Pioneer4You IPV3 LI
The Pioneer4You IPV3 LI is the follow on product to the IPV3. It is solid with not a single rattle. This version features dual 18650 batteries connected in series supporting two modes of operation: Power (wattage) or Joules (temperature control). In Power mode, this is a beast that ranges from 10 watts to 200 watts. The early versions released by Pioneer4You maxed out at 165 watts. Upgraded firmware was released quickly maxing out at 200 watts. If you have the 165 watt version, follow our upgrade instructions to get yours all the way up to 200 watts.
Compared to the original IPV3, the 200 watt support is an incremental upgrade. The cosmetic upgrades are obvious: larger fire button, slightly different battery case – and those do not warrant upgrade, that is unless you want temperature control as well.
The big news with the IPV 3 LI is the all new support for temperature control. The IPV3 LI is based on the Yihi SX330V3SL chipset. The menu system if the IPV 3 LI works similar to the IPV4 and the Yihi SX Mini M Class – with one notable exception. There is now an additional menu "Coil Select" where you can choose between Ni200 and Ti01 (Nickel and Titanium) coils.
We received the silver unit to test. This unit was already at 200 watts. One of our staff had a black unit that was at the original 165 watts, and we used that version to go through the upgrade process and document that for you.
The IPV series are all designed and built around a Yihi chipset, likely one of the best chipsets available for vapers. Pioneer4You have kept to the boxy look with the IPV3 LI with two angled corners. With the IPV3 LI, they have kept the touch sensor firing button at the top of the device, but unlike the IPV3 second version on – the touch screen fire button is enabled and works. The touch sensor fire button has to go ... at the very least it should ship disabled. To Pioneer4You's credit, they have finally documented how to disable the touch sensor in the user instructions. The IPV3 LI steps up build quality, tough, with one of the most quiet devices we've seen lately. There is absolutely no button rattle, no loose parts. They have taken a design cue from the IPV4 and increased the size of the Fire button. It's comfortable to use and adds to the overall look.
Another design cue from the IPV4 is the switch to a ball-bearing detente system to retail the sliding back cover. You can see that at the right – there are three philips head screws and the round looking one is the ball bearing retaining system. That matches a round embossed section on the back cover to retain the entire back cover in place. Note that square portion below the ball bearing ... that is a rubber pad that with rattle reduction. There are also two smaller rubber pads at the bottom of the case that do the same at that end. When brand new, these rubber pads make it a bit more difficult to firmly push the cover fully closed – after 4 or 5 on/off with the cover, it works perfectly.
Pioneer4You have had reports of visible glue in the internals of their vape devices before. The IPV3 LI is definitely a significant improvement. The internals are extremely clean and show a very professional build.
The Pioneer4You IPV3 LI is one powerful vape device. When you press the Fire button, power is transferred to the coil near instantly. There is no lag whatsoever. We've previously found that the Yihi chipsets are extremely accurate in all respects, and the IPV3 LI is the same. With the new larger and flat fire button it is a pleasure to use it. It does have a "boxy" feel to it. The bevelled edges help with hand feel. The 510 connector at the top is floating. Every tank we put on it sits flush with absolutely no gaps – note that this is designed for tanks with air flow through the sides or top. Tanks that have airflow through the bottom will not get sufficient air to work on the IPV3 LI.
We also want to point out that the back cover on the IPV3 LI is in a recessed lip on the sides of the case. That means that any liquid leaks do not have a direct path into the battery compartment.
So, what’s the verdict? Is it worth it?
Pioneer4You have made a few mis-steps in the product path of the IPV series. One of those was the original IPV3 with incorrect early marketing literature and product specifications. Other than the few mis-steps, the IPV series are performers that are well designed, solidly built, and last. Pioneer4You strive to fix issues reported by users. The IPV3 LI shows the result of that input.
Our only gripe is that the IPV3 LI does not support battery charging while the batteries are in the case. Pioneer4You went to great lengths working with Yihi in making a functional charger for the IPV4 – and it works well. We would have liked to have seen that same charging system in the IPV3.
Despite the lack of an internal charging system, the IPV3 LI is highly recommended. It's a well designed and well built device with tremendous flexibility in the types of coils that it supports.
What’s in the box?
- Pioneer4You IPV 3 Li 165W Box Mod
- Micro USB cable
- User manual
- Improved Firing Button
- Aluminum Body
- Uses two 18650 batteries in series (not included)
- Yihi SX330-V3Si Upgradeable chip
- 165 watts upgradeable to 200 watts with firmware update
- Touch sensor functionality has returned
- No direct charging capability (micro USB port for firmware updates only)