That said, I'm not entirely in love with the idea of clones that clone everything down to the logo and serial number. In a perfect world, the device would be cloned, but not include logos. So I wasn't thrilled to buy a logo'd version of the Hana clone. I'd have much rather bought the unlogo'd version. That said, this is what my local brick and mortar bought...and I fought with it for a few minutes and decided to just do it. I don't feel like I'm supporting an evil empire, but I'm not entirely thrilled with it either.
This is my first DNA mod. I tried to buy a House of Hybrids ZNA a couple months ago but they sold out before I even got the thing into my online shopping cart. I've wanted a DNA mod for a while. If for nothing more than to see what all the fuss was about. In the end, I'm glad that I bought it. It is every bit worth the $89 I paid for it. What I bought is the China-made clone of the Hana Modz DNA20 Mini. This is definitely the 20-watt version. THAT required yet another in-store decision on my part. If I'd have been patient enough to wait a couple more weeks, I likely could have had the DNA30 version of the clone. A couple paragraphs from now, I'll tell you why that doesn't matter at all on this mod.
So what do I think of it? I really, really like it. Let me just tell ya. If you have not held the Hana Mini in your hand, the effect is something pretty amazing. They. Are. TINY. I got a call from a buddy when these clones hit the shelf of my local brick and mortar store and headed there right after work. I fully expected to be arriving to see the fullsize Hana clone. And quite frankly, if that had been the case, I probably would not have bought one. I'd have waited. But this little Mini is insanely cool. It is ridiculously pocketable. In fact, it's quite a bit smaller in size than the iTaste MVP. The form factor is simply like no other mod I've seen on the market.
From what I've read, the battery in this mod is about a 1200 mah battery, give or take. In his video, Rip Trippers reviewed the real Hana Mini and was pleased that it fired down to like .3ohm I think, but did say that his battery was dead in little more than 15-20 minutes of use. And THAT, my friends, is why I didn't wait for the DNA30 version of this mod. In the Hana Mini, it just doesn't make sense. If you are running higher than 20 watts, your battery life is going to be insanely short. At 1200 or so mah, you are basically carrying a big eGo battery in a different form factor. So this is NOT likely an all-day-vape for most hardcore users.
I've had it for about 5 days now and I've found myself using it a ton. It's a very usable device. Right now, with the black Tobeco Kayfun on it, I'd say that it is my favorite setup that I'm using. I've got the Kayfun built with a 1.8 ohm microcoil in it and it's wicked with cotton and vaping my own homemade DIY vanilla custard. At this point, if I had to get rid of everything I own and keep one setup, this would likely be the one I kept. That said, I won't be recommending the Kayfun to new users because, as you know, it's not the easiest thing in the world. And I still have my trusty iTaste SVD with my Aspire Nautilus here in my bag. But the entire vape experience off this Hana Clone and Kayfun is substantially better than what I've getting off my other setup that is with me today.
As for the Hana Clone? Mine seems to be pretty well built. One word of warning, though. My friend who was with me when I bought mine also bought one and he's having to return his. His fire button has come loose from the mod and is floating away from the case at this point. So I can't say that these clones are necessarily ALL up to par, but so far, mine is working flawlessly.
I don't have a real DNA mod to compare it to, but in fiddling with my buddy's ZNA, the function seems to be exactly the same between the China clone and an original DNA board. I've read some reports saying the output of the China DNA board isn't as accurate as the real thing, but it's not something that I am having issues with. I haven't tested it, but like any other device, I simply find the wattage that seems to be working for my setup and stay there. I haven't noticed a change in my vape quality as I use the device over time as the battery drains. I really like the way this mod feels in my hand. The buttons have a nice tactile click to them and feel solid and clicky under your finger.
So how am I using this mod? Due to its battery, I don't really consider this an all-day device. But it sure has been next to perfect for running errands around town. That's what I did with it all weekend. And given that I have a ton of micro USB (or whatever that size is) cables here at the office, I could always just plug it in to charge at my work desk. It vapes great even while charging.
My brain is sort of rambly all over the place today. Sorry about that. As I sit and think about this mod, I'm back to thinking about the DNA20. I just can't quite comprehend the high wattage output, especially above 20 watts. Why would you want a DNA30? I suppose it would allow you to do a lower resistance build on your Kayfun, but most of what I've read on the Kayfun says it is best between 1 and 2 ohms. That really doesn't dictate the need for high wattage. I'm running mine at 10.2 watts today and it is literally perfect. Because this device will accept a build down to .5ohm or so, I could put one of my drippers on it. But why would I do that over just putting it onto a mech mod? Maybe just for consistency of output voltage? Maybe. I do notice big changes in vape quality the lower my battery gets in a mech mod. I suppose a DNA30 would provide a constant output until it couldn't anymore. That's great. That said, I'm not in a position where I really find myself complaining about the performance of my solid copper mech mod with a low ohm dripper on it. It works great.
And when I think about variable wattage mods like this Hana Mini clone, I guess I just tend to use them in ways that don't dictate much high wattage use. If I'm dripping, I'm doing it at home on the couch. When I really want consistent, reliable power, I tend to be on-the-go and in those instances, I'm going to be using some form of tank system and higher resistance. So maybe I'm nuts, but I don't really think the DNA20 and DNA30 are that much of a game changer. For that matter, this same Kayfun runs just as well on my black Nzonic clone with the Kick in it. And it maxes at 12 watts.
Why do you need this Hana Modz clone? Because it's cool. Because it works pretty well. And because I don't have another setup that seems to fit as well in my pocket as this one. Will I buy the fullsize one? No way. Not at this point. Will I buy the DNA30 version? Nope. Would I buy this again for $89? In a heartbeat. Would I pay the full $250 for an original? No. I wouldn't. I simply wouldn't get $250 out of it.
And now we're back to the clone issue. For in the end, every purchase is a value proposition. If the clone didn't exist, I wouldn't own this mod. Are there mods worth $300? I think so. I'd pay that for a House of Hybrids ZNA. I tried in fact. But I wouldn't pay $250 for the Hana. And what's worse: Even if I wanted to today, nobody has them in stock. If American manufacturers want to truly overcome the cloning issue, the first thing they are going to have to do is to equip themselves to meet demand. Until then, I have very little sympathy for them.