I would like to start this Wismec Predator 228 review by saying MASSIVE thanks to Gearbest for sending this device to me. I’m not sure what I was expecting when this complicated-looking device turned up at my door, but I didn’t think it would become my everyday vape device. It has become my everyday vape device. I haven’t stopped using it since the day it turned up. And it’s nowhere near as complicated as I feared it might be.
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Wismec Predator 228 Review
I’ll get things going by telling you some of the technical stuff:
- 510 thread
- 2 x 18650 batteries (not included in the box)
- Output Modes: VW / TC – Ni / TC – Ti / TS – SS / TCR
- Resistance: TC – 0.05 TO 1.4 ohm / VW – 0.1 TO 3.5 ohm
- Wattage Range: 1 to 228 watts
- TC Range: 100 to 315 C / 200 to 600 F
- Output Voltage Range: 0.5 to 9V
- Max. Charging Current: 2A
Just so you know, you don’t get a tank or batteries in the box. If you don’t already have those at home, waiting, you’ll need to buy them too. I’ll talk more about that and what I used in due course.
I really like the design of this box mod. There’s no button, as such, instead using the entire black panel on one side. It looked as if the trigger might easily go off in my pocket or handbag, but I’ve never experienced that. And, I’m not really the kind of person who remembers to turn their vape off with the five-fast-clicks when they’re not using it. (I know, I know, I should get into the habit of doing it!)
It does take a little bit of time to get used to that new side positioning of the power button, but with the way it sits in your hand, it just becomes a natural thing to squeeze the device, rather than search for a button. It’s a feature I actually really love. It’s much easier and less fiddly than button-operated boxes, I feel, and it’s a feature I would look for in other vape devices now.
I did read somewhere that the Wismec Predator 228 box mod was a bit of a Smok Alien copy, but I’ve never had a Smok anything. I can’t really comment on that.
The Wismec Predator 228 takes 2 x 18650 batteries and, just like with many other mods, the batteries don’t come in the box. If you don’t already have these at home, you’ll need to buy some. I keep hearing very good things about Fogstar, although I’ve yet to try them myself. I’ve been using XXX 18650 batteries in mine.
The batteries are simple enough to insert, and there is a slide switch right at the base of the box to ‘unlock’ the battery compartment door. This slide switch has never come open accidentally despite looking like it might, and my batteries have never fallen out. Just in case you were wondering. In fact, there are times where I can’t open the thing even when I want to. I’m a bit dopey-handed at times though, so that’s not necessarily a reflection on the design of the device itself. It’s actually very simple to open/close/replace batteries, but it doesn’t fall open at the slightest touch, unlike other devices I’ve used.
Add a Tank:
Once you’ve inserted your batteries, it’s time to throw on a tank. You can use both sub ohm and mouth-to-lung tanks on this — it works with both coils, from 1 watt right up to 228 watts. It’s such a random number, right? But, although this can be used for both MTL and DTL tanks/coils, I think it’s a bit wasted on the MTL. It’s quite beastly, not exactly small in the hand, and it’s not the lightest thing in the world either. There’s quite a lot of power on this thing, so it would provide hours upon hours of MTL vaping if that’s what you were looking for.
You don’t get a tank in the box. I first used my Wismec Predator 228 box mod with the Kanger Nano Topbox tank, before moving on to the Aspire Cleito EXO tank + 0.4-ohm original Aspire Cleito coils. My favourite combination EVER for sub ohm vaping is the Predator 228 box mod with the Innokin Scion tank. It’s a perfect combo, as far as I’m concerned.
When you screw your tank on to the box, it’s off to one side, not dead centre. That annoyed me a little at first, but I actually think it works better like that. And looks better too. I had an old Pioneer box mod that was all centralised and I felt it looked a bit … odd.
I enjoy vaping at 50 watts with the Kanger tank, 60 watts with the Aspire Cleito, and 70 (ish) watts with the Innokin Scion tank. I have gone up to 100 watts with that last combo (which you can read all about here), but I find that a bit much. I don’t need that much power, although it’s nice to have so that I can show off with my big vape clouds from time to time.
Not that I do that. Be cool, Kim.
What I’m trying to say is that this box mod is great at 5 watts, and just as great at 100 watts. Somewhere in the region of 40-70 watts is my sweet spot though, dependant on the tank I’m using. It’s a really universal mod, I think, and one that I fast got very used to.
The batteries seem to last for ages. I don’t actually know how long the full charge would last because I continually switch between MTL and sub-ohm tanks. I do know, however, that I rarely seem to charge it up. When it does need charging, the USB port is below the left/right buttons that changs the wattage, etc. like the placement of this. It annoys me when the hole is in an awkward place, making it difficult to stand up when you’re charging it.
This box is probably a little wasted on me, if I’m being honest. I only use the watts, leaving the other modes and functions well alone. I have been looking at temperature control vaping lately, but I’m really not sure I understand everything enough yet. We all know how I like to make life a lot more complicated than it actually is. This box does everything I need it to do, plus a whole bunch more for when I’m reading to learn about it. I’m happy. (Makes a change, right?)
If you do want to change the power, it’s easily enough done by squeezing/clicking the ‘trigger’ three times fast. ‘POWER’ will flash on the screen, and you can then use the right/left buttons on the front to make your choice. The various options come up on the screen;
- Temp NI f
- TCR 120 M1
I don’t know what they do or mean, therefore, I don’t touch them.
(There is a user manual with all the relevant info, make sure you read it, okay?)
I’ve had this device for months. Months and months. I’ve used it to death. Every day, without fail, I reach for it. If it died now, I’d cry. I’d be so sad. Imagine the wobbly bottom lip … That’s how sad.
Nothing has gone wrong with it. Zilch. None of the paintwork has chipped off and, honestly, I’m super surprised by that. I throw this around a lot … Much more than I should admit to, that’s for sure. Handbags, across the floor, on the desk, falling out of pockets … Despite all that, I’ve had no loss of white paintwork. I can’t even see a scratch.
The battery cover doesn’t pop open, which was something I did worry about at the beginning. The screen works wonderfully too, albeit being quite small. It’s easy to miss the ‘Power’ etc. change when you’re flicking through the options because the words are super tiny. I could see it fine, but Mister best-ecig … ?Different story. Glasses on, the device held at arm’s length … Lol, I’m sure you know the drill.
Finally, I know that you can upgrade the firmware, although I’ve never understood what MORE a vape could do, a few weeks or months down the line. I begrudge having to update my Apple products every five minutes, so the need to upgrade stuff on a vape irritates me immensely. Switching out my coil is bad enough. Just make the device do everything it should do now, like, what’s the problem? Why does it need tweaking in the future? What will it do after that? Dance? (I hope so!)
Scratch & Check
You can check the authenticity of your device by entering the code beneath your scratch-off panel into the website. In case you need it, the page can be found here. Make sure you do this when the box arrives, wherever you get it from. Clones are out there, so I’ve learned (although I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a clone myself), and it’s always better to be safe, rather than sorry.
Y’know, buyer beware, etc.
(Yes, I watch a lot of Judge Rinder, okay?)
Wismec Predator 228 Review – Conclusion
In conclusion, I really blimmin’ love this device. I use it every day. Seriously, every single day. It does everything I need it to do, it’s durable, it looks awesome, and it works well. It doesn’t freak out, it’s never stopped working, I’ve never wanted to throw the thing against the wall …
There’s been no overheating, no confusing flashing lights, no tank it doesn’t work with (apart from the Aspire Cleito EXO that one time, but that was a tank-thing, not a box-thing.)
I actually love it. I have no choice but to give it 5 out of 5 stars, and I won’t even apologise for that. I’ve tried to find things I don’t like about this device and, apart from probably being a bit bigger and heavier than some might like, I can find nothing bad to say about it. I use it just as much out of the house as I do in my PJ’s at my desk, and I ALWAYS find myself going back to this one, regardless of what else makes its way through my door. Some really blinding vaporisers have turned up lately, and I STILL can’t help but reach for this one.
I’m a massive fan. It’s my first Wismec product, but I can assure you it won’t be my last.
Would I buy the Wismec Predator 228 again? If mine broke, I’d be on the internet quicker than you could blink to find a replacement.
Would I recommend the Wismec predator 228 to you? Ummmmmm, ya-huh. 5/5 stars – WINNING!
I would like to send all of my biggest thanks to Gearbest. I honestly can’t thank you enough for sending this wonderful bit of kit out to me. (A tad kiss-ass, I know.)
You can find the Wismec Predator 228 box mod at Gearbest HERE.
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