Published on May 16th, 2013 | by Trick4
Review: The Janty MiD One
Janty MiD One
Summary: A slim and powerful little mod, with a lot to appeal to gadget geeks... but many features come with an additional cost.
When the Joyetech eVic was introduced, a lot of people were very impressed at its technological leaps. With updatable firmware, customizable settings, and pretty graphs, the eVic earned a large amount of affection from gadget lovers. Meanwhile, looming in the background for the several months since pre-orders for it opened, has been Janty’s MiD One. If marketing materials were to be believed, the MiD One was going to make the eVic look prehistoric in comparison. Our Janty MiD One finally arrived today, and we’ve been putting it through its paces to see how it compares to Joyetech’s high-tech offering.
The Janty MiD One is a somewhat smaller, slimmer device than the eVic, resembling more than anything else a big, fat black cigar. Our initial assessment is that it seems to be constructed primarily from aluminum and plastic, though we wouldn’t place any bets on the aluminum part; it’s really a guess based on the weight of the MiD One. Ours was ordered as part of a starter kit containing the MiD One, a pair of 16350 high-drain batteries, a USB cable, a two-bay battery charger, and probably the biggest cartomizer we’ve ever seen.
While the Janty MiD One is not a heavy device, it seems fairly well-built and sturdy. Threading is good on the bottom cap and atomizer connection. The batteries in our unit fit snugly, with no rattle, even when we gave the MiD One some pretty rough shakes. It’s a little tricky getting the bottom cap to thread on after batteries are inserted, though. It’s a bit small and a little difficult to hold onto and twist while simultaneously fighting the resistance from the battery spring.
The interface of the Janty MiD One is unusual, to put it mildly. For starters, it’s got a joystick. This can be used to activate the MiD One under any of a number of saved profiles. Press it in, for example, and you may get a default variable wattage setting. Press left, and you can have it use a different setting, like variable voltage. Press up or down, and you can use a profile that varies the power over time. While this gives the MiD One a great deal of flexibility when used, it comes at a serious cost: there’s really no easy way to change the MiD One’s settings on the go. It lacks the display of something like an eVic, so it takes a somewhat cryptic series of taps and blinking lights to determine your settings, and more of the same to change them. The easier way is to be hooked up to a computer, and for geeks likes us here at Vape Squad, that’s not much of an issue, since we’re rarely far from one. For someone that isn’t constantly tethered to a PC, it’s not a simple matter to fine-tune the Janty even with the PDF instructions printed out nearby.
While the Janty MiD One has a lot of features available, it should be noted that many of them are only available via paid licenses. The device comes with a set of basic features, and two extended licenses: one that allows the user to set the color of the LED on the MiD One, and a second which enables RMS mode.
Here’s a quick run-down of other available modules:
Module One: Vaping Profile Programming
Module One enables profiles that allow the user to set complex power profiles. Power and LED color can be set in increments of as small as 1/10 of a second. For example, the Janty MiD One can be set to start at high wattage for the first tenth of a second to heat up the coil, then drop to lower power for the rest of the vape. This feature is very much like the extended settings recently added to the eVic in a recent firmware update, though the MiD One does allow a much finer-grained control and more profiles.
Module Two: Extended Threshold Limits
Out of the box, the Janty MiD One can be set from 3-6 volts in variable voltage mode, or 4-15 watts in variable wattage mode. This module increases those limits to 0-8 volts, or 0-25 watts.
Module Three: Realtime Vaping Enabler
Realtime Vaping allows the MiD One’s joystick interface to be used to raise or lower the mod’s power output in real time.
Module Four: User-Defined Realtime Speed
With the rest of the modules, we could mostly tell from the name what they did. This one made us scratch our heads. What it does is couple with Module Three, and allow the user to set how fast the joystick-activated changes occur.
These modules can be purchased individually, or in bundles like the Platinum Bundle included with our pre-order, which includes all of them. Janty has indicated that other modules may be made available in the future.
So, how does the MiD One vape? Quite well, actually. With its two 3.7-volt batteries, this little mod can crank out a lot of power. While we can’t say we were very impressed with the cartomizer it ships with (though it’s not bad for a cartomizer), the performance of the Janty MiD One really shines when used with a more capable atomizer. While, as with the eVic, we’re not sure how much the ultra-customizability of the user profiles really adds to the vaping experience, we can appreciate the raw power of the MiD One, and it is fully capable of power atomizers large enough to look completely ridiculous on the slim mod. We also found power output to be very accurate, and it far surpasses the eVic in this regard.
Things we don’t like? For starters, the atomizer connection. The Janty MiD One uses a universal eGo/510 connector like those found on eGo-style batteries. While eGo-based devices look fine on the MiD One, 510-based atomizers do not, and we were disappointed to find that the 19mm atomizers we had hoped would look good on the MiD One look pretty terrible on it due to having to perch them on the end of an eGo connector. A ring to hide the eGo connector when a 510-based atomizer is used would have been greatly appreciated as part of the package, or even as an optional add-on.
Some will also, no doubt, rankle at the idea of having to purchase an additional license just to be able to fine-tune power output on the fly. While some may be content to “set and forget” their Janty MiD One, we’re sure there are many who may not be willing to give up being able to easily adjust settings when away from a computer without having to pay extra for it or learn a secret code of taps and flashes. While the MiD One does have facilities for changing settings using a series of joystick taps, with flashes of the LED indicating power levels the MiD One has been set for, this functionality appears to possibly be dependent on Module One being installed, and practically requires a cheat sheet.
We’re also a little disappointed that the MiD One does not appear to charge when plugged into a USB cable, and requires the batteries to be charged external to the mod. The internal charger is one of our favorite features of the eVic, and makes it a good mod for long sessions at a computer, where it can be used as a pass-through and never drain. The MiD, on the other hand, drains relatively quickly, even when tethered. It also only comes with one set of batteries, so unless you happen to have a few spare 16XXX cells lying around, the first time it goes dry, it’s going to be a while before you vape with the Mid One again. Compounding the issue is the charger: while it’s labeled as a “quick charger,” it took about two hours to fill those two 16350’s back up.
Our last complaint is, as we expected it would be, the MiD Series software. While it is fairly slick and overall has a much more useful and complete feel than the MVR software provided with the eVic, it is also still quite buggy: we’ve managed to crash it more than once without even trying. We’ve also had a hell of a time with upgrading the firmware of the MiD One to the latest release, though whether that’s a problem with the software, or just really bad instructions, we’re still not sure. (Update: The latest version of the MiD Series software has much better instructions… but we still have not been able to successfully update firmware. Emails to Janty were answered promptly, but they have not yet offered a solution.)
At a little over $100, the Janty MiD One is not an inexpensive device, though it is similarly priced to the eVic, which we find the MiD One greatly outshines both on performance and features. It is not without its drawbacks, though, and buyers will need to weigh whether possibly having to buy extra licenses at a cost of up to $24.95 if purchased all at once, and the unfortunate choice of an atomizer connection, are enough to even the field with the eVic, or even possibly tip the advantage in the Joyetech mod’s favor.
Given a choice between the eVic and the Janty MiD One, we’d probably choose the MiD One, but we have other mods we can use for our 510-based atomizers. If that issue could be corrected, we think the choice would be mostly a no-brainer, even with the limited user interface and higher cost of a fully-licensed MiD One.