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Vaporesso Gen Nano Review

The Vaporesso Gen 220W was one of nicest box mods I reviewed last year. It had the new and impressive Axon chip, the rubbery finish was a nice touch, but sometimes I just wish it wasn’t so darn big. Well, apparently i wasn’t the only one, as the Chinese manufacturer recently released a more compact version of the Gen 220W called the Gen Nano. It’s  maybe half the size of the original, it’s as light as a feather and has all the features of its larger sibling. So without further ado, here is the Vaporesso Gen Nano kit:

Vaporesso Gen Nano Packaging and Presentation

The Gen Nano kit comes in Vaporesso’s new style packaging – a rectangular cardboard box in the same color as the device inside featuring a large picture of the mod on the front, and some technical specifications, a list of contents and an authenticity sticker on the back.

Inside the package we have the Gane Nano mod, the included GTX Tank 22 and a spare glass section for the tank sitting snug in a plastic holder, as well a smaller cardboard box full of accessories: a spare GTX coil-head, micro-USB cable, user manual and some other reading material I didn’t bother with.

It’s pretty much the same as the original Gen kit, only this time they didn’t bother including spare o-rings for the tank.

Vaporesso Gen Nano Mod

The new Gen Nano vape mod measures 70mm x 40mm x 24mm and features the same rubberized finish we saw on the original Gen 220W. The material it’s made of is still a mystery, but just like with the first Gen mod, I am leaning toward aluminium because of how incredibly light it feels. T

Design-wise, almost nothing has changed. We have the same 510 connection as on the larger Gen mod, the same general design, same black-and-white rectangular display, and the same copper-like fire button. Apart from the obvious size difference, the only other difference I noticed was the layout of the three smaller buttons under the display. It’s the same buttons, they’re not laid out in a straight line this time around.

One thing you should keep in mind when buying the Gen Nano is that you can only pair it up with atomizers up to 24mm in diameter. It works with larger ones, but you’ll have to ignore the hideous overhang.

The buttons are clicky and have no rattling issues even if you shake the mod, the protective plate around the 510 connection is slightly raised to protect the paint on the mod, and the display looks just as outdated as it did on the original Gen mod. All in all, the new Gen Nano is just a smaller, lighter version of the Gen 220W.

Like the older Gen, this more compact version comes in a variety of colors, from the classic red and black gradient I received for  review last time, to the cool purple gradient I received this time around. The gradient option is the more eye-catching one in my opinion, but there are also some solid colors to choose from as well.

That’s about all I have to say about the Vaporesso Gen Nano mod in terms of design and build quality. It’s pretty much a scaled down version of the Gen 220W mod.

Vaporesso Gen Nano Battery Life

Perhaps the most significant difference between the Gen Nano and the original Gen mod is the fact that the former has a built-in battery, while the latter works with two external 18650 batteries. That can be considered a pro or a con, depending on personal preference.

The 2,000mAh battery capacity of the Gen Nano is not exactly impressive, even though we are talking about a very compact vape mod. If you plan on using it with the provided 0.2Ω GTX coil-head and cranking up the power output to the maximum 80W, you’re not going to get too much vape-time out of it. 2,000mAh is basically a single 18650, and 80W is a lot of power…

However, if you opt for the other included coil-head, the 0.6Ω, or any of the other GTX coil-heads available that are over 0.5Ω, you should get a decent 5-6 hours of battery life out of it, depending on how much you vape. For optimal battery life, I recommend the 1.2Ω GTX coil-heads at just over 10W, but you have to like mouth-to-lung vaping to really appreciate them.

For some reason, the Gen Nano still has the micro-USB charging interface. Other newer Vaporesso devices, like the Xross pod system and the Target PM30 pod mod come with the Type-C port, so it’s not like the company has no experience with USB-C. I guess the Gen Nano has been in production for some time now and they just didn’t bother updating the USB port.

Vaporess Gen Nano Menu System and Navigation

This was definitely the highlight of my experience reviewing the original Vaporesso Gen. It was my first interaction with the company’s new Axon chip and there was so much to unpack. Axon technology introduced a variety of smart modes, battery saving options, faster firing time and a plethora of settings to go through.

I won’t go through the whole menu system again, because i might as well just copy/paste my review of the Gen 220W. Just go read that if you want detailed information on the features of the Gen Nano, but what I can tell you is that it has every feature the original Gen had, and that alone is very impressive for such a compact device.

Pulse mode is back, as are the other smart modes like Power Eco, Super Player Mode, and Custom Curves. In terms of smart, innovative vape modes, there is no beating the Axon chip right now.

If you just want to get into the menu and figure everything out yourself, just press the “menu button” (the one at the very bottom) three times in rapid succession. From there you can use the other smaller buttons “-” and “+” to navigate and the fire button to confirm your choices.

Vaporesso GTX Tank 22

As its name suggests, this new Vaporesso tank works with the Chinese company’s GTX coil-heads and has a diameter of 22 millimetres. It comes in the same color as the Gen Nano – mine, for example, was purple – and even features knurling similar to the rubberized texture of the mod on both the bottom airflow control ring and the top cap.

The GTX tank features a classic top fill system; you basically just unscrew the top cap and pour juice into the glass reservoir. To change the coil-heads, just unscrew the base of the tank, pull out the GTX coil-head and just push in another one. It uses the same kind of Plug ‘n’ Play (PnP) coil-heads as VooPoo, just under another name.

With the two coil-heads included in this kit – 0.2Ω and 0.6Ω mesh coils – you only have the option of direct lung vaping and very loose mouth-to-lung (MTL) vaping, buy there are so many other GTX coil-heads available on the market, with many more to be launched in the near future, that you’re bound to find something you like.

For this review, Vaporesso also set me the 1.2Ω coil-heads, which work best between 7W and 11W and are perfect for MTL vaping. That means the GTX tank offers a great deal of flexibility, allowing you to chug the vapor with low resistance mesh coil-head, but also get a very tight, cigarette-like draw, with these 1.2Ω coil-heads.

I’ve had no leaking issues while testing this tank, but that doesn’t mean the GTX 22 doesn’t leak. Most often than not, it’s a defective coil-heads causing the leaks, so it all comes down to how unlucky you are and how good Vaporesso’s quality control is.

Conclusion

Personally, I’ve been waiting for a smaller Gen mod ever since the original came out, so I’m thrilled to see Vaporesso finally launch one. This is a much more compact vape mod suitable for use with smaller tanks and easier to carry around when you’re out and about. It has the same slick design and finish, it’s powered by the same Axon chip so it has all the same smart features built in, the only thing that has changed is the battery life. Still that’s a compromise worth making for what is one of the lightest smart mods I’ve ever reviewed.

The Vaporesso Gen Nano was sent to me directly by Vaporesso for the purpose of this review.

Pros
  • compact
  • extremely lightweight
  • fast firing
  • suite of smart features
  • rubberized finish
Cons
  • built-in battery
  • outdated display

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