The Aegis Squonk is one of the latest mods from popular vape manufacturer Geekvape. It is a single-18650 rugged squonk mod rated for 100 watts, and it is powered by Geekvape’s AS-100 chipset. And same as the rest of the Aegis line, the Squonk comes with an IP67 certification for dust and water-resistance.
Geekvape has a proven track record in mod manufacturing. The Aegis series includes some of the most reliable and rugged mods on the market, and the Nova was one of the best mods of 2018. The company has quietly become one of the top mod makers in vaping, so let’s see if the Aegis Squonk can live up to the standards set by previous Geekvape mods.
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My first thought on the Aegis Squonk was that it stays loyal to the design of the series. I’ve used and reviewed the entire Aegis line and have always been a fan of their design. Outside of the fact that there is a squonk bottle in place of the usual leather cover, not much seems to have changed. I also like the screen size which is large, bright and the same we’ve previously seen on the Aegis Solo. Overall, if you’ve ever used an Aegis mod before you’ll know what to expect here.
From a size perspective, the Aegis Squonk feels just right—not too big nor too small. And while the Aegis mods are known for being quite heavy, the Squonk is surprisingly lightweight. One more thing I’d like to point out: I received just the mod for review, but it does also come in a kit version with their Tengu RDA. I’ve reviewed the Tengu RDA in the past and while it’s a good RDA, it’s not a suitable one for the kit. They should have included a single coil RDA instead.
Build quality and design
The Aegis Squonk is a nicely built and designed mod. It has the same tactical looks as the rest of the line and feels great in the hand. It features a front facing 0.96-inch rectangular black and white screen which is very clear and bright. You can also remove the bottle and back part and use it as a single battery mod, but it looks awkward without the back panel in my opinion.
I have the chameleon one, which looks pretty sleek and clean. Like all Aegis mods, the body of the mod is mostly black and has a thick rubber coating on most of it. The color option itself is only an accent panel around the side of the mod and the back where the bottle is. The panel for the chameleon one has a nice sparkle clear coat and the color itself is like “candy paint”. It changes from a hunter green to a purple color depending on how the light is hitting it. Really nice job there.
The mod features the same threaded battery cap as the Aegis and Aegis Solo. The cap is metal, and the threading is smooth. There is also a latch you can flip down and use for grip. It’s not my favorite style, but considering the IP67 certification, I can understand why they went with it. They also include a metal bar to make removing the cap easier.
There is no button rattle on this mod at all. The 510 pin is great but not centered due to the squonk bottle being removable. The diameter of the 510 assembly is 25 mm and there is still room left on both sides. I wouldn’t imagine using anything bigger on a single 18650 mod.
The USB port is stealthily hidden under a rubber plug at the side of the mod. They list 1.5-amp charging rate and, while I don’t recommend charging mods internally, I did test it just for informational purposes. I found the max charge rate to be 1.93 amps so a 2-amp rating would have been completely fair.
Features and functions
The Geekvape Aegis Squonk is packed with features and modes, just like most of their mods. You have Power mode (watts), Temp Control (SS, Ni200, Ti, and TCR), Watt Curve mode (VPC), and Bypass mode. It uses a standard TCR as well, which is fully adjustable in TCR mode but not adjustable in the presets. Overall, the mod has pretty much every mode a vaper would need without being overbearing.
Using the Geekvape Aegis Squonker
As far as the menu goes, it’s the typical Geekvape menu system. Here is a quick rundown.
- Five clicks of the fire button to turn on and off.
- Three clicks of the fire button to enter the menu mode.
- Use up and down to scroll the mode and fire to accept.
- Use up and down to adjust settings in the sub menu of each mode.
- Hold fire to accept the mode and its settings.
- Fire + up or down adjusts the screen brightness
- Up + down to lock adjustment buttons but the mod can still be fired
Overall, very simple and easy to navigate—especially if you’ve used other Geekvape mods in the past.
Power mode performance
The Aegis Squonk features the Geekvape AS-100 chip. It’s the same chip used in the Aegis Solo and essentially a newer, higher power version of the AS chip used in the Aegis Mini. I do wish they would have limited it to 80 watts though, since both the Solo and the Squonk only take a single 18650 battery.
Testing on this mod was done with fully charged Sony VTC5A Batteries. They list the specs at 100 watts, 8 volts (the chip itself goes up to 8.2 volts on the screen) but don’t list an amp limit. I wish they listed all three.
The max wattage I got in my testing was 111, so their 100-watt rating is great. The amp limit I got was 34, which is above average for a single 18650 battery mod these days (the average is around 25-30). The volt limit I got with a 0.62-ohm coil was 8.31 volts, which is above their listed spec and shows that it does have a boost circuit (which is important to have for a single 18650 mod), and more than enough volts for anyone. The mod adjusts in 0.1-watt increments, but you can also hold the button to scroll quickly by one watt.
During my testing, the mod did a great job of not getting hot. It never struggled and was usually pretty accurate to about 10% high, so I’d suggest starting a few watts lower than you normally would. It’s pretty common for mods these days to hit a little high, so no big deal. You can see the full test results in the chart above.
Temperature control performance
Using SS316L wire in SS mode, I tested 4 builds.
One simple round single-coil build
One simple round dual-coil build
One fancy wire single-coil build
One SS316 mesh build
The Aegis Squonk has the full 100-watt limit available in temperature control. I was able to get a warm vape around the 430-440 F range, so it hits a little high (around 10-20 degrees). You can adjust for taste with plenty of wiggle room. It also throttles smoothly and has good dry hit protection. I get a consistent vape each time and the power lets you adjust the ramp up.
Technically, the TCR should be 92 for SS316 wire (88-92) but as with the other Geekvape mods, the default for SS mode is 105 (which is the TCR for SS304 wire). Still, the fact you can just use the default SS mode for the most common SS wire used in vaping without adjustment is a good thing, regardless of the TCR figure. Overall, it’s a very good performer in TC mode, which comes as no surprise considering Geekvape’s recent track record.
Let’s go over the squonk system itself now. I’ll start with how it works—and it works really well. The bottle has a nice firmness to it, but it still is soft enough. Just how you want a squonk bottle to be. You can easily see your juice level since most of the bottle is exposed on the back. It doesn’t need much pressure and it squonks down to the last drop. I really like the bottles, but note that they are proprietary, and you won’t be able to carry full spare bottles with you either because they have no cap.
The squonk 510 positive pin on the mod is unique. It is not hollow and there is a Phillips head shape channel carved into it. The liquid comes from around the sides of the pin and fills up its channels. It then enters the atomizer through the middle part of the pin. I thought it was a pretty cool idea. The squonk system is also completely cut off from the rest of the mod so you’ll never have an issue with an internal leak. Really smart design.
Now let’s talk about the not so good parts of the squonk system. There is a sliding cover on the top that exposes a fill hole with a rubber gasket. So, you can fill from the top like the Topside which is great. But you’ll need to use a thin nozzle bottle to pierce the gasket—you can’t just pour in liquid from a glass bottle or use a twist top. It also means you need to remove your atomizer since it’ll stand in the way, unless the fill bottle is really thin. A 120 mL bottle won’t fit at all and a 60 mL is a struggle. Having to remove the atomizer or worry about bottle types is a con to me. Not a major one, but it’s certainly an inconvenience that’s unique to the Aegis Squonk.
The other con has to do with removing the bottle, which is quite the chore. You have to remove the two top screws on the side of the mod and pull the whole squonk system, then slide back the fill port, remove two rubber pieces from the top which exposes two more screws, and unscrew those to take the top part of the bottle off. Then you can pull the bottle out to clean it or replace it. You’ll only need to remove the bottle once in a while to clean it or replace it, but I wish it was easier than that.
Overall, it’s a good squonk system that works well, but comes with some inconveniences which may turn some vapers off.
Pros / Cons
- Great build quality
- Nice rubber coating
- IP67 rated
- Six color options
- Accurately rated for watts
- Good power mode overall performance
- Handles 25 mm+ atomizers without overhang
- Very lightweight
- Affordable price tag
- High amp Limit
- Watt curve mode available
- Good TC performance
- Easy to use menu system
- Large and clear screen
- Squonk system works great
- No chance of internal leaking
- Spare bottle included
- No listing for max amps
- Not a fan of the battery cap
- Have to remove atomizer to fill squonk bottle
- Squonk bottle takes a lot of work to remove
- Proprietary squonk bottle
Overall, Geekvape did a great job with this mod. I’ve always been a fan of the Aegis line of mods for the design and performance and the Aegis Squonk lives up to the expectations. It’s also worth mentioning that it’s one of very few (if not the only one) affordable non-DNA single-battery squonk mods that do a good temp control. I was very happy to see that.
I do have some nagging cons, but they aren’t major and have nothing to do with build quality or performance. In fact, all of them are related one way or another with what they had to do to make it modular and IP67. They aren’t dealbreakers to me, and I’ll still happily use mine after the review. If you don’t mind the extra work to fill or clean the bottle, the Aegis is easily one of the best squonk mods on the market.
Let me know what you think in the comments and thanks for reading!
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