Tesla Mod Review

By John Madden Posted September 19, 2013

“Woah, that thing looks like a light saber!” “Nice dildo bro. It’s ribbed for your pleasure.” Those are just two of the reactions one might get from bringing a Tesla advanced personal vaporizer out in public. But don’t let its quirky design deter you from enjoying some of the most affordable high tech vaping available.

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  • Variable Voltage and Wattage
  • Available in multiple aluminum finishes
  • Durable build quality
  • Light weight


  • Only handles 18650 batteries
  • Menu buttons are above LED screen

Bottom Line

It's time to step your vape game up. If you can get past the Tesla's odd futuristic sex toy appearance, then this just might the device to ditch your eGo for. The Tesla packs up to 15 watts of power to allow for some serious cloud production on a budget.

Tesla Mod Review: Our Opinion

My vaping career had a pretty rocky start. In March of 2012 I bought a cheap rechargeable e-cig from my local 7-Eleven excited but skeptical it would help me quit smoking. To my disappointment, I used it for about 5 minutes before lighting up yet another analog.


The following month, completely aware there was a world of vaping beyond mini “cig-a-likes”, I saw a guy vaping on an eGo-T and was instantly intrigued and bought a kit from him and some 18mg generic peach flavored juice from the smoke shop next door.


The eGo-T did, however, have a pretty decent battery and some months later I discovered a brick and mortar shop dedicated solely to vaping and picked up a DCT tank and pack of cartomizers. Alas, I was able to cut down on cigarettes, however didn't fully quit. That was until this past March when I picked up my first mod, which happened to be the Tesla.


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I convinced myself that if I was spending $130 after tax on a mod, battery, charger, UDCT, drip tip and pack of cartos that I had to stick to vaping. Sure enough, I haven't had a cigarette since! While I have since moved onto mechanical mods and rebuildable atomizers, I still have the Tesla and use it mainly for checking the resistance of my atomizer builds. If you can get past its explicit appearance, it is a fantastic VV/VW (Variable Voltage/Variable Wottage) mod.


Packaging and Design


The Tesla mod is packaged in white Sigelei-style hard-shell box. Inside the mod is nestled in a white foam crib along with a small instruction manual. Packaging is pretty standard for an intermediate level mod.


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Is it a light saber or a futuristic sex toy? That has to be the first impression of nearly everyone unfamiliar with what the Tesla actually is. And for what it is, the Tesla is a pretty gorgeous device! It's a beast in both size and build quality, at around 5.5 inches in length.


The version I purchased from Vapor Bombz in Anaheim, CA back in March was the black chrome aluminum alloy. From what I've seen, it's also available in regular chrome and a solid black aluminum as well as brushed stainless steel.


The most distinct feature of the Tesla is its ribbing (for gripping purposes) running around the lower 2/3 of the tube. Not to be forgotten are three cutouts running lengthwise down the mod for aesthetic purposes as well as additional venting. There's also Tesla branding on the bottom cap and right below the LED screen.


Build Quality


There is no denying the Tesla's sturdiness. Its build quality is possibly as good as it gets for a variable voltage mod as I have dropped it on more than a few occasions and it still looks good as new.


The aluminum walls are quite thick, too, shielding the battery from pebbles in the case of being dropped and preventing the tube from dents. They are also coated with a strong finish that helps prevent normal wear other chrome aluminum mods may incur.


Thanks to a sturdy spring in the bottom cap, there is no battery rattle either. The only rattle you'll hear is that of the firing and two settings buttons as they sit a bit loose in their housing.




Given the nature of the Tesla, it's only natural to require some fidgeting to become acclimated with all of its features. The 510 connector sits just above the lip of the tube allowing for ventilation when using DCT and clearomizer tanks. The center pin also sits on a spring to accommodate different lengths of 510 atomizer connectors.


Five clicks of the side mounted firing button will turn the mod on and off. And of course, once on, holding it down will fire up whatever atomizer you have hooked up, so long as its resistance is above 1.2 ohms.


Holding down the “+” button for 3 seconds will read the resistance of your atomizer while holding down the “-” will give you the remaining voltage on your battery. Holding down both buttons will lock the Tesla to prevent accidental firing if you don't want to just power the mod off.


You can also hold the “+” button for about six seconds to bring up the control menu, which allows switching from power mode to voltage mode and customization of LCD preferences. Holding down the “-” button for six seconds won't do anything beyond read the battery's remaining power.


In power mode, the Tesla can be adjusted to fire anywhere from 3.0 to 15.0 watts, in increments of 0.5w. When in voltage mode, power can be adjusted from 3.0 to 6.0 volts in increments of 0.1v. The Tesla is powered by one 18650 battery.




There's not much to say in regards to the Tesla's performance. It does what it's supposed to do. Its internal computer is accurate to about +/- 0.2 volts. Voltage or wattage can be adjusted accordingly to user preference to fit the resistance of the attached atomizer.


With a standard IMR 18650 2000mAh battery, I can vape all day long without requiring a recharge or a fresh battery. The eGo-VV battery I had prior to the Tesla had started to wear down and would only last me around 8 hours at best.


I would recommend going with a low-resistance cartomizer in a chrome or black chrome UDCT tank, depending on which Tesla model you have, and setting the power around 8 watts to maximize vapor production and battery life. Not only will you get a good vape but UDCT tanks match up perfectly with the base of the top of the mod.


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Tesla Mod Review: Overall

Though not as pricey as most high-end mechanical mods, the Tesla will set you back around $80 for the tube alone. However, if you still haven't found the right device to help you completely move on from smoking cigarettes, it may just be the perfect choice, as it was for me. I've had mine for 5 months now and it still looks and performs as well as the day I bought it! The Tesla is definitely still one of the best variable voltage mods available.

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    1. joshua Sr

      great product tesla two

      picked it up just trying to find out bout changing out the battery is it possible
      or do i bring it to someone? please help
      thanks josh Sr
    2. Brian


      I purchased my Tesla 12/22/2014 And some did joked about it well as there devices came and went i kept mine still use it never one moments problem the 510 is dead on reading ohms for some time i used it to test builds down to .02 it will not fire sub ohms but will read them and it will fire a 1.2 ohm coil in my kanger sub tank just fine just starting out this is the only mod i would recommend safety’s that really work flavor on Nautilus mini is great UN like other mods that ether stop working or worst go up in smoke this one extent mod i have sold or given away a few mods but my Tesla is not going any wears
    3. Smoky Joe

      Good Power, Great Price, Harder To Set Up

      Got it for around $50 and it sure is handy! Love the design and most of the features, but I’m still a little lost when it comes to set up. Most of my cartomizers are 2 – 3 ohm versions and this thing seems to really get them going at anywhere from 3.5 to 4.5 volts. I just got a new one at 1.2 ohms and another at 0.2 ohms (needed a sub ohm power brick for that one, which is on the way). I haven’t tried this one on the 1.2 ohm version, but I’m not sure of the wattage setting and don’t want to burn it out. I did a total switch from butts to vaping last March after MANY years smoking and stinking up the joint. Now, I only get weird looks from some folks when I’m standing there with this big black thing in my hand (LOL)!
    4. Edward

      Good mod with one exception

      I recently picked one of these up for about 30 dollars (Just for the unit) and think that it is a good mod,since receiving it..It has been performing really well and it is much lighter than i thought it would be even with an 18650 battery in it.I do however have one complaint the menu system on it seems to be more complicated than on other mods that i own making it more difficult to adjust your settings,i currently own 3 other variable voltage mods and they are all easier to set up than this one.
    5. Jim Dunaway

      Best mod for the price

      Started vaping with an Innokn. Battery was only good for about eight hours. My Tesla goes all day and into the evening. Like it so much that when mine disappeared in a traffic accident, I bought another one without a second thought. Besides, it looks like a Neuralizer from “Men In Black.”
    6. Bob Hallman

      Great Product

      Have owned my Tesla for 5 months and never a problem… Sturdy well built.. Would recommend it to any one..
    7. gettndough

      First time I used it with in 24 hrs I didn’t go into my pack for 2 days. The third day out of habit I grabbed a cig and fired it up and I had the tesla sitting on the table. I hit the cig twice and thru it out grabbed my tesla and gave the cigs away and haven’t had one since. Good luck to all y’all quitter. And momma said nobody likes a quitter.
    8. kevin sutton

      On second one of these now but main button slowly loses its functionality first one lasted 6 months this one starting to get worn after only 2 months .tesla need to improve this if I am going to buy another one
    9. Brian

      Used a Vamo Revision 3 before getting my Tesla. I like the Tesla somewhat better (Vamo was ok too). Slap a Samsung battery in the thing and it goes all day and night. I switch out batteries every 24-hours whether it needs it or not. Nice vape action and very durable. You can’t go wrong with it.
    10. Kathleen Jehle

      I’ve always wanted one , picked up a lightly used one knowing of its quality and durability . The guy I got it from wanted 20 $!!!!!!! What an awesome deal ! Have a vamo,svd,MVP.and some mm’s.Id gladly pay full price for this beauty.works easily , and gives a nice vape !
    11. Brent Shahan

      This was a very good buy. The battery lasts all day in comparison to ego batteries that I was having to charge every few hours. It got old fast. Saved a lot of money ordering online. It does have a futuristic design. Have had alot of compliments. Have had a few different mods but this one is all time favorite. Its everything u need in one small package. Its definitely a must have if your looking for a mod that’s gonna last.
    12. dloc4200

      Awsome mech awsome battery life the only pob i run into is now i heard of rebuildavles and i dont think the tesla can be used in this manner. But it is the best thing closest u can get to a rebuildable system. I love my tesla tho dont get me wrong its the best for the price for sur no regrets at all in buying the tesla!!
    13. Maria

      excellent mod

      I’ve had my tesla for a week. I was using ego batteries and a kanger mini protank 2. I quit smoking cold turkey and went to ecigs. The ego batteries were not lasting me all day like my tesla does. It is very easy to use and figure out. I’m new to vaping, less than a month. I had no trouble figuring out how to use this mod. I like being able to use ego and 510 threaded tanks. I would definitely recommend this mod. You will not be disappointed with it.
    14. Mike Salmon

      Great Product

      A very Good Vaporizor, Well worth the money