The Aegis Mod by Geekvape: A device known for being pretty damn robust, but how did I get on with it?
Today we are looking at the Geek Vape Aegis box mod. It is capable of firing up to 100w using either an 18650 or the included 26650 battery (not all kits available come with battery).
It has an IP67 certification which makes it waterproof and dustproof as well as a military standard 810G-516.6 shock proof certification. So let’s see how it stands up to everyday use and abuse, and possibly a bit more!
Geekvape are a company based in china well known for their affordable vaping devices, atomisers and accessories. They have previously released products such as the Ammit RTA, and the Medusa Reborn RDTA and the Karma Mech Kit.
As always my opinions are honest and my own.
See the GeekVape Aegis In Action With My Video Review
What’s In The Box
- Aegis Mod
- 18650 battery adapter
- Spare silicone plug
- Spare torx screws
- User manual
- Dimensions: 37.8mm x 46.8mm x 88mm
- Maximum Power Output: 100W
- Material: Aluminium, Zinc Alloy, Silicone
- Battery Low Voltage Warning: 3.3V±0.1V
- Maximum Firing Duration: 10 Seconds
- Operation Temperature: -40℃~+80℃
- Requires a Single 18650 or 26650 Battery
Build Quality & Design
We’ll start from the top and make our way down the device.
The 510 Connector:
At the top of the device, we have the 510 connector. It has a springy gold plated positive pin and the threaded portion is made from stainless steel.
The disc is 25mm in diameter, but I have used 30mm atomisers on there without any overhang whatsoever. Any bigger than this, I would avoid as it begins to cover the battery venting plate.
The Battery Venting Plate:
As the internals of the Aegis are sealed from the elements a system for battery venting was needed. This comes in the form of a battery venting plate at the top of the device.
In the unlikely event of a battery failure, below this plate is a silicone plug. When the gasses from the battery push behind this plug, it presses against a pin on the plate and pierces the seal. This allows the venting of pressure from within the device. Geek Vape have provided a couple of spares, just in case they are needed. Beneath this is the Micro USB port for upgrading the firmware.
The Screen & Buttons:
On the front of the device, we have a large glass panel, which I believe is some sort of Gorilla Glass. From using this over the past month or so, it has been very resistant to scratches and dents.
Above the screen, we have the fire button. This is more of a trigger style button and can be fired from the top, or pushing up from the bottom. Pushing up has been my preferred way of firing. It has a nice, reassuring click when pressed, although it does feel a little spongy.
Below the screen we have the – and + buttons. These are made from plastic and have a very good click to them. They are very responsive and are not spongy at all.
The screen in the middle is clear and easy to use in most lighting conditions, although in direct bright sunlight, it was a little difficult to read. We will go into the different functions of the screen further down in this written review.
The rest of the body is made from an extremely rugged and tough form of silicone as well as an aluminium and leather portion at the back of the mod.
The silicone section is squidgy, yet dense. It holds up really well to most knocks and dings from everyday use, as well as the odd accidental drop. It does pick up quite a bit of pocket fluff though…
The rear aluminium and leather section brakes things up a bit and adds a bit more style to the device. It has “Geek Vape” and “Aegis” engraved into either side, just to remind you what you’re vaping on.
The Battery Door:
This is located at the bottom of the device and features a lift up catch to aid in unscrewing the door. On the underside, it has the negative battery polarity marked, just in case you are unsure.
It is extremely sturdy and doesn’t bend or warp when unscrewing. It is a little tough to screw/unscrew though. I believe this is due to the silicone o-ring which seals in the battery and prevents any water getting in.
How Does the Aegis by Geek Vape Perform?
The User Interface:
A simple 5 clicks on, 5 clicks off function on this device, as well as a 3 click to access the different power modes that are listed below. The wattage goes up in 0.1w increments when the +/- buttons are clicked, but when held down, it speeds through the wattage.
Once you have pressed the fire button 2 times, the fire profile turns white and you can scroll through the different profiles using the +/- buttons. Once you get to your chosen profile, tap the fire button and you can adjust the different options in that profile such as locking the resistance and changing the wattage in TC mode, as well as resetting the puff counter.
When you’re done, hold down the fire button and the profile at the top will turn to black and you’re ready to go!
You also have a button combination to adjust the brightness of the display. Hold the fire and + or – button to increase/decrease the brightness of the screen. You can also hold both the + and – button together to lock the adjustability of the Aegis mod, so that the wattage or temperature won’t change. You will still be able to fire the device.
Power (Wattage) Mode:
In wattage mode you have a maximum output of 100w, as previously mentioned. The device fires smoothly and there is barely any delay between pressing the fire button and having the atomiser kick into action. Even when the battery percentage is low, the response time is still relatively quick but you do notice a drop in power. This is normal with most devices.
Temperature Control Mode:
After testing out the Temperature Control mode in Stainless Steel, I am more than happy that the device is functioning as it should. I was using a spaced SS316L build, coming in at 0.4Ω and it passed the dry cotton burn test all the way up to the maximum temperature.
You also have the option of Titanium Nickel and TCR modes if you wish to use them.
This mode allows the user to have their own variable power curve over the course of roughly 5 seconds. So you can put a nice power up and power down curve in, or an incline building up to the required wattage. It’s completely customisable, so it’s completely up to you what you do with it.
Bypass mode enables you to use the Geek Vape Aegis as a mech mod. Basically, it uses the remaining voltage of the battery to power the atomiser. All this teamed up with the safety functions gives the user a similar experience to using a mechanical mod, without having to worry too much.
Using the included Golisi 26650 4300mAh 50 A battery, I was getting roughly a days vaping using a 0.5Ω build at around 60w. I’m not 100% sure if the mAh rating on this battery is entirely true, as I would expect a little more than a days worth of battery life from 4300mAh and the frequency at what I vape.
But all in all, it lasts me a whole day, so it lasts me the same time as a 2500mAh 18650 using the same 0.5Ω build.
How it feels in the hand
The Aegis is extremely comfortable in the hand. The curved back goes nicely into your fingers and the leather back adds a little bit of padding. All the buttons are easily in reach too. The heel of your thumb rests nicely on the fire button, which is great as you’re not having to contort your hand in a weird position to press it.
Atomisers on The Geek Vape Aegis
The Geek Vape Peerless RDTA:
The Vaperz Cloud X1 30mm RDA:
Is it Waterproof?
Indeed it is! After submerging in a bowl of water for 5 minutes, everything works as it should do. A little bit of water gets stuck under the buttons, but this drains out/evaporates with time. Just make sure the 510 is clear of any water before using to avoid any false resistance readings.
Now I dropped this from pocket height whilst standing to begin with to simulate it falling out of your pocket. All it did was dislodge the screen, but this was easily fixed by pushing it back in again.
After that I dropped it from mouth height to simulate it slipping out of your hand whilst vaping. This time it landed on the top corner of the screen and chipped it slightly.
After this, I dropped the device tank-side first. All this did was dent the drip tip on the tank. So I decided to drop it battery door-side first. Here are the results:Just a few cosmetic scratches to the battery door. This didn’t change the way the battery door functioned, so I’m happy to continue using the product.
After that, I dropped the Aegis on each of its sides. All that happened was a slight bit of cosmetic damage to the silver panels:So after all these realistic drop tests, the Geek Vape Aegis functioned exactly as it should. No shattered screens, no warped parts, just a bit of cosmetic damage.
The Freeze Test
After a few discussions with Ecigclick HQ, we decided that a freeze test would be a good addition to the review, so I submerged the Aegis in water, and put it in the freezer for a couple of days…
After three days of freezing, I removed the Geek Vape Aegis and let it thaw in the sink for a while.
So, I thought the mod was finished. I presumed the pressure of the ice would have forced water inside the mod, but it didn’t!!
After thawing the mod, all that had changed was that the screen had a little bit of condensation underneath it, but after a few hours at room temperature, this evaporated and the screen was as good as new!
What I Like
- It looks good
- Rugged feel
- Easy to read screen
What I Dislike
- The screen glass – the biggest weakness.
- Slightly spongy fire button
Final Review Verdict
Overall, the Geek Vape Aegis is an absolutely cracking mod. It’s rugged, feels great in the hand and doesn’t weigh an absolute tonne.
The battery life could be a bit better using the 26650 battery, but there’s not a lot I can do about that. But if I lost or broke this device, I would be marching promptly down the shop to buy another, as it is great for an every day, out and about device!