even an instalocker can not catch pods that spam warp upon destruction of the ship.
That is the issue I am hinting at.
In order to get a pod you’d have to bring a dedicated smartbomber to the fight.
I don’t consider it balanced to have to bring +1 dedicated smartbombing ship (thus useless for mostly anything else) to catch a single pod that might or might not have implants.
That you can plug in billions worth of items into your clone and have those billions worth of items safely embedded into a pinata (that might have no implants at all on the other hand) that can instantly warp, thus forcing the opponent to field an extra cruiser or bigger with smartbombs just to catch that potential multibillion worth of items is as I mentioned… off the charts when it comes to risk vs. reward.
edit : you can still keep the small sig, just make it warp slower. Most T1 frigs have a frig sig but 2+ Second align time.
Why not give the pod also a 2-3s align time thus actualy making your point work : fast locking frigs catching it.