wattage and TC modes, but I didn’t experience that during my testing. It’s a strong vape, for sure, but never feels like it’s out of control.
One minor knock against the V-IT is the battery performance, which is well below what I’ve come to expect from the YiHi chipset. I don’t know if a firmware upgrade is available yet, but the device drained my freshly charged 18650s in pretty quick order, even at lower wattages and temperatures. I can’t explain it, but if you’re headed out for the night, have spares at the ready.
For the first time in a long while, I’m not convinced the V-IT is for everyone. It’s a good mod that does a lot of things right, bringing high-end features at an accessible price point. But therein lies the problem for me – in an effort to lower the price, a few corners needed to be cut.
The weird rubber exterior is tolerable and understandable, but the oddball temp control quirks aren’t. The YiHi chipset (and for that matter, the iPV line of mods) is built on precision and accuracy – two things I wasn’t getting during those random hiccups. It wasn’t a deal-breaker by any means, but these are cornerstones of the brand, and in that sense the V-IT misses the mark.