I think I’ve stumbled across the most compact, semi-regulated mod to come out on the market yet. It’s a tiny little device from a company called Yocan. Yes it’s a bit of a crossover device as it was/is intended to be used mainly with concentrates and wax atomizers but it’s also suitable for more traditional vaping as it sports a regular 510 connection. I love to keep things compact so it was hardly a question for me. Here are my honest thoughts on the Kodo from Yocan.
|1 x||Kodo mod|
Listed features and specs:
|Dimensions:||53mm x 17.5mm x 20mm|
|Colours:||Black, white, blue, red|
|Output:||High, med, low|
Packaging and contents:
The mod comes packed in a nothing but a small cardboard box with no other contents besides the mod. It does come in a little zip-lock bag but aside from that it’s just the mod in a simple box.
The Kodo mod is absolutely tiny. Yocan refers to it as palm sized but I got to say it can probably be considered smaller than that. It’s smaller than a chap stick and as a standalone mod it’s probably the smallest personal electronic nicotine inhalation system that I’ve ever handled. It’s rectangular in shape and mostly made of plastic but the edges are all tapered to make it nice and comfortable to hold and squeeze. At the top it comes with a pretty standard looking 510 connection. It looks like it uses stainless steel for the threads and it has what looks to be a gold plated spring loaded 510 positive pin. Because of the meager dimensions of the mod it can only accommodate atomizers up to 17mm without any overhang and anything beyond that might look a bit odd. Most concentrate atomizers are well within this range but there are also a quite few standard atomizers that will also match up nicely with this device. I’ve personally been rocking it with a 16mm Dvarw RTA and it’s been a pocket friendly match made in heaven. Also at the top next to the 510 is a lanyard hole in case you wanted to attach it to a lanyard. Not something I tend to use but it’s there.
Working down the face of the mod it’s got a bit of stamped in branding with Kodo at the top and Yocan at the bottom with a fire button and three indicator lights in between. The button is squared off and easy to find and fire with an nice click to it and zero rattle of any sort. The three indicator lights are to indicate the power level, any status alerts as well as remaining battery life. On the very bottom of the device is the micro USB port for charging the internal 400mAh battery. It charges at a rate of 0.7A and a full top up only take about 30 minutes. Yes it’s a pretty small capacity but this device isn’t meant for all day vaping. It’s going to be more for quick trips and stealth vaping when discretion is key. It does however support pass-through vaping so you can vape on it while it charges.
Usage and Performance:
Now despite being incredibly tiny this little device still packs in some impressive features. I believe it uses one of Yocans proprietary chips to power it which have a number of handy features many vapers will appreciate. It uses the usual five clicks to turn it on and off and with two clicks it activates a 10 second pre-heat feature mainly intended for concentrates and wax. Another two clicks shuts it off if you don’t need the full 10 seconds. With three clicks of the fire button it switches between three different power levels. They don’t specify the exact output but they’re listed as low, medium and high. I’ve mainly been using it on the high setting with an RTA and a basic 1.2ohm kanthal round wire coil. With it’s limited battery capacity it’s not going to last all day but for a quick trip to the grocery store or a night out it’s usually more than enough to get me through. Also being such a low power device, what you match it will also impact battery life and performance so if you pick one up make sure to match it with an appropriate atomizer.
Like I said, I’m all about keeping things compact so the size and functionality of the Kodo really appeals to me. I’m sure this one won’t be for everyone but folks who enjoy the other side of vaping will likely appreciate it’s many features while more traditional vapers may appreciate it’s compact size and regulated output. Depending on what it’s paired with you really won’t get more than an hour or two out of it but as I said it’s not meant for all day vaping and is really more about keeping things discrete.