First Impression Out Of The Box
I received the typical yellow and black Smoant box that had the Battlestar Nano in it. It is a no nonsense type of packaging. You have the mod and a USB cable in the box with some paperwork, that’s it.
The mod has a small form factor. It almost looks exactly like a metal version of the Tesla WYE 85W. Like most Smoant products, it seems to be well built. Let’s toss a battery in it and see how it vapes.
What’s In The Box
From Top To Bottom
Like every Smoant mod I have ever reviewed, this one has a high quality 510 connection. The 510 pin is gold plated and it has a stiff, firm spring to it with a medium sort of throw. The stainless steel around the 510 is buttery smooth and there is a raised circular shape with three cutouts going through the circular shape. There is also a circular indentation on the top plate of the mod. I have had no gapping with this mod and everything seems to sit flush.
On both sides of the mod, there is some board and battery venting. The paint seems to be of really high quality and there are also some indentations on the side of the mod that aid you in gripping the mod. The battery door comes off from the back of the mod. On the bottom of the mod, you will see some Smoant Battlestar Mini branding. This is the only branding that is present on the mod.
The battery door is held in place by two strong magnets that are located on the top and bottom interior of the battery door. They coincide with two battery magnets on the top and bottom of the battery sled. There is no battery strap but you really don’t need one because there is a nice cutout that allows you to get a good grip of your battery. The battery tray is clearly marked for which way your battery needs to be installed. This is a positive side up mod. The positive contact is spring loaded and gold plated. The bottom negative contact is button style and gold plated as well. Overall, it’s a really nicely done, clean battery tray. The door stays in place very well and I have had no door or battery rattle.
On the front of the mod is where you will find the screen, up and down buttons, USB port, and fire button. The fire button is circular and made out of metal. It has a clicky tactile feel and I have experienced no button rattle with this mod. The fire button is a bit oversized for a mod of this size and it is very comfortable to use. This mod does fire quickly with virtually no delay.
Below the fire button is where you will find the .91-inch screen. The screen is set up as a vertical screen. This is something new for Smoant and I have to say that I really do like it. The screen has all the information that a vaper needs to know such as the material, battery life, temperature, wattage, ohms, and a puff counter in amount and duration. The screen is very bright and I do like the font that Smoant decided to use on it. It is clear, crisp, and very easy to read. I have had no issues viewing the screen in any lighting conditions.
I do like the puff counter and the fact that it shows you the amount of puffs and the duration of your puffs. What I don’t like about the puff counter is the fact that it resets after you pull the battery. I just don’t understand the point of having a puff counter if it is going to reset every time you swap out the battery. I like puff counters but I like the ones that keep a tally even after I have pulled the battery out.
The one real problem that I do have with the screen is the fact that there are some things on it misspelled. There is just no excuse for this. In fact, I’m actually shocked that Smoant let something like this go to market. There’s no reason to misspell words like volt or watt on any screen. I don’t know how that got by QC but it really is kind of inexcusable. At the same time, it’s really not that big of a deal because it doesn’t affect the performance of the mod but it does show a lack of care. That kind of lack of care also makes you wonder if anything else was skimped on. It’s a self-inflicted wound and to be honest, there’s no reason for it. Hopefully, it gets fixed with a software update, if this mod is firmware upgradeable. If not, then you are just going to have to live with the misspelled words.
Below the screen is where the up and down buttons are located. There is a little bit of a cut out in the mod that houses the up and down buttons and kind of makes them recessed. The button itself is black and oval shaped. It is made out of the same material as the fire button and it has a very similar feel as well. The plus button is on the right and the minus button is on the left.
The USB port that is for charging and updates is located under the plus and minus button. I have charged this mod internally and I believe it is charging at 1 amp. I’m also not too sure if it is actually firmware upgradeable. I have not been able to find any information about that and if I do, I will update this review.
The Look, Feel, And General Aesthetics Of The Mod
This is a very solidly built single 18650 mod. I know I brought it up before but I can’t help but compare it to the Tesla WYE 85W. It’s like metal version of it with a better chipset. It’s got very smooth edges and it is very comfortable to hold. It’s not a heavy mod by any means and I would call it extremely pocketable. I think the paint on it is fantastic and it should hold up well over a long period of time. It’s just a very good looking single 18650 mod that will hold 24 mm atomizers with no overhang.
The Battlestar Mini measures in at 81mm x 37mm x 24mm. It weighs 113.5 kg without the batteries. As far as I know, it is only available in black or yellow.
The chipset in the Battlestar Mini is Smoant’s proprietary chipset. This one is definitely a little different than other Smoant boards that I have seen. One feature that I really like is auto mode in TC. What it does is it keeps adjusting the wattage according to your resistance and you really don’t have to adjust the wattage at all in TC mode. It actually works really well and I have been enjoying using this mod in TC Auto Mode. I would love to see Smoant include this in a future version of the dual 18650 Battlestar. Make it happen, Smoant!
The Battlestar Mini is capable of firing up to 80 watts and it will fire in power mode as low as .1 ohms. In TC mode, it’ll fire as low as .05 ohms. It has a temperature control range of 200 to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. In TC mode, it scrolls in 10-degree increments and in power mode, it scrolls in .1-watt increments.
The Mini has a full temperature control suite that includes Ni, Ti, and SS. It also has a bypass mode and a variable watt curve feature. There is also a TCR function for those of you that like to run your custom wires. It also has all of the standard protections built into the chipset.
The Menu System
- Press the fire button 5 times to turn the mod on and off.
- Press the fire button 3 times to enter the main menu system.
- Once in the main menu system, use the up and down buttons to scroll through your available materials. Press the fire button to confirm your choice.
- In TC mode, press the up and fire button together to manually adjust the wattage.
That’s basically the whole menu system. It’s pretty simple and intuitive. I really enjoyed using this menu system and I love the Auto function in TC mode. For TC vapers, this is going to be a real plus, especially for beginners.
How Does It Vape
I found this mod to be very accurate in both Power and TC mode. I did try out the wattage curve mode and it works well, too. I’m really not into wattage curves as much as I am into TC. I was very pleased with the performance of this mod in TC mode, especially when using the auto feature. The reason I like the auto feature is because it takes all the guesswork out of TC vaping. I think a lot of people stay away from TC vaping because they just don’t understand how it works and how to adjust their wattage in that mode.
This auto mode that Smoant has put on this board takes all that guesswork away. In fact, if you are thinking of trying TC but you weren’t too sure about it, this is a great place to start. This mod does really good TC and if you’ve never tried it before, you will understand what everyone is talking about when it comes to TC vaping. This mod will give you a very smooth, consistent vape in TC mode.
What Would Make It Better
- Make This Mod In A Dual Battery Version
I have to be totally honest here, I really can’t find a lot wrong with this mod. It does exactly what it sets out to do and it does it extremely well. In fact, this is one of my favorite mods that Smoant has ever produced and I really wish they would make the same exact mod in a dual battery version. My only real complaint is, I really can’t run this mod at the wattages that I like to because of the wattage limitation. I can’t give Smoant a con for that because this is a single cell mod. What I can do though, is encourage them to make the same exact mod in a dual battery version. The battery life is good but you can’t run this mod at 75 watts and not expect to rip through batteries.
I recently reviewed a very similar mod to the Battlestar Mini which is the Tesla WYE 85W. The two mods are extremely similar and they have very similar performance as well. In fact, had I received the Mini in kit form like I did the WYE, I would have put them head to head in a shootout review. The only main difference between the two is the fact that the WYE is made out of ABS plastic and this one is made out of metal. The other glaring difference is, this chipset is better than the chipset that is used in the WYE mod. It’s not head and shoulders above it but it does enough to edge it out. If I had to pick between the two mods, I would definitely pick the Battlestar Mini.
Are you looking for a well-built single 18650 mod? Maybe you’ve never tried TC because you were intimidated but you always had it in the back of your mind and you want to give it a try. If that’s the case, this is a great place to start. Not only is this an excellent performing mod but I think it’s great for beginners, especially beginners that want to check out what good TC is all about.
This little mod vapes well, is built well, performs fantastic, is pocketable, and it has a real easy menu system to learn and use. Pick one up and I promise you, you will not be disappointed, especially at the price point I have been seeing it at. In fact, I’ll go as far as to say that so far, this is the best single 18650 mod I have used for the year of 2018. This one is DeucesJack approved and it’s going to take awhile for it to get knocked off its perch in my lineup.
- Compact size: 37mm*24mm*81mm
- Takes single 18650 battery
- Display: 0.96 inch OLED screen
- Output range: 1 – 80 W
- Output modes: VW / VW Curves /Bypass / Temp (Ni, Ti, SS) / TCR
- Resistance range: 0.05 – 2.0 Ohm for Temp / TCR mode; 0.1-5.0 Ohm for VW / VW Curves
- Temperature control: 100 – 315°C / 200 – 600°F
- Can be charged through usb directly
- Puff counters available
- Reverse protection/ Overheating protection/ Low voltage protection /Short-circuit protection/ Over-time protection
- Color: Black, yellow
- Form Factor
- Built Well
- Nice Paint
- Quality 510
- Auto TC Mode
- TCR Function
- Great Buttons
- No Rattles
- Holds 24 mm Atomizers With No Overhang
- Hardly Any Branding
- Great Battery Door
- Plenty Of Venting
- Nice Screen
- Fires Quickly
- 1 amp charging
- Limited Colors
- Spelling Errors On The Screen
- Puff Counter Resets When You Pull The Battery