Few mods have the sort of following, or the level of hype, of the iHybrid. The limited editions of the Genesis hybrid, which are released every couple of months or so, fetch high prices on the second-hand market — prices so high that many have complained that the supplies are kept low to artificially inflate the price of used iHybrids. Perhaps to counter these claims, Faceless of iHybrid Mods recently introduces the Pure: a low-cost, widely available version of the iHybrid intended for the mass market. Built continuously, rather than in small batches like the limited editions, and sporting a reasonable $99 price tag, the iHybrid Pure is intended to be an iHybrid that can be obtained by anyone, not just a lucky handful with either a lot of money, good timing or inside connections.
The iHybrid Pure is an aluminum hybrid mod, currently available in a black anodized version, though stainless steel and titanium versions are planned as well. Built for an 18490/18500 battery, it’s a relatively small mod, measuring about 123mm in length, and 22mm in width. It’s not quite as small as some other aluminum hybrids like, for example, the Vapor Craze Noble 1, but the 18500 form factor allows the use of a Kick or Crown with an 18350, if desired, which may make the Pure more attractive to those who prefer a regulated vape to a mechanical one.
We had some issues getting the iHybrid Pure ready to test. The cap fits very snugly on the two O-rings that hold it in place: so snugly, in fact, that we had a hell of a time getting the cap off. It took at least a couple of hours of twisting, pulling and swearing before we finally got ours open, an effort made even more painful by sharp edges on the window cut into the tank cover. If you have the same sort of issues we did, we highly recommend using very thick gloves, or risk some really nasty gashes in your hands before you’re done. In addition to a little bleeding, our Pure also suffered some fairly deep scratches when we started to get frustrated and attempted to jimmy it open with a small screwdriver.
Eventually we got the cap off, and we’re hoping now that we’ve lubed up those O-rings a bit, that it won’t be a problem in the future. Under the hood is a fairly typical deck for a Genesis hybrid, though the inclusion of a screw next to a second hole could allow the use of dual wicks, if one were willing to forego a fill hole. The wick holes are around 1mm, sufficiently generous for a decent-sized mesh wick. The screws are all Phillips-slotted, with the positive screw being sufficiently large that finding a screwdriver to work with it should be very easy, though a smaller one will be needed for the negative screws on the deck.
We had a few issues with hotspots when setting up the iHybrid Pure, though that’s just as likely to be the luck of the draw as anything related to the Pure. We wrestled a bit with hot spots at both the top and bottom of the coil, but that sort of thing is to be expected from almost any Genesis.
Voltage drop on the iHybrid Pure was, as expected for a hybrid, quite low — though even for a hybrid, the Pure performed remarkably well. While the inability to attach atomizers meant we were unable to perform the exact same tests we would on a conventional mod, voltage drop in our more limited load testing was extremely low: less than 3% of battery voltage, or about .12 volts from a battery charged to 4.2 volts. Frankly, we were pleasantly surprised. As owners of the now-discontinued but much more expensive iHybrid Standard, we find the Pure outperforms it by a fairly wide margin.
The Pure’s dual-spring, bottom-mounted button will be familiar to those who have previously used a recently made iHybrid. It is responsive and fired reliably, and a screw on the inside of the switch allows a small amount of throw adjustment. While the Pure has no locking ring, the button is inset into the base, but cut-outs in the ring surrounding the button make it relatively easy to press the button without having to hold the hand in an awkward position.
We’ll come right out and say it: we never liked our iHybrid Standard. The finish was wildly inconsistent, and the performance, while good, was nothing to write home about. The Pure has changed our minds a little about iHybrid Mods: it’s a clean, well-built little mod, with some of the best performance we’ve seen from any mod to date. With its sub-$100 price tag, the Pure should be a no-brainer for anyone who’s ever wanted to find out for themselves what all the iHybrid hype was about.