Kanger DripBox Starter Kit
This week I am taking a look at the new, and first from Kanger Dripbox.
A ‘Squonker’ mod with bottomfeeding ‘dripper’ atomiser.
Nice cardboard box for you new device.
Inside is your new device, held safely in place with a foam insert.
You have the standard user guide, warranty card and stickers for your documentation.
Below the foam insert are the extras …
Extras include a pair of spare wire coils, two spare coil screws with a screwdriver, some cotton wicking material, an USB cable and a completed spare coil head.
You will notice on the completed spare coil head that it is rebuildable (they both are). They just screw in/out of the dripper base.
Here we have our new Kanger Dripbox device, it of course includes the atomiser.
Note the cutout in the bottom left of the first picture. This is the juice bottle that you squeeze to soak your wicks.
USB charging port.
Kanger logo cutout on the battery compartment.
Huge ‘chuff’ drip tip.
This is of course a ‘swuonker’ type setup. What that means is you have the quality vape of a dripper without having to ‘drip’ every couple of puffs.
The box mod can feed liquid up from the atomiser base to recharge the dripper and then let excess liquid return to the bottle.
The base has a cover for the juice bottle and for the battery.
The juice bottle cover is a simple magnetic cover, it just pops off by lifting it to reveal the bottle.
The battery cover just unscrews from the device.
It has a central screw ‘dial’ that you can adjust to make a rattle free battery connection.
This is the atomiser base, it has several small holes around the edge that allow the juice from the box mod up to the wicks.
Her is the base with the coil head, coils and wicks installed.
Note how the wicks sit in that channel with all those small holes in it.
A short squeeze of the filled juice bottle and liquid soaks the wicks, letting go of the bottle sucks the excess liquid back into the bottle.
Atomiser body on and you can see how much of a juice well you have, and the pair of air flow slots in the body.
The atomiser top has an integral drip tip, no using your own drip tip here.
You can see the underside of the top has two ‘legs’ on it, turning the top in the body moves these legs to adjust air flow.
The bottle (with the cover off) just pulls down, as it does it pulls the bottle ‘stopper’ with it.
Once the bottle is removed, the stopper blocks off the juice tube to stop leaks whilst refilling.
In the last picture, I have lifted the stopper so you can see how it blocks the bottom of the tube.
The way a ‘squonker’ works means the bottle feeds from the bottom (that brass tube end), so there is no tipping or tilting required.
So , some specs…
The device uses an interchangeable and standard 18650 battery.
It has no regulation or temperature control, basically working like an electronic version of a mechanical.
It has the usual electronic safety protections, and is power limited to 60watts (with a 0.2ohm coil setup) so as not to let extra low ohm builds over stress the battery.
The device is limited to 60watts with a full charge (assuming the pre-made 0.2ohm coil) and will have dropped to 50watts with those pre-made coils by the time the low battery limiter stops you vaping on that battery.
Dimensions are 80 x 45 x 22 for the box and the dripper adds 35mm to the height. Weight is 115grams, and only 170grams with a battery and full juice bottle installed.
So, opinions …
I rarely, other than when reviewing a device, use anything that is not temperature controlled. Further I would say that in the last 12 months I have always chosen a regulated device.
Then the Kanger Dripbox showed up, and I have been using it continuously since it did.
The vapour quality and flavour is superb, drippers have long been a known way to get great flavour and a moist warm vapour. The problem with them, at least for me, is the constant need to drip more liquid into them. With a ‘squonker’ this problem is removed, a simple bottle squeeze recharges the dripper and you can carry more than enough liquid for a day in the device.
The Kanger Dripbox more than delivers on the squonker design, good dual coil atomiser, good 7ml bottle capacity, good battery cover and juice bottle removal systems
It is light, compact and easy to use. The button just does 2 things, 5 clicks on/off and vape.
As I said I almost always use TC of watts regulated device, that said the Kanger Dripbox only varies between 50 and 60watts due to the way it limits power on a full battery and when the battery cutoff happens. Not exactly regulated but near to it when using the stock coils (or building your own to 0.2ohms).
If I had to find something negative to say about it, it would be that the juice feed from the bottle is a little slow. Whether this is due to the rather firm bottle or a small feed tube or the juice holes in the atomiser I don’t know. It isn’t really a problem but some might notice it.
Would be nice, for myself at least, to see a version of this one day with temperature control (TC). If they did that without too much increase in size I would be delighted. For now, the device is fantastic and I could not recommend it more to those wanting to try out ‘squonking’.
The list price at Kanger for this starter kit is just $45 (they aren’t showing £ or € prices at this time), but as always shop around for a good deal.