One battery, three choices
The HCigar AURORA 80W is a single-battery, regulated squonk mod. It can use an 18650, 20700, or a 21700 battery, and features a built-in mechanism that functions as a battery adapter. So no more lost adapter sleeves!
Unlike their previous squonk box, the DNA-powered VT Inbox, the new AURORA houses a proprietary chip. The Towis XT80C chipset comes with a 0.96-inch color screen, provides up to 80 watts of power, and offers temperature control capability, along with all the usual safety protections.
Colors: Black, silver, red
HCigar AURORA 80W specs and features
- Chip: Towis XT80C
- Output: 5-80 W
- Weight: 159 g
- Size: 58 x 27.5 x 92 mm
- Battery: 18650 / 20700 / 21700
- Screen 0.96-inch color screen
- AURORA mod
- USB cable
- Environmental EVA squonk bottle
- Warranty card
- User manual
Clean and innovative design
HCigar was the first (and only) company to offer a DNA-powered squonker for less than $100. The VT Inbox was not exactly cheap as chips, but it was quite affordable considering the board. While HCigar has a longstanding tradition of DNA devices, they recently began releasing lower-priced mods with their own Towis line of chips. The AURORA uses the XT80C chip, which we first saw on the Warwolf, a mod that came out toward the end of last year.
The design of the AURORA departs from the curvy style that HCigar has been using lately, and takes it back to the straight lines of the VT Inbox. The AURORA looks pretty nice with its single-color body, and it features removable zinc alloy panels, in case you want to spice things up a bit. The mod is 27.5 mm wide, and its edges are slightly beveled. Atomizers 26-mm in diameter will probably be a perfect fit with the AURORA, but expect an overhang for anything bigger than that.
The most interesting feature of the AURORA is its built-in battery adapter mechanism. The device fits 20700 and 21700 batteries out of the box, and sliding a small switch under the back cover of the mod engages a block in the battery compartment which holds an 18650 in place. This built-in mechanism essentially eliminates the need for a battery adapter accessory. Now you can change batteries on the go, regardless of their size. The only downside I can think of is that the space-filling block may limit the capacity of the squonk bottle. The bottle holds 7 mL of e-liquid though, so this is hardly even a trade-off.
This is the second time recently that the name Aurora has been used for a vape device — so it may get a bit confusing for those who know the other one. Does anyone else remember the “other” Aurora? And who thinks this one looks pretty interesting?