Asvape is a brand synonymous to colorful and sometimes quirky mod designs. The Gabriel Choice is no exception. It has a strikingly beautiful chassis that makes you want to whip it out every chance you get.
If you’ve been following Asvape’s product line, you’re familiar with their Gabriel mod. They’re essentially the same mod. The difference lies in the material they use for the chassis. The Gabriel uses natural wood while Gabriel Choice uses metal. This explains why Choice is more affordable compared to Gabriel.
A lot of us associate affordability with fewer features. The Asvape Gabriel Choice begs to disagree.
Specifications and Features:
- Single High-Amp 18650 battery (Sold separately)
- Wattage Output: 5 – 80W
- Minimum Atomizer Resistance: 0.08 Ohm
- Ni200 Nickel, Titanium, Stainless Steel compatible
- TCR Adjustments
- Power Curve Adjustments
- Bypass Mode
- Low Voltage Protection
- Short Circuit Protection
- Reverse Polarity Protection
Cool design and great build quality
Like what I mentioned earlier, this is an eye-catching mod. My eyes were immediately drawn to it’s cool design. And I have to admit that I love using this mod because it is a great conversation starter. My friends can’t resist wanting to hold it and inspect the design up close. This mod has a textured finish and it not only gives more character to it. The finish also makes the mod easier to hold and grippier.
And it’s not just the elaborate paint. The chassis itself is a joy to hold. It has an ergonomic design that you can hold securely and comfortably. This is a problem I used to have with my previous mod. It gets uncomfortable as hell to hold when I vape for long periods of time. The Choice, in contrast, is easy and comfortable to hold.
The good quality of the build is also something you immediately notice when you hold the Choice. It feels solid in your hands, unlike other mods that feel flimsy. You won’t hear any rattling noises even if you shake the mod. The firing button is in a convenient location, right where my thumb can easily reach it. The only complaint that I have is the firing button gets quite warm when I get crazy and start binge vaping.
OLED displays are now the norm when it comes to mods and the Choice has its own version that is bright and colorful! This kind of display is notoriously hard to view in bright lighting conditions. Just ask someone with an OLED screen on their phone. I’m happy to report that is not a problem with the display on the Choice. It does get dimmer when I use it outside but it doesn’t get to a point when I can’t view it anymore. I can still see all the menu items when I vape outside.
The menu gives you information about the wattage and voltage of your mod. There is also information on the coil resistance when you’re in power mode. One piece of information that’s missing is the amp draw. I wished they included it but it’s not a deal breaker for me.
The display also shows the battery level of the mod. The battery level is shown like the signal reception icon on a mobile phone. This makes it harder to gauge your remaining battery. How am I supposed to know what percentage each bar means? I would have appreciated it if they just went with a simpler indicator that tells me in numerical terms how much battery life I have left.
Single 18650 Battery
This mod uses a single 18650 battery. It is enough for my vaping needs but it would have been great to have a 20700 or 21700 battery option. Don’t get me wrong, the 18650 battery performs well. The mod is designed to efficiently use the battery it comes with. I’m just saying it would have been better to have some extra battery juice in case I need it.
The battery is charged using a standard micro USB cable. This means you can charge it on the go if you really need to and you don’t have a spare battery. I don’t recommend charging the battery in the mod though. It is way safer to charge the battery using an external charger.
My biggest issue with the Choice also has something to do with the battery: the battery door to be exact. It is underneath the mod and you unscrew it with a simple twisting motion. The door, however, doesn’t completely cover the battery. The middle portion of the battery cover holds the battery in place, but the outer portions leave the battery exposed.
This means that there is a great risk of accidentally touching the battery. It also poses a risk of getting liquid to the battery and I don’t even want to speculate what can happen next. The choice of battery door is not the smartest move from the makers of the Choice.
The chip used by the Choice is an “intelligent” chip. This means that the mod automatically adjusts the wattage based on the tank that you use. It does the same whenever you change your coil or if you’ve just powered up your mod. This is a feature that new users will appreciate.
There’s no guessing which setting will work best because the chip makes the selection for you.
It’s a feature that can be annoying for those who like to use their preferred settings. The mod would auto-adjust the settings even if you pre-selected a different one. I got caught off guard a few times because the wattage selected by the chip is way too high for me.
There is a way to override this “intelligent” function though. Just fire the button briefly after which you need to adjust the wattage to your preference. Your choice is then remembered by the chip. But you need to do this every time you power up your mod.
The Choice also has an anti-dry burn functionality. This means that the chip can detect the level of your e-juice. The mod wouldn’t fire if you’re low on e-juice so you don’t get a dry hit. This did not happen to me. My e-juice was almost completely gone and I can already smell the coil before the anti-dry burn feature kicked in.
I love the Asvape Gabriel so I got excited when Asvape released the Gabriel Choice. This is the chance to experience what the Gabriel minus the hefty price tag. After all, the Gabriel and the Gabriel Choice are almost identical.
I love the design and textured finish of this mod. The chassis is well-built and feels sturdy. It is also comfortable to hold and use thanks to its ergonomic design.
The display is easy to read even under bright light but there’s room for improvement when it comes to some features like the battery level indicator.
The battery is also enough even though it is just an 18650. The biggest concern that I have is the partially exposed battery. This is a safety issue and I hope that Asvape acts fast to address it.
The intelligent chip is something that I got excited about but is a bit of a letdown. New users will appreciate this feature though.
Overall, this is still a great mod. Just remember not to bring it with you when it’s raining.