Starss Bravo Pod Kit | Review

Bravo but no encore.

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Starss Bravo Pod Kit Review

Starss Bravo Pod Kit

Starss is a relatively new name in the vaping world, having only released a couple of sub-ohm tanks and the Icon pod kit.

Their latest pod kit is the Starrs Bravo, which is a variable wattage device with a built-in 1000mAh battery.

It comes with a refillable 2ml capacity pod that utilizes a 1.4-ohm ceramic coil. There’s also a 0.8-ohm mesh coil available (but not included in the kit)

The Starss Bravo Pod kit comes in 12 different colors: Yellow, Silver, Gold, Green, Black, Rainbow, White, Blue, Stainless Steel, Red, Gun Grey, and Bronze.

The Good

Excellent build quality, good battery life, clean & pronounced flavor from the ceramic coil.

The Bad

Only one pod included, no adjustable airflow, poor battery gauge.

The Bottom Line

The Starrs Bravo is a very capable pod system with excellent build quality and solid battery life. The ceramic coils deliver very good flavor, but it’s disappointing only one is included in the kit. It’s also on the loose end of an MTL draw, with no adjustable airflow.

8.5

Disclosure: This product was sent to us by AVE40 for the purpose of this review.

Specs

  • Dimensions: 86.8 x 39.3 x 16.9mm
  • Weight: 83g
  • Material: zinc alloy + plastic
  • Battery: Built-in 1000mAh
  • Cartridge capacity: 2ml
  • Resistance: 1.4ohm Ceramic Coil, Best: 10W
  • Output power: 7-15W
  • Voltage range: 3.0 – 3.5V
  • Operating mode: POWER
  • Protection: low/high resistance, from overheating, from short circuit, from overcharging/discharge
  • Connector type: Press-fit
  • Micro-USB port / charging : charging current 0.7A

In the Box

  • 1 x Bravo Pod mod
  • 1 x replaceable cartridge (preinstalled)
  • 1 x USB cable
  • 1 x User manual
  • 1 x Warranty card
Design & Style9.0
Starss Bravo Pod Kit

The first thing you notice about the Starss Bravo is it’s a good looking and somewhat weighty little device, hitting the scales at 83g. That weight does give it quite a robust solid feel though, thanks to its zinc alloy frame.

We have the Black and Blue version in for review which has a carbon fiber style centerpiece and glossy blue sides. The finish on the device feels really good, and I’m sure it will hold up quite well against scuffs and scrapes, but it is a little bit of a fingerprint magnet.

It also has to be mentioned that there are some really good color combinations available; with a Red & Gold ironman style trim, and a Bronze & Wood standing out from the norm.

Starss Bravo Pod Kit

On the front of the device, there’s a small printed ‘Bravo’ logo which is not too obtrusive, and below there’s the variable wattage button.

The Bravo is an automatic draw kit, there’s no manual firing with the button which did throw me at first.

The 2ml capacity pods connect to the battery with a press fit, and it’s one of the best press-fits I’ve come across. It clicks right into place with no wobble or play, and due to the shape of the pod is still quite easy to remove with a pull and a wiggle.

Starss Bravo Pod Kit

The shape of the pod finishes off the whole oval form of the device in a subtle way and is comfortable in the mouth. I’m not overly enthused with the fill method and the dark tint of the pods, but we’ll get into that later.

Overall I really like the look of the Starrs Bravo, it has quite a premium air to it compared to others on the market.

Starss Bravo Pod Kit

Build Quality

Starss have done an excellent job with the build quality of the device, it feels quite premium with its paint finish and substantial weight.

The pods fit into the battery really well without the need for magnets but don’t have the greatest fill method.

The on/off and variable wattage button is a little mushy but works fine for what you need it for, as it’s not required to fire the device.

Features8.5
Starss Bravo Pod Kit

The Starrs Bravo features a built-in 1000mAh battery, which can be charged via the micro-USB port on the base of the device.

It uses automatic draw to the fire the device, and the activation switch is adequately sensitive. There were a couple of times where I had to draw a bit harder to activate it.

The Bravo has a maximum output of 15 watts (but that will only be achieved with the 0.8-Ohm mesh coil).

Starss Bravo Pod Kit

It also offers variable power modes, which can be adjusted by pressing the power button 3 times (within 2 seconds). An LED light behind the button will indicate the setting as follows:

  • Green = Low (3.0V, 7W)
  • Blue = Medium (3.3V, 8W)
  • Red = High (3.5V, 10W)

The wattage settings above are for when the 1.4-ohm ceramic coil is in use.

Starss Bravo Pod Kit

The LED light also acts as a battery gauge, but it’s not a great one.

Every time you connect the pod, the LED will flicker either Blue or Red.

  • Blue = 100-30%
  • Red = less than 30%

Not the most detailed battery status that I’ve encountered, which is a shame.

The Bravo has a charging current of 0.7A and needs 1.5-2 hours to fully charge from flat, which is not terrible for a 1000mAh battery, but I still think it could be better.

Starss also include the usual safety protections of low/high resistance, overheating, overcharging/discharge, and short circuit.

Pods8.5
Starss Bravo Pod Kit

There is only one pod included with the Bravo Kit – naughty Starss!

It’s quite frustrating when a manufacturer only includes one pod for the users. If there’s something wrong with the first pod, then you’re basically stuck with a dud device.

It’s also a little more disappointing in this instance because Starss offers two different style and resistance pods, and only including one in the kit is just a little bonkers, especially at the price.

The pod included has a 2ml capacity and contains a 1.4-ohm ceramic coil inside.

Starss Bravo Pod Kit

The other pod available is a 0.8-ohm Mesh coil, but sadly I didn’t receive one to test.

The pod has the standard method of being filled from the bottom by removing a rubber plug. However, the rubber plug is in no way anchored to the device, and there’s also no spare included in the kit, so once you remove it, be careful not to lose it!

Once you remove the plug, there is a very ample fill port, so Bravo pods are pretty easy to refill. But due to the very dark tint on the pods, it can be quite tricky to see your juice level – not just when refilling but also when it’s in use.

Performance8.0
Starss Bravo Pod Kit

As I mentioned above, I only got to test the Starss Bravo with the included 1.4-Ohm ceramic coil, so can’t comment on its performance with the Mesh coil.

However, my experience with the ceramic coil was a good one. It delivers a very clean and crisp flavor, but is slightly on the cool side which is what you typically get from ceramic coils.

I played around with the wattage settings, with the maximum Red (3.5V) delivering the best flavor and clouds. Which kind of makes the other settings a little redundant, as I’m pretty sure even with the 0.8-Ohm mesh coil you’ll want to give it full power.

Starss Bravo Pod Kit

Still, there might be some vapers that prefer a slightly cooler vape and less vaper, and more battery life. If that’s the case, then at least the Bravo gives them the variable power option.

It also has to be noted that the vapor production of the pods, while not bad is a little less, then you’d get from your typical pod kit. Which is to be expected with a high resistance ceramic coil.

As for the draw, it’s a reasonably loose MTL, and there’s no way to adjust it, which is a shame. It seems most pod kits are heading this way with an airy MTL, which is a little disappointing as I prefer a tight MTL, so not having the ability to dial it in is a big negative in my opinion.

Starss Bravo Pod Kit

However, the huge positive of a higher resistance ceramic coil is that it’s less demanding of the battery. This is where the Bravo does an excellent job with it’s 1000mAh capacity.

I was easily making it through a full day with my usual conservative use and is definitely one of the better pod kits when it comes to battery life. Remember that might not be the case if you use the 0.8-Ohm mesh coil.

Good Vibes

  • Excellent build quality
  • Sleek design
  • Good form factor
  • Solid pod connection
  • Adjustable power settings
  • Clean flavor from pods
  • Good battery life
  • Comfortable mouthpiece
  • Plenty of color options

Bad Vibes

  • Only comes with 1 pod
  • No adjustable airflow
  • Fill plug could be better (not anchored, no spare)
  • LED battery gauge could be better
Starss Bravo Pod Kit

Verdict

The Starss Bravo Kit is a very competent pod system. It has excellent build quality with a variety of different color options available.

I like the flavor delivered from the ceramic coil and the fact that there are different coil options available. Sadly, not included another pod in the kit is a big failure.

The Bravo will suit any vaper looking for a premium looking pod system, that delivers a loose MTL draw, and decent battery life.

REVIEW OVERVIEW
Design
9.0
Features
8.5
Pods
8.5
Performance
8.0
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