Can The IPV D2 by Pioneer4You Top The Mini Mod Race?
I was looking forward to carrying out the Pioneer4you IPVD2 review due to to the surging popularity of ‘Mini’ mods at the moment. The small form factor provided by a single 18650 mod seemingly being favoured by many at present over the bulkier dual 18650 battery mods, however battery life from a single 18650 battery can be somewhat of a drawback with the power needs of the latest sub ohm tanks.
Vaping powerhouses Pioneer4You have previously released the IPV Mini and the IPV Mini 2, their latest single battery 18650 mod with (very) small form factor is the IPV D2, one of the smallest 18650 units ever released, sporting a magnetic battery door, a Yihi chip, 75w of power and temperature control functionality is included.
It’s priced well with most vendors, and feature rich, is the IPV D2 the ‘killer’ mini mod?
Inside the cardboard presentation packaging you’ll find-
- 1x IPV D2 unit
- 1x Silicone Sleeve
- 1x instruction manual
- 1x charging cable
Please note that the supplied charging cable is NOT a micro USB charger, the IPV D2 charging cable requires a DC4.5V/DC5.5V 1A wall charger to take advantage of this feature.
You can easily charge your battery externally however due to the magnetic battery door giving you quick access to the battery, if you are unsure about using the charging cable I would highly recommend you remove your battery and charge it in a dedicated charger.
IPV D2 Battery / Body / Build
Now to cut to the chase the form factor of the IPV D2 is absolutely outstanding. It’s barely the height of an 18650 battery itself and 23mm wide, so this little beauty slots squarely into the palm of your hand.
In fact, most people’s hands will completely envelop the IPV D2! It’s lightweight too, deceptively light, and it’s form factor alone makes it an ideal mod to carry around out and about with you. A spring loaded 510 connector is present to ensure no gap between your IPV D2 and your atomizer, and the threading on the 510 connector is buttery smooth.
The IPV D2 takes a single 18650 battery and this is inserted via removing the magnetic ball bearing battery door cover, battery swaps take a matter of seconds due to this outstanding feature. Top marks to Pioneer4You for this, the battery door cover is excellent and it holds firm once you have reattached it to the mod.
You can of course charge the IPV D2 with the battery in the unit using the supplied battery charging cable, however you do need a DC4.5V/DC5.5V 1A wall charger in order to do so.
The finish of the IPV D2 is excellent, constructed of billet aluminium and available in black or silver, it looks top class. I’ve not experienced any of the paint scratching off however there is a silicone sleeve included within the package to help protect the finish of your IPV D2 against any accidental scratches.
Buttons are a little on the small side but I don’t think anyone is going to find the size detrimental. They are very responsive and there’s no clickiness from them either. Both the power and + and – buttons are positioned above the screen, which is found at the bottom of the IPV D2, as with all Pioneer4You releases the screen is excellent, easily readable and offering information on the power, battery life, resistance and voltage.
- Width: 23mm
- YiHi SX130H chip
- Temp control mode & VW mode supported in joule/power mode
- Nickel & Titanium coils support
- Billet aluminium construction
- Temp Limit range- 212-572F (100-300C)
- Output power in power mode- 7-75w
- Output power in joule mode- 5-50j
- Output current- Min 1A, Max 25A
- Output voltage- Min 1V, Max 8V
- Input Current- Min 1.3A, Max 30A
- Input Voltage- Min 3.2V, Max 4.5V
- Power Mode Atomizer resistance range – 0.2ohm-3.0ohm
- Joule Mode Atomizer resistance range – 0.05ohm- 3.0ohm
- Sliding ball bearing battery door cover
- Output short protection
- Spring Loaded 510 connection
- Battery low voltage protection
- Temperature overheat protection
- Low resistance protection
How Does The IPV D2 Perform?
The IPV D2 sports its own custom YiHi chip, in the form of the SX130H. YiHi chips are renowned for their top quality, the the SX130H present in the IPV D2 is no different. It’s very reliable and consistent, offering you maximum performance!
Starting off with the Menu system, it’s easy enough for anyone to pick up and get to grips with quickly, and anyone who has previously owned an IPV or YiHi release will be right at home. Power is adjusted and resistance locked (in Temperature Control) from the home screen without needing the menu.
5 clicks of the power button will take you into the menu system, a press of the power button will cycle through the menu options, a press of + or – will allow you to adjust the selected setting.
From the menu you can switch the IPV D2 on or off, switch between Power (wattage) and Joule (temperature control) modes, change the temperature unit from Celsius to Fahrenheit, set the temperature limit and select whether you are using an Ni200 coil or Titanium coil in temperature control. Yes, the IPV D2 supports Titanium as well as Nickel coils out of the box in temperature control.
As with all mods sporting a YiHi chip, when using temperature control resistance needs to be locked first, by ensuring you are using a compatible atomizer with an Ni200 or Titanium coil and having the correct mode selected. You need to ensure both the IPV D2 and the atomizer are at room temperature, then hold the + and – buttons down until resistance is displayed on screen.
Further Reading: Beginners Guide To Temperature Control Vaping
You will notice that the resistance changes during use- this is because the IPV D2 reads the real time resistance whilst in temperature control mode. Your temperature limit is set through the menu system. I’ve found temperature control to be very accurate on the IPV D2 and a real outstanding vape.
In power mode you have 75w at your disposal, and resistance is supported down to 0.2ohm, so the IPV D2 supports pretty much anything! 75w is about the maximum you would want out of a single 18650 battery! Battery lifespan is quite possibly the best I’ve experienced on a single 18650 unit, achieving well over a days use in most instances.
Final Pioneer4you IPV D2 Review Verdict
Its light, compact and powerful, feature rich and pocket friendly both in size and price, the IPV D2 really does have it all. It really does shine in all areas, and the fact that it is available at this price with most UK retailers is truly fantastic.
It’s been extremely hard to find any fault with the IPV D2, such is the all round quality of this unit, it’s something I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone.
The IPV D2 is one of my front runners for my mod of the year in 2015, if not my favourite unit of all time!
- Comprehensive and accurate temperature control mode supporting Ni200 and Titanium out of the box!
- Amazing small and light form factor
- Very well priced
- 75w of power in power mode
- Very efficient chip means you get the most out of your 18650 battery
- Magnetic battery door cover is excellent
- Build quality is top class
- Very user friendly, appeals to all sections of the market
The Not So Good
- Not firmware upgrade-able
- Cannot charge via micro USB
- Single 18650 battery does have its limitations with battery life