One of the things I quickly discovered with mods, is that generally I’m a real fan of the tube mod. I started vaping on an Aspire PockeX, and for whatever reason I have always enjoyed the ergonomics of a nice tube mod over a box mod. There are always going to be compromises with them though, and one of the biggest in this case is going to be that it is a single button design. Now a single button is fine on a mechanical mod, where it’s just fire, but on a mod that has wattage, and full range of temp control, can they make the menu system intelligible enough to navigate with just the one control?
Build Quality & Design
When I first opened the packaging, I wasn’t expecting a terribly high quality of fit and finish. The packaging felt a bit ‘cheap’, and I was worried I might have picked up a mod that also felt cheap. This is especially true because I’d been eyeing up the Dani Dicodes tube mods. The Dani’s are almost 7 times the price I paid for this, so I wondered if this was going to a false economy on my part?
I’m pleased to say that actually getting it in the hand, it’s got a reassuring weight to it, and whilst the stainless steel tube is relatively thin, it doesn’t feel remotely fragile. On one side of the mod you have the single control and fire button, it has a nice bit of texture to the button, and whilst it’s a tiny bit loose, it doesn’t feel like it rattles. On the other side of the mod you have the tiny little 0.49″ display, set back into the mod. It’s a 22mm mod, and anything over this will overhang, the 510 connector is sprung and there’s no cut outs for any airflow. It kinda feels like an overly long mech mode if you can ignore the screen on it!
When you first get this mod you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s a single 18650 only, but actually it can also take an 18350, if you still have some of those and want a tiny regulated tube mod. The mod itself comes apart into 3 sections, and to use an 18350 you remove the middle segment. You have the top section that contains the fire button, 510 connector and screen, then about 2/3rds of the way down the tube you have the start of your next section. This unscrews, and if you’re anything like me you’ll probably unscrew this and screw it back again a few times just to be amazed at how well they have machined this. The seam between these two sections is almost invisible! I’m really pleased that this is so well disguised, because I tend to vape it in 18650 mode and it would be irritating if there was a gap or it was obvious where one section met the other. Unfortunately this quality doesn’t extend down to the final section, this takes up the last inch or so of the mod, and you can definitely notice an edge where this meets your removable section. Looking at the bottom of this section, you have the screw in battery cap, this is rather incongruously brass coloured compared to the rest of the stainless mod, but you’re never going to see it unless you tilt your mod back almost horizontally when you vape.
Now an important note is that this battery cap does not come out. Rather it screws down to put pressure onto your battery, but is held in place by a flange at the end of the tube. When you’re putting your battery in, what I recommend is unscrewing the cap as much as you can, popping your battery in, screwing the mod back together and then screwing down the cap to tighten everything up.
How does the Ehpro Mod 101 perform?
5 clicks on, 5 clicks off. When you power it on, you’ll get the Ehpro logo and then the screen will show you your standard information, wattage, battery level and atomiser Ω. My first slight problem with this mod is that the screen is fairly dim, and also pretty reflective. When you’re outside in the sunshine it’s almost impossible to see. Because of the way the mod is set up though this isn’t the end of the world, as there’s no +/- buttons for you to accidentally raise or lower the wattage. When I was perusing the menus I found Display Mode Set, and I hoped that this would allow me to change the brightness, unfortunately all this does is switch it from being right handed to left handed. It’s certainly not the dimmest screen I’ve ever used, but combined with it’s size, it does definitely present challenges if you’re out in the sun.
To access the menu system, it’s three clicks to go into the menu, and then every subsequent click will take you onto the next menu option. To select an option you just don’t click for a couple of seconds. The options are Power Set, Workmode Set (Ni TC, Ti TC, SS TC, Power Mode and Bypass), Calibr Init, Display Mode Set, and Exit Menu. Obviously when you’re in TC mode, you also get the option to set your temperature. This whole set up might see a little confusing at first, but having used this for a while now I can report that you quickly get the hang of it. When you’re adjusting temperature or wattage, pressing and holding the button will increase it, scrolling all the way up to it’s maximum output of 50W. If you press and hold again, it will then round robin from it’s minimum output up. Happily you don’t always have to go all the way through the wattage if you want to adjust down by a couple of steps, double clicking when you’re in either wattage or temp adjust, will switch it from being an increase, to a decrease. This is a relatively neat solution for a single button device.
One other thing that I have noticed with this mod, is it seems to show a weak battery error quite quickly, whilst all of my other mods will keep firing quite happily at the same wattage, this one will say that my battery is weak, even when the battery capacity suggest I have a fair amount left. These aren’t terribly old batteries I’m using in it, so I’m wondering if it’s just a little bit sensitive in this regard.
Otherwise I’m very happy with the mod, and is my standard mod for my 22mm Kayfun Lite 2019, or my Cthulhu 1928 RDA. Both of which look absolutely made for it with the 22mm stainless steel design. I don’t often use it in 18350 mode, but I do like this flexibility because the mod feels so dinky when you’re using it in this configuration. Of course due to the capacity of the battery, I’ll always be carrying a couple of spare 18350’s if I take it out and about like this!
Final Review Verdict
All in all, this is a pretty inexpensive mod with some nice simple styling. The steel tube feels high quality, and the fire button is nice and responsive. With a 22mm Atomiser on it, it looks perfect. As an added bonus, it fits quite neatly into the little pocket on a pair of jeans, even more so if you’re running it with an 18350! Ehpro made a more powerful (75W) chunkier version of this mod with a 21700 battery, I will probably be testing this one out at a later date!
Sleek, simple, stylish. Really nice looking, perfectly capable, regulated tube mod.