Ferobox 45TC with Procore SE Atomiser Review
If you're looking for a box mod that is one rung above beginners then Ferobox 45TC is definitely worth considering.
The Ferobox 45TC from Fumytech is a classy piece of kit. Made from solid zinc alloy, it’s a durable mod which is a little on the weighty side, but still manages to retain a sleek and polished appearance.
The 45TC is an updated version of the Ferobox 35W model, with the two main differences being temperature control and the increased wattage output.
The packaging is neat, minimalistic and straight forward. Very easy to disassemble and everything is laid out clearly.
Please note that for the purposes of this review we will be using a ProCore SE 2ml tank from Joyetech (NOT the Ferotank 3ml which comes included with some Ferobox 45TC models).
What’s In the FeroBox Kit from EcigarettesDirect?
The box opens up to reveal the mod on top with the accessories beneath. In total, it includes:
- 1 x Ferobox 45TC mod
- 1 x Micro USB cable
- 1 x User manual
- 1 x Warranty card
This kit is as basic as it comes. Because there’s no atomiser included, this means there’s no need for any spares, extras, or replacements, which makes it simple to cram everything back inside without having to worry about overspill.
The micro USB cable comes in its own mini-packaging too, making it very easy to re-assemble the kit should you ever wish to sell it on or place it neatly out of sight.
In keeping in line with simplicity, the Ferobox 45TC user manual lays out the instructions for use very clearly in just 4 or 5 pages. I would consider this something of an intermediate kit, and it seems the user manual agrees. It brushes over the basic details and focusses mostly on the mod’s temperature control features and how to how to get the best out of it. Even for a beginner, there’s more than enough information inside to get to grips with the advanced functions, and it’s all accompanied with easy-to-follow diagrams.
Ferobox 45TC Specifications
- Voltage: 3.2-10W
- Power range: 3 – 45W
- Output mod: VV/ VW/
- Chip: FM-45GT
- Colours: Black (also available in Chrome, Red, Pink, Silver, Grey or Gold)
- 510 Threaded Connector
- Temperature setting range: 90-315℃, 200-600℉
- Resistance Support: Variable Wattage: 0.15-3.0ohm
- Temperature control mode: 0.07-1.0ohm
- Compatible with almost all types of wire: Kanthal, Titanium, Nickel, Stainless Steel
- Pre-installed 18650 25A 2500mAh Samsung Battery
- Zinc Alloy / Stainless Steel material (depending on model
- Special Anti-Scratch treatment
- Battery size: 22 x 31 x 83.6mm
First of all, if you’re new to the vaping world, then you might be a little bit overwhelmed when you first get going with the 45TC. In order to get started, the mod needs a little jigging around. I found the standard settings weren’t set up for an immediate vaping experience, so I had to alter the output, the wattage the temperature straight away. This could be a little off-putting if it’s all new to you, and could end getting yourself into a mess if you’re not familiar with the terminology.
However, after I’d found my setting of choice, the 45TC offered a perfect vape experience. The pull was as smooth as possible, the interface was simple to navigate, and there were no immediate problems whatsoever.
The Pros and Cons of the Ferobox 45TC
The Ferobox 45TC’s design is as perfect as it comes. Aside from the stainless steel model, every version comes with a black function panel and your choice of body colour (as of the time of writing the mod is available in black, blue, red, pink, gold, silver and pink). However, every colour looks as sleek as the others thanks to the elegant contrast of black and silver along the inner section.
The function buttons are perfectly placed, with a large silver fire button above the LED screen and the arrow buttons and on/off switches below. The USB port is located on the underside of the mod, which makes it difficult to charge if not placed on the edge of a shelf or table, but this is only a minor issue.
It fits comfortably in the hand. It’s easy to grip, and if this thing falls over, you’ll know about it. Given its relatively small size, it’s definitely one of the heavier mods on the market.
The mod has three different modes – Temperature Control Celsius, Temperature Control Fahrenheit and Variable wattage. All of these can be easily accessed with a single click of the ‘mode’ button (also the on/off button when held down), meaning you don’t have to go into multiple menus in order to change settings around.
The 510 pin at the peak of the mod allows any atomiser to sit flush along the top. However, due to the vape’s sleek nature, some of the bigger atomisers will hang overhang and cause the mod to lose some if its elegance, as is evident from my ProCore SE tank.
While there were no technical issues, it looked somewhat misplaced a first glance.
ProCore SE Atomiser
- 25mm Diameter
- 510 Threaded
- 2.0ml Tank Capacity
- Bottom Fill Design
- Integrated Full Glass Design
- Dual Airflow Slots
- Adjustable Airflow Control Valve
- Includes 1x ProC1 0.4ohm Dual Coil (40 – 80W)
- Includes 1x ProC1-S 0.25ohm Dual Parallel Coil (25 – 55W)
Truth be told, I wasn’t a fan of this tank at all. I found it to be very fiddly, too big and quite uncomfortable.
There were two positives about the ProCore SE, and that was the all-glass design and the adjustable airflow rubber seal. I found nothing else to enjoy about this atomiser.
Firstly, the refill system is quite strange. I personally find it odd why every vape manufacturer out there doesn’t employ the topfill method as default. Topfill is simple, effortless and makes no mess. Given that squeezable 10ml e-liquids are now the standard, I would have thought this would make the most sense.
However, the ProCore SE embodies everything which is wrong about bottom-fill tanks. To get it into position, you first need to attach the atomiser to the mod so that it connects with the inserted coil. Then, you need to unscrew it again so that the coil comes loose, therefore protecting the airflow column. Then you need to fill it with e-liquid then re-attach the mod upside down. It’s a lot of effort, especially when a simpler solution already exists.
Secondly, the atomiser mouth tip is too big to be comfortable. It’s like trying to put your mouth around a shot glass. It may sound like a minor issue, but over the course of a few days, it became a little irritating.
Luckily, the functionality of the 45TC made it so I was still able to enjoy the device despite the mediocre atomiser. A particularly interest feature of the 45TC is that it will recognise any atomiser connected and auto-detect the correct resistance output. This will make it easy for anyone looking to switch out multiple atomisers and save a lot of messing around with settings.
The battery life of the 45TC isn’t the greatest. Whilst vaping at 0.45 sub ohm I found I barely got an average day’s usage out of it. At 0.2 sub ohm the battery needed a full recharge in the early evening. Of course, as the battery depletes it also means less power being pumped out. However, a full recharge only took around an hour.
- Easy to nvigate LED screen
- Temperature control
- Sleek, well-built and scratch resistant
- Fast charging time
- Auto-detect for different atomisers
- On the heavy side
- Mediocre battery life
- Doesn’t bode well with larger atomisers
- Needs setting up for first use
What Are The Ferobox 45TC’s Best Features?
The 45TC is undoubtedly an intermediate vape. Beginners might have trouble getting to grips with the functionality while experienced vapers might find it has too little. However, the best feature of the 45TC is that it’s a perfect middle of the road model.
The easy-to-use LED screen lays out all the information you could need at once. It will display the current voltage and resistance output alongside your preferred wattage and vice versa.
As someone who regularly changes atomisers (different e-liquids in each), the resistance auto-detect feature on the 45TC is perfect. You can simply change atomisers and vape away without having to change a thing. It was a pleasant contrast to my usual model of choice (Smok or JAC Vapour).
In addition, there are a lot of protections in place with the 45TC, making it one of the safer models. This is something which lends itself to beginner users but it’s a great feature for any experience level. Protections include:
- 10 seconds vaping
- Low voltage
- Chip collision
- Battery reverse
- Default coil
How Does It Compare To Its Peers?
If you’re either a beginner or intermediate vaper, you will find everything you need in the Ferobox 45TC. It might take a little adjusting at first, but you will eventually get there. However, if you’re looking something a little more stripped down, a good alternative to the 45TC is the Aspire Zelos 50W.
Both devices share a lot of similarities, but the Aspire Zelos 50W might just clinch the 45TC when it comes to overall performance, functionality, vapour production and design. Here’s a breakdown of the two:
As an all-round vape, the Ferobox 45TC is a great piece of kit. There’s no major complaints about it aside from the battery life, although some people might find that to be an important factor. The mod more than makes up for it with everything else, so if you’re looking for something which is one rung above beginner, this kit is definitely worth considering.
I personally believe that there are other products on the market which do what the 45TC does and does it better, however, if you want an affordable kit with which provides an above-average vaping experience, the Ferobox 45TC will serve you well.