Who the heck is John Fairbanks? Sinuous Designs, one of Wismec’s top collaborators and protégé of Jay Bo. He’s best known for designing the Predator 228, an arch rival of the SMOK Alien. Now we look at a device that could have easily been called the Predator Mini. Introducing the Sinuous Designs P80…
It’s not a new aerobic workout routine. The P stands for Predator (or Presa?) and the 80 for 80 Watts. If you already own the P80, read on to learn how to upgrade it and insert your own custom logos.
Available in silver, black, bronze, red and blue.
Price: $40.50 Includes Elabo Mini tank
At first glance, the Wismec P80 resembles the Predator. However, it’s designed for people who want a slimmer, more pocketable device. Unfortunately, we did not receive the Elabo Mini tank, so this review will focus on the actual mod itself.
I tested the device using the SMOK X-Baby and temperature control with the Geek Vape Ammit 25.
Recently the vape industry has been focusing on producing dual-battery devices. It’s refreshing to see that Wismec still hasn’t forgotten about the single-18650 users. Let’s have a closer look at this collaborative effort with Sinuous Designs, AKA John Fairbanks.
One of the first things that stood out about the P80 is its big and vibrant vertical display, which also doubles as your firing switch. This unique feature adds to the overall comfortability of the device. You just squeeze it, and it fires, a feature that made mods like the Alien and Predator so popular. In fact, Wismec already had a similar idea for the Presa, which was a huge inspiration behind the P80.
The screen/firing switch has a nice, audible click to it, with good tactile feedback. The adjustment buttons are also nice and clicky. The Micro USB port is very well placed, in the perfect location just below the two square adjustment buttons. There is virtually no button rattle whatsoever to speak of.
The Sinuous Designs logo is engraved on one side, with the word “Sinuous” and P80 subtlety laser-etched on the other. I do love the matte finish that they used in contrast with the glossiness of its side panels, although I’m not sure how well the paint is going to hold up. Only time will tell…
As an added touch, Wismec has implemented LED lights on each side of the mod that light up when you vape. Nothing too fancy, but it adds a great aesthetic. The best part is how you can adjust the lights to be either green, yellow or red. (The colors are controlled by you, not the battery life.)
The kit comes with the Elabo Mini sub ohm tank. I’m not sure why Wismec didn’t go with a higher Ohm option, even 0.4 Ohms would have been more suitable. Running a tiny 2 mL tank at 80 W with a 0.2 Ohm coil isn’t practical, unless you enjoy refilling juice and swapping batteries all day long.
Speaking of battery life, the P80 utilizes 2-Amp charging, which comes in handy when you’re stuck without a backup, fiending to vape. Imagine being able to charge your 18650s in half the amount of time. If you already own a device with 2 A charging, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
The Wismec P80 implements a hinged battery door design, much like the one on the SMOK Alien. It stays locked when you need it to, but pops right open with ease. The downside is that the door can easily snap off, if you drop the mod while it’s open. Just be careful when swapping out batteries.
Aside from that, the mod has a sturdy feel to it. I’m not going to implement a drop test, however it doesn’t seem to be fragile, provided that the battery door is shut. It’s no Aegis, but it’s tough enough. The paint scrapes off easily with a key, so I’m not so confident that it will hold up to long term usage.
If you’ve used any Wismec mod recently, then you’ll already be familiar with the user interface. It’s just like the one used on the Reuleaux and Predator. The layout is easy to read, with everything clearly displayed in bright, bold lettering. Let’s glance at some of its features and how to use them…
On the top row, your mode is displayed, along with your battery life. Just below it is your Wattage/temperature setting. On the row beneath that, you have your voltage readout, or Wattage when vaping in temp control mode. The last row displays your atomizer resistance and puff count. The puff counter can also be set to display your total vaping time, or Amps, when you want to really geek out.
To reset your puff count, press the fire bar three times, then the left adjustment button until you see the puff count blinking. Then simply hold the power button for three seconds until it says “00000”.
Note: To select your desired mode, click the fire button three times in a row. Once it starts flashing, hit the right adjustment button to toggle between VW, BP, TCNi, TCTi, TCSS or TCRM1 modes.
To activate the menu, hold the fire and right adjustment button simultaneously for 3 seconds. Press the right adjustment button to toggle between LED Color, Logo, Preheat and Time out. Once you are in the desired screen, you will need to hit the left adjustment button first to modify your selection.
Note: This new feature was added to the most recent firmware update (V1.01.) If you don’t have it yet, download the software from the official Wismec website and follow the instructions provided. You’ll also need the same program to upload your own custom logos to your device.
Good news. Wismec has decided to go with a new type of 510 connection this time. Unlike on the Predator, this mod has it milled in to the body of the P80. Don’t take my word for it. Watch this video where the Vaping Heathen puts it through a rigorous torture test. That 510 pin ain’t going nowhere.
The Sinuous Designs P80’s 510-pin is now centered. This allows you to fit 25 mm atty’s flush, while still maintaining its stealthy figure. I rather have a hangover than even the slightest bit of overhang.
If Darth Vader vaped, this would be his go-to device. The Wismec Sinuous P80 appeals to Star Wars fans, or just people who like some cool-looking shit. I admire Wismec for checking their eGo at the door (pun intended) by producing a stealthy vaping device with minimal branding.
In a time where 20700 and 21700 batteries are starting to trend, is there still a desire for single-18650 devices? What are your thoughts about the Wismec Sinuous P80? Leave a comment!