Honest review time: The Naboo kit from Smoant

Here’s a look at the latest kit sent over from Smoant. Smoant is a company that’s well known for putting out gear that’s just a little bit different from most others. I was a fan ever since their Knight and Knight V2 kits were released several years back and since then they’ve continued to do things with their own flair and this latest kit is no exception. Here are my honest thoughts on the Naboo kit from Smoant.

Package contents:

1X Naboo mod
1X Naboo Mesh sub ohm tank (Bubble glass tube: 4ML capacity)
1X 0.18ohm Mesh OCC (40-80W)
1X 0.17ohm Mesh OCC (60-100W)
1X USB charge & update cable
1X Extra glass tube (2ML)
1X Spare Sicone Orings
2X User manual
1X QC Card
1X Battery warning card

Listed features and specs:

Naboo Mod
1. Compact size: 48mm(L) X 31mm(W) X91mm(H)
2. Takes 2X 18650 battery
3. Display: 2.4 inch TFT color screen
4. Touch Button
5. Lock/Unlock function
6. Center 510 connector
7. Three different UI modes (Dial mode/ Classic mode/ Music mode) available to choose
8. Output range: 1 – 225 W
9. Output modes: VW (Min, Normal, Max)/ VW Curves / Temp (Ni, Ti, SS) / TCR / TC Curves
10. Resistance range: 0.1 – 2.0 Ohm for TC mode / TCR mode / TC Curves
0.1-3.0 Ohm for VW / VW Curves
11. Balance charging
12. Firmware upgradeable (pls download it at http://smoant.com/firmware/Naboo-update.rar)
13. Reverse protection/ Over-heating protection/ Low voltage protection/ Overload/Short-circuit protection/ Over-time protection
14. Color: Black, red, ss, rainbow, gradian blue, green and pink available

Naboo Mesh Tank
1. Size: 25mm (diameters) X 52mm (Height)
2. Wide bore 810 drip tip size: 16mm(diameters) X 9mm (Height)
3. Materials: SS304+ Quartz Glass+ Resin drip tip + 100% Japanese OCC
4. Available coils: Mesh 0.18ohm(40-80W) & Mesh 0.17ohm(60-100W)
5. Capacity: Pre-install 4ml  / Extra Replacement 2ml
6. Easy to Clean, all components can be disassembled
7. Adjustable Airflow Control system
8. Be compatible with Smok TFV12 prince coils.
9. Color: Black, red, ss, rainbow, gradient blue, green and pink available


Packaging and contents:

The kit comes packed in a nice cardboard box with an image of the kit on the front and a listing of the contents, some specs, an authenticity check sticker and some basic company info on the back. Inside the kit is packed in a thick grey sponge and includes the Naboo mod, the Naboo mesh tank, a spare 4ml glass bubble tank, a micro USB cable, a spare 0.17ohm Mesh coil, some spare orings, a manual for the mod, a manual for the tank, a battery warning card, a warranty card and a QC card. I got the stainless steel version which comes with a matching tank but it’s also available in black, red, rainbow, gradiant blue, green and pink. While it doesn’t include a whole pile of extra bells and whistles it does include everything you’d need to get started so no complaints there.

The Mod:

The Naboo mod is a pretty typical candy bar shaped regulated mod but it packs a few less than common features which make it stand out in a crowd. It’s made of a zinc-alloy so it’s reasonably lightweight but still feels really solid in hand. It’s fairly compact at only 48 * 31 *91mm and will slide in to the pocket easy enough. It’s still a dual 18650 mod so it’s not compact like a pod system but for a dual battery mod it’s quite slim. At the top it’s got a very solid looking stainless steel 510 connection that has a grooved pattern around it and what looks like a gold plated spring loaded 510 center pin. The tank it comes with is 25mm in diameter and the centered 510 easily accommodates it without any overhang and it should handle atomizers up to 27.5mm without looking odd. All eight corners of the mod are tapered and the front sides and back are sort of rounded which adds even more to the compact and ergonomic nature of the mod. For it’s size it’s extremely comfortable to hold in hand.

On one face of the mod it’s got a very big colourful 2.4″ TFT screen that’s easy to read but it sits behind a tinted plastic screen so even at full brightness it’s not the brightest and some folks might have issues reading from it in full sunlight. Just below the screen are two touch buttons meaning there aren’t any physical buttons but instead there are two spots that react to touches and act as the + and – buttons. Probably the coolest feature with the buttons is the haptic feedback. When you press one of the adjustment buttons the device vibrates to indicate a press much like most modern cellphones. It gives the device a real modern look and feel. The two adjustment buttons are normally hidden on the screen until you press the lock/unlock button located on the side of the device just underneath the fire button. It’s a little rectangular button that’s easy to locate with your thumb or index. The fire button which sits directly above the lock button is also rectangular but considerably bigger than the lock button. It too is easy to find and fire with either thumb or index and has a nice rewarding clicky feel to it. Neither of the buttons has any noticeable rattle and so far have been working great. On the side opposite the screen it’s got a plastic or possibly resin covered back panel which acts as the battery cover. It’s got a little finger nail slot on the very bottom to help pull it off and it’s held in place by a series of magnets. Inside is clearly marked for both positive and negative and the inside of the door is covered in a sort of protective plastic insert. The pattern on the outside of the battery cover is colourful and bright but personally I would have preferred something a bit more subdued. On the very bottom it’s got a nice array of holes for venting should anything go wrong but it also has all the usual safety protections built in like low voltage, reverse battery, over current, over-heating and over-time so it should remain safe in nearly any situation. They also include balanced charging and the device supports pass-through vaping meaning you can still vape on it while it charges. One thing I noted with mine and I don’t know if this is common but when sitting on a flat surface it’s got a very slight wobble even though the bottom looks perfectly flat.

The mod uses an updated Ant chip, the Ant225 which boasts an improved ignition speed of 0.015 seconds, customizable wallpapers and a standby screen or screen saver. It also has three choices for home screen with the default one being a dial mode which shows a speedometer style dial which indicates the max wattage, current resistance, the mode, the time and remaining battery but it also shows when it’s firing by having a needle round the dial up to your set wattage just like a cars speedometer when accelerating. Some little spinning gears in the bottom right corner finish off the look and add a bit more eye candy to the already impressive screen. The screen is a real treat to look at thanks in part to the 240*320px TFT  display with a resolution of 300dpi but it also has two other display modes. One which they call Classic looks like the screen from an old flip phone with big digital fonts and a background image of your choice. In Classic mode remaining battery is displayed via two little battery indicators at the top of the screen, mode, current watts, resistance and fired voltage are displayed along the bottom. The third and final mode is called Music mode and it basically includes a sound reactive screen that look like an equalizer that moves to any ambient music or noise really. In Music mode it also has the two battery indicators at the top and in the center of the screen it shows the mode and wattage set and on the bottom it shows the resistance and voltage it will fire at. None of the screens give a percentage of battery remaining and when charging it only shows two colour coded battery cells on an animated charge screen. I would have like to see the actual percentage but it’s pretty self-explanatory as is.

Actually using the device is fairly intuitive and three clicks of the fire button will bring up the main menu where you can chose between VW Mode, TC Mode, Settings and Wallpaper. Selecting VW Mode gives you further options for Min, Norm and Max as well as VW Curve. The three modes represent basic pre-set power curves while VW Curve lets you manually set a power curve or pre-heat for the device. Selecting TC Mode gives you options for Nickel, Titanium, Stainless Steel, TCR and TC Curve so you can use one of the preset materials or you can setup your own. You can also set a power curve for TC mode much like in Power mode. Another very neat feature regarding the TCR is when setting a value the device will actually show you the materials that correspond with the TCR value ranges. In Settings you’ve got options for Brightness, Time, Display, Screen saver, Timeout, Factory reset and Vibrate mode. Brightness lets you adjust brightness but as I mentioned at full it’s still a bit dim thanks to the tinted plastic screen. Time lets you set the date and time, Display lets you chose the Screen mode(Dial, Classic and Music), Screen saver lets you set the image that appears as a screen saver, timeout sets the time before the screen times out and goes to the screen saver, factory reset resets all settings to default and Vibrate mode lets you turn on and off the vibration of the buttons. Pressing both adjustment buttons locks and unlocks the adjustment buttons but it’s almost odd that it’s included seeing as there is a physical lock button on the device already. Pressing and holding the lock/unlock button will activate Stealth mode meaning it will still vape but nothing will be displayed on the screen. Performance wise this thing is no slouch. I ran it through all of my usual tests and found it to read resistances pretty accurately. As far as I could tell it also fires up to the advertised 225w and when testing it out in TC mode I found it to work pretty much flawlessly and with the addition of TCR and curves for both power and TC modes it’s a pretty full featured device.

The tank:

The tank the kit comes with is called the Naboo Mesh tank and it matches up with the kit nicely. It’s a pretty standard subohm mesh tank that includes nearly all of the most common features we find on modern atomizer tanks. At the top it comes equipped with a honeycomb patterned 810 resin drip tip that should come in a colour that matches your kit. It’s nice and comfortable but there isn’t any alternate tip included nor is there any 510 adapter so you’ll either have to use the included one or source your own 810 tip. Just below the drip tip is the top fill cap. It’s an easy off cap that only takes a couple turns to remove and taking it off reveals two very large kidney shaped holes. I’ve had absolutely no issues with filling the tank with any size bottle and the way it’s designed so far I’ve not gotten any mess when refilling.

It comes with the straight glass tank installed which holds 2ml of liquid but the kit also includes a glass bubble tank which holds 4ml of liquid. I’ve mainly been using the straight glass and while it only holds 2ml it tends to last quite a while and even then topping up is a breeze. The tank can be broken down in to four parts for cleaning but you’ll pretty much have to drain the tank in order to swap coils. To swap/install a coil you remove the bottom portion of the deck, unscrew the old one and screw in a new one, put it all back together and you’re all set. Airflow to the coil comes in via bottom adjustable airflow vents. There are two, one on each side and they are very robust. The actual AFC ring is really thick and the holes it opens up to are huge. I found I can pretty much close it halfway and not notice any difference in the airflow and with the included coils and 810 drip tip this thing is definitely meant for direct lung vaping.

The kit comes with two coils, the one pre-installed is a 0.18ohm mesh coil rated from 40-80W while the spare is a 0.17ohm mesh coil with a range of 60-100W. I actually found very little difference between them and in a blind test I likely wouldn’t be able to tell any difference. I found the sweet spot for the 0.18ohm coil was around 60w and for the 0.17ohm coil it was around 75w. Both coils performed admirably giving really full clouds with plenty of flavour. I also found even after several days of use that not once did I get any leaking from them. It could just be luck of the draw but so far so good. Longevity of coils will always depend on the juice used, personal vaping habits and QC on the coils themselves but from my time with them they should last just as long as most any mesh coil out there.

Overall:

I actually had very little to complain about with this kit. It’s well built, works well and comes equipped with a very solid working mesh tank. It seems more recently that Smoant has been going for premium yet affordable products and the Naboo fits right in with the new philosophy. I checked out a few other reviewers to see their opinions on the Naboo and they seem to be echoed throughout. I think the Naboo would be well suited to both new and seasoned vapers alike looking for a good looking and good working subohm mesh kit. Now if you’re still reading, when Smoant contacted me they specifically wanted this review to be posted in ECR and they also wanted to include a giveaway. So to be included in the giveaway leave a comment below and I’ll pick a winner Wednesday December 5th and will announce it here. It’s a global giveaway and they ask that any entrants be of legal vaping age where they live and have a physical address(no PO boxes). So just leave a comment below and you’re entered!!!

How it adds up
LooksBuild QualityEase of useCompact size and shapeCentered 5102.4" TFT colour screenHaptic buttonsWallpaper and screensaverDedicated lock buttonPower and accuracyTop FillGreat mesh coils/flavour and vapour
Screen a bit dimSlight wobble on flat surface
8.8Overall Score
Presentation8.5
Build Quality9
Performance9
Reader Rating 1 Vote
9.0