Smoant Naboo Starter Kit Review
The Naboo Starter Kit by Smoant is a sleek and stylish new kit by Smoant. Once a prolific manufacturer of drippers and various tanks back in the day, Smoant has been rather quiet in recent years. However, this is a company known for creating decent, high-quality vape gear, so it’s always a pleasure to have them back on the scene. With the Naboo, it looks like they’re clearly vying for that high-tech, advanced vaping market. They’ve got the gigantic touch screen and the futuristic looks going on, let’s take a look and see how it vapes.
- Dimensions: 91 x 48 x 31mm
- Display:4” TFT Color Screen
- Batteries: Dual 18650
- Wattage Output: 1 – 225W
- Voltage Output:0 – 8.4V
- Resistance Range:1 – 3.0ohm
- Temperature Range: 200 – 600F
- Juice Capacity:0mL
- Coil Ratings:18ohm Mesh OCC (rated for 40 – 80W), 0.17ohm Mesh OCC (rated for 60 – 100W)
- Smoant Naboo Coil Family
- Knurled & Threaded Top-Fill System
- Dual Adjustable Bottom Airflow
- 810 Resin Drip Tip
- Tactile Feedback – Vibration-Enabled Buttons
- Independent Lock Button
- Unique User Interface Modes
- Locking adjustment buttons
- Looks very nice w/ brushed finish
- Sub-ohm tank has tons of airflow
- Tank is incredible
- Good amount of options in menu systems without overwhelming the user
- Brushed mod & stainless tank don’t match.
- A little bit too heavy
- Mesh coils are super flavorful, right up there with the Falcon
- Removable drip tip
- Includes both bubble & straight glass options
- Handles up to 27.5mm tanks
- Very simple, intuitive, clean, and bright screen
- Centered 510
- Side button for locking is great
- Customizable wallpaper
- Feels really nice in the hand
- Firmware upgradeable
- Tank has way too much airflow
- Not enough info on the screen
- Drip tip not goon compatible
- Battery door doesn’t sit flush and has a bit of play
- Firmware upgrades
- Clean display
- Custom background
- Nice & clear & user-friendly screen
- Side button for locking & stealth mode
- Battery door is great
- +/- markings in white
- Flavor is great
- Easy to accidentally press a lot of buttons while vaping
- Have to accurately press firing button in exactly the right spot
The Naboo Starter Kit seems to be a pretty big success, by all accounts. There’s a lot to love about this kit, with a few qualms you may want to pay attention to as well. As always, bad news first, so we’ll start with the cons.
First and most important con is the airflow on the tank. By now, we’ve all become accustomed to the wind tunnel airiness of mesh sub-ohm tanks. A wide-open airflow is nothing to new to most vapers, but this bad boy is on a completely different level. The dual airflow channels are nearly a half-inch wide on both sides. When that AFC ring is all the way open, you’re going to literally get unprecedented levels of airflow. Now, this isn’t a terrible thing – after all, you can close the airflow down – but it is worth mentioning.
Next, there are some minor design issues to touch on before we get to the pros. The touch screen is nice and rather responsive, which is great, but it also makes it easy to accidentally press buttons while vaping. Unless you lock the buttons by putting the kit into stealth mode, you’ll be adjusting the wattage and hitting all kinds of stuff while the mod is enclosed in your hand. The kit is also quite heavy. While this is largely owing to its solid construction, it’s going to be a lot heavier than other plastic or aluminum kits, so be aware of that.
Aside from those somewhat nitpicky cons, everything’s coming up roses for the Naboo. Let’s start with the pros on the sub-ohm tank. The coils included with the Naboo Tank are absolutely phenomenal. You get some truly remarkable flavor, which holds up even under the wide-open airflow. You also get a removable drip tip, which, while not goon compatible, is removable and will be compatible with any of your 810s with O-rings.
While the sub-ohm tank is one of the best out there, the mod also has a lot going for it. The display is really very cool and “high-tech” without overwhelming users. You can add your own custom backgrounds, you get a firmware upgradeable chip set, and a nice and intuitive menu system. Inside this menu system, you’ll find all the options you would expect in a clean, user-friendly interface.
The construction is fantastic as well. As mentioned earlier, the whole kit is quite heavy, owing largely to its excellent construction and Smoant’s choice of materials. There’s no play on the battery door nor is there any rattle from the buttons. Speaking of buttons, the firing button is solid and responsive, and it’s also extremely helpful that they included a separate locking/stealth mode button the side of the mod.
It also just feels really nice in the hand. Its design is ergonomic, meaning that, even though it’s rather heavy, you likely won’t notice the heft quite as much as you would with others. All-around, we’ve got ourselves a pretty sweet kit here!
There’s not a whole lot wrong with the Smoant Naboo Starter Kit. If you’ve been vaping for a while and need a good, reliable kit with a moderate number of features, this is for you. Beginners will likely find something to enjoy here too, although the massive airflow may take some getting used to – especially for those recently coming off cigarettes. I mean, each component of this kit is honestly worth picking up on their own too. While the top-tier sub-ohm tanks have been well-established for quite a while, Smoant really did a nice job with this tank, earning it a spot right below the very best in class. And if you’re looking for a touch-screen mod, you could do much, much worse than the Naboo. Overall, a moderate to strong recommendation from HandCheck.