Soft, Standard, & Powerful: The SX Mini & You
- 17 Dec, 2014
Box mods are all the rage these days, and with good reason. With the new chips able to fire low ohm atomizers and high watts, variable wattage mods are taking the spotlight once again. Today we're going to talk about the SX350 chip by YiHi, and specifically, the SX Mini Mod (below.)
The SX Mini boasts a max 60w feature with firmware upgrades promised in the future. Variable wattage pretty much illuminates the idea that there is no perfect wattage for every application. If there was, the variable market would be gone as every mod hitting the shelves would be at that one, perfect wattage. Adjusting wattages alters flavor and vapor production, but how can this be fine-tuned further? YiHi answers that question with the SX350 chip. This chip features a unique setting: Soft, Standard, and Powerful.
When first using my SX Mini, I initially scoffed at these settings. "30 watts is 30 watts, how would these arbitrary setting affect that?" Well, while it rarely happens, I learned I was wrong. One I understood these setting and how to utilize them, it practically revolutionized how I vaped. Let's break each setting down:
Genny users will love this. Let's say you have your wattage set at 20w. If you have the mod set at 20w, when you fire your RBA the wattage will start weaker than the 20w and then gradually build to the desired wattage setting. This allows your atomizer to wick a bit longer before firing on all cylinders. I have found that I love this setting on my Aspire Atlantis. I set the wattage at 37.5 watts (which admittedly higher than recommended by Aspire) and click over to the Soft setting. That first hit pushes somewhere around 20-25w and rises up to the 37.4w. This allows me to start a stronger pull which soaks in more juice, and by the time it's fully saturated I'm at my desired wattage. This setting allows for some serious chain vaping without burning the wick.
Or maybe you have some juice that you love, but the initial throat hit knocks you down every time you try and vape it. The Soft setting is perfect for this as it allows for a milder initial hit which conditions your throat for the full hit to which the chip is building.
While this is the less flashy option, it is also the one casual users will probably use the most. Set the mod at 50 watts and the SX350 chip will fire at 50 watts. No build up, nothing fancy, just straight power. This setting works well on the Atlantis set at around 28w, and works great for most atomizers.
Drippers rejoice! The SX350's Powerful setting is going to make your day. If you're anything like me, you are always searching for that middle ground between thick, dense vapor production and the full-range of flavor. My favorite RDA build is an 8-wrap, 24g kanthal dual-coil build. The flavor is fantastic and the clouds are plentiful. My biggest complaint? On a mechanical mod, it takes a few second before it full fires up. Well, the Powerful setting boosts the initial wattage causing the coils to fire up much faster than normal, and then it slowly drops back down to the programmed wattage. For example, if I set the SX Mini at 50w, the Powerful setting will initially fire up at 60w. This eliminates that slow firing dual-coil setup that I love. This chip at this setting quite literally perfected my favorite build.
Effect on Flavor
Another fantastic aspect of these settings are their effects on flavor. Let's use Strawberry Creamcake as our example. At 430 degrees it's mostly a cupcake with a light strawberry glaze. Crank the temperature to 440 degrees and the strawberry emerges more and becomes a defined flavor instead of an accent note but it's still not super strong. 450 degrees brings the creamy icing flavor out, but only slightly. At 470 degrees, there is a bold strawberry with a good icing taste yet not as much cupcake. So, if you use the Powerful setting at 24 watts in an Aspire Atlantis you'd have the initial burst of strawberry and icing with the last of the draw bringing the cupcake back on board. Pretty cool, right?