Disclosure: The Heatvape Invader Mini in this review was provided by gearbest.com. You can find the item here for $55.79 with FREE SHIPPING included.
The Heatvape Invader Mini is billed as a 50 watt regulated mod with temperature control that’s water resistant, dust resistant and shock proof. Does it live up to its billing? Is it worth $55.79? Did I even like the mod? Let’s dive right into this review and find out.
Heatvape Invader Mini Main Features
- Resistance range: 0.1-1.0ohm (temperature control mode), 0.16-2.0ohm (normal mode)
- 510 Threaded
- Perfect temperature control function
- Output power: 1 – 50W
- Output voltage: 1 – 9.9V
- Worked by 1 x 18650 battery (not included)
- Constructed from zinc alloy + silicon + brass
- Auto temperature control function
- Water, dust and shock resistant
- Product weight : 0.200 kg
- Product size (L x W x H) : 10.2 x 3.95 x 3.15 cm / 4.01 x 1.55 x 1.24 inches
The Heatvape Invader Mini comes in the standard plastic clamshell box with cardboard sleeve. Something very similar to the Arctic Tank’s packaging. And, the only thing (besides the actual mod) that was included in the box was the instruction manual. On the plus side… the instruction manual was pretty easy to use and follow. With that said… nothing else to see here so lets move on.
The Heatvape Invader Mini features a zinc alloy body wrapped in silicon that surprisingly feels pretty nice and solid in your hand. Right off the bat I noticed a few main features missing on this mod. It does NOT feature a charging port, battery venting or an adjustable 510 center pin. I guess that’s common sense since Heatvape is billing this mod as being water resistant. And, I’m pretty sure that a charging port, battery venting holes or a springy 510 would introduce weaknesses to its water resistance. And even though it doesn’t sport an adjustable 510 center pin… it does have an adjustable top cap that allows atomizers to flush mount. All you have to do is unscrew the top cap to make it loose. Flush mount your atomizer onto the top cap while it is still loose. When snug… keep turning the two until the top cap is a little snug. Not too hard to do. The battery cap features a red silicone o ring. At first, this o ring made it a little hard to unscrew the battery cap. But, it became easier to unscrew the more I used the mod. The .69″ diagonal OLED screen is nice and bright. But nothing too special. But where is the battery venting? Apparently the silicone around the up, down & power buttons were designed to break away if your battery vents. A pretty cool feature that unfortunately I can’t test unless I purposly short a battery inside the mod while it’s sealed. Which would be pretty hard to accomplish. Overall… I like the build quality of the Heatvape Invader Mini. But I’m not too fond of the Transformer-ish design to the silicone. That might just be me though.
Function and Performance
The Heatvape Invader Mini was the first temperature control regulated mod that I was able to get my hands on. Luckily, the Ni-200 Subtank coils that I ordered from FastTech came in a few days earlier. So, I was able to test out the Heatvape Invader Mini’s temp control function from the get go. I popped in a new Ni-200 OCC coil into my Subtank Mini… filled it up with some Vape Wild Fruit Hoops… set the mod to 400 Fahrenheit… took a hit and was surprised. The result was a nice cool vape with plenty of vapor production. Ramped it up to 450 and pretty much the same results… just a little warmer. 500 brought more of the same just a little more warmer. I then turned off the temp control function and it hit just like a variable wattage device should… warm and full. I went on to use the mod for the next 5 days with a few different tanks. Overall… I like it ALOT. I did notice that the firing button can sometimes be a little picky. I’m pretty sure this is because of the silicone cover not applying enough pressure. Or not applying the pressure in the right place. I also felt that the menu system is a little too cumbersome. 5 clicks to lock. Then, press both the up and down button to adjust the temp settings seems like a lot of clicks to accomplish a simple task. But with that said… once you dial in your preferred temperature… how often will you actually adjust the settings?
I didn’t try any cotton burn tests. Honestly I really don’t see the point in cotton burn tests. Who will really take 5 to 10 drags on an empty tank without noticing that there isn’t any juice? I know I never have in all the years I’ve been vaping. What I can say is that with the temp control set to 400 to 450… I never had 1 dry hit. Even if I chain vaped the Heatvape Invader Mini / Subtank Mini like crazy. That’s good enough for me.
Do I think the Heatvape Invader Mini is worth picking up? Its funny because Gearbest asked me a few times if I would like to review this mod. And I turned them down a few times. I guess the transformer look just wasn’t my thing. Now that I’ve used it… I can honestly say that I like this mod. And I can picture a few times when I would prefer this mod over any other in my collection. Im pretty sure the Invader Mini will be my go to mod if/when I go fishing, to the beach, go to a pool party. Basically, I will rock this device at any occasion where water will be involved. It does has it’s issues like the sometimes picky firing button, cumbersome menu, no adjustable 510 & no charging port. But, it’s comfortable, the temp control works and is water proof, dust proof and shock proof. How many other mods on the market can say the same? I can’t think of any.