An Introduction to the Thinkvape Ruger 230w
Today we are looking at the Thinkvape Ruger 230w Box Mod. It is a device powered by 2 x 18650 batteries and has multiple output modes such as Temperature Control, Manual TCR and Bypass Mode.
Now Thinkvape aren’t an overly famous name in the vaping scene, but they are known for producing devices such as the Finder 75 and Finder 250 which were both DNA powered mods.
The Ruger is a little bit different though. Inspired by the muzzle of a gun, the mod has cutouts and screws to give it more of an aggressive and rugged look, and I think that it looks pretty good!
Thinkvape Ruger 230w Specs:
- Size: 90 x 44 x 28mm
- Screen: 0.96 inch OLED screen
- Wattage range: 10W-230W
- Temperature range: 100℃-315℃/200℉-600℉
- Working modes: VW(E/P/S)/VT(Ni/Ti/SS)/TCR/Bypass
- Resistance range: 0.05-5.0ohm
- Battery: 2 x 18650 Battery (not included)
- Colour: Black/Red/Yellow/Silver/Blue
- Thread: 510 thread
Thinkvape Ruger 230w Packing List:
- Think Vape Ruger MOD
- User Manual
- Micro USB Cable
Thinkvape Ruger 230w First Impressions:
So let’s have a look around the Ruger, starting from the top and working our way down…
At the top of the device we have the 510 connector which has a stainless steel surround and a spring loaded positive pin. You can fit 25mm atomisers on here with no overhang whatsoever.
Working our way down to the front of the device, we have an offset circular 0.96″ LED screen surrounded by an LED bezel. You can change this to three different colours – Red, Green and Blue. You can also turn the light off if you wish. To the right of the screen we have some venting and screws which are quite reminiscent of the muzzle of a gun. It does give the device a bit more of an aggressive and tough look.
Below that we have the 5-way joystick which is used to navigate through all the different menu systems. I have found it extremely easy to use, but I think that it should click when pressing it down to select an option, just so you know that it is being pressed. And below that we have the micro USB port which is used for charging the device. I personally have not used it as I always charge my batteries in an external charger.
On the front side of the Ruger, we have the fire button. Again, it looks to be made of stainless steel and is more or less flush with the body. It has a nice reassuring click to it, but I would have liked to see it a bit more prominent from the main body, just so that it’s easier to find.
At the back of the device we have a faux leather battery door, which does slightly cheapen the look and feel of the mod. I’m honestly not a massive fan of it. Just a normal bit of metal would have gone down great with me. The securing magnets are definitely up to the job though
Behind the battery door, there is a tidy battery sled with a ribbon to aid removing the batteries.
As for the screen and menu system, they are extremely easy to navigate through. Clicking the fire button 5 times brings up the menu screen where you can scroll through all the different options as well as change the colour of the LED bezel to Red, Green or Blue.
I personally went for Blue as it matches the plate on the front of the device.
Thinkvape Ruger 230w Performance:
In Wattage Mode, you can go anywhere from 10w all the way up to 230w as well as having ‘Standard’ ‘Power +’ and ‘Eco’ firing modes to choose from.
I will be testing the device at 60w on a 0.43Ω stock coil tank to see how the different firing modes effect the vaping experience
Standard Mode: More or less instant firing, hitting that 60w straight away. This is the mode I have been mainly using throughout testing the device as it has worked very well for me. A great all rounder for stock coil tanks
Eco Mode: This mode seems to have a less instant hit. A slight delay in the coil coming to life and hitting full power, but once it gets there, it is performing pretty well! I can only assume this is to preserve the life of the batteries.
Power + Mode: Using Power + has been a bit of a negative experience for me. It feels like the device is outputting too much power, most probably over 100w and gives a dry and flavourless vaping experience on a stock coil tank. This would be more suited to low resistance RDA builds in my personal opinion.
Higher Wattage Vaping: As we scroll up through the wattages, I have noticed a slight drop in performance. Anything over 150w just seems to lack ever so slightly. Only by 10 or so watts, so that would be something to consider. I very rarely vape over 100w, so it isn’t a massive issue for me.
Temperature Control Mode:
After testing the preset SS316 mode on this device, I can confirm that the TC function of this device is pretty poor. You’ll either get no vapour whatsoever, or burnt cotton. This is something that Thinkvape really need to look into as it is completely unusable in TC mode.
I personally don’t use TC as it just isn’t something that suits me, but if you are an avid TC user, I would avoid buying this device.
Bypass Mode uses the remaining voltage of the batteries to give a mech mod-style vaping experience. The output of the device is determined by the resistance of the build on the atomiser as well as the remaining voltage of the batteries.
Overall, it works absolutely fine, but it is not something I would often use on a regulated device.
Pros & Cons:
- Good Looks
- Instant Firing
- Not too Heavy
- Solid Build
- Joystick Operation
- TC Mode
- Leather Back
- Lack of LED Colours
- Flush Fire Button
Thinkvape Ruger 230w Video Review
Thinkvape Ruger 230w Final Thoughts:
Overall, I’m liking the look and feel of the Ruger. Yes, there is the odd bit and bob that annoys me slightly, but it performs extremely well in wattage mode. I think that the design could do with a few slight changes, but nothing drastic. Mainly the leather back, the fire button and having a few more LED options to choose from. But if you’re mainly a temperature control user, I wouldn’t recommend buying the device at all as it is extremely poor.
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.