The Detonator by Squid Industries is a robust sub ohm vape device, it's powered by a single 20700 battery or 21700 battery (sold separately). This provides a larger battery life compared to 18650 mods, it also provides up to a 120W output which is enough to allow the Detonator to be used with a number of vape tanks and rebuildable atomisers.
This is a mod that is best described as rugged and understated; the metal body, matte finish and clean lines offer a welcome break from the flashy plastics and eye-catching colours that you often see on vape devices.
The Detonator is a device that is focussed towards performance - it features a large fire button at the top of the device, underneath which sits the easy to read OLED screen that displays important information such as battery life and output levels.
The two buttons below the screen allow you to switch through modes and adjust settings with ease. For increased safety, you’ll also find an off/switch making the detonator safer to travel with.
The Squid Industries chipset that's built into the device, creates a quick heat time and provides you with multiple output modes - allowing you to customise your vape experience. It also means that this device can be paired with a number of tanks and atomisers.
Perhaps the most often used mode, Variable Wattage allows you to adjust the power output in 0.5W increments up to a maximum of 120W.
This mode will help you find your sweet spot between flavour and cloud, allowing also for a cool or warm vape. It means that whether you use a sub ohm coil or one designed for mouth to lung vaping, you can set an output that's compatible with it.
Temperature Control Mode, on the other hand, allows you to set a maximum temperature threshold that your coil can reach before the device will stop firing. If you used properly it reduces the chance of burnt coils and dry hits.
This mode is geared towards tanks and RDAs that feature specialist coils including premade coils with materials such as Stainless Steel, Titanium and Nickel; making it the preferred mode of the more advanced vaper or coil builder. Always check coil compatibility before use.
Finally, Bypass Mode gives you the chance to try vaping in its purest form. Much like with a mechanical vape mod, your power output will be decided by the voltage provided by your battery versus the resistance of your coil.
This mode is for the advanced user only and we would recommend that you read up on Ohm’s Law before attempting to use it. That being said it is still safer than using an unregulated vape device as the Detonator’s protections will still be active.
Safety features included in the Detonator are - short circuit protection, overheat protection, 10 second cut off and no atomiser detection. All of these help to keep the device, and more importantly you safe.
Overall, this Squid Industries box mod offers both intermediate and experienced vapers a chance to use a device that is functional yet stylish. It's widely compatible with a range of tanks and atomisers.
Its level of customisability means it should be considered by serious vapers, while those looking for something simpler will enjoy the fast ramp-up time and easy setup.
Important information about Sub Ohm vaping:
This device is designed for sub-ohm vaping. It requires more vaping experience to use safely, and extra care should be taken when using a sub ohm tank. Sub Ohm coils will only work on a mod capable of firing sub ohm atomisers, and Ni200 coils will only work on devices capable of Temperature Control. Please ensure that your batteries can handle the extra power requirements and that your mod can handle the amps.
We also advise not to use any e-liquid with more than 6mg of nicotine, as your vapour may taste harsh. Sub ohm vaping produces a bigger throat hit than standard coils, and extra care should be taken.
By Martin D from Tonbridge
Expensive for a single battery mod, but it feels worth it in the hand. The single 21700 battery does a good job of matching a dual 18650 battery mod, & it's much smaller & more portable. Contrary to the spec on the website, the body is only 3.8cm wide. It's ideal as a powerful back up device, although I think it may even become my primary mod! Overall, an elegant machine.