Kanger NeBox All in One device
This week I take a look at the Kanger NeBox, an all in one device that includes mod and tank atomiser in a single box unit.
I received the red edition and black edition of the NeBox, there are also light blue and white versions available.
Under the slide off sleeve, there is a box…
in the box our device and …
under that our accessories.
The paperwork includes a good user guide, warranty card, coil advice and some mystery stickers (no idea what they are for at all).
For accessories we have some coils, a screwdriver, cotton, the drip tip, a spare coil (this one is the 0.5ohm SSOCC kanthal) and the RBA deck.
And of course we have our device. The NeBox measures 86mm x 58mm x 22.8mm, and weighs just 160grams (excluding juice and battery).
Yes the coil base does screw in flush, as you will see later, I just forgot to in this photo.
The top is protected by a clear film, these things keep catching me out and I thought the surface was damaged at first. Once the film is off we have a perfect gloss black top.
The side has the Kangertech name on it and the venting is provided by the Kanger logo opening in the side.
Below the drip tip end of the device is a juice window, which allows the user to see clearly how much juice is left in the device.
Around the other side we have the usual CE and do not recycle markers and the NeBox name.
And we have our control surface. As you can see in the black edition, the coil base is seated correctly there and the red edition is still partially unscrewed.
The device has a micro USB charge port, and you can see the up and down menu buttons.
Above the display we have our power button.
All the buttons have a good action and are clicky. The up and down buttons are a little ‘loose’ but do not rattle.
The base of the device is where we find our battery and coil bases, both care fairly easy to unscrew manually but also include a coin slot in case you struggle.
The battery base screws into a fairly short thread, solid enough but can be a little tough to start off when inserting a battery.
The battery base is spring loaded to compensate for any battery length issues.
And, the internal positive terminal in slightly raised to allow for flat top batteries to be used.
This is the cap where you fill your juice tank, change your coil and also the air intake. It is not adjustable air flow but it is quite generous.
One note is that you must be careful not to cover this opening whilst vaping, it could lead to flooding the coil (and potential leaks there after).
Here you can see inside the tank, there is a vapour tube that passes all the way up to the drip tip.
Filling is a simple process of adding liquid down the side (not the tube) until it reaches the ‘bridge’ plate.
This is the coil head in the base cap. This one is one of the newer SSOCC coils, but the device can also use the older style ‘square’ OCC coils and the RBA (one of which is included).
The SSOCC coils wick a lot faster than the older style coils, but still use the vertical coil format.
The coil or RBA screws into the base.
The coils are included in a 0.15ohm temperature sensing compatible NI200 and a 0.5ohm non-temperature sensing version.
The device has a wattage control mode.
And, a temperature control mode.
It also has a set of 6 memories, where you can setup your favourite ‘profiles’ and select them at will.
The Nebox is a great little device, it has many reasons to choose it. It also has a few very minor things that might annoy some.
The device is small, light and includes everything you will need to start vaping, except the liquid. It fits neatly into the hand and has no nasty edges and buttons that are easy to reach (and work well with a clicky action).
It has both wattage and temperature regulation. The temperature regulation is the first from Kanger and it works without a single issue.
Including the RBA will keep those that like to rebuild happy, and it is a good RBA as well (one of my favourites in a mass produced atomiser). The coils are rather good as well, the SSOCC work best with high VG liquids and the OCC coils are better suited to the high PG liquids. I did find that the SSOCC coils can wick a bit to fast (potentially leaking) with high PG liquids.
I also found that the SSOCC coils tend to read a higher resistance after priming than they do dry, so locking your resistance in temperature mode after priming is advised.
The lack of air flow control might discourage some, I personally found the device to be open enough to work well with the coils. People liking a tight draw might find the Nebox too open, others that like hard lung hits might find it too closed. Generally most people should be OK with it.
Caution does have to be taken to not hold the device so that the air hole is covered, this is a sure fire way to flood the device and get leaks.
The 10ml tank is massive, it will almost certainly outlast a single 18650 battery. The battery cover is a little on the tricky side to get started, especially due to the spring loaded battery adjuster in it. The threads on it could be better, it is a shame they are not as good as the fill port ones.
The drip tip is nice and works well, if you want another drip tip in there it will take any standard sized one.
The 2 biggest moans I have seen refer to the rinsing out of the device and the plastic tank it has.
Personally I feel that if you have a ‘tank cracker’ liquid and it is your ‘all day vape’ then this is not the device for you, otherwise just don’t put ‘tank cracker’ liquids in it.
Kanger just contacted me and let me know they used a plastic called PCTG (Glycol-modified Poly-Cyclohexylenedimethylene Terephthalate for our science boffins) which is very resistant to cracking like other plastic tanks do. They claim they left Pluid ( a renowned tank cracking e liquid) in a test tank for a whole month without it cracking the tank.
I would be interested to hear from brave souls that have risked such ‘tank crackers’ in the Nebox with or without tank cracking issues.
As for rinsing, I just don’t see the problem. I hold the open fill port (with the port down and to an angle) under a slow running tap, fill the tank 2/3s, cover the tank and drip tip and shake. Then empty, repeat as needed and leave dry.
If this sounds too complicated for you then the Nebox isn’t for you. It is a cheap, simple, all in one device and works well. If the slight limitations bother you then you will want something else.
Generally I have enjoyed the Nebox and would recommend it to someone looking for an all in one device.
I have seen the NeBox in online stores at £60/$79/€80