The Flowermate V5 Nano is nearing release and we're previewing it in PuffItUp style with a full teardown!
WARNING: Do not attempt this vape teardown, any disassembly other than the mouthpiece will void your warranty.
The Flowermate V5 Nano (Last Moments)
Here we have the Flowermate V5 Nano looking sleek and confident in its final hour. We only received two of these units so this is a difficult loss - luckily our twin Nano will help get us through these trying times.
Battery and Mouthpiece Compartments
Flowermate V5 Nano Battery
The Flowermate V5 Nano battery is a flat top IMR 18650 battery with a 2500 mAh capacity and 20 amp maximum continuous output. A higher max output generally means a lower max capacity but the cell Flowermate chose is right in the sweet spot for both. The Nano hits vaping temp in half a minute and we get about 40-50 minutes per charge depending on temperature settings; relatively normal for single cell hybrid vapes. A full charge from completely empty will take about two and a half hours.
Reminder: Do NOT follow along past this point. Disassembly is not covered under warranty.
Battery Port Disassembly
Top Plate Removal
The slide door plate is held between the inner and outer sections of the unit; now that the two portions aren't tightly fitted together we can take it out. With the top plate removed we can access the faceplate of the V5 Nano.
The Final Piece
The faceplate is the last thing keeping us from separating the internal electronics enclosure from the protective aluminum exterior.
V5 Nano Face-Off
The Nano's faceplate is held in place by 12 tabs. We shimmied each tab loose then removed the plate and two button covers beneath.
FM V5 Nano De-Shelled
Now for the good stuff - with the base screws and faceplate out of the way we can slide out the electronics enclosure.
Thick Aluminum Chassis
The Nano's shell is made of nice thick aluminum to hold up to daily pocket carrying. The total dimensions of the casing are only 3.5" tall, 1.75" wide and 0.75" thick, making it one of the most compact hybrid vaporizers.
Guts and Glory
The FM Nano's internals - the primary circuit board is connected with 4 screws. Most of the other goodies are still sealed in the enclosure.
Removing the Electronics
With the four retainer screws out of our way we can almost pull out the motherboard. It's still stuck by the 3 different types of connecting wires. We'll resist the urge to chop the wires... for now.
After pulling the enclosure apart we get out first view at the airpath and heater. This new heating assembly looks much taller and beefier than the elements we saw in our Flowermate V5.0S Teardown and Mini Pro Teardown. The airpath is on the bottom right; when fully assembled it sits right below the heater.
Isolated Airpath and Spring Loaded Mouthpiece
We haven't seen this before: the airpath tube is part of a spring loading mechanism for the mouthpiece. When you open the base door of the Nano this section pushes the mouthpiece out a little bit so you can remove it without the battery falling out. The picture on the left displays the airpath with the mouthpiece in place, the picture on the right is a close up of the airpath / spring mechanism.
The FM V5 Nano's airpath is completely isolated from the battery and electronics. Air enters through the metal tube above the mouthpiece compartment and is tunneled directly into the heater above - perfect.
V5 Nano Connections
With the enclosure taken apart the brain of the FM Nano is finally free. The silver ring connected to the black wire pairs with the brass plate in the battery chamber to form the negative connection. The brass piece connected to the red wire is the positive connection point. Four thinner clear wires connect the heating assembly to the motherboard.
V5 Nano Circuitry
The V5 Nano's OLED screen, metal button actuators and Micro-USB connection are all on the front side of the primary circuit board. On the back of the board you can see some additional resistors, capacitors and transistors along with the wires that once connected to the heating assembly and battery poles.
Nano Chamber Assembly
Here is the Nano's loading chamber disassembled. The metal spiral on the left sits below the chamber in the middle. The chamber itself consists of a black ceramic cylinder wrapped with a conductive element and then wrapped in thermal tape to maximize heat retention. The metal piece on the right is the threaded mouthpiece connection above the loading chamber.
Nano Hybrid Heating Elements
Black Ceramic Heating Chamber
A look into the Nano's unique black ceramic loading chamber. The electrothermal heating element wraps around the black ceramic and metal spiral below, resulting in an efficient mix of conduction and convection heating for thick vapor and uniform extraction.
It's fantastic seeing Flowermate breaking new ground and trying different things with their portables. The V5 Nano is the best looking and feeling Flowermate vaporizer to date and the hybrid heating outclasses the pure conduction heating of their previous V5 models both in vapor production and flavor. A removable 18650 battery is something we've been asking Flowermate to implement into their designs for years and we're amped to finally see it happen. We're not sure if the black ceramic chamber is a functional improvement over the previous white ceramic but it looks great and matches the aesthetic of the unit perfectly.