Our Review On The Tesla Sidewinder 25W
Probably only a handful of people had heard of Tesla and their e-cigarettes a back in the day, but things have slowly started to chance with the release of numerous well-performing devices in the last couple of months. We have reviewed both the Spider and the Sidewinder II and they performed pretty good for mid-range eGo style batteries so we were more than delighted to find in our mailbox one of their latest models. And without further ado, we would like to take a closer look at the Tesla Sidewinder 25W, so let’s check it out.
First of all, it’s hard to call the Sidewinder 25W an eGo style battery, because it resembles some of the first advanced personal vaporizers with that long tube shape (145mm long – and 22mm in diameter) and stainless steel finish. But then again, it’s powered by an internal 18650 – 2200 mAh soft pack battery and has all the characteristics of an eGo, so we leave it up to you to decide.
The Tesla Sidewinder 25W comes packed in the company’s signature black cardboard ‘gift box’ and once you remove the upper part you can check out the battery that looks like it’s on a pedestal. Inside the box you will also find a small user’s manual but no charging cable and no other accessories. The mod itself is made from stainless steel and weighs around 120g so it’s very comfortable to hold and to vape, but at the same time it’s the bigger and bulkier brother of many other eGo style batteries on the market.
Starting with the top side, you will notice the 510/eGo threading with an adjustable center pin made from silver plated copper. There are also some airflow channels carved in the ‘beauty ring’ surrounding the threads. As you go down, on the side of the mod there is a 0.8 inch OLED display that shows the output power, voltage, atomizer resistance and the remaining battery capacity. On the back of the Tesla Sidewinder 25W there’s the firing button, but with a twist this time. It’s more like an adjustment dial that lets you configure the wattage when you twist it but also it has a clit to it when you press it to power the atomizer.
So instead of having the usual adjustment dial at the bottom like many regular eGo twist batteries, Tesla have decided to incorporate it in the main (and only) button. It’s not bad, but it’s not going to revolutionize the adjustment mechanism on future eGos either. The wattage goes from 5W all the way to 25W in 0.1W increments. And while you need to get accustomed to the system at first, finding a sweet spot is not that hard once you get the hang of it. The dial spins smoothly but it has a decent amount of resistance to it in order to prevent accidental twisting.
The great fact about the Sidewinder 25W is that you can use this bad boy with tanks and RDAs as low as 0.3 Ohms, and given the 22mm diameter, it’s a perfect tool for all the new sub-ohm tanks on the market today. The amount of vapor is not going to be mind-blowing but definitely huge and quite impressive if we are to look back at the performance of devices from 12 months ago.
The build quality is pretty solid with no rattle and the design is very nice. From what we’ve noticed, you can also get this battery in the color black but we love it in stainless. It matches the tanks so well and it packs plenty of power for both regular and sub-ohm vaping. There is however a small delay between the moment you press the button and the moment the atomizer heats up, but nothing out of the ordinary.
The Sidewinder 25 is a great and cheap way to experiment with the new sub-ohm tanks but you can also use it as back up for your more powerful mod and why not, as a standalone day to day vape. It hits pretty good and works perfectly.