Cloupor ZNA 50 from Canvape
The Cloupor ZNA 50 is claimed to be a 1:1 copy of the authentic ZNA mod. It's quite close, but not 100%.
I was able to hold both together. While the Cloupor is close, I found that the Plus and Minus adjustment buttons were different height on the Cloupor. Other than that, it's really subjective. The only glitch is in Cloupor's marketing collaterals where they have the 18500 tube threaded on their ZNA 50 upside down. The ribbed lines should be near the top.
Cloupor does have "endorsement" from House of Hybrids, a brilliant move on House of Hybrids' part (and Cloupor too for that matter). If you so desire, you can send in your Cloupor and House of Hybrids will upgrade it to an authentic chip set (for a fee, of course).
Not sure why you would want to do that, though. This chipset, designed by Cloupor, is incredible. First, let's cover what is in the package:
- There is the base unit: a ZNA 50 with an 18500 tube.
- An extra tube to accommodate an 18650 battery.
- A mini screwdriver (philips head)
- Spare brass adjustment screws
- Instruction manual
- and, a VIP card – that's dual use: "authentication" system and 90 warranty card.
The center pin is adjustable two ways (one on each side). On the outer part, it is a 510 connector pin and fully adjustable. The inner part is adjustable to accommodate button and flat batteries.
The top is threaded and knurled, making it easy to get on and off. I did find those threads were buttery smooth.(Note: the picture at the left is from a pre-production unit, the production version is ajustable.)
The bottom is also threaded and knurled and is quite easy to get on and off (and the threads are also buttery smooth). The bottom cap has a spring to maintain pressure and contact to the battery.
The chipset accommodates variable wattage from 7 watts to 50 watts in 0.1 increments. The output voltage is not adjustable, it is set by the chipset and ranges from 3.6 volts to 8.5 volts. The ZNA 50 will support a coil resistance range from 0.3 ohms to 3.6 ohms.
Colors available are Silver and Stainless Steel.
I really like the stylish look of the ZNA 50 and have admired it for some time. I saw the authentic version some months ago and was salivating at the thought of a 30 watts mod with gorgeous looks. Now Cloupor has one available in a 50 watt mod.
The rounded part at the front of the unit is where you find the firing button. It's at the very top part. If you look at the picture at the right, that is the protruding part just above the Cloupor name.
Below that are the two buttons. The one on the left is the minus button and the one on the right is the plus.
And below that is the OLED display. It has a familiar look with a visual battery power indicator, coil resistance, voltage output and a larger wattage display.
With an 18500 battery, I don't expect it to reach 50 watts, it would struggle to reach 30 watts. You would need to have an 18650 battery supporting at least 25 amps to reach 50 watts, plus a sub-ohm coil. Despite this, it's an incredible looking mod. If you use the 18650 tube, it does extend the tube portion by about 15mm – the fixed portion of the mod does not extend. Even with the 18650 tube, it's still attractive.
So, what's the verdict? Is it worth it? It's incredible. The 50 watt mods are about the closest thing to perfection you can get for the average vaper. I rarely vape any higher than 8.5 watts and I am often asked why I would want to spend money on a product that is so much higher than what I need. Well, there's the flexibility of being able to kick up the watts to get additional flavor or throat hit. There's the flexibility to use just about any carto-, clearo-, or rebuildable ato-mizer that you feel like using. This Cloupor ZNA 50 provides a very smooth vape with well designed circuitry. I highly recommend it, you can't really get a much better commercial mod.
Update, 09 November 2014: I've been using the Cloupor ZNA 50 for several weeks now. When using 18500 batteries, it does not reach 50 watts and requires battery changes about 4 times a day. I am not fond of the look when using 18650 batteries. For the verdict above: it is incredible, it is as close to a 1:1 clone as you can get, and it is supported by House of Hybrids (they also will work on them and provide an upgrade to the Evolv DNA 40 if you wish). It is also one exceptionally smart looking advanced personal vaporizer. In practical use, though, it fails. I've also been using a Tobeco ZNA 36 at the same time and much prefer the ZNA 36 since it is designed around an 18650 battery. The Tobeco ZNA 36 does have its issues, though. If it is the look you are after, consider the ZNA 36 ... just as good looking, weighs quite a bit less (it's made of aluminum) and considerably lower price. Here's our review of the Tobeco ZNA 36.