Introduction – The Three Mod by Tesla
The Tesla Three mod is is slightly different than many of the other releases from Tesla of late and one that twanged the strings of a vaper such as me that likes to keep things on the simple side.
That’s what made the Tesla Three quite an intriguing device.
A device that takes all the thinking out of vaping. Simply put on any resistance/tank, whether that be 0.2 or 2.0 Ohm and the mod outputs the correct power.
Or at least that’s the idea.
Let’s find out the Tesla Three works in practice.
In The Box
- Tesla Three Mod
- Micro USB Cable
- User Manual
- Battery Capacity: 5000mAh
- Material: Zinc alloy
- Battery: Two inner Lipo
- Max output wattage: 150W
- Max output voltage: 4.2V
- Max output Current: 40A
- USB: 5V/2A(input), 5V/1A(Output)
- Minimum coil resistance: 0.1ohm
- In Built Protection: Over puffing protection/low voltage alert/atomiser short-circuit protection/Charging protection
- Power bank for electronic devices
- Pass-Through available
Design and Build Quality
The Three is as simple as it gets looks wise, not the prettiest mod I’ve seen but it’s one of the most solid.
It’s a weighty mod with the 5000 mAh dual LiPo integrated battery. Which is needed with the maximum 150W power output.
The 510 threading on the top has been a joy to use over the last month with all tanks I have tried twisting smoothly into place.
The top corner of one side of the mod is cut away and features 4 LED lights. These are in place to give you an idea of the amount of battery power remaining, with four being at full capacity.
Moving down from the battery indicator on the side of the mod is the fire button. This (on the blue mod I had for review) is a contrasting black, matching the top plate on the device.
The fire button does have a bit of give, in that it can seem a little loose when moving side to side. But the action of pressing the button is solid and easy any position you choose to hod the mod.
On the base we have plenty of venting holes and a full size USB ‘out’ port.
This isn’t for charging the mod (that port is on the flat side of the mod), this is so you can use the Tesla Three as a power bank to lend power to other devices such as phones and tablets.
I have actually used it to part charge my iPhone when I was out and about and it worked a treat. When you connect another device simply press the fire button once to initiate the charge.
It can also be used as a pass through device so you can vape whilst charging. Always a plus point.
In The Hand
I don’t have the biggest hands but the curved edges on the mod make this a comfortable mod to handle.
Add to this a fire button that is easily activated and we have a vape mod that is a pleasure to use.
The Three also adds a layer of protection that are normally found in regulated mods including low voltage alert, over puff protection, charging protection and atomiser short circuit protection.
It also features a 40amp limit for those lower resistance builds.
How Does The Tesla Three Mod Perform?
This is where this mod differs to many box mods on the market. Bar the Innokin Smartbox that is and a few other devices such as the Jacvapour Series S.
The Tesla Three is designed to recognise the resistance of the coil you use in a tank. There are no wattage controls, no temperature control.
You simply screw your tank on, press the fire button and vape.
In theory you should have a power setting that matches your resistance and gives a great vape every time.
After using this mod for around 6 weeks I have had mixed results.
I first started with the Aspire Nautilus X tank with 1.5 ohm coils. Mainly for when I’m out and about and want a mouth to lung vape.
The Tesla Three did a decent job of providing a good vape. The only thing I found that was a little annoying was that the ramp up time was far too long.
I actually found myself, without thinking, pressing the fire button harder and harder trying to speed things up! Of course that was never going to work!
Next I tried the SMOK TFV8 Baby Beast with the 0.3 ohm coil. This actually worked just fine. The power being fed through to the coil was spot on and it provided a great vape.
Even with the battery lights at 2 bars the power hitting the coil keeps up and provides a great vape with minimum delay in ramp up time.
When sub ohm vaping was call of the day, this was the tank/mod combo I found myself using repeatedly.
0.15 Ohm Coil
Next up the SMOK TFV8 Baby Beast and the 0.15 Ohm coil. This is rated by SMOK for use between 50W and 110W with recommended performance between 60-80W.
Of course, I can’t set the wattage so I have to rely on the Three mod to get this right.
This was tested with a fully charged battery.
For me the Three provided too much power here with the flavour coming out with the burnt taste no one wants to see!
Ultimately it was un-vapeable for me.
The 2 parallel Lipo batteries give you a whopping 5000 mah capacity which equals, loads of vaping time. Even with the 0.3 Ohm coil I was getting a 2-3 days of moderate vaping.
Add to this a 30 minute charge, using the USB out, to my iPhone 6 and I’d say all is good on the battery front!
What I Like
This is a very well built, solid mod. After 1 month + of use it took some beating and still looks the part. Barring a bit of paint chipping on the base and some specs to the body itself, but that’s to be expected.
The ergonomics are good, it feels nice in the hand and is a comfortable to vape. The fire button is easily activated from any position.
The option to use this has a power bank to charge other devices has come in handy a couple of times for me. With the 5000 mah dual LiPo battery it can certainly handle lending a little battery life now and then.
What I Don’t Like
It’s subjective but the looks for me aren’t exactly stand out.
With the 0.15 Ohm coil it provided plenty of punch but provided too much in that the juice was coming through burnt. The 1.5 Ohm coil also took a while to ramp up making for a frustrating vaping experience.
But it has to be said, if you are buying the Tesla Three it’s unlikely you will be doing so to vape ‘plus ohm’ coils.
While not something to not like the limited control of the mod isn’t going to be for every vaper.
Final Review Verdict
The Tesla Three is overall a very good device and does a lot right. Not necessarily a device for me, I prefer a little more control in choosing my wattage settings.
- Solid build that feels quality in the hand
- Excellent battery life
- Can be used as a power bank
- Performed a treat with the 0.3 Ohm coil
- Sent too much power to the 0.15 Ohm coil I used
- Cannot choose your wattage settings (although that is the point of this mod)