Arctic Dolphin Arthur 80W preview | Stabilized wood and affordability

Twisted420, Arctic Dolphin, and Heaven Gifts collaborate on the stabilized wood Arthur mod, another attractive value from China.


Arctic Dolphin Arthur 80W Intro

What appeared to be a trend has now officially become an epidemic. We have the Sigelei Swallowtail mod, the Revenant Cartel 160 mod, and the Kangertech K1 mod, and now… drumroll please. The Arthur mod from Arctic Dolphin, in collaboration with Twisted420 and Heaven Gifts.

And what do these mods have in common besides their beautifully hewn stabilized wood enclosures you ask? Price.Twisted420 has arranged this collaboration to bring yet another stab wood mod to the market at a price that just about anybody can afford. As he puts it, “I knew… the code would be broken to where they would be more affordable and China was that code breaker”. The result of that painstaking cryptanalysis is the Arthur mod.

While we don’t have the official spec sheet, here’s what we do know: Crafted from solid 304 stainless steel and clad in stabilized wood, the Arthur is an 80W box capable of variable wattage and temp control (NI/TI/PL/SS) with TCR. A single 18650 battery is installed by removing the disc cover, which has a hinged tab that flips up to give you something to grab – a nice touch.

Priced at $149 retail, the Arthur is currently on preorder at a special price of 79 bucks, and will be shipping in about a month (Feb 20, 2017) from Heaven Gifts.

Arctic Dolphin Arthur specs

Arctic Dolphin Arthur specs


  • Size: “…not much bigger than the Lava Box…”
  • Maximum power output: 80W
  • Temperature control (Ni/Ti/Pl/SS) with TCR
  • Battery: single 18650 (not included)
  • Material: Polished/brushed 304 stainless steel with stabilized wood
  • Stainless steel spring loaded 510 connector
  • OLED screen
  • Front USB port

Stabilizing the masses

Another appealing stabilized wood and stainless steel mod for not a lot of money.

It’s funny but just a week ago I viewed anything made from stabilized wood burl as a luxury item that was unobtainable by someone like me. You know, poor. Well, not really — I confess to owning some nice stabilized wood grips for my Colt 1911, but the grips cost so much that I am embarrassed to tell anyone the ridiculous sum I paid for them.

And suddenly, stabilized wood isn’t so uncommon anymore. Granted, it remains to be seen how well it’s done, but still. The beauty of stabilized wood will always be special, but China seems deadset in eliminating the rarity of the material. I welcome this. Why should you have to pay an excess of $500? You shouldn’t.

Gary Joseph
Gary is a retired technical writer residing in the metro Detroit area. Besides vaping, and writing for Vaping360, some of his other interests include motorcycling, watch collecting, bicycling and fitness.