With Mini Box Mods All The Rage Can The Cloupor Mini Challenge?
Now before we get into talking about the product itself it’s worth talking about the problem (big problem at that) that Cloupor had with a small batch of their first production models. I’ll keep it brief here, but you can read more info here as well as the Cloupor reaction.
A few users reported the Cloupor components literally melting after varying levels of use. Very serious problem for sure which according to the company happened with a small percentage of devices 0.1-0.2% and for batches they shipped from the end of January issue rectified.
So there we have it, by the time you read this vendors should now be stocking the latest, updated models. As is Jac Vapour.
If in doubt just ask them. I have personally had no problems with this at all.
The product I have here was purchased for the purposes of this review.
In the box / Presentation
The Cloupor Mini is well packaged in a wood effect box and contains the following.
- 1 X 30W Cloupor
- 1 X Carry Pouch
- USB Charging Cable
The Cloupor Mini offers 7-30W/3.6-7V and is powered by a replaceable 13650 battery of which is not supplied in the box. So be sure you have one of these if buying, I personally use Efest batteries which I’ve always found to work well, just don’t scrimp and scrape on batteries and chargers. Always buy branded from a trusted source.
I went for the black and out of the box I was pretty impressed, it’s a tiny, compact device that looks great and feels solid in the hand. The tonal branding to the front is understated which for me is a good thing, the OLED screen is a good size and easy to read and the surrounding power/selector buttons are finished well with a textured grip finish.
On the reverse side the back case is dimpled for better grip and to help when removing the back magnetic cover. This is a nice little feature allowing for quick and easy battery switching. The actual magnets are pretty powerful as well so the case back snaps into place with little effort. The only slight negative I can find from this at the moment id that there is slight play, left to right, when the case back is on. Not overly annoying or anything and surely something that would be an easy fix on updated models.
On the top is the 510 thread connection which can be adjusted using a small screwdriver that is supplied with the kit, so if your tank isn’t quite sitting flush. Adjustment is easy and Cloupor also include a couple of spare pins in the kit as well in case any should go missing. I personally prefer spring loaded pins but again not a problem at all.
As mentioned the Cloupor Mini doesn’t come with a battery so the life will of course depend on the battery you are using.
Check out both AW and Efest IMR 18650 batteries which are available in a number of capacities and could see you vaping uninterrupted for a couple of days.
If you are new to replaceable batteries I would recommend buying a couple of batteries so you can use them in rotation. Well worth it in the long run.
Cloupor Mini – Functions
As mentioned the OLED screen is both clear and a nice size. Like most variable voltage/wattage e cigarettes there is a small learning curve but once you have used one then I have found all are simple to get the hang of, the Cloupor Mini is no different.
- The usual on/off function is there, activated with 5 clicks of the fire button.
- VV/VW is switched between by holding the fire button and the down button.
- The display can be flipped by holding the fire and up button.
- Display can be locked by holding both the up/down buttons simultaneously for five seconds.
The screen itself displays the following information:
- Battery capacity
- Atomiser resistance (top left)
- Watt/Voltage output while vaping (in 0.01 increments)
- Main feature is the Watt/Volts setting which can be changed in 0.1 and 0.01 increments respectively.
- When vaping main feature shows vaping time counter in seconds.
So all the standard functions you would expect and they all work well. The watt/volt selection is good as well. It seems a bit slow at first but soon starts to whizz through them if you keep the up/down button pressed.
There are of course other features, some hidden, which include:
- Various error messages such as ‘Check Atomiser’ (when no atomiser is attached or has a tank attached below 0.45 Ohm or above 3.0 Ohm
- Shorted – Atomiser shorts or resistance lower that 0.2 Ohms is detected
- Low Power – Battery power is below 3.2V
- Too Hot – The device has on-board temp sensor. Will sleep and dispay this message if over 60ºC
I had no problems getting to grips with the functions, it should only take a few minutes of playing around with for anyone to get the hang of it.
The Cloupor Min is built really well. It feels solid in the hand and the control functions work a treat. Only one minor issue for me and that is with the slight side to side movement of the back plate.
The Cloupor Mini looks great with both the Aspire Nautilus Mini and the Kanger Sub Tank Mini I tried. No problems working with either of these tanks to it’s 30W limit.
As mentioned previously in my MVP 3 review I don’t tend to vape above 20-22W and 80% off the time I am happy around 10W with my Nautilus Mini and a 1.6 Ohm coil.
The rest of the time the Sub Tanks and Atlantis sub ohm devices at 0.5 Ohms are fun to play around with with certain juices. All perform superbly though and the flavours.
The e cig can also be used as a pass through so vaping while charging is possible.
Overall – Battery life will of course depend on the battery you choose to buy but performance in all other areas was fantastic.
Overall – Final Thoughts
I’m a big fan of the Cloupor Mini 30W. There were issues (serious issues) with a small selection of their original releases but the newer devices seem to have had the problem rectified. Just be sure you are buying correctly.
With the onset of high wattage devices this is, again, going to be overkill for some in the power department.
However, if you are buying purely on the fact that you want a small portable device with a high capacity replaceable battery then this is a fantastic option.
Here are the good and not so good that I found:
- Replaceable battery – No need to replace the unit when the battery dies.
- Small and compact with excellent build quality and feel in the hand.
- Magnetic back cover is strong and makes changing battery easy.
- Upto 30W/7V. For me is more than enough.
- Use coil heads down to 0.45 Ohm
- OLED Screen clear.
- Can vape and charge at the same time
- Works well with a variety of tanks that I used.
The Not So Good:
- Slight movement on back plate
- 30W and 7V may not be enough for more advanced vapers.
- No adapter included for EGO tanks.
- Charging port on the bottom of device not the best positioning, side would alow you to stand the e cig up.
Final Cloupor Mini Review Verdict:
Excellent: Highly Recommended