Could the Lost Vape Centaurus Quest BF kit be a much needed addition to the squonk kit market?
Do you remember the Boom in the squonk market?
Now I’m no expert with the history of squonkers, but there are a number of key points in history that have defined squonking in general.
First off I remember the Vandy Vape Pulse, and Pulse V2. Also the Ohm Boy OCC Desire Rage Squonk.
What I remember most about squonking, is its death. Caused by the still popular Dovpo Topside Dual, along with the single battery variant.
Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of other dual, and single battery squonkers which have been popular and used by many even to this day. But seeing a new squonk device hit the market has been few and far between.
And after the very impressive year that Lost Vape has had, I was surprised to see they decided to really put on their Billy Big Boy trousers, and release a single 21700 100w squonker, with a Single coil RDA to boot!
I mean – Talk about sticking it to the man! By man, I mean the dead squonking market.
What Can We Expect From The Centaurus Quest BF kit by Lost Vape?
Let’s not beat about the bush then. The Centaurus Quest BF kit is simply a single 21700 device, making use of Lost Vapes Quest 2.0 chipset and can fire up to 100w.
The Quest 2.0 chipset is an upgraded variant over the first which was used in the original Lost Vape Grus Mod, then upgraded for a second version, along with the Lost Vape Ursa and the Lost Vape Cyborg. So Lost Vape have had plenty of devices that make use of this chip.
As much as the Centaurus Quest squonk mod can be purchased separately, it can be bought in a kit and is coupled with the Centaurus Solo RDA. A single coil RCD with pre-installed BF pin.
The Lost Vape Centaurus Quest FB mod is advertised as a ‘2 in 1’ device, as it can be used as a squonker, or you can remove the squonk bottle, and fit the 9.5ml capacity storage bottle and treated as a regular 100w device.
The Centaurus Solo RDA is Lost Vapes first RDA and features dual channel adjustable airflow which channels the air to each side, and below the single coil, twin posts with enough room for a fairly large coil and is 24mm in diameter.
So let’s Crack on and see what the Lost Vape Centaurus BF Kit is all about…
What’s In The Box
- 1 x Centaurus Quest BF Mod (with 9.5ml squonk bottle)
- 1 x Centaurus Solo RDA
- 1 x 9.5ml storage Bottle
- 1 x 18650 Adaptor
- 1 x Warrany Card
- 1 x Spare Drip Tip
- 1 x Spares Bag
- 1 x USB-C Cable
- 2 x User Manuals.
Lost Vape Centaurus Quest BF Mod
- Product Size: 52.75x 31.9x 86.0mm
- Output Wattage: 5-100w
- Output Modes: VW/TC-Ni/TC-Ti/TC-SS/TCR
- Charging: Via USB-C @ UNKNOWN (But tested at 1.4A)
- Output Voltage:3.0-4.2v
- Resistance range: 0.1-5.0Ω
- Display: 0.96inch TFT
- Battery: 18657/20700/21700
- Material – Zinc Alloy
Lost Vape Centaurus Solo RDA
- Height: 31.0mm
- Diameter: 24.0mm
- Coil – Single
- Airflow: Adjustable Dual slots
- To Fill: Squonk/Drip
- Drip Tip – 810 fitment
The kit comes in a range of colours which all have corresponding coloured RDA’s to match the device. Along with this there are a number of different colours leather craps around the side of the devices.
Lost Vape Centaurus Quest BF Kit Design & Build Quality
I received the Gunmetal Pearl finish which has a black leather panel, and a gunmetal Centaurus Solo RDA.
The Lost Vape Centaurus Solo RDA
Drip Tip & Top Cap:
The pre installed 810 drip tip is actually quite smart looking, and fits nice and snug into the top cap of the RDA.
The top-cap is removable as well and has two squared off slots for your airflow. There is a single, clear O-ring which fits nice and snug onto the barrel, but being just a single O-Ring, I do have a little concern that it’ll wear out fairly quickly, however there are spares in the kit.
The top-cap also has some slight doming, however its more squared off than domed.
The first thing you notice is the huge Centaurus logo stamped onto the side of the barrel. Perhaps a little bit of an Over-Brand, some may say. Personally, it goes with the rest of the theme, so I like it.
The barrel has two airflow slots which are approx 6mm in width and for a nice little touch, there is an arrow located just above one of the airflow holes, making it easier to line the barrel up with the deck.
Inside the barrel are two U-Shaped obstructions which are situated inside the airflow holes, forcing your airflow down, into the deck airflow channels.
Lastly – the barrel is fairly thin. A thin barrel works very well for heat dissipation, but not so well for strength but the barrel doesn’t feel like its weak in any way, in fact it feels fairly solid for just how thin it is.
I haven’t used a great number of single coil RDA’s, but one things for sure, Lost Vape have been clever with the space available for a single coil.
The airflow on the deck has been designed in a way that it hits the coil from below, but at a 90 degree angle from both sides, meaning it’s technically going to give an even spread of air in the right direction over the coil and up through the drip tip.
I don’t know the depth, but the Deck is deep enough to allow for e-liquid to pool and suck down into the bottle if it doesn’t all get soaked up by the cotton.
The base has the usual warning marks and Lost Vape branding, but its important to take note of the 510 pin which has a milled centre hole for squonking, but can be swapped out for a solid state pin.
The peak insulator sits slightly above the threading so it should be fine for a mechanical mod, but I would have liked to have seen a little more of the insulator.
Lost Vape Centaurus Solo RDA – Overall:
Overall the quality of the Solo RDA is very good, the paint finish is strong and feels durable and the deck is well machined. Everything fits together very well and I have no real concerns over the build quality.
The Lost Vape Centaurus Quest BF Mod:
The 510 connector is obviously where the squonky magic happens, but the baseplate itself is also large enough to house a 26mm atomiser, meaning you don’t necessarily need to stick to the Centaurus Solo RDA if you have a preferred dripper, or even a tank you would like to use.
The Front of the Centaurus Quest BF Mod
Ok so we’re going to call the front, where the fire button is, and the left side, is where the screen is!
Yeah obviously with squonkers, you generally find the display and all that magic is located separately to the fire button, due to the fact you have to have a squonk bottle somewhere on the device.
Up top is a large, curved, square fire button which is slightly ski slope shaped, but a little more flush but has a nice click to it.
Below the fire button is the squonk bottle and its housing which is removable.
The squonk bottle housing can be slid down with a medium to firm press downwards which will release the housing, at which point you can fit the spare 9.5ml capacity storage bottle, if you decide you have no need to squonk.
I have noticed however, after a short while, the bottle housing does weaken a little, meaning if you squeeze the squonk bottle in the wrong way – slightly downwards for example – you may find you accidentally push the housing down!
The squonk bottle, and storage bottles are silicone based and I’m no expert, but they squeeze nice, and also suck the e-liquid back into the bottle fairly well. No complaints.
Cleverly enough, Lost Vape have included a little valve on the top of the squonk bottle, so when the bottle is released from the device, the valve shuts, and e-liquid wont come pouring out – meaning you can flip the bottle upside down, remove the small threaded cap, and re-fill. Clever and simple.
The threaded cap is a little on the small side, so fingers, thumbs and decent dexterity are required.
As previously mentioned, the side of the device is where your display and adjustment buttons are situated, along with a USB type C port at the bottom of the pile.
The 0.96in display is bright and clear with plenty of information on the main screen, along with a comprehensive menu.
Below the screen are the up and down adjustment buttons, and in keeping with the Quest chipset, there is also a middle button, which is basically an ‘Enter’ button.
The Battery Door
Lost Vape love these screw in, threaded battery doors and the Centaurus Quest BF mod is no different. However, these type of battery doors are trustworthy, as long as you don’t cross-thread them and they also allow the device to be as short as possible.
There is also a nice amount of battery venting on the cap.
At first glance, the Lost Vape Centaurus Quest BP kit looks unusual. You have a fire button and bottle on the front, a display and buttons to one side, a leather wrap around the back and a solid feeling plate with different graphics on the other side. It looks odd!
It certainly takes a little time to get used to, more with how you hold, and use the device.
But it certainly feels solid, high quality and by no means is it any less of a decent feeling kit than say the Ursa, Grus, Cyborg, Centaurus DNA250c or Thelema. Which In my opinion, have all been very well made devices.
The Lost Vape Centaurus Quest BF Mod – Overall:
Overall the Centaurus Quest BF mod has all the right features, in all the right places and feels very good quality.
In The Hand
As previously mentioned, the kit can take a little while to get comfortable with, especially if you haven’t squonked in a while.
In the hand, the Centaurus Quest BF kit feels a but like your usual Dual 18650 device and its certainly weighty thanks to the Zinc Alloy construction.
The leather wrap about the back of the device is fairly soft, allowing for a nice grip, but its not very padded.
I’ve preferred the kit as a finger firer in my right hand. Meaning my middle finger can squeeze the bottle, whilst my index finger does the firing.
In the left hand, you can obviously treat it exactly the same, with the only trouble being that the display and adjustment button are inside the palm of your hand. Not a big deal, but something I should mention.
How To Build on the Lost Vape Centaurus Solo RDA
A few things to consider when building on the Centaurus Solo RDA. Firstly, are you building for squonking or dripping?
Secondly, are you looking to thrash it at 100 watts and carry batteries, or you cant a build that can give you battery life all day.
I’ve tried both options, but the option below is somewhere between the two. Offering a fairly high powered vape at 75 watts, which at about 250-300 puffs, should give you enough battery life to last all day.
I used a Proper Coils Fralien coil, which for the spec-heads is 2x28g Ni80 with 6x KA1 Ni80 and has a 3mm inner diameter.
How to build on the Lost Vape Centaurus Solo RDA
- Open your post terminals
- Fit your coil and tighten the post screws
- Adjust your coil position so its directly between the two airflow holes
- Cut the ends of the coil as close to the posts as you can
- Pulse your coil on low wattage and gently rake to get an even glow
- Allow the coil to cool, then wick with cotton.
- Cut the cotton to your desired length, I went for a cut just past the edge of the deck and tuck into the deck.
- Soak your cotton with e-liquid, and if you’re squonking, give it a little squeeze too
- NOTE – When squonking, if your coil position is too low, the squonked e-liquid will pass over the coil, and potentially down the airflow openings, which may lead to leakage.
How Does the Lost Vape Centaurus BF Kit perform?
Front screen shows:
- Wattage/Power setting
- Battery life and percentage
- Set Wattage/Voltage
- Coil Resistance
- Power Mode (Hard, Normal/Soft)
- Puff Count
- Settings Tab
Lost Vape Centaurus Quest BF Menu
There’s a small number of button sequences to remember to operate this device:
- 5 clicks of the fire button will turn the device on and off.
- Up button will adjust power/scroll through options
- Down button will adjust power/scroll through options
- Middle button will highlight options, which can then be scrolled through with up/down buttons.
Lost Vape Centaurus Quest BF Main Settings
Once you’re into the main settings tab, you have the option to find more info on your set power mode, adjust brightness, change the screen colour, browse your user set programmes, reset the device and also find out your chipsets version.
Flavour & Clouds
For the duration of my testing, I was vaping on Code Red by Darkstar that is an 80Vg 20PG mix, which at times – got a little thick due to the cold temperatures we’ve had recently. And the squonk bottle done decent job of coping with the very thick liquid.
The Fralien Build.
My Fralien build came out at 0.27Ω which after a lot of tinkering, I ended up at 75 watts, Allowing a fair amount of power, vapour production whilst also considering battery life.
With the airflow set to its max, the Centaurus Solo performs well, if not a little too open for my preferences. Flavour is also reduced because of the amount of airflow. There is also a little noise from the RDA. Almost a slight whistle which can be a little annoying. But not too loud.
Quarter Closed Airflow
With the airflow set with a quarter closed. I found my sweet spot. Allowing for a comfortable smooth Direct to Lung Vape, whilst improving flavour and limiting noise.
I’m not a regular single coil RDA user, but I’ve been very impressed with the flavour from this RDA at this setting. Almost top marks.
Three Quarters Closed Airflow
With the airflow set to three quarters closed, the restriction allows for a restrictive direct lung vape which I actually quite comfortable and fairly quiet. There is a slight wishy washy feel to it, but it didn’t bother me much at all. Flavour is still very good.
Lost Vape Centaurus Quest BF Mod
- Solid build and feel
- Easy to navigate menu and functions
- Squonk bottle feels quality
- Squonk housing holds and removes quite well.
Lost Vape Centaurus Solo RDA
- Good build quality
- Easy to build on
- Fits together well
Lost Vape Centaurus Quest BF Mod
- Can take a while to get used to
- Battery door may bother some
- Squonk bottle cap requires good dexterity
- USB-C port can get filled with… stuff
Lost Vape Centaurus Solo RDA
- Airflow can be a little turbulent
- Over-branded for some
Final Review Verdict
I’ve been trying to figure out what I feel about this kit from Lost Vape. Have they reignited a section of vaping which almost appeared to be dead? Or have they just added another squonker to the pile, which couldn’t match up to the ease of the Dovpo Topside devices?
Personally – Apart from not being top-filling. I think they’ve nailed it. If this kit was released 4 years ago, I believe it would have been one of the top sellers. But what about the fact that they released it now? Is squonking still relevant?
Well this is the case – If squonking, and the manufacture of squonk devices can be reignited – then this is the kit that will start it all off again.
When it comes to the Centaurus Solo RDA – Its certainly no slouch and produces a nice vape and good flavour with the right coils.
So the 3 big questions I ask when testing a product are:
Would this device be long lasting and still work 3, 6 or even 12 months from now?
Lost Vape haven’t forgotten about quality, this year they’ve been excellent when it comes to developing hard wearing mainstream devices, and the Centaurus Quest BF Kit is no different.
Does this device deliver the flavour, vapour and general experience I require, in order to be enjoyed?
The Lost Vape Centaurus Solo RDA performs well, if not a little fiddly with the airflow for a while. Fit the right coil and you’ll eventually et the vape experience your after.
Is the Lost Vape Centaurus Quest BF Kit versatile enough to suit a new and experienced vapers?
Well its certainly not for new vapers. When I started vaping, the word ‘Squonking’ sounded very stupid! And I had no clue what it meant.
For the squonkers out there… If you want to see new squonk devices hit the market in 2022 – Get one!
Did you buy the Lost Vape Centaurus Quest BF kit? Or have you tried it? Let us know what you thought in the comments below.