Hugo Vapor Ranger GT234 TC Box MOD Review
The Hugo Vapor Ranger GT234 TC Box Mod is a new mod from the Hugo Vapor. The Ranger is a dual 18650 mod rated at 234 watts and is styled like an Innokin Proton or Smoant Charon mini. It’s available in 2 colors black and red. Let’s dive in a little bit deeper and find out more about the Hugo Vapor Ranger GT234!
Hugo Vapor Ranger GT234 Specs
- Dimensions – 88mm by 45mm by 31mm
- Dual High-Amp 18650 Batteries – Not Included
- GT234 M4 MCU Chipset
- Maximum Wattage Output: 234W
- Output Voltage: 0.5-8.4V
- Resistance Range: 0.06-3.0ohms
- Ni200, Titanium, Stainless Steel Compatibility
- VW Mode
- TCR Mode
- Custom User Mode
- Zinc-Alloy Chassis Construction
- 2.0″ TFT Color Display
- Ergonomic Design
- Intuitive Firing Button
- Two Adjustment Buttons – 1 Menu Button
- RGB LED Light Bars
- Magnetized Battery Door Cover
- Micro USB Port – Upgrade
- Centered 510 Connection
- Available in Black or Red
Hugo Vapor Ranger GT234 Packing List
- Ranger 234W Box Mod
- Micro USB Cable
- Instructional Manual
Initial Impressions on Hugo Vapor Ranger GT234 TC Box MOD
When I first got this Mod, I was pretty impressed with the design. It has the large 2-inch color screen and the symmetrical shape with a front facing fire buttons like a Modified Lyra or Hcigar Wildwolf but with a bigger screen. The one thing that was odd though was they have a 26mm platform on top for your atomizers.
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 .122, .147, .19, and .628 ohms. Wattage points were max (234), 200, 150, 100, 75, 50 and 25.
At .122 ohms it maxed out at 209 watts and 41 amps. For the rest of the testing, it was on the low side 7-16 watts at 100+ but only 2-4 watts under 100 watts. The pretty typical struggle at that resistance and on par with most.
At .147 it maxed out at 228 watts. The rest were pretty good 2-4 watts low 100 or more but 1-2 watts high under 100.
For the .19 test, it maxed out at 231 watts. Again really good but a little on the high side especially at higher Wattages where it was way high 8-17 but under 100 6-9 watts high.
For the .628 testing, it maxed out at 99 watts and 7.889 volts. For the rest of the testing little high 3-6 watts which is common. The volts shows there is no boost circuit in this mod like most dual battery mods.
Watt Mode Performance Continued
Overall, I felt the performance of this mod was really good. It struggled a little with the .122 ohm build which is common for most mods at that resistance to struggle a bit. It mostly hits slightly high at .2 or higher but slightly low under .2 overall but a pretty accurate mod on par with many of the best ones.
I was able to get 234 watts max, so I consider it to be accurately rated at 234 watts. The 7.889-volt limit shows there is a no boost circuit. Their manual lists the max Volts at 8.4V so it does fall short of that. They list the theoretical limit which is impossible to achieve. I wish companies wouldn’t do that. If you don’t have a boost circuit the most you should list is around 8V no higher. They list an amp limit on this mod of 50A. The most I got was 41 with a .122 ohm coil which is above average for a dual battery mod but a bit short of the listed spec. I would have preferred it listed at 40. Personally, if I was listing the specs, I’d call the mod 230 watts, 8V and 40A.
So overall not bad listings except the volt limit and amp limits which I feel are slightly overstated but not too crazy.
Other Usage Notes
The Hugo Vapor Ranger mod uses a standard 5 click to lock or unlock the mod but to turn it off it’s in the menu system. The menu system is excellent, however. There is a menu button. Press menu 3 times to go into settings. It has power, bypass, watt curve (M1), and TC for SS, Ni200, and Ti wire. I really like that, very easy to use.
Depending on your mode you have options for adjustments as well all laid out nicely. In the menu there is a mode on the bottom, scrolling through that presents a ton of options. You have puff counter and clear puff, screen font color settings, screen timeout setting, brightness, wallpaper options, LED Settings, Board Temp, live voltage readings from batteries individually and FW version. Everything you can want from a menu system. The screen also displays individual battery charge as a % per battery. Which is great. Overall very well done and fully featured.
The Hoge Vapor Range GT234 adjusts by .1 watt increments under 10 watts and full watt increments 10 or more and also round robbins. Very well done there and fast and easy to adjust. The mod itself is built solid with no rattle at all and has a good solid weight to it without feeling heavy.
Other Usage Notes Continued
The battery door is a standard magnetic black plate and it’s easy to get batteries in and out without damaging wraps and takes 2 18650 batteries. It fits great with no play on it and has a coating on the back for protection as well as a warning sticker so well done there. It doesn’t need a ribbon and doesn’t have one and works like the Polar and Charon Mini mods. There are also 2 LED strips next to the screen which can be turned off or programmed to different colors and modes if that’s your thing.
The paint on it looks nice overall and the red I have is not pink like some mods. The fire button is nice and clicky and a good size. It works well and it never gets stuck or anything 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.
The mod handles a 26mm atomizer flush on the platform. The 510 is on a 26mm platform. I wish it would have had a flat top as then it could have taken a 30mm atomizer too. The screen is an excellent size 2-inch color screen that is nice and bright and easy to see. One of the nicest screens I’ve seen out there along with the Polar, Charon mini, and Proton. I love the screen on it.
Hugo Vapor Ranger GT234 TC Box MOD Pros & Cons
- Power mode performance most of the time
- Accurately rated for watts
- Good amp limit (41)
- Good volt limit for a mod without a boost circuit
- Batteries are easy to get in and out without damaging wraps.
- Excellent bright 2-inch color screen
- Nice fire button
- Handles 26mm atomizers without overhang
- Watt curve mode (M1)
- Good menu system
- Easy to adjust wattage quickly
- Individual battery voltage readings
- LEDs with lots of setting and can be turned off.
- Solid build quality and no button rattle
- Good battery door
- Nice symmetrical design
- Only 2 color options
- Overstated amp limit and volt limit in specs
- 26mm platform, if it was flat could handle a 30mm atomizer.
Hugo Vapor Ranger GT234 MOD Video Review
So with all that said, do I recommend the Hugo Vapor Ranger GT234 TC Box MOD or not? I don’t like to do a hard yes or no and this one I have to lean towards the no. It’s not a bad mod by any means and performs good in power mode but dual 18650 battery mods have so many good options out there. It’s a shame as it’s close to being a really good mod and I love the screen and menu system.
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.