Vaping the asMODus Tribeaut Mod
Simplicity is the goal here, and asMODus really took the concept to heart. While there’s nothing new or unique about a linear, three-button menu system, the way the 80H chipset leads users to the options is one of the best we’ve seen, with every adjustment made in an intuitive manner. Within minutes, I was operating the Tribeaut single-handed, never missing a beat. I imagine this was asMODus’ intent, and they were successful this time around.
In use, the Tribeaut handled all atomizers I threw at it, from low-wattage MTL tanks, all the way to the sub-ohming limits of its 80-watt output. While 80 is a fairly low cap for me, I found the Tribeaut made up for it with quick firing and potent draws, even on lower-ohm coils.
So, if you cheated and saw the score, you’re probably asking, “what’s the problem?” First, battery life. There may still be a market for single-18650 devices, but this isn’t the best example of why. I managed a few hours of moderate vaping with a freshly charged cell, but battery performance seemed random, with matched pairs of cells performing erratically, without any obvious reason as to why.
Secondly, while the user experience is seamless, and making adjustments is a breeze, the Tribeaut doesn’t always KEEP the mod at those settings. The pre-set temperature control suite was simple to use, but difficult to “nail down,” with resistance readings and coil settings jumping all over the place during testing. TCR mode made a lot of these issues go away, but if they’re going to offer a “dummy-proof” TC option, they should have focused on making it work better.
Wattage mode was a lot smoother, but there was some noticeable pulsing once I exceeded 65 watts. I’ve come to expect this on 200+ watt mods, but it was surprising to feel power fluctuations on such a moderate-wattage device.
- Compact, comfortable design
- Wide 510 plate for modern atomizers
- Excellent, simple menu system
- Battery life is poor
- Battery door became loose VERY quickly
- Erratic TC and higher power performance