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Last Updated on May 17, 2016 by Team Spinfuel
Sigelei T150 is a Mixed Bag
I have to admit to being significantly let down as I spent time with the first touchscreen mod from Sigelei, the Sigelei T150 Box Mod. Although it has some decent features, it lacks more than it offers. And priced the same as the superior Sigelei 213 with most vendors, this mod makes no effort to earn its right to exist. Thankfully, Element Vape offers this mod at a much reduced price of just $69.95.
For the moment, let’s put aside the touchscreen feature and focus only on what counts the most; power, temperature control, and build quality.
On the positive side, the Sigelei does output up to 150 watts, and there just aren’t all that many users that use wattage that high. It might be nice to have plenty of wattage, like the 213 watts in the Sigelei 213, or even 250 watts of the Sigelei 213 with the firmware 3.1 installed, but hardly anyone uses all that extra power.
On the negative side, the temperature control accommodates Ni200, or Pure Nickel coils only, but at the standard 200-600 degrees Fahrenheit.
Your available coil options are then just Kanthal A1 and Nickel. It doesn’t allow you to use Stainless Steel coils in wattage mode either, it will kick you into TC mode, and you know that vaping Stainless Steel in Nickel TC is not a good idea. The TCR values won’t give you an accurate vape, and the Sigelei 150 Touchscreen does not offer any TCR adjustment.
Sigelei T150 takes two 18650 (25a and up), and the batteries run in “series” mode, not “parallel”. What that means is that the battery drain will not drain equally, so you’ll see the battery indicator show one battery draining faster than the other. It does increase the voltage output to 8.4v, so you notice little to no ramp up with the mod. One thing I did notice after doing almost a dozen battery swaps, it seems to handle batteries harshly. I noticed a little raggedness of the battery wraps after a dozen battery swaps.
Another feature I would certainly expect in a $99 mod is being able to adjust the wattage while in TC mode. Then again, when you’re limited to using only Nickel coils (unless you want to do the TCR math yourself), it’s not surprising.
Unlike the Sigelei 213, the Sigelei T150 doesn’t have a USB port (despite what these photos show), nor does it allow for firmware upgrades. In fact, without a USB port you can’t charge the batteries in the unit, you’ll need a Nitecore charger, which is something you should have anyway. I highly recommend charging batteries externally whenever possible.
Real World Report
There is no denying that the lightweight of the Sigelei T150 makes handling it a pleasure. I enjoy the tank 510 connector being in the center of the mod, it feels natural and makes me wonder why more manufacturers don’t do this.
I do like the look of the Sigelei T150. I like how it looks with a tank or RDA/RTA sitting in the center of the mod instead of off to one side. Sitting in the center also allows the user to use just about any size RDA with no overhang.
It was surprising, a little, that the Sigelei T150 is as light as it is. It seems to be well built when it comes to the touchscreen, but other parts, like the battery cover, don’t feel all that well built.
I have a lot of sub-ohm tanks and because the Sigelei T150 doesn’t play well with Titanium or Stainless Steel, I was limited to about half a dozen tanks, like the Youde Goliath and Zephyrus, and Simba tanks (with the Kanthal coil heads) and of course any RTA or RDA. If you don’t mind not using Titanium, or apparently Stainless Steel as well, you’ll do fine. That said, if the T150 were able to use Stainless Steel coils it would open up the number of thanks quite a bit.
Staying with the limitations of the mod the vape experience was fine. I enjoyed using the touchscreen, its responsive and easy to navigate. The lack of firmware upgrades, and no USB port, are features not overlooked.
I certainly don’t plan on using the T150 when I have mods like the Sigelei 213 and the Reuleaux RX 200S at my disposal, but with Element Vapes’ discounted price of $69.95, it is decent mod, for vapers looking for a decent touchscreen mod.
With clean lines and the two curved edges the Sigelei is aesthetically pleasing. The full color screen is nice, and you can see the settings easily, and because it is a touchscreen, the user can quickly change the settings.
Overall, the Sigelei T150 is an okay mod that works well, but within the limitations of the specs. In other words, at the usual price point of $99 I can’t see myself recommending it. However, as long as Element Vapes continues to offer it at $69.95 then the value is there, and should be considered by fans of the touchscreen. If the touchscreen is a non-issue, you would be much better off with the Sigelei 213 if you want a Sigelei mod.
“Definitely overpriced by other vendors for the limited feature set. However, at the reduced priced $69.95 the grade is higher. Not recommended in its current form at $99.95, but the Sigelei T150 can be, in the next upgrade cycle, worthy of consideration.”
Sigelei T150 Touch Screen TC Mod
Features and Specs:
- Dimensions:3-5/8″ x 1-7/8″ x 1-1/16″
- Capacitive Touchscreen
- Temperature Control Ni200 (Nickel only) and Wattage Mode
- 510 threaded, no spring load
- Atomizer Resistance Range: 0.2 ohm – 3.0 ohm (Wattage)
- Atomizer Resistance Range: 0.1 ohm – 0.5 ohm (Nickel Temperature Control)
- Variable Wattage Range: 5.0W – 150.0W
- Output Voltage Range: 0.35V – 8.4V
- Input Voltage Range 6.4V – 4V
- Temperature Adjustment Range: 200-600°F
- Maximum current: 30A
- Requires (2) High Amp 18650 Batteries – Batteries run in Series mode.
- Aluminum Alloy Construction – lightweight
- Magnetized Battery Cover
- Screen Lock/Unlock Feature
- Input High Voltage Warning
- Low Voltage Protection
- Output Short-Circuit Protection
- Reverse Battery Protection
- Overheating Prevention