The VOX 50 For Today’s Vapers
If you could sum up the last half of 2014’s vape community you would have to say that it’s all about sub-Ω coils and high wattage hardware. Even eliquid brands have begun formulating their recipes to produce juice that performs exceptionally well with high wattage and lo-resistance coils. It feels like a sea change because it is.
A couple of weeks ago we received the new VOX 50 from VaporFi. As the name suggests, the VOX 50 mod is capable of producing up to 50w of power. Perfect for lo-ohm, sub-ohm coils and coil heads in the new glassomizers from Aspire and Kanger. It’s sturdy construction, fine lines, and fit-in-the-palm-of-your-hands mobility; the VOX 50 is a beautifully well-built device.
The VOX 50 has an array of features that is hard to find elsewhere in a single device. Adjustable output power from 7W to 50W, an easy to read OLED digital screen, temperature protection, and an auto-Ω Resistance Meter and more, all within a sleek, all stainless steel pocket-mod vaporizer.
VOX 50 Starter Kit Includes:
- 1 VOX 50 MOD
- 1 High-Capacity 30A 2100mah Battery
- 1 Bolt RDA
- 4 Additional O-rings
- 1 10’ 30 g Kanthal wire
- 1 Screw driver
- 3 Screws
- 1 Drip tip
Official Specs and Features
VOX 50 MOD
- Adjustable Output Power From 7 w – 50 w (in 0.1 w increments)
- Accepts Atomizer Resistance from 0.2 ohm (sub) – 3.0 ohm
- Digital OLED Screen
- Output Voltage: 3.0 v – 8.5 v
- Input Voltage: 3.2 v – 4.2 v
- Maximum Output Current: 22 Amps
- 510 Threading with Adjustable Pin
- Replaceable Battery
- Output Short-Circuit Protection
- Reverse Battery Protection (protection against inserting battery upside-down)
- Auto Ohm Resistance Meter (Finds ideal voltage for RBA/RDA)
- Low Voltage Protection
- Low Resistance Protection
- Input High Voltage Warning
- Temperature Protection
- USB Pass Through Charging System
- Vented Battery Casing
- Pocket Sized: 95 mm x 42 mm x 22 mm
- 6 month warranty included with purchase
- 2100 mAh Battery
- Length 65 mm
Bolt RDA Specs
- Available in stainless steel
- Size: 22mm
- Copper Contact
- Adjustable Air Flow
So, fine, its resume reads well, but how does it really perform? Is it worth the $199 price tag? (Starter Kit, which includes the RBA Bolt is $249.99) Below is my real world usage report after 14 days of continued use.
The VOX 50 came to me at just the right time. I am also in the middle of testing out the Pioneer4You IPV Mini, also a 50w device. From my standpoint there is no real comparison.
The IPV Mini looks and feels like a 50w device made in some modders garage or basement. You can instantly feel the imperfections in the steel, the screws look as though there was no effort at all to hide them, or minimize them from view, and the spongy firing button feels like its going to break any day now. The opposite is true with the VOX 50.
Note* It’s not as though I have anything against modders making their own mods. But, if I’m being honest, and by the official mission statement I have to be, then I will readily admit that there’s no way in hell I’m using a homemade device, or even a small run manufactured device. When I vape I want protection, protection with good design, redundant safety features, and an engineers input
The VOX 50 is made of durable brushed stainless steel. The edges are crisp and clean, the construction is head over heels better than the IPV Mini. It feels better in my hand, being sleeker, smaller, with a bit of heft that gives out a feeling of quality. In all honesty, comparing the IPV Mini and the VOX 50 is almost unfair.
Both devices can reach the 50w mark, for all intents and purposes anyway, and both handle lo-ohm coils with ease. The VOX 50 can handle resistances down to .2Ω and up to 3Ω. But there are some intangibles that give a wide-margin nod to the VOX.
The IPV Mini battery rattles a bit, and the firing button is not only spongy, but feels to be made of very thin sheet metal. The VOX 50, on the other hand, has no rattling at all, and the firing button is a stainless steel, secure button that will not fail.
The OLED display is black with bright blue-ish lights, and each bit of information displayed is easy to read, even in bright daylight. The plus/minus buttons underneath the display is more like one curved plate, and pressing down on either end will turn up or turn down the wattage.
The Auto Ohm’s Resistance Meter works like a charm. I used 3 different coils in 3 different RDA’s and the meter did an excellent job at setting the right voltage. For vapers that want to use the newer sub-ohm tanks from Aspire and Kanger, the VOX 50 will set the correct voltage every time, making sub-ohm vaping even easier still.
I like the Bolt RDA that comes with the Starter Kit. The Bolt is easily worth the extra $50 for a first time RDA user. The Bolt has an excellent airflow controller, copper contacts for minimal drop off, and has a deck that allows for easy building and threading of dual coils. So, if you’re looking at buying both a 50w pocket mod and an RBA this is a good pairing. However, if you’re all set on RDA’s, or you choose to bypass RDA’s and prefer to use the new glassomizers, I’d go with just the VOX 50 for $199.
There are definitely cheaper 50w box mods out there. I’d be lying if I said otherwise. I own a Sigelei 50w and it cost less than half the $199. But, so far I haven’t seen a 50w device that felt better or looked like a better build than the VOX 50.
The VOX 50 is the first 50w pocket mod from VaporFi and as a first device of this kind they gave it every feature you’d want for performance and safety, and they made a solid, durable mod.
My final verdict? Man, I have to say, the VOX 50 is pricey, there’s no way to hide that, it just is. However, when it comes to reliability and safety I would rather spend more money for assurances that my mod is going to work fine next year and year after, and I’m not going to injure myself or anyone else. So, yea, I would definitely recommend it for a first high-wattage mod, or for someone who owns other 50w mods and can’t quite shake the fact that every time they do a bit of vaping they might just break it, or worse.
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