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REVIEW BY BENEDICT ‘NED’ JONES INVADER IV DEVICE SPECS: Dimensions: 92mm x 60mm x 28mm Construction: Aluminium Alloy Weight: 143g Voltage Output: 3V-8V Maximum Wattage: 280W Battery Capacity: 2 x 21700, 20700 or 18650 external cells Resistance Range: 0.08Ohms-3Ohms RDA SPECS: Dimensions: 25mm x 34mm Construction: Aluminium Alloy + Stainless Steel Drip Tip: 810 Some advanced users prefer to control their vape experience with variable voltage rather than wattage and one way of offering variable voltage is through a potentiometer dial. This control method is favoured for simplicity and durability, having no screen components that can fail after one too many drops. The trade- off for removing some points of failure is that there’s no live display of your atomiser’s resistance, power output or battery life, so in many ways these are back-to-basic mods for experienced vapers. Operating these devices is simple and many people prefer a physical dial over more complex menu systems. Teslacigs released the Invader III two years ago and it quickly became one of their most successful devices, receiving praise for its reliability and rugged build. A lot has changed in the hardware market since, so how does this new iteration fare in a world of touch screen OLED mods? The construction, fit and finish are what we’ve come to expect from a Teslacigs device. The Invader IV feels very solid, its aluminium body is tough but lightweight and the battery door is held on very firmly by two large magnets and has no movement to speak of. Weight: 24g There’s no getting around the fact that this is a large mod, but it is made to house dual 21700 cells and users who are looking for maximum power and battery life should be used to sacrificing portability for performance. The design may be boxy, but it is actually quite comfortable to use. • Good build quality Performance wise, with an output range of 3-8V, there should be a power level here to suit almost any build. I found output to be smooth and responsive, with minimal ramp up time. Due to its large cell compatibility and huge 280W maximum output, the Invader IV feels like it was tailored to high power users who should be well served here. • Simple operation • Good performance • 21700, 20700, 18650 compatible A simple LED strip on the front indicates errors and when the device is powered on or off, in keeping with the minimalist design philosophy that Teslacigs have clearly employed with the rest of the mod. • Quite bulky • For advanced users The Invader IV is a very sturdy performer best suited to vapers looking for something that can take a beating and put out huge amounts of power. INVADER IV RDA The Invader IV RDA is an optional addition to the mod and is a solid, if basic, atomiser. It uses a tried and tested two post, four slot design for installing dual coils. With its relatively generous deck space and substantial airflow, it’s clear that the RDA was made with larger builds in mind. The angle at which air hits the coils is interesting and results in serviceable flavour and huge vapour production. This is very functional and user friendly. THE VAPER EXPO | 127