Billet Box History
The Billet Box Prototype was Introduced on December 8th, 2012. You can read more and follow along in this ECF thread by Doug Dino himself.
After a year of designing, prototyping and testing, I am happy to finally lift the curtain on my latest E-vaporizer. Introducing (gasps of excitement and giddiness) the Billet Box.
- Raw Polished Aluminum Body
- Delrin Button
- Spring Loaded Ground-Activated Switch
- Sliding Aluminum Tank Panel w/ Spring Loaded Bearing Closure
- Front & Back Laminated Carbon Fiber Applique
- 6.5ml PETG-Faced Tank w/ Spring Loaded Valve
- Accepts 510 35mm Cartos
- Accepts 510 Drip Tips
- 2x 16340 3.7v Batteries (Wired in Series)
- Potentiometer Analog Variable Voltage (4 – 5.5v)\
- RRP $179
The Billet Box Rev 3 was Introduced in September 2013. Upgraded Transistor-Activated Switch Media-Blasted Aluminum Body
In May 2014, the Billet Box Rev 3a was introduced.
After months of testing and re-tooling, our first production anodized run was a success, Rev 3.a has a bead blasted, bright dipped anodized surface with a few advantages to our prior raw polished aluminum BB.
June 2014, colors were announced, starting with orange.
Between our clear anodized batches we are going to start doing runs of Bright Dip Colored Billet Boxes!!!
As far as I can tell, this is the order that colors were launched: Clear – original Kurbis (Orange) – Jun 14, 2014 Rat (Black) – Jul 5, 2014 RPG (Royal Purple Grey) – Jul 19, 2014 Fawkes (Red) – Aug 1, 2014 Unicorn Poo (Purple/Pink) – Sep 5, 2014 RNB (Royal Navy Blue) & TMNBB (Green) Released Same day – Sep 13, 2014 I was not able to confirm when Dober, Nugget, or BX was released.
At some point after the release of the 3a Billet Box, I am not sure if it was before or after the new colors, and buttons in different materials started to be sold. For more info about different button configurations, abalone, and mother of pearl, check out our FAQ section.
In November 2014, a Billet Box and Atmistique Partnership was announced, allowing the Billet Box users to use Aspire BVC coils.
This partnership will see them stocking the BilletBox in Europe, and us stocking the Billet Bridge here in the USA.
The 1st “Boro Tank” was launched in November 2014.
The BoroTank has a machined borosilicate glass face that slides down so you can just dump your juice in.
This is the beginning of the redesigned Billet Box that we still enjoy today!
In March of 2016, Billet Box Vapor announced the redesign from the Rev 3 Billet Box to the Rev 4a.
After months of prototyping, months testing, followed by months of retooling, the Billet Box Rev.4 is about ready to go and play in the wild.
This update changed the doors from the sliding door to the magnetic doors, made from G10 and most importantly, introduced the DNA chip to the Billet Box, starting with the DNA 40. The small batteries were replaced with a single 18650 and the Boro tank was redesigned.
When the Billet Box Rev4a was announced, Billet Box Vapor announced that they would sell a DNA 40 and DNA 25 model at different price points. They did not offer the DNA 25 initially but did have a few runs available before they decided to stick with the DNA 40 and eventually went to the DNA 40 Big Screen.
We will offer the Rev.4 primarily with the DNA 40 but will also have model with the 25 for those that need to watch there spending. Both will support temp sensing coils. The 25 model won’t be out for launch but will come about a month later.
In July 2016, Rev 4b with the DNA 40 Big Screen was announced by Billet Box Vapor.
In July 2016, Rev 4b with the DNA 40 Big Screen was announced by Billet Box Vapor.
February 16, 2018 – Billet Box Vapor announced the Year of the Dog special edition Billet Box. According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2018 is the Year of the Dog. This version was made to commemorate the Chinese New Year for 2018. These versions are cherished by those that get their hands on one. From what I have gathered, these were made available in Fawkes, Rat, Unicorn Poo, Clear, TMNBB, Dober, RPG, and BX. More Info
February 18, 2018 – Logo Change and new engraving. BBV started adding the new logo and year on the body of the Billet Box, on the button side, instead of engraving it on the G10 panels.
On January 6th, Special Edition Barbara Walters 20/20 Billet Boxes were announced and photos of all 4 colors were revealed on January 8th, 2020. They were made available on January 9th, 2020. They were offered in Fawkes (Red), Clear (Silver), RNB (Royal Navy Blue, and Rat (black) with Abalone buttons, and there were 5 of each color. They were hand-numbered to 20. Based on photos I’ve found, Clear has serial numbers 1-5 or 20, Fawkes 6-10 of 20, RNB 11-15 of 20, and Rat 16-20 of 20. More Info
March 21st, 2020, Billet Box Vapor announced a new wiring change. If you want to know way more than you will ever want to know about how these are made, head over to the announcement post.
March 28, 2020 – The Fisheye Ultem Button is born.
On September 4th, 2020, BBV announced a new variation called the Frankenbox. These are regular Billets with different inner colors. The 1st week was a BX with Unicorn Poo inners and vice versa. Other than the different inners, there is no difference, no markings on the Billet Box itself, but the box had a special name. Here are the names:
- BXPoo – BX with Unicorn Inners
- UniBlues – Unicorn Poo with BX Inners
- Budgie – TMNBB with Nugget Inners and a GOLD MOP Button like the Fashion Nugget
- Oasis – Nugget with TMNBB Inners and a GOLD MOP Button like the Fashion Nugget
- Dobis – Dober with Kurbis Inners
- Kurber – Kurbis with Dober Inners
- Mephisto – Fawkes with Rat black inners
- Ratfire – Rat with Fawkes inners
- Eclipse – RPG with Dober inners and a new button type, a BLACK MOP.
- Ferrigno – TMNBB with Unicorn Poo Innners
I can’t tell you why, but the reason Billet Box Vapor gave publicly is “Just cause it’s fun”.
Update: The reason for these was to use up anodized bodies and inners that were able to be used before shifting to Cerakote because they were getting too many unusable boxes from their anodizer.
On 12/31/2020, Billet Box Vapor is set to release a limited run of their Billet Box with their new Cerakote finishes, complete with an image to replace the 2020 year on the Billet, a Dumpster Fire.
Billet Box Vapor will no longer offer Billet Boxes with anodizing. They moved to Cerakoting and they have brought the process in-house.
The 1st 2 colors they are releasing will be White and Chameleon. More Info
It’s Official, on 12/31/2020, the Rev 4C-60 was 1st sold.
Billet Box Vapor Dropped 2 new colors in their new Cerakote finishes, Blanca and Chameleon.
The Billet Box Vapor Nord Adapter started to ship with new Billet Box models instead of the OCC adapter on 1/23/2021.
On 1/30/2021, Billet Box Vapor started to sell their own adapter for the SMOK RPM coils, the RPM Adapter.
On 01/22/22, the 1st 2022 Billet Box models rolled out. This was the 1st drop since 12/19/21 due to holidays, being short-staffed, and dealing with a run of Covid through the staff.
The 2022 models came with a new engraving, Billet Box Vapor ditched “Vapor” below the Billet Box engraving and it was replaced with Rev 4C, the current version number. This move was met widely with disapproval, but everyone will have to learn to deal with it. The word vapor is being removed from the Billet Box slowly but surely.
On 01/22/22 a Special Edition Betty White Billet Box was released. The release was a bit controversial as those that were refreshing the Billet Box website 30+ minutes before the drop were rewarded with an unannounced special drop. The Betty White boxes hit the site just before 9 am CST (The normal drop was at 9:30 CST). The Betty White box cost was $349 and there were only 22 hand-numbered units sold. They were all Lab Rat white. More Info
On March 8th, 2022 a Special Edition Billet Box in support of Ukraine was sold in a special drop. These sold for $399.00 and the profit from these sales went to The Voices of Children Foundation to help children of war in Ukraine.
This box speaks for itself…
Beware, though! It comes with a little hoodoo voodoo: Anyone who decides to flip it will feel Karma kick him in the rear end to the fullest extent.
*Most of the dead links on this page are a result of some of the blog posts on BBV’s website being removed by the owners.