Hello again ladies and gents. Today I will be looking at the new Yosta Livepor 256 box mod, and providing a review of this product! This was given to me for the purpose of this review and all of my opinions are my own and are no way influenced by the manufacturer. Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, lets get down to business!
The Yosta Livepor 256 is the latest mod in the Livepor range by Chinese manufacturers Yosta. In this range there are a total of 4 mods, the 60w, 80w, 160w and now the 256w. These mods are aimed at the cheaper end of the market and the price reflects that, and today I will be focusing solely on the latest 256 model.
In this review I will be detailing the specs and my opinions, and providing a score out of 5 stars at the bottom of the review.
Yosta Livepor Box Mod Design
The Yosta Livepor 256 box mod is a triple 18650 device. The box itself is 94.5 x 42.4 x 55.5mm and will quite easily sit a 25mm atomiser without any overhang.
The device has built in LED lights that cycle through colours depending on your battery life, and a 0.96 inch OLED screen. This screen however is grey scale so the fact it is OLED does not really make much of a difference.
As you can see in the image, it boasts a “big fire button” and “quite light weight”. Both of these things are true and the fire button is more of a fire panel, where the front section clicks in making it easy to fire in either hand. With regards to weight, the device is only 111g (without batteries) so this is incredibly light compared to something like the iJoy Captain PD270 that is 173g (without batteries)
The version that I received also came with the colour changing leather back. When holding the device, the heat from your hands causes the leather to change colour. I liked the idea of this but as mine changes from black to deep red, I found that it was barely noticeable and took a long time to change colour.
Yosta Livepor Specs and Features
The Yosta Livepor 256 boasts a maximum output of 256w (or so it claims) with modes for VW, TC (Ni, Ti & SS), “Mech”mode and PTC mode. Mech is effectively a pass through mode that uses the remaining power in your batteries. PTC is a custom mode that allows you to tailor your vape (albeit not very well!) It fires as low as 0.06 ohms and as high as 3 ohms and will fire 100-300°C/200-600℉. It has a built in micro USB for firmware updates and charging (2A max) and a spring loaded 510 connector.
The specifications are fairly standard these days and are present in most high power mods.
The TC mode seems fairly accurate and works as you would expect. But it does not wow me with anything new that we have not seen. I personally use the VW mode more than anything. This feels a little under powered to me and makes me wonder if this can really achieve 256W! Unfortunately I don’t have the equipment to test this accurately. However I am almost positive this is not a true figure. It infuriates when manufacturers make claims that are not true. It almost feels like the are in a war of figures to try and out-do the competition! Not a cool move in my opinion as it is blatantly obvious when figures are exaggerated.
Yosta Livepor Box Mod Build Quality
This for me is where the Livepor really loses out. With so many mods now being built around quality and durability, the Livepor 256 feels cheap and nasty in comparison. Earlier when I mentioned that the device was light, this is due to the whole thing being made of a very thin and flimsy plastic. The battery door is so flimsy that you squeeze it (when not on the device) and the whole thing bends. Speaking of the battery door, this also does not seem to fit flush when batteries are in the device and results in the whole back “rocking” and not feeling secure. The magnets are very strong but this still does not help!
Not to mention the poor use of space. As you can see there is a huge piece of plastic above the battery tray that doesn’t need to be there. Adding this in makes the device feel very long. The whole device would have felt better if this was gone. I don’t know why this wasn’t changed before release.
Very poor in my opinion and with so many products on the market today, I would expect more.
Yosta Livepor Box Mod Price
This may be one area the Yosta Liverpor 256 redeems itself in the poor quality department. The price of this mod varies from $34-$50 which is roughly £25-£37 for you Brits. This is very cheap for a triple 18650 mod. But I feel that people would be much more inclined to buy this mod if it was slightly more robust and felt nicer in the hand. I understand that this was designed to be the lower end of the scale, but even spending $5-$10 more making this feel less plastic, would still result in a very cheap mod.
You can see below my star ratings for each of the categories.. I would only recommend this mod if you were in a pinch and needed something on a budget. Personally I would say that something like the RX Gen 3 or the Captain PD270 would be a much better buy and you will thank me when you use them.
Thanks for reading my review and if you have any questions at all, please feel free to get me on twitter @mikethevaper
Merry Christmas everyone!
I have been vaping for over 5 years and have been a keen hobbyist ever since starting. I moved into the review side of things after the success of my @mikethevaper Twitter page and have been striving to provide help and knowledge ever since.