I still want several devices that are already out or soon to be released, but one of the devices that I took a pass on finally decided to make its way into my hands. I am waiting on the ProVari V3 and the Gryphon and have plans to buy them both, but I decided to buy the iPV2 over the weekend. Ever since I got the Sigelei 20W 3 months ago, I’ve loved the SX series of chips. The Sigelei 20W had he SX220 chip and the iPV2 has the SX330 chip. I think the iPV2 will replace my Hana Clone and be my daily driver until I get the Gryphon and it completely squelches my desire to own a ZNA30 or Vaporshark DNA. With the same company getting ready to launch a 100W version, most people would be better off waiting, but if you like to grab cool devices, go for it!
I have been using the iPV2 non-stop for 2 days now and so far, so good. I have very few complaints.
Let’s take a look at the device and then I will share my thoughts so far.
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Here’s the left and right sides of the iPV2. The left side has the on/off button that also doubles as the fire button, the display, and the up and down buttons for adjusting wattage and choosing functions. The right side has a logo on top of a weird black strip that looks like it has bubbles, but I think it’s meant to look like that.
The bottom (left) has an led indicator to let you know that the unit is charging. The left side (center) buttons and the display. The top (right) of the iPV2 house the 510 connector with an adjustable pin and the touch pad.
My 1st Impressions
1st off, I really love the size, looks, and feel of this version. It’s called black, but it’s really a dark gray, or maybe a “gun-metal” black. The size is perfect for my pocket. If you read the pros and cons before reading this, you might think that I don’t like it. Well, I do like it. In fact I love it so far. I just needed to share all my thoughts, not just the good. The cons are all outweighed by the awesomeness of the iPV2.
The buttons are a little cheap feeling and are quite loud, but they aren’t too bad. They are not hard to miss and are laid out perfectly.
The 510 connector has an adjustable pin which has a phillips screw head. There is no raised area or recessed area around the connector. My only problem with this is that it might scratch easy if you tighten an atty down too tight. I have had no issues with anything I have put on it so far: Kayfun, Mephisto RDA, Fogger V4, Aerotank Mega, ProTank 3, Nautilus, and Nautilus Mini.
The feel of the box in my hand is perfect. The buttons are just right and it doesn’t feel too big. It’s a tad bit taller than my Hana Modz clone and a little thinner. It fits perfect in my shirt pocket too!
I absolutely love the SX330 chip. I love that you know the voltage you are vaping at in real-time. The controls are easy to use.
The touch pad on top is another way to fire the iPV2. It’s off by default but can be turned on by holding down the power button and the + button. It can be turned off by pressing the power button and the – button. I don’t plan on using it personally. It works fine, but I don’t like the position of it. I think they could have left this off and saved the buyer a few bucks.
The jury is still out on battery life, but so far it’s been great.
Update 1 – Less than a week in, I am finding a few things I don’t like.
- 510 connector issues. I realize I don’t need to torque an tank down on the unit, but I get a short when I tighten certain tanks down good and snug, mainly the Aerotank Mega and the Nautilus Mini. I am not tightening them down super tight either. I can back the tanks off a bit and everything is fine though.
- Micro USB Port. This is the loosest Micro USB port I’ve ever used on any device and that includes the 3-4 smartphones I tested per month in a previous life. It’s quite annoying but if you plug it in and let it sit, it’s fine. While I heard that the iPV2 isn’t supposed to work with pass-through charging, it works and I do it. The loose connection makes that a pain in the ass.
- Scratched screen straight out of the box.
- Constant resets. With very little force, the unit powers down. From what I have heard, it’s the springs giving when the force occurs. Mine is too sensitive and it got to where it would do it when I set the unit down on a table. Someone suggested that I stretch the springs. I haven’t done that yet and quite frankly, I shouldn’t have to, but I will. Some YouTube viewers said it helped theirs as well. I am adding a video below.
- Adjustable 510 Connector
- SX330 chip is a beast
- Perfect size
- Looks great
- 50 Watts!
- The screws for the back cover are too small.
- The back cover has a tad bit of over hang but it’s not too bad
- If juice leaks out of your tank, it’s going to make its way through the back cover to the battery compartment.
- Buttons feel cheap
- Display and touch sensor had scratches right out of the box
This is not my review of the iPV2, it’s just the 1st impressions, but I can say that for the price, it’s well worth the purchase. Even if you have to pay B&M price for the iPV2, it’s worth it still.
Standby for the full review and a couple of videos.
Comparison Photos alongside the Cloupor Hana Modz clone. Pay no attention to the beat up paint job. I am rough on my devices.
What’s in the box?
- Pioneer4you IPV2
- USB Cable
- User Manual
- Screw driver
- Extra backplate screws
- Pass-through charging and led display to let you know it is charging
- Output Power: 7W-50W
- Output Voltage: 3.6V-8.5V
- Input Current: 1.3A-20A
- Input Voltage: 3.2V-4.5V
- Loading Resistance: 0.2 ohm-3.0 ohm
- Screen size: 0.96″OLED