If you like high-end mods, this one is DEFINITELY for you. The Yihi SX Mini G Class is a feature-packed box mod that retails for $220, but is it worth it?
Now I’m not going to pretend that I would’ve bought the SX Mini G Class outright… that’s just not the type of person I am. I tend to want to keep a mod under $100, and have stuck to this rule since I started vaping.
The Asmodus Plaque almost tempted me… If you’ve seen it, you’ll know why. But I just couldn’t justify spending the money on it! However, this ‘lil piece of art (the SX Mini G Class, that is) was something I hadn’t seen or heard about. I was notified that I would be receiving it for review, so I did some research and DAMN was I excited!! The second you open the packaging you can tell some SERIOUS care went into the manufacturing of this mod. It comes completely protected by a shrink wrap plastic, which I hadn’t seen done by another company yet. It’s like opening a really fancy present!
The first look at the SX Mini G Class tells all: it’s breathtakingly gorgeous. I knew as soon as I saw it, without turning it on, why it costs as much as it does. I received the red carbon fiber version (the ‘carbon fiber’ is actually Teflon, providing a slightly grippy feel) and all I could say was “DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMN!!! This thing is SEXY!!!!!” My roommate was in the room just laughing at me as I opened the thing, literally as if I were a child on Christmas. I didn’t care a bit, I needed to get some batteries in it and vape it ASAP.
I fired up the mod and there were all these little touches right from the start that let me know this mod is premium; top of the line.
Yihi SX Mini G Class Review – Design
It just looks exquisite with its carbon fiber chassis, hexagonal fire button, and joystick… that’s right – A FREAKING JOYSTICK!! I was completely blown away by the fact that there was a joystick to control the menu. So unique. I love it.
The hexagonal fire button is a nice touch as well, it breaks the tradition of circular fire buttons nicely. The edges aren’t sharp on it either; it feels great and the resistance to pressure is perfect.
There are also these metal “side bumpers”, if you will, that would prevent serious damage to the mod upon impact. They add a nice touch, and one side has “SX Mini G Class” etched in cursive which is just icing on the cake at that point.
It’s also a reasonably hefty device, making it a slight pain to keep in a pocket. Granted with a device this expensive, that might be a good thing! Coming from the SMOK Alien, it was a noticeable difference to me in the pocket.
And the menu… If you’ve ever worked in an automated factory or workplace with PLC controllers or HMI’s (human-machine interfaces), it might remind you of a well- put together control panel for a machine.
There are colored blocks which contain the options, and you scroll down the list using the joystick; right to advance, left for back, up and down to change your options.
Those options are pretty endless, too – from multiple custom configurations to a selection from over 30 wallpapers! It’s actually almost confusing at points; the device took me a while to figure out.
When it comes to design, this mod knocks it out of the park. It’s gorgeous, feels like quality in the hand, and has nice little extras to make it stand out like the hexagonal fire button, the carbon fiber panels, and the joystick navigation.
I’ve basically been a SMOK aficionado since the beginning of my vaping days. SMOK devices deliver bang for your buck, and work well. However, the SX Mini G Class makes them feel kinda primitive…
Yihi SX Mini G Class Review – Specs
Chipset: YiHi SX550J
Max Output Wattage: 200 Watts
Max Output Current: 50 Amps
Max Output Voltage: 9.5 Volts
Temperature Control Compatible
Temperature Control Range: 212° F – 572° F (100° C – 300° C)
Resistance Range: 0.15 – 3.0 ohms
Temperature Control Resistance Range: 0.05 – 0.3 ohms
Max Input Current: 40A
Single Battery/Dual Battery Convertible
Requires 2 x 18650 High Amp Batteries (Batteries Sold Separately)
Bluetooth APP Compatible (Android & iOS)
SX Pure Technology
Compatible with SS, Ti and Ni Coil Types
Output Short Protection
Battery Low Voltage Protection
Temperature Overheat Protection
Battery Over Charge Protection
Customize Your Logo & Menu Name
Adjustable Screen Brightness
Adjustable Standby Time
Anti-Dry Burning Technology
Yihi SX Mini G Class Review – Performance
The main selling point of the Yihi devices is the TC software it utilises. It’s supposed to be a competitor to the DNA chips, giving users fine control of their TC curve. Personally, I’m not into vaping TC – I always heard you had to spend the extra money to make vaping temperature control worth it. Sadly, before I ordered coils that would work for this, the mod started acting up on me so I never got around to it.
I was running my TFV12 with the T8 coils, and it was smooth vaping for the most part. This mod hits very fast; there’s not much of a delay between pressing the fire button and the mod firing. It definitely puts forth the power, but the batteries are taxed pretty hard, resulting in a short battery life. If you vape at over 100 watts most of the day, you’ll be switching out your batteries more than once a day.
Unfortunately from my experience, there is one big problem with this mod: the software. I had the device for two weeks before it started acting funky; reading that the mod was firing when it really wasn’t. I couldn’t figure out what to do about it until I changed from “configuration 1” to “configuration 2” in the settings, which fixed the problem… temporarily.
After another week without issues, then, all of a sudden the screen was changing between the charge screen, the update screen, the menu, and the main screen. At this point I tried to update the mod, but it was an extremely confusing process.
After consulting YouTube, I got the mod updated, but the screen simply said “Upgrade UI……” Well if that isn’t a bummer. At this point I decided it wasn’t worth my time to keep fighting with the thing. Minus the software issues, the mod did perform very well and made for a pleasant vaping experience.
I also don’t know whether this is a wider issue with this mod or just a glitch with mine. I did my research, but couldn’t find anything that suggested problems such as this were rife – most likely, my mod was glitchy.
Still, for the price of this thing, that’s not a good thing. Even if it is an isolated incident.
SX Mini G Class Review – Verdict
In my opinion, if you’re going to spend over $200 on a mod, it should be FLAWLESS. There shouldn’t be the potential of the issue I encountered, especially since the specific model I received already had the latest software version on it.
Maybe I just got a bad product, but it shows that the issue is possible. Taking that problem out of the equation, the mod looks and feels exquisite, and performs very well. The carbon fiber, the gunmetal bumpers and accents, and the large colorful display make for a beautiful device. The TC software is also another major selling point of this mod, providing an alternative to the DNA chips that have taken over the market.
All in all, and forgetting the software gremlins, I would say the device is worth the price. As it stands, to get this kind of technology, you do have to spend a big chunk of change, though, for me, I just cannot get past the software issue.
After experiencing that, it’s hard to recommend this mod. To be honest with you, given the choice – and the software issue – I’d probably be more likely to recommend the VooPoo Alpha One, as it not only runs the INSANE Gene Chip, but it is also A LOT cheaper too.