KangerTech to Release Their First Box Mod – The Kbox
By Lindsay Fox Posted January 29, 2015
KangerTech may be most well-known for their atomizers (like the ProTank, AeroTank and SubTank) and eGo-style batteries, but the company will be expanding into the world of mods with their new 40 W Kbox. The device sees them getting in on the trend towards powerful little VV/VW box mods, but for all the positive elements – being willing to fire any atomizer down to 0.4 ohms and having a power range of 8 to 40 W – there are some crippling issues with the design that will seriously limit it for many vapers. The only potential saving grace is that it’s cheap as hell, with an RRP of just $39.90, but will it be worth it?
First Look at the KangerTech Kbox
The Kbox is an aluminum-bodied box mod that handles variable wattage only. The device takes an 18650 battery, but KangerTech recommends that only batteries with an amp limit of 20 A or more are used with it (however, a little bit of math tells you that with the minimum resistance of 0.4 ohms, the maximum current draw you’ll be allowed is 10 A, so a 15 A limit battery would also be safe). The mod measures 3 and 1/2 inches (89 mm) tall, a little over 1 and 1/2 inches (40 mm) back to front and between 3/4 and 1 inch (20 to 25 mm) wide.
There are all the expected safety features on the Kbox, including short circuit and over-current protection, reverse battery protection and a cut off in case you try to fire for over 10 seconds. It also has a set of LEDs to indicate your battery level, so you get a rough idea of your battery’s remaining charge at a glance. Of course, the connection is a 510, meaning that you can use the vast majority of atomizers with it.
All seems good, right? Well KangerTech might as well have left the design of the remaining “features” to somebody who’d had a frontal lobotomy, because – and I have literally no idea why – despite the sizable wattage range, there are only seven different settings you can choose. The device has a small “W” button you use to cycle through the available wattages – 8, 13, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 W – with the active option being indicated by an LED light. There is no display screen, meaning that although the device is capable of detecting resistance, you can’t find it out!
But this is all missing the real selling-point of the device: it’s cheap as hell, with an RRP of less than $40 (it was originally listed with an RRP of $31.90, but this seems to have been raised to $39.10 since the first announcement). Whether or not KangerTech has shot themselves in the foot with their design decisions comes down to whether vapers will be interested in saving a bit of money at the expense of some by-now thoroughly expected features for any VW mod. But I'm guessing that most of us won't.
In fairness, the device is likely intended for vapers who are new to mods, wanting to get a more capable device without spending too much or buying something too complicated, but you don’t have to invest too much more to get a device that will tell you your atomizer resistance and give you pretty much free control over power setting. We might not really need to adjust power in 0.1 W increments, but having 5 W between settings really is pushing it.
Kbox Release Date and Pre-Orders
Regardless, the KangerTech Kbox is available to pre-order, and although they don't seem to be keen on letting anyone know the release date it should be available very soon. So if you’re only looking for very basic functionality in your VW mod for as little cash as possible, you can place your order now, although you’ll likely save on shipping (and potentially the cost of the mod) if you wait to order it from another vendor.