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Box Mods Constructed of Stainless Steel!

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  1. JoshAubrey

    JoshAubrey Full Member Verified Member

    Feb 25, 2014
    Joplin, MO
    I've found uncoated stainless steel is a very durable material choice for mods to be made out of, though I haven't seen it often outside of tube mods, and even less for the entire box.

    It's much more dent and scratch resistant (since it's harder) than other metals commonly used such as zinc alloy, aluminum, or zinc/aluminum that's been plated with a "stainless" finish (most advertised as "stainless" are plated to save cost, so as soon as it's scratched it can't be fixed).

    If by chance it does get scratched, it's easily fixed with some high grit sandpaper and polish. I think this makes it ideal for a daily carry mod that could see some abuse, but can still look great at the end of the day.

    I'd like to start a thread detailing any box mods where stainless steel is the primary metal used for construction (the more the better) for those looking for a durable box mod, though it's fine if there is some plastic, wood, etc. mixed in where it would normally be gripped in the middle.

    Please feel free to add any more that you know of!

    Edit: Now that I think about it, bonus points for any box mods made out of titanium (same hardness but lighter than stainless, though usually very $$$)!

    To start it off:

    Aspire NX75-S (CNC Edition)
    stainless steel


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    Sources:
    1. Aspire NX 75S Mod | PVs & Mods | VaporBeast
    2. Aspire NX75 CNC Edition (NX75-S & NX75-A) - Aspire! (NX75-S is the bottom option)
    3. Others: Vapecrawler


    ProVari Radius
    stainless steel

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    Dicodes Box Mods
    stainless steel

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    Source: Box Mods - dicodes-mods.com

    BF Mods by @custom-classic
    stainless steel
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    Source: BF Mods by Custom-Classic

    KBOX Mini Platinum
    stainless steel

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    Source: A bit old now but on ebay and various sites.
     
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  2. Oomee

    Oomee Super Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 6, 2013
    UK
    Is the Aspire NX75 still being made?
    Seems unavailable everywhere I search.
     
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  3. sonicbomb

    sonicbomb Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 17, 2015
    1187 Hunterwasser
    The noisy cricket 2-25 is milled from a solid block of aluminium alloy. Solid and handsome.


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  4. puffon

    puffon Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 18, 2014
    The Villages, FL
    Custom Classics mech squonker.
     
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  5. JoshAubrey

    JoshAubrey Full Member Verified Member

    Feb 25, 2014
    Joplin, MO
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  6. JoshAubrey

    JoshAubrey Full Member Verified Member

    Feb 25, 2014
    Joplin, MO
    True, uncoated aluminum is a good second choice, but it sacrifices some durability since it's a softer metal (my dent-filled istick pico is testament to this), though it is lighter than stainless steel and at least it doesn't tarnish like zinc.
     
  7. JoshAubrey

    JoshAubrey Full Member Verified Member

    Feb 25, 2014
    Joplin, MO
    @puffon Added it to the top, thank you!
     
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  8. Oomee

    Oomee Super Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 6, 2013
    UK
    That Dicodes, I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it.
    Then I saw the price, way out of my league.

    Still it is a lovely piece of engineering, and it takes companies like that to inspire innovation in the vaping game.
     
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  9. JoshAubrey

    JoshAubrey Full Member Verified Member

    Feb 25, 2014
    Joplin, MO
    Oh yeah, same here.
    My only gripe is it using a charging base instead of usb, though the battery is removable. If they fix that in a revision then I might be too tempted to not buy it.
    Here's Pbusardo's video if you want to see more:
     
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  10. Oomee

    Oomee Super Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 6, 2013
    UK
    Am watching it now, I agree about the charging base, a strange move.
    Not sure if a safety thing, a reliability thing(not charge cct in mod?), or another revenue stream.

    That centre pin does give me the willies though.
    If your atty has stainless centre pin, it seems possible that is could wear the mod centre pin.
    If your atty draws air through the bottom... is it possible you may inhale the beryllium copper?
    That would be VERY bad for your health.
    IDK I am NOT at all well up on metals, it does seem Stainless steel is harder than BeCu (~80 Vs 45)? Maybe someone more knowledgable could shed some light on it.

    Heho, back to that vid...
     
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  11. sonicbomb

    sonicbomb Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 17, 2015
    1187 Hunterwasser
    I actually really like the beaten up high mileage look on a mod

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  12. JoshAubrey

    JoshAubrey Full Member Verified Member

    Feb 25, 2014
    Joplin, MO
    @sonicbomb If it was painted like Boba Fett I wouldn't mind either! We need some star wars mods! ;)
     
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  13. Dubminer

    Dubminer Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 10, 2016
    I would love a SS mod with a DNA chip inside. Maybe i will find one some day.
     
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  14. JoshAubrey

    JoshAubrey Full Member Verified Member

    Feb 25, 2014
    Joplin, MO
    Same here! Perhaps some more machinists will join the vaping community and we'll see a custom DNA SS box one of these days if the big manufacturers never do it.
     
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  15. Nick L

    Nick L Full Member

    Jan 15, 2015
    Indiantown FL USA
    The Dicodes No. 6 is gorgeous. Definitely on my shopping list!
     
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  16. LyLyV

    LyLyV Senior Member

    Feb 21, 2018
    Earth (most days)
    A friend has 2 of the NX75 - zinc version I think (not sure). He loves them. A bit to "boxy" and plain for my taste, but seemed super functional.
     
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  17. gtianz

    gtianz Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 4, 2012
    Portland, OR
    Thank you for this thread. I just ordered a aspire nx75s thanks to your post. I’m a fan of metal for everything. The feel and heft is highly preferable for me.

    All my firearms are metal framed. No polymers. (Sorry to non gun people.)

    I’m not extremely abusive with my devises, but I do drop on occasion. I had a very popular aluminum box mod and it was very cool. But, after about a year of use I couldn’t seat the door and it was beat to hell.

    Hope this stainless aspire measures up and satisfies my needs.
     
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  18. Nedeljko

    Nedeljko Full Member

    Mar 15, 2017
    @gtianz
    Did yours NX75 stainless steel arrived?
    Where did you order it?
     
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