Pioneer4You IPV Mini from Canvape
Out of all the advanced personal vaporizers that I get to test and review, I find the IPV line of APVs to be one of the top brands for a smooth and consistent vape that is reliable and fairly inexpensive. I've taken exception to their marketing practice with the IPV 3 by misleading vapers with the "in series" battery connection, but they remain one of the best overall devices available.
The Pioneer4You IPV Mini continues on the tradition established by the IPV, IPV 2, and IPV 2s with innovation, and ease of use.
The IPV Mini is available in two colors: Black and Silver. The unit we received for testing and review is the Black one shown at the right.
I found this to be ideal. The threads are smooth, the edges knurled, and flush with the bottom of the unit. The battery compartment is tight, though, and only works with flat top batteries. There is reverse polarity protection with the positive facing the 510 connector and the negative facing the threaded cap.
Output current is a maximum of 13 amps, so just about any 18650 IMR or INR battery will work. We used it with the Efest 3100 mAh 20 amp battery and got some incredible vape times with it.
The IPV Mini toggles through the familiar five clicks on or off. It also features the latest firmware from Pioneer4You with five memory positions. When you press the + adjustment button, it can cycle through preset wattage levels stored in M1 through M5. To adjust further, press the - adjustment button and you can then cycle with the + or - adjustments in 0.1 increments. Once you find the wattage you want, press the fire button and it will "lock" it in the memory position.
The IPV Mini also supports a very desirable feature where you can select Pulse Mode Modulation (PMM) or DC-DC power. The difference is one of how the power gets to the coil and how long the battery lasts. PMM is a technology that "pulses" power to the coil to conserve battery. Depending on the PMM width, the vape can be smooth to harsh, but far more desirable is direct current (DC) that provides an even flow of power to the coil. DC-DC also uses up the battery faster – but keep in mind there is a threaded cap and you can change batteries quickly and easily. I always carry a spare 18650 battery with me (just in case). The IPV Mini uses the Yihi SX 130 chipset and it is pass through charging/vaping ... with a micro USB charge cable, you can charge on the go.
Although called the IPV Mini, this is "mini" only in width. It does fit nicely in the hand. The width of the unit is 23.1 mm – the Aspire Atlantis tank sits nicely on this. The KangerTech Subtank is 25 mm, though, and will overhang by slightly less than 1 mm. It's not that noticeable and it's the KangerTech Subtank I plan on using with the IPV Mini. You might want to think through which tank to use on this: the air flow channels on the IPV Mini do not reach the edges of the top. They are approximately 21 mm from edge to edge, leaving about 1 mm at the end of each air flow channel. If your tank has air flow through the 510 connector and is larger than 21 mm, you may have problems get air to the tank. With the Aspire Atlantis and KangerTech Subtank, the air flow is through the sides of the base, so it's not an issue with these.
The 510 connector is adjustable with a flat screw driver and is also spring loaded. It's a great combination. The case itself is a little bit strange with two hex screws on one side. I decided to remove these and see what is behind this cover. It turns out this is the access cover for access to the electronics and components. I've taken a few pictures of the interior and posted them on a separate page (you can see it here). the interior does show glue and quick assembly.
I like the angled edge on the top of the IPV Mini ... it helps to remove the perception of bulk. The IPV Mini is a very nice vape, stealthy as much as it can be. There is a slight button rattle and an overall impression of quick (cheap) assembly. I'm sure that contributes to the reasonable cost of this device. When I first looked at the IPV Mini, the impression was of cheapness ... even the mirror finish on the front button panel looked cheap. The manual doesn't mention it, but there is a film covering the mirror finish to prevent scratches prior to purchase – remove that and the look improves substantially. I like it and the color matched buttons.
So, what's the verdict? Is it worth it? This is a very smooth vape, a practical size, and a reasonable price. The IPV Mini, even in DC-DC mode, lasts a good long time between charges. I recommend it.