Last Updated on February 8, 2018 by Team Spinfuel
Note* We intended to offer our readers a Preview of the Lost Vape Mirage as soon as they arrived here at HQ. However, while the staff was busy with other reviews and previews, I quietly grabbed MY Lost Vape Mirage and began using it immediately. I liked it so much that I never bothered to put it up on the whiteboard (our production schedule) and before I knew it a week had passed, and I had more than made up my mind about this quietly beautiful mod. That being the case, I put the Mirage on the board, under “Review Ready” and wrote my name next to it.
The Lost Vape Mirage Gets a Review
The newest member of the Lost Vape lineup is the 100W Mirage. An absolutely beautiful, single cell 21700/20700/18650 (take your pick) Box Mod that feels unequivocally magnificent in my hand.
The Evolv DNA75C chipset used in the Mirage is the newly updated version, meaning that the updated chip is capable of multiple cell platforms and can now top out at a maximum wattage of 100W instead of 75W.
It is an impressive Mod to be sure, but my time with the Lost Vape Mirage points to a single minor disappointment. I’m hoping this will change, but it’s a waiting game now.
Disappointing Lost Vape Mirage Battery Life
The Lost Vape Mirage has ‘mildly’ disappointed me with the battery life with 20700 cells. Using a 3000mAh iJoy 20700 cell allowed me barely 3 hours of moderate vaping with a TFV12 Prince Sub-Ohm Tank (reviewed here) at 74W.
Slipping a 21700 made by Golisi, a 40A, 3750 mAh battery ($14.95 at Element Vape) the battery life shot up to more than 4 hours.
However, with this new, more powerful battery I decided to go into the menu and enable the Preheat function at 100W of power and setting the “punch” to maximum. While this gave me a far stronger vape, even this powerful 21700 battery quickly drained.
Finally, I disabled the Preheat function, and using the included adapter cap, I installed a Nitecore 3100mAh 35+ cell into the Mirage and went about vaping normally. After about an hour the battery seems to be holding its own, so I enabled the Preheat function again, slid the Punch to the maximum, and while the vape had a more powerful punch to it, the battery levels began to drain much quicker. I went from 88% to 81% inside of 6 pulls from the Tank.
It should be noted that unlike the DNA250, with its 97% power output efficiency, the DNA75C has only 85% power output efficiency. This alone is going to affect battery life. But I’ve used other Lost Vape DNA75C mods that provided better battery life using the 18650 cell.
The battery door is on the bottom of the Mirage and is locked in place with a snug latch. Removing and replacing a battery is fast and simple.
Lost Vape Mirage Resin Dye Inlays
The Lost Vape Mirage was designed with beautifully accented and visually striking resin dyed inlays that create a totally unique Mod with each Mirage made. No two are exactly alike, and I struck gold with a gorgeous blue/black ocean of color.
A Word about Resin Inlays – Due to the nature of resin dye inlays, each of the resin inlays are unique, and each Lost Vape Mirage DNA75C is a unique work of art. The photos in the slideshow are for reference only, no two Mods are the same. That said, you can choose a color spectrum, i.e., Green Agate, Red Blaze, etc.
Vaping with the Lost Vape Mirage
Vaping the Mirage, discounting the battery life issues, has been excellent. Menu navigation with the inclusion of the 3rd button, the Function Button, makes whipping through a DNA menu a breeze. The large fire button at the top of the front panel is firm and responsive. So far, I’m impressed with Lost Vape’s latest efforts.
The Lost Vape Mirage ``Technicals``
As I indicated above, the Mirage utilizes an upgraded model of the DNA75C Chipset, which is now capable of boosting that DNA75 board to 100W with either the 21700 or 20700. It should be noted that if the user chooses to use an 18650 cell, the DNA board will opt out at 75W, which is fine for most folks that understand this is a moderate-wattage Mod.
The Mirage uses the Evolv’s DNA 75C Chipset to achieve the 100W of maximum power, but it also includes the same range of sophisticated customization for full temperature regulation and personalized screen options of the previous DNA75C. Naturally, users can also avail themselves with Evolv’s Escribe application software (Mac or PC) to set up various profiles for various tanks used with the Mirage.
The Lost Vape Mirage DNA75C includes a color 0.96 Inch OLED display take works in conjunction with the three-button adjustment scheme. With the easy to navigate display and the third button, a DNA-equipped Mod is no longer out of range for even neophyte Vapers.
Wrapping Up…and the Score
I am rarely, if ever, disappointed with a Mod from Lost Vape. The truth is, even though the battery life isn’t what I’m used to, I am still mostly satisfied with my purchase.
The Lost Vape Mirage is a lightweight, beautiful, resin accented single-cell Mod that delivers on its promise of utilizing all the great things we’ve come to like about the DNA chip, and if you invest $15 for a powerful 21700 battery there won’t be much to complain about.
Had I have gotten just one more hour of battery life out of any of the 3 types of batteries I used during this review period I would have awarded the Lost Vape Mirage an A+ rating. But, whether it’s the nature of the beast (the DNA75C), or not, it just doesn’t reach the A+ threshold.
My Score: B+
(Available now at Element Vape).
Lost Vape Mirage DNA75C TC Box Mod Features, Contents
Lost Vape Mirage DNA75C TC Box Mod Features:
- Dimensions – 93mm by 43.5mm by 28mm
- Single 20700/21700 Battery Platform – Not Included
- Optional Single 18650 Battery Platform – Requires Sleeve
- Wattage Output Range: 1-100W
- Voltage Output Range: 0.6-9V
- Min Kanthal Resistance: 0.25ohm
- Min Temperature Resistance: 0.15ohm
- Temperature Range: 200-600F
- Supports Ni200 Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless Steel
- Intuitive OLED Display
- Durable Zinc Alloy Chassis Construction
- Unique Resin Dyed Inlay
- Three-Button Operation
- Upgraded Evolv’s DNA75C Color Chipset
- Upgradeable Escribe Software – Theme Generator
- 85% Output Efficiency
- Cell-by-Cell Monitoring
- Cell Balancer
- Atomizer Protection
- Low Resistance Protection
- Short Circuit Protection
- Overheat Protection
- Low Voltage Step Down Protection
- MicroUSB Port – Firmware Upgrades
- Stainless Steel 510 Thread Point
- Spring-Loaded Nickel-Plated Brass 510 Connection
- 1 Lost Vape Mirage DNA75C Mod
- 1 MicroUSB Cable
- Instructional Manual