Dicodes 2380 Intro
The Dicodes 2380: a truly advanced personal vaporizer! The Dicodes 2380 is a beautiful, extremely well made electronic tube-mod capable of between 5-80 watts—and that is really just the tip of the iceberg. The Dicodes 2380 is a modular tube that, as it comes standard, will accept either single- or dual-stacked 18350 or 18490 batteries or a single 18650 (with optional tube to stack dual 18650s); it can run in standard power mode, temperature mode (with adjustable coefficient settings for any temperature-sensing wires), 10 heater protection modes, by-pass (mechanical mod mode) and a whopping 10 different power-boost settings. All that still with a mind-boggling array of options that can give the user an incredibly versatile sense of control over the vape, over the mod and the way in which the mod and the vape perform.
Made in Germany, Dicodes (Digitally Controlled Devices) are precisely built, high-tech vaping devices that can do virtually anything all other variable power mods can do but with many more features. But this is not a mod for your average vaper! The Dicodes 2380 should not be viewed as interchangeable with other TC mods with similar power ranges. This mod has a very elaborate menu system (controlled by a single button) and, in my opinion, the Dicodes 2380 should only really be considered by those solidly advanced with vaping, firmly knowledgeable of the intricacies of temperature control and, in general, the “techie” type.
Of course, anyone could just use it in standard mode (variable wattage) and/or in by-pass mode (functioning like a mechanical), but that would be like buying an off-road vehicle to use just for around-town driving. Plenty of people do such things, but that’s not getting the most out of the engineering.
Dicodes 2380 Specs and Features
The Dicodes 2380 comes in a Styrofoam-padded, silver aluminum display case with the name Dicodes 2380 embossed on the top.
- 5 to 40W with one Li-Ion battery
- 5 to 80W with two Li-Ion batteries
- Adjustable battery discharge level (2.5-3V and 6.2-6.8V)
- Up to 12V output voltage (one or two batteries)
- Up to 15A output current
- Temperature controlled vaping mode with various wire-types
- Mechanical MOD mode (protected)
- 10 Power boost modes
- 10 Heater protection modes
- Atomizer resistance range 0.05 to 5 Ohms, total
- Atomizer resistance 0.2-3.5 Ohms (40W), 0.4-1.7 Ohms (80W)
- Reverse battery protection
- Versatile menu structure
- Individual user preferences selection
- Spring loaded center pin
- OLED Display
- Spring Loaded Center Pin
Build Quality of the Dicodes 2380
The Dicodes 2380 is built as well as a mod can be built. The best way I can describe it is to say this is German engineering! The mod’s threads, its weight and balance, the tactile quality of the button, the micro-ribbed finish of the steel and all of its other expertly-crafted physical features are almost unparalleled. Pairing its body with the huge brain of a chipset—which is small enough to only add approximately 20 mm to the length of a normal 18650 mechanical mod—it’s safe to say that Dicodes is quite the high-end mod.
For those who abhor tube mods, that’s all they’ll see. For those of us who appreciate and/or love tube mods, the Dicodes 2380 is absolutely stunning in its simplicity, its finish and its build quality.
The finish is not just plain ol’ steel, but it is micro-ribbed. This finish is not easily picked up in pictures, but it is absolutely stunning to see and to hold. It also provides a grip that makes the mod easier to hold onto—something that you may want to have because you do not want to drop this, though I bet if you did drop it you’d likely pulverize whatever the Dicodes hits. This thing is built like tank!
The “2380” stands for 23 mm in diameter and up to 80 watts of power. I am not a huge fan of the 23 mm diameter as I don’t have any atomizers that are other than 22 mm. It was designed to take atomizers wider than 22 mm while still looking decent with a 22 mm atty.
With one Li-Ion battery (18350, 18490 or 18650), the Dicodes will push 5-40 watts. With two of one type of battery stacked, the Dicodes will then be able to push up to 80 watts. As an aside, I love the look of the Dicodes in single 18350 mode and am perfectly comfortable with it in dual-stacked 18350/single-18650 mode, but in dual-stacked 18650 it’s ungodly long. But, I’ve used it like that a lot—but never outside of my own house. I would not want to carry that in public!
Note: Pics taken next to an SXmini to show size comparisons in different battery configurations.
Performance of the Dicodes 2380
So far I’ve used the Dicodes in Standard, Temperature Controlled (using Ni200 with the coefficient set to 620), By-Pass and Power Boost modes—and I still have a lot left to try. In everything but By-Pass, from what I can tell, this mod gives very true-to-settings power. It’s an awesome vape in all the modes I’ve tried (but By-Pass is basically just dumping battery to the coils).
I am a big fan of power boost modes like in the SXmini M-Class, but that one essentially has 4, The Dicodes has 10! I’ve only used the first 3 Power Boost modes which are short bursts (each of varying power) for quick heat-up of the coils, but the remaining Power Boost modes are periodic bursts of varying intensity which are supposed to affect the flavor of the liquid. I have yet to delve into those modes, but they seem quite interesting–maybe a bit of over-kill though.
Ease of Use
The Dicodes 2380 is simultaneously one of the most special and fun-to-use mods while also being, undoubtedly, the most challenging and complex that I’ve ever used. The Dicodes 2380 single-button menu interface is slightly like the P3 by Provape or the SvoëMesto Semovar (another German-made APV), but beyond that and a few minor similarities, I think the Dicodes takes the cake for being the most complex! The menu system is like a veritable choose-your-own-adventure book mixed with the TV show Lost!
All jokes aside, using the Dicodes in standard wattage mode is pretty easy—and that’s the mode it’s set to out of the box. After your choice of battery configuration is in, give it three clicks and adjust your power up or down. The difficulties with the Dicodes 2380, for many, will be specifically about interfacing with the multi-faceted menu controlled by a single button.
But no matter how challenging the menu interface is (to me at least), I feel a lot more secure knowing that the Dicodes manual is available online (it’s always open on my computer!). There is a PDF for anyone to download and you could even check it out ahead of time to see if it is in fact something you might be interested in. This, in essence, lets you see what you’d be up against without having to foot the bill on the mod itself.
There is a lot to the menu and it has its own rhythm that can take some adjusting to (so to speak). You scroll through it and when it lands on your target section, you wait for a couple seconds and then it is highlighted; from there you adjust. You can change the menu system to turn on with fewer or more clicks and faster or slower to select options, but if changed to slower, all the selecting will be that much more laborious. Luckily, it does have (as PBusardo calls it) “round-robin” and it does auto-scroll in case you miss where you meant to stop. I prefer keeping it at its set-speed and taking advantage of the round-robin. But if you hesitate on your presses, you’ll select the wrong option. If you do that, you have to wait a few seconds for it to clear and begin again. You’ll likely have to go in and out of the menu many times before you get the timing and the placement of the options. After a few weeks with the device I have a decent handle on navigating the menu, but I still occasionally miss a beat.
I really like the screen and it is very easy to read even in well-lit situations. Like most things in the Dicodes, the luminosity of the screen is adjustable too. You can make it dimmer or brighter if you want.
Note: I wasn’t able to photograph the screen because (for some reason) the screen would not allow itself to be photographed properly with my camera—the OLED just jumped around and flashed in the viewfinder. I’ve seen this problem before with some computer screens and cameras.
- The ability to stack batteries for a doubling of the power
- A remarkably thorough and detailed manual
- Adjustable menu system if you get more advanced with its functions
- 10 Power Boost modes
- Adjustable temperature coefficients for temp sensing wires
- Incredibly smooth threads!
- Adjustable coefficient settings for any type of temperature-sensing wire
- The ability to check on the battery’s health (or the mod’s contacts)
- Consistent power delivered to the coil
- All types of adjustability
- Reverse battery protection
- Two year warranty on electronics
Two of my favorite aspects of this device I have yet to mention, but that I wanted to highlight are, as the manual reads: “The Check Battery item shows the battery voltage with little current drained (Ub0) and the battery voltage under load during the last puff (UbL). The difference is the voltage drop of the battery. A high drop (>0.4V) indicates a poor battery or contact problems.”
That feature allows the user to be kept apprised of anything going awry with the contacts or the battery’s health. And one more thing I must mention is that you can adjust the battery’s “minimum voltage cut-off” to a “discharge level of the battery between 2.5V and 3.0V.” This type of control over various aspects hardware allows for optimal performance and control.
- Non-upgradable firmware
- No memory settings that could alleviate having to re-navigate the menu for new/different atomizers
- A lot to navigate for varying set-ups
There is a lot to love about this device, but there are also, for me, some issues I wish were not a reality.
The very nature of the menu system makes it so you constantly have to go in and out of it until you get your vape set just right. Not so much of an issue until you accidently set something wrong, which you will, and heaven forbid you don’t quite remember what you accidently did (because the screen was moving so fast). It can be a pain to go back an undo things.
If in the future there are updates to the Dicodes chip, I guess you’ll have to buy another because there is no USB port to upgrade the firmware like in the SX 350 J chip or in the DNA 200.
For all of the menu functions and settings that you will have to adjust for different atomizers and wires, it sure as hell would be nice if there were memory settings! As it is now, it’s basically a device that works easiest if you have one atomizer parked atop.
If you are not intimated by it, I say go for it! If you are intimated by it, there is probably a reason for that intimidation. Save yourself the headache and choose from the host of options available that are extremely user friendly for any vaper. The Dicodes 2380 is not for everyone…but those it is for will likely find themselves smitten with all the options. Save for the non-upgradeable firmware and the lack of memory settings, is there a more advanced device? I think not.