Sigelei Mini 30W Review
I've been vaping for a short time, just 4 months (but tobacco free that whole time), and I've been using really basic "pen" style vaporizers. I've got 2 Innoken iTaste LEOs and an X6. They were great for helping my kick the tobacco habit but after the cravings subsided I began to see vaping as sort of a new hobby. E-cigarettes and vaporizers have been around for a few years now but it's been in just the past few years that we've seen huge developments in the industry and products bringing along new and unique products. After I felt I had no desire to return to tobacco, I decided to have a little fun and buy something more advanced. I began researching box mods and mechanical mods. Eventually I narrowed my options down to a Fu Chai mechanical mod and a DNA 30 box mod. From there, I asked my wife (who had no idea what I was talking about) to pick one for me because I liked them both equally. She said, "Get the one that's cheaper." So I was set on the Fu Chai. But I kept doing some research when I came across the Sigelei Mini 30w. It was only available for pre-order when I found it, but I decided to wait it out and give it a try.
My Sigelei Mini 30w showed up at my door 3 days after I ordered it. I had been watching the tracking info, impatiently waiting for the "delivered" status. I contained my excitement and opened my other product first but I couldn't wait to open my Sigelei.
Upon opening it the box contained the Sigelei Mini 30w, a rubber case, a charging cable, a warranty card, and a user manual. Having seen other box mods before I was thoroughly impressed by the size of the Sigelei. It fits nicely in my hand and in a jacket pocket. The variable wattage from 5W to 30W is awesome. The rubber case make the Sigelei feel great in my hand. The charging cable is good for anyone with a lower budget so you can afford to purchase a single battery.
Now I've had my Sigelei for a few weeks, so let's get to the pros, cons, and tips for anyone who decides to purchase one.
- Compact size. The Sigelei Mini 30w is pretty small. The entire unit fits in the palm of my hand. It fits nicely in my jacket pocket as well. It's far less awkward than many of the larger box mods I've seen.
- Variable wattage. The Sigelei Mini 30W can fire from 5W to 30W and 0.3ohms to 3.0ohms. This is all very handy for using a range of tanks. I've got a cheap knock-off Protank that I can only fire at 5W, any higher and I burn the coils. I've also got a Brass Monkey close RDA and Aspire Atlantis that can both fire up to the max 30W. There are a variety of other tanks on the market that work with the Sigelei, you just need to know the maximum wattage they can fire at because the Sigelei Mini 30W can fire them at levels that will produce a great vape and levels that will make you regret turning it up to such a high wattage. The Sigelei Mini 30W will also automatically adjust your voltage levels based on your wattage setting and the ohms of your coil. And it will adjust even more if you switch from DC-DC mode (unregulated) to PWM mode (regulated). But for the sake of a great vape, DC-DC is the way to go.
- Rubber case. This was one of my favorite things about the Sigelei Mini 30W. The rubber case makes it easy to grip the mod and if you decide to use a tank/RDA that is slightly wider than the mod then the case adds a little extra width so the tank/RDA doesn't look as awkward.
- Micro USB charger. When I got my Sigelei, I was on a pretty tight budget. Having the micro USB charger allowed me to purchase a single 18650 battery and recharge it while it was still in the Sigelei. Most lithium-ion battery charges run around $15-35 so cutting that cost was great.
- Cost. The Sigelei Mini 30W runs about $45-60, depending on the retailer. Last year the Innokin MVP topped out at 11W and was in the same price range. I'll be honest, when I tried my friend's MVP a few months back, I almost went out and bought one. But now I'm glad I waited because the Sigelei puts it to shame.
- Battery life. I don't vape all day long. My employer doesn't allow tobacco use nor vaping inside the building so I'm limited to vaping on my breaks. I put a freshly charged battery in every morning and when I get home at night I still have about 1/3 of the battery left. That might not sound awesome but I vape pretty heavily on my breaks. My old "pen style" vaporizers would last all day, all night, and most of the next day but the experience was absolutely disappointing compared to the Sigelei Mini 30W.
- Clouds. Oh the clouds! If you're used to using 30W+ devices, the clouds are probably pretty standard. But coming from "pen" vaporizers, the clouds I make now are insane. I have to roll down the windows in my car if I'm vaping while I drive because it gets too cloudy to see well. Maybe that's a con to some, but I love the clouds I can make with the Sigelei Mini 30W. It's just pure fun.
- Battery life. If you're not using the Sigelei Mini 30W all day long, a single battery is fine. But if you use it all day, your battery will be dead in a few hours. Running a single 18650 allows the Sigelei Mini 30W to be compact but you'll need multiple batteries to keep using it all day long.
- Micro USB charger. While this is great if your battery lasts until you go to bed, if you have to plug it in when you get home then you're stuck without a vaporizer until it's charger. Or I suppose you could walk over to your charging vaporizer and use it, but then you have to get up every time you want to use it. It's not a major problem, just an annoyance.
- Fire button. The first button is crisp and works every time right out of the box. But eventually the fire button breaks in and you have to press it in harder to get it to fire. With the case on, this is more challenging and if your finger moves it may stop firing. I've had my Sigelei Mini 30W for a few weeks now and I rarely use my rubber case. Without the case, the fire button protrudes from the mod and is much easier to firmly press and once the button has broken in it needs to be firmly pressed to function correctly.
After a few weeks of using the Sigelei Mini 30W, I feel it's a great mod. It has some small issues but they're easily overcome by changing how you use the device or purchasing additional equipment. With a sub-ohm tank, it's easy for beginners and makes for a good "on to go" mod for experienced users.. And with an RDA, it's great for experienced users.
- Buy additional batteries and a charger. One battery with the micro USB charger is fine for anyone on a budget, but if you have the funds to purchase 2-3 batteries and a charger (Nitecore D2 is what I use) then definitely go that route. It's much nicer to be able to swap out batteries and throw them on a charger than to have to let your Sigelei stay attached to a cable while it charges.
- Get ready to ditch the case. The rubber case really is awesome but once the fire button breaks in the case makes it difficult to keep the unit firing unless you find the sweet spot and don't move your finger.
- Get a tank and an RDA. Dripping on the go sucks, trust me. I've got an Aspire Atlantis for when I'm out and about and then I use my Brass Monkey RDA clone for when I'm at home. Dripping is awesome, but the convenience of a tank is so much better if you don't want to have to refill your RDA after a few hits. The Aspire Atlantis is a 2ML sub-ohm tank and you can get a 7ML upgrade. Kanger also has their Subtank in 6ML. They're both fantastic tanks to get the feel of dripping while having enough juice in your tank to keep you going for a while.
- Lower your nicotine level. If you're not experienced with dripping or sub-ohming then trust me when I say anything over 6-8mg/ml of nicotine is too much for high wattage vaping. Your throat, stomach, lungs, and brain will thank you for not trying to drip 24mg/ml at 30W. If you have a bunch of high nicotine juice laying around and decide dripping or sub-ohming is your thing, check out Mt Baker Vapor. That link goes to their unflavored juice. Order it in 0mg/ml and get the 236ML bottle. It's $8. Mix it with your flavored juice to lower the nicotine level. The flavor is still pretty dang good but it won't leave you coughing your lungs out on the floor. I've got nearly 20 bottles of flavored juice and 2 bottles of 236ML unflavored 0mg/ml juice that I've been mixing because I don't want to throw it all away now that I sub-ohm and drip all the time.