CoilART MAGE BOX Tricker Kit Intro
I’m a mechanical mod fan, and few regulated mods get me as fired up as a nice mech mod does. Having said that, I am also a fan of the Hexohm mod and have purchased three. To me, the Hexohm somehow feels more mech than regulated – it’s a simple, no-nonsense workhorse with gobs of power.
It should be no surprise that I was very happy to get my mitts on the new MAGE BOX Tricker Kit from CoilART. Very much like a Hexohm, the Mage Box is an aluminum, dual 18650 series mod with regulation, and the output on the Mage Box is selected via a potentiometer on the mirrored front panel – up to an impressive 250 watts (vs 180 watts max on the Hexohm V3).
There are some other notable differences between the Mage Box and Hexohm that I’ll get to in a bit but, for now, I’d just like to quote one of my favorite British secret agents:
The Tricker Kit includes the Mage Box and matching RDA in your choice of black or silver. Retail price on the kit is 120 bucks – cheaper than a Hex, and it includes the Mage RDA.
CoilART MAGE BOX Tricker Kit Gallery
CoilART MAGE BOX Tricker Kit Specs and Features
- MAGE BOX mod
- MAGE RDA
- CoilART vape band
- Spare screws
- Spare o-rings
- Instruction and warning card
Specifications - MAGE RDA
- Size: 25 mm x 35 mm (with drip tip)
- Material: Brass
- 24K gold plated deck
- 24K gold plated 510 pin
Specifications - MAGE BOX Mod
- Size: 88 mm x 55 mm x 24.5 mm
- Material: Aluminum
- Output voltage: 3.5-6.6 V
- Output wattage: 250 W maximum
- Resistance range: 0.08Ω minumum
- Battery: Two 18650 (30 amp min) (not included)
Right out of the box, the first thing I notice are the logos. I’m a man of simple taste and find the wolf logo is a bit much. Maybe if it were painted black I’d feel differently, but there it is.
The box has a nice heft, and is shorter and stouter than the Hexohm. It feels good in hand, and the black finish is smooth and blemish free. I’m afraid the mirrored front panel will be a fingerprint and scratch magnet, but the LED indicators are easily visible behind it.
The black brass MAGE RDA matches the mod perfectly and the cap features a CoilART logo and three slots: dual opposing slots for dual coils, and a third slot for single coil configuration. The RDA will also accept Goon drip tips.
Operation is an exercise in simplicity: Five clicks on and off. The five display LEDs blink five times at power up and power down, and the LEDs also give you a battery status when the mod is powered on and you press the fire button. When all five LEDs are lit you have a full charge, as the batteries deplete, fewer LEDs illuminate. The MAGE BOX also has a 10-second timeout.
Time to make the vapor.
I build the MAGE RDA with two 3 mm, 6-wrap clapton coils and the resistance comes in at 0.5Ω. The RDA uses a horizontal post hole configuration which is not as easy as a Velocity style deck, but manageable. I also need to note here that CoilART has decided to use tiny Phillips-head grub screws that I can almost guarantee are going to strip out. Be careful and try not to have an “oh, crap” moment.
With two freshly-charged batteries installed in the MAGE BOX, I attach the juiced-up MAGE RDA, click five times and the screen LEDs blink to life.
I set the potentiometer to about half way, approximately half the MAGE BOX output voltage (about 5 volts) which should drive the 0.5Ω claptons to near 50 watts, and a good starting point for me.
Airflow wide open I push the clicky button, take my first vape, and understand what all the howling is about. The MAGE BOX easily fires the big claptons and I get a dense cloud of vapor with excellent flavor. It’s pretty great, and though I expect this setup will be thirsty, the MAGE RDA is up to the task – I refill and it takes 25 drops from a unicorn bottle without leaking.
Back to the vaping…
- Great performance
- Nice fit and finish
- Smallish size
- Nice weight
- Clicky button
- Battery indicator
- Mirrored front panel
- Crappy grub screws
- Non-velocity RDA deck
As I was hoping, like the Hexohm, the MAGE BOX Tricker kit is a beast. I might argue more beastly at 250 watts.
The MAGE RDA works really well, and gave me great flavor and a lot of dense vapor, just keep in mind that the MAGE BOX will only accept atomizers up to 24.5 mm with no overhang. I’ll probably stick with the MAGE RDA and can live with that, but can you?
Some minor negatives for me are the logos and tiny grub screws. I don’t mind the round CoilART logo on the one panel but the other panel with the howling wolf is a bit over the top for my taste. And the mirrored screen is going to be a potential issue for the OCD crew. I got enough condensation out of the MAGE RDA that the panel was a juicy, fingerprinted mess. I’m thinking that scratches will also really stand out.
Ultimately though, for anyone looking for a no-frills, high-wattage mod that kicks some serious butt, this kit feels like a steal compared to my beloved Hexohms, even at full retail. It’s not perfect but, after using it, I find that the performance far outweighs the other stuff.
Looks like the MAGE BOX Kit will be fogging up my den for a good long while…well at least until my “little red riding hood” tells me to knock it off and take out the trash.