BMI is renown for its quality and durability. I love the fact that they have links to torture tests for their mods on the BMI site as well as various other video links. They are truly beautiful devices and it surprises me there aren’t more reviews around. Let’s look at the BMI – Beast Mode Industries – Touch Variable Wattage Mod:
I’ve been a fan of BMI boxes since seeing their original boxes several years ago (2015?) – even with the SX350 chip. There was definitely something about the box and the internals… it had cachet. The Touch is BMI’s current edition. The Electric Orange version I picked up from Albert at www.ecigarettes.ca is anodized with an almost metallic finish to it. Deep engravings of the crown and BMI really give this box a refined look. The texture is smooth and the Touch feels solid. The front has the BMI Crown and the back has a magnificent deep BMI engraving. Let’s face it – engraving isn’t a cheap feature and that does show in the retail price. The quality of the engravings that these boxes have, especially in some of the more graphic designs, is amazing!
- Custom CNC Enclosure (smaller than the V1, V2 & V2.5 models)
- Classic BMI Rectangular Shape
- Signature BMI Door System – Updated with 4 extra magnets to hold the door in place while you change/check your settings
- Deep Laser Etched Logo (front)
- New BMI Crown Logo (back)
- TOUCH Sensor w/Capacitive Screen
- Custom Battery Ribbon Featuring BMI Markings
- Custom Engraved 510
- Custom Molded Battery Tray w/BMI Markings
- Custom, CNC Stainless Steel Trigger
- BMI Laser Etched Markings (inner plate)
- Dual 18650 Battery Configuration
- Heavy Duty 22mm Floating 510 Connection
- 15 Small Vent Holes (bottom)
The BMI Touch comes beautifully packaged in a classy logo’d box. Everything is securely held in a foam insert. Inside the box, you’ll find the mod, a short micro USB charge cable and warranty card.
Hold the mod in your hand and slide the door with your thumb. That metallic “clunk” is a wildly satisfying sound. The door will slide open to reveal the screen and controls – and stays in place with an extra set of magnets that secure the door in the “half open” position. The door is thick and sturdy coming in at almost 4mm thick on the edges – about 2.5mm thick where a recess has been milled. Sliding the door all the way off reveals a custom made, trouble-free battery compartment that holds two 18650’s securely. The custom sled comes BMI branded. The entire mod finish is excellent. Machining is well done and there are no rough edges to be found.
Press the fire button to wake the system. “Touch” the screen three times to unlock the screen. This brings you into the menu. There, you find the setting for Power, Temp or TCR controls, screen brightness, etc. There are no buttons other than the fire button so all scrolling is done through screen taps. It’s not the easiest navigation, but it is fairly intuitive once you gone through it a couple of times. The proprietary chip fires between 5 and 180 watts with 0.1 increments. This can make scrolling through big jumps tedious, but I still prefer the 0.1 increments. The screen itself displays battery levels for both, ohms, volts, watts, puff counter and the firing mode. Adequately bright, the screen is easy to read.
The fire button is a 10mm stainless steel – side fire button that sits on the side closest to the 510 connection. The button sits in a natural spot, about a quarter of the way down from the top. It has a nice “clicky” feel and operates without issue. The 510 is a spring loaded, floating connection so no adjustments are required when attaching a new atomizer.
It’s solid, fires accurately and has been trouble free. Honestly, with the power available with this box, I’m not using it daily in TC or TCR (Temperature Coefficient of Resistance) mode but initial tests seemed to indicate it works fine. I’m firing this with high wattage tanks like the Falcon and Fireluke – or with low ohm dual coil builds in an RDA. It shines at that 60-80 watt range with no noticeable difference in vape feel versus other mods.
There are really no game-changing innovative features other than the proprietary “Touch” chip – the BMI Touch is just a good looking, solidly constructed product – the only trade off is the size and that the Touch is heavy in the hand.
- TOUCH Screen Chipset
- Custom Board Manufactured Exclusively for BMI
- 3 User Modes: Power, Temp & TCR
- Curve Technology
- Atomizer OHM Range: 0.1-2.5 OHM
- Wattage Range (power/regular mode): 5.0-180W
- Wattage range (TC mode): 5.0-120.0W
- Temp Control Range: 212°-572°F / 100°C-300°C
- Max Output Voltage: 7.5V
- Peak Output Current: 45A
- Re-settable Puff Counter
- Short Protection
- Overheat Protection
- Reverse Polarity Protection
- Low Resistance Protection
- Low Battery Voltage Protection
The retail price isn’t cheap. The BMI site lists this at USD $280. What sets this apart? The engraving is extremely well done (the quality is even more apparent in some of the graphic designed boxes) and they are rugged, durable and well constructed. Aesthetically speaking, you won’t find a nicer box mod without delving into stab woods.
Show piece, wow-factor – yet durable and functional…. I got a second one.
Beast Mode Mods (BMI) is an Orange, California based mod maker. BMI has been making beautifully milled boxes for a number of years. Their website proudly states: “We take pride in our craftsmanship and implement strict quality control measures starting at the design phase, all the way through to the final assembly phase. All of our products are proudly Researched + Designed in Southern California.”