Test: ePod – Vype

76 points

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 have been speaking about this model as early as 2013. Because of this, we have been anticipating a noticeable improve with this new mannequin of the vary.

Technical traits

Pod dimensions 104.2 mm (size) x 10.5 mm (depth) x 19.1 mm
Pod weight 23 g
Charging proprietary
battery 350 mAh
Vary of use 6-8 W
Tank capability 1.4 ml

What’s within the field?

  • Pod
  • USB cable
  • Consumer information

A normal battery

The battery finishes are respectable, 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 whenever 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 nicely. 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. Alternatively, it’s significantly much less versatile, as you can not use a typical charging cable. In case you neglect to cost one night, anticipating to have the ability to cost whenever 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 in the future with reasonable use. It’s at all times a good suggestion to have two pods on you, so you may ensure that the battery received’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 received’t maintain it in opposition to you ?  Because it occurs, this lets you have two charging cables, and higher flexibility from that standpoint.

Subsequently, there is no such thing as a 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. Subsequently, 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 in the marketplace…

They’ve two contacts at their base, permitting operation through the battery. No specific 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 will be noticed. By this we imply that it strikes in its housing. Not some barely noticeable play as is commonly 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 whenever you transfer the pod away out of your mouth.

The 2 fashions from our take a look at displayed the identical defect, noticeable on one, and really appreciable on the opposite. We could have been unfortunate, however, in any case, that is the illustration of a botched design on this respect or a critical manufacturing continuity challenge. This really disagreeable side instantly makes you neglect the nice preliminary impression from the battery end.

Nicely-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 beneficial for inexperienced persons.

The vapour manufacturing can be well-balanced and passable. In comparison with different Large Tobacco merchandise, it’s significantly superior to that of a Juul or a Blu, which isn’t saying a lot. The vapour isn’t as dense and easy as on a clearomizer, however is above-average for pods.

A surprisingly good efficiency whenever 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 offers excellent capillarity whereas stopping leakages, which is confirmed when utilizing the ePod.

Vapour is produced by a small resistance coil positioned below the ceramic block. This design will be discovered on a lot of current pods. It often provides glorious outcomes.

Vaping that disappoints

That is exactly the place the ePod surprisingly falls quick. Comparable ceramic resistance coils will be discovered on a lot of present pods and provide superb performances by way of flavour rendering and hit.

On the ePod, nonetheless, 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 meanwhile.

When it comes to the hit, the ePod’s 18 mg/ml nicotine cartridges provide the same 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 value per use

Primarily based on the common costs recorded in Europe

When it comes to 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 is just 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 instances greater than a typical 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 accessible
  • No indication of cartridge capability
  • Mediocre flavours and hits
  • Price of capsules

To seek out out extra

To information you in your selection, we’ve got answered probably the most steadily requested questions regarding its use:

  • The ePod isn’t vulnerable to leakage, however leakages can nonetheless occur. We propose a couple of options if this occurs to you.
  • The battery may cease charging, rendering it unfit to be used. Just a few troubleshooting factors that will help you discover a resolution shortly.
  • The ePod requires little or no upkeep. Nevertheless, some occasional cleansing of probably the most uncovered elements can lengthen its service life and forestall malfunctions.
  • Throughout use, the ePod liquid price range could change into sizable. We have now ready a report that will help you cut back your expenditure and make financial savings along with your e-cigarette.
  • To make sure a seamless transition to e-cigarettes, the vapour produced have to be passable for the person. Right here is a few recommendation if this mannequin isn’t 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 accomplish that shortly 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. It will can help you make a totally knowledgeable selection.

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