Two of the most eagerly awaited box-mods EVER dropped in 2015, more less one after the other: the VaporShark DNA200 and the LAVABOX DNA200. These are two of the most sought after box-mods on the planet right now — sort of like the iPhone and Galaxy S of the vape scene, if you will.
There was a TON of speculation about them before the got official, a bunch more when they did, and plenty more interest now that they’re both officially available to buy in the US and UK. And rightly so, too: they look great, they perform great, they have features to DIE for and they are both excellent poster boys for the awesome EVOLV DNA 200 chipset which is now becoming increasingly common inside high-end box-mods.
The only downside is picking one and deciding which is best for you: the VaporShark DNA200 or the LAVABOX DNA200? Price is one factor that might sway a lot of people; the LAVABOX is considerably cheaper. But is that all there is to it?
Let’s bloody well find out!
VaporShark DNA200 vs LAVABOX DNA200: Design
Can black boxes be sexy? Most would argue no. But just look at the effort companies like Apple and Samsung go to in order to make sure they’re products are lusted after by consumers. Box-mods are no different. You HAVE to desire them. And firms like VaporShark and Volcano go about things in much the same way: engineering, design, specs and features. That’s what gets bums on seats and listening.
Out of the two devices, personally speaking, I prefer the look and feel of the LAVABOX. It has grills and accents and comes with a variety of colourful cover options that will really help the user personalise their daily driver.
The Vapor Shark DNA200 is a much simpler looking device, one that lets the pedigree of the Vapor Shark brand and its new, innovative features do the talking. It is compact, subtle and packed with useful features that build on an already very solid foundation. Nothing is superfluous here and everything serves a function.
The Vapor Shark DNA 200 is constructed from 6031 aluminum, a super lightweight material, which makes the device feel extremely svelte in the hand or pocket. Next up, a black anodization process is layered on top and this is in turn followed by black paint and, finally, a light rubberized coating to complete the chassis. The result is a solid block of awesomeness that’s durable, robust and supremely portable.
The LAVABOX DNA200 is similarly crafted, you will find zero guff in its build materials, though the overall look and finish of the device packs something more of a punch, sort of like an AMG version of a standard Mercedes. It’s beefy, angular and creates its own sort of special gravity in the eyes of those beholding it. I like a bit of pomp and pomposity when it comes to my box-mod, so for me the LAVABOX is the definite winner here — it just looks AWESOME.
Keeping with tradition, the VaporShark DNA 200 is pretty compact and will easily fit inside anyone’s hand, pocket or coat without making much of a fuss. The LAVABOX is slightly bigger and A LOT more balls-out when it comes to design.
- LAVABOX: 46.19mm x 28.15mm x 94.87mm
- VaporShark: 89.10mm x 48.10mm x 23.90mm
Truly our most durable finish to date. Zip Charging is on board to make sure charging is done in a flash when plugged in to a 2A power source. No one likes waiting for their batteries to charge. The DNA 200 is powered by a 3 cell 10 Watt hour lipo pack. One of the best features of the DNA 200 is Escribe.
Escribe is a controlling interface software capable of over 93 customizable options. What this means to you is you can finally dial in your perfect vape. There are 8 customizable profiles that allow you to save your settings for a variety of builds ranging from your standard coils to most complex. Lastly, your DNA 200 will always be up to date with USB upgradeable firmware. You asked, we listened, this is the last mod you’ll ever need.
VaporShark DNA200 vs LAVABOX DNA200: Specs & Features
Vapor Shark DNA200 Specs & Features
- 10WH 3S Lipo Battery
- Powered by Evolv DNA 200
- 200 Watts of Power
- Temperature Sensing / Limiting
- Micro USB Port
- Zip (High Speed Charging)
- Self Adjusting 510 Connection
- 84mm x 44mm x 23.9 mm
- Updateable Firmware
- Full Balanced Charging
- Individual Cell Monitoring
Volcano LAVABOX DNA200 Specs & Features
- Dimensions: 46.19mm x 28.15mm x 94.87mm
- Battery Type: Removable Lithium Polymer 900 mAh 3 Cell
- Output Power 1 Watt – 200 Watts
- Output Voltage .5 Volt – 9.0 Volt
- Output Current, continuous 50 Amps
- Output Current, instantaneous peak 55 Amps
- Temperature Limit 200°F – 600°F
Vapor Shark has included Xip Charging aboard its DNA200, providing you’re plugged into a 2A power source, which means rapid charging from flat. Handy, because this device does not use a replacement battery unlike many of today’s most popular box-mods. Beyond this it gets a bit more technical, as Vapor Shark has integrated some pretty nifty software settings that allow you to REALLY customise your vaping experience.
They call it Escribe — but at its core it is a controlling interface software that lets you dial in over 93 customizable options, meaning you can have different settings for different tanks and environments. What this means to you is you can finally dial in your perfect vape. In addition t o this there are eight fully customisable profiles that can be configured for different builds and coil settings. Fancy ain’t even the word!
The LAVABOX also does quick charging, again via the 2A wall-jack, but unlike the Vapor Shark setup, where you have to purchase the 2A power source separately, Volcano actually include the 2A power source, meaning you can start quick charging right away.
VaporShark DNA200 vs LAVABOX DNA200: Price
THIS is where things get very divisive, as there is quite a large discrepancy between the price of these two, very equally-matched box-mods. They’re both capable of 200W output; they both feature quick charging capabilities; they both look gorgeous AND they’re both built from excellent build materials.
I like both devices. I REALLY do. But for me, a price difference of £60 between the £180 Vapor Shark DNA200 and the £119 Volcano LAVABOX DNA200 is going to be pretty compelling in Volcano’s direction — £60 leftover can get you a new tank and a bunch of ejuice. Nevertheless, price and price along shouldn’t be the deciding factor here, although I am still VERY conflicted over which set-up I actually prefer.
I love the Vapor Shark DNA200 can do, but I prefer the way the LAVABOX DNA200 looks. I don’t mind paying extra for things that are worth it, but if there is a viable alternative that is just as good and quite a bit cheaper, I tend to gravitate towards that one. Both are freaking awesome set-ups in their own right, but for me… I think the LAVABOX is preferable (but this is mostly based on price and how it looks).
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