Sigelei’s updated Fuchai 213 is a brand new take on a device that has been a fan favorite for the better part of a year. While some reviewers didn’t think very highly of this or the other 213 device recently released by Sigelei, it appears as though the Fuchai 213 will be just as popular as its predecessor. The public loved the original Fuchai because it was dirt cheap and built like a tank, and even though it didn’t live up to the advertised specifications, most folks didn’t complain because they never pushed it that hard to begin with.
Over the course of the next few minutes we will take an in-depth look at the operation of the Fuchai 213, so if you bought one today you could pick it up and use it without any problems. Unlike its predecessor though, the menu functions in this device are a little more complex – but then again Sigelei added a bunch of new features.
Sigelei Fuchai 213: The Device
The Fuchai 213 measures in at 88mm by 44mm by 29mm, and is completely different in shape to its predecessor. It follows very closely to the form of the Sigelei 213, the Pioneer4You IPV400 and IPV6X, opting for the adjustment buttons and screen on the front face with the firing button on the side. This form has almost become a standard template for dual 18650 systems as it is ergonomically designed for comfort of grip while preventing accidental changes of the settings. The front facing screen makes it easier to read, especially if you choose to lay it down while making changes.
While the 213 in the name was supposed to represent the maximum wattage of the device, as with its predecessor it falls short, but the fan base doesn’t seem to care about the missing 40 watts at the top end of the power-scale. What has been added to the Fuchai brand however, is the ability to fire temperature control coils made from Nickel wire, Titanium wire, and Stainless Steel, and by giving the user the ability to control the Temperature Coefficient of Resistance (TCR) and Temperature Factor of Resistivity (TFR) settings, which opens it up to all specific wire formulations. Another addition is the ability to charge the dual 18650 batteries in the device, although as with any other device, we can not recommend using this feature.
Sigelei Fuchai 213: The Basics
Before Turning The Fuchai 213 On: Make sure that you have installed 2 high drain (30 Amp) 18650 batteries in series, paying attention to the orientation shown inside the door. When the batteries are in place close the door and we are ready to get this device working.
Turning The Fuchai On/Off: As soon as you put the batteries into the device and close the door, it is active. As long as the batteries are in the right way, you will see the welcome screen. If you missed the plus and minus signs in the battery door however, the Fuchai has reverse polarity protection to keep itself working. There is no on/off per say, but the Fuchai does come equipped with the ability to lock the buttons to prevent accidental firing.
Locking The Fire Button: To prevent accidental firing of the Fuchai 213, hit the “Fire” button 5 times within 3 seconds and it will become inoperable. To get it rolling again, hit it another 5 times.
Locking The Adjustment Buttons: Locking the adjustment buttons is as simple as holding the “-” button and “Fire”. There is nothing more aggravating than setting your device up to hit at a certain wattage then getting hit in the face with a dry hit because you knocked it up by 70 watts.
Changing The Fuchai 213 Work Modes: Getting into the menu system is not as simple as the original Fuchai, but hitting the “Fire” button 3 times is still a simple operation. Unlike the older version though, with its 3 simple options, this screen could quickly become confusing.
- Power: Regular wattage mode
- SS: Stainless Steel Coils, set up for 304, 316 and 317 wires. If you don’t know the exact composition of the wire you could get confused in here quickly.
- Ti1: Titanium wire settings
- Ni200: Nickel Wire settings
- TCR: Temperature Coefficient Of Resistance. Set up your own system using the TCR settings for specific wire types.
- TFR: Sigelei specific calculator settings are required for similar performance to TCR.
Each menu option brings you to a different part of the menu system, but each one is self explanatory when you get inside.
Adjusting Wattage In Power Mode: After selecting the power mode, use the “+” and “-” keys to adjust the wattage to your sweet spot.
Adjusting Temperature In Any TC Mode: After selecting the wire type you need and whether you want to function in Centigrade or Fahrenheit adjusting the temperature will work in the same way as adjusting the wattage. As we said at the beginning, Sigelei have tried to keep everything in here as simple as possible.
Adjusting TCR/TFR Control: When you select either from the menu option you will be given the option to enter the number for your specific wire (these numbers can be found on Steam-Engine.org or at Sigelei’s own website). After inputting the desired number, hiut the “Fire” button to lock it into the memory settings.
Reading/Locking Atomizer Resistance: When working in TC modes, locking in the initial resistance is critical to good performance. When the coil and device are both at room temperature, press the “+” and “-” buttons together. This will bring up a screen that gives you the option to “Read” or “Lock” the resistance into the memory. A good practice is to read the atomizer first, then repeat the step and select Lock. It’s locked into place by hitting the “Fire” button but if you decide to change the coil or resistance at a later date repeat this step and select “Unlock”.