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Good usability, poor finish

“Kind of” NeBox 2, the Cupti is a 75 W AIO Box offering adjustable power. It receives a 5 ml tank and works with one 18650 battery (not included). The packaging, red and black, hosts the Cupti, two coils CLOCC: one SS316L, 0.50 Ω  for direct-lung inhalation and nichrome, 0.15 Ω for mouth-to-lung vaping. Kanger also provides two drip-tips (POM), a thin one and a large one, a USB cable and a user manual.

Rather light (only 215 g with the battery), the Cupti fits in your palm with its rounded angles. Like often, with Kanger, the plastic is not of the best quality ever and the screws are visible on the top, which is not of the most beautiful effect.

On the top of the Cupti, one finds the OLED display, small but readable, showing all the mandatory information (Watts, Volts, temperature, type of resistive wire, battery charge). Below the screen are the “+” and “-” controls. The atomizer’s top cap with a dual airflow system is located near the controls. By unscrewing the atomizer, you easily get access to the tank that can be filled by the top. The long and large chimney is connected to the top cap. The coil is located at the end of the chimney and is in contact with the bottom of the tank. The Pyrex tank is dark grey, too dark to see the liquid inside, unfortunately.

The cover of the battery compartment is under the box and opens easily. The micro-USB plug is located just next to it. Its place is not ideal, one would have preferred to find it on a side to be able to recharge the battery upright and not on its side.

Convenient chipset but defective temperature control

The Cupti’s chipset is basic but easy to use. Only three clics are necessary to change the vaping mode. At use, it shows some failures. First, it burbles each time the top cap is unscrewed, which makes vaping very noisy. The noise is accentuated by the airflow system that whistles. A tip to prevent it from being noisy? Do not hesitate to bow in it, sometimes.

Another inconvenient is the temperature control. With a nichrome coil, there are dry hits. Such a situation should not happen with a temperature control functional and efficient. The only explanation is that the mode is not completely operational. Can this be fixed with an upgrade?

In power mode, the use of the Cupti is less problematic. The box develops a dense and abundant steam. Rendering of flavors is good. Thanks to the two types of drip-tips and the two different coils, the Cupti is versatile. The 1.50 Ω nichrome coil associated to the thin drip-tip is convenient for MTL vaping. At the opposite, the subohm SS316L coil (0.50 Ω) is very powerful when the airflows are wide open.

Last issue, the lag in heating the coil when pressing the Fire, almost 1 s. Combined together, all these approximations do not contribute to a serein vaping experience, unfortunately.

The main features of the Cupti by KangerTech:

  • Variable wattage: 7 – 75 W by 0.1 W increments
  • Material: Alloy of zinc and aluminium; POM; Pyrex
  • OLED screen
  • Display: Temperature/watts, power/volts, ohms and battery charge
  • Black Fire on the side (on & off by 5 quick press)
  • Modes: Power, TC (Ni/Ti/SS316L/NC)
  • Adjustable Temperature: 100 – 300°C, 5°C increments
  • Two CLOCC coils included: SS316L – 0.5 Ω (DL); nichrome – 1.5 ohm (MTL)
  • Two POM drip-tips (large – DL, thin – MTL)
  • Height: 90 mm with drip-tip
  • Width: 50 mm
  • Thickness: 22.5 mm
  • Weight: 210 g with battery (158 g bare)
  • Battery: 18650 (not included)
  • Safety: Low resistance, overheating, open circuit, long press (>10 s), low battery
  • Recharge, micro-USB under the box
  • USB/micro-USB cable
  • User manual
  • Colors: Black, White, Pink, Champagne and Red

In summary

The “+”:

  • Both DL and MTL vaping
  • Tank capacity
  • Good handling
  • Rendering of flavors
  • No leakage, no seepage
  • Chipset: simple and straightforward

The “-“:

  • Faulty Temp Ctrl
  • burbling
  • Lag time with Fire
  • Average finish
  • Noisy
  • Tank difficult to clean and too dark to visualize e-liquid level
  • USB plug under the box
  • No RBA deck included

Conclusions

Rating of 2.6/5. Despite a few assets like its handling, its versatility or the absence of leakage, the Cupti is still far from the standards. The box is noisy, the lag time before heating the coil and the faulty temperature control are critical flaws. The vapers who are looking for a AIO box will prefer the excellent eGrip II by JoyeTech for the same price. Kanger announced the release of its Cupti 2, a 80 W dual battery AIO box. Our expectation is that KangerTech “vaporizes” the existing flaws.