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I decided to add this disclaimer in as i feel it’s important for people to know their source of the review. I’ve been vaping since late 2011. I’ve vaped all the styles from MTL to RLH to DTL. tanks, RTAs, RDAs, you name it. I do prefer the DTL and RLH style over MTL personally. My main focus from an atomizer is flavor. For mods i’ve used mechs and regulated mods. I’m an avid temp control vaper but enjoy power mode as well and the occasion mech useage for nostalgia. I’ve been doing reviews since late 2016. As of Jan 2018 I’ve done over 100 written reviews and done over 150 video reviews on my channel, Although i’ve taken a break from videos in the past few months to focus on written reviews.
I spend a lot of time helping vapers on forums as well and try to answer all the questions and comments on my reviews. I’m not an “out of the box” reviewer. I do my best to be thorough at all times. All mods get tested with an oscilloscope and stress tested. At times if needed i’ll disassemble them as well. Rebuildables get multiple builds in them. Tanks i use all coils until the die or a minimum of 2 weeks if they don’t die sooner.
I do this for the community to help people find good products and avoid bad ones. In my opinion a reviewer works for the community and nobody else. It’s our job to inform vapers of issues and not be advertisers as well as provide constructive criticism from a place of knowledge back to companies with these reviews so they can improve and make better products in the future.
Think Vape Ruger 230w TC Box Mod Introduction
The Think Vape Ruger is the latest mod from Thinkvape, a company many may not have heard of, but have been around for a while. Thinkvape is most famous for making mods with DNA chips, their last release the Finder 167 is one of my personal favourites and I preferred it to the much more popular Therion 167 from Lost Vape. The Ruger, however, is aimed at the more affordable mod market opting to use a different chip then the DNA chip used before for a more competitive price. Thankfully I’ll be testing this chip to see how it stacks up. It’s available in 5 colours, the mod is mostly black but there are faceplate options of Black, Red, Yellow, Blue, and Silver.
Think Vape Ruger 230w TC Box Mod Specs
- Size: 90 x 44 x 28mm
- Screen: 0.96 inch OLED screen
- Wattage range: 10W-230W
- Temperature range: 100℃-315℃/200℉-600℉
- Working modes: VW(E/P/S)/VT(Ni/Ti/SS)/TCR/Bypass
- Resistance range: 0.05-5.0ohm
- Battery: 2 x 18650 Battery (not included)
- Colour: Black/Red/Yellow/Silver/Blue
- Thread: 510 thread
- Five-orientation operation button
- The inspiration for gun bore
- The selective LED light around the OLED display
- Dual external 18650 batteries with 230W
Think Vape Ruger 230w TC Box Mod Packing List
- 1x Think Vape Ruger MOD
- 1x User Manual
- 1x Micro USB Cable
Think Vape Ruger 230w TC Box Mod Initial Impressions
When I first got this Mod I really liked the design of it. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before but does just enough to look unique and stand out a little. It’s cot a pretty standard backplate magnetic door for the batteries that are covered in leather, but the leather looks a little cheap and feels a little cheap as well.
A big step down from their finder mods and similar to the evic primo, or sigelei kaos. The screen is circular with an LED around it but one thing that stands out is instead of using buttons for adjustments, they use a joystick-like we see on the high-end yihi chips such as in the SX mini G class.
Think Vape Ruger 230w TC Box Mod Watt Mode Performance
Let’s get into some data. I ran my normal testing. Testing resistances were done at .11 , .15, .21, and .55 ohms. wattage points were max (230), 200, 150, 100, 75, 50 and 25. At .11 ohms it maxed out at 208 watts and 44 amps. For the rest of the testing, it hit low at 2-9 for 100 or less. Over 100 it was quite low 12-23. Pretty standard for most mods at this resistance although the 44 amps are well above average for dual mods.
At .15 it maxed out at 223 watts. At 150 or more it was 7-8 watts low but at 100 or less never off by more than 4. For the .2 test, it maxed out at 203 watts. For the rest of the testing, it was never off by more than 4 watts. For the .55 testing, it maxed out at 99 watts and 7.363 volts. The rest of the testing it was never off by more than 4. The volts shows there is no boost circuit in this mod.
Overall I found this to be a great performer in power mode. The hitting weak at .11 ohms is pretty normal, and above that, it’s right in line with the best mods. It also produced over 200 watts from .11 to .2 which not many mods can do.
I consider it accurately rated as well. It was only 7 watts low of it’s listed 230 and possibly at .17 ohms could have reached the full 230. The amp limit is on the higher side for dual battery mods. The average these days is 40 and the Ruger maxed out at 44. One of the highest I’ve ever tested. The volt limit is right in line with most dual battery non-boost mods. See the full results in the pic below.
Think Vape Ruger 230w TC Box Mod Temp Mode Performance
Using SS316 wire with the default SS mode and TCR mode with .00092, I tested 6 builds a single round spaced, a dual round spaced, 2 fancy single coil builds, and 2 fancy dual coil build. Overall this mod worked really bad for temp control. Under 500f and it doesn’t even produce any vapor really. You have to push it over 500f. It adjusts by 10-degree increments but sometimes the difference between 10F is no vapor to burnt hits. When you do get a throttle because the temp is reached it throttles way too hard. So, in short, a really bad mod for temp control
Other Usage Notes
The Thinkvape Ruger uses a joystick instead of up and down buttons and it works great. The fire button is a bit small but sits flush with the mod to help avoid accidental fires. The screen is a good size and displays the info you need. You have your mode, power setting, resistance, puff timer, voltage, and battery percent. The screen saver is a digital clock with date and time. The mod adjusts in full watt increments over 100 watts but .1 below that.
The Battery door is a magnetic backplate with no play. The whole mod is solid with no button rattle whatsoever. I also had no issues with the 510 pin. The 510 pin is not centred so 25mm is the max you can go with a little room to spare. You can’t fit a 30mm on it without overhang. Around the screen, there is an LED ring. There are only 3 colour options, however. Red, green and blue. I would have liked to see more. You can also set it to off or to cycle between the 3 colours. You can’t change when it’s on, however. It only activates when the fire button is pressed or not at all. No “screen on” or “always on” options
Usage is simple. To change your power, purs up or down on the joystick. It’ll highlight what you can change on screen (power and preheat for power mode, power, preheat, and temp for temp mode) then use left or right on the joystick to adjust. It’s really quick and easy. To enter the menu click fire 5 times That allows you to program the LEDs, clock, and TCR settings. Click the joystick in to select the submenu. 3 clicks lock the device. To turn off you need to enter the menu, go to system and select system off.
- Built solid
- Power Mode Performance
- Colour Options
- No button rattle
- 25MM or < atomizers with no overhang
- price point
- Programmable LED
- Looks and design
- Joystick operation
- Easy to use the menu
- Price point
- Temp mode performance
- Lack of LED colours and options
- Non centred 510 pin
- Cheap quality leather on the battery door
Think Vape Ruger 230w TC Box Mod Video Review
Think Vape Ruger 230w TC Box Mod Final Thoughts
So with all that said, do I recommend this mod or not?I don’t like to do a hard yes or no, for this one there are 2 sides. As a power mode mod, i’m going to lean towards the yes. It’s a great performer in power mode from a company that has made good quality products for a while and the new chip performs great in that regard. As a temp control mod, I’m going to say no. If you are interested in temp control and used to the DNA Think Vape mods, you will be in for a rude awakening. Don’t bother with this mod for temp control usage.
This is Anthony Vapes just keeping it honest, hopefully, you all can say the same. Thanks for reading!
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.