Kanger Gets Wood
The Kanger K1 Box is, to me, the most fascinating product the company has ever produced. As many of you know, Kanger has a strong reputation for making quality vape gear that’s affordable. While not a “high-end” product, the K1 Box is certainly higher end for Kangertech. It’s a stabilized-wood box-mod that uses the Evolv DNA 75 chip. Comparable custom stab-wood mods cost upwards of $600. Kanger will surely shake up the market by offering a DNA 75 stab-wood box-mod for a fraction of the cost. Here’s a closer look at the K1 Box.
K1 Box Mod Specs
Here are the official specs for the K1 Box.
- Casing: Unique stabilized wood
- Display: OLED
- Height: 90 mm
- Length: 42 mm
- Width: 22 mm
- Weight: 125 g (excludes 18650 cell)
- Output: 1 to 75 watts
- Charging: Micro USB, DC 5 volts at 1.5 amps
- Cell: Lithium 18650, 3.7 volts (must discharge over 20 amps)
Disrupting the High-End Market
The high-end mod box-mod has some of the most ardent collectors I’ve ever seen. That said, it’s a sliver of the overall vaping market. I love that Kangertech is bringing the beauty of stabilized wood to a broader market with the K1 Box. It’s also great to see the company using a high-quality chip like the Evolv DNA 75. As some of you know, Kanger’s temperature-control chips aren’t the best performers. Moving from its in-house chip to the venerable Evolv chip is a fantastic move.
In terms of performance, expect a great deal from the K1 Box. The DNA 75 is an outstanding variable-wattage temperature-control chip. Aside from being slightly less efficient than the DNA 200 and (obviously) having lower output, it’s every bit as capable as its big brother. Vapers can customize the chip’s performance with Evolv’s EScribe software for Windows. There’s a ton you can do to the DNA 75 through EScribe that alters your vaping experience.
Naturally, you shouldn’t expect the same level of craftsmanship from the K1 Box as you would from a handmade stab-wood mod, like Apocalypse’s DNA 75. This is, after all, a mass-produced product and not a bespoke vaping device. That said, I’m sure that many of the people that buy this mod won’t care. It will be the first affordable stabilized-wood box-mod from a company with broad distribution. For those vapers, the affordability and accessibility will be more than enough.
While I’m excited to try out the Kanger K1 Box, I’m even more excited to see what it does to the market. I’ve seen stabilized-wood box-mods with DNA chips purchased for thousands of dollars. Pre-order prices for Kanger’s box are in the $100-$150 range. I love that Kanger is making this style of box mod accessible to the mass market. How about you? Any of you interested in picking up the K1 Box? Please leave a comment below and let me know.