In fact, from a design standpoint, there is very little that I can tell you about the Magneto that wasn't also true of the NZonic clone that I just did a review on. They are almost identical devices from an engineering standpoint. They both utilize a large top cap, a center telescoping portion, a large logo tube and a switch mechanism that screws onto the bottom and utilizes a magnet to keep the switch open until you press it. (A comparison of the two switches is shown in the last image of the collection below.)
And the switch and locking mechanism are so close to being identical that if Chinese manufacturers actually sued each other for product design patent infringement, I'm certain there'd be a lawsuit pending. But since everything coming out of China is already a theft of someone else's design, I doubt we'll see these guys in court.
The point is that these units are radically similar in function. And they feel the same. Aesthetically they are very different, but the vape is very very similar which leads me to believe that the resistance (voltage drop) is largely about the same. Neither of these mods hit anywhere close to as hard as my solid copper devices (I now have a solid copper Nemesis as well as my Caravela) or the uber-cheap yet stupidly good Kamry K100.
But here's the thing. I have a new bottle of Strawberry Lemonade e-liquid that arrived in the mail this week. And I loaded up one of my drippers with new cotton and juice. I put it on my copper Caravela, vaped, and had a 2 minute choking fit. Why? Well, my theory is that the citrus in that juice is a bit harsh on the throat. Either that or the nicotine level is just a bit higher than stated. Regardless, the copper mod was providing a massive amount of power to the atomizer and I was getting ootles of vapor that was seriously harshing my throat. I reasoned that I could build a new set of coils at a higher resistance (say 1 ohm total) and vape this new juice on that. But I took a chance.
I moved my dripper off of my copper mod and put it onto the Magneto and shazam. I had a nice, smooth, great vape with no harshness or burning on my throat, less vapor production, and overall exactly what I wanted. Why did this happen? Welllllll. It likely happened because of something that most vapers consider a negative. When a switch on a mod makes contact, the entire mod turns into one large circuit. The actual tube that you are holding is a part of that circuit as the electricity flows through the whole thing. A mod like my solid copper Caravela has very, very low resistance in the mod itself. That is because copper is one of the most conductive metals in nature (next to silver and other expensive ones). And the Magneto with its stainless steel body and brass connections that don't always make full contact....well, it isn't as efficient. Meaning that some power is lost in the body of the mod itself as it makes a complete circuit.
What does this mean? It means that the exact same battery in two different mods provides a different amount of power to whatever you put on top of the mod. Basically, in some mods (like this Magneto) there is some wasted energy that is held up in the mod itself. And in the case of my little Strawberry Lemonade vape, it came in handy to soften the blow a bit. I could go on and on about how this wasted energy could be more efficiently utilized by building a higher resistance coil on a more efficient mod, but I'll spare you.
I'm not sure I'd recommend it to anyone aside from the guy out there buying his very first mechanical mod. And even then, I think I'd recommend the less expensive K100 over it. I think this Magneto is performing almost identically (at least in my experience) to the NZonic. So if you like the look of the Magneto better and wanted one or the other, then that's a no brainer.
The build quality is really very solid. This is a well-constructed device and it feels really good in my hand. I dare say it is one of the best feeling devices out there. The brushed stainless doesn't really get fingerprints and feels pretty thick in the bottom logo tube portion of the mod. The locking mechanism works flawlessly and the switch has a fantastic tactile feel to it. The throw is darn near perfect for my pinky finger. It is shorter than the NZonic clone and not as crunchy. It may be the best feeling switch of any mod I own. And if I were to guess, I'd say that this switch (and mod) are going to last me a really long time.
Bottom line: If you don't own a mechanical mod and don't like the way the K100 looks, buy yourself a Magneto. It won't hit as hard, but it'll likely last you longer and I don't think you'll regret the purchase. If you already own a handful of mechanicals and are considering it, I'm not sure I'd recommend it. It's solid, but there are probably sexier mods already on your shelf.