Hardware Review: Fuchai 213 from Sigeli

It’s the day after Christmas, and you’re probably trying to decide what to spend your gift cards on.  For some, this includes upgrading to the latest mod.  The recent hype to the Fuchai 213 has shown that squonking is as popular now as it ever has been.  However, I wanted to take a closer look at the Fuchai and if this is (or is not) the droid you’ve been looking for….

From the VaporDNA website:

Product Features:

  • 150W Maximum Output Wattage
    • 10 to 150W
    • 3.2 to 4.2V
    • 0.1 to 3.0 ohm Atomizer Resistance Range
  • Preheat Power
    • Set Output Wattage and Time
    • Hugely Increases Vaping Capability and Precision
  • Temperature Control
    • Ni200 Nickel Support
    • Titanium Support
    • Stainless Steel Support
      • 304
      • 316
      • 317
    • TCR Functionality
      • Temperature Coefficient of Resistivity
    • Resistance Read and Lock
    • 212 to 572 Degrees Fahrenheit
  • Sliding and Locking Bottom Battery Access Door
    • Accepts a Single 18650/20700/21700 Battery (sold separately)
  • Ergonomically Placed Controls
    • One Handed Operation
    • Adjustment Buttons Clustered Next to Firing Button
  • RGB 0.96 TFT Display
    • Expanded Five Row, Three Column Display
    • Vibrant Display
    • Atomizer Resistance
    • Output Voltage
    • Output Current
    • Battery State and Battery Life Indicator
    • Output Wattage
    • Output Temperature
  • Micro USB Charge and Update Port
    • 2.0A Maximum Charge Rate
  • Trim and Striking Design
    • Sharp Angular Control Face
    • Curved Chassis
  • Zinc Alloy Aluminum Alloy Chassis
  • 5ml Squonk Bottle Juice Capacity
    • Squonk Door can be Interchanged as a Regular Mod
  • Stainless Steel 510 Connection
    • Spring Loaded Gold Plated Connection
  • High Input Voltage/Reverse Battery/Low Resistance/Battery Imbalance/Low Input Voltage/Short Circuit/Overheating Protection


Product Dimensions:

  • 88.5mm by 45mm by 31mm


Cubic RDA Product Features:

  • 22mm Diameter
  • Additional Cooling Wide Bore Top Cap
    • Dual Airslots per Side
      • 11mm by 2mm per Airslot
  • Stacked Two Post Build Deck
    • Two Terminal Per Post
      • 3mm Diameter Terminals
      • Side Mounted Allan Screws
    • 6mm Deep Juice Well
    • Double O-Ring Secured
    • PEEK Insulator
  • Dual Side Airslots
    • 11mm by 2mm Each
    • Non Adjustable
  • Proprietary 7mm Wide Bore Delrin Drip Tip
  • Stainless Steel 510 Connection

Product Includes:

  • One Sigelei Fuchai Squonk 213 Mod
  • One Cubic RDA
  • One Micro USB Charging and Update Cable
  • One Cotton
  • Two Wires
  • One Spare parts and Tool
  • User Manual and Warranty Card

 

The Good:

The aesthetics on this device are gorgeous, no doubt.  The sleek airbrush design to a glossy finish would be nothing short of eyecatching.  I personally picked the red design with the thought of adding an Iron Man type wrap later on (and the metallic red would go perfectly with this finish).

Other benefits to this include a self-locking battery door, which is one of my biggest pet peeves with bottom door devices like the Alien.  This sits perfectly on a flat surface without the fear of the device toppling over due to orientation with the door.  Also, the condition of the squonker bottle were of Goldilocks proportions (not too firm, not too soft…but just right!)  I kind of wish the bottle size were a bit bigger, but a solid 5ml tank will get refilled with no problem.  The battery converter for an 18650 battery is nicely crafted as well.

The Bad:

One of my biggest issues with this device is the battery discharge safety function.  The color changes based off your build and what is within the safety of the battery (which is a plus).  But for someone like me who likes to vape around 4.0 to 4.1 Volts, the battery drains quickly.  The Fuchai comes equipped with a countdown meter to show how fast your battery is discharging, and will pulse red with a “Check your battery” if you are pushing too hard on your battery (again…not a bad thing!)  The problem I had is the device immediately dropping your wattage down to about a 2.6ohm range (which in my case was around 28 watts…a far cry from the capability of a 150 watt device).

Those of you who enjoy bigger, thicker wire builds will be sorely disappointed in this.  Claptons take too long to heat up, and twisted wire is in about the same ballpark.  My preferred build at the moment is a 28 gauge, 5.5 wrap around a 3mm drill bit.  This drops to a 0.3 ohm build, but the ramp up time is excellent compared to the meter.

Also, the ergonomic design is a little bit of an annoyance for me.  The fire button is opposite the RDA post.  And while this stays true to their words as a one-handed design with the buttons, that one hand is the right one.  If you are left handed, you won’t see the screen when you fire and won’t be able to adjust the wattage with one hand.

The Ugly:

For a full kit, this isn’t terrible.  While there are some little nuances that get on my nerves, I would definitely keep this in my rotation.  The downside, though, is the price.  Average I have seen on this puppy is around $74.  If you click the link here and use the code “DNA10”, you’ll receive 10% off, bringing the total below $60.

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