What is a Lavabox?
The Lavabox is an advanced high-power boxmod. This is an EV (electric / electronic vapouriser) or 'ecig' of box-shape format that can have a variety of heads attached by a 510 connector system for vapourising inhalable refill liquids as a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes. It has an advanced digital controller.
The DNA200 device is the electronics at the heart of the Lavabox. It is a programmable digital controller and power delivery package that uses a DC power source (lithium ion cells) to power equipment (the heads) connected via a 510 connector in order to vaporise inhalable refill liquid according to complex variable parameters that can be preset in groups, using feedback controls, and providing a digital readout, with an exceptionally high power output in terms of consumer micro-electronics (up to 200 watts).
The Lavabox has an associated computer program called Escribe that can be downloaded and installed on your computer. This can be used to manage some of the vape parameters, and to upgrade the firmware. Firmware is a hardware-level programmable operating system that controls computerised electronic systems without needing any human interaction.
The firmware can be upgraded: for example if new coil materials with different characteristics become available, or if a new type of head (atomiser/tank arrangement) is invented that requires different power management. This is a step toward future-proofing, the idea being that the computer controls are upgraded to suit, instead of a new device having to be purchased.
- Product Specifications
The LAVABOX is a high performance box mod equipped with the powerful DNA200 microchip. Featuring temperature control, 200watts max output, internal lithium polymer battery, cell-by-cell monitoring, upgradeable ﬁrmware, and an integrated 1 amp balance charger.
The LAVABOX can be plugged into a PC computer and tune in your perfect vape with over 93 options. You can create 8 Profiles to suit the vape performance of specific heads and refills.
- Material: 6061 Billet Aluminum
- Dimensions: 46.19mm x 28.1 5mm x 94.87mm
- Battery Type: Removable Lithium Polymer 900 mAh 3-Cell
- Output Power: 1 Watt - 200 Watts
- Output Voltage: 0.5 Volt - 9.0 Volt
- Output Current: Continuous 50 Amps
- Output Current: Instantaneous peak 55 Amps
- Temperature Limit: 200°F - 600°F
Watt setting: The power level currently set on the DNA 200.
Battery indicator: The current state of charge of the battery.
Temperature display: When not ﬁring, the maximum heating coil temperature setting. While ﬁring, the actual temperature of the heating coil is displayed.
Volts display: The output voltage being supplied to the atomizer.
Ohms display: The resistance of the atomizer attached to the device. When using a temperature sensing coil, this is the normal resistance of the coil at 70°F.
Basic operation of the DNA 200 is as follows:
- To wake the device from a power off state, tap the Fire button.
- To generate vapor, press the Fire button.
- To change the wattage setting for more or less vapor, click or hold the Up and Down buttons.
When the DNA 200 is used with a temperature sensing atomizer, an additional feature called Preheat is activated. No vapor is produced when the temperature is below the boiling point of the liquid. Preheat applies extra power until the heating coil is up to operating temperature to shorten the delay between pressing the ﬁre button and generating vapor. Because preheat is temperature based, it will not overheat or burn the vapor.
- Attaching a New Atomizer
The DNA 200 uses the resistance of the atomizer to calculate the temperature of the heating coil. It continually checks whether a new or changed atomizer has been connected. If you are using temperature protection, be careful to only attach new atomizers that have cooled to room temperature. If a new atomizer is attached to the DNA 200 before it has cooled down, the temperature may read and protect incorrectly until the new atomizer cools.
When you connect a new atomizer or disconnect and reconnect your existing atomizer, the DNA 200 will prompt you to conﬁrm this change. When you ﬁre the ﬁrst time, before activating the DNA 200 will prompt "New Coil? UP YES / DOWN NO":
- When you see this prompt, with a new atomizer, press the UP button.
- lf you have disconnected and then reconnected the same atomizer, press the DOWN button.
Pressing the ﬁre button ﬁve times rapidly (less than 0.7 seconds between presses) will cause the device to enter Locked mode. In Locked mode, the device will not ﬁre and the output power will not adjust accidentally. While in Locked mode, the screen will be off, except that pressing a button will show "Locked - Click 5X".
To exit Locked mode, press the ﬁre button 5 times.
While locked, holding the ﬁre and down buttons simultaneously for ﬁve seconds will switch to stealth mode. In this mode the display is off. It will still show error and lock messages.
To switch back to normal display mode, hold down the ﬁre and down buttons simultaneously for 5 seconds. This setting is stored to internal ﬂash memory, and remains if power is removed.
Power Locked mode:
Holding down both the up and down buttons for two seconds will place the device in Power Locked mode. In this mode, the mod will operate normally, but you will not be able to change the power setting. This mode prevents accidental power level changes due to the buttons being pressed while in a pocket.
To exit Power Locked mode, hold the up and down buttons for two seconds.
The DNA 200 relies on the cold resistance of the atomizer to measure temperature accurately. lf the connection is not stable or if you ﬁnd the measured resistance drifts with time, it may be desirable to lock the atomizer resistance.
To do so, while locked hold both the Fire and Up buttons for two seconds to enter Resistance Lock mode.
In this mode, the DNA 200 will use the present atomizer cold resistance without reﬁnement until the atomizer is disconnected or the resistance lock is disabled. A lock symbol will replace the ohm symbol on the display.
To disable resistance lock, repeat the procedure to lock it.
Max Temperature Adjust:
From Locked Mode, holding down both the up and down buttons for two seconds will place the device in Max Temperature Adjust mode. Once this mode is entered, the max temperature will be displayed. The up and down buttons are used to adjust the max temperature.
To save the new temperature setting and exit, press the Fire button.
- Temperature Control - TC
This is a temperature protection mode - you can set the maximum temperature that the atomiser coil reaches.
How it works
The DNA 200 directly measures and limits the temperature of the heating coil during operation. By preventing the coil from becoming too hot regardless of ﬂuid, wicking or airﬂow, a variety of undesirable situations can be prevented. For example, appropriate temperature settings will prevent the wicking material from charring, which compromises taste and introduces unintended chemicals into the vapor.
Appropriate temperature settings will also reduce the breakdown of ﬂavoring and base liquid components, which could impact taste or safety.
Important: coil material
Evolv's Temperature Protection Technology requires a heating coil made from Nickel 200 alloy or other materials with a well-deﬁned temperature coefﬁcient of resistance, rather than Nickel Chromium or Kanthal alloys.
If the temperature reaches the maximum value, the power (wattage) applied to the atomizer coil is reduced to prevent overheating. Please note that the temperature reading is the average temperature of the atomizer coil, so take care to construct the heating coil so that the temperature is uniform, without hot or cold spots.
Because power, not temperature, controls vapor volume, large vapor volumes can be produced without unnecessarily high temperatures. TC is useful if the atomizer begins to dry out; the user pauses during a puff or the beginning or end of the puff; or if the power setting is too high for the attached atomizer.
In normal operation, when the device is not ﬁring the maximum temperature setting is displayed on the screen. When the device is ﬁring, the average temperature of the coil is displayed on the screen.
In Temperature Control, by default the Temperature Protection setting is 450° Fahrenheit. We advise the max temperature is set no higher than this, in order to avoid thermal degradation of the refill liquid. The maximum temperature is adjustable between 200° Fahrenheit and 600° Fahrenheit.
To lower (advised) or change the limit:
- Lock the device by pressing the Fire button ﬁve times.
- Hold down the UP and DOWN adjust buttons together for two seconds.
- After two seconds, the maximum temperature will be displayed, and the UP and DOWN buttons should be released.
- Use the UP and DOWN buttons to adjust the maximum temperature.
- When the display shows the desired maximum temperature, press the Fire button to exit temperature adjust mode.
Switch to degrees C
To switch to Celsius temperature, adjust temperature down to 200° Fahrenheit, then press the DOWN one button one additional time. The temperature will switch to reading and adjusting in Celsius.
To disable the temperature control entirely, adjust the limit up to 600 degrees, then press the UP button one additional time. The temperature limit will read OFF.
A Profile is a group of settings that suit your vape - probably for different heads. For example you can have one Profile for a dripper RBA and another Profile for a tank. Instead of having to change every setting when you change heads, you just change to another Profile.
The Lavabox holds 8 Profiles.
The DNA 200 allows you to save and select between 8 groups of output settings. Each group of output settings is called a Proﬁle. To switch between proﬁles, put the DNA 200 into Power Locked mode by pressing and holding both the UP and DOWN buttons for two seconds. From power locked mode, to cycle between proﬁles, double click the Up or Down button. To select the displayed proﬁle, press the ﬁre button.
What is in a Profile?
Each proﬁle contains the output power setting, maximum TC setting, resistance lock setting; plus other parameters (coil material, preheat) that you can fix using the firmware manager software, Escribe.
The resistance lock setting and value for each atomizer is saved in the proﬁle, which can alleviate temperature inaccuracies stemming from attaching atomizers before they have completely cooled. Many more output settings, including the coil material and preheat settings can be adjusted on a per proﬁle basis using the Escribe PC software.
Evolv recommends setting up one proﬁle for each atomizer that you regularly use with the DNA 200. It is much faster to switch proﬁles than it is to set up an atomiser from scratch.
- Error Messages
The DNA does not detect an atomizer, the atomizer has shorted out, or the atomizer resistance is incorrect for the power setting. You may just need to screw the head on firmly if it has worked loose.
The atomizer or wiring are short circuited.
The battery needs to be charged, or a higher rate battery needs to be used. If this happens, the DNA 200 will continue to ﬁre the atomizer, but will not be able to provide the desired wattage. The Weak Battery message will continue to ﬂash for a few seconds after the end of puff.
The heating coil reached the maximum allowed temperature during the puff. If this happens, the DNA 200 will continue to ﬁre, but will not be able to provide the desired power.
Ohms Too High:
The resistance of the atomizer coil is too high for the current wattage setting. If this happens, the DNA 200 will continue to ﬁre, but will not be able to provide the desired power. The Ohms Too High message will continue to ﬂash for a few seconds after the end of puff.
Ohms Too Low:
The resistance of the atomizer coil is too low for the current wattage setting. lf this happens, the DNA200 will continue to ﬁre, but will not be able to provide the desired wattage. The Ohms Too Low message will continue to ﬂash for a few seconds after the end of puff.
The DNA 200 has on-board temperature sensing. It will shut down and display this message if the internal board temperature becomes excessive. This indicates excessive power use in a high temperature environment, or similar.
Do not leave the Lavabox in full sun inside a vehicle - not on the dashboard in summer for example.
- Firmware Manager
The Lavabox has upgradeable firmware (operational software at the hardware level) called EVOLV Escribe. You must download this to your computer. It runs on Windows and allows you to control some Lavabox functions externally, and also to upgrade its firmware.
The DNA200 device is the electronics at the heart of the Lavabox. It is a programmable digital control package that uses a DC power source (lithium ion cells) to power equipment (the heads) connected via a 510 connector in order to vaporise inhalable refill liquid according to complex variable parameters that can be preset in groups, using feedback controls, and providing a digital readout, with an exceptionally high power output in terms of consumer micro-electronics (up to 200 watts).
Escribe is the software package used to conﬁgure, monitor and modify the operation of the DNA 200 processor on the Lavabox. It installs on a Windows PC, and connects to your DNA 200 using the USB port.
The Escribe website
Escribe has a separate manual and tutorials which can be found on Evolv’s site:
The Lavabox is powered by the EVOLV DNA200 chip. This is the Evolv page for Lavabox owners: http://www.evolvapor.com/dna200.php
Here you can find all the information you need on firmware downloads, spare parts, data sheets, and the DNA forum. The Escribe software is the firmware viewer and upgrader, it runs on a Windows device with a USB port.
The sections are:
- About the DNA200 controller chip.
- Escribe guide.
- DNA200 tech drawings.
- Replacement batteries.
- DNA forum: more info and support.