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Last Updated on March 27, 2017 by Team Spinfuel
The WISMEC Reuleaux Series Mods designed by JayBo exploded onto the scene early last year and hasn’t let up its assault on the vaping market since it was introduced! Everyone I know has a WISMEC Reuleaux in his or her vape arsenal and for good reason; they are reliable, accurate and powerful Box Mods. With the introduction of the Reuleaux RX2/3, the series maintains its position in the vape community.
The only problem that I’ve had with my WISMEC RX200 and RX200S is the portability of such a heavyweight mod. Designer JayBo and manufacturer WISMEC heard the screams and released the WISMEC RX2/3 (I say two-three but I’ve heard two-thirds), a sequel to the ever popular RX200S providing the versatility of dual OR triple battery configurations by swapping separate included battery doors. A genius idea that hasn’t been utilized by anyone else, until now! (note* Joyetech’s new eVic Dual VTC just introduced includes a swap-out single and dual battery configuration.)
The WISMEC Reuleaux Series
Owning both the WISMEC Reuleaux RX200 and RX200S, I can confidently say I’ve never been inclined to take it outdoors. The portability of the triple 18650 behemoth didn’t make logical sense when I had other devices easier to carry around within arms-reach. The weight, the bulkiness and the amount of batteries that’s required to transport the older RX200 Mods is unrealistic. But I always loved the performance, construction and visual appeal of WISMEC products but was stuck in a ‘stay at home’ dilemma. Having the Reuleaux RX2/3 has been a godsend since it can be used in the signature triple cell format or a new dual 18650 orientation, giving you a more ergonomic and versatile device; reducing the size almost 30% in a matter of seconds and only weighing 242g with installed batteries!
By eliminating the third battery, the form factor of a dual 18650 setup is basically a Reuleaux with the back end chopped off. With only two batteries, (not included) your power output drops down to 150W (200W with the new 4.12 version update) automatically without any other needed action besides swapping the doors out. If you’re wondering, squeezing 200W out of two 18650 batteries was possible, I would tell you the facts say absolutely! SMOK has done it several times, successfully, while others have fallen short. It’s not impossible; it just takes a knowledgeable engineering department and enough resources to get the job done. WISMEC has done just that!
Installing the third battery door extends the WISMEC Reuleaux RX2/3 back to its standard triple size, power bumps back up to a comfortable 200W (now a staggering and accurate 250W with the 4.12 update), maintaining that powerful, heavy, triple cell Box Mod that we’re all familiar with. But where the Reuleaux RX2/3 shines is the dual battery model for that easier grab and go vaping experience. Battery life does suffer by removing that third battery but if you plan on running it anywhere close to the 150W-200W range, throw that third battery back on. Once you hold the mod in the slimmed down frame and see how comfortable it truly is in the hand, I don’t see why you would add that third battery ever again!
The WISMEC Reuleaux RX2/3 was designed by JayBo in the USA and built by WISMEC in China. The two-tone gray RX200S was getting dull so I’m glad I was sent the stunning all Black version (available in several color combinations). The WISMEC Reuleaux RX2/3 is roughly 5mm taller and weights a couple grams more than the RX200S because of the battery door release button located on the bottom. When sitting the mod down, it tends to rock back and forth and doesn’t sit solid on a flat surface because of the protruding bottom button; just something I noticed. The WISMEC Reuleaux RX2/3 shares the identical shape in triple cell mode besides the height difference as earlier models. Even though it’s recommended to use 25A or higher High-Drain 18650 batteries, I’ve been using 20A LG HG2’s and I’ve noticed no performance disadvantage at all.
One of only a few changes made to the WISMEC Reuleaux RX2/3 is how the battery door attaches. With the previous iterations, the doors were held on by magnets. By pressing the small square button underneath, it unlocks the bottom of the battery door and simply remove it. At times the release button needed extra force to unlock properly but gets easier with repetition. Install either battery door the same way by inserting the top of the door first, at an angle, which is tricky the first few times. Then push the bottom tabs into place which locks the door securely. The first couple days, I was performing it backwards by pushing the tabs in the bottom first and snapping the top into place; common sense should’ve kicked in. I’m lucky I didn’t break the top hooks off both doors! Keep in mind that when closing either door, you won’t hear a click which I thought was odd and that mine was possibly defective. When releasing the doors, it will click; weird.
The chipset in the WISMEC Reuleaux RX2/3 is very similar to the RX200S besides being one of the first intelligent platforms that can switch from dual or triple battery output without any extra commands in the software, making the transition between the two a quick, simple exchange. In other words, the software will adjust the wattage depending on your battery configuration. You can add a custom logo or the default WISMEC logo that appears where the wattage is displayed after a couple of seconds, when attaching the device to a computer. The output voltage limit in dual battery mode is 6V and triple up to 9V.
The 0.96inch OLED display screen is easy to read inside but outdoors it is difficult because of the slightly tinted lens. The same 5-clicks on and five more off operating system that we’re familiar with WISMEC products repeated here. It supports Nickel, Titanium, Stainless Steel and three Manual TCR inputs. Fires down to 0.05Ω in TC and 0.1Ω in Power Mode and can heat up from 200°-600°F. Firing the 9.2mm fire button with the same JayBo etching from previous versions gives you instant power with a very miniscule delay, easy to click and comfortably located.
Reuleaux RX2/3 Battery Safety
A big concern for me is the issue of discharging batteries out of sync since switching from two to three battery modes will obviously discharge your batteries unevenly. I caught myself taking the third battery door off, throwing it in the box and just running the dual configuration, not realizing that I’m breaking up the three married batteries. My recommendation using the triple orientation is providing a three-pack of new or already married batteries and when switching to dual mode, have a separate pair and install those. It does involve the extra step removing and keeping track of five batteries instead of just three but is worth the additional work to ensure battery safety and longevity. Just be smart and practice common battery sense when charging and discharging.
The ‘Imbalanced Alert’ is a great safety feature and will flash if any of the cells are less or greater than 0.3V. The catch is you have to plug in the included micro USB cable to get the message to pop up, which is a concern at the same time. I print a label for each battery abbreviating what device it’s for and number them 1 of 2, 2 of 2, ect. This method works very well for me and keeps all my batteries together, organized and prevents a mix up.
Always charge your 18650 or any vaping batteries with an external charger that accurately displays the charging mAh and voltage of each battery independently. Trusting the Box Mods to give you legitimate readings is a bad idea as it’s been proven to be wildly inaccurate. Just know that once one of your batteries discharges below 3.1V, the WISMEC Reuleaux RX2/3 will display ‘Weak Battery’ and prevent you from firing the device.
The WISMEC Reuleaux RX2/3 retains the same decent Stainless Steel 510 threads and spring loaded 510 pin. I haven’t had issues with mine but I’ve heard of many complaints of vapers receiving a product with a garbage 510 connector; quality control is believed to be the problem. The fire button remains the same as the RX200S but the regulatory buttons have changed. Instead of two individual 5.6mm round buttons, the Reuleaux RX2/3 has implemented a rocker type (I call it a Teeter-Totter) button that’s supposed to be easier to click with one hand. Unfortunately, it feels like cheap plastic and not of the same material as the prior buttons. The responsiveness seems good so I haven’t had any issues with it. I haven’t had any button, battery or device rattle whatsoever and the build quality feels solid and comfortable in my hand in either configuration.
Reuleaux RX2/3 – Venting
WISMEC also went with two 4mm slots on the side for battery venting on the RX2/3 versus three small circle cutouts on the RX200S. Also, the board venting on the bottom changed a bit but produces the same cooling result. Never once did the device feel hot and seems to keep itself at room temperature. When the device is off, by clicking the fire button 10-times, you can check the internal temperature of the board if you’re concerned with overheating or frying your device.
The Bottom Line
Besides a few small cons, I feel like the WISMEC Reuleaux RX2/3 is a knockout punch and the perfect trifecta of the series! The battery doors are challenging to get into place but after some break-in time does get easier. The more I install and remove the dual battery door, the more I’m starting to see a bigger gap towards the top with it starting to bow out just a little. The gold-plated battery contacts on the dual battery door are super-glued, then a piece of what looks to be electrical tape thrown on top of it; I’m curious to see how long this lasts. But for the price point of $44.95 at Element Vape, these small negatives are immediately pushed under the rug for all the positives.
Overall, WISMEC and JayBo crafted an innovative device that gives you the versatility of running dual or triple batteries; a huge pro in my book! Build quality (besides the dual battery door and 510 connector), performance, craftsmanship, the amount of power available and the very comfortable firing positions results in a great indoor and outdoor Box Mod that I can’t recommend enough!
Final Grade – A
“The WISMEC Reuleaux RX2/3 is a game-changer and the way we can transform an inexpensive device, giving us the option to customize our preference of vape, is fantastic! WISMEC and JayBo pulled this off while keeping costs down and right where similar RX200 Mods are priced but with a creative outlook on innovation and superb functionality. Hopefully this isn’t the last Reuleaux we see (thanks to the FDA) …can’t wait for the next one!”