Smoking Vapor are a US company based in Phoenix, Arizona. I believe they started their journey with cartridge cig-a-likes and e-cigars. Around eighteen months ago they brought out the Mi-One and Mi-Pod to the market.
For me it was early last year that these groovy looking devices were all over Instagram. The Mi-Pod was taking the US by storm and pretty much everyone had a least one hanging around their neck. They were getting great reviews, so much so that there is a Grimm Green edition. In the UK it seemed like everyone was eagerly awaiting their arrival from across the pond.
I went to Vape Jam UK 4 back in April and Smoking Vapor were there with one of their UK distributors. I was quite excited to see what all the fuss was about and I went over and spoke with a couple of the guys on the stand. I was given a Mi-Pod and some spare pods for the purpose of review. I was intrigued to know why these devices had become so popular, they all certainly looked the part, but do they perform well too? Please read on and I’ll give you my thoughts on this highly popular and trendy device.
What comes in the box:
- 1 x Mi-Pod MOD
- 2 x Pods (Refillable cartridges)
- 1 x Micro USB Cable
- 1 x Lanyard attachment
- 1 x User Manual
- 1 x Warranty Card
- 1 x Airflow Adjustment Pack
Taking a look at the box
The box is a flip box with a sleeve. On the front of the box you will find an image of the device, the name of the device and a nicotine warning. On the back of the box you will find the name of the device, list of contents, device specifications, warnings and warning symbols, company QR code, social media links and a nicotine warning.
Top side you will find the device name with a cut out of the material used for covering the device (colour/design). On the bottom side there is the company logo.
On the sleeve sides, one side has the device name and the other has company logo, company website and a barcode.
The Mi-Pod specifications:
- Output Voltage – 3.0-4.2V
- Maximum Currant – 15A
- Cartridge (Pod) Coil Resistance – 1.3Ω
- Cartridge (Pod) Capacity – 2ml
- Battery – Built-in 950mAh Square High-Drain Lithium
The size of the device:
- Height Without Pod – 51mm
- Height With Pod – 59mm
- Width – 60mm
- Depth – 13.5mm
Taking a look at the device
Both sides of the device are the same with a wrap around cover. Mine being the blue digital which feels soft and leathery (its a plastic of some form). There is an ‘M’ shaped window cut out to look at juice level in the pod. You can see the mouth piece on the pod.
On the front and through on to the base of the unit, there is another piece of the wrap in the same design. On the front the is a micro USB port and below that a tiny on/off button.
On top there a plaque style piece with the name of the device, a small hook/hole for a lanyard attachment (included) to be attached. You can also see the mouthpiece of the pod which clicks into place in the top of the unit.
In the images above you can see some close ups of the pod and its connections. In the top left image you can see inside where the pod would be in the device.
In the images above you can see the pod and the pod with its carry case (included).
Looking at the pod in the top left image you can see the pod contacts at the base, above these you will see what looks like a ball of fluff which is the coil and then you can see the chimney going up from the coil. The of the pod is used to hold the e-liquid. What you can’t see at the base on the far side from the contacts is a rubber bung in the e-liquid filling hole.
In the image above shows the pods airflow, the pod with the number one on it (on the right) came with the device and the other is from a two piece replacement pack. With the device came an Airflow Adjustment Pack which has two very small pieces that you can insert into the airflow, changing it. As the pods stand in the image they don’t perform much different – I will come back to this later.
Using the device
There is a very small button below the micro USB port, five clicks to switch on and the same to switch off.
There are LED Indicators to show the battery power;
- Blue – 3.7V = Full
- Purple – 3.4-3.7V = 50%
- Red – 3.4V = Low
You can turn the device to a stealth mode (no lights) by pressing and holding the power button for five seconds. You do the same again to put the lights back on.
Otherwise, this device is auto draw.
Thoughts and Conclusions
I love the look of these devices and can see how they have become so popular. With the textured covering on the device makes it very tactile and appealing. Looking through the catalogue I can see why these have become collectible too. I find it a perfect size and shape that can comfortably fit in a pocket or be attached to a lanyard and hung around a neck (this way seems very popular). It seems the vape device has also become the accessory. (You can now make sure your device matches your shoes or handbag).
The power button is really small and trying to click it five times in quick succession is an difficult. However, once you’ve switched it on do you need to switch it off? I don’t think so, it is an auto draw device so there are no buttons that can be accidentally pressed.
It also has a fairly good sized window so you can actually see your juice level. I’ve found with other pod system devices this is not so readily available.
I have to say, for such a small coil the flavour is rather good.
I’ve been using this device for about six weeks on and off, more so recently. At first I wasn’t so sure of the device and found myself struggling with the airflow. I have been using nicotine salts in it and with that I was more inclined to want to mouth to lung (MTL) when vaping. Though possible, I found it just slightly to airy for my liking and found myself direct to lung (DTL) vaping the device. I’ve actually really enjoyed doing it this way. For me it was like taking shots, but instead of the alcohol it was nicotine salt.
On closer inspection of the box I found the Airflow Adjustment Pack. The little pieces of plastic you put into the airflow on the pod are tiny, I mean really small. I have big fingers and so found this a little tricky to do. Once they were in I did feel a difference with the MTL capacity of the pod. So, having put the adjustment piece in I have found the air flow much better for me, whether be it by MTL or DTL.
I have had a little more confusion, when I opened the two pack replacement pods I didn’t find an Airflow Adjustment Pack. I tested one of the pods up against the pod I had adjusted with the piece of plastic and found no difference in performance. I can only assume and say that I believe that they have tweaked the airflow on the newer pods.
I cannot fault the battery life on this device, though I don’t use it constantly through each day, more rather for periods of the day. I haven’t needed to charge the device for a few days, win, win in my book.
There have been cases of devices being made to look really cool or smart but not performing very well. It is great to see something that is ‘trendy’ but also performs really well. If I was heading out on the town for a few drinks this is definitely a device I would turn to to have out with me. It certainly is a device that would allow the user to carry out a satisfying stealthy vape (not that I’m condoning people vaping where they shouldn’t).
Though at first I did find issues with the airflow, I overcame them and now really enjoy it, but definitely on a DTL basis. I’m not one for hanging things round my neck, but I can see the attraction and the utility of doing so. If you are looking for a device that looks smart and with great performance, then I don’t think that you will go far wrong with one of these.
- Shape and design
- Auto fire system
- Good flavour
- Battery life
- Direct to lung capacity
- Mouth to lung capacity (seems slightly out for me)
- Airflow Adjustment Pack is really fiddly
- Power button is really small (Purely because some people may have difficulty switched the device on)
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