A Return to Form
With the Sigelei 213, Sigelei hopes to reclaim its past glory. The Sigelei 150W was a critical and commercial success that was prized for its combination of ample performance, broad features, and low price. Its followup, the Fuchai 200W, was a disappointment. To help make its next vaping device a hit, Sigelei enlisted the aid of San Jose, California’s Suprimo Vape. The East-West collaboration has resulted in the Sigelei 213, a sleek box mod with some interesting features. Here’s a quick look at the upcoming device.
Ticking All the Boxes
The Sigelei 213 has all the features you’d expect from a modern box mod. As the name suggests, it’s listed to reach as high as 213 watts. That should be more than enough power for most (sane) vapers. It’s a temperature control device that can handle nickel, titanium, and stainless steel coils in TC mode, as well as kanthal and nichrome in wattage mode. The Sigelei 213 runs on two 18650 batteries. Its wattage range is 10-213 watts, while its temperature range is 100-300C / 200-570F.
The Sigelei 213 is made from a combination of carbon fiber and zinc alloy. It will launch in two finishes — a sleek grey and a flashy gold. I love the way the former looks, while the latter is a bit to “Vegas!!!” for my aesthetic preferences. Naturally, a vaping device’s looks are subjective. What’s objective is size. For a dual-battery device, the Sigelei 213 is fairly small. Its dimensions are very close to that of the Joyetech Cuboid.
While most of the features above are defaults for current vaping devices, the Sigelei 213 packs a few features that should help it stand out from the crowd.
The first notable feature of the Sigelei 213 is its “power up” functionality. This allows vapers to ramp up or ramp down the power of their vape. For example, it can be used to preheat a coil quickly; a vaper can set “power up” to fire at 120 watts for one second, before returning to the 75 watt setting on the device. This feature is especially useful for vapers that like ornate coils that take a long time to ramp up. Even if you don’t use those types of coils, “power up” allows for all sorts of interesting possibilities.
The second uncommon feature of the Sigelei 213 is that it has both TCR (temperature coefficient of resistance) and TFR (temperature factor of resistance) modes. While the former is popping up in more and more vaping devices, the latter is relatively uncommon.
According to a pair of engineers I spoke to, TFR potentially allows for a more accurate and consistent form of temperature control. As I’m generally a science idiot, I’ll take their words for it. My extremely crude understanding is that TFR works on a curve, while TCR works linearly. If you have a technical background and can help everyone understand the difference between the two, I’d love for you to leave a comment below.
On the battery side, the Sigelei 213 shows the output in amps. This is a feature I wish all regulated mods had. I like to think that it will help vapers stay safe by helping them stay within the safe limits of what their batteries are accurately rated for (in most cases, going past 20a is a no-no).
Under the hood, both batteries are monitored independently. The Sigelei 213 has builtin protection for out-of-balance batteries. If the battery levels become too imbalanced then the device will go into safety mode, protecting the batteries and –most importantly — the user.
More Sigelei 213 Goodness Coming Soon
On paper, the Sigelei 213 does indeed look like a return to form. It has all the features discerning vapers want from a current device and then some. I’m particularly interesting in playing with the “power up” functionality. In theory, it allows for some interesting vaping possibilities.
Vaping360 has more content on the Sigelei 213 coming soon. I recently met up with Suprimo Vape’s head of product development, Aldrich Hsu, to get his thoughts on the Sigelei 213 mod and Moonshot atomizer. Stay tuned for the video interview. For now, kindly leave your thoughts on the Sigelei 213 in the comments section.