As with the Star Adventurer, you can also use the Mini with the Equatorial Head and Counterweight (purchased separately or in a bundle) for a more balanced approach. For short sequences, it’s relatively easy to have the ballhead sitting over the top of the mount so the equatorial head and counterweight rarely felt necessary. However if you want to capture sub-exposures over a long period of time (say four hours) then the equatorial head is effective at keeping the camera/lens combination balanced even as the right ascension shaft rotates over the hours. The declinition head is not motorised but does include a fine adjustment knob for easy target centering even at longer focal lengths.
The polar scope and illuminator are identical to the Star Adventurer and thankfully are included in even the base Mini package. While the illuminator doesn’t provide even illumination it does the job somewhat better than trying to shine torches down the tube and can be dimmed down to very low levels, unlike most illuminators.
The polar scope has the Octans asterism marked making southern hemisphere alignment straightforward if you know how to find that. My usual routine is to eyeball align the unit with south celestial pole by eye (it’s well worth learning your way round that part of the sky). Then I’ll use a digital inclinometer (or phone app) to set the altitude angle of the base. Being a box shape, the top of the Mini unit is square with the polar axis which makes that easy. At that point, the Octans asterism is usually within the field of view of the polar scope. In the Northern Hemisphere, you can use the Polar Clock utility that is part of the Skywatcher app (see below) to set the orientation of Polaris in the polar scope.
The standard way to power the unit is with 2 AA batteries which are easy to replace (more so than on the Star Adventurer). Even using old rechargeable batteries I had no trouble getting through a whole night (in summer conditions). I was generally turning Wi-Fi off though. The other option is to plug in 5V via a micro USB connection.