iJoy Capo Squonk vs Pulse 80W – what’s the best mid-range squonk kit? Drake digs down into what makes these regulated squonk mods tick!
When it comes to regulated, mid-range squonk mod kits you have quite a few options right now – options like the iJoy Capo and Pulse 80W.
But which is best? Both have some similar traits but are actually rather different once you drill down into the nuts and bolts of how they work.
In this post, we’ll explore how they compare and, in the end, draw some conclusions about which is the better squonk mod for you.
Or whether you’re better off with something else entirely…
iJoy Capo Squonk vs Pulse 80W – Design
Beauty resides in the eye of the beholder, but for my money, the Pulse 80W is a vastly better-looking squonk mod.
I prefer the shape, the resin doors, and the overall ergonomic design of its chassis.
That’s not to say the iJoy Capo is ugly, because it ain’t! To me, it looks like a cross between the Pico 2 and the SMOK Alien.
It is portable, so it does have that going for it. But so too does the Pulse 80W.
The fire key placement is similar on both mods, it’s located on the side, making it ideal for thumb or finger triggering.
Neither mod is a STUNNER in terms of overall design and flashiness. Especially when compared to more premium squonkers like the RAGE Squonker.
But given a choice between the two mods, like if I HAD to choose one, and live with it for six months, purely based on looks, I’d go for the Pulse 80W every time.
As I said, though: physical design elements are purely subjective. You might prefer the look of the iJoy CAPO, so please, do not let me put you off it just because I’m not that keen on the way it looks.
Specs & Features
Rather than ramble on about the mod’s specs and features, I’m just going to list them below for the sake of brevity and then add a few notes after, commenting of differences and missing elements.
iJoy CAPO Specifications
- 5 to 100W Output
- IWEPAL Designed Chip
- 0.05 to 3.0-ohm Atomizer Resistance Range
- Firmware Upgradeable
- Single 18650/20700/21700 Battery
- 9mm Squonk Bottle
- 0.91 OLED display
Pulse 80W Specifications
- 5 to 80W Output Range
- Temperature Control Suite
- Power Mode Output
- Bypass Mode Output
- Voltage Output mode
- 0.91 OLED display
- 8ML Squonk Bottle
- Takes 18650 or 20700 Battery
As you can see from the specs list, one glaring omission from the iJOY CAPO’s specs is a temperature control suite – it doesn’t have one.
The Pulse 80W does, and while it’s not going to rival what you get on a DNA mod, it’s there if you need it.
The CAPO has a higher max output, but this isn’t always a good thing as you find out in a minute.
Overall, the Pulse 80W is a far more capable setup with support for more vaping modes, as well as TC.
You do get more battery options for the CAPO, which is a neat touch, but when you factor in that the RDA it ships with is a dual-core RDA, this is kind of a moot point.
Why’s that? Simple: single cell mods are TERRIBLE when you run a dual-coil RDA on them.
You simply do not have enough battery life – even with a 21700 cell – to run a dual-coil RDA at the required power output for any meaningful amount of time.
This is why single RDA tanks have become so popular; they require WAY less power and actually make single cell mods useable.
Why iJOY included a dual-coil RDA with the CAPO, I have no idea!?
In order to get decent battery life from the CAPO, you’re going to have to invest in a single coil RDA, unless you already have one, as the Combo RDA it comes with will KILL your battery in hours.
And this brings us to the most important point of all: how they perform.
For me, the CAPO is ALWAYS going to disappoint because you’ll need to run the Combo RDA in and around 80W-100W to get any sort of performance out of it.
Whereas with the Pulse 80W, which doesn’t come with an RDA, you’ll have to buy one separately.
Thankfully, there are TONS of very good, inexpensive single coil RDAs around right now.
I’m running the Recurve RDA on my Pulse 80W, in and around 45-50W, and I am getting OK battery life.
It’s not ideal and it is NOTHING compared to what you get from dual-cell squonk mods, but it works – and that’s the most important thing.
The Combo RDA is just a bad fit with this particular mod; was it a dual-cell mod, that’d be a different story. But it ain’t – and you will feel the pinch when you start running it.
Moral of the story? Single cell mods 100% NEED to run on single coil RDAs.
iJOY CAPO Price
DirectVapor | $39.95 (FREE SHIPPING)
Vape Super Store | £41.95
Pulse 80W Price
Flawless Vapes | $59.99
UK Ecig Store | £49.99
iJoy Capo Squonk vs Pulse 80W: Take Away Points & Considerations
- The iJoy CAPO is a nice enough mod, but it is GROSSLY underpowered with the Combo RDA.
- The Pulse 80W is a great, entry-level squonk mod that works fairly well with single coil RDAs.
- However, with a single cell mod, you’re always going to be running out of power – it’s just the way things are with these types of mods.
So who wins in a straight up iJoy Capo Squonk vs Pulse 80W shoot-out? For me, it’s the Pulse 80W.
I know, I know – it’s more expensive (and you have to buy a tank separately if you don’t have one).
But the Combo RDA combined with a single cell CAPO mod just doesn’t work – there simply isn’t enough power.
So, in this context, it’s a no-brainer for me.
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If you do want to run dual-coil RDAs on a squonk mod, you need a dual-cell squonk mod like the Ohm Boy RAGE Squonk mod ($79.99).