Sigelei SnowWolf 218W Box Mod Review
Close your eyes and envision a triple 18650 cell, 218W of power, an authentic stabilized wood mod for around $100… that’s easy to learn, a cinch to use and delivers superior performance. What do you see? The SnowWolf 218W TC Box Mod is what I got for you today!
When I think of a Snow Wolf Box Mod, the square shapes of the past come to mind. After hearing the rumors from a couple months back, of a potential comeback, I wondered if Sigelei (without the assistance of the original Snow Wolf Box Mod designers, Asmodus) could do the Snow Wolf name justice. We will soon find out.
SnowWolf 218W – The Review
The SnowWolf 218W is partly assembled in China, redirected to the United States to Global Vaping (a Sigelei subsidiary and partner in this project) that completes the stabilized wood panels and finishes assembly. Every device will be unique thanks to the one-of-a-kind stabilized wood architecture attached on the front face which are interchangeable if you’re not satisfied with the color blend you receive (sold separately).
The stabilized wood is authentic cured wood with a glossy finish, not a vinyl replica or cheap imitation. This feature gives the Snow Wolf 218 a high-end appearance and sets it apart from its competitors. So for $78.95 at Element Vape you can own a powerful, triple battery device with a nice chunk of stabilized wood lining the front rather than shelling out $300-$400 for full stab wood models.
The SnowWolf 218W was designed and manufactured by Sigelei combining elegance with simplicity. Utilizing a Sigelei chipset like we’ve seen in the Sigelei 213 and Fuchai 213, the interface is very easy to learn and aimed for both beginning and advanced users. Even though the SnowWolf 218W is ‘supposedly’ rated up to 218W, I’m reserved about the true power figure based on prior experiences from Sigelei. At 180W with a SMOK TFV8 Cloud Beast Tank and three fully charged Sony VTC4 batteries, it definitely felt in-line with similar devices at this power range, in my opinion. (I don’t have the equipment to test actual numbers YET so this conclusion is based on my SMOK TFV8 test). Besides DNA200 and YiHi chipped devices, the Snow Wolf 218 is a fast firing mod! Firing delay is non-existent with the chipset; hit the fire button and boom…instantaneous power!
The Snow Wolf 218 takes triple 18650 batteries (unfortunately not included) that are loaded through the bottom battery door. There are two finger indentions making sliding the battery door simple and allows for quick battery exchanges. The door then hinges open and reveals gold plated battery contacts that are clearly marked for easy installation. The battery tray is very well made with no exposed wires and is super clean inside as well as out. Closing the door will snap it shut and stays securely latched in place. I haven’t had any issues with the door spontaneously opening on me. The only battery rattle I’ve noticed is when I violently shake the mod which sounds like the battery tray shifting around, not the batteries themselves. Some reviews I’ve came across complained of excessive battery and button rattle but the version I received for review is made very solid and has no such issues. (note* that is the consensus of the Spinfuel review team as well, including Dave Foster, editor, no one here has experienced any rattle of any kind)
The chassis of the SnowWolf 218W is made up of aluminum alloy, zinc alloy and of course, stabilized wood. I received the Black version (also available in several different colors) and really highlights the Greens, Yellows and Browns that are intertwined in the stabilized wood face plate. The top and bottom of the mod have a brushed, dull silver finish. I would’ve liked to see some kind of engraving branding this a Snow Wolf device since the perimeter has no identifying markings at all and is quite plain.
There are two 13mm x 2mm slots on the back side of the body that not only look great but provide much needed battery venting. I use Green Sony batteries and the color shows through the slots and match the Green hue of the stabilized wood; very satisfied how that turned out. The Snow Wolf 218 never got remotely hot even vaping near the 200W threshold.
The design of the Snow Wolf 218 is reminiscent of other devices that have that triangle type shape like the Wismec RX200S and the Lost Vape Triade. It’s 5mm taller, 2mm wider and a hair longer than the Wismec RX200S and is visibly bigger when comparing it side by side.
Despite being a bigger device, the Snow Wolf 218 weighs 310g (with batteries installed) which is a couple grams lighter than its immediate Wismec competition. It’s very comfortable to hold with great fire button placement and comfy to vape on all day long! Unlike the square, hard-edged Snow Wolf Box Mods of the past, the more modern styling Sigelei decided to roll with really works great for a triple 18650 device. With the width being over 40mm at its widest point, you’re able to fit a 30mm Atomizer with zero overhang; with a good 3mm on each side to spare! Just in case you have a 40mm Mason RDA!
Bright, crisp and easy to read 0.91inch OLED display screen that’s inset down in the mod about 5mm thanks to the thick piece of stabilized wood, which makes reading the screen during the daytime a lot easier. With a spring loaded, gold plated 510 pin and Stainless Steel 510 connection with very smooth threads, you’re able to spin any Atomizer on with ease and have it sit flush with no back and forth movement. The 8.9mm round fire button and 6.5mm up/down buttons protrude from the mod, are very responsive and easy to push. The fire button is located perfectly for me when trigger firing as my finger just naturally sits right where the button lands.
SnowWolf 218W – Temp Control
The SnowWolf 218W has the vast array of Temperature Control functions available on most Sigelei products. The TC Mode supports Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless Steel (304, 316 & 317). The TCR and TFR options are available if you want to program any temperature coefficients and personalize your vaping experience. You can fire between 212°-572°F with a 0.1Ω resistance range in both TC and Power Modes. I was able to fire a 0.07Ω build in both modes so it will fire below what the stated limits are. Another tidbit that frustrates me is the product manual. It seems like Sigelei just copies and pastes the same information with similar devices and just changes the pictures. I know it’s a nit-picky detail but I do read the manuals in-depth before powering a mod on for the first time. So it’d be nice if they were accurate and written half way decent, especially paying the $100 premium!
Note: After some research, Sigelei and Asmodus are no longer working together. Sigelei manufactured Asmodus products (the original designer of the Snow Wolf) for quite some time. Asmodus filed a lawsuit against Sigelei stating they own the trademarked name Snow Wolf but diving further into the details, Sigelei filed for the trademark back in 2014 and appears to own the rights. What I do know is Sigelei is manufacturing the Snow Wolf 218 with no help or participation from Asmodus. Sigelei instead partnered with a new company, Global Vaping. Just one of those things I had to find out as I was curious why Asmodus’ name was nowhere to be found. (For more information visit https://www.asmodus.com/v/vspfiles/kevin/complaintAgainstOu.pdf)
SnowWolf 218W – Cons
When it comes down to negatives with the SnowWolf 218W, there are really only two things that come to mind. No micro USB port anywhere on or inside the device equating to no firmware upgrades. Knowing Sigelei’s false wattage claims in the past, not being able to upgrade a $100 device if something is functioning incorrectly, could be a big negative to some consumers. Another is the silicone sleeve Sigelei includes with most of their mods, when installed, covers the entire stabilized wood section. Again, a subjective con but to me, the exotic wood inlay is the highlight feature and is why I have my silicone cover in the box stored away. I would’ve liked to see an engraving somewhere on the blank, open slate body but the simplistic look still pairs well with the stabilized wood.
The SnowWolf 218W has been a very enjoyable mod to use. Any Atomizer sitting on top looks great with no fire delay gives it immense amount of power right out of the gate! It’s yet to be tested for accuracy but regardless, I’ve been using mine more and more these past weeks; more than any other mod I own. I prefer the slightly bigger Snow Wolf 218 over a Wismec RX200S in overall size, as my hand fits perfectly around the frame and is a great all-day mod to hold; even on the go! I enjoy taking this mod out with me to show off the stunning stab wood design, which by the way is made in the good ‘ole USA!
Available Now at Element Vape for $78.95
Final Grade – A
“Sigelei did a terrific job with this mod and released, in my opinion, their best device to date! Elegant, simple, powerful, user-friendly and performs side by side with the best of them, I would recommend anyone grabbing themselves a Snow Wolf 218. At $99.95 over at Element Vape, it’s a steal and would be a great addition to anyone’s collection!”