Review of Smoant Battlestar 200W

Smoant Battlestar 200w

Intro:  Smoant Battlestar 200W is an innovative box mod, coming in eight different color schemes!

I’ve once analyzed that due to the lack of new technology support, 2016 will witness the race of appearance and function in the e-cig market, on which condition multi-function, easy operation and beautiful appearance will become the new standard for the consumers to select devices. In the aspect of appearance, there are mainly two developing directions: one is the feeling of science and technology, another is Retro Style.

Smoant, the sub-brand of Cloupor, has launched a new e-cig product called Battlestar previously, which has strong sci-fi color about it from the appearance to the name.

This dual-18640 200W box has become a focus of attention because of not only its eye-catching appearance, but also its 200W maximum power—could a dual-18650 device really produce the power as high as 200W? What is the output effect of Battlestar? What about its craftsmanship? As I recently has received its sample for test, here I would like to reveal the answers to the above questions for you.

Smoant Battlestar 200w

Battlestar 200W adopts paper packaging, whose color scheme is good. The main features of Battlestar is explicitly marked on the paper box: small, compact and ergonomic.

On the yellow back face there are more detailed information about the mod.

Smoant Battlestar 200w
Smoant Battlestar 200w

Inside the box there is a Battlestar 200W mod, a bilingual card, a handbook and an accessory box that contains a USB cable and a box of standby magnets.

Smoant Battlestar 200w

There are totally eight alternative colors, and the sample I received is in yellow and black

Battlestar, similar to WISMEC RX200, adopts the triangle design that could make the best use of space to reduce the size of the mod. Its appearance is very consistent with its name Battlestar, of which the yellow body and black buttons look conspicuous.

The surface of the mod uses anti-proof and wear-resistant rubber paint, ensuring good grip feeling. But some corners’ painting face remains to improve. Nevertheless, the overall stability of the mod is good.

Smoant Battlestar 200w

Battlestar 200W adopts the spring 510 connector, which takes up more than half area of the mod’s top. The three grooves around the 510 connector are not appropriate, because they may lead the e-juice leaked from the atomizer into the connector.

The operation area of the mod is regular, where the fire button is above the screen and the adjusting buttons are integrated into one single button.

The sides of the body have some simple ornamental moldings, and the black battery jar cover also makes the mod less monotonous. To facilitate the heat dissipation of the chip and batteries, there are several venting holes for them.

On the bottom of the mod there are also four venting holes for the chip.

The protective pasting on the screen could effectively protect it from scraping.

Smoant Battlestar 200w

The battery jar is fixed to the body through eight magnets. It adopts the snap joint design, thus the connection is compact and firm. The craftsmanship and material of the battery jar are also quality. The two batteries are in series, and the positive poles use spring contact.

Maybe it was for the overall effect of the mod, there is no gaps around the battery jar cover for the convenience of opening. For that reason, it may be a little bit difficult to open the cover using our finger nails like usual.

Smoant Battlestar 200w

The right approach is to hold the mod using one hand, and put another hand’s thumb, index finger and middle finger on the venting holes of the cover, then pull outward hard to open the cover. It really need great strength.

Smoant Battlestar 200w

Battlestar 200’s screen display is comprehensive, which consists of the electric quantity, the modes, the power, the resistance, the real-time output voltage and the temperature if under the TC mode.

Smoant Battlestar 200w

Battlestar 200’s operation is very easy. Just press the power button three times in succession to call up the function menu, and press the adjusting button to shift and press the power button to confirm.

Besides the normal VW output, Battlestar also supports the TC modes for Ni200, Ti, SS and NiCr and provides three TCR presets for the users to self-define the TC material.

Smoant Battlestar 200w

Many vapers doubt that whether two 18650 batteries could really produce the power as high as 200W, though SMOK’s dual-battery H-PRIV 220W has previously been proved to have the same performance as DNA200 under the power of 200W.

To address this issue, I’ve made a professional comparison test. I compared the vapor effect of Battlestar 200W and DR200 by using the same atomizer and batteries and ensuring the 100% charge status during the test.

Through the picture we could see that Battlestar is inferior to DR200 in vapor volume. Moreover, under 200W, Battlestar has nearly 0.5 second’s latency after firing.

In fact, many VW mods have this kind of latency. I think that it’s because most VM mods’ menu and settings are also called up by the power button, therefore it has to leave some time for the chip to react accurately to your command.

Since the invention of e-cig, the functions and performances of the devices have all changed a lot, but the operation of most devices still continues the initial method—press the power button five times in succession to power on or lock the device, and press three times in succession to enter into the setting menu.

Though some mods specially added the function button to simplify the operation, they have not forms the mainstream.

In fact the increasing of a function button is much humanized. It could reduce many tedious steps, save the latency time of the chip and accelerate the device’s reaction time. Though there is possibility of mistakenly touch, but it do more good than harm.

Smoant Battlestar 200w

Actual Experience: 

  1. Appearance

Battlestar 200W’s triangle structure reduces the mod’s size. Its dimension of 8.4cm*3cm*4cm is competitive even among single-battery mods. The mod grips comfortable no matter in what way.

After being installed with two batteries and an atomizer, Battlestar 200W’s weight is still moderate, and it is small and convenient to carry.

Smoant Battlestar 200w
  1. Performance

As for the output, each person has his own requirements and judgment standard. I don’t have professional test instruments to test the authenticity of its claimed 200W output, but you guys could refer to vapor comparison between it and DNA200 above.

In the aspect of temp control, I’ve used several sub ohm atomizers to experience the NI, TI and SS modes, and I found that the coils’ heat-up speed is fast, the output is continuous and there is no apparent impulse. The effect is similar to dual-battery mods.

 

Battlestar’s resistance detecting is accurate, and the data is very close to that of the detecting software.

Smoant Battlestar 200w
  1. Ease of Use

Battlestar 200W operation is easy:

Press the power button five times in succession to power on/off; press the power button three times to enter the setting menu; press the adjusting button to shift; and press the fire button to confirm. After the atomizer is installed, the confirm menu will pop up automatically—press “+” to set new resistance and press “-” to set the original resistance.

Long press the two sides of the adjusting button simultaneously to change the screen orientation; long press the fire button and “+” to change into the “black character and black background” mode for the purpose of looking clearly the screen under hard light.

Long press all the buttons to lock the power and temperature setting to avoid mistakenly pressing that may change the parameters.

Under the TC mode, long press the power mode and “+” to set the maximum output power.

But the mod don’t have the function of locking the device, therefore we have to power off to avoid the mistakenly touching while putting it into the bag.

Generally speaking, Battlestar’s operation is simple enough even for newbies.

Smoant Battlestar 200w

As a small size dual-18650 200W mod that has special appearance and good color scheme, Battlestar 200W is a cost-effective product among like mods.

  1. Disadvantages
  2. The corners’ painting face may easily peel off if scraped with hard matter, therefore try not to place the mod with hard things like keys, mobile phones and coins. But the overall painting of the mod is firm.
  3. The grooves around the 510 connector may lead the leaking e-juice inward, thus frequent cleaning is needed. The 510 positive pole is a little too high, thus it may produce gaps between the mod and the atomizers whose bottom electrodes is projecting.
  4. The battery jar cover is difficult to open due to the lack of slot design.

In Summary, Smoant Battlestar 200w box mod is especially unique in appearance and the performance is also satisfying!Worth trying!

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Review of Coil Master DIY Kit V3

 

In this review we will take a look at the Coil Master V3 Kit, a tool kit with everything you need for building your own coils. Coil Master focuses on vaping accessories that make your coil building a lot easier.

When making new coils you will need a large range of tools to completely master the perfect builds. Finding tools and buying them, can be time consuming and expensive. Coilmaster has come up with the perfect solution and they offer a DIY kit with everything you would need to make your own coils.

Coil Master DIY Kit V3

What comes in the Coil Master DIY Kit V3

Coil Master DIY Kit V3
  • 1 x Diagonal pliers
  • 1 x Needle-nose pliers
  • 1 x Stainless steel folding scissors
  • 1 x Pen styled Phillips screwdriver
  • 1 x Pen styled Flathead screwdriver
  • 1 x Ceramic Tweezer (T1)
  • 1 x Elbow Tweezer (T3)
  • 1 x 10 ft 24 GA Kanthal A1 Wire
  • 1 x 521 Mini Tab
  • 1 x Coiling Kit V4
  • 1 x Silicon rubber case for jigs
  • 1 x T styled HEX screwdriver (◇25mm, ◇1.5mm, ◇2.0mm)
  • 3 x Japanese Organic Cotton

That’s pretty much everything you’ll need to build your first coils.

However you will need an 18650 battery for the 521 Mini Tab – this is the ohm reader.

Coil Master DIY Kit V3 Features

Diagonal Pliers

Coil Master DIY Kit V3

They call them diagonal pliers however I call them ‘wire snips’.

After using a pair of old toe-nail clippers these are fantastic for snipping off the ‘legs’ of your coils.

They’re spring loaded with a rubberized handle and are sharp and simple to use – snip! Snip!

Needle Nose Pliers

Coil Master DIY Kit V3

Again spring loaded with that rubberized handle and these little beauties are perfect for pulling your coils tight from the legs.

Stainless Steel Folding Scissors

Coil Master DIY Kit V3

At first you’ll think they’ve popped in a pair of John Lennon specs – but pull these apart and you get a super sharp pair of scissors perfect for trimming cotton wool for your wicks.

Pen Styled Phillips Screwdriver

Coil Master DIY Kit V3

Pretty self-explanatory really – the swivel top makes things a whole lot easier when screwing in your grub screws.

Pen Styled Flathead Screwdriver

Coil Master DIY Kit V3

Again self-explanatory and again with the nifty swivel top.

Ceramic Tweezers

Coil Master DIY Kit V3

Used for pinching and scratching your coils whilst firing enabling you to get rid of hot-spots and tidying your coils.

Elbow Tweezers

Coil Master DIY Kit V3

A variety of uses but predominantly for working with your wicks – ideal for fluffing the cotton wool and pinching and moving your wick around.

10 ft 24 GA Kanthal A1 Wire

Coil Master DIY Kit V3

This is a great wire for the coil making beginner and I found it coiled beautifully with builds coming in sub 0.5ohm.

However be careful when opening it as it’s tightly spooled and will escape like a Jack-in-the-Box if you ain’t careful  Yeah I was that guy lol.

521 Mini Tab

Coil Master DIY Kit V3

This is one of the most important items in the kit.

Not only does it make a great stand for building – more importantly you can check the resistance of your coil – dry fire it – and fine tune it until you’re happy.

It has a resistance range of 0.1 to 9.9ohm and spring loaded 510 threaded pin – I had no issues using a variety of RDAs and RTAs.

Coiling Kit V4

Coil Master DIY Kit V3

Forget wrapping your wires around a screwdriver – the V4 coiling kit makes the whole thing a pleasure.

You get the coiling tool and a collection of coil posts and jigs ranging from 1.5mm to 4.0mm – pretty much all you’ll need to make any sized coil.

Silicon Rubber Case with Jigs

Coil Master DIY Kit V3

Another set of jigs containing x6 pieces ranging between 1.5mm and 4.0mm – there’s also a little blue hex key slotted down the side.

T styled HEX screwdriver

Coil Master DIY Kit V3

Self-explanatory really – but I found this a nice little tool to use.

Japanese Organic Cotton

Coil Master DIY Kit V3

Very nice 100% organic Muji Japanese cotton that makes wicking a cinch.

Coil Master DIY Kit V3

Pros

  • Value for money
  • Six jig diameters
  • Well-made tools
  • Well thought out
  • Easy to use
  • Sturdy case
  • Scratch code on box to win a build mat

Cons

  • No user manual – not too much of an issue to be honest!
  • Maybe the elastic tool holdings could be swapped to Velcro maybe?

In summary, I can honestly say even as a stone cold newbie to coil making – this coil master diy kit is amazing. There really is absolutely everything you’ll need to build your first coil for your RDA or RTA which is not only fun to do – it will save you money in the long run –only $49.99 for a set of stock coils.

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Coil Art MAGE RTA Review

 

Recently, Coil Art has launched a mini RTA—Mage RTA, which goes the route of small size RTAs. I’m here to share my use experience with you guys.

Mage adopts paper box packaging, of which the top is transparent and imprinted with the logo of Coil Art. Through the transparent part we could see the atomizer inside. The two sides of the box are imprinted with the pattern of wand and the product name respectively. The front side is marked with the diameter and tank capacity.

Inside the pack there is also a standby glass tank, a hexagon wrench, several colorful sealing rings, a pack of standby screws, a card and a Coil Art silica ring.

Mage’s structure is the same as the typical bottom airflow liquid storage atomizers. It has three bar shape adjustable airflow ports. The material and diameter of the drip tip indicate that Mage is a big vapor atomizer. The large diameter is beneficial to discharge vapor, and the nonmetal material could prevent from conducting heat to the drip tip and burning the mouth. On the bottom of the evaporating tank there are four liquid flow holes. The logo of Coil Art is engraved on the center of the inner tank.

After completely dissembling the atomizer, we can see that the quantity of hardware is relatively small. The only five parts are: an integrated drip top, a tank cover, a glass tank, an evaporating inner tank and a base.

Judging from the hardware, Mage is a highly integrated atomizer. Each of the hardware has dual functions. For example, the drip tip has the function of sealing the liquid tank at the same time and could be connected to the 510 tip. The tank cover is integrated with the vapor tube and the cover of the inner tank, which has reduced the amount of hardware and is convenient for operating and maintaining. The design of the tank’s top cover indicates that Mage is a top filling RTA. The drip tip is connected to the top of the vapor tube through the thread, and it could seal the liquid tank via the sealing ring.

The base of the RTA also adopts the common structure of U shape four-hole electrode, being convenient for installing coils. The size of the holes is suitable for passing trick coils. The large size airflow ports are on the bottom—below the coils—and the position is higher than the bottom line, for the purpose of preventing liquid infiltration.

The positive power supply electrode is relatively thin, thus could be compatible with some special devices, for example, the boxes and mods whose 510 positive electrodes are excessively thick or thin, preventing from short circuit caused by the close distance of the positive and negative electrodes. Besides that, the atomizer should be installed by rotating the electrode deck (the 510 negative electrode in the picture was carelessly broken by me), thus regular thread and pin-lift structure can hardly realize and the stability could not be ensured.

Seen from the side, the center of the lower two coil holes are paralleled with the airflow ports. The excessively close distance of the coil and the port makes the two could easily touch each other and thus results in short circuit. Therefore, when installing the coils, try to raise the height of the coils to avoid touching with the ports, and ensure that the length of the coils is longer than the diameter of the ports.

As officially recommended, I’ve made the 2.5mm loose coils and raised them as high as possible, and the actual effect is not bad. Although the tails of the coils are close to the ports, they are not connected.

Mage could have raised the height of the ports by several millimeters to avoid this trouble, after all safety and practicability are more important than appearance and size.

The relatively large diameter of the coil holes is prepared to be matched with trick coils. I’ve tried to wind the 24Awg 2.5 coil for seven circles, however, because the length of the coil is shorter than that of the ports, their distance is too close. And if the fixing screw is too tight, the coil will be pinched off. So I will advise you guys to use trick coils or thicker ones like 22Awg coils to match with Mage.

The installment of Mage’s inner tank and the process mode of the cottons are similar to those of Five Pawns and KF4. Pass the cotton through the coils and leave moderate length, then put in the two sides in succession and screw the inner tank, after that press the cotton inside the bottom, being close to two sides of the ports and corresponding to the position of the liquid flow holes. The tails of the cotton shouldn’t be left too long, otherwise it will obstruct the process of liquid flow.

Mage’s inner tank is connected to the base through the outside thread. Pay attention that there are snap joints in the bottom, we should aim at the right position while installing, and then screw the inner tank to fix it on the deck.

The cover of the oil tank is integrated with the vapor tube and the inner tank’s cover. After the coil head is finished, put the glass tank on and point the inner tank’s cover toward the tread, press it down and screw to finish installment.

The overall size of the tanks’ covers have been reduced to the smallest level, so much so that after the sealing ring is installed, users should push down the cover heavily to put it into the tank.

Upon finishing the installment of the tanks and checking the position of the sealing ring, you could begin filling the liquid through the port on the top after closing the airflow ports on the bottom. The tank capacity of Mage is around 3.5ml, equaling to four droppers of 30ml liquid. Its cruise ability is well enough considering its small size. The liquid consumption is equivalent with RDAs with the same parameters.

Actual Experience:

  1. Vapor Volume

Mage has the same base structure as RDAs, thus its vapor volume is also relatively large, being almost as well as RDAs under the same data. However, RTAs are equipped with liquid tank, thus the adding of evaporation tank and vapor tube has affected the vapor volume to a certain degree and make it a little bit smaller than RDAs under the same data.

  1. Flavor

Mage’s evaporation tank endows it with excellent flavor performance, making the flavor richer than regular RDAs.

  1. Ease of use

The biggest advantage of the four-hole dual electrodes structure is its convenience for use. But the excessively close distance between the bottom airflow ports and the coil holes could easily lead to short circuit, therefore it brings trouble in building and installing coils. That’s the reason why I don’t recommend it to beginners.

  1. Craftsmanship

The craftsmanship of the atomizer in my hand is relatively exquisite. But some details need to be improved, for example, the uneven surface of the electrodes, the position of the coil holes and some rags in the corners.

In summary, Coilart Mage RTA tank can produce big vapor as well as deliver rich flavor.

Relative Shop: www.urvapin.com

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