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Looking for a rugged mod with passthrough - any suggestions?

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  1. scratch777

    scratch777 Full Member

    Apr 1, 2011
    Hi all,
    I drop my vape rig quite a bit; I've killed an eLeaf iStick 30W, my last eLeaf iStick 50W bit the dust, and my current one is about to. Is there anything out there that is like the iStick 50W, but a bit more rugged? Two things I really like about the iStick is that I can vape while charging (i.e. passthrough), and the long battery life (4400 mAh). I don't need a lot of power (I never go above 20W) - the only reason I got the 50W model is that its battery had the higher capacity.

    I've seen a few devices that claim to be shock resistant, but they seem to have removable batteries that are meant to be charged directly, and the passthrough functionality is very important to me.

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  2. 93gc40

    93gc40 Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Oct 5, 2014
    If you want a mod that can be dropped on a regular basis... get a tube mech..... that said my pico 75 has more dents and scape than. Clean surfaces.... pretty durable..... vaping at 15 to 20 watts I change batts 1x per day.....the new 21xxx battery version should go all day. and it does do pass though.. although I don't recommend using on board charging as main charge platform. Just stick a spare in your pocket and charge at end of day.

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  3. stols001

    stols001 Mistress of the Dark Nicotinic Arts Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    May 30, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    I don't know that I'd want to vape a mech mod that was dropped on a regular and routine basis. The geekvape ages is supposed to be rugged, but it's an internal battery mod, I don't know if passthrough is an option, but it certainly isn't with a mech mod, that's for sure.

    Um.... IF you wanted to consider at two battery mod, perhaps something metal that would be likely to withstand drops? I'd imagine you wouldn't need pass through at that point? IDK. Off the top of my head I can't really think of what might be "most durable" while providing the wattage you need. There's the Pegasus mod, I think Aspire makes it, and it's like a 70 watt internal battery mod, I think the newest one has TC, but I think there's one before it that doesn't, and is less expensive. They're metal mods, and I believe they do passthrough. I was looking at one at one point. That might be durable, as most of Aspire's stuff I find to be pretty durable (and I am pretty hard on gear.)

    I would also consider the steampunk, just not the copper model, that one tends to be the one with battery door problems. I have one (copper) and I put a silicone sleeve on it, and it solves both the battery door and any drop issues, I got my sleeve from Amazon. Makes it look boring, but it sounds like you are looking for functionality at this point. Mine has survived many drops, and many leaks, it's built like a champ and the vape quality is pretty fantastic. It's heavy, but you shouldn't need passthrough at work with that mod, I wouldn't think.

    Best of luck!

  4. scratch777

    scratch777 Full Member

    Apr 1, 2011
    93gc40 - The Pico looks interesting, but unless eLeaf has improved their build quality since the iStick series, I would be worried about running into the same issues. Definitely want to go for a regulated mod vs mech.

    stols001 - I have pretty minimal wattage requirements, it is just the capacity I'm after. You are absolutely correct that all I care about is functionality; any vape I use is purely a nicotine delivery device. I don't care about looks, or blowing out huge vapor clouds (I'm more of a stealth vaper, in fact). Heck, I don't even use flavored juice - just unflavored, 12mg nicotine goodness :)
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  5. madstabber

    madstabber Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    If you got a mod with removable batteries you wouldn’t have to vape via passthrough. Just buy 2/4 batteries depending on the mod and you can charge the batteries whilst vaping on the fresh ones. That way your not restricted to internal battery mods. Opens up many options in which case I recommend a Smoant mod. Very well built and priced competitively. They also do watt and tc modes very well. Good luck to you.
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  6. gpjoe

    gpjoe Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 30, 2013
    I was going to recommend the Aegis also, as it is supposed to be shock-proof and water-proof (resistant?), but it doesn't do pass-thru. In fact the USB port has a cover that can be accessed only by removing two torx screws and a silicone plug - which is designed to keep water out, I suppose.
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  7. Baditude

    Baditude ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Apr 8, 2012
    Ridgeway, Ohio
    The most rugged mod that I am aware of were the old Provari's. They were built like tanks. I've read stories of them falling out of a pocket while riding a motorcycle; the tank was destroyed but there was hardly a scratch on the Provari. One guy on ECF used to claim that he pounded nails into wood with his Provari. I know I dropped mine onto asphalt dozens of times getting out of my car (forgetting that it was on my lap). The only thing I can recall that destroyed a Provari was a lawn mower blade.

    The Provari's were never designed to be a high wattage battery device, so that aspect would suit your needs. At one time Provape sold an attachment that you could use with your Provari as a passthrough but it was not very popular.


    Downside is that Provari's are no longer made. Provape is no more. I hear that they are often available "pre-owned" in the ECf Classifieds or E-Bay. Why Provari?


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  8. RayofLight62

    RayofLight62 Super Member ECF Veteran

    The new Aspire Tiphoon may be right for you... 5000 mah, pass-thru, rugged as it can be.

    I also own the Kanger kbox 70, same U-shape, but only 4000 mah. It has no SS TC, only Ni200 and Ti. The paint job is awful, but is extremely robust. And you can get it for peanuts. It is pass-thru, naturally.

    The most robust mod I have is not pass-thru, nor it has an USB port. It is built like the Provari, if not better, out of SS and aluminium. It is the Dicodes Dani box, made in Germany and available for buying in the U.S.
    It is a legend among some vapers, as it is outstanding under all possible aspects, including resistance to mechanical shocks, just like Provari were. No good that it costs a smirk less than 300 bucks, but it lasts a lifetime. But, no pass-thru, just a charging stand.
    Hope this helps,
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