Name: PodStick (Vaporesso) – Pod Mod – received by Heavengifts
Type: Pod Mod
Colors: Black, Blue, Gold, Silver, Splashed, Phantom
Price: ~ € 25
Vaporesso PodStick a featherweight pod mod
It is without a shadow of doubt the most popular and discussed category among all the vape devices, andt it is the most sold vape device type ever. All the main hardware manufacturers are competing, in a more than ever tight comparison, for the sector leadership, churning out novelties with an impressive speed. What are we talking about? Of Pod Mod of course …
Vaporesso, one of the most famous vape brands in the world, after the successful Renova Zero and Click (previous Aurora Play), recently launched PodStick, its latest proposal for the pod system market. It is a hybrid device, a pod mod with the form of a vape pen, a novelty for Vaporesso but not for the e-cig market in general.
As usual, at the article beginning we observe the contents of the product packaging received.
IN THE BOX
1 x PodStick Kit
1 x pod 1.3 ohm 2 ml (pre-installed)
1 x replacement pod 0.6 ohm 2 ml
1 x E-juice bottle 10 ml
1 x USB cable
1 x Warranty card
1 x User manual
DESIGN AND BUILD QUALITY
In expressing the judgment on the construction quality of this device, it must not deceive its extreme lightness, due essentially to the aluminum battery body; in reality the latest Vaporesso creation is a very well built device, with a precise, stable and silent fire button and a colored finish that does not seem at all superficial, even if only the time will be the real judge of this aspect. In general, PodStick seems to be perfectly in line with Vaporesso quality standards, a company always one step ahead of many competing companies.
Even from an aesthetic point of view, the device does not disappoint, and although it does not have a particularly innovative line (an ellipsoid with a flat face to hold a the fire button and the LED lights), it must be said that the product is pleasing to the eye and above all endowed with undoubted maneuverability and portability. The small footprint and the negligible weight make it right into the row of pocket pod mods.
Now let’s take a closer look at the device features. The pod mod measures 111 x 22 x 18 mm and weighs only 43 grams; is among the lightest devices on the market. The PodStick is equipped with a cartridge (with a capacity of 2 ml) that fits perfectly inside its compartment in the battery body, thanks to two strong magnets that prevent annoying oscillations. There are two types of coil integrated in the pod:
- 1.3 ohm ceramic coil (CCELL coil) – range of vaping between 9 and 12.5W, suitable for pure MTL vape;
- 0.6 ohm mesh coil – allows to vape between 17 and 22 watts for the most classic restricted DL vape.
The device is switched on and off with the classic sequence of five close clicks; once switched on, with three quick clicks you can choose between one of three different power levels:
- Red light – 9W (pod 1.3 ohm), 17W (pod 0.6 ohm);
- Blue light – 10.5W (pod 1.3 ohm), 20W (pod 0.6 ohm);
- Green light – 12.5W (pod 1.3 ohm), 22W (pod 0.6 ohm).
The PodStick battery has a capacity of 900 mAh able to guarantee a more than good duration especially with the 1.3 ohm CCELL coil. I did some testing and found that with the configuration just mentioned, at 10.5W (default setting) you can almost complete 3 tanks (6 ml). With the 0.6 ohm pod the battery life is significantly reduced and you can reach maximum 4 ml e-liquid.
Very interesting on this device is the presence of five bright LED (white light) to indicate the remaining battery charge. Each LED covers an interval of 20% of the charge; therefore five lights lit indicate a battery charged between 100% and 81%, four lights a recharge between 80% and 61% and so on. On the PodStick the airflow section is not adjustable.
The 1A charging system allows the PodStick to recharge in less than 1 hour, but if you really don’t want to wait, don’t worry because the Vaporesso Omni Board Mini circuit has the passthrough function that allows you to use the device even if under charge.
On this circuit there are also the most classic protection systems against short circuits, overtime, low power, low resistance, overcharge and ESD protection.
COILING, WICKING AND FILLING
As mentioned above, the PodStick is equipped with a 2 ml semi-transparent fumed POD (PCTG material), rechargeable through a valve system introduced by Vaporesso; this system, already present on RenovaZero and Click, was created to facilitate and make safer the e-liquid refill operations.
The cartridge can be refilled without having to remove it from the mod, and after sliding back the upper part of the pod, there’s a pressure valve, designed to guarantee an anti leakage refill. It will be necessary to lay down and then push down the bottle supplied by the manufacturer or any other bottle with a thin and rather hard beak tip. The semi-transparency of the pod should allow easy control the e-liquid level, but this unfortunately does not happen, because the pod is really too dark to allow you to easily read the e-liquid inside it.
PERFORMANCES AND FLAVOUR
We will now analyze the PodStick performances in relation to its two supplied pods:
- Pod CCELL coil 1.3 ohm – The puff is smooth and fairly quiet, a pure MTL with a vapor not so warm as you can expect, and a fairly low hit (the pod is essentially designed for liquids with nicotine salts). The manufacturer declares that the CCELL coil allows the use of 70/30 VPG e-juices, but frankly we find it more suitable for 50/50 ones. Aromatically speaking, the performance is good, but in my point of view it is not high, the pod seems to miss some aromatic nuances in the more complex e-liquids. Finally, the longevity of the coil is good, estimated around 20-25 ml.
- Pod mesh coil 0.6 ohm – The puff is slightly warmer and also silent, ideal for lovers of restricted flavor chasing or for a very airy MTL vape. The hit is more pronounced thantks to higher output power and the aromatic yield seems to have a greater richness and completeness than the CCELL coil. In terms of longevity, the performance is almost identical to the 1.3 ohm coil.
Neither of the two pods can be said to be a champion in terms of the vapor quantity produced, but I believe there are other devices to which you must turn if you want greater vapor density and big clouds. Very positive, on the other hand, that neither cartridge is affected by the age-old problem of e-juice condensation, which affects many devices currently on the market.
Despite not being free from some defects, Vaporesso PodStick is a very respectable pod system able to assert itself within the large world pod mods panorama. Of course if Vaporesso could solve the small problems we found…
Recommended to: newbies and skilled vapers.