Pioneer4You has clearly thrown down their gauntlets against Sigelei with their new mod, the IPV400! Taking the popularity of the style and small size of the Sigelei 213, Pioneer4You had introduced their first compact dual 18650 battery mod that is even smaller than the Sigelei 213! There have been a number of complaints about the Sigelei 213, namely that the mod promises to hit 213 watts but has been shown that it can only go up to 155 watts. The IPV400 uses the new YiHi SX330 F4 chipset, which guarantees the ability to hit 200 watts! There are numerous other changes, so let’s get into the review, shall we?
The IPV400 is shipped in a typical cardboard box that houses the IPV400, the User Manual, Warranty Card, and a charging cord for the IPV400. The cord doubles as a firmware updating cord, which while there are no updates out yet, I am sure Pioneer4You will release any in order to keep the IPV400 up-to-date. The User Manual is short and sweet, easy to get the information that one may need in order to operate the mod properly. No complaints on any of this, though I would like to see a larger USB cord sent with it, as it is only 1.5 feet, but at least its not smaller. And since the IPV400 can be charged while sitting upright, it works out well.
The IIPV400 is the smallest dual 18650 battery mod that I have seen, at 88mm x 41.5mm x 28mm. The IPV400 has a micro USB port on the back that can be used for charging the batteries or for updating the firmware of the mod. The IPV400 has Temperature Control modes for Nickel 200 (Ni200), Titanium (Ti), and Stainless Steel 304 (SS304). It does not have a mode for SS316, the most popular type of Stainless Steel wire, but the IPV400 has a TCR mode which enables you to set the TCR for SS316, or any type of Stainless Steel that you may be using. The IPV400 has the SX Pure mode for use on the few SX Pure tanks that have come out, which are coil-less tanks that you just have to re-wick like normal. The IPV400 has a power output from 10W to 200W and a Joule output of 10J to 120J, whereas for the SX Pure the outputs are 10W to 75W or 10J to 120J. If you are using wattage mode, your coil resistance range is 0.15ohm to 3.0ohm, and for Joule mode the resistances are from 0.05ohm to 1.5ohm. Voltage range is 1V to 7V. Temp Control ranges are 100C to 300C or 212F to 572F.
Thoughts on the IPV400
I’ve been using the IPV400 for the past few days and I have to say, I am really enjoying how this mod is working out. Plus, I love the dual color design of the mod with the S curves on the sides as well. The finish is a bit slick, so it will show your fingerprints, but other than that, the design is great.
The firing pin on the IPV400 is spring-loaded, which is something that I expect from all of my mods though there are a few that come out without this feature. Plus, the firing pin isn’t copper plated like most but is gold plated. Personally, I find that gold plated firing pins work better for me by getting a better connection than copper plated pins seem to, especially when my tank leaks and I get juice down around the firing pin.
What I am missing is that the top is flat where your tank or RDA goes, so I can see it getting scuffed up and scratched over time. I would have been happier to see a separate top on the IPV400 with juice channels for leaks so ejuice doesn’t get into the connection. It is a small issue, but one that I would have loved to have seen implemented on the IPV400.
I love the firing button, as it is right in the front and makes it easy to fire when holding in either hand (as I am right-handed but use my left hand while vaping when I drive). It doesn’t rattle, nor does it stick when pressing. The firing button for the IPV400 is clicky and responsive, but not too loud, and doesn’t require a ton of force to get the button fully pressed.
The micro USB slot on the IPV400 is located on the back, right near the top. I like that it is high up like this as I prefer to do any charging or updating with my tanks or RDAs on my mod, so laying them down will cause leaking. The IPV400 you can keep it stood up on its base, which is just what I like to see. I do wish there was a micro USB cover attached to the mod, even though I often rip them off as they annoy the crap out of me. But in the IPV400’s case, a cover would have been nice as due to where the slot is located, my thumb runs over it, as does my palm. Meaning, the micro USB slot will scrape off any oils or dirt on my hands and get clogged with them. Right now, I have a small piece of electrical tape placed over the slot to keep this from happening as I am, admittedly, a bit paranoid with that sort of thing.
Another big thing I check for is the battery cover. I know, the IPV400 can be used to charge your batteries. And I have charged my batteries in the IPV400 a few times already, no excess heat or any issues like that. Plus the batteries were charged correctly and the battery indication on the IPV400’s screen was correct. But I still prefer to charge my batteries in an external charger and only use the charging feature of any mod I am using occasionally, such as when I am low on battery and am traveling without my external charger or when I am at work and need to vape on the way home. So, the battery cover does mot have magnets or anything like that. It slides under a small latch on the side to keep the battery door secure. I’ve not had any jingling or rattling from the door when it was secure, even when the battery bays are empty. I feel the battery door is rather secure so no issues at all with it… though a couple of magnets would have been nice to see just to set my mind at ease. One last thing on the battery door, the serial number of the IPV400 is located here on the inside of the battery door embossed into the inner portion of the case. Just in case anyone is curious or needs it for whatever reason.
The adjustment buttons are places on the side and near the bottom, as is the OLED screen, which means that I don’t accidentally hit the adjustment buttons while vaping, nor do I get fingerprints all over the OLED screen. The adjustment buttons on the IPV400 don’t rattle nor are they clicky, but they are very responsive and are easy to use. By which I mean you don’t have to press them unnecessarily hard to get the watts or joules or temps to increase rapidly as some mods do. The OLED screen is a bit small, but all the information is there, so no complaints on that end. And the menu system is easy to navigate and traverse, as all IPV mods are set up.
There are grip slots on the back of the mod, which do seem to help a bit, which is rather nice to see that they took the time to add those in.
IPV400 vs Sigelei 213
I have both the Sigelei 213 and the IPV400 and up until I got the IPV400 the Sigelei was my daily driver and my favorite mod. But with the recent accusations that the 213 only reaches 155W… well, my opinion of the mod was lowered a bit. And when the IPV400 comes out and it is a bit slimmer, a bit lighter, and has a few upgrades when compared to the 213? Its an easy choice.
The IPV400, as I stated, is slimmer and less wide when compared to the 213, not by much, no, but the difference is there. The firing button on the IPV400 is easily felt in the dark, whereas the 213’s firing button is more flush. Not a huge thing but something that works better for me. And the chipset that the IPV400 uses will hit 200W with the correct batteries we all use, such as the LG HG2 or the Samsung 30q, while the 213, according to a number of sources, will only hit 155W. Now, for a 155w? Then the Sigelei 213 beats out all other 150W ranged mods due to its size, portability, ect. But comparing 200W mods? The IPV400 beats out all of the competition and has been my daily driver since I got it. Hell, I’ve not put the IPV400 down!
There are a few small issues with the IPV400 that I can see. First up, there isn’t an SS316 mode. Yes, you can use the TCR mode to set up the TCR values for SS316 and it isn’t a big deal to do. Maybe P4Y knows something the rest of us don’t, that maybe SS304 is going to be the popular wire here shortly. Or it was a choice to be different as every other mod with a Stainless Steel mode has a SS316 mode. Not a big deal for me, as while I do use Stainless Steel almost exclusively, I typically use it in Power Mode.
Another small gripe is that the connection area isn’t a separate material than the rest of the top of the mod. Meaning that you will get scuffs and scratches in the top from screwing your tanks or RDAs onto the mod over time. Unless, of course, you are extremely careful which is hard to do. Again, not a big deal, and one that would never cause me to not buy this mod as I buy mods to use them, not to look at them. But for those who do want their mod looking as nice as possible at all times, it could be an issue for them.
And the last issue I have with the mod is that the micro USB slot is in the perfect position to scrape dirt, oil, and other things on your hands into the port itself while holding the mod. I would have liked to see a rubber cover in the slot right from the box, but a small piece of electrical tape fixes that issue for me just as easily (especially since I do hate the rubber USB slot covers with a vengeance and would have ripped it off in short order.. I know, I want it but I hate them… I’m complex what can I say?).
I have to say that the IPV400 is an awesome mod, one that you should get if you are looking for a high wattage mod for extreme coil builds or if you are still using single coils but want longer battery life. The IPV400 has all the temp control modes that you want, plus a TCR mode to set up specific TCR values for different wires that there aren’t specific modes for. The IPV400 is the smallest dual 18650 battery mod out there on the market and it is very reasonably priced. Pick one up today, it is that good of a mod.