Last Updated on September 13, 2018 by Team Spinfuel
I’m starting to think soft-coated plastic is the future of the vape industry. Even though we’ve all tried our share of heavy-duty aluminum and alloy devices, it seems like more people are getting into the more-creative color palettes available with plastic. Kind of like what we saw on the ThinkVape Thor 200W vape mod – a device that may not have “wowed” us like some other devices, but it certainly exceeded this reviewer’s expectations.
(Thankfully, one of those expectations was that ThinkVape was following Vaptio down the copyright-infringement rabbit hole and making superhero vapes. No, the Thor has nothing to do with the Thunder God, or any Avengers…)
Unlike many people, I happen to like simple-looking vape mods, so when I saw the graffiti-adorned Thor, I was a little skeptical about whether or not I would ever use it past the review period. The textured, rubberized coating felt durable, but there was a slight “slideyness” (for the lack of an actual word) that concerned me from the outset, due to the lack of heft.
The problem was mostly rectified once the dual-18650s were installed, but all the same, anyone expecting a weighty vape mod probably should try out the Think Vape Thor before making the purchase.
The front-facing display is a fairly standard monochrome, OLED display, but it’s bright and legible, even when competing with bright sunlight (or the brighter graffiti graphics). At this point, there’s only so much that can be done with this type of display, but the Thor makes good use of the vertically oriented screen, with everything necessary in the right places.
The metallic fire and operation keys are another story. Unfortunately, in this case, metal isn’t nearly as good as plastic, since the keys were a little bit mushy and (in one case) sticky to the point of misfiring. It wasn’t a persistent problem and is likely due to a “break in” period, but all the same, I would have expected more from ThinkVape here.
Finally, the centered 510 connection is pretty damn solid for a press-fit connection, only showing a little play when overtightening a tank… something no one should be doing anyway. But the spring-loaded 510 pin is firm, and all of my test atomizers sat flush and fired flawlessly.
ThinkVape THOR Specs:
- ST 200 Chipset
- 5 to 200W Output
- 0.05 to 3.5ohm Atomizer Resistance Range
- Bypass Mode
- Temperature Control
- 200 to 600 Degrees Fahrenheit
- Ni200 Nickel Support
- Titanium Support
- Stainless Steel Support
- 200 to 600 Degrees Fahrenheit
- Dual 18650 Battery Powered
- Magnetic Battery Access Door
- Batteries Sold Separately
- Three Button Control Face
- Oversized Firing Button
- Adjustment Buttons
- 0.96 inch OLED Display Screen
- Output Mode
- Wattage Output
- Voltage Output
- Temperature Output
- Atomizer Resistance
- Battery Life Indicator
- Stainless Steel 510 Connection
- Spring Loaded Silver Plated Contact
- Anondized Metallic Finish
- 88mm by 32mm by 46mm
Think Vape Thor Includes
- 1 x Thor 220W Box Mod by ThinkVape
- 1 x User Manual
- 1 x Micro USB Cable
But the ST200 is one of the most-reliable chips we’ve used in this category, with fast and flawless ramping, and smooth escalation all the way to the device’s true 200-watt limit. I don’t know many sub-$40 vape mods that can even HIT a legitimate 200 on dual-18650s, much less do it this smoothly, so for that, our hat is tipped. This may not have a ton of silly curve settings and adjustments, but it doesn’t need them. I’ll take performance over thumb gymnastics any day of the week.
Observations While Vaping the Thor
Truth be told, there isn’t a hell of a lot to say here. The ThinkVape Thor is a high-performing, low-cost vape mod, that hits a lot of right notes, and very few sour ones. But a test is a test, so I tried to trip up the Thor every chance I got. It’s not like I WANT to be right about these things, but this is why they pay us, after all.
For regular use with today’s leading sub-ohm tanks, the Think Vape Thor is a perfect match. The brash design is a good complement for some of today’s more “ornate” atomizers, while the power-focused performance makes the most of the industry’s thirsty coils.
For temp control use, I cracked out my trusty RTAs with a variety of coil types, and found the performance to be above average, with only a few slips that led to some wobbly atomizer resistance. It wasn’t a major problem, but it seemed like nickel coils didn’t take really well to the Thor’s internals… at least using the preset values. Once I punched in the values in TCR mode, it seemed to work better.
But that was it, kids. Slightly finicky TC performance, using coil types that very few people do anymore. It’s not common for me to say it, but I’ll let it pass at this price point.
Finally, battery life in the Thor is above average, but not award-winning. I found that a pair of 18650s got me through a good chunk of my day with moderate vaping at mid-range wattages. Obviously, moving to max wattage and low-resistance builds led to faster battery drain, but the Thor is hardly a hog when compared to countless other mods.
If you’re bored with your endless array of silver and black vape machines, and want a nice, colorful lightweight alternative without sacrificing top-flight power performance, look no further than the Thor. It might not be a TC machine, but at this price there’s just too many other positives to think about what’s NOT there.