Smoant Battlestar 200W TC review

Smoant Battlestar 200W TC

Smoant are a relatively new manufacturer, but they have burst into the scene pretty quickly with releases such as the Knight, Mobula, Talos and Charon. Smoant focus on providing new and innovative products that have a wide range of appeal to all sections of the varied vaping market.

The latest device to come out of the Smoant stable is the Battlestar, a dual 18650 device offering a true 200W output with no fire delay when pushing the power button, comprehensive temperature control support including three slots to input your own TCR for a specific wire, an accurate chip that fires resistance down to 0.1ohm in wattage mode and 0.05ohm in temperature control and an ergonomic design that allows the Battlestar to sit comfortably in both your hand and your pocket.

On paper it’s a feature packed unit, but does it perform? Let’s find out…

Specs

  • 1-200W power range
  • 0.5-8.4V voltage range
  • 200-600F (100-300C) temperature control range
  • 95% chip efficiency
  • Temperature control support for Ni200, Stainless Steel and Titanium
  • Three TCR memory slots for custom wire type input
  • No fire delay
  • Powered by two 18650 batteries (sold separately)
  • Magnetic battery cover
  • USB charging
  • Passthrough charging, can vape whilst device is on charge
  • Fires resistance down to 0.1ohm and up to 5ohm in power mode
  • Fires resistance down to 0.05ohm and up to 1.3ohm in temperature control mode
  • 83mm height
  • 34mm width
  • 43mm length
  • 136g weight (without batteries)
  • OLED screen
  • Stainless Steel 510 threading with spring loaded connector
  • Battery venting holes
  • Available in white, yellow or black colours
  • No atomiser, low resistance, short circuit, low battery voltage and overheating protections all built in

What’s in the Box?

The Smoant Battlestar is presented within a pretty smart looking presentation box, inside the box is the Smoant Battlestar itself, a USB charging cable and an instruction manual.

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Looks and Build Quality

Measuring in at a height of 83mm, with a width of 34mm, and manufactured from zinc alloy with ceramic elements, the Smoant Battlestar has been designed to sit comfortably in the palm of your hand, and weighing it at 136g (without batteries) it’s designed to be pocket friendly as well. Even with batteries inserted, it’s a mod that feels great to hold, without feeling too heavy either. The rounded edges of the Smoant Battlestar give it a comfortable feel and mean that the device doesn’t dig into your hand. It’s available in three colours as well, I received the black one to review however yellow and white versions are also available.

A stainless steel spring loaded 510 connector is fitted, meaning that you can get a flush fit for your atty with no gaps. A good sized power button is found at the front, above the OLED screen, and underneath the screen is a single plus and minus button. A magnetic battery door cover gives access to the battery compartment which does have a battery ribbon present, here you will need to insert two 18650 batteries, that can support a minimum of a 25A drain each, and there are twelve battery venting holes to keep your unit cool during usage. A micro USB port is found at the front of the unit, underneath the plus and minus button, the Smoant Battlestar has a balance charging board installed so you can charge your batteries through this port. Pass through is also present, so you can vape whilst charging.

The large OLED screen is a great feature of this unit, its bright under pretty much any light conditions and the large font used makes the information displayed on screen clear and easy to read. Battery level, the current mode, power level/temperature limit, resistance and voltage are all displayed on screen.

There’s no mistaking the fact that the Smoant Battlestar bears a pretty similar resemblance to the wildly popular Wismec Reuleaux RX200, albeit in a slimmer and lighter form. I also own the Wismec Reuleaux RX200, and there is a noticeable difference between the two, the Smoant Battlestar is less weighty and much more pocket friendly, however I did note that the buttons on the Smoant Battlestar seemed to be a little more clicky than the buttons on the Reuleaux, but they aren’t uncomfortably so. Overall, the Smoant Battlestar sports great form factor and feels like a really well made device.

Smoant Battlestar Menu System and Operation

  • 5 clicks of the power button turn the device on and off
  • Screwing an atomizer into the 510 connector will prompt you to enter whether a new coil (by pressing plus) or the same coil (by pressing minus) has been entered.
  • 3 clicks of the power button will take you into the menu system.
  • Holding down fire as well as plus and  minus will lock the power
  • Holding down fire and plus will invert the screen colour
  • Whilst in the menu system, pressing either the plus or minus button will scroll between VW (variable wattage)/Ni (Ni200 coil for TC)/Ti (Titanium coil for TC)/ SS (Stainless Steel coil for TC)/NC (new coil)/TCR M1/M2/M3. Click the fire button to confirm the mode
  • Three custom TCR slots are available, allowing you to enter the TCR for a specific wire and use it in temperature control
  • In TCR, pressing plus or minus allow you to select the coefficient value, and press the fire button when you have the desired value.
  • For a stainless steel coil (SS303, 304, 316 and 317) the TCR range is 150-60. For Gold, it is 300-340. For Titanium, it is 350-370. For Silver, it is 371-380. For Copper, it is 381-390. For Ni-Fe it is 391-500. For Nickel it is 500-700.
  • Reverse polarity, over heating, low voltage, overload/short circuit, no atomizer and overheat protections are built it, as well as a 10 second cut off.

Performance

Featuring 200W of output power, the Smoant Battlestar has more power than the vast majority of users will need. I’ve found that it seems to deliver it pretty accurately and consistently, most notably at higher wattages where it delivers a hell of a kick! Resistance is read down to 0.1ohm in power mode meaning that the Smoant Battlestar is compatible with pretty much anything out there, and it’s a great choice for cloud chasers. I’ve found the chip reads resistance pretty accurately too, with very little deviation between the device and my ohms reader.

Temperature control is pretty comprehensive. Support for Ni200, Titanium and Stainless Steel wire is included out of the box, plus the custom TCR input means you can use a wide range of other wire types in TC mode as well. I tested an Ni200, Titanium as well as a Stainless Steel coil on the Smoant Battlestar in temperature control mode and never ran into any issues with dry hits or an inconsistent vape. It just delivered what I asked of it in TC each and every time.

Battery life with the Smoant Battlestar is great if you vape at more most wattages, I managed nearly two days vaping at 35W with the Wotofo Sapor RTA, however vaping at higher wattage will run the battery life down considerably. You can charge the Smoant Battlestar through the USB port, and it features passthrough technology so that you can vape whilst charging, however I’d recommend only using this feature for an emergency charge as it does take an awful long time to charge the two 18650 batteries through the USB port.

Conclusion

For the price, the Smoant Battlestar is a great addition to anyone’s collection. It’s a solidly built mod, with excellent form factor making it feel comfortable in hand, that has an accurate and consistent chip packed with great features, and people who vape at more modest wattages will benefit from great battery life. The custom TCR input is a great feature too as it allows you to customize and fine tune your temperature control experience. All in all, I’ve not been able to fault it.It’s an impressive bit of kit and if you are on the hunt for a well priced and powerful unit that comes packed with all the features you could possibly need, feels great in hand and is easy to use as well, then the Smoant Battlestar is a great device to pick up!

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