Battery: Dual 18650
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Smoant has decided to take another stab at it with the release of the Battlestar. The Battlestar is a 200W TC box mode that’s powered by dual 18650 batteries.It offers a comprehensive temperature control suite and runs on upgradeable firmware. Is this another disaster from Smoant, or has the company finally gotten the formula right? Stick around as we look for answers in this review of the SMOANT BATTLESTAR 200W TC Box Mod.
- 1 x Smoant Battlestar MOD
- 1 x Micro USB Cable
- 1 x User Manual
First off, the Battlestar is made from zinc alloy, so that’s an immediate upgrade from the hefty Knight V1. The chassis still looks odd (most people prefer to call it unique), but at least it is beautiful and compact. Smoant has decided to taper the two sides to form a narrower faceplate. This is easier to hold, so kudos for the ergonomic improvement.
On this slimmer faceplate, you’ll find features like the pleasantly large OLED display, an oversized firing button, and a rocker switch that allows you to make positive and negative adjustments.
The battery cover has a magnetic release. It comes off relatively quickly, but it stays firm and secure when snapped on.
There are a few vent holes on the sides and the bottom of the box mod.
You’ll have plenty of options in terms of color as the unit is available in black, white, silver, copper, blue, orange, yellow, red, and bronze-blue variations.
The chip offers a lot in terms of performance, but most notable, it runs on upgradeable firmware. This is a big deal nowadays because newer firmware always has improvements in the modes and operation.
Speaking of operation, the Battlestar is shockingly easy to use. I find its 5-click on/off feature to be particularly convenient. Just click the firing button five times in succession to turn it off, and five more times to turn it back on. The chip rapidly detects any change in coil and adjusts the resistance accordingly.
There is also a three-memory TCR mode that comes in handy when you’re using different heating materials like gold, silver, and copper. It’s nice that the mod doesn’t rely on software like Evolv to make these adjustments. The adjustments occur within the device itself.
You will be delighted with the starting points for the TCR adjustment mode regardless of the type of heating element you use.
The battery door is a 4-magnet piece of metal that clicks on and snaps off relatively easily.
When it is on, it drastically improves the grip of the Battlestar because it wraps around both sides. To take it off, hold the mod by the sides and pull, and it snaps off easily.
Smoant is quite proud of their 4-magnet battery door, and they wouldn’t want you to lose this feature. I say this because they include four extra magnets in the box, which is very thoughtful. You might not need these extra magnets after all because the ones already installed are already quite resilient.
OLED display screen
The display is worth a mention because it is only surpassed by WISMEC mod‘s and the screen on DNA’s Evolv. Everything can be viewed in crisp, sharp detail, and the screen is pleasantly bright.
Pros and Cons
- Large OLED display
- Powerful dual batteries
- 200W maximum output wattage
- Pass-through charging
- Magnetized battery cover
- Easy startup feature
- Upgradeable firmware
- Still has some heft to it.
- No batteries provided
Kudos to Smoant for including a 200W chip in a budget mod like this. The TCR is accurate, and a joy to use. The addition of a three-memory TCR mode is a bonus even if most of us won’t get around to using copper, gold, and silver coils.
The Battlestar is a decent mod whichever way you look at it. It offers reliable functionality, a sound output, a bunch of great features, and an excellent build to match. In a lot of ways, it is a good value for money.