Table of Contents
- Specs and Features
- First Impressions
- Shikra Tank and Coils
- Pros and Cons
- Professional Opinions
In mythology, the Father of Time is often referred as Chronus. The Shikra is a bird of prey which stands for bravery and inspiration. Sigelei offers this mythological duo in this limited-edition starter kit. If you consider shooting luscious pillows of vapor out of your lungs an artform, then this is what you’ve been aching for. The mod provides a clock which sits in the middle of the device displaying staggering beauty and craftsmanship. Father Time watches you.
Pretentious, lofty symbolism aside, the Chronus makes bold promises and then delivers on those promises. The customizable UI pairs nicely with the sleek TFT display. The sophisticated chipset offers a 0.001s firing rate while at the same time setting parameters in place to prevent from overheating. In other words, you can rip something big and the device will take it. If you cross the safety line, it will shut down and protect itself (and you).
The chipset features a myriad of safety options: battery reverse and short protection, high and low wattages, and high temperature protection. The Shikra sub-ohm tank remains 30% to 50% cooler than a regular tank during vaping — thanks to the innovative airflow channel. Another nifty little feature you won’t be able to ignore is the elegant UI. The UI offers customization abilities you will lust after. The amazing artwork appears trapped within a clock-like aesthetic.
You can protect your device with a convenient password code. Forget about anyone breaking into your device without your knowledge. If this kit were a tiny bit more advanced, it would text you a screenshot of the culprit. Perhaps one day, our vapes will possess said technology. I mean, we already have smartphone slash vapes out there. A vape capable of snapping pictures isn’t that much of a stretch, is it?
This starter kit provides many features you’ve come to expect from Sigelei, but no product is perfect. If you liked the salesy introduction and want to know more about the nuts and bolts - keep on reading.
With a pricey device like this, we decided to break it apart and analyze each feature. Furthermore, I consulted the reviews from other professionals and collected a list of pros and cons you may want to check out if you’re considering throwing a few dollars Sigelei’s way.
Hopefully you’ll get something out of the dissection. Let’s break it apart:
- Box Mod Dimensions: 88.2 x 44 x 31 mm
- Display: Round 1.3" TFT Display Screen
- Box Mod Material: Zinc Alloy + Stainless Steel
- Battery: Dual 18650 Battery
- Wattage Output Range: 10-200W
- Voltage Input Range:4 – 8.4V
- Voltage Output Range:0 – 7.5V
- Temperature Range: 200 – 570F
- Resistance Range:05ohm – 3.0ohm
- Sub-Ohm Tank Dimensions:4 x 24 mm (H X Di)
- Juice Capacity:5mL
- Coil Rating:2ohm MS-H Coil (rated 60 – 120W)
- Coil Rating:25ohm MS Coil (rated 40 – 80W)
- Coil Rating:2ohm MS-M Mesh Coil (rated 40 – 80W)
- Sub-Ohm Tank Material: Stainless Steel/Transparent Glass
- Ni200, Titanium, and Stainless Steel Compatibility
- Temperature Control TFR Mode
- POWER Mode
- 001s Instantaneous Firing Speed
- Customizable User Interface
- Intuitive Firing Button
- 5-Direction Plated Joystick
- 4-Digit PIN Lock
- High Wattage Protection
- Low Wattage Protection
- Short-Circuit Protection
- High Temperature Protection
- Battery Reverse Protection
- Centered 510 Connection
- Compatible with Sigelei Moonshot 120 Glass Tank
- Threaded Top Fill System
- Sigelei MS Coil Family
- Compatible with Other Branded Coils w/ Extra Pin
- Lightly Knurled Bottom Airflow Control Ring
- 510 Centered Connection
- 810 Widebore Resin Drip Tip
Gold Stainless, Rainbow Stainless, Blue Stainless, Pink Stainless, Gunmetal Stainless, Crimson, Black Stainless
This is a fancy looking thing. From the moment I ripped the packaging apart, my eyes met a nice-looking design. It also felt good at the touch. Frankly, I kind of regretted the color I chose (gold stainless), but nothing to panic about, just a personal preference. I should’ve ordered the black stainless option.
A little nitpick of mine was the tank placement. It doesn’t sit exactly in the middle. It edges a little more on one side than the other. It really bugs me, and if you have OCD, you’ll probably hate it. Don’t chuck it against the wall, just return it or give it to a friend.
One of its best features, and perhaps another nitpick of mine, is the rattling - or lack thereof. The little battery door located on the bottom snaps open easily and provides a few holes for venting. When I shake the mod, nothing rattles. I love that. I hate rattling noises.
The screen is fun and sleek with upgradeable firmware. You can navigate a plethora of options with the joystick. You can see and adjust your wattage levels, battery levels, or make any adjustment you desire. One thing I truly appreciate about the joystick is that you only use that for navigation. Most companies use the fire button to navigate the UI, and that takes a toll on your coils.
The unique design of the clock is reminiscent of runic alphabet letters. It fits with the theme of Chronus, the Father of Time. Could be considered a little pretentious but it’s pretty cool, I must admit. I’ll order a monocle while I’m at it. I have zero complaints with the display.
Shikra Tank and Coils
Refilling your tank is as easy as breathing. It’s your typical top fill, you simply twist to open and squirt or pour what you please. No complaints there, and frankly, the tank is badass. It boasts a 5.5mL e-juice reservoir and feels quite sturdy. I’m sure it’s self-explanatory but the picture below is available, so why not use it:
The 510-drip tip is gorgeous and form-fitting. You will love to wrap your lips around this tip.
The tank is your basic sub-ohm tank and performs just like a regular sub-ohm tank. Sadly, the kit doesn’t offer a mesh coil (which would’ve been ideal) but there is nothing to complain about. The flavor is good. The coil is somewhat hidden but it’s not a big deal.
The Shikra comes with a pre-installed MS-H Coil offering 0.2ohms and a rating of 60W to 120W. The spare coil is a regular MS Coil 0.25ohms and rating 40W to 80W. The packaging suggests an MS-M Coil (Mesh) which isn’t included and makes me mad. A huge bubble 5.5mL glass comes pre-installed with the Shikra. A spare is included (holds 3.5mL of e-liquid). Despite being your regular tank in terms of performance, it pairs nicely with the mod.
The cool thing about the Shikra tank is the airflow. It keeps cooler than a regular tank thanks to the new channel design which allows air to swirl and keep the temperature down. It doesn’t affect flavor at all. Again, why didn’t they add a mesh coil!
Pros & Cons:
PRO: One of the best-looking kits out there.
PRO: Terrific flavor and insane vapor production.
PRO: The display offers many features and adjustable options.
PRO: The joystick makes the display fun to navigate and it’s a unique experience. When was the last time you used a joystick on a vape mod? I know, right?
CON: The kit should include Mesh coils.
CON: Too slow to scroll through the wattages.
CON: I hate the SIGELEI logo on the bottom. It’s emblazoned in bright white letters clashing with the overall aesthetics. It should’ve been engraved or something classier.
Other Professional Opinions:
Don’t just take my word for it. I scouted the vast plains of the internet looking for other Sigelei Chronus Shikra users and gathered a consensus that will, hopefully, shed an unbiased light on the pros and cons. Here are a few notes to consider from a few popular reviewers:
Matt from SMM
- Nice drip tip
- Everything is easily adjustable
- Nice packaging
- Great build quality
- Probably best mod by Sigelei
- Buttons are nice and clicky
- Sigelei logo clashes with the rest of the aesthetic
- Should come with mesh coil heads
- Tank is offset, not sitting in the center of the mod
- Tanks looks fancy and sexy
- Drip tip looks and feels great
- Adjustable airflow is easy to manipulate with a simple twist
- Sigelei logo with white letters looks bad
- Not using mesh coils
- Manual sucks
- Amazing design – loves the black version more
- Great tank performance
- Awesome battery construction and performance
- Best Sigelei mod in a long time
- Scrolling is slow with some features
- Overall doesn’t stand out too much in terms of performance
Summing up what the reviewers had to say, there were many things all of them agreed upon. Starting with the aesthetics, the Chronus received positive marks across the board. Great, sturdy construction coupled with aesthetically pleasing design in every nook and cranny. The mod’s performance is highly praised. The drip tip was loved by all reviewers as well, and the adjustable airflow was pleasing with its simplicity.
Some considered the mod to be one of the best Sigelei has put out in years. The tank performs as intended with great flavor from the included coils. Cloud production is plentiful and delicious. The display was a huge deal to all reviewers as well. You get so many features that you can adjust easily with the joystick.
Let’s talk about the cons. As much as reviewers loved the interface, they found annoying how slow some of the adjustments were. Scrolling up and down wattages takes a lot longer than it should. A pervasive complaint that echoed among all comments was the lack of mesh coils. Everybody wanted those mesh coils, but Sigelei didn’t deliver. Hopefully, in the next iteration of the Chronus, we can get some spare mesh coils.
In conclusion, this is a beloved device with minimal complaints. Aside from the futuristic, bling-bling aesthetics, this kit delivers what it promises. The tank is rated as somewhat mediocre but makes up for it with the high-end quality of the mod. I believe this starter kit receives a conclusive thumbs-up.
What do you think?