The Narada Pro is Augvape’s latest compact AIO. It is rated for 30 watts, takes replaceable coils and it can also be used with an RBA head that is sold separately. But most importantly, it is an updated version of the original Narada, with adjustable wattage and a couple of design upgrades—including a tiny but practical black and white screen.
The Narada Pro comes from Augvape’s collaboration with Vaperizzo. To be honest, that’s the first time I hear of that name, so I had to check online. Turns out it is a UK based vape shop that has done collaborations with a number of people that are well-known in the industry, like coil builder M Terk and Erik from Vinylandvapor.
I received the full line of the Narada Pro, along with some RBA heads to play with. Keep reading to find out if this pocketable AIO is worth an investment.
Colors: Black carbon fiber, black leather, wood
I received three units-one of each design-and I was impressed from the moment I unboxed them. They all come in metal frames, with each one using a different material for the body. The most striking of the three for me is the “black leather” edition, with the red frame and the black leather body being a great fit. I even like the way they branded that one, there’s something to that asymmetric font that makes it look unique. The body of the “wood” edition does feel like real wood, and my only complaint is that I wish that the frame were darker, either black or gunmetal. The “carbon fiber” is, well, self-explanatory. If you like carbon fiber-ish vapes, it’s a nice looking one for sure.
At 82 mm by 18.5 mm by 40 mm, the Narada Pro is compact as far as boxy AIOs go, and its flat shape allows it to easily fit in your pocket without bulging. It’s also rather lightweight at 129 grams. Overall, its form factor is very practical without sacrificing build quality.
The pods are made out of dark-tinted PCTG, and while they fit in from an aesthetics perspective, they do feel a bit cheap when compared to the rest of the device. Monitoring juice levels is not that easy either, but nothing a light source can’t fix. There are no magnets on the pods, but they click in place and feel secure. The best thing about the pods is their capacity. They fit up to 3.7 mL of juice, much more than the majority of similar vapes out there (and around one mL more than the original Narada). You can easily get a day’s vape out of one fill, especially if you are vaping nicotine salts with it. Airflow adjustment takes place on the pods, by sliding a tiny notch. Not the easiest and most efficient way, but I’ll discuss airflow further in the performance section.
I really liked that the Narada Pro takes 510 drip tips. Unfortunately, they only include one MTL drip tip in the package, but if it’s not your first vape, chances are you have a couple of these tips around.
And now let’s discuss the updates over the original Narada. The Pro sports a tiny but very bright black and white screen that shows wattage, resistance, and battery level. Frankly, that’s all the info you need, and I have no complaints on the screen whatsoever. And this time wattage is adjustable, and adjustments take place through the firing button—you just need to spin it left or right to change the wattage. The only issue I have with the button is that it spins too easily. Thankfully, you can lock wattage adjustments—and then set the “V” letter in an upright position if you feel that it’s messing with your OCD.
As far as adjustable AIOs go, the Narada Pro is one of the easiest ones to operate:
The device’s firmware is updateable, but the currently available update deactivates the locking feature in order to activate TC and VV modes. If you are a TC vaper, I am guessing that you’d appreciate the option, but locking the button is too important to me to let go of. Seriously, this thing spins so easily that I am betting I would have burnt a couple of coils if it weren’t for the locking feature.
Replacing the coil is also very easy. There’s a small protruding tab at the bottom of the coil which you can pull on with your nail. Just make sure you are lining the tab with the notch of the pod when putting a new coil in, push, and you’re good to go. To fill the pod, pull the plug that’s on its side. The hole is big enough for any style of bottle (including droppers).
The Narada Pro comes with two coils in the box. Note that there is chance that the original Narada coils will fit the Pro—they look very similar, but I don’t have an original Narada to check. The two included coils are:
The 0.4-ohm mesh coil is made for a restricted DL vape, and it delivers at that—but it can also be a (very) loose MTL if you close the airflow all the way down. It’s not the warmest vape around, even when using it close to its upper wattage limit, but the flavor is good, and the airflow is smooth. There’s not a lot of throat hit here, so I could get away with using it with some of my lower strength MTL juices (6 mg regular or 20 mg salts). It’s still going strong after three refills, so I have no complaints regarding coil life. It also wicks 70VG with no issues and it only seemed to struggle a bit with the wattage set at or over 26 watts. The only issue I found, is that the mouthpiece gets hot sometimes at 25 watts, which is my preferred setting for it. I suggest using a wider bore 510 tip and then it should be fine.
The 1.0-ohm coil is supposed to be the MTL one, but it’s only a tiny bit tighter when compared to the 0.4-ohm coil. In fact, I had to raise the power to 18 watts to get the hit I needed for some passable MTL action—but at that point I felt that the coil struggled, even with 60VG. You could use 70VG on it, but make sure you are keeping it up to 15 watts, otherwise you’ll be getting some dry hits soon. If you follow these instructions, you’ll get at least three refills out of the coil, and possibly more. As for flavor, it’s good but not spectacular. All things considered, I prefer using this one wide open as an RDL vape with 20-30 mg salts at 16 watts.
Outside of coil performance, I am happy to report that I haven’t had any leaking whatsoever—not even a bit of condensation on the contacts. My only complaint: I wish the airflow were a bit more versatile. One may even say that this is a strictly restricted DL vape regardless of how you decide to set the airflow, and that wouldn’t be far from the truth. This is fine by me, but most vapers turn to tiny AIOs for a tight, satisfying MTL draw. And the Narada Pro doesn’t really deliver on that front out of the box.
The Narada RBA is available as a separate purchase, and it features a tiny Kayfun-style deck. Its size makes building on it a bit challenging, but it’s still easier to work with than the majority of similar coil heads. It can fit round wire or even superfine MTL Claptons with a 2.5 mm ID—my go-to build is five wraps of slightly spaced 26-gauge Kanthal. I was also happy to see that the screws are Philips head, which is a much better option than the grub screws we usually see in RBA heads.
The RBA head comes with an L-shaped plastic base that can be inserted on the mod the same you you’d insert the pod. Unfortunately, you can’t build it while it’s on the base, but you can use the base to dry fire and check for resistance.
Some things to watch out for on the RBA head:
The RBA head works best if you don’t stuff a lot of cotton inside the wicking channels. Just don’t overdo it and it will work fine. As far as tiny RBA decks go, this one is pretty forgiving.
The airflow may slightly vary depending on the ID of your coils. With a 2.5 mm coil I got an MTL draw with the airflow closed, up to a very restrictive DL with the airflow open. It’s still maybe a bit loose for MTL purists, but the throat hit is much more defined, and the overall experience is noticeably better. If they manage to come out with a stock coil that performs at a similar level, it would be a winner!
The Narada Pro houses a 950 mAh battery which is not bad, especially considering that it is a compact vape. I managed to go through a bit over one full pod (around 4 mL) with the 0.4 coil at 25 watts, and that’s more or less what I would expect from the higher-resistance coil as well. But the 1.0-ohm coil consumes juice at an even lower rate, so a full pod will get you through the day in most cases.
The device charges through a USB Type-C port, which is slowly but steadily becoming the industry standard (finally!). The port is positioned at the bottom of the device. There is a five-bar battery indicator on the screen which makes monitoring battery levels easy.
Augvape claims a 2A charge rate, but that refers to the quick charge feature they implemented—it takes 25 minutes to reach 80% but you will still need 54 minutes to fully charge the device. Still, I consider this a fast charge and I am happy I can leave my place with 80% so fast.
The Augvape Narada Pro is a good vape, but it’s not for everyone. I’m not sure I’d recommend it to transitioning smokers—it’s very easy to use, but I’m not a big fan of the way it does MTL with the stock coils. It gets much better once you build the RBA head, but that’s crossing hobbyist territory.
All in all, the Pro is a solid option for those who want a compact DL setup, or those who are willing to do the grunt work and use the RBA head for a loose MTL draw. Build quality is great, flavor is good, battery life is better than I expected, and the coil options offer a lot of versatility regarding nicotine strengths. If that sounds like your cup of tea, I can easily recommend it.
What do you think of the Augvape Narada Pro? Let me know in the comment section.