Kanger K-Box 120W Box Mod Review
It was with no small delight that this left coast member of Breazy's Brooklyn-based team received a goodie box in the mail yesterday afternoon containing one of the first shipments to go out on Kanger's new KBox 120W Box Mod. Our hero can't wait to get home and put this new toy through the paces.
Unboxing: the first thing that strikes you is that this KBox 120W Box Mod is tiny – it seems far too small for a dual-18650 mod. Part of that is the minimalist packaging. You'll find the KBox 120W Box Mod itself, a marginally-decipherable instruction sheet (commonplace among Chinese-made mods), and some plain black stickers, with no mention as to what purpose they may serve. That's about it – no charging cable, useless accessories, or other clutter to waste space in the vape gear cabinet. So far, so good.
First impressions: the KBox 120W Box Mod really is small for a dual 18650! It's a good 10-12 mm shorter than others in its class, though about the same width and girth. By comparison, Pioneer4You's IPV D2 is only a few mm shorter. This is exactly what I'd wanted in a daily pocket-carry mod.
The finish seems solid on the KBox 120W Box Mod – the black is a flat matte finish and the red carries a high-gloss shine, similar to the Nebox and other recent Kanger offerings. In fact, this shell seems almost identical in size to the Nebox (direct comparison shows it's actually a few millimeters smaller in all directions), with both a carved Kangertech logo at the hilt and a drilled-dot "K" impression on the side of the battery sleeve (which exposes the whole KBox 120W Box Mod when removed, similar to the D2) providing abundant cooling and venting for the batteries in case of malfunction.
In Action: I decided to pop on a Uwell Crown sub ohm tank with a fresh 0.25 ohm coil that's spent about a day being broken in for testing purposes.
First, let's look at straight wattage mode. The vape experience at 60 watts was identical to the D2 – smooth and flavorful. But let's test out this power…80 watts: wow! Cloud production is improving, and the vape is warming up. 100 watts: still going strong. 120 watts: again, wow! This is a bit warmer vape than I'm accustomed to, but for testing's sake I chain-vape it for a few minutes. The KBox 120W Box Mod holds up well, and the LG 20 amp cells don't even get warm.
Switching to temperature mode is simple – three clicks of the power button followed by a brief pause cycles between Ni200, Titanium, NiChrome, and Stainless Steel (oddly labeled as SUS). The KBox 120W Box Mod automatically kicks over to a 120 watt setting, with temperature settings being controlled by the +/- buttons. Ramp-up time seemed a bit slow in stainless mode at lower temperatures, but was adequate above 500.
USB charging works fine at first glance, and the KBox 120W Box Mod continues to function in pass-through mode while plugged in. I'll continue using a dedicated charger to get the best life out of my batteries, but it's good to know I can top up in a pinch.
Overall, the KBox 120W Box Mod is an impressive mod at an amazing price. The compact size makes it ideal for an out-and-about device with the added bonus of extended battery life from two cells, though power delivery is sufficient to run just about any topper you decide to bolt up all day long. If you're considering stepping up to the 200-watt version, remember that you'll need a true 30 amp cell to take advantage of all that power. Still, given Kanger's reputation as an industry leader and the performance of the KBox 120W Box Mod, there's little reason to believe you'll be anything but impressed with either version.