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Foment [review] – a diamond in the rough, the Smoant Karat! http://bit.ly/2spDwx7

What's up today folks? Today I've got a pod system to show you all. The Smoant Karat. This kit was sent to me by Smoant for the purposes of this review. It's another pod system, so we've got a preconceived notion on size and general output, right? Lets see if it subverts any of our expectations or how much it holds to the line.

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Pod Aesthetics


So this is one that actually has something quite different going on. The Karat is designed with, as the name implies, diamonds or gems in mind. The design looks decidedly uncomfortable to hold. Sharper angles and little about it appears to be ergonomically designed. Happily however, that's just not really the case. The edges are much better rounded in practice than they appeared when I first saw the kit. While without question heavier than it has to be, it's not in any way uncomfortable to hold. However, the pods are entirely too dark to be able to reliably read the juice level without a fair light source behind the pod. This is probably one of the most tired complaints I've had with pods, but everyone doing it the same way doesn't make it better. The magnets that hold the pod in place are fairly robust, holding the pod firmly in place even when held by the pod itself and shaken. The branding is largely modest, a small diamond shaped bump in the top of the device includes the draw activation LED which also is the battery level indicatior. Which is to say it is blue until its almost dead then it's red. There's not a heap of warning there and that much is somewhat frustrating. I do like that the pods have two fill ports, this works out really well as opening both allows air to escape the pod while filling from the other port. I could see the argument that the actual rubber boot is rather difficult to get a hand on, but even with my nails kept generally very short I haven't had trouble with it myself. The Gunmetal body on mine has held up fairly well, nothing but a few small scratches on the back side of the device from laying on my desk.

Pod Performance


What good would the aesthetics of the device have if the performance isn't living up to them, right? Well, in this case it's sort of a mixed bag. Flavor on the pods is neither bad, nor anything that particularly stands out. The flavor I've experienced is a fair step behind the best pods I've used, but far better than the worst. Decidedly middle of the pack would likely be a fair assessment. The airflow is somewhat peculiar, as it appears to draw through a pair of small holes at the far point of the device, what is shown on the product page of the Smoant website as lanyard holes. Covering them can tighten an already fairly comfortable MTL draw into one that falls in as rather tight. Remember the battery life indicator only having a very brief warning? That's particularly relevant as the battery in this device is on the smaller side, especially considering the actual size of the device. Weighing in with 370mah of battery life it falls well short of similarly sized standout devices, and that much shows in the overall device life. Surely with a shell as large as this a bigger cell should have been a consideration. The device isn't exactly a featherweight at present, but surely something could have been done to maintain the robust design and sneak a larger cell into the equation. I'd love to speak to pod life, but I just don't know what it really is. In my case I've gone through more than 6-7 fills on my present pod, though I've spoken with other reviewers who have bemoaned the pod life having struggled to get past the 2nd fill on multiple pods.

Pros:
* Feels robust
* Surprisingly comfortable
* Dual fill ports on pods make filling much easier
* Very strong magnets

Cons:
* Short battery life
* Pods too dark
* Battery life indication should be improved

Final Thoughts


I don't think I can outright recommend it, but I can't condemn it either. It falls just short of where it could be in a number of ways, while being generally quite comfortable to use while having enough flavor to not be problematic, though it does lag behind the top of the class. I'd say it's an "okay" choice. You could do well worse, though I don't think it should be in the running for any awards either. A fair option, but I do believe Smoant has it in them to correct the faults in this device to make a markedly improved version two.

Thanks for reading!

What’s up today folks? Today I’ve got a pod system to show you all. The Smoant Karat. This kit was sent to me by Smoant for the purposes of this review. It’s another pod system, so we’ve got a preconceived notion on size and general output, right? Lets see if it subverts any of our expectations or how much it holds to the line.Photo DumpImgur AlbumPod AestheticsSo this is one that actually has something quite different going on. The Karat is designed with, as the name implies, diamonds or gems in mind. The design looks decidedly uncomfortable to hold. Sharper angles and little about it appears to be ergonomically designed. Happily however, that’s just not really the case. The edges are much better rounded in practice than they appeared when I first saw the kit. While without question heavier than it has to be, it’s not in any way uncomfortable to hold. However, the pods are entirely too dark to be able to reliably read the juice level without a fair light source behind the pod. This is probably one of the most tired complaints I’ve had with pods, but everyone doing it the same way doesn’t make it better. The magnets that hold the pod in place are fairly robust, holding the pod firmly in place even when held by the pod itself and shaken. The branding is largely modest, a small diamond shaped bump in the top of the device includes the draw activation LED which also is the battery level indicatior. Which is to say it is blue until its almost dead then it’s red. There’s not a heap of warning there and that much is somewhat frustrating. I do like that the pods have two fill ports, this works out really well as opening both allows air to escape the pod while filling from the other port. I could see the argument that the actual rubber boot is rather difficult to get a hand on, but even with my nails kept generally very short I haven’t had trouble with it myself. The Gunmetal body on mine has held up fairly well, nothing but a few small scratches on the back side of the device from laying on my desk.Pod PerformanceWhat good would the aesthetics of the device have if the performance isn’t living up to them, right? Well, in this case it’s sort of a mixed bag. Flavor on the pods is neither bad, nor anything that particularly stands out. The flavor I’ve experienced is a fair step behind the best pods I’ve used, but far better than the worst. Decidedly middle of the pack would likely be a fair assessment. The airflow is somewhat peculiar, as it appears to draw through a pair of small holes at the far point of the device, what is shown on the product page of the Smoant website as lanyard holes. Covering them can tighten an already fairly comfortable MTL draw into one that falls in as rather tight. Remember the battery life indicator only having a very brief warning? That’s particularly relevant as the battery in this device is on the smaller side, especially considering the actual size of the device. Weighing in with 370mah of battery life it falls well short of similarly sized standout devices, and that much shows in the overall device life. Surely with a shell as large as this a bigger cell should have been a consideration. The device isn’t exactly a featherweight at present, but surely something could have been done to maintain the robust design and sneak a larger cell into the equation. I’d love to speak to pod life, but I just don’t know what it really is. In my case I’ve gone through more than 6-7 fills on my present pod, though I’ve spoken with other reviewers who have bemoaned the pod life having struggled to get past the 2nd fill on multiple pods.Pros:* Feels robust* Surprisingly comfortable* Dual fill ports on pods make filling much easier* Very strong magnetsCons:* Short battery life* Pods too dark* Battery life indication should be improvedFinal ThoughtsI don’t think I can outright recommend it, but I can’t condemn it either. It falls just short of where it could be in a number of ways, while being generally quite comfortable to use while having enough flavor to not be problematic, though it does lag behind the top of the class. I’d say it’s an “okay” choice. You could do well worse, though I don’t think it should be in the running for any awards either. A fair option, but I do believe Smoant has it in them to correct the faults in this device to make a markedly improved version two.Thanks for reading!

Submitted January 11, 2019 at 10:30PM by Foment_life
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