We review arguably the most anticipated box mod of the year – the IPV4 100W by Pioneer4you. Why is everyone raving so much about the IPV4 you might wonder? Well it the first 100W box mod that will include a temperature control system that works well, all for less than $100. There are already some advanced box mods out there referred to as the M class, which have temperature control, but these devices cost around the $200 mark. This is the first box mod that has a good temperature control system, which actually works, for a price of less than $100! It can also be used in normal wattage mode up to 100W as well, which in itself is already worth its price tag. The fact that it also includes temperature control is a massive bonus and something that will make the IPV4 a massive hit this year.
To use the temperature control you will need to be using a coil made from Nickel (Ni200) wire. You can use the Kanger Ni200 pre-made OCC heads for the Subtanks for instance, or the SMOK Ni200 for their sub ohm tanks. You can of course also make your own build by purchasing some Nickel wire and making your own coils for an RDA or RTA of your choice.
The first thing you need to do when putting on a new atomizer in temperature mode, is to read the resistance of it. You need to do this with every new atomizer you want to use in temperature control mode. You also need to make sure you do this when the atomizer is cool and not after having been used. To read the resistance hit + and – together in temperature control mode and you are good to go.
You can now select your desired max temperature. What temperature you want to vape at will depend on your personal preference and you set the temperature in either Fahrenheit or Celsius. The next step will be selecting your joules. I would start out low and work your way up. When the IPV4 reaches the max temperature you have set it to, it will cap the temperature at that level by adjusting the wattage. On an RDA if the coil is approaching a dry hit the IPV4 Yihi chip will cap the temperature until the coil needs more e-liquid at which point it will display “dry coil no liquid”. This means you will not have any nasty dry hits which are also known to release those nasty carcinogens. Vapers can now benefit from a much safer vape, which is why so many people were looking forward to the IPV4 temperature sensing box mod.
The temp control on the IPV4 works fantastically well with RDAs, but one or two people had issues using the Kanger OCC Ni200 coils. I can’t comment on those coils, as are ours are in the post and on the way, so will update that once we try them. We used the Ni200 coils for the SMOK Gimlet and the temperature control worked well on those coils and also on our RDA Nickel builds.
Overall, I was very impressed with the temperature control system on the IPV4 given its very low price tag. Of course it isn’t quite comparable with something like the SX Mini M, but for the price tag, the temp settings works surprisingly well. One thing I would like to have seen displayed on the screen is the actual temperature when firing, which is shown on the SX Mini M for instance. Apart from that though, there isn’t that much of a difference between the temperature control on the IPV4 and the SX M Mini, apart from the fact that the SX Mini M will go up to 60 Joule and the IPV4 only 50 Joule.
Using the wattage mode is pretty self-explanatory and the wattage range on the IPV4 is from 5-100W. It works very well in wattage mode and there is no firing delay at all. You can save 5 custom wattage settings and scroll easily between these using the M1-M5 settings.
We talked about the temperature control on the IPV4 in depth above and we were very impressed with it and it does the job it is meant to do. The fact that you are getting temperature control which isn’t that far off the SX Mini M, all for $80 is absolutely crazy! This device is really setting the bar high when it comes to a temperature controlled device at a budget with 100W of power. You also have the two 18650 batteries which will give you a longer battery life than the SX Mini M. Overall the YIHI SX330 v4S temp sensing Chip works really well with this device.
You can get the IPV4 for just $72 from Vaporizerchief using our coupon code, through the link at the bottom of the page. For $72 you get a 100W box mod that works fantastically well in wattage mode and that would have already justified the price tag in my opinion. However, you then also get a fully functioning temperature control mode, which actually works very well on the YIHI SX330 v4S Chip. I wasn’t really expecting much on the temperature control side of things given the price tag of the IPV4, but boy oh boy did it really impress!
The IPV4 looks a lot nicer than the IPV3 in my opinion and is about the same size. The IPV4 does however; have a lot more rounded, smoother edges making it sit much more nicely in your hand. The rubber battery cover, whilst feeling a tiny bit flimsy, feels really great in your hand when holding the IPV4. The brushed metal finish on the device looks and feels great and the buttons feel nice and sturdy and don’t rattle at all. I don’t like the screen cover at all, but I will get to that later.
The battery cover comes off really easily. I can’t see any magnets though and everywhere I look online it says the cover is magnetic. It clips nicely into place with little ball bearings and will then only come off again if you apply a good amount of pressure to it – so it won’t be falling off accidentally. The big question is how long the battery cover will last and stay in its original shape. It feels a tiny bit flimsy to me, and it could over time potentially not sit as tight on the mod. Overall though, I love the rubber coated feel on the battery cover and it is super easy to take on and off.
If this was a 100W box mod without temperature control, I would be pretty happy. The IPV4 goes from 5-100W and has a lowest resistance of 0.1ohm, perfect for those low ohm builders amongst you. One or two of you might be annoyed that the device isn’t 150W, but to be honest we hardly ever vape above 100W and only do so when reviewing low ohm sub ohm coils. This therefore isn’t an issue for us, but some vapers might have preferred a 150W box mod.
One thing that annoys me on the SX Mini M is that you only have the one battery, which means it’s nice and small, but the battery life therefore isn’t the longest. The IPV4 is a lot bigger and heavier, but you can vape away for a good day or two, depending on your build and not have to charge the batteries. You can then easily take your 18650s out and charge them or you can purchase a charging device (doesn’t come with the kit as it says it does!) and charge the device through the charging slot on the back. I like to charge my 18650s in a normal charger as it’s quicker, so I won’t be buying a charging device for mine. As mentioned above the battery cover on the IPV4 comes off really easily, which is great for swapping out those 18650s.
The IPV4 comes with a whole plethora of safety features that you would expect from a regulated box mod:
There is so much to like about the IPV4, but also a few areas that I wished they had sorted before they started selling it. I know companies are always in a rush to be the first on the market with a certain product, but still a little bit of quality checking would be appreciated.
This has been picked up on by every reviewer so far and is something that is very annoying. The mirror finish on the screen makes it almost impossible to read sometimes.
How can you make your IPV4 screen brighter? Vapnfagan has a nice little trick in one of his videos, but it involves removing the mirrored protector screen altogether. You can see his vid here for the screen fix. There isn’t any other way of fixing this that I have come across yet. If anyone knows of a trick do let us know!
The manual on the IPV4 is pretty bad and doesn’t explain how to use the temperature control feature at all. Those new to temperature control will have to read around to work out how to use it. The manual also states that the kit comes with a charging cable, which unfortunately it does not. The IPV4 manual also states that if you hold + and – together it will lock the screen; mine does not lock. These are little things and they are not by any means a deal breaker. They do however give me the distinct impression that they rushed the launch slightly. Having someone re-read the manual would not have hurt!
A few people have pointed out that the air flow slots on the top cap of the IPV4 are not long enough for tanks that need to get the airflow through the bottom. I won’t be using any such tanks on this mod, so this isn’t an issue for me, but it is something to bear in mind.
The top cap for those who are wondering is 23mm wide and features a spring loaded pin. Don’t try to adjust it with a screwdriver, because you can’t, despite it looking like you can! The threading is buttery smooth and looks like it is fairly high quality that will last for a while.
The IPV4 temperature controlled box mod has lived up to its massive expectation and I can see this device flying off the shelves. Price wise the IPV4 is just unbelievable when you consider the capabilities you are getting. As I said above, I would have been pretty impressed with the IPV4 as just a standard 100W box mod, but the fact that it has a good functioning temperature control chip in it, is the absolute icing on the cake! This is exactly what thousands of vapers have been waiting for.
Many vapers want to enjoy a safer vaping experience using temperature control, but aren’t willing to pay $200 for a temperature controlled m-class device. The IPV4 has absolutely set the bar in terms of price and temperature control and is an unbelievably good value for money device. It has a few little things that can be improved upon, but I am sure they will iron those out in future production runs.
If you are looking for a box mod that can fire up to 100W and has temperature control, then the IPV4S by Pioneer4you is a must have device!
Pioneer 4 you have now released an updated version of the IPV4 called the IPV4S. The IPV4S can fire up to 120W and comes in a black finish with a screen that no longer has that mirrored finish. It is a much improved version of the original IPV4 and would recommend the newer version over the original.