A brand new pod that fails to impress
The ePod is a brand new pod made by Vype, the e-cigarette subsidiary of British American Tobacco (BAT).
It’s compact and makes use of a traditional design providing the benefit of being tried-and-tested, albeit missing in originality. This isn’t Vype’s first creation — we had been speaking about this model as early as 2013. Because of this, we had been anticipating a noticeable improve with this new mannequin of the vary.
|Pod dimensions||104.2 mm (size) x 10.5 mm (depth) x 19.1 mm|
|Pod weight||23 g|
|Vary of use||6-8 W|
|Tank capability||1.4 ml|
What’s within the field?
- USB cable
- Person information
A normal battery
The battery finishes are first rate, with a floor that’s nice to the touch and a top quality floor remedy. Within the centre, an LED signifies battery operation and cost standing. There isn’t a want for a button as vapour is produced routinely while you inhale.
On the battery base, you’ll not see any USB port, however three contacts. A particular cable is required for charging, with a particular connector designed to obtain the battery. It’s held in place by magnets which do the job very properly. This ensures a safe connection and good, straightforward dealing with.
In comparison with a standard USB port, it is a user-friendly and undoubtedly extra dependable system, avoiding the potential accumulation of mud within the USB port. However, it’s significantly much less versatile, as you can not use a regular charging cable. In the event you neglect to cost one night, anticipating to have the ability to cost while you get to the workplace on a cellphone charger, for instance, is pointless.
The battery is powered by a 350 mAh storage battery providing a battery life according to the market common on this class. Sufficient to carry for someday with average use. It’s all the time a good suggestion to have two pods on you, so you’ll be able to make certain that the battery gained’t run out, which could trigger you to go straight again to your nearest tobacconist. Nevertheless, if it’s to purchase a pack of Fortunate Strikes, Vype actually gained’t maintain it towards you ? Because it occurs, this lets you have two charging cables, and better flexibility from that viewpoint.
Due to this fact, there isn’t any studying curve by way of use, you merely insert a cartridge and vape.
The cartridge (capsule) that makes a fantastic play of issues
Vype cartridges, or “capsules”, have a traditional design. They’re clearly sealed and pre-filled. Due to this fact, they aren’t appropriate for filling and are disposed of as soon as the liquid contents run out. The environmental impression is devastating as with all different sealed cartridges available on the market…
They’ve two contacts at their base, permitting operation through the battery. No explicit condensation or leakage of e-liquid is noticed throughout use. That is testomony to the well-executed resistance coil design even earlier than you are taking a better look.
When the cartridge is plugged in, some play may be noticed. By this we imply that it strikes in its housing. Not some barely noticeable play as is usually encountered. No, some critical play that may be felt clearly everytime you take a puff. It leaves the disagreeable impression that the refill will keep in your lips while you transfer the pod away out of your mouth.
The 2 fashions from our check displayed the identical defect, noticeable on one, and really appreciable on the opposite. We might have been unfortunate, however, in any case, that is the illustration of a botched design on this respect or a critical manufacturing continuity difficulty. This really disagreeable side instantly makes you neglect the great preliminary impression from the battery end.
Effectively-executed resistance coil
The airflow from the ePod is comparatively restrictive and really nice for oblique vaping (mouth-to-lung, much like a tobacco cigarette). Inhaling is much like a flamable cigarette, which is helpful for rookies.
The vapour manufacturing can be well-balanced and passable. In comparison with different Massive Tobacco merchandise, it’s significantly superior to that of a Juul or a Blu, which isn’t saying a lot. The vapour shouldn’t be as dense and clean as on a clearomizer, however is above-average for pods.
A surprisingly good efficiency while you take a better take a look at the resistance coil. The design is well-executed, a far cry from the shoddy workmanship of the 2 competitor fashions talked about.
Cotton is changed by a porous ceramic, neatly sealed to the bottom. This technique supplies excellent capillarity whereas stopping leakages, which is confirmed when utilizing the ePod.
Vapour is produced by a small resistance coil positioned underneath the ceramic block. This design may be discovered on numerous current pods. It normally provides glorious outcomes.
Vaping that disappoints
That is exactly the place the ePod surprisingly falls quick. Related ceramic resistance coils may be discovered on numerous present pods and supply excellent performances by way of flavour rendering and hit.
On the ePod, nevertheless, the flavours are duller, much less refined, whereas the hit is weaker. As soon as once more, the performances are markedly superior to a MyBlu or a Juul. So, they aren’t utterly ineffective, however far behind the most effective units in the mean time.
By way of the hit, the ePod’s 18 mg/ml nicotine cartridges supply an analogous sensation within the throat as that obtained with a clearomizer utilizing a liquid containing between 3 and 6 mg/ml of nicotine. Not unhealthy, however removed from the standard that might have been anticipated.
To attempt to perceive the common rendering of flavours, we examined the liquid from the cartridges on a dripper. The liquids themselves are fairly good, say according to common on the dripper. Nevertheless, they lose their depth and their flavour on the ePod. A surprisingly disappointing outcome, given the obvious high quality of the resistance coils.
A considerably excessive worth per use
Primarily based on the common costs recorded in Europe
By way of the positioning of the ePod, we’re sceptical of 1 essential level. Vype states that the cartridges have a capability of 1.9 ml, however it’s only 1.4 ml when measured. The cartridges are bought at €7.99 per pack of two, which is equal to €2.85 per millilitre. That is equal to €28.50 per 10 ml, roughly 5 occasions greater than a regular 10 ml bottle…
What we like
- Compact design
- Ease of use
- Excessive-performance battery
- Battery life
What we don’t like
- Makeshift meeting between the cartridge and the battery
- 18 mg/ml liquids solely obtainable
- No indication of cartridge capability
- Mediocre flavours and hits
- Value of capsules
To search out out extra
To information you in your selection, we now have answered essentially the most ceaselessly requested questions regarding its use:
- The ePod shouldn’t be vulnerable to leakage, however leakages can nonetheless occur. We propose just a few options if this occurs to you.
- The battery may cease charging, rendering it unfit to be used. A number of troubleshooting factors that will help you discover a resolution rapidly.
- The ePod requires little or no upkeep. Nevertheless, some occasional cleansing of essentially the most uncovered elements can lengthen its service life and stop malfunctions.
- Throughout use, the ePod liquid finances might turn out to be sizable. We’ve ready a report that will help you scale back your expenditure and make financial savings along with your e-cigarette.
- To make sure a seamless transition to e-cigarettes, the vapour produced should be passable for the person. Right here is a few recommendation if this mannequin shouldn’t be working for you.
- The Vype tanks are sealed, however it may be tempting to attempt to fill them with a bottled e-liquid. We tried, efficiently however unconvincingly.
- Vype merchandise are extensively distributed and comparatively straightforward to seek out. We clarify the way you achieve this rapidly and simply on-line or in-store.
- Travelling with an e-cigarette entails some preparations and precautions. A complete information to travelling along with your ePod with peace of thoughts.
- Lastly, we current a complete comparability with different sealed-tank e-cigarette fashions. This can mean you can make a totally knowledgeable selection.