The Billet Box, the mod/all-in-one everyone is and has gone nuts for. What makes this mod so popular? Is it the countless ways you can customize it? The multiple atty/coil styles and types you can install in it? or is it the design/whole package? It’s hard to say, we have our thoughts… Let’s share.
Made of a solid block of billet aluminum the Billet Box feels super solid and the form factor is pretty perfect, fitting beautifully in most hands. The side fire button has a great position and satisfying click and you can change it out for just about any material or style you can think of. The magnetic side panels are held securely with no rattle or movement and hide the internals of the mod (including the screen and adjustment buttons), these too can be swapped for just about any material or colour you can dream up. That’s the thing, the Billet comes in a wide variety of colours and there are tons of third party companies producing parts and accessories for these little wonders, allowing you to truly make it your own.
So on the outside you can give it that custom perfect look you desire, but it doesn’t stop there. Inside there is a removable tank (called a Boro) that you can install a myriad of different attys or coils in. Coils are used with an adapter (called Bridges) that allows you to vape a number of different coils. There are bridges for Kanger OCC, Atlantis, Vaporesso EUC, and Nautilus coils. All are very easy to use, and it comes down to the style and temp of vape you want keeping in mind you only have 40-60W to play with. Flavour is okay with these Bridges, it’s more about convenience than flavour.
The original Billet Boxes used their own chipset and were designed to work with Cartomizer style attys. Things have changes in the REV 4 and that is one of the reasons the Billet Box is so popular. With the addition of a DNA40 chipset things got interesting (now available with a DNA60). Also they went from a strange hard to get battery configuration (dual 18340s) to a single 18650. There was also revision to the Boro/Tank to make it more visible and easier to use. In the last year or so a couple of key modders started making attys specially designed to get the most out of the Billet Box.
It started with Atmistique making a Racing Bridge that ported the Kanger Subtank RBA for use in a boro, basically giving you a standard rebuildable deck to play with. Sure there was the OHMAN UNO that was a take on a rebuildable but more like rebuilding a coil/cartomizer than an easy to use deck. What the Racing Bridge did is open up the possibilities for a wider variety of coil/build options and all of sudden giving a much better performance to the box in general. So these two, the Racing Bridge and the UNO got the REV3 pretty popular, but with the release of the REV4A (small screen DNA40) w/ the above mentioned improvements and the easier to use Boro caught the imaginations of Hellfire and Steam Tuners.
The Hellfire Exocet came first, the first properly thought out rebuildable deck that had a great take on wicking and living inside a Boro/tank. Great flavour, easy to build & install, and pretty good overall vapor performance made this a must have atty for the Billet Box. It’s hard to say who came next, but quickly on the coat tails of the Exocet came the Steam Tuners Insider and Atmistiquie’s Doggy. Both having a similar approach to the Exocet. The Doggy being almost identical with an inferior wicking approach, while the Insider had a more unique design. The Insider’s inside (lol) offsets the coil (similar to the Doggy) to one side with a large bottom airflow (which all 3 have) and uses a different wicking technique that allows for every last drop of e-liquid to be enjoyed (something the other two can’t claim). We will cover the Exocet and Insider separately. But All three of these attys play a major part in creating the Billet Box craze. You have a Mod that is pretty much an all-in-one (once kitted out with an atty or bridge/coil of choice), that can look any way you choose and vape just as well as many other high end mod/atty setup and all in a small comfortable package. Hopefully you can now understand the reasoning behind the insanity.
There are some issues, once a boro is full you can’t get at your atty/coil until it’s empty which is getting a little old school and could be seen as wasteful if you need to dump a tank to get at your build. A boro holds in around 5.5ml depending on your setup inside. Also there can be condensation build up that can be messy if not properly dealt with, it can damage custom wood panels or the screen. There are plastic plugs that a couple companies have made that seal things up.
Battery life is great, the DNA40 is very efficient and you will find yourself using in around 0.4-0.8 ohms to get the most out of those 40W. We haven’t played with a DNA60 chip at all to date, guessing it’s going to be harder on your batteries. But in the case of a DNA60 Billet Box, the added coil materials and eScribe capabilities make it a no brainer. The other issue is that tight as hell, unforgiving solid billet aluminum battery tray. Now it keeps your battery very secure but getting them in and out is a challenge. Prying and wiggling each side of the battery works best, but you will damage a battery wrap or two while learning the trick of it.
Getting your hands on a Billet Box will drive you mad. There is no ifs, ands, or buts, there just aren’t enough to meet the demand. There have been no signs of it slowing down, and with the recent revision to include a DNA60 it has many already owners going for a second or third box (this is another issue, the craze around these has many vapers owning 2-3 or even more). They are released on their website every couple weeks at 8:30am MT and they go in seconds. The trick is persistence, following their Facebook page (so you know which Saturday, and what colours will be available), and using Google Chrome’s auto fill feature, a fast connection won’t hurt either. In the end, Billet Boxes are worth the trouble and the craze is real. They feel great in the hand (so solid), can be customized, and vape great. They’re classy, nondescript or low profile, and very pocketable. And they are fun to play with, if you get one, grab as many bridges and attys as you can. While you are at it, grab a nice JMK button and integrated Drip Tip they are must have accessories. Good Luck!
Here is a list of some of the best accessories or places to grab them:
Bidges & Attys: Atmistique | OHMAN | HellFire | Steam Tuners
Buttons: JMK | Odis
Drip Tips: JMK | Simply Tips
Condensation Plugs: Odis | JWraps
Doors: Odis | Elemental Mods | Canadian Custom Vapes | Round Table
Facebook Groups: Billet Box Club | Billet Box Classifieds | Billet Box High End Trading Post | Stabilized Showcase | Billet Box Custom Anodizing
Look here as well for reviews for the following Billet Box Accessories soon:
OHMAN ROO Bridge | Hellfire Exocet | Steam Tuners Insider | Atmistique Racing Bridge | CCV Stab Panels
Billet Box Rev4B
- Aesthetics - 10/1010/10
- Hand Feel - 10/1010/10
- Fit & Finish - 10/1010/10
- Materials - 10/1010/10
- Chipset - 9/109/10
- Features - 9/109/10
- Battery Life - 9.5/109.5/10
- Size/Weight - 10/1010/10
- Atty Connection - 9/109/10
- Button Feel - 10/1010/10
- Screen - 9/109/10
- Durability - 9/109/10
- Value - 9/109/10
- Super Clean & Smart Aesthetic
- Great Ergonomics/Form Factor
- Unique Shape/Design
- Great Evolve DNA 40/60 Chipset
- Great Battery Life
- Great Screen
- Nice Weight
- Great Fit & Finish
- Great Materials
- Great Button Feel/Click
- Totally Customizable (Buttons, Tips, Doors, Attys, etc...)
- Design & Built in the USA
- Hard to Get
- Expensive (Subjective)
- Needs Billet Box Compatible Atty (Extra)
- Hard to Get Batteries in/out
- Customization can be addictive (Subjective/Joke)
- Can't get at atty w/ Full Tank/Boro
- Condensation can be a problem if not dealt with