The Chieftain 80w Box Mod by Wotofo is Jam Packed With Features, But How Does it Stand up to Every Day Use?

Today we are looking at the Wotofo Chieftain mod which is an 80w device that is capable of using 18650 and 26650 batteries.

This was sent free of charge for the purpose of this review. As always our views are our own.

Wotofo is a company based in China and have been operating since 2009. They have released products such as the Troll V2, the Phantom Mech Mod, the Freakshow, and of course, the Twisted Tripple Mod.Wotofo Chieftank review

The Chieftain is available in six different colours and is priced at $59.99 direct from the Wotofo website.

See The Wotofo Chieftain Mod In Action With My Video Review


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What’s In The Box

    • 1 X Wotofo Serpent 50w Box Mod
    • 1 X Micro USB Charge Cable
    • 1 X 18650 Conversion Tube
    • Instruction Manual

Features

  • Power Range: 5w – 80w
  • Temperature Control (Ni/Ti/SS/TCR)
  • 18650 or 26650 Powered
  • Resistance: 0.09-3Ω (VW) 0.03-1.0Ω (TC)
  • Material: Aluminium Alloy
  • 6 Colours
  • 92.5 x 43.5 x 28.5 mm

Build Quality & Design

It is a solid feeling mod. The buttons are all in great positions and there is no battery or button rattle whilst shaking the device.

Although on one of my two samples, the 510 connector on one was slightly wobbly.Wotofo Chieftan 510 connection

The Chieftain has a matte/satin sheen to it that looks great! Mine is painted in blue which goes well with black, stainless steel and white coloured atomisers.

All the buttons protrude a decent amount from the mod and are well placed for ease of firing and adjusting the wattage without having to look and find out where they are.

Also, the Micro USB port is conveniently situated below the buttons, so you can stand the Wotofo Chieftain upright whilst charging. Although not recommended by myself, the function is there if you need to use it.

The large screen is placed on the side of the device in between the fire buttons and the +/- buttons. It is extremely easy to read in both bright and dimly lit areas and simple and easy to navigate.

How Does The Wotofo Chieftain Perform?

Chieftain functions:

  • A simple 5 clicks of the fire button for on and 5 clicks for off.
  • Holding + and – locks the wattage at your current setting.
  • Fire and + allows you to change from VW mode to the TC, TCR, Joule and DIY Modes.
  • Fire and – allows you to flip the screen 180º if you want to hold it differently.

The screen is extremely simple to navigate and change between the different modes.

I think that the DIY mode is a great added bonus for more advanced vapers who are wanting to use a custom wattage setting, although I never found this function a necessity to me throughout the time that I have used it.

One negative is that there aren’t any TCR memory slots, this doesn’t effect me at all, but may do others.

Temp Control

Although I’m not a regular user of TC, the Stainless steel temperature control mode works very well and performed greatly in a dry cotton burn test.

There doesn’t appear to be a way of adjusting the wattage in TC mode, but the wattage that it was firing at were acceptable and I didn’t feel that it needed any more or less power.

Battery Life

Whilst using an 18650 battery I was getting roughly a day of use when using a 0.5ohm build around 40-50w.

When using a 26650 battery this was extended to around about one and a half days.

Using the TC mode and Output DIY mode reduced the battery life slightly when using both the 18650 and 26650 batteries.

What I Like

The Chieftain mod fits well and feels good in the hand. It feels solid and sturdy with no rattles whatsoever.

Overall a well built device with many functions if you wish to use them. I am mainly a wattage user, so the amount of functions didn’t overly appeal to me, but it may appeal to others.

The screen is easy to navigate and read. It’s conveniently situated on the side of the device.

Being able to change from an 18650 to a 26650 battery is a great option, it allows that extra bit of battery life if you need it!

What I Dislike

Well, I’m not sure if this is a negative or a positive, but I think that there are too many functions on this device that I would personally use.

I personally would have scrapped the Joule and OUTPUT DIY modes for a few extra TCR slots.

Final Review Verdict

Overall the Wotofo Chieftain is a great little mod for all vapers out there.

Maybe a little too complex for beginners, but a definite for people looking to upgrade to a single 18650/26650 device with a few more functions than a basic device.

If I lost or broke this device, would I pay to replace it?

Yes and no.

Overall it’s a brilliant bit of kit in form, but I just think that there are too many functions for the average vaper.

Yes they would be useful for some users but for me they’re not. I mainly used this in wattage mode throughout the testing period and felt no real need to use the Joule or DIY modes apart from when I had to try them out for the purpose of this review.

But for using it just with its basic functions, I would be happy to buy another!

Pros

  • Fits nicely in the hand
  • Easy to use
  • Great screen size
  • Good value for money
  • 18650/26650 options

Cons

  • Too many functions
  • Slight 510 movement

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The Devil Vaper
Hi, my name is Dean and I have been vaping since April 2014. I decided to start reviewing back in mid 2015 as my friends kept asking me about different e-liquids I had tried and whether they were worth buying. So I thought I'd start on Instagram writing written reviews for them to read. Then several months later, I saw that people were publishing reviews on YouTube, so in late 2015 'TheDevilVaper' was born! And since then, I have built a following across social media and I'm reviewing anything from starter kits to mech mods. Budget e-liquids to premium flavours and prebuilt coils to carry cases. To me, vaping is more than just a way to quit smoking. It is now a hobby. And a hobby that I have great pleasure in doing! And if my reviews help people ditch the cigarettes, then it's a job well done. TheDevilVaper

6 COMMENTS

  1. I just bought this and have no clue why it wont work I have replaced the battery over and over but it keeps saying too low HELP!!

    • Hey Michael,

      ‘Too Low’ generally means the resistance of your coil/build is too low. Worth checking your build or coil head (does it work on other mod if you have one). If a stock coil tank the coil could be the issue.

      If it does work on other mods it could be the connection.. Try cleaning your threaded connections on mod and tank.

      Let us know how you get on.

    • Hi Thomas! I’m currently looking into this for you. Firstly, I would recommend going to Reekbox and downloading the firmware update software for the Chieftain. This is the stage I am currently at and I’m trying to get the Reekbox program to recognise the device which isn’t proving successful at the moment.
      In the meantime, do you have an external charger or another device that you can charge the battery in?

      I’ll keep trying to find a solution to the problem and update you as and when I find it.

      Many thanks, TheDevilVaper

      • I have the exact same problem with my WOTOFO THUNDER BOX 80W.
        I am unable to charge my battery in the MOD due to it wanting an update from Reekbox. I’ve downloaded the “Update”, which was created in 2013, needs to have a 2.0 USB port, and whose most recent compatibility is Windows 8. In the MOD display you get “Update?” with “Update” highlighted. Your only choice I’ve found, that the device responds to is pressing the “Fire ” button, which gets you to this, “Now ban to press any key! wait 60s”. And “ban” is NOT a misprint. What the heck does that mean? Needless to say it just doesn’t work at all due to severe incompatibility issues.
        All I want to know is if anyone knows how to do a RESET back to the DEFAULT settings of my MOD? In the beginning I was at least able to use it as a battery charger once before these “Update” issues forced me to remove the battery and put it in another device for charging.
        Respectfully,
        ty1on4me

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