Smooth Karat pod kit review


The demand for pod-systems on the market is growing steadily, this can be noticed by the large number of manufactured devices from different manufacturers every month. Also, indirectly, this suggests that more and more people are interested in vaping.

From time to time, among the usual rectangular “flash drives” come across devices with an interesting and unusual design. One of these devices is the Karat pod system from Smoant, a Chinese manufacturer.

Externally, Karat resembles the company’s previous pod-system, the Smoant S8 Pod , but now it has got pronounced edges and quartz evaporators.

According to the manufacturer, the new evaporators should soak faster, it is better to transfer the taste of the liquid and work longer than regular spirals. And how are things really?

Smooth Karat pod review


From the name “Karat” it becomes clear that the design of the device is based on the appearance of the diamond. Sharper, but beveled edges contribute to the creation of this image. In this case, the device is comfortable to hold and it does not cut into the hand.

Karat is made of zinc alloy and is available in 5 different colors: blue, black, gun metal (Gun Metal), gradient blue and rainbow. The coating looks good and solid in any color options.

Overview pod-system Smoant Karat. Appearance

The dimensions of the device are very modest and are 88 mm in height, 48 mm in length and 12 mm in width. This is a rather thin and lightweight device that is convenient to carry in your pocket.

Like most pod-systems, Smoant Karat has no buttons, as it automatically works by puffing. Consists of battery pack and refillable cartridge.

On the front panel is a diamond logo with LED battery charge indicator. On the side is the micro USB port for charging the device, and the bottom of the lace hole.

Overview pod-system Smoant Karat. Appearance

Build quality is on top, all parts fit well. Not all users liked the blue “Karat” inscription near the indicator, as it is not particularly color-matched with the overall design.

Also disadvantages include a rather slippery surface of the case.



Smoant Karat has a built-in battery with a capacity of 370 mAh, which is pretty good, given the size of the device.

But this is definitely not enough for the whole day with intensive use, which the manufacturer himself does not hide, indicating the resource from one full charge of about 220 puffs (about a little more than half a pack of tobacco cigarettes).

This can be compensated by the presence of the pass-through function, which allows Karat to be used during charging.

True, the USB cable from the kit is very short and in order to make the puff you will have to lean heavily towards the device, so here you have to compromise and use another longer cable.

The advantages include working at a stable output voltage of 3.3-3.4 V. In theory, this means that the device supplies the same voltage both when fully charged and when the battery is discharged and the user does not notice the difference when pulling.

In fact, when the battery is discharged below 30%, there is a slight drop in steam capacity and temperature.

The pod system is equipped with a LED battery indicator. When the charge level is more than 30%, the indicator glows blue, and when less than 30% – red.

The device board supports a full set of protection, such as protection against short circuit, overdischarge and overcharge, and others.

Overview of the Smoant Karat pod-system. Battery

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The kit comes with only one cartridge for reusable use with a quartz evaporator and attachment to the battery pack with magnets.

All you need to do is fill the liquid for electronic cigarettes, give it a little soak and you can start using.

Suitable liquids as a salt , and the usual nicotine. But considering the small capacity of the battery, it is better to use salt liquids in order to make less puffs during operation.

Recommendations on the ratio of PG / VG manufacturer does not indicate, so it is best to use liquids with PG / VG 40/60 or 50/50.

Overview of Smoant Karat pod-system. Cartridge

One of the most intriguing features of Smoant Karat is the new quartz vaporizer. It sounds new and innovative, but it’s just a name.

In fact, the evaporator is a vertical space-coil (spiral with spaces between the turns), which is located inside the porous ceramic material and wrapped in organic cotton for better absorption of the liquid.

The advantages of such an evaporator are that it lasts longer than regular spirals, is better impregnated with liquid and has a uniform distribution of heat.

When using for the first time, the taste transfer leaves much to be desired. But after the second or third refueling the taste becomes richer.

Cartridge capacity is 2 ml. Thanks to the tinted case, you can monitor the level of the liquid.

Overview of Smoant Karat pod-system. Cartridge

At the bottom of the cartridge are two filling holes, closed with rubber plugs. The holes themselves are large enough for this kind of devices.

It is recommended to open both plugs during refueling in order to allow the air inside to exit and avoid leakage, and also to fill the cartridge with no more than 90-95%.

After filling, you need to tightly install the rubber plugs in place and let the cartridge stand for a few minutes so that the cotton is properly soaked with liquid.

Overview of Smoant Karat pod-system. Cartridge

According to user feedback, when using clear liquids without sweeteners, the evaporator has been in operation for more than a week. When the taste of burning and third-party taste appears, the cartridge must be replaced with a new one.

As for the puff, then it is tight cigarette , which will be a big plus for people moving from tobacco. The amount of steam in such devices is small, so Karat is suitable for unobtrusive use.


  • Size: 88 x 48 x 12 mm;
  • Cartridge capacity: 2 ml.


  • Battery Capacity: 370 mAh;
  • Evaporator resistance: 1.3 ohm;
  • Operating voltage: 3.3 – 3.4 V;
  • Charging parameters: 0.5 A / 5 V;
  • Maximum charging current: 1 A;
  • Tightening activation.


Pod-system Smoant Karat comes in this kit:

  • Smooth Karat pod system itself;
  • Quartz evaporator cartridge 1.3 ohm;
  • Micro USB cable;
  • Manual;
  • Branded packaging.
Overview pod-system Smoant Karat.Complete

Feedback and experience of use

Smoant Karat has received many positive reviews due to its unique design, cartridge mounting with magnets, ease of use, constant output voltage and build quality.

In terms of taste, it is also quite good, especially after the second or third filling.

As for the performance and autonomy of work, then Karat could not stand out among competitors.

Battery capacity even slightly below the market average and with less intensive use will have to be charged a couple of times a day. The cable from the kit is too short and it is not convenient to use the device while charging with this cable.

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Ijoy Captain PD270 Review

Ijoy is definitely a company that innovates, as we have seen recently on the Vaping Post with the test of the RDTA Box Mini . This time, the manufacturer returns to the market of the powerful boxes with a lot of autonomy and proposes the first box embedding the new batteries in format 20700: the Captain PD270. So will this new format revolutionize the market?

More power and autonomy, the new batteries format 20700

For Ijoy , there is no doubt that the 18650 format has had its day, and they proclaim it loud and clear. This new format, originally developed for the Tesla company, is making its first appearance in the world of vape. So that everyone can indulge in the pleasure of these 20700, the Captain is delivered with two of his batteries in the colors of Ijoy. Having a power of 3000 mAh for a discharge of 40 A, I could unfortunately not carry out further tests to know if the figures announced are real or not, my expertise in the field is limited to insert a batteryin the good sense in the charger. From what I have read on the web, we allow ourselves to think in authorized circles, that in reality, the values ​​are closer to the 30 A, but a true 30 A of excellent quality. Arriving painfully to draw 15A of my accuses on holidays, I still have the margin.

One would think that 2 mm in diameter and 5 mm in height, finally, it is not much. But once in hand, the difference is real and it is hardly possible to be wrong. I think that if you want to get a double box battery of reasonable size to keep a good grip, this format may be the limit. Of course, the weight is also slightly more important: 46 g for a Samsung 18650 and 57 g for the 20700 Ijoy.

Obviously, that says new format immediately think of how these batteries will be able to be recharged. For once, I did not see the contraindication notice to perform this operation through the box. However, being quite suspicious in nature, I still loaded these batteries with my charger, an Xtar Dragon. It just goes, but no problem. The format is different, but the embedded technology remains the same, and if your charger is able to accommodate the format 26650, I think it will be won, contactors often going up to 70 mm in length which will be the minimum.

Complete packaging

As usual with Ijoy, the box is sober and pleasant, and interesting content; accompanying the coveted object, there are therefore 2 batteries in 20700, a silicone adapter for 18650, a micro-USB cable, a manual in English and Chinese and a warranty card.

The 18650 adapter has copper or perhaps brass contacts at the end. The batteries are inserted and withdraw perfectly, including those with a wrap of a layer. No difficulty to enter or leave the box. Thank you Ijoy for thinking about this handy accessory.

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Technical Review

Essential characteristics of the Captain PD270 from IJOY:

  • Height: 89 mm
  • Width: 48 mm
  • Thickness: 32 mm
  • Weight: 169 g only – 285 g with two batteries 20700
  • Material: Zinc Alloy / Carbon
  • Power: 5 to 234 W
  • Output voltage range: not specified
  • Battery : 18650 with adapter or 20700
  • Rechargeable via micro USB port
  • Resistance range: 0.05 to 3 ohms
  • Modes of vape: power, control of temperature in Ni200, Titanium and Inox, mode TCR (two memories)
  • Temperature control: from 149 ° to 316 ° C
  • 0.96 inch OLED display – 17 mm × 17 mm
  • Connections: Pin 510 spring mounted
  • Color: gun, black and rainbow

The box contains:

  • A box Captain PD270
  • Two 20700 batteries of 3000 mAh / 40 A
  • 18650/20700 adapter
  • USB cable
  • A manual of use in English and Chinese
  • A warranty card

A box very well finished, but impressive

With two 20700 batteries on board, the Captain still displays 285 g on the scale. Add to that its respectable dimensions, it is decidedly in the presence of a box that will prefer the interior of a home rather than the back pocket of pants. Despite this overweight, I think Ijoy has done rather well and the Captain has remained compact enough to be easily manipulated by those who do not have a giant hand.

The main face is composed of a central strip of glass 23 mm wide over the entire height which in addition to being very pretty, will be particularly inclined to retain fingerprints and unfortunately also sensitive to scratches. In the middle of this strip is a very bright 17 × 17 mm (0.96 inch) OLED display, displaying all the useful information: power, the separate charge level of the batteries, the resistance value, the power of Amp output, output voltage (replaced by temperature in TC mode), vape mode (W or TC) with preheat , the number of puffs and the time of the last puff. If the display of the power is well displayed in large characters, the mode of vape (W or TC) is as for him little readable, because rather small and relegated in bottom right. Those who navigate between these two modes may need to be a little more careful, because it is difficult to know at first glance, especially after fifty years, in which mode is the box.

Below the screen are Tic and Tac, the + and – buttons that produce this soft eponymous click, and finally the micro-USB plug that will serve, as you can imagine, to reload the box and update it.

On both sides of the screen, and on the slices and identical on the back, the coating is carbon of the most beautiful effect and offer excellent grip. The design is quite successful, pleasing to the eye.

The Captain exists in 3 shades: black, gun and rainbow. Whatever the color, all the boxes have the carbon coating, but if you do not find that to your liking, there are eighteen different stickers to modify this aspect. I do not know if they will ever be imported to France.

On the left side is the fire button. Of good dimension, 23 × 20 mm, it is perfectly flush and curved on the sides for better accompanied the periphery of the box. Easily found, it can be operated by pressing a little anywhere on its surface, except oddly down. The click is firm, without any game and produces a sound common to this type of button.

The layout of the rear face is identical to the front, with a discreet Captain logo in the middle of the glass band, go to the top cap that has only the connector 510. Of good length, it has of course a positive stud mounted on spring. At the top of this connector are four slots for ventilation of atomizers with an air intake from below, all very slightly raised compared to the top of the box. This solution certainly protects the box from scratches when you mount and dismount an atomizer, but on the other hand, reveals a small gap between the box and the bottom capof the atomizer. Of course, with its 32 mm thick, the Captain will receive all the sizes of atomizers today.

The battery insertion door is logically located below. To open it, push it backwards, a small groove in the center to insert a fingernail to facilitate the operation. The most attentive reader will notice that there is no degassing hole for the batteries. nor even to ventilate the chipset by the way. We hope this hatch is completely permeable, because two 20700 that degas it must be something.

The hinge presents a normal game, the inscriptions on the polarity of the batteries would have deserved to be a little more legible.

Once the batteries are inserted and the hatch closed, nothing moves if you shake the box, including a 18650 and the adapter. The same goes for the buttons that remain very wisely in their place.

The Captain is very well assembled with quality materials, I do not really have any complaints to him.

The Captain to use

Traditionally at Ijoy, the chipset was developed by IWEPAL, which once again did a good job. The power, temperature control and TCR modes are available, with 2 memory slots accessible for the TC and two others for the TCR.

The preheat on the first three seconds of puff is also present with 4 modes:

  • Normal, the value is the same as the powers
  • Hard, 30% more than power
  • Soft, 20% less than the powers
  • User , to define graphically according to his preferences

Apart from the inherent settings of the vape mode, which essentially consist in choosing the power or the temperature, the other possible settings are the reset of the puff counter and the display duration that can be chosen between 10, 30, 60 and 90 seconds. That’s all, and for my part, I find it very good. The learning will be done in 2 minutes and hop, we vape.

No update of the box is available, I have not tried, but there is no reason that it does not work. The USB charging is going well, the box does not heat up, but the charging intensity seems limited to 1A if I judge by the time it puts to fully reload the 20700. Note that the mode passthrough n is not available and of course, all the protections are present, only classic.

The vape produced by the Captain is of quality, without any variation of vape, the box being very reactive. Regarding the autonomy of the 20700 and to give you an idea, I can shoot about 400 puffs of about 6 seconds at an average of 27 W until the message indicating who needs to recharge, knowing that they are not still honed. These 20700 are therefore a good choice for those looking for power and / or autonomy.


. So who’s the boss? Not easy to find a real fault with the Captain. It is powerful, well finished, has a range of 6000 mAh and has a value for money very interesting. With the Captain, Ijoy certainly marks a milestone that other manufacturers will soon follow, for sure. In the meantime, I can only advise you this box, you will not be disappointed.

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Voopoo Rune RDA | Review

VooPoo Rune RDA Review

VooPoo Rune RDA

VooPoo is mostly known for their mods, especially after the massive success of the Drag.

They have released one RDA before, the Demon but that didn’t seem to entirely take off.

The second entry into the market, the Rune RDA looks far more impressive. It features a postless deck with unique bottom airflow and an 810 resin drip tip.

It’s available in 6 colors; Silver, Gold, Black, S-black, S-blue, and Rainbow.

The Good

Good build quality, nice postless deck, innovative airflow, extremely deep juice well, good flavor production.

The Bad

Not the most wide open airflow and can be a little noisy.

The Bottom Line

The Rune is an extremely solid RDA, which is very impressive considering it’s only VooPoo’s second attempt. It has a decent postless deck and unique airflow design that work really well for a restricted DTL vape. It can be a little noisy with the airflow but produces very good flavor.


  • 24.6mm Diameter
  • Four-Terminal Postless Style Build Deck
  • Side Mounted Flathead Screws
  • Stainless Steel Plated Deck and Screws
  • 12mm Deep Juice Well
  • Dual Port Bottom Feed
  • Interchangeable Squonk Pin
  • Adjustable Side Airflow
  • Four Bottom Air Ports
  • Two Per Side
  • 4mm Wide Each
  • Gold Plated 510 Contact
  • 810 Resin Drip Tip
  • 510 Drip Tip Adapter

In the Box

  • 1 x RUNE RDA
  • 1 x 510 Adapter Ring
  • 3 x Seal Ring
  • 1 x Stainless Steel Hex Socket Screw
  • 3 x Slotted Screw
  • 1 x Slotted Screwdriver
  • 1 x Hex Screwdriver
  • 1 x User Manual
VooPoo Rune RDA

The Rune RDA has all the ingredients to be an impressive RDA by its design.

There’s a raised postless deck, unique dual bottom airflow, and substantial juice wells making it suitable for both dripping and squonking.

The Rune is 24.6mm in diameter and comprises of 4 sections, the build deck, main chamber, top cap and 810 resin drip tip.

VooPoo Rune RDA


The VooPoo Rune is one of those strange RDA’s that you look at and sometimes think it’s nice looking, and other times not so much.

It’s a large RDA, so it’s hard not to notice certain aspects of its design, like the steps between the main chamber to the top cap, to the drip tip.

I understand why they’ve designed it this way, as it seems the top cap acts as a kind of heatsink to the main stainless steel chamber, which does get quite hot during vaping, It also makes it easier to remove the top cap to check your build or drip. However, it’s not the most appealing overall look.

I do like the subtle engraved VooPoo branding on the main chamber, and the Runic inscription pattern across the circumference of the top cap, which gives it some character.

So it’s not the most attractive of RDAs, but certainly won’t look out of place on most mods, and there are plenty of color options to pick from.

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Build Quality

The build quality of the Rune is very good, especially as it’s only VooPoo’s second RDA.

All of the Stainless Steel construction feels solid, and the threading on the 510 pin is nice and smooth. The gold-plated BF pin also feels very sturdy.

The tolerances of the O-rings on the base of the deck and the top cap are spot on, not too tight or too loose.

VooPoo Rune RDA


The Rune certainly features some form of innovation in the way they have integrated the postless deck and airflow.

Although there’s unquestionably some inspiration taken from other RDAs, as always seems to be the case nowadays.

The way the coils sit in the postless deck, with the airflow coming in from the bottom and traveling up tubes is much like the Vandy Vape Phobia.

But the four adjustable airflow holes (created by the top cap) and the way the airflow tubes divide into two separate airflow slots, pointing in different directions is unique.

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VooPoo Rune RDA

The build on the Rune RDA at first appearance may look somewhat alien, but it is just a standard postless deck.

You have two terminals on either side of the deck to place you coil legs down vertically. Then there are two flathead screws on the outer side of the base, the screws are good quality, but I would’ve like to have seen some hex screws as spares.

Postless decks are not the easiest for beginners to get used to, as you have to be aware of what length you need to cut your coil legs for best positioning. I found that leaving around 5mm coil legs seemed to work just fine.

Once you’ve tightened down your coil legs, it’s relatively easy to maneuver the coil around, so it sits above the second flat airflow hole, with the angled slot facing the outer underside of the coil also.

With the coil in this position, it also means there is plenty of clearing to where the chamber and top cap sit over the deck, so you’ll avoid any shorting.

It’s not a small build deck, so you do have plenty of room to place sizeable inner diameter coils inside, but due to the nature of the airflow and the positioning of the slots, I think 3-4mm ID coils with thicker wire will work best.

VooPoo Rune RDA


The Rune has absolutely huge juice wells on either side of the build deck, measuring around 12mm deep.

There are even two indents further down in the well to lay your cotton in to, so wicking it really couldn’t be easier.

VooPoo Rune RDA


The Rune has a bidirectional juice port raised from the base of the deck that sits dead center.

The juice flows perfectly to each well, but due to the juice port being raised it will only draw excess liquid back if you really over squonk.

And over squonking doesn’t become an issue with the Rune.

Firstly, the juice wells being so vast can hold a lot of cotton, which will inevitably soak up most excess juice.

Secondly, the airflow holes are also extremely raised from the deck, so it would take quite a bit to get the juice go down them.

VooPoo Rune RDA


The Rune is a bottom airflow RDA with one large angled air hole on either side of the base.

Then the main cap or chamber has two 4mm wide square air holes on each side. They too have slightly angled edges to them.

This enables quite a bit of diversity when it comes to airflow options, and you can close it right down to get a very restricted DTL vape.

The main cap as an AFC control is really easy to adjust, as you are just turning the whole cap. It has stoppers either side so it won’t spin freely, which also makes it easier to slot it in position and remove the RDA from your device.

As I mentioned before the O-rings have good tolerances, so it holds well in place.

VooPoo Rune RDA

I was actually really impressed with the performance of the Rune RDA.

It may not be the best cloud chucking RDA or the most intense flavor producer, and the build deck isn’t the easiest to work with. But overall it still does an excellent job at all of those aspects.

You could potentially use it as a single coil setup, but that’s not really what it’s designed for, so stick to a dual coil.

I would say those looking for a slightly restricted DTL experience from a dual coil RDAwill get the best out of the Rune.

VooPoo Rune RDA


The Rune RDA does produce very good flavor, it’s maybe not quite the best on the market but is in the upper echelons.

As with most dual coil RDAs though, it really comes down to the build you’ve used.

The Rune is not suited to a lot of wraps or small ID coils, and I got best results with fused Claptons with around 3.5-4mm ID.

The flavor is definitely there with this RDA; it’s just a little less forgiving than some others on the market.

VooPoo Rune RDA


I thought the airflow was going to be a little turbulent and have a whistle to it because of the way the airflow is split.

Surprisingly it is actually fairly smooth and enjoyable, although it can be a little noisy especially with one hole closed off.

The Rune is not going to provide an extremely wide open draw like the Bonza; it’s a little more restricted than that.

I think it actually works best as a restricted DTL vape with the airflow closed down a touch, as the flavor comes through and it’s a more saturated vape.


The Rune RDA ended up performing a lot better than I anticipated it would.

The airflow is reasonably smooth, and it produces excellent flavor if you get the build right.

It may not have the most eye-catching aesthetics, but it does have very good build quality.

I really like the fact that VooPoo tried to do something different with the airflow, and this combined with the considerable juice wells make it absolutely ideal for squonking.

It’s not ideally suited to those looking for a really wide open vape, as the airflow is a little restricted. It works best with medium wattages builds and a slightly restricted DTL.

Overall it’s a very good dual coil RDA, and one that I’d certainly recommend if the style of it suits you.

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