Battery: Dual 18650
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When you look at the Charon for the first time, it’s easy to forget that it is a 218W TC box mod with an ANT chip and dual 18650 batteries. It is partially because the mod is gorgeous, and partly because it is so small that there doesn’t seem to be any room for two high-amp batteries.
Either way, Smoant has once again proved that the unsightly Knight V1 was a mistake never to be repeated. The Charon is, hands down, one of the best looking mods you will ever come across. That’s not the only reason why many vapers call it to love at first sight, though. The mod delivers on all fronts, be it power management, vapor production or design. It is truly a rare piece of tech.
- 1 Charon 218W Box Mod
- 1 MicroUSB Cable
- Instructional Manual
Design and Aesthetics
As soon as you set your eyes on the packaging, you get the feeling that what’s inside the box looks even better—and it does! The mod has a very premium look. You could easily mistake it for one of those hundred-dollar mods.
The mod is built from a combination of zinc alloy and high-grade leather, so it feels just as good as it looks. One thing that I found particularly intriguing is that it is available in brushed and matte finishes. It all depends on the color option you choose.
Speaking of color options, you’ll be spoilt for choice. You can get it in stainless steel, copper, black, and gold, as well as design schemes like Brazing Skull, Thor’s Hammer, Hell’s Angel, Evil Wolf, and Camo.
Back to the physical design, Smoant impresses from start to finish.
It’s just the way they subtly throw in features like the venting holes, and how wonderfully the faux-leather side panel complements the zinc alloy chassis. Even the way the panel slides off to expose the battery slots is terrific.
As far as design is concerned, the Charon scores a perfect 10/10.
One of the most critical features of any mod is the fire button. It needs to be pronounced (or raised slightly), large, and tactile. The fire button on the Charon checks all those boxes. It is high on the business end of the mod, right above a bright OLED display (more vivid than the one on the Battlestar), two navigation keys, and a USB port.
When you hold it, it fits right into your hand. You can reach around it pretty quickly because one of its edges is rounded off. It feels firm and compact in your hand; like a pricey gadget from the future.
Atop this sexy mod is a spring-loaded, gold-plated 510 connector. It installs new tanks with a firm snap that fills you with confidence.
The battery compartment is hidden under the leather side panel, which slides on and off easily. It is magnetized, so don’t expect any slippage whatsoever.
ANT Chip’s Performance
Under the hood, the Charon packs a powerful ANT chipset from Smoant, which is comparable to Vaopresso’s ever-impressive OMNI Board. What does this mean? Exceptional accuracy and rapid wicking—two things every vaper deserves but doesn’t often get at this price point.
Precision is just one of the perks of having an ANT chip inside your mod. The Charon is also wickedly accurate when detecting a new Atty. Seriously, this mod should cost twice as much just for the level of performance delivered by this chip.
Another attractive feature of the ANT chip is the software it runs on. Accessing menu settings and switching screens is a breeze, and it is clear that Smoant is focused on usability. All in all, you will not be disappointed by this chip; not in the least.
One thing must be said about this chip, and it doesn’t reflect well on the Charon. Though it has a temperature rating of 200F to 600F, the mod starts to get uncomfortably hot at around 480F in Temperature Control Mode. Is this a deal-breaker? To some, it might be, but I don’t see it as such a huge deal, especially since you can do a lot of vaping under 480 degrees.
When it comes to high-amp batteries, it is the quality and type of battery you choose that ultimately determine how long they last. Let me elaborate.
Using Energizer, LG, or Samsung batteries can give you up to 7 or 8 hours of battery life while vaping at 100W, even with pods like the GAIA RDTA. Also though higher wattages will drain your battery faster, it is impressive just how good the Charon is at managing power. We have the ANT chipset to thank for this, so kudos, Smoant!
Pros and Cons
- Amazing design and aesthetics
- Powerful ANT chipset
- Excellent vapor production
- Upgradeable firmware
- Legible OLED display
- Great price
- Gets uncomfortably hot at 480 degrees