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Smoant Pasito – Rebuildable Pod System (RBA) – Closer Look / Impressions. https://ift.tt/2YXwAZX

Hi.

 

I've been using the Pasito pretty steady for around a week now. Not really qualified to offer a review, but here's some initial thoughts on it, if anyone was thinking of picking one up.

 

Packaging / Contents

 

I'm a box guy. Love a good box. This one's really nice. It's a top box.

 

Comes with a MTL coil, a DTL coil, type C USB cable, and some other various little cards and instructions and things for people who don't like to think too much. All standard stuff.

 

Build Quality / Features

 

Feels about as solid as I have any right to expect from a $30 bit of mass-produced tin and plastic. There's a general consensus that Smoant make decent gear for the money, and this is no exception. It's very light, and fits snuggly in your fist. If I wanted it to sound cooler than it actually is, I would describe it as 'stealthy'.

 

You'll either like the look of the design or you'll hate it. I kind of like it. It's fine. I care what my vape devices look like about as much as I cared what my cigarettes looked like. It looks fine. I bought the red in an attempt to inject some colour into my drab and dreary existence. Less garish colours are also available.

 

NOTE: Don't peel the plastic film off of the mock resin panels. It's there for a reason, and that reason is not to peel it off.

 

You can adjust the power over 5 settings from 10 – 25 watts (and get yourself a surprisingly warm vape at 4 or 5, if you like that sort of thing). Battery life is also shown in 5 increments.

 

The proprietary resin driptip is comfy on the lip. I'd prefer a slightly more narrow bore, but that's purely personal preference. It's a bit odd that it's removable (for thorough cleaning, I guess?), yet you can't swap in your own. Whatever, it's fine, but I do have some concerns about smashing it. The fill hole for juice is very tight, so you need to watch what kind of bottle you use. It appears to hold around 2.5ml of juice.

 

'Ant Chip' is printed on the base of the device. It might as well say Chip Douglas for all that means to me, but I've noted it for the more technically-minded vapers.

 

Pictures never really do the size of these things justice, but… it's very, very small. I'll attach a few pics to compare it with a well-known pod, along with a single 18650 and dual 18650 mod. By some weird magic – that I can't quite understand or explain at this time – it's still smaller than it appears in the pictures.

 

Size1

Size2

Size3

Size4

 

RBA (sold seperately)

 

Two stock coils are included, one for DTL and one for MTL. I haven't tried these, and probably never will, but I'd guess they're much like other stock coils / pods. Get a good one and you'll likely get decent flavour and about a week's worth of use. Get a bad one, and you won't.

 

The RBA was my main reason for buying this device, and my initial thoughts were that it's fucking tiny. Honestly, though, it's okay to build on, and that's coming from someone who's currently dealing with nerve damage in their 'strong' hand. However, the decision to put the post holes parallel to the coil is just nonsense design that unnecessarily overcomplicates what should be a simple process. Invert the coil legs back inwards at 90° and precut them, and then it's a doddle to install. I'll attach a pic to show what I mean. I didn't do this the first few times, and it took quite a bit of cack-handed manipulation to get the coil in properly. Annoying.

 

Coil

 

I'd say that anyone who's rebuild something like a Minifit pod or similar will feel pretty spoilt here. For those people, perhaps try building on the Pasito with one eye closed. Challenge yourself.

 

It comes with a little 510 adapter so you can build and check the resistance on a mod or reader. Nice touch.

 

I've put in a few different coils, with kanthal at 28ga and Ni80 at 30ga giving me the best results. I wouldn't go any lower than 28ga. A handful of wraps at 2.5mm for anywhere between 1.2 and 2 ohms, and you're good to go. I'm pretty vanilla when it comes to low wattage vaping, but I've also seen people putting in wackier builds with some success.

 

I chain vape like mad when I'm bored, and this keeps up really well, but it's not the easiest to wick (due to the teeny little juice channels). However, if you thin out your tails, cut the ends into a point, and juice up your cotton before tucking down, it wicks like a boss. No dry hits. (I use 2.5mm ID coils through force of habit, but if you prefer 2mm, then it's only going to be easier to wick).

 

Like any other build deck, it's easy enough once you've had a few goes at it. It just so happens that the deck is incredibly small, and the person behind the post hole design has apparently never actually put a wire coil in a device before.

 

Flavour / Draw

 

For pods I use simple 2 or 3 concentrate DIY juices, 60/40 VG/PG, salt nic at 25 or 35mg. I've put a few juices through this so far – a cherry coke, an iced lemon/lime, a banana-peanuty-coffee monstrosity, and two basic tobacco mixes. The flavour on all these juices has been clean, and fairly saturated on the higher power settings. I'm not getting any harshness from the tobaccos, and the fruitier flavours really do pop. I'm not quite sure how else to describe flavours in juices (how would you describe the colour blue?), but I've enjoyed them all.

 

I'd say it's flavour is in the caliburn's ballpark, but without the gobs of juice you tend get in your mouth when using that. So that's certainly a plus, if you prefer vaporising all of your juice to drinking it. You still get your nicotine either way, but I've consequently found the Pasito to be reasonably economical with my liquids.

 

I was pleasantly surprised with the vapour production. It's top drawer for a pod, IMO. I personally wouldn't want for any more than this.

 

The airflow is adjustable, but the extent to which you can dial this in is limited. I'm a fan of adjustable airflow in general, but it's not been that well utilised here.

 

Wide open and the Pasito gives a fairly heavily restricted lung hit, fully closed gives a loose MTL draw. I appreciate that draw is subjective, but I'd definitely like it to be considerably tighter. I guess if I had to put it on a scale of 1 (pin hole, burst-a-blood-vessel-in-your-neck tight) to 10 (no restriction), the Pasito allows you to work between around a 4 and a 7. For reference, I'd rate the caliburn draw (w/ both side airholes covered) as a straight 5.

 

So, the Pasito's got a decent little range on the draw, but feels like a bit of a missed opportunity to offer a properly tight MTL experience. Oh well, you pays your money you takes your choice.

 

Battery Life

 

If I'm vaping heavily on a Caliburn, it's in the red within 90 minutes. Similar vaping on this will last me, I don't know… half a day? For a normal person – and as your sole device – it should easily last you the working day and into the evening. If you hit it only 5 times a day, it will probably last you for weeks. Who knows? We're all different. I suppose I could count how many hits I get from each charge – that would be more useful for a summary like this – but I'm not in the habit of actively looking for ways to make my vaping experience LESS enjoyable. So I didn't.

 

The battery life is solid. To give them both marks out of 10, for comparison, if the Caliburn battery is a 4, then this is a 15.

 

I've only run it dead the once, but it takes about an hour and a half to fully charge from there. Not great, not terrible.

 

Overall Opinion

 

It's hard to find much fault with something that – together with the RBA – costs around the same as two packs of cigarettes. With just a tiny microcoil and a wisp of cotton required, we're also talking pennies to rebuild it going forward.

 

It's not quite the tight draw pod I'm ultimately after, but it's a versatile little device that will definitely get heavy use from me. I only really have room for one pod in my daily rotation, and this'll do very nicely. I've barely touched my Legend / direct lung setup since I got this, which I did not expect. But that's more about the novelty of a new toy, rather than a suggestion that this will serve as my main vape.

 

If you're solely looking for a mouth to lung device – and nothing else – then this probably isn't your best option. To put it another way… say MTL vaping is chocolate, and you desperately want some chocolate, well this is more like a choc chip cookie. It's delicious and all, but… you'd be better off just buying a bar of chocolate instead. Does that even make sense? It's late here, and I'm hungry.

 

It's fun (if that's the right word) to build on for the weirdo tinkering types (myself included), and the flavour is spot on for a pod system. It's well put together for something so cheap, feels nice in the hand (if a bit too light), and seems surprisingly resilient, as long as you're not one of those people who likes to randomly throw their vape at walls. In the short time I've had it, it's already taken a spill onto a concrete footpath (from chest height), with only a single wee scuff mark on the side to show for it. And you'd have to examine it pretty closely to even notice this, so it's not the sort of finish that you're going to scratch up just by carrying it around in your pocket or your bag.

 

Fully open up the airflow, bump the power to 4, and you get a satisfying, warm, saturated restricted lung hit, with well above average flavour and zero spit back. This is where it really shines. Maybe it's due to my preferred higher resistance builds, but I've never felt the need to go to max power at 5… I actually spend most of my time sat down at 2 or 3, for a lovely cooler vape. Vapour production is also superb for such a small device, which would seemingly make this a good bet for freebase juice users as well.

 

It has shorted on me twice (5 LEDs all flash and it won't fire). I think this could be down to the top cap budging the chimney slightly out of place over time as you fill and refill. I simply popped out the RBA and screwed it back together tight again, and this fixed it, for me. Not a big deal, but something to keep in mind.

 

For an early effort at this kind of device, I'm impressed. It'll be one of the few bits of gear I've tried so far that I don't really have any regrets about buying after a week or so.

 

TL;DR: Tiny deck. Solid battery. Nice flavour. Lovely box.

 

Would recommend.

Hi. I’ve been using the Pasito pretty steady for around a week now. Not really qualified to offer a review, but here’s some initial thoughts on it, if anyone was thinking of picking one up. Packaging / Contents I’m a box guy. Love a good box. This one’s really nice. It’s a top box. Comes with a MTL coil, a DTL coil, type C USB cable, and some other various little cards and instructions and things for people who don’t like to think too much. All standard stuff. Build Quality / Features Feels about as solid as I have any right to expect from a $30 bit of mass-produced tin and plastic. There’s a general consensus that Smoant make decent gear for the money, and this is no exception. It’s very light, and fits snuggly in your fist. If I wanted it to sound cooler than it actually is, I would describe it as ‘stealthy’. You’ll either like the look of the design or you’ll hate it. I kind of like it. It’s fine. I care what my vape devices look like about as much as I cared what my cigarettes looked like. It looks fine. I bought the red in an attempt to inject some colour into my drab and dreary existence. Less garish colours are also available. NOTE: Don’t peel the plastic film off of the mock resin panels. It’s there for a reason, and that reason is not to peel it off. You can adjust the power over 5 settings from 10 – 25 watts (and get yourself a surprisingly warm vape at 4 or 5, if you like that sort of thing). Battery life is also shown in 5 increments. The proprietary resin driptip is comfy on the lip. I’d prefer a slightly more narrow bore, but that’s purely personal preference. It’s a bit odd that it’s removable (for thorough cleaning, I guess?), yet you can’t swap in your own. Whatever, it’s fine, but I do have some concerns about smashing it. The fill hole for juice is very tight, so you need to watch what kind of bottle you use. It appears to hold around 2.5ml of juice. ‘Ant Chip’ is printed on the base of the device. It might as well say Chip Douglas for all that means to me, but I’ve noted it for the more technically-minded vapers. Pictures never really do the size of these things justice, but… it’s very, very small. I’ll attach a few pics to compare it with a well-known pod, along with a single 18650 and dual 18650 mod. By some weird magic – that I can’t quite understand or explain at this time – it’s still smaller than it appears in the pictures. Size1Size2Size3Size4 RBA (sold seperately) Two stock coils are included, one for DTL and one for MTL. I haven’t tried these, and probably never will, but I’d guess they’re much like other stock coils / pods. Get a good one and you’ll likely get decent flavour and about a week’s worth of use. Get a bad one, and you won’t. The RBA was my main reason for buying this device, and my initial thoughts were that it’s fucking tiny. Honestly, though, it’s okay to build on, and that’s coming from someone who’s currently dealing with nerve damage in their ‘strong’ hand. However, the decision to put the post holes parallel to the coil is just nonsense design that unnecessarily overcomplicates what should be a simple process. Invert the coil legs back inwards at 90° and precut them, and then it’s a doddle to install. I’ll attach a pic to show what I mean. I didn’t do this the first few times, and it took quite a bit of cack-handed manipulation to get the coil in properly. Annoying. Coil I’d say that anyone who’s rebuild something like a Minifit pod or similar will feel pretty spoilt here. For those people, perhaps try building on the Pasito with one eye closed. Challenge yourself. It comes with a little 510 adapter so you can build and check the resistance on a mod or reader. Nice touch. I’ve put in a few different coils, with kanthal at 28ga and Ni80 at 30ga giving me the best results. I wouldn’t go any lower than 28ga. A handful of wraps at 2.5mm for anywhere between 1.2 and 2 ohms, and you’re good to go. I’m pretty vanilla when it comes to low wattage vaping, but I’ve also seen people putting in wackier builds with some success. I chain vape like mad when I’m bored, and this keeps up really well, but it’s not the easiest to wick (due to the teeny little juice channels). However, if you thin out your tails, cut the ends into a point, and juice up your cotton before tucking down, it wicks like a boss. No dry hits. (I use 2.5mm ID coils through force of habit, but if you prefer 2mm, then it’s only going to be easier to wick). Like any other build deck, it’s easy enough once you’ve had a few goes at it. It just so happens that the deck is incredibly small, and the person behind the post hole design has apparently never actually put a wire coil in a device before. Flavour / Draw For pods I use simple 2 or 3 concentrate DIY juices, 60/40 VG/PG, salt nic at 25 or 35mg. I’ve put a few juices through this so far – a cherry coke, an iced lemon/lime, a banana-peanuty-coffee monstrosity, and two basic tobacco mixes. The flavour on all these juices has been clean, and fairly saturated on the higher power settings. I’m not getting any harshness from the tobaccos, and the fruitier flavours really do pop. I’m not quite sure how else to describe flavours in juices (how would you describe the colour blue?), but I’ve enjoyed them all. I’d say it’s flavour is in the caliburn’s ballpark, but without the gobs of juice you tend get in your mouth when using that. So that’s certainly a plus, if you prefer vaporising all of your juice to drinking it. You still get your nicotine either way, but I’ve consequently found the Pasito to be reasonably economical with my liquids. I was pleasantly surprised with the vapour production. It’s top drawer for a pod, IMO. I personally wouldn’t want for any more than this. The airflow is adjustable, but the extent to which you can dial this in is limited. I’m a fan of adjustable airflow in general, but it’s not been that well utilised here. Wide open and the Pasito gives a fairly heavily restricted lung hit, fully closed gives a loose MTL draw. I appreciate that draw is subjective, but I’d definitely like it to be considerably tighter. I guess if I had to put it on a scale of 1 (pin hole, burst-a-blood-vessel-in-your-neck tight) to 10 (no restriction), the Pasito allows you to work between around a 4 and a 7. For reference, I’d rate the caliburn draw (w/ both side airholes covered) as a straight 5. So, the Pasito’s got a decent little range on the draw, but feels like a bit of a missed opportunity to offer a properly tight MTL experience. Oh well, you pays your money you takes your choice. Battery Life If I’m vaping heavily on a Caliburn, it’s in the red within 90 minutes. Similar vaping on this will last me, I don’t know… half a day? For a normal person – and as your sole device – it should easily last you the working day and into the evening. If you hit it only 5 times a day, it will probably last you for weeks. Who knows? We’re all different. I suppose I could count how many hits I get from each charge – that would be more useful for a summary like this – but I’m not in the habit of actively looking for ways to make my vaping experience LESS enjoyable. So I didn’t. The battery life is solid. To give them both marks out of 10, for comparison, if the Caliburn battery is a 4, then this is a 15. I’ve only run it dead the once, but it takes about an hour and a half to fully charge from there. Not great, not terrible. Overall Opinion It’s hard to find much fault with something that – together with the RBA – costs around the same as two packs of cigarettes. With just a tiny microcoil and a wisp of cotton required, we’re also talking pennies to rebuild it going forward. It’s not quite the tight draw pod I’m ultimately after, but it’s a versatile little device that will definitely get heavy use from me. I only really have room for one pod in my daily rotation, and this’ll do very nicely. I’ve barely touched my Legend / direct lung setup since I got this, which I did not expect. But that’s more about the novelty of a new toy, rather than a suggestion that this will serve as my main vape. If you’re solely looking for a mouth to lung device – and nothing else – then this probably isn’t your best option. To put it another way… say MTL vaping is chocolate, and you desperately want some chocolate, well this is more like a choc chip cookie. It’s delicious and all, but… you’d be better off just buying a bar of chocolate instead. Does that even make sense? It’s late here, and I’m hungry. It’s fun (if that’s the right word) to build on for the weirdo tinkering types (myself included), and the flavour is spot on for a pod system. It’s well put together for something so cheap, feels nice in the hand (if a bit too light), and seems surprisingly resilient, as long as you’re not one of those people who likes to randomly throw their vape at walls. In the short time I’ve had it, it’s already taken a spill onto a concrete footpath (from chest height), with only a single wee scuff mark on the side to show for it. And you’d have to examine it pretty closely to even notice this, so it’s not the sort of finish that you’re going to scratch up just by carrying it around in your pocket or your bag. Fully open up the airflow, bump the power to 4, and you get a satisfying, warm, saturated restricted lung hit, with well above average flavour and zero spit back. This is where it really shines. Maybe it’s due to my preferred higher resistance builds, but I’ve never felt the need to go to max power at 5… I actually spend most of my time sat down at 2 or 3, for a lovely cooler vape. Vapour production is also superb for such a small device, which would seemingly make this a good bet for freebase juice users as well. It has shorted on me twice (5 LEDs all flash and it won’t fire). I think this could be down to the top cap budging the chimney slightly out of place over time as you fill and refill. I simply popped out the RBA and screwed it back together tight again, and this fixed it, for me. Not a big deal, but something to keep in mind. For an early effort at this kind of device, I’m impressed. It’ll be one of the few bits of gear I’ve tried so far that I don’t really have any regrets about buying after a week or so. TL;DR: Tiny deck. Solid battery. Nice flavour. Lovely box. Would recommend.

Submitted August 13, 2019 at 04:26PM by wonderfulpantsuit
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