Pulse 80w by Vandy Vape — BF Squonk Box Mod Kit

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by James Bickford

Updated: October 19, 2020

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Review Score: 73/100

Price Range:
$39.99-$71.80
Sizes:
77mm x 50mm x 27mm
Colors:
write, purple, blue, red, cyan, grey, black
Capacity:
8mL
Works with:
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Pros

  • Compact and nice design
  • There are lots of color options
  • Has great quality at its price point

Cons

  • The side panels are a little hard to remove
  • Charging time is long

Starting Price: $ 40

Vandy vape pulse BF 80w is an 8 mL squonk box mod powered by one 18650/20700 battery. Thanks to Vandy Vape chipset this squonker runs variable voltage from 0.05ohm to 3.0ohm (by 1.5ohms in the temperature control mode) and can rich 200-600F.

Colorfully designed Vandy Vape Pulse BF Kit is a joint venture between Vandy Vape and Tony B. from VaporTrail. It comes in a blue cardboard box featuring the Pulse logo and Tony B.’s signature, along with a cutout offering a view of the device inside.

Inside the box are the device itself, a micro USB cable for charging and firmware upgrades, a user manual, and a warranty card. The kit also comes with an 18650 battery adapter that comes in the device itself. It is made of a tough thermoplastic ABS plastic to keep the price low for vapers on a budget. Its dimensions are 82mm by 56mm by 26mm, making it comfortable to hold. The squonker box mod has a clicky fire button and a rectangular display. With a 510 connection, the Pulse can accommodate atomizers of up to 26mm in diameter.

Although it’s not spring-loaded, it does travel up and down if enough pressure is applied, thanks to the rubber ring around the hollow squonk pin that also minimizes the chances of e-liquid finding its way to the circuit board. The Pulse has removable and replaceable nice-looking resin panels on both sides – making it easier to remove and replace the battery.

Vandy Vape Pulse BF Kit Review

The Vandy Vape Pulse BF features a plastic-sealed circuit board and (lower) 510 connection inside to prevent leaking, with the hollow 510 pin being the only part sticking out as it connects to the whopping 8mL squonk bottle that’s made of soft silicone.
Aleader Killer 80W Squonk Box Mod 510
The squonk bottle’s cap is easily removable, and the plastic tube is very easy to stick into the Pulse’s 510 pin. The device utilizes the Vandy chip and automatically turns on when a battery is inserted. Pressing the fire button five times, just like in other vapes, turns the device on and off.

Aleader Killer 80W bottle
The rectangular display shows you the current mode (wattage/voltage/temperature), the atomizer resistance, real-time voltage, and the battery indicator. In terms of performance, the Pulse is an impressive mod – the fire button is incredibly responsive, and the power ramp-up is fast.
Aleader Killer 80W Squonk Box Mod screen

The Pulse also has a unique filling system. Its bottle that’s made of silicone with a metal collar and top cap is also really nice. The device makes use of Vandy Vape’s own Iconic RDA that connects perfectly to the Pulse like they are natural matches. Although it bears the standard boxy shape, its curved edges make it easy on the hand. It has various protections which are overheating protection, open circuit protection, short circuit protection, overcurrent protection, and overtime protection. The device has a low battery warning, too.
Aleader Killer 80W Squonk Box Mod kit
The Pulse also offers versatility with eight modes of operations to choose from: power mode, bypass mode, voltage adjustment mode, temperature control mode, user-defined temperature control mode, user-defined TC curve set mode, Ni mode, and Ti mode. Together with its eight modes of operations are 8 colors to choose from: lava red, fantastic blue, seaweed green, aurora rainbow, carbon fiber (full black), carbon fiber (silver/black), kitty hawk, and kill devil hills.

How to Use the Vandy Vape Pulse BF

Operating the Pulse is simple and straightforward.

  • Five clicks on the fire button powers it on and off
  • Three clicks will trigger it to cycle through all the modes of operation
  • Pressing the down and the fire button simultaneously will flip the screen’s orientation
  • Pressing the up and fire button will lock out the entire device
  • Pressing the up and down button at the same time, unlocks the device, letting you enter the menu system.

How the Device Works

The squonk bottle must be manually pressed to force the e-liquid in it up a tube and into the center of the onboard 510 connection. The e-liquid will then enter onto the deck of the attached atomizer and make its way to the cotton

Instructions and Manual

Replacing the panels

Replacing the Pulse’s panels is simple and can be done by simply pulling the panel by grabbing the e-liquid cutout on the panel. Once the battery and the panel have been removed, just push the back panel outwards, and you’re ready to replace them

Inserting a Battery

Look for the negative and positive sign at the top and the bottom of the battery compartment then insert the battery properly

Using the 18650 battery adapter

Insert the silicone adapter sleeve over the negative side of the cell then insert the battery into the device

Removing the silicone bottle

Remove the device’s front panel then pull the bottom outwards. Turn the bottle counterclockwise after to unscrew it from its top cap

Vandy Vape Pulse BF 80W Firmware

Updating the Pulse’s firmware is pretty easy. The first thing you have to do is to download and open the Vandy Chip e-cigarette OTA tool, then remove the atomizer attached to the Pulse. The device should now be connected to a computer with the provided micro USB cable, and the Pulse shall show up on the ‘Current devices’ section of the OTA tool.

You must then click connect and then search for and select the update file that you have downloaded for the Pulse. Click on start upgrading and do not disconnect the device while upgrading. You will then be notified if the upgrade is successful.

The latest firmware update brings in 3 new functions: no lift shift, boost power, and plug-in switch function.

  • With the no lift shift function, you won’t have to remove the attached atomizer when adding a new build.
  • The boost power function, on the other hand, allows you to heat the coil faster and deliver a stronger hit. Lastly,
  • the plug-in switch function gives you the option to add or remove modes from the main menu.

Vandy Vape Pulse BF 80W Box Mod Compatible RDAs

Any bottom-feeding or squonk RDA can be used with the Vandy Vape Pulse BF 80W mod. The Pulse V2 RDA is designed to match with it entirely though. The Pulse V2 RDA features three interchangeable and adjustable airflow rings (2 honeycomb airflow and one full open airflow), so you could customize the airflow to your liking. This RDA is perfect for vaping with the BF and for squonking.
Aleader Killer 80W Squonk Box Mod RDA

The RDA’s floating build deck makes installation of single or dual coil builds a breeze. This is also compatible with both Clapton and other complex wire styles. While squonking, the e-liquid will go directly up under the coils. It will then drip down to the juice well which has a capacity of 2mL. This RDA is also excellently designed as it brings back excess juice into the squonk bottle. It is 510 threaded and comes with the squonk / BF pin preinstalled.

As was said before any bottom-filling RDA can be used with the Pulse 80W BF, Recurve RDA or Profile also fit well.

Vandy Vape Pulse BF 80W Panels

The Vandy Vape Pulse BF 80W has removable front and back panels with a magnetic structure design – they are held to the device’s framework by several strong magnets that are strategically placed along their trim.

The magnets, together with the notched design, securely hold the panels and make them easy to remove and install whenever you want to. This allows you to access the e-liquid compartment and the battery quickly. It is an excellent addition as it will enable you to customize your device further and enhance its appearance. They are incredibly affordable too.
Aleader Killer 80W Squonk Box Mod panel image

These panels feature a unique Pulse logo that blends right in with the overall color and design. Replacing the panels is also easy, pull the panel from the Pulse by grabbing the e-liquid cutout on the panel then, after the panel and the battery are removed, just push the back panel outwards, and you’re good to go – place the new front and back panels securely.

Vandy Vape Pulse X: A Short Review

Vandy Vape has many mods under the Pulse label, including the original Pulse, the updated BF 90W version, and now the Pulse X, which is a special edition of the mod. The Pulse X has a lot of the same features and the same form factor, but it is compatible with three battery types from 18650, to 20700 and 21700 rather than just 18650 and 20700.

The Pulse X comes with seventeen different resin panel options that range from Red Pomegranate to Frosted Red. The new Pulse X also features the Vandy chip that uses three vaping outputs apart from the typical variable wattage, as it offers vapers temperature control, bypass mode, and variable voltage.

Performance of the Vandy Vape Pulse X 90W

The Vandy Vape Pulse X kit also includes the updated Vandy Vape Pulse X RDA, which incorporates a floating-style build deck that can support single or dual-coil builds. The RDA is stainless steel and uses a frosted top cap as another option. There are also two airflow control rings that users can swap out for either a honeycomb-style ring or a dual wide-bore airflow vents.
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The chip can output a maximum of 90W from its single-cell setup, which does not change if users install a different capacity cell, such as a 21700, instead of a single 18650. The Pulse X also uses an 8m silicone squonk bottle that uses the same method of access as the original, with a small cutout on the side of the all-resin panel.

How the Pulse X Vapes

The performance of the Pulse X is on par with the vapor quality of the previous versions. The side panels only have one magnetic connection, which makes them a bit loose when they are installed. The control panel, though, similar to the other Pulse mods with a three-button configuration, is crisp and clear and gives users an easy vaping experience.

Pulse-X-RDA-image

The Pulse X RDA gives users a lot of options as well. The build deck supports diagonal and horizontal coil builds and uses top-secured screws so users can easily mount their builds. There is a deep juice well underneath the deck, while a central juice port distributes e-liquid up and down the cotton wicks for improved saturation.

Pulse 80W BF in the Squonkers World

Aleader Killer 80W Squonk Box Mod

The Aleader Killer 80W Squonk Box Mod comes in an aluminum or resin construction and a 7mL soft squonk bottle.
Aleader Killer 80W Squon box Mod

It has a wattage range of 5 to 80 watts and a temperature range of 200 to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. The device supports resistances of 0.1 to 3 ohms when in variable wattage mode and 0.05 to 1 ohm when in temperature control mode. It has a 510 threading connection and is powered by a single 18650 battery.

The Killer has a maximum voltage current of 40A and features a bypass mode. It has an oversized circle firing mechanism and an intuitive 0.91” OLED display. Like the Vandy Vape Pulse BF 80W, its panels are removable too. With its tiny-size body, it is easy to carry and is portable. The device supports titanium, Ni200, and stainless steel 316 wires in temperature control mode. The Killer has several protections including short circuit protection, overheat protection, and low voltage protection.

asMODus Spruzza 80W Squonk Kit

asMODus’ very first squonker mod, the Spruzza 80W Squonk Kit comes with the Fonte 24mm RDA with bottom-feeding capability. This RDA is rebuildable and features a 3.5mm deep just well, a heat sink top cap, and a two post build deck with single terminals per post.
asmodus spruzza 80w squonk kit

The Spruzza has a small and compact design, making it portable. It is powered by a single 18650 battery like the Killer. It utilizes he GX-80-HUT chipset that makes is capable of wattage or power mode, a full temperature control suite, TCR, TFT, and a Curve mode – allowing you to set 5 different wattages and over time presets for up to 10 seconds.

It has two stabilized and removable wood panels that give way to the SSS system when removed for filling as well as the battery bay. To avoid e-liquid leaking into the mods internals, the SSS system and the battery bay are placed on opposite sides of the device. Its internal juice chamber has a capacity of 6mL, making it a great all-day vaping device.

Pulse 80w by Vandy Vape Specifications

Dimensions 77mm x 50mm x 27mm
Construction Nylon and ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)
Battery 1 x 18650 or 20700
Capacity 8mL
Spring Loaded Contact 510
Colors GWrite, Purple, Blue, Red, Cyan, Grey, Black

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Compact and nice design
  • There are lots of color options
  • Has great quality at its price point
  • It hits hard and fat and also ramps up fast
  • When you first wake it up from sleep mode, it fires fragile
  • Has supper solid magnetic doors
  • The buttons and the display screen are nice
  • Produces nice clouds

Cons

  • The side panels are a little hard to remove
  • Charging time is long
  • Could’ve included a spare squonk bottle in the package
  • The door resin on one door sits a little low, and a small glue outline can be seen
  • When you first wake it up from sleep mode, it fires fragile

Summing up the Main Points

With the Pulse’s Vandy chip, controlling temperature is a breeze. The device is extremely responsive and doesn’t suffer from technical issues, and the power ramp-up is impressive. With its firmware being upgradeable, you can expect more good things to come.

Its panels are nice and smooth which makes the device comfortable to hold. With its stellar performance and flavor, it is a pleasure to vape. The leak-free smooth squonking is effortless in either hand. The Pulse is made with quality components that make for its performance and ease of use.

The device is overall a very solid regulated squonker and would not disappoint. Vandy Vape has done an admirable job with the development of this mod and Tony B. has done a great job with its design. It is simply a must-have for a squonker or even those who are new to squonking as it is a truly special mod at an excellent price and an extreme value.
Share your experience and let us know what do you like in the Pulse 80W BF.

Published: April 8, 2019Updated: October 19, 2020
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James Bickford

My way of understanding the significance of vaping came not only through the disruption of smoking but its effects on society as a whole. Now I bring people to vaping and bring vaping to people. I love using new gear, writing in-depth reviews and generally nerding out about vaping to like-minded people.


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