I decided to take about a good 4 weeks off from reviewing this summer to spend some time playing around with the existing gadgets and juices I have. During that time, one of the devices I focused on more than any other is my Cana DNA30 clone from Cloupour.
When the Hana DNA30 mods came out around the beginning of this year, they were extremely popular, expensive and hard to find. In late spring, China blew the lid off that deal once they figured out how to clone the DNA30 chip.
Since then, there have been a flood of affordable DNA30 clones hitting the market. By far, the most popular ones so far are the Hana-style clones. Now I don’t particularly agree with manufacturers ripping off Hana’s design all the way down to their logo. In fact, I would honestly prefer to have a plain box mod with no logo at all, so from a practical and ethical point of view, I don’t really get that. It also opens the door for brick and mortars and online vendors to pass off cheap clones as the real thing to unsuspecting customers.
All that aside, I have had a good 6 weeks into my Cana DNA30 and plenty of time to evaluate it. I also own several authentic DNA30 devices and have owned authentic DNA20 devices in the past as well, so I feel like I have a good frame of reference to use for evaluating this particular product.
So, if you don’t know what this device is, basically it is a variable wattage box mod that can support up to 30 watts output. It has a removable 18650 battery, so you can use your own, and also has a micro USB jack so you can charge the battery right in the device.
This is basically the cheapest, highest powered mainstream APV there currently is available right now. That said, there are already much more powerful APVs with higher wattage options available right now and I have no doubt they will be just as mainstream as this device in the next few months. At any rate, let’s get into the fine details.
What I DIDN’T Like about the Cana DNA30
First and foremost, I really don’t like the fact they ripped off the logo. First off, it’s just not the right thing to do. Second off, unlike mechanical mods that almost need to have engravings and embellishments to distinguish themselves since they are all so similar, the Cana really needs no introduction and would sell perfectly fine without the ripped off logo. Plus it opens the door for people to get seriously ripped off.
The other REALLY big thing I don’t like about this, and what vastly separates it from an authentic DNA30 is the fact that you have to “wake up” the device every time you want to use it. So basically, after you take a couple hits and set the device down, it will turn off after a minute or two. Then, the next time you want to use it, you need to click the fire button just to “wake it up” and wait a couple of seconds for it to pop on. This is a stark contrast with just about every other type of e-cig on the market right now, that will instantly fire when the fire button was pressed.
When I first found out about this issue with the DNA20 and DNA30 clones, I checked into it, found out that this is a common problem amongst all DNA clones and basically most people just say they have gotten used to it.
I can tell you emphatically that while this issue hasn’t caused me to stop using the device, I have NEVER gotten used to it. It is a pain in my ass literally every single time I go to fire it, and I really don’t like it at all. It’s a very small issue, but I think it dramatically affects how much I like an otherwise perfect device.
What I DID like about the Cana DNA30
The size is really nice. It fits perfectly into the palm of my hand and the buttons are all easily accessible.
The black color helps it match great with atomizers of all kinds – steel, brass, copper and black.
I love the fact that it has the removable battery option. This means that I can use whatever battery I see fit, and while the charging in-the-box feature is awesome, I can also keep a spare 18650 in case I need a quick recharge.
All the features of the DNA chip work perfectly for me and function exactly as the real thing does – except for the “wake up” issue.
The pricing is phenomenal for such a high powered device – I paid around 70 for mine during a pre-order and they are now commonly found for about $10 cheaper than that.
Who is it good for?
This is really a device that is great for everyone. Personally I think it is best for those who primarily use rebuildable atomizers. The fact of the matter is, I have never really found a good setup I enjoyed for tanks that worked well at over 20 watts. It’s hard to be able to pump out that much power to a tank and keep your wick from burning. As a result, pretty much anything I run at over 20 watts is going to be a rebuildable atomizer.
So that is by far the best application for one of these. If you use a tank system, just about anything that goes up to 15-20 watts is going to be more than enough for you. If you use pre-built atomizers like protanks or the Nautilus, then you really don’t need anything over 15 watts, so this baby would be overkill.
Where to buy?
This version that I am reviewing is the Cloupour version. It is not currently available on Fasttech to my knowledge. From the research I’ve done, I hear this one is better. I would strongly suggest getting one off eBay like I did. You can start by using this search:
Do I use it?
I have been using this as my primary device for the past 6 weeks. It is more than serviceable. It works great every time, fits a variety of atomizers, and I can easily sub-ohm on it. Since it’s cheaper than my authentic DNA30 clones, I feel more comfortable taking it on the go, particularly when I’m going to be spending time outdoors. I have taken this on 2 camping trips already this summer and probably played over 30 rounds of disc golf with it and it has held up admirably.
That said, I really don’t like the “wake up” issue at all, and as soon as a mod in this same price range with similar features comes out that doesn’t have this issue, I will almost for sure use this particular device a lot less.
The Bottom Line
Quality. Overall I have no complaints about the quality. To me, it pretty much looks and functions just like the real thing. All the guts seem to be put together nicely – there isn’t a lot of wire or glue sticking out everywhere like there was with the woeful DNA20 I reviewed from Fasttech.
Performance. After 6 weeks of heavy use, this piece is no worse for wear. I have had some serious ass-kicking setups on this device that have kept me more than satisfied, and over this period of time I have pretty much switched down to primarily 18mg nic juices from 24mg with no performance loss. All around, it works great.
Ease of Use. For the most part, it works great. The biggest issue I have with it is the “wake up” issue. I’m the type of vaper who takes a puff here and there, so I would wager to guess that a good 70% of the time I take a hit off this device, I am having to wait for it to wake up first. That really sucks and I haven’t ever gotten used to it.
Appearance. It looks good, but there’s nothing super special about it. Unfortunately the one I have also has the ripped off logo, which I don’t really like. I was never a huge fan of the Hana design to begin with, but this definitely looks a lot less clunky than other box mods like the iTaste MVP for example. All around it’s OK looking but nothing super special.
Price. For under $70, this is an amazing deal. In fact, anything under $100 right now for one of these I would call a totally worthwhile investment. These things work great, seem to last really well and have a variety of applications and features that really set them apart from other APVs. If you use RBAs and don’t yet have a DNA30 device, this is really a no-brainer for the price.
Overall. I really hated the DNA20 clone I got from Fasttech, and this is a marked improvement over that. The “wake up” issue is a pretty big one for me, but on the same token, it doesn’t really affect the overall performance. It’s mostly just a nuisance, and really if that’s all you have to live with in order to be able to get a device with this kind of performance for under $100, then I think it is more than worthwhile for most people.
So basically – it’s good. Not great, but really damn close, and for the price you would be hard pressed to find anything with better performance and features.
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