DotMod is known for their luxurious high-end products. A lot of people say their mods are the Macbook of the vape world because they are so visually appealing. But unfortunately, their devices are also known for their lackluster performance due to the proprietary chip they use (their older products use the much better DNA chip). The Dotbox 300 has been out for a while now, since at least January 2017, so nearly a year, but just recently, owners are reporting that the LiPo battery inside has started to get puffy and will not hold a charge.
See, now this is why it’s so good to have someone like Mooch in the vaping community testing batteries for us.
Originally, the Aspire 18650 was rated fairly highly by Mooch. At some point, Aspire started wrapping lower quality cells. They have new wraps that no longer have current ratings, which is ridiculous because now a user has to go to the Aspire website to figure out what their battery is rated at. Not that wraps are ever accurate, but we should at least have a point of reference.
Mooch says that this new version will still hit really hard for the first few draws, but then the voltage drops quickly after that. His new rating for it is 25a and 1800mAh. Not too bad, but he says that the Sony VTC5A is a much better option.
Back in April of this year, 2017, Mooch ran some tests on the iJoy 40a 20700 battery. He found that while it was overrated at 40amps, it does seem to be a good battery at 30a and is accurately rated at 3000mAh. The market for 20700 batteries is small, so there aren’t a lot of good brands to choose from who make them, so ever since Mooch’s tests, the iJoy’s 20700 has been one of the most popular and top recommended 20700 sized battery.
In early October, however, iJoy changed the cell – same wrap, different battery. Mooch ran some new tests and unfortunately, it looks like it has lost quite a lot of performance. He rated the new batteries as 15-20a, with a capacity of 2800mAh, and it also has a lot of voltage sag.
There’s a really easy way to find out if you have the good ones or the new poorer performing ones – the older good ones have 5-prongs on the positive end, while the new ones have four prongs.
iJoy sent out an announcement once the news broke saying that it’s true that there are now two versions of their 20700 batteries on the market.
They gave a couple of reasons for this. For one, due to current high demand, they are no longer able to keep up with production. They have also experienced an increased cost of materials.
To account for this, they are now packaging kits with the 4-leg version, but they still plan to sell the 5-leg version separately. They also explained that they didn’t have time to get new wraps for the 4-leg version before they started shipping them out, so that’s why they have the original labels on them. They said the new ones will have a different label on them, but they didn’t say when that would start if it already hasn’t.
The London Fire Brigade just recently published a blog post announcing that they welcome Public Health England’s support for electronic cigarettes as a method to help smokers quit smoking and to help prevent smoking-related fire deaths.
There’s a company in the U.K. marketing a vape device called the Slissie as a method to curb snacking habits by using it as an aid for losing weight.
The company’s website specifically says that the Slissie is “vapour-free.” Instead of vapor, they say users receive a “mist” of appetite-suppressing flavor.