By Martyn Rowlands from our Hereford Store.
Update: The Tesla Nano is no longer available, but fans of tiny mods might want to check out the iStick Nano instead.
We see a lot of the ‘latest and greatest’ hardware sent from various companies and it’s easy to be sceptical about what’s hot and what’s not. When the Telsa Nano 60W arrived at our offices however it was immediately clear that this bit of kit was a cut above the rest.
On paper it has all the right features but it’s the way these are implemented and the build quality that really makes it shine, putting many other similarly spec’d mods to shame.
Great design, attention to detail and a very reasonable price point make this vesatile device ideal for seasoned vapers and new comers alike. A real workhorse!
- What’s in the box
- Key Features
- How To Charge The Battery
- What We Like
- What We Don’t Like
What’s in the box
- 1 x Tesla Nano 60W TC Mod
- 1 x Micro USB Cable
- 1 x Manual
- 1 x Scratch to check authenticity sticker
Clearomiser not included.
- Powerful Dual LiPo Batteries (3700mAh total)
- Adjustable Wattage From 7-60W
- Maximum Voltage: 8V
- Minimum Atomiser Resistance (Watts/Volts): 0.1ohm
- Minimum Atomiser Resistance (Temp): 0.05ohm
- Zinc Alloy Construction
- Bypass ‘Mecha’ Mode
- Ni200 Nickel and Titanium Compatible
- Low Voltage Warning
- Short Circuit Protection
- Atomizer Short Protection
- No Atomizer Protection
Immediately striking, the Tesla Nano has a unique and beautifully designed case. It’s sleek and feels great in the hand. The oversize firing button has a satisfying click when pressed.
The case is unique, combining curved sides with square top and bottom. When you’ve got a clearomiser attached (pictured below), it stands on it’s “heel”.
The first thing that you will notice when picking up the Tesla Nano is how solid it is. It is durable, and the weight and construction quality gives it the feeling that it could survive getting run over by a tank. Just for clarity, it probably wouldn’t, so don’t go placing in front of your car for a test, as you will void your warranty!
For some the thumb firing button may be odd, but due to the sloped bottom corner of the device, holding and firing it in such a position is actually quite comfortable, as this sloped section allows you to curl your little finger beneath it for support.
Having all the controls in one place makes adjustment quick and easy. You can press the fire button or make adjustments with your thumb without shifting the device in your hand. Get’s the thumbs up from me! *ahem*
The menu system on the Tesla Nano is easy to use. As usual, you can lock the device by clicking the fire button five times, and when locked, another five times to unlock.
There are 3 coil modes available; Titanium mode, Ni200 temperature control mode, and bypass/mech mode for use with non temperature sensing coils. Despite the name, bypass/mech mode still offers the same protection as TC modes.
When you connect an Ni200 or Titanium temperature control coil, you’ll be prompted to select Ni or Ti mode. This is done by using the up and down buttons above the display. Press the fire button to confirm your selection. You’ll also be asked if it the same coil or a new coil. This is particularly useful if attaching a clearomiser that you’ve removed for filling, as it will save your resistance.
Temp Control selection: With the device locked, hold both up and down buttons until the temp setting option is displayed.
Hold the down button to switch from Fahrenheit and Celsius mode. Once you reach the lowest setting the mod will switch from Celsius to Fahrenheit.
Once you’ve chosen your measurement units, you can adjust the temperature by using the up and down buttons.
To turn off temperature control mode, hold up until you see “Off” on the display.
To lock the power, hold the fire and down buttons together until the power lock message is displayed. Repeat to unlock.
Mechanical/Bypass Mode: In wattage mode scroll all the way to 60W where it stops. Press the up button again, and it will go into bypass mode. To go back to wattage mode, press the down button.
It would appear that the chip looks at changes of resistance to determine whether the coil used is for power mode (steady resistance), or for temp mode, which can change as the temperature of the coil increases or decreases.
Charging the Battery
Charging this device uses the same method that applies to most of our batteries. Plug the USB cable into a device with a USB port, or use our 5v 1amp plug.
Like any great mod, the Tesla Nano provides useful messages to the user when something is wrong. There are 4 different messages to that can be displayed.
- Long Smoking – When you hold the fire button for more than 10 seconds with non TC coils, or 20 seconds for TC coils.
- Low battery – The battery is low on charge.
- No atomizer – When no clearomiser is attached or the clearomiser is not detected.
- Atomizer Short – When the device detects a short in the clearomiser, or the resistance of the clearomiser is too low.
In the name of “science”, staffer Tom tested the over puffing protection in TC mode and had a mild case of nicotine overdose. Really, no one should be taking 20 second inhales, or if you must, use e-liquid with zero nicotine! You can read more about the effects of too much nicotine below.
What we like:
- Ergonomic design
- Solid zinc alloy construction
- Huge capacity parallel LiPo batteries
- Automatic temperature coil sensing
What we don’t like:
- A bit bulky for smaller hands
- No passthrough charging (you can’t use the device while charging)
If you’re looking for a solid, easy to use, and powerful device that will run all day, this could be the one for you. It’s a steal at £44.99.
Important Note: eGo clearomisers compatibility
Please note this if you wish to use with an eGo threaded clearomiser, you will need to purchase a 510 eGo adaptor available separately.