- Sponsor having loaned the product for the magazine: BIF Tech Industries
- Price of the tested product: 4,790 Euros
- Product category according to its selling price: Luxury (over 120 euros)
- Mod type: Voltage and variable power electronics with temperature control
- Is the mod telescopic? No
- Maximum power: 700 watts
- Maximum voltage: 7V
- Minimum value in Ohms resistance for a start: Less than 0.1
Reviewer comments on business characteristics
Editor's note: Attention, this mod having been lent to us in world exclusive before its exit during one afternoon, we did not have the material time to take the necessary photos to the illustration of the article. We will be putting pictures in the coming weeks to support the various paragraphs.
In the life of a reviewer, it is not common to be offered the test of a box in solid gold! As much to tell you that, besides the white gloves, I was careful not to let fall this exotic wonder on the ground .... But let's get to the facts.
BIF Industries is a young American company based in California. There is a jumble of former fire engineers Provape but also defectors from Sony. This atypical meeting started with a simple observation: the technical development of the vaping tools is slowed down by food. Indeed, nothing prevents, in theory, to make mods that send a power greater than 500W. If it is not that the batteries, even in LiPo, can not deliver an intensity such as that necessary for the use of this power on a broad spectrum of resistances.
The young company had a technological challenge to face and we will see the involvement of Sony in its resolution.
To make the buzz to exist quickly on the world market of the vape, it was necessary to materialize the fruit of this collaboration by a single object. It was therefore decided to produce 20 copies of the first mod in solid gold encrusted with diamonds. Which explains the astronomical tariff of the Tsar, since that is his name. But rest assured, in large series, the mod will be aeronautical aluminum alloy (all the same) and should cost the United States, a sum around 230 $. In Europe, it will therefore be rather 270 €, which is still expensive, of course, but adapted to the monstrous capacity of the machine that I propose to discover.
Physical characteristics and felt quality
- Width or Diameter of the product in mm: 26
- Product Length or Height in mm: 82
- Product weight in grams: 350
- Materials composing the product: Gold, Diamond
- Form Factor Type: Classic Box - VaporShark Type
- Decorative style: Classic
- Quality of decoration: Excellent, it is a work of art
- Is the coating of the mod sensitive to fingerprints? No
- All components of this mod seem well assembled? Yes
- Fire button position: Lateral near the top cap
- Fire button type: Mechanical metal on contact rubber
- Number of buttons in the interface, including touch areas if they are present: 2
- Type of User Interface Buttons: Metal Mechanics on Contact Rubber
- Quality of the interface button (s): Excellent I love this button in every way
- Number of parts in the product: 2
- Number of threads: 1
- Quality of the threads: Excellent
- Overall, do you appreciate the quality of manufacture of this product with regard to its price? Yes
Rating of the vapelier as to feelings quality: 5 / 5
Reviewer's comments on physical characteristics and perceived quality
First of all, the main material leaves you speechless. We all know it and expect it, it is still disturbing to take in hand a solid gold box and watch, without much believe, the row of five diamonds (on each side!) Shining brightly. .
The finish is beautiful, although the aesthetics may be considered a little "rococo" or "bling-bling", but I think that gold is still for many. By imagining what could give the Tzar in black version in aluminum, we say that the choice of streaks on the body is immediately less glowing and can even be an asset to the grip, comfortable and with a real grip.
The weight is high and still hurts comfort but size is not a brake, it is equivalent to many mono-battery boxes without falling into the mini aspect however. And that's what surprises most, this size / weight ratio that surprises by its density. Gold is for many, of course, but there is also the famous revolutionary feeding system that we will discuss later.
The switch, made of mother of pearl from Javihah (a region near Hawaii where shellfish are very popular for their black mother-of-pearl) on a titanium support dyed in the mass black, is very inspired by the famous Hexohm button, except its specific brilliance and the iridescent reflections that run through it. The buttons [+] and [-] are of the same material and offers an identical approval with a sound click to use. practical to locate and especially very pleasant to handle.
The battery door is a pure masterpiece. All solid gold, it fits perfectly through the use of bi-carbon neodymium magnets, an alloy directly from the conquest of space and used to secure light parts on the hull of the shuttles. On the series version, we will be entitled to "normal" magnets. The cradle used to hold the 18650 battery is made of ferrozinc alloy, which has the distinction of being light, not being conductive and being much more resistant than a simple plastic cradle. It should continue in the mainstream version.
The contacts are in solid gold. They will be gold-plated brass in the series Tzar.
James Mureen, the CEO of BIF, told us that the selling price of this ultra-limited serial version was the cost of the box and that the interest for them was not commercial but rather to make known the progress revolutionary technologies they propose. Anyway, do not rush on your A booklet, the 20 copies have already been sold or put to win by contest.
- Type of chipset used: DNA
- Connection type: 510, Ego - via an adapter
- Adjustable positive plot? Yes, through a spring.
- Lock system ? Electronic
- Quality of the locking system: Excellent, the chosen approach is very practical
- Features offered by the mod: Switching to mechanical mode, Display of the charge of the batteries, Display of the value of the resistance, Protection against short circuits coming from the atomizer, Protection against the reversal of polarity of the accumulators, Display of the current vape voltage, current vape power display, vape time display of each puff, temperature control of the atomizer resistors, support firmware update, support customization of its behavior by external software, Adjustment of display brightness, Clear diagnostic messages, Operating light indicators
- Accu Compatibility: Proprietary Accus
- Does the mod support stacking? No
- Number of batteries supported: 1
- Does the mod retain its configuration without batteries? Yes
- Does the mod offer a recharge feature? Charging function possible via Micro-USB
- Is the recharge function pass-through? Yes
- Does the mode offer a Power Bank function? Release of 1 A
- Does the mode offer other functions? No other function offered by the mod
- Presence of a regulation of the flow of air? Yes
- Maximum diameter in mm of compatibility with an atomizer: 25
- Accuracy of the output power at full charge of the battery: Excellent, there is no difference between the requested power and the actual power
- Accuracy the output voltage at full charge of the battery: Excellent, there is no difference between the requested voltage and the actual voltage
Vapelier's note regarding functional characteristics: 5 / 5
Reviewer's comments on functional features
Beyond the very flashy aspect of the Tzar, it is in this chapter that are revealed all the revolutionary advances that the young brand offers us.
First, the accusers since it was the crux of the problem. We know that the behavior of a battery is very much related to the chemistry it uses. So, we know Lithium-Ion, IMR, Lithium Polymer and so on. Each of these chemistries has peculiarities of its own. BIF therefore thought that to improve the performance of a battery, it was necessary to change its chemistry.
Thus, without wanting to go into technical details that I am far from mastering, the manufacturer's engineers have succeeded in polymerizing manganese and combining it with lithium to obtain what they call LiMa. Which gives, in a simple 18650 battery, an intensity capacity of 130A, a voltage of 7V (approximately) and a range of 14000mAh. Suffice to say that normal batteries are already destined for extinction since the brand will sell these batteries around 20 € during the course of the year. The good news is that they are compatible with all normal mods and chargers. The difficulty residing in the wait because it takes time to load 14000mAh ...
BIF Industries is also expected to sell a charger that will be able to deliver 10A, which should reduce charging time. But for now, we do not have tariff data. We can also note that these batteries, even if they are cut to 18650 standard, weigh heavier than normal batteries.
Food is good. Still had to find a chipset capable of exploiting it. Thus, the brand has moved closer to Evolv, the famous American brand specialized to get a motor at the height of the situation. Thus was created the DNA700, 700W displaying power and likely to exploit the huge voltage delivered by the LiMa batteries.
The DNA700 is neither more nor less than a DNA200 whose calculation algorithms have been reprogrammed to meet this demand. It behaves in the same way with one exception: to send the promised 700W, a new protection circuit has been implemented to prevent any accident caused by any misuse. And since LiMa batteries have the particularity of being chemically very stable, there should not be any particular problem.
Of course, it is permissible to ask the question of the utility of such a power and society is aware of it. But the recent developments of power-vaping and drippers more and more efficient to evacuate the heat, not to mention the multiplication of complex threads, are all parameters that make this power not so excessive. Moreover, the brand is working on an atomizer (we do not know yet whether it will be a pure dripper or an RDTA) that will be able to cash all the available power.
For now, we can appreciate the autonomy given by the battery since 150W, I held the entire afternoon without the battery gauge does not move one iota! The engineer assured me that a battery life of a week was quite conceivable with a power below 100W!
The box can also be used as a power-bank to charge your mobile phone.
Evaluation of the packaging
- Presence of a box accompanying the product: Yes
- Would you say that the packaging is up to the price of the product? Yes
- Presence of a user manual? Yes
- Is the manual understandable for a non-English speaker? No
- Does the manual explain ALL features? No
Vapelier's note on packaging: 3 / 5
Reviewer's comments on conditioning
Delivered in a rather heavy solid wood box, clad with locks and inserts in aged brass, the packaging is entirely in keeping with the uniqueness of the object.
Inside, there is a very dense foam covered with burgundy leather that preserves the Tzar from all shocks. An old-fashioned USB / Micro USB cable, made of woven fabric and telephone wire, comes with a parchment authenticity card. "Mine" has the number 17 ....
The instructions provided also have a burgundy leather cover. What a shame it is in English only and ignore the technical specifications of the chipset and its use. However, you will be able to find the complete manual in French, here.
Appreciations in use
- Easy transportation with the test atomizer: Nothing works, requires a shoulder bag
- Disassembly and cleaning facilities: Super simple, even blind in the dark!
- Easy to change the batteries: Super simple, even blind in the dark!
- Did the mod heat up? No
- Has there been erratic behavior after one day of use? No
- Description of situations in which the product has experienced erratic behavior
Vapelier's note in terms of usability: 4 / 5
Reviewer's comments on the use of the product
The rendering is simply colossal and we recognize among thousands the paw of the founder who delivered here an incredible chipset of liveliness. Is it due to the LiMa battery or the chipset itself, I confess not to know but, in any case, the firing triggers an IMMEDIATE heating of the coil, here in double clapton for a resistance of 0.20Ω. It's even ruffling since, as soon as you put your finger on the switch and press, the double coil is already at ideal temperature. The latency is perfectly negligible. I dare not imagine rendering on simpler threads ...
Over four hours of use, the Tsar behaves imperiously, if I may say so. No untimely heating, a smooth and constant signal. A certain idea of happiness.
Of course, I did not test at 700W but I was up to 230W on a dripper particularly low in resistance and, how to say, that breath !!!! However, we will not fail to test the series version, with the famous atomizer brand that will cash the total power, as soon as possible. A priori, an output in September 2017 of the two objects simultaneously is in the program.
The 18650 battery is like the ones we know. The one I used was black, with no exact mark, but the engineer blew me that the definitive accusations, which will probably flood the economy of the vape, would likely be produced in quantity by Sony and will be red and gold . A version in 18000mAh is still under study.
Recommendations for use
- Type of battery used during the tests: The batteries are owners on this mod
- Number of batteries used during testing: 1
- With which type of atomizer is it advisable to use this product? Dripper, A Classical Fiber, In Sub-ohm Mount, Genesis Rebuildable
- With which model of atomizer is it advisable to use this product? All, without exception
- Description of the test configuration used: Tzar + Fodi, Narda, Kayfun V5
- Description of the ideal configuration with this product: An ato in 25 gold color for the beauty of the set-up
was the product liked by the reviewer: Yes
Overall average of the Vapelier for this product: 4.8 / 5
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The mood ticket of the reviewer
Apart from the precious aspect of the Tzar in its limited version, the good news is flowing and should positively influence our common passion. Indeed, these new batteries to alternative chemistry will be no doubt the standard of tomorrow and the maddening power delivered by the chipset is incredible. In fact, the brand engineer told me that BIF Industries was already working with Evolv on a model that goes beyond 1200W to come in 2018.
As for you, if you have read so far, I wish you an excellent first April. Do not forget to prank your loved ones as we just did. There is no more Tzar than miracle battery and if 700W are probably conceivable in the future, it can still be used to start your car if the battery is dead but, in the vape, I doubt that it can work long time.
Good day, friends and see you soon for a next serious review !!!!
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