KSD Hana Modz DNA 30 from Canvape
The Hana Modz clone V3 is a billet 6061 aluminium DNA 30 controlled mod with a brass 510 connector. This uses the EVOLV DNA 30D chipset.
Incredible variable wattage that you control. Wattage – not voltage – for better consistency, reliability and repeatability.
User replaceable 18650 battery (not included). Recommended is a flat top 18650 battery only due to tight tolerances.
- Billet Aluminum
- No Logo
- Brass 510 Connector
- Adjustable Wattage from 7 watts to 30 watts in 0.1 increment
- Atomizer Resistance Display
- Battery Life indicator
- Fashionable Box Style "mod"
- On-Board USB Charging @ 500mAh (from 5 volts to 6.5 volts)
- 0.7 ohm to 5.0 ohm coil resistance range
- Circuit protection: short-circuit protection, voltage shortage protection, and reverse battery protection
- displays voltage being used (input voltage from 3.2 volts to 4.3 volts)
- OLED display (17.5 mm / 0.69 in.)
This unit comes in a fashionable gift box and includes:
– 18650 Hana Modz DNA 30 clone advanced personal vaporizer
– USB Charging Cable
The OLED display shows battery charge state (visual representation), volts and ohms. The top connector is brass which means connectivity should be firm with minimal power loss or power drop-off. As you can see from the picture at the left, the 510 connector area is slightly recessed into the body of the rectangular device. This means that it is best used with atomizers that are less than 22 mm. You should also note one concern that I have: the air vent slots are not the full length of the recessed area. If the atomizer you are using is flat bottom, that may represent a challenge for air flow.
The firing button and the wattage up/down buttons are smaller and round topped. They provide a firm clicking sounds and tactile feel that provides confirmation of being pressed.
The back of the KSD Hana DNA 30 clone has two philips-head screws. The back plate covers a single 18650 battery. For my tests, I used a Sony VCT 5 battery. The Sony VCT 5 features 2600 mAh delivering 30 amps of continuous power. The Sony VCT 5 is perfect for all coil resistance (including sub-ohm from 0.3 ohm). Once you screw the back plate back on after inserting the battery, you just leave it like that. The KSD Hana DNA 30 clone has a built-in 500 mAh on-board micro USB charging port and even includes the micro USB cable. While charging, there is a faint reddish glow around the USB charging port. When fully charged, glow becomes green.
The Hana DNA box mod is legendary, and rightfully so. It was one of the first on the scene using the DNA 20 chipset. The follow-on DNA 30 chipset version is similar. The MODZ version is available with either a replaceable 18650 or in a "mini" verison with built-in lithium-ion battery.
The buttons work very well. You press the Up/Down button to increase/decrease power (wattage) in 0.1 watt increments. There is a "speed-up" function, the longer you hold one of those buttons, the faster the increment. And, somewhat similar to an eGo battery, you press the fire button 5 times in 7 seconds to lock/unlock the device. If you press five more times in less than 10 seconds, that forces a shut down of the device. The screen has two brightness levels. While operating the device, it is at full intensity. If the device is idle for more than 15 seconds, the screen brightness dims. Press any button and the screen returns to normal operation.
The number of Hana clones increases daily. KSD made this version and claim it is a 1:1 clone. It certainly feels right, feels light, and looks great. I used this with several different atomizers: 1) Youde UD Aga T7, Ehpro Squape, and a brand new Aerotank Giant. The only atomizer I was really concerned about was the Aerotank Giant. The base of the Aerotank is quite a bit larger diameter than the DNA 30 mod recessed area. There are two potential problems with this. The most obvious is air flow since it appears to block the air flow channels. The bigger issue, though, is that if the atomizer does not sit in the recessed area, will the 510 connector make contact with the positive pin of the DNA 30? It was one of the first tests I ran and had absolutely no problem with vaping (it connected fine) and had no problem whatsoever with air flow.
Using the KSD Hana Modz clone is a distinct pleasure. I have become quite enamored with box mods. They are closer to the "stealth" style of vaping that I prefer. The other box mod that I call my "go-to" device is the E LVT. I can easily see alternating between these two devices. Both have advantages and disadvantages. There is one disadvantage to the E LVT, though, that I need to point out and it does NOT apply to most people. When I do tests and reviews, the E LVT has limitations when it comes to clearomizers and atomizers. The minimum resistance that will work with the E LVT is 1.4 ohms. Until recently that has not been a problem, but lately I seem to have more requests for rebuildable atomizers tests and reviews. I have no problems building coils of just about any resistance. I've made them as low as 0.4 ohms and as high as 2.4 ohms. To work alongside the E LVT, I have come to rely on the 26650 Hades mechanical mod. The Hades gets replaced now ... that will become the role of the E LVT (a backup). The primary will be this new KSD Hana Modz clone. It can handle just about any coil and coil resistance, any 510 connector, and is in a form factor that is very comfortable. It's also a lot lighter than either the Hades or the E LVT – a lot lighter. They are not in the same class of devices, though. I would not want to use the DNA 30 in a rain fall, for example, or rely on it in a harsh environment like a work site or if out hunting or fishing (I would take the E LVT in those cases). Any other time, though, the DNA 30 clone has an edge in its light weight, coil resistance range, and wattage range.
The KSD Hana Modz clone also has another advantage that no one seems to talk about much. It has pass-through charging. When I first drove down to pick up the DNA 30, I also grabbed a Sony VCT 5 battery (that and the VCT 4 are recommended for this device). The VCT 5 had very little charge in it, the DNA 30 screen had it as nearly completely depleted. So while in the car I put the micro USB into the port on the panel and it was charging ... and I was vaping at the same time. Nice bonus. There are very few devices with built-in USB charging ports and pass-through charging. Innokin make three that I have reviewed (VV V3, MVP, and VTR) and the E LVT. There are others as well, but these are the four we have reviewed. Compared to devices that you have to remove the battery and use a separate wall plug charger, having the ability to charge in device is far more practical and useful.
The KSD Hana Modz clone has a significant range of wattage available – it's from 7.0 watts to 30.0 watts. The increments are 0.1 watts. That's a lot of "steps" go to through. As part of our test, we used a stop watch timer to determine how long it takes to get from 7.0 watts to 30.0 watts – the total is exactly 13.15 seconds. We tried it in reverse too: the total is exactly 13.2 seconds. When you click the "plus" button, it starts out slowly and gradually speeds up. Same thing in reverse. That lets you fine tune the wattage without zooming through too fast, yet the acceleration feature can get you to higher or lower wattage quickly. 13 seconds is not bad!
So, what's the verdict? Is it worth it? The Hana Modz is legendary, of that there is no doubt. This faithful representation is a copy of the form factor and uses the an EVOLV chipset. The feature set, though, is not a 1:1 representation. The original has quite a few additional features that are useful and functional – this is rather strange since it is using the same electronics and chipset as this clone. That being said, the KSD Hana Modz DNA 30 clone has the functionality that is needed and it works quite well. I used it with several different atomizers and found all of them performed equally at the same settings on the DNA 30. The range from 7.0 watts to 30 watts is phenomenal. If you measure the "worth" of a product by plans to use it on a regular basis, we recommend this. If you measure the "worth" by value, this is has great value. The weight advantage it has with its aluminum billet frame makes it very light and easy to carry around and use all day long. Another "edge" worth mentioning is the choice of colors. The KSD Hana Modz DNA 30 clone is available in five colors – plus, because of its form factor, you can also choose wraps. The E LVT that I have been comparing it to is available in three colors (well, really only two – the green version appears to be unavailable most of the time) and wraps are out of the question because of the silicone protective casing around the metal.
Update, July 22 2014: I am finding this particular device a tad annoying when wanting to vape. The device goes into "sleep" mode much too quickly and requires a press of any of the buttons to "wake" and then another press of the firing button to vape. Unless you are a chain vaper, this can throw you off your game. I understand this is common to clones as well as the authentic version. Tolerable? Yes, but annoying.
Note: we have published a summary of the Evolv DNA vs YiHi SX chipsets here.