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Geekvape Aegis Mini Review: Test Results Are In

Anthony Victor
December 7, 2018

Product intro and specs

The Geekvape Aegis Mini Mod is the latest box mod from longtime popular manufacturer Geekvape. Mostly known for their atomizers like the Ammit, Griffin and Zeus series, Geekvape has also given us some solid mods lately. Their Aegis, Aegis Legend and Gbox squonker were all good mods, and the Nova was excellent.

The Geekvape Aegis Mini is an internal battery mod rated at 80 watts and, true to its name, is designed as a really small version of the original Aegis. It’s available in a whopping 17 color configurations, with some of them featuring the colors of country flags, which is pretty unique. Can the Aegis Mini live up to Geekvape’s previous offerings? I hope so, but keep reading to find out.

This mod was sent to me free of charge by MyVpro, where it’s currently available at a discounted price.

Price: $49.95 (at MyVpro)
Colors: black & red, stealth black, black & blue, camo & gunmetal, black & green, vapor, X-mas (2), country flags (9)

Specifications

  • Shock resistant
  • Water resistant - IP67 rating
  • Dust resistant
  • Advanced AS chipset
  • Height: 78 mm
  • 510 threaded
  • Built-in battery capacity: 2200 mAh
  • Output Wattage: 5 - 80 watts
  • Temperature control: nickel 200 (Ni200)
  • titanium (Ti)
  • stainless steel 316 (SS316)
  • Temperature control: 100 - 315 C / 200 - 600 F
  • Resistance range: 0.05 - 3 ohms
  • Micro USB charging port
  • Short circuit protection
  • Overcurrent protection
  • Overcharging protection
  • Over-discharging protection
  • 2-amp fast charging

Kit Content

  • Aegis Mini mod
  • USB cable
  • User manual

First impressions

Geekvape Aegis Mini Review

When I first got this mod, I was pretty impressed with the design. They kept the same sleek and classy look of the Aegis and Aegis Legend but shrunk it down into a tiny and lightweight body. I’ve always been a fan of the looks of this series of mods. I got two of them, the stealth black and the black and green. One for using and testing and the other to test the durability and waterproofing of the mod, just in case it was to fail. This has happened to me on a few mods like the Wismec Active, that wasn’t waterproof at all. The menu system and screen are the same as all of the other Aegis mods, simple to use and with plenty of features. Overall, I was pretty impressed with this mod.

Build quality and design

When I say that the Aegis Mini is small, I really mean it; easily one of the smallest mods I’ve come across. It is around the same size as a Voopoo Mojo, but also very light. I weighed the Mojo at 172 grams, and it’s a light mod, but the Aegis Mini weighs in at 122.4 grams. It’s also very comfortable to hold thanks to the rubber coating. The design is broken down into a few parts. The main part of the mod is metal but coated in a nice thick rubber that has shown no signs of wearing and is there for durability and comfort. The flair part is the trim which matches the fire button and the adjustment buttons. And lastly, the leather, which has a ton of design options as well. The stitching on mine matches the trim color, which looks really good.

There is no button rattle at all on this mod. The 510 pin is great, although a little on the short side as far as travel goes — with some longer atomizers it can leave a slight gap. The 510 platform itself can fit a 25 mm atomizer with room to spare, and this type of mod isn’t really usable with anything bigger, so overhang won’t be an issue. The screen is a nice and bright 0.96-inch black and white screen that is easy to see. The USB port is on the bottom, and you need to remove a rubber plug to access it. The leather feels nice and looks great — just an overall well-designed good-looking mod.

Durability testing

Geekvape Aegis Mini Review

The Aegis Mini is IP67 rated, so I tested it like the other mods with this rating. I tested the waterproofing first by putting it in a hot tub at 102 F temp at a depth of about one meter. I had the mod turned on and left it in for ten minutes. I came back and took it out and dried it off and it still worked fine. Then I let it sit for 72 hours, in case water got inside. Came back and checked it and the mod still worked as it should. No issues there.

Then I went for durability testing. The first test was a one-meter drop onto concrete to simulate slipping from my hand. It passed the test with no real damage. Then I did a two-meter drop onto concrete the same way. It passed the test without a problem. It just scraped the outside rubber a little bit, but still worked and looked fine. For the final test, I threw it up in the air around four meters high and gave it some spin so it could fall randomly. The bottom left corner of the mod landed onto the concrete which cracked the screen but other than that, it still works fine, and that’s more abuse than a mod should be able to take

Overall, it’s a pass for both shock resistance and water resistance, but being as this is the third mod in this series, I do have a few suggestions how they could improve the drop performance. The rubber bumpers around the frame should protrude out a little to protect the screen on this mod or build the screen indented into the mod like their Nova, as the screen seems to be its weakest link. The other is to make the buttons rubber, or have them sit flush with the screen like Aspire did with their Skystar mod. Those two changes would make it even more rugged, in my opinion.

Features and functions

As far as the modes go, it has the standard power mode, TC modes for Ni200, Ti, and SS, TCR mode, as well as a bypass mode and a VPC (watt curve mode). Everything you need pretty much in a mod so no complaints there. Some preheat options for power mode would have been nice but since it has VPC, not a big deal.

Using the Geekvape Aegis Mini

Geekvape Aegis Mini Review

The Geekvape Aegis Mini is a pretty basic mod, and if you’ve used any Geekvape mod recently, it works the same way. Here’s a rundown.

  • Five clicks of the fire button to turn on and off
  • Three clicks to enter the menu mode
  • Up and down to cycle through modes
  • Fire to select the mode
  • Up and down to adjust the other settings in each mode
  • Hold fire to accept the settings
  • Fire + up or down adjusts the screen brightness
  • Up + down to lock adjustment buttons but the mod can still be fired

Overall, very simple and easy to navigate.

Power mode performance

Geekvape Aegis Mini Review

Geekvape lists the specs at 80 watts, 8 volts, and 30 amps. I’m happy they listed all three as I feel every company should do that. During my testing, the max achieved wattage was 91 watts, So it is accurately rated and capable of doing a bit more than the 80 watts listed. The amp limit I got was 25 A, which is in the average range for internal battery mods these days (25-30 A). However, that was with a 0.12-ohm build and 78 watts so it’s possible the amp limit is even a little higher than that as I was capped off by the watt limit. The volt limit I got with a 0.61-ohm coil was 7.469 which shows there is a boost circuit like there should be in this style of a mod and, again, I was limited by the watts, so it could be even higher. I consider it accurately rated.

Geekvape Aegis Mini Review

The great thing about this mod is I was never capped off by the volt or amp limit. I was able to get the full 80+ watts with all my tests which had resistances from 0.12 ohm to 0.63 ohms. The VPC mode also works excellent. The mod adjusts in 0.1-watt increments but if you hold the button down it’ll go by a full watt until you release it. Not a bad system at all and adjusts quickly. Even when pushed to its limits, the mod never got hot, which is very impressive. It also proved to be a pretty accurate mod; though it does hit a little on the high side. I’d suggest starting about 10 watts lower than you normally would with a different mod to compensate for that. It didn’t struggle at all with the 0.12-ohm build either which is impressive. Overall, a great performer in power mode.

Temperature control mode performance

Using SS316L wire in TCR Mode and in SS mode, I tested five builds:

  • Two simple round single-coil builds
  • Two simple round dual-coil builds
  • One fancy wire single-coil build

I also locked my resistance. The default TCR for SS mode is 105 which isn’t for SS316 but for SS304 instead. I wish companies wouldn’t use that value since most people using SS wire for temp control use SS316 wire. They either have to set the default in the 88-92 range or at least label it as SS304 mode instead. I normally use a TCR of 92 but unfortunately, using 92 in TCR mode produces way too little of a vape on the Aegis Mini as it cuts off way early. Even turning the mod up to 600 F couldn’t provide a warm vape. Using SS mode gave similar results so I needed to play around in TCR mode to dial it in.

After some playing around, I found the best TCR for SS316 wire to be 120. Using that setting, it provides a warm vape in the 430-470 F range as it should be and you can adjust higher or lower for your preference. The dry hit protection is good, and the throttle is smooth. It’s not going to be DNA mod level by any means, but it’s a pretty good vape in temperature control mode with those settings. I just wish it didn’t need as much adjustment to get it right — they should tweak it to make it more accurate on their next mod.

Battery and charge testing

Since it’s an internal battery mod, and only charges through the USB, I felt it’s important to check their specs. They list the charge rate at 2 amps and the battery capacity at 2200mah. In my testing, the max charge rate I got was 1.23 amps. When companies list 2-amp charging it rarely means you’ll get the full 2 amps as it’s a max ability, but most of the time it’ll be 1.5 and above while charging. This mod was between 1 and 1.5 amps, so I feel a more accurate rating would have been 1.5 amp charging and it should have been listed at that.

That’s not the only thing overstated sadly. The battery is listed at 2200 mAh, however I found it to be 1787 mAh and should be listed as an 1800 mAh battery. What does that mean? Well still 1800 mAh isn’t bad depending on how you use it, and the 1.5-amp charging is still pretty fast but I’d say the mod is best used at 45 or less watts for decent battery life. I’m not happy about the overstated limit, but it wouldn’t surprise me if other companies did that as well, so I’ll make sure going forward that I test these claims in my reviews for internal battery mods to keep companies honest.

Pros / Cons

  • Build Quality
  • Color options (17 total)
  • Nice paint job
  • Small and lightweight design
  • No button rattle
  • Power mode performance
  • Watt curve mode
  • Fire button feels good
  • Accurately rated for watts amps and volts
  • Good temp control performance with the right settings
  • Boost circuit
  • Large and bright black and white screen
  • Handles 25 mm atomizers without overhang
  • Simple and easy to use menu system
  • Full power available in TC mode
  • Water resistant
  • Rugged design can handle drops
  • Leather feels good
  • No preheat options for power mode
  • Slight gap with some atomizers
  • Temp control needs custom TCR to work well
  • it should be more accurate
  • Overstated charge rate (should be listed at 1.5 amps)
  • Overstated battery capacity (should be listed at 1800 mah)

Verdict

Overall, Geekvape took a nice rugged mod and shrunk it down to a more portable version making it a very nice beginner device. If you vape under 45 watts, and especially if you vape MTL, it’s a great mod to pair with an RTA for a small portable setup that doesn’t need to be babied and will give some decent battery life. It’s easily one of the three best internal battery mods I’ve come across this year along with the Mojo and Kroma-A, while being the smallest of the three and by far the most durable. I wasn’t happy about the overstated battery and charge rate but they nailed the rest of it, so this one is well worth a look in my opinion if you want a small internal battery mod.

What do you think of the Aegis Mini? Let me know in the comment section.

I started doing reviews at the end of 2016 bringing a unique amount of data and fair points that has made them grow in popularity. I’m an avid temp control vaper but will vape pretty much any style of vaping. My goal is to bring as much good, fair, and unbiased information to the forefront as I can to aid vapers in making informed decisions to get the best vape for their style. I enjoy helping people really get the most out of their vape and finding their “aha” moment when it all clicks into place.

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Lev Ariete

Yo! I just got an aegis mini earlier and I couldn’t be more happy with it! I’m a small dude, so it fits super comfy in my hand, and hits very well with the tank I’m using. The rubber and leather add a super great contrast with the metallic accents, in both look and feel. All in all, I’d recommend it for people who are small like me, or who are looking for something on a relatively low budget.

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Hi Lev,

thanks for reading! glad you enjoy the mod!

Robert
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Robert

I am seeing a drop in price on these now at the end of the year so I wanted to see what it was about before a grab. I am very happy with this review’s detail, easy conversational style read, and the mod itself. I’m not a user of TC mode so the inaccuracy won’t be a problem for me. This looks like a good mod to take out in the rain or our riding your bike cuz it looks like it can withstand getting wet or a drop. Many mods would be toast if they take a tumble from… Read more »

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Anthony Victor

Hi Robert,

thanks for reading! and thanks for the kind words! i do try to be very detailed but easy to read 🙂 and yeah a little rain won’t hurt this mod at all. mine survived much worse lol

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I think this is really cute mod for me , very compact and since I m MTL user, I really think this would be a really good mod to carry daily. Thank you so much for your review, I think I will go for it. Geekvape makes a really good job this year. Thank you again.

Anthony Victor
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Anthony Victor

Hi David,

thanks for reading! and yeah it’s an excellent choice to pair with a MTL atty 🙂

Jeff
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Jeff

I’m 60. New to vaping. Smoked Marlboro Reds for 40 years. I’ve seen dozens and dozens of YouTube videos, and NOT ONE of them taught me a damn thing. I have an Aegis Mini, and screwed around with the settings which make zero sense to me. It seems as if nobody on earth can explain how to set the damn thing. All I hear is “It depends.” What’s a normal setting for all the different parameters?!

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Hasnoname

I imagine you are sorted by now but the unit is set up out of the box – turn it on, it is in Power mode where you set the Watts (W) with the + and – buttons and press the fire button. Vape. If you bought the kit (comes with a Cerberus tank and X2 coils) the coils are best used at 30-40 watts. More watts = more heat in vapour and more clouds. Everything else is for more advanced use with different tanks/coil materials which is why “it depends”. Set the watts to whatever feels good to you… Read more »

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Hasnoname

Hi, I bought one of these recently based on this review; it’s really detailed and well thought out so thank you. I’m happy with the mod but I misread something. I assumed I could use temp control (TC) on the kit with the Cerberus tank but have discovered it has Kanthanol not stainless steel like I thought! I’m confused as to why a company would sell a kit for a product that doesn’t allow you to use the features. TC is very important to me as going too hot ruins the CBD. Can you (or anyone) advise on how I… Read more »

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