Hcigar Wildwolf 235W TC Box Mod Review
The Hcigar Wildwolf 235W TC Mod is the latest mod from longtime manufacturer Hcigar. It’s a dual 18650 box mod rated at 235 watts with an advanced XT235 chipset and 1.3 inch TFT color screen display. The mod is available in 5 colors; black, red, silver, blue, and silver black. Let’s dive in a bit deeper and find out more about this device!
Hcigar Wildwolf 235W Specs & Features:
- Dimensions – 85mm by 45mm by 30mm
- Weight – 150g
- Dual High-Amp 18650 Batteries – Not Included
- Advanced XT235 Chipset
- Wattage Output Range: 5-235W
- Temperature Range: 200°-600°F/100°-300°C
- Ni200, Titanium, Stainless Steel Compatibility
- Intuitive Firing Button
- Zinc Alloy Chassis Construction
- 1.3″ TFT HD Color Display
- Bottom Hinged Battery Door
- Overheating Protection
- Resistance Protection
- Low Battery Protection
- Overcurrent Protection
- Short Circuit Protection
- Overtime Protection
- Micro USB
- 510 Connection
Hcigar Wildwolf 235W Packaging List:
- HCigar Wildwolf 235W Box Mod
- USB Cable
- Silicone Sleeve
- Decorative Ring
Initial Impressions of the Hcigar Wildwolf 235W TC Box Mod
When I first got this Mod, I was pretty impressed with the design. It’s the type of design that’s right up my alley and reminded me of the SX mini G Class but with less flair to it. It’s a simple symmetrical design small mod with a front facing color screen and can handle a 300mm atomizer without overhang. Similar to a slightly bigger Modefined Lyra to accommodate 30mm atomizers and I love mods designed like that. Overall pretty happy with it from the start.
Watt Mode Performance
Now let’s get into some data. I ran my normal testing. I used Sony VTC5A batteries for the testing. Testing resistances were done at .12, .14, .19, and .63 ohms. wattage points were max (235), 200, 150, 100, 75, 50 and 25.
At .12 ohms it maxed out at 178 watts and 39 amps. For the rest of the testing, it was on the low side 11-17 watts at 100+ but only 1-8 watts under 100 watts. A pretty typical struggle at that resistance and on par with most.
At .14 it maxed out at 248 watts. The rest were pretty good 1-3 watts high except at 200 when it was 14 watts high and 50 when it was 1 watt low.
For the .19 test, it maxed out at 210 watts. Again really good but a little on the high side this time 1-7 watts mostly.
For the .63 testing, it maxed out at 89 watts and 7.469 volts. For the rest of the testing a little high 1-4 watt which is common. The volts shows there is no boost circuit in this mod like most dual battery mods have.
Overall I felt the performance of this mod was really good. It struggled a little with the .12 ohm build which is common for most mods at that resistance to struggle a bit. It mostly hits slightly high above the .12 ohms though pretty accurate mod on par with many of the best ones.
Watt Mode Performance Continued
I was able to get 248 watts max, so I consider it to be accurately rated actually a bit underrated at 235 watts. They could have called it 250 watts and I would have considered that accurate.
The 7.469-volt limit shows there is no boost circuit. Their manual lists the max Volts at 8.V so it’s plausible it can do that with a higher ohm coil, no complaints there. At least they didn’t list the voltage at 8.4 as some companies do.
They list an amp limit on this mod of 36A. The most I got was 39 with a .12 ohm coil which is average for a dual battery mod and exceeds the listed amount so well done there as well.
Personally, If I was listing the specs I’d call the mod 250 watts, 8V and 40A. So overall great listed specs that are accurate. The mod never got warm when stressing it at all or had a temp protect kick in. However, the metal top plate does take on heat from the atomizer.
The mod has a watt curve which works well and the mod also has a small hard preheat on normal which I’m not a fan of. Not a big deal but I wish companies didn’t do this as we have a hard preheat option for a reason so no need to add it into the normal preheat either. I will ding them for that.
Temperature Control Performance
Using SS316 wire in SS mode (note there is no TCR mode or TCR adjustments), I tested 8 builds. 2 simple round single coils, 2 simple round dual coils, 2 large fancy single coil builds, and 2 large fancy dual coil builds.
The mod has full adjustable watts as well to adjust the ramp up and that works great. With that said I was surprisingly impressed with this mod. The Aurora mod their last one I tested wasn’t good at TC at all, so I wasn’t expecting much, but the Hcigar Wildwolf 235W performed really well.
It’s good for a warm vape around the 460-500F range so it does hit a little on the weak side. Maybe like 30-50F weaker then it should, but outside of that no complaints. It was consistent, good smooth throttle, the wattage setting adjusts ramp up, no dry hits. Everything I look for in a TC mod passes. Just as good as your typical Aspire, Innokin, Vaporesso, Smoant, etc mod so pretty impressed there.
Just note due to no TCR adjustments (which I’ll ding them for) using SS430 or other wires may not be feasible. I’d stick to SS316 only on this mod. It does have Ti and Ni200 mode as well but I’m not a fan of those wire types. Overall a very good performing mod in TC at the price point.
Other Usage Notes
The mod uses a standard 5 click to lock the mod. There is no off button. However, the mod automatically turns off after sitting idle for around 60 mins. The menu system is really easy to use and well done. There is a menu button and it works similar to the DNA250c chip. You press the menu, then you use plus or minus to highlight what you want to adjust then press the menu so you can adjust it.
For modes, you have temp, volts, and watts. Each mode has sub modes. For watts it’s soft preheat, normal preheat, powerful preheat, and watt curve mode. For volts, there is no sub-mode. Temp, it’s Ni, Ti, SS, Ni curve, Ti curve, and SS curve. You can also highlight the temp type to change from F to C (Fahrenheit to Celsius) and highlight the watts to adjust them. Very nicely done and easy to use.
The Hcigar Wildwolf 235W adjusts by .1 watt increments under 100 watts and full watt increments 10 or more. Holding the button down does full watt as well and it adjusts nicely and is easy to do so well done there. The mod itself is built solid with no rattle at all and is pretty lightweight. The battery door is a standard Bottom Latch and it’s easy to get batteries in and out without damaging wraps and takes 2 18650 batteries. Nothing we haven’t seen before but worked great and nicely done.
The top and bottom plates of the mod are zinc alloy like most mods however the body section itself is made from PC (polycarbonate) which gives it a little bit of a softer feel and that feels nice and lowers the weight yet still feels sturdy. I have the red one and the color looks great and is actually red and not pink like some other “red” mods I’ve seen.
Other Usage Notes Continued
The fire button is nice and clicky and a good size. It is an oval-shaped button above the screen. It works well and It never gets stuck or anything though which is as it should be and is really comfy to use.
The 510 pins gave me no issues and every atomizer I used on it worked great with no gaps. It’s also very nicely done secured with 2 screws on the outside and nice grounding and soldering and good thick load wire. It does get hot during stress testing taking on heat from the atomizer though which is normal but the mod itself being PC on the body doesn’t get hot.
The mod handles a 30mm atomizer flush which is great. The 510 is on a 30mm platform. I love a small mod that can accommodate that. It also comes with a beauty ring for 22mm atomizers but looks funky. It looks much better without the beauty ring. They should have made it for 25mm atomizers if they wanted to include one, but I’m not going to complain about extras.
They also include a silicon case for the mod as well which is nice. You need to remove it to change batteries but it’s a nice bonus to include.
The screen is a great size 1.3 inch TFT High definition big screen that is bright and easy to see. Also for branding, the mod itself has a Hcigar logo on the back. They list 1.6A charging as well but I don’t recommend charging internally in your mods and I don’t test charge rates of devices like this due to that.
Hcigar Wildwolf 235W TC Box Mod Pros & Cons
- 5 color options
- Power mode performance
- Underrated for watts
- Good amp limit (39) that exceeds the listed rating
- Good volt limit for a mod without a boost circuit
- Batteries are easy to get in and out without damaging wraps
- Great size bright color screen
- Nice fire button
- Handles 30mm atomizers without overhang
- Watt curve mode
- Great menu system
- Easy to adjust wattage quickly
- Very comfy to use
- Some included extras (beauty ring and silicone case)
- TC performance
- Build Quality
- Nice paint job
- No TCR adjustments or mode
- No way to turn off manually (automatically turns off after non-usage)
- Normal preheat functions like hard preheat
Hcigar Wildwolf 235W TC Box Mod Video Review
So with all that said, do I recommend the Hcigar Wildwolf 235W TC Box mod or not? I don’t like to do a hard yes or no but this one will lean pretty heavily towards the yes. It’s another one of those “budget g class” style mods like the Cylon and Lyra and is sized between the 2.
It’s slightly bigger than a Lyra, just enough bigger to handle a 30mm atomizer without overhang, but smaller than a Cylon. One of the smallest mods that can take a 30mm atomizer for sure. My only big complaint is lack of TCR adjustments but outside of that, you have an affordable well-built mod that works great for power and TC mode and can handle a 30mm atomizer.
I started vaping in late 2011 to quit chewing tobacco. over the past few years i got a lot more into the hobby side and buying and collecting a lot of gear. Fed up with the lack of good fair reviews i decided to start doing reviews late 2016 and haven’t looked back. I enjoy providing people with technical reviews that are fair and unbiased and from a place of knowledge to help them spend their money wisely.