The Dovpo Odin Mini review and this is a collaborative force with not one but two icons of the vaping world.
First we have Vaperz Cloud, and they’re well known for the likes of the Asgard RDA and the popular Trilogy RTA.
Then we have the Aussie You tube reviewer and multi Ecigclick Award winner the Vaping Bogan, and he’s well known for his constant use of the “C” word among other expletives.
Dovpo has been involved with the vaping industry since 2006 with a keen devotion to developing electronic cigarettes for their user base.
Sound like a match made in heaven? Let’s find out with this review.
What Can We Expect From The Dovpo Odin Mini?
Pretty much anything and everything. Why do I say that?
At the heart of this device lies the now infamous EVOLV DNA board.
E-scribe software offers the user the ability to change just about everything in terms of display, menu screens and button functions. So expect to be able to fully personalize the device to your hearts content.
Just as long as you don’t mind attaching the device to a PC.
In the past the board has appeared in various forms including the DNA 60 for lower powered devices. The DNA 250 and DNA 250C especially can be classed as the bigger brother to the Dovpo Odin Mini.
Whereas the dual battery DNA 250 is able to pump out up to 250W, ideal for low builds and hot vapes on an RDA, the Dovpo Odin Mini is much more suited to sub ohm tanks and RTA’s utilizing a single coil.
Featuring a maximum output of 75W the Dovpo Odin Mini has effectively been shrunk down to half the size of its older brothers, it still retains all the features of the DNA board, in full colour.
Inside The Box
- Odin DNA75c box mod
- Pack of replacement battery wraps (various colours)
- Micro USB cable
- Battery warning card
- User Manual
This is one of a very few reviews that I can honestly say a user manual is pointless. Why?
On the one hand half of the manual is made up of graphs that appear meaningless to anyone other than those already wrapped up in the power of E scribe software.
The rest is dedicated to error messages, how to insert the battery as well as a reminder not to use the product “in a sexual manner“. Okay! ’nuff said lol!
Dovpo Odin Mini Specifications
- Dimensions 36.3mm x 32mm x 90.5mm
- Material Aluminium alloy
- Chipset DNA75C by EVOLV
- Wattage range 1 – 75W
- Temperature control range 200F-600F – 93C – 316C
- Replay feature
- Battery Single 21700/20700/18650 (with adaptor)
- Display 0.96in TFT colour screen (80 x 160 pixels)
- Charging on-board 5V/1A charging
Dovpo Odin Mini Features
- EVOLV patented wattage control
- Temperature protection
- Reverse polarity protection
- Onboard programmable multicolour LED
- Waterproof onboard buttons
- Real time clock
- Constant battery monitoring
Design and Build Quality
The Dovpo Odin Mini is really designed to be used with either a 21700 or 20700 external battery.
It does come complete with an adaptor for an 18650, just don’t expect to get as much life when using one.
I tested primarily using a Molicel INR 21700 and we’ll get into battery life later. I also used an 18650 battery with the adaptor and in neither case did I notice any battery rattle. Great stuff!
Going Straight To The Top
The gold plated spring loaded 510 pin has a lot of throw and I was very pleased to see it bang centre of the mod.
It looks like it will be able to accommodate tanks sizes of up to 28mm sitting flush.
One very cool feature not seen on many mods are the curved sides that appear on the rear. The reason I find them cool is because they allow you to easily adjust the bottom airflow on some of the more trickier tanks out there.
Very nice touch!
Dovpo Odin Mini the Sides
The same number of venting ports have been carried across from the much larger Dovpo Odin 250C. I don’t see that as an issue, you can never have enough venting especially with larger capacity, larger sized batteries.
From an aesthetic viewpoint, Dovpo has got it covered by supplying more than enough battery wraps to match the colour of your preferred tank, RTA or RDA.
I’m digging the brushed black, almost wood grain effect of the mod, and the laser etched logo at the base is flawless.
The Dovpo Odin Mini is also available in brushed red, gunmetal and silver.
I was dreading the fact that the Dovpo Odin Mini features a bottom hinged door.
My general experiences of them are not, shall we say, desirable.
This one does feel a little flimsy if I’m honest and there is a little side to side play when released.
The slide and catch feature certainly works effectively enough but it’s a case of whether it’ll stand the test of time.
I slammed the bottom against my palm, down on harder surfaces with no issues. Rock solid. I’ll report back in a few months time if indeed I do find any issues.
Full Frontal, Dick’eads..
It’s the EVOLV industry standard with the location of their onboard button layout.
Up and down menu navigation with a select option sandwiched between the two.
As much as you tinker with the onscreen display, you’re not getting away without a permanent reminder of that beer loving Aussie, as his logo has been etched into the fire button.
From a personal standpoint there’s enough branding elsewhere and on the bottom of the mod but it is what it is. Just as well I kind of dig Bogan’s skull logo.
The fire button is very responsive during use. I did have a minor gripe with the menu and select buttons, however.
The lower menu button was fine but the select and upper menu buttons sounded distinctly hollow when pressed, even with a battery inserted. It kind of made them feel a little cheap – you just knew there had to be a Negative Neil lurking! Lol!
No USB Type C here unfortunately but that seems to be standard with the DNA chip at the time of writing. Please do try to use an external charger.
The USB port has a dedicated purpose when hooking up with E Scribe.
Display Now Awesome (DNA)
In case you were unaware the C doesn’t stand for one of Vaping Bogan’s oft used words but the display on the Dovpo Odin Mini – and it’s just as colourful!
The 0.96in full colour TFT screen really does sparkle and replicates perfectly anything you may decide to bring across from the E scribe software.
Under the factory default setting the screen will time out after 30 seconds of inactivity. One cool factor is the mod will actually switch itself off too, so preserving battery life.
I’m new to the EVOLV DNA boards and had trouble finding the button sequence to manually switch the device on or off. Interesting fact – you don’t!
As well as it auto powering down, a single press of any button will revive it.
How Does The Dovpo Odin Mini Perform?
Following on from the previous comment, I tested the device’s auto shut down ability.
I left the battery installed overnight with an onscreen reading of 68 percent. The following morning it was reading the same., so no parasitic drain and no complaints from me!
How To Describe E scribe
There’s not enough space in this review to go over every feature that the E Scribe software has. The EVOLV website has an area dedicated to tutorials.
It’s certainly worth checking out from the get go but let me share a few experiences.
- The first thing to do is connect the Dovpo Odin Mini to your PC via the included USB cable. The PC will detect the device and install the appropriate drivers to allow communication back and forth.
- Next, visit the EVOLV website and and download the E scribe software suite. Choose the one applicable to your region.
- Finally install the downloaded file and open from the shortcut created on the desktop. Welcome to the wonderful and completely open world of Escribe!
That’s the hard work out of the way. From here you are presented with multiple screens, tabs and options. All designed to adjust the functionality of the DNA 75c board.
By way of an introduction, “Theme Park” is installed with the software. With a few clicks you can have someone else’s set up installed to your device, it’s good to share!
I managed to “brick” the MOD during the first few dabbles! So I was relieved to find a factory reset option within the suite.
So again, I cannot underplay the relevance of watching a few tutorials if tinkering is your thing too. Do as I say, never as I do! Lol.
NB: Remember to save your changes and ensure they are downloaded to the device before removing the USB cable.
Dovpo Odin Mini Performance
The Dovpo Odin Mini hits like a train. There’s no getting around that fact. I never experienced any difference in performance even as the battery drained down to around ten percent charge.
Flavour and cloud production held out to the very last.
It just kept working to an extremely efficient standard. Although I’m a relative stranger to 21700 batteries it did feel like I was operating a dual battery device.
The same clout was there – in fact there was very little difference even using a trusty 18650.
One thing that struck me above all else was the differences experienced with output. Stepping up in single watt increments proved very noticeable. I haven’t witnessed that on any other mod I’ve owned.
This really does allow you to dial into your sweet spot. Using the replay mode goes one step further by allowing you to maintain the same vape. Every time! Effectively recording your most flavoursome exhale.
However, this is only available to temperature sensing coils such as stainless steel.
Dovpo Odin Mini Battery Performance
The test was carried out using 2.5mm dual fused Clapton coils running between 40-50W with both an RTA and an RDA.
I managed six hours continuous use from the 18650 battery, and this was extended to nine and a half using the larger 21700.
At no time was there any warmth from the cell itself, testament to the onboard battery monitoring as well as those generous venting ports.
- Incredibly efficient battery monitoring
- Lightweight and ergonomically designed
- Reassuring battery venting on either side
- Easy to adjust the most awkward of bottom airflow control rings
- Amazing full colour TFT screen display
- Menu functions are easy to navigate
- Fully customizable interface with EVOLV E Scribe suite
- Two of the buttons feel tacky and sound hollow when pressed
- E Scribe software may be overwhelming to some
Dovpo Odin Mini Review Summary
It’s crazy to think the board has been around for six years. It began life as the DNA40 which was the first chip to ever feature temperature control. Since then it has gained an incredibly huge army of fans.
I have to give credit to the design and build quality of the Dovpo Odin Mini. Despite housing a larger battery it still feels quite light in the hand.
It’s also incredibly comfortable to hold. I’ve not been able to put it down and will go as far as to say it’s better than my beloved SX Mini SL Class in terms of ergonomics.
Operating the menu screen soon becomes second nature. They’re not as convoluted as I was expecting, and I particularly liked the diagnostics screen, bringing out the true geek in me! Lol.
As much as the E Scribe and Theme Park software are alluring there’s no reason not to use the Dovpo Odin Mini right out of the box.
The factory defaults are a plain and simple way of introducing yourself to what is without doubt a very impressive device.
It’s not going to be for everyone having a maximum output of 75W.
What it does do though is cater for the ever growing number of single coil builders out there, those that like to run at a more conservative 40-60W for example.
An ideal companion for those that enjoy MTL vaping at lower wattage.
It will appeal to those that use sub ohm tanks favouring a cooler vape and not too interested in blowing huge O rings out into the ether.
Dovpo Odin Mini Final Review Verdict
The Dovpo Odin Mini has now become my go to MOD of choice.
The higher capacity 21700 seems to match the power of a dual battery mod in a much slimmer and easier to handle format. Unlike many of those mods it never feels cumbersome in the hand, and I put that down to awesome design quality.
The aluminium alloy body looks strong and robust enough to take more than a few knocks.
I’m more than happy to see plenty of battery venting. There are no sharp edges and take nothing away from the overall appearance, I put that down to awesome build quality.
Sound like I’m gushing? Yup – I am!
I’m in love with the full colour TFT screen that offers bright and vibrant reproductions of anything transferred over from the E Scribe software. The fonts are clear and crisp with button and navigation menus a joy to use.
In closing, it’s that damn battery efficiency and the power capabilities, even for a 75W device it’s quite incredible.
It may be half the size of it’s older brothers but there’s certainly nothing half hearted about the Dovpo Odin Mini.