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Overall   (4.2)
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PROS
-charges pretty fast for usb -triangular shape is ergonomic -easy to use -works with one or more batteries
CONS
-opening is could be easier -no instructions in english
Love this product because it's simple. Don't you wish all practical things were more simple? Basically, put three 18650 batteries in, plug it into a micro USB and charge it up. then use it to charge your other USB devices as needed. The best design point is that each battery is a different circuit instead of it being a true Battery pack in which you have multiple cells tied together for a single cumulative output. The advantages of separate circuits are (A) you can put in 3 batteries in varying states of charge. they do not all have to be drained to the same voltage for safe recharging. (B)you can use 1, 2, or 3 batteries and your output voltage and current will always remain constant. (C) the voltage of the batteries are not cumulative so the number of cells you use will not affect the device you are charging. It always outputs a standard USB output regardless of the condition of the batteries or how many you are using. Nice! My only gripe is that there is a very quick description of operation on the package but it is only in Chinese so I had to figure out how the thing worked by fiddling with it. (A) there are no tabs or buttons to get it open so grab the white end in one hand and the gray in the other and pull. I wish this was better, I am always afraid of breaking it. (B) it has a color code for charging, when you plug it in the LED flashes Red and means battery under 33%. bewteen 33%-66% it flashes orange, finally 67%-99% it flashes green. When it is done charging the light goes out completely....kind of important to know . DO NOT STOP CHARGING WHEN IT FLASHES GREEN. (C)Last thing is, there is an LED convenience light built in right below the micro USB charging port. To turn it on Press and hold the thumb button (the one that glows while charging) for Three seconds. To turn off press and hold again for 3 seconds. It didn't take long for me to figure this out so I didn't let it affect my product rating, but it took about 4 hours to charge a set of batteries and the last couple hours I was wondering will the light got solid green when its finished or how else will I know...is it charged now? what's it doing. So maybe my tips above will save potential buyers from the guessing game.
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Overall   (5.0)
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+good heft and balance +good build quality +crazy sharp +price
CONS
Clone or not clone?
I am not sure what this is. When I ordered it I figured it was a Colt Ct434 clone knife. It is exactly the same except without the colt logo. But when I received it the knife and Sheath both had colt branding. I know that most if not all Colt knives are made in China these days so is this a clone or and actual Colt knife made by the same manufacturer that makes the Colt knives imported into the U.S.? The quality on mine is great, its a beautiful knife and even nicer than most colt knives I've seen recently. I rarely buy Colt products because I feel their quality has fallen off in recent years. However this knife is a really comfortable knife to hold with no hot spots it has a well built tough construction and the blade came exquisitely sharp which I am not used to on a Colt knife. I usually have to re-profile the blade before I am happy with them but this one cut real smooth right out of the box. You can not beat the quality of this knife for the price. When you have a heave stout knife with real wood scales like this you may sometimes have big differences in quality from knife to knife, but the one I received is pretty much perfect. I hope the others that purchase this knife will share my fortune.
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Overall   (4.0)
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-Affordable -Some improvements over last Hana Clone -30W -Better build quality
CONS
-Still a lot of hot glue holding it together
Before purchasing this mod I bought the previous DNA20 Hana mod clone. The day it shipped the 30W version came out and I had buyers remorse ever since. But after I got the 20W I liked it a lot so I didn't really care about upgrading ...it was good enough for me....Until I lost it. So now I had the justification I needed to buy the 30W version. So I will write this review from the point of view of someone who already has the 20W version and is wondering if upgrading is worth it. If you do not have either one and looking to get one, then it is a no brainer spend the extra 8 bucks and get the 30W. These are the biggest improvements I have seen on the 30w version. If these things are important to you then you may want to consider upgrading. 1. Better buttons: This version has better more comfortable buttons. The 20W version had smaller buttons that were harder to press so they dig into your finger more when you push them. These are more comfortable on the hands. 2. More comfortable grip: The 30W unit is slightly more slender, is more curved on the edges and less "blocky" in general. Even though the difference is slight it makes a big difference in the hand and is more comfortable to grip. 3. Better Design: The Battery compartment door is not part of the drip well on this version. On the 20W version, if your atty leaks into the juice well, the juice was able to actually leak inside the mod! This drip well is all one peice so that is no longer possible. Also the compartment inside that contains the cloned DNA board is covered with transparent plastic not wide open like the 20W. A lot of the components seem to still be held in place with gobs of hot glue like in the previous version but at least the vitals seem more protected now. On the USB charging port there is also a hole drilled out for the charge light to shine through. On my 20w version the light was barely visible while charging. 4. Better Battery: This version comes with an efest battery just like the last one but is a better overall battery. At least by the specs written on them. I know sometimes battery specs are exaggerated, but efest batteries in my experience are pretty reliable although not my favorite. If you have better batteries in your arsenal and planing to use low res builds at higher voltages then by all means USE ONE OF YOUR BETTER BATTERIES. But I think in general the average user will me satisfied with the supplied battery. 5. Lower resistivity: I like using dual coil RDA's with builds around .5 to 1 ohm. For me that gives me the best flavor. When I used the 20W version it cuts off at 1 ohm. that meant I had to either rebuild my drippers with a single 1 ohm coil or in some cases I would buy 2 of the same atty and wind one as a dual coil and one as a single coil just so I could use it on the DNA20 clone. I don't have to do that now since the 30W version will fire my .5 ohm builds. Now I can swap from my mechanicals to my DNA clone and back again without changing my build. That is a huge plus for me. No one likes taking apart a good build that is firing just right. Now I don't have to anymore. 6. Better finish: The Surface of the unit has a slightly more aggressive texture to it. This means the anodized coating picks up the light better and gives the surface a more "sparkly" effect. I think it looks better, but I suppose that is very subjective. if you like sparly...you'll like this mod. If any or many of these things matter to you and you already have the 20W version, you may just talk yourself into upgrading.
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Overall   (3.0)
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nice switch looks nice performs well reverse threading on locking mechanism
CONS
telescope tube has several problems crappy build quality
Over all this thing looks and feels nice. It works fairly well with little voltage drop. The telescoping tube on this mod is its weakness. 1. it is too narrow to comfortably fit a kick. you Can get one in if you are persistent but its like ramming a canon ball into a cannon. 2. some of my batteries are too fat to fit in the tube without getting stuck 3. the mod is a bit short so I had problems with some button top batteries, flat tops fit better on this mod. 4. poor workmanship on the tube. you can see the welded seam inside the tube where the flat metal was rolled into a tube then welded closed. The brushed finish hides imperfection on the outer finish but the inside looks like cheap junk. 5. Instead of the threads starting on the ends they start 1/8 on an inch into the tube. this means that with both sides added up you are losing 1/4 inch of length on your telescope. This would easily accommodate things like button top batteries, protected batteries, or cent fuses. In addition when I first got it the head wouldn't come off even though the picture on fasttech clearly shows that it is removable. I twisted and twisted on this thing and it wouldn't break free. Finally I tried freezing it to make the metal contract so that when I gabbed it with my warm hands the head would expand and the colder center tube would unscrew easily. It worked only instead of finding that the metal had contract/expanded...I found that what caused it to break free had nothing to do with the fit of the metal. The white dlerin plastic that holds the head pin in place is glued in place. Some of this glue had leaked and glued the telescope tube to the head. I nearly crushed the center tube trying to get it out. Luckily I am handy with tools and got it apart without damaging the finish but if you encounter this you may want to just send it back for a replacement. I have not seen anyone else run into this on the other reviews. However between the glue issue and the poor workmanship I found on the machining of the tube, I would say the overall build quality of this thing is shoddy. Looks great on the outside but that cool design outside conceals some ugly problems inside. I know its only 20 bucks but $20 can buy you nicer stuff on this website.
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Overall   (5.0)
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A lot of people comparing this knife to a small Chris Reeves Sabenza. I can't lie I bought this knife for that reason. I have a small sabenza with non of the extras (that's the best I could afford) even though it isnt the best one out there I didnt want to use it all the time and mess it up so I bought this thinking it was a one for one clone that I can use instead. The way the pictures are taken it is very easy to mistake this for a clone but there are a few differences that are very important. the scales are a little shorter and chunkier and this is probably to cover more of the blade since the blade on this Sanrenmu had a much larger belly to it than the more spearlike sabenza. the shape of the blade is going to make the knifes cut completely different from one another and there is no comparison in my opinion. Not to say the Sanrenmu is not nice, just different and I prefer the Sabenza. I do like the Jimping on the Sanrenmu better though. If you want a good Sabenza like knife the Ganzo 717 is a better reproduction but they don't make it in the small size. All that being said if you are just looking for a decent quality EDC knife that works well and won't break the bank this is a good choice.
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