I’ve discovered the Pilot Vape Smart Nano V2 by mistake. I was looking for newly launched mods to review and it just looked like a decent piece of gear. After a few weeks with it, I’m ready to share my findings and some of them might actually surprise you!
Pilot Vape is a Chinese company and you really won’t hear much about it. A quick Google search in English will not even find its homepage. I’ve seriously searched high and low and for the life of me could not find one page that would give me at least a bit of information about the company. Their only other remotely popular product is the Coil Magician. Even with this “ghost” status, however, it is not to be ignored. Most of the gear we use nowadays is manufactured in China and it’s only normal for companies that design the mods as well to come out of the woodwork.
Let’s go into more detail regarding this mod and see if it measures up with the regulated mods that we have available right now.
Packaging and presentation
As it is to be expected, you get the spartan treatment with only the mod and a really short USB cable in the box. There’s also a small manual in broken English that’s included, but it doesn’t really help. The tanks used for the review were the Avocado 24, DigiFlavor Siren and the Ego One tank, which I have reviewed as part of the starter kit earlier this year. They all worked really well on this mod.
The Smart Nano V2 mod itself is really small, at only 65mm. Unexpectedly so, I might say. It feels really light as well; a nice change from my now aging RX200. The plastic finish feels nice and smooth, with no major issues there. The display is large enough and pretty crisp as long as you’re not looking at it in direct sunlight. It even shows your current resistance, which is welcome for a cheap mod. Overall it seems like a nice well built stealth mod, but there’s nothing incredibly interesting going on.
Small usage gripes and “interesting” additions
The battery is pretty solid at 2600 mAh and gets me around one to one day and a half vaping time. The issue I have with it (and this could totally just be paranoia from what I know) is that it doesn’t seem to be well glued to the casing. If I shake the mod ever so slightly, I can hear it/feel it swinging inside.
Another issue is the readability of the display. As mentioned earlier, as long as you’re inside or it’s somewhat cloudy outside, you will have no problems with it. The problems arise when you try to do that in the sunlight.
The reason for that is because they fitted an actual mirror inside the screen! Maybe they should have reflected some more (pun intended) before putting that in. An interesting addition, of course, but the drawbacks seem to outway the benefit of it looking pretty, at least for me.
The other minor gripe that I have is that the charging port is at the bottom of the case. I thought those days were behind us! I’m guessing the electronics’ size worked better that way in order to make the box so small.
What do I think about the Smart Nano V2? Believe it or not, I kinda like it! I know it doesn’t have the best features and it’s not the most interesting, but it rocks all of my tanks from 19mm to 24mm without any issues. Overall, it fits the need for a vape mod with not much that can go wrong with it, so maybe that’s why I think it fits the bill for me.