Koopor Mini Review by Dan Willis

Review Date: 
26.08.2015

Introduction to the Koopor Mini

Koopor are a new brand launched by the team behind SMOK’s creations, and the Koopor Mini represents the first release from Koopor, and I would expect this won’t be the last release from them either!

The Koopor Mini is manufactured from solid stainless steel with a removeable battery cover, and features a max output of 60W, temperature control, bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and one of the smallest form factors out of any mod available to date. The Koopor Mini has flown under the radar a little, but having come from the same stable as powerhouses SMOK it has a good pedigree! Lets see if it can match up to it-

Specs

  • Solid stainless steel device
  • VW Mode and Temp Control Mode
  • Temp control range: 200°F - 600°F (100°C - 315°C)
  • Wattage Range: 1-60 Watts
  • Output voltage: 0.8V-9V
  • Resistance range in VW: 0.1 Ohms - 2 Ohms
  • Resistance range in TC: 0.06 Ohms - 2 Ohms
  • DC-DC Flat Signal
  • Spring-loaded connector and stainless steel threads
  • Replaceable 18650 battery
  • Magnetic back cover to replace the battery easily
  • Dimension: 83.8x41x24.5mm
  • Micro USB Charging
  • Multiple protections for safety assurance

What's in the box?

At first, I didn’t realize that Koopor is a brand being released by SMOK, the packaging is completely different from what you would expect from previous SMOK releases, it was only a quick Google search that made me aware that Koopor and SMOK are pretty much one and the same! Inside the fetching orange and white box you have:

  • 1x Koopor Mini
  • 1x micro USB Charging Cable
  • 1x Warranty card
  • 1x Instruction manual
  • 1x Orange silicon case (colour may vary with the final release)

Koopor Mini Looks

Small and compact, with a stainless steel finish, the Koopor Mini is one of the smallest mods available to date. Finish is superb on the mod, as is the cool electronic design on the cover. An orange silicon case is included in the package so if you want to keep that lovely finish scratch free, you can just pop the silicon case over the top. The rear door is magnetic and allows for easy access to the battery, the Koopor Mini takes a single 18650 battery.

Vape Dinner Lady

510 connector is found at the top as you would expect, with it being spring loaded and having stainless steel threading all atomizers I tried sat flush. It was an especially good fit with the Goblin Mini! Power button as well as up and down buttons are found either side of the clear display, the display itself displays the temperature/wattage (depending on mode), whether soft, normal or hard mode is selected, the remaining battery level and the resistance of the coil.

Performance

It’s a pocket sized single 18650 battery mod that packs a real punch, with a max output power of 60w available, and temperature control as well up to 600F/315C. DC-DC flat signal ensures stable output power, and in standard VW mode it performs as well as anything else available in the same range. Soft, normal and hard functions are available for use, soft mode will decrease the power output by 10% for two seconds, normal mode will offer a normal power output, hard mode provides a 10% boost in power for two seconds. In temperature control mode, you are prompted with a ‘new coil up, same down’ message when installing or reinstalling a new atomiser, so you press up if it is a new coil and down if it is the same as it was previously. Annoyingly I get this message with my unit when using a coil in VW mode every 5 minutes or so. Essentially what happens is that when I am not using my unit and the screen goes into standby, when I hit the fire button to ‘wake’ the unit back I am prompted to enter whether a new coil is present. Even though I haven't installed a new one. Strange...

Temperature control works well on the Koopor Mini unit, although I have found that I needed to set my temperature limit around 10F higher than what I usually do with other temperature control mods, and you do have to switch out of temperature control on the unit into wattage mode in order to adjust the wattage settings, as the up and down buttons adjust the temperature limit as standard. You can lock the mod with 5 clicks of the power button to save you shutting it down and powering it up each time.

Pure Eliquids

The Koopor Mini is touted as having Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and we have been assured that the app will be released shortly - this will be a suite for all Koopor products so we are looking forward to seeing what functionality it contains.

Conclusion

Form factor I really love with the Koopor Mini, it’s one of the smallest mods out there offering variable wattage and temperature control, it's solidly built and feels as such, and the design is pretty cool to boot as well. The removeable magnetic battery door is great and whilst small, the Koopor Mini is powerful too with a max output of 60w from a single 18650 battery. Downsides are that the buttons are pretty rattly, it's a bit of a pain to have to keep jumping out of temp control to adjust the wattage, the battery door rattles when changing the battery over and annoyingly that ‘new coil up same down’ prompt when I have left the mod alone for more than 5 minutes gets on my nerves a bit...Still, can’t complain about the price and the performance, and it looks great!

I have to note, that my review unit was a sample unit and clearly marked as so, hence why I was getting connectivity issues when attempting to use the bluetooth function, so there is a good chance that the issues I experienced with the Koopor Mini will be fixed once the unit is on general sale, as from what I believe the Koopor representatives are fully aware of the issues reported. Should these be fixed for the final release, then Koopor will have a great little hit on their hands, a solid and compact box mod offering a very respectable 60W of output power and temperature control at a reported RRP of under £50 is not to be sniffed at!

We have one of these units to give away - you can enter the competition here!

Editor's Note: This is an updated from the original article where the reviewer tried to get the unit to work with the SMOK SMART BEC - this is a completely different brand to SMOK and it is not made to work with their app.

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 Dan Willis
Article by Dan Willis
Dan was an early adopter of vaping as a way to quit smoking and has seen and done pretty much all there is to see and do in the vaping world! From Ego batteries to mechs and from rebuildables to pods there isn't much that Dan hasn't tried.
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