The iJoy Shogun Univ Mod Review – There’s a New Dictator In Town!

A quick shout out to Urvapin.com for sending over the iJoy Shogun Univ Mod for me to try out. I’ve been using this for the last week, and yes it does have some similarities with the Voopoo Drag 2, but the real question is, is it better?

iJoy Shogun Univ 180w Box Mod Specs:

Size: 88*55*28.40mm
Screen Size: 0.96 inches
Power Range: 1-180W
Battery: Dual 18650 batteries(batteries excluded)
Battery Capacity: 6000mAh
Output Voltage Range: 0-7.5V
Resistance Range: 0.05~3.0 ohm
Temperature Range: 300-600℉/149-316℃
Output Current: 0-45A
Material: Zinc Alloy & Resin
Charging Port: Micro USB

iJoy Shogun Univ 180w Box Mod Package Includes:

1* IJOY SHOGUN Univ MOD
1* USB Cable
1* Manual
1* Warranty Card

Initial Thoughts On The iJoy Shogun Univ Box Mod

The Shogun comes well packaged in a nice solid box, with a sleeve around the outside with a pic of a samurai or ninja or something along those lines on the front, but I don’t care about the box, I just care about what’s inside!

The Shogun isn’t a bad looking mod, it has resin panels to both sides, iJoy haven’t cut corners and put resin on just one side, and splattered the name of the mod across the other, they made it even looking! This is good, I like resin, and I like to see it on both sides. The colour of my resin is red and green and being totally honest this is probably the worst looking one of all the choices. I’m more into blue’s and purples, but it’s still not a bad looking mod. The resin itself has a kind of rubbery feel to it, its lovely and smooth to sit and caress! 

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The rest of the body has a kind of a plastic feel to it, however if I tap a tooth on the edge (no I’m not telling you that you should do this!) it does sound like metal. So I’m guessing the body is some kind of metal with a paint job over the top.

The edges have a beveled effect, and are slightly rounded so it is comfy to pick up and hold, and it is quite heavy when you get a couple of 18650 batteries installed. The Shogun is a 180w mod, so will power your sub ohm coils without a care in the world. And the 510 is in the centre on the mod and will comfortably hold a tank up to 28mm! A 30mm tank will have a slight overhang.

Underneath the Shogun mod (Shogun meaning – military dictator of Japan a couple of hundred years ago! A little bit of history for you folks!) you have a Katana wielding ninja (or Japanese dictator!) logo, a few vent holes, and ‘UNIV Mod Designed by iJoy’

Univ… What does the UNIV part mean? Well Univ is iJoy’s new chipset. Which according to iJoy ‘generates direct performance upgrade of instant fire speed and power efficiency’…. Hmmm no idea what that means. But iJoy do say that it ‘Far surpasses the industry competition’! Now that is big boots to fill iJoy! 

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Ijoy Shogun Batteries & Buttons

So to insert your 18650 batteries you need to remove the resin panel which doubles up as a battery door, underneath the mod you will see a little notch, just pull on that and the battery cover will come away from the mod. The cover is held on with 2 fairly strong magnets one top and one at the bottom, and inlaid into the resin is a plastic plate with the word Univ and a little picture of a world map, cute! There is no movement what so ever once that battery door is in place, everything feels very solid. One thing that did annoy the life out of me with the Voopoo Drag 2, there was a couple of mm play on the battery door, and that meant I would sit there sliding the door back and forth those couple of millimeters, irritating me and everyone around me with the constant clicking!

You get a battery ribbon, and I do advise you to use it otherwise those batteries will be a right pain remove. Battery direction is marked inside the battery trays, but its molded into the plastic and it’s not super clear, you may need to throw some light onto the subject until you remember which way they go in.

You can also charge the batteries via the little usb port just below the adjustment buttons, and this is also used to upgrade the Shogun firmware.

The buttons are silver, round and clicky! Fire button nicely placed at the top of the mod and adjustment buttons below the screen.

Ijoy Shogun Screen & Menu

The Shogun screen is small, OLED type screen, with just basic info on there. No fancy colours or icons. Watts, Volts, Ohms and Puff count, and dual battery icons which have 5 individual markers, so you can see how much battery power is remaining in 20% increments.

The menu isn’t overly complicated, 5 clicks on and off, then 3 clicks will take you into the mode settings where you get, power, temp, pod, and then user hard, soft, norm, for the ramp up style. Below this is TCR and and Set, where you can reset the puff count and adjust the screen standby time.

The Pod setting Im really not sure what it’s for or what it does, but if you select this option watts disappear and you have volts to work with instead. Maybe it’s for certain tanks, and to make things more simple, I honestly don’t know.

In temp mode, you will see watts in the larger digits at the top, and you can adjust this easily, to alter the temp settings you need to press the down button first. This can get kind of confusing and I’ve ended up adjusting the watts when I actually wanted to adjust the temperature, but I think it’s just something that you need to get used too.

Temperature in C adjust in 1.0C increments, and it looks like F adjusts in 10F increments. To switch between C and F, you need to go all the way to the top of the temp range (or all the way down) and then press the up button again to switch.

Watts adjust in 0.1w increments right up to 100w and then is switches to full 1w increments, now this seems a little like overkill. I can understand manufacturers going up to 20 or 30w in 0.1 increments, so you can fine tune those higher ohm coils, but anything above 30w would not need to be fine tuned to that extent, it just seems pointless. /however if you hod your finger on the adjustment button, the watts do jump up in full 1w increments, meaning it doesn’t take a lifetime to get to 80w or 100w. Pressing the button repeatedly will adjust in those 0.1w steps.. so it’s not a real problem. Just more curiosity from me why iJoy chose to do it this way? Who knows…..

How Does the iJoy Shogun Univ Mod Work?

It works really well, I haven’t had one problem at all while I’ve been using the Shugun. The button fires every time, and the power does seem to be pretty instant, so maybe their Univ chip can step up to the table with other manufacturers?

Ive used my daily MTL tank on this at lower power, and a good old sub-ohm tank at somewhat higher power and the Shogun happily plows along, doing exactly what it’s supposed to.

The menu is easy to work with, one problem I have found, I can’t lock the buttons. This means there’s a chance if I pop the Shogun mod into my pocket, that the adjustment buttons might get pressed, and I could burn my throat out!! 

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Final Thoughts on the iJoy Shogun Univ Mod

I have to say I really do like it. It looks good, it works well, and its fairly comfy to hold. I have held comfier mods, but I’ve also held really uncomfortable mods! This one is kind of midway, it’s not too bulky or unrounded that I want to keep putting it down, but it could be a little more rounded for smaller hands.

The batteries run time doesn’t out perform other dual battery mods, so I’m not sure what the 6000mAh statement means on the iJoy website, but its a pretty average runtime, certainly nothing spectacular about it.

One downside, when I was taking the photo’s this morning I noticed what looks like paint chipping off the edges of the mod. Now I do throw this in my pocket, but it doesn’t get to share my pocket with keys or any other metals, so I would have expected the paint to last a little longer than it has. At the minute it isn’t really noticeable unless you get up close, but this will be something to keep an eye on and see how it fares.

I still haven’t found out how to lock the buttons, I even looked at the instructions, which are a complete minefield!! 

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Massive sheet of paper with instructions printed in a dozen different languages, this is all fine, but when you find your language the type is so small, I got a headache from trying to read through it! This doesn’t normally bother me as I tend to go to the manufacturer website and download the manual, then I can zoom in, but….iJoy haven’t uploaded the manual to the site yet. So if anyone knows how to lock the buttons, please let me know!

Who would the Shogun Univ be suitable for? – I think the Shogun is suitable for new vapers and established vapers alike, theres no real knack to using it, and I think it could actually be quite a workhorse.

Will The iJoy Shogun Univ be retired to the shelf?
– Probably not, at this moment in time I am enjoying using it, but if something more comfy comes along I could see it slipping down the list of daily use mods.

The final question… Is it better than the Voopoo Drag? Well personally I think so yes, better to hold, twin resin panels, and iJoy have ethics!

Ceekays Shack Score

Scoring the iJoy Shogun Univ mod out of 5, it definitely has to lose half a point for not being able to lock the buttons, and also losing half a point for the paint chipping, but apart from that this mod is a really great bit of vape kit. Ijoy… you did good! The Shogun scores a well deserved 4/5

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Head over to Urvapin.com to pick up your iJoy Shogun Univ mod for $50.99.

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