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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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;
- Branded packaging.
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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