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Geekvape Wenax K2 Review: A True MTL Experience

Geekvape Wenax K2

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4.0

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The Wenax K2 is a great pod vape for beginners looking for a true MTL vaping experience. It might not match up to Geekvape’s Wenax Q or Sonder Q devices in terms of technology or features, but this is an excellent choice if you want something simple, efficient, small, and light.

The relatively large battery, adjustable airflow, and choice of power level are all great selling points, as are the solid design and very discrete style. For anyone currently using the K1 and wondering if an upgrade is worth the twenty bucks, I can assure you that it is.

The fact that the device won’t stand upright on a flat surface very well is annoying, for me at least, but the cartridges are well-constructed enough that leaking isn’t an issue even if it’s laid down for long periods. The flat design means that the potential problem of the wick drying out is also less of a concern.

I have used several Geekvape devices, and they rarely fail to impress me in daily use. The Wenax K2 will be joining the growing list of beginner pod vapes I would happily recommend to anyone taking up vaping in 2023.

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Geekvape is a vaping brand that has been pushing out some brilliant kits for several years now, including the excellent Wenax Q, Sonder Q, and the more advanced Aegis L200 Classic. And although not a brand-new vape, having been launched early in 2023, the Wenax K2 from Geekvape is a pod vape that I’ve been itching to try out.

The K2, which replaces the K1 in the Wenax range, is aimed at a different audience than any of the vapes mentioned above. It’s billed as an only-MTL device and has many of the features we have come to expect from a beginner vape, including a choice of coil resistances, adjustable power and airflow, and a pen-style design.

But is the Wenax K2 just yet another cheap and simple pod vape for beginners, or has Geekvape managed to weave some of its usual magic to create a device that goes beyond its outward appearance? After testing it out for nearly two weeks, I have the answers.


Box Contents

  • 1 x Wenax K2 Device
  • 1 x 0.8Ω K1 Cartridge (pre-installed)
  • 1 x 1.2Ω K1 Cartridge
  • 1 x USB Type-C Cable

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 115mm x 20mm x 10mm
  • E-liquid Capacity: 2ml
  • Adjustable Wattage
  • Wattage Range: 7W – 18W
  • Battery size: 1000mAh
  • Charging type: Type-C
  • Adjustable Airflow
  • Takes K1 Series Pods
  • Pod Connection: Push Fit
  • MTL draw

Design & Build Quality

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The Wenax K2 is a simple but attractive pen-style device. It stands at a pretty standard 115mm tall but is only 10mm wide and 5mm thick. That makes it one of the slimmest pod vapes that the company offers, although not by much. It’s a great size for slipping into a pocket or a small purse and at around 36g, you’ll barely know it’s there.

The K2 is available in six colors; three shades of black or grey, or blue, purple, and pink if you prefer something slightly more cheerful. Three of the colors have a matte finish, while the others are glossy. The one I tested, Matte Gunmetal, looks and feels pretty classy, especially considering that this is a twenty-dollar vape.

Although the K1 and K2 look similar at first glance, when comparing them side-by-side, the upgrade is obvious. For a start, the K2 feels much more solid in your hand. That’s down to the larger battery (more on that later) and a slightly thicker aluminum shell.

There’s also a more detailed battery indicator (three lights instead of one) and an adjustable airflow on the side. Opposite this is the USB-C port. Between the two, just above the indicator lights, is a redesigned button that is smaller than on the K1 and slightly more clicky. It’s a minor change, but one that definitely gives an impression of better quality.

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One design feature that the K2 shares with its older sibling is a base with rounded edges. As someone who spends much of his day at a desk, I like to have my vape standing upright. This is for several reasons, including that it keeps the holes in the coil below the fill level of the vape juice to prevent the wick from drying. The slim profile and rounded base on the K2 make this all but impossible, as the slightest knock has it toppling over.

It’s not a huge problem, and this device is likely not designed to stand upright, but if you are like me, you will probably get annoyed at the clatter of your vape falling over every five minutes. The rounded edges on the K2 undoubtedly look and feel nice, but would it really have hurt to give it a completely flat base? Ok, sorry, I’ll move on.


Pods

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The 2ml pods (or cartridges, to be precise) for the Wenax K2 are the same as for the K1. As is now commonly the case, the pods have a built-in coil and are designed to be replaced as a whole unit, rather than just replacing the atomizer coil when it burns out.

Two versions of the cartridge are available, offering either a 0.8Ω or a 1.2Ω resistance coil. And one of each is supplied with the standard K2 kit. They attach to the body of the vape using a push-fit connection rather than magnetic. This feels secure, and I never felt like there was any possibility of the cartridge coming loose.

Approximately a third of the e-liquid reservoir is hidden when the cartridge is inserted. That isn’t unusual for this type of vape device, and I actually find that this serves as a good indicator of when you need to refill. When you can no longer see e-liquid in the tank, it’s probably time for a top-up, which is done through a small port in that hidden bottom third. The refill port could be a bit bigger, as it’s pretty fiddly to get open, but that is perhaps a design choice driven by the size of the cartridge.

The drip tip is rounded but flattened to fit in with the overall design of the vape. For reasons I have not quite figured out, the drip tip on one of the cartridges is the same transparent plastic as the tank, while the other is much darker and almost opaque. It could be simply to help differentiate between the 0.8 and 1.2Ω cartridges or perhaps between the K1 and K1 SE versions, but I’m honestly not sure.

Geekvape doesn’t give an estimated lifespan for the cartridges, but I would expect one to two weeks. This will depend on how much you vape, how topped up you keep the tank, etc., but I have been using a single cartridge for over 10 days, and it’s still going strong.


Features

The Wenax K2 is a simple device to use and should be perfect for vaping beginners. As such, it isn’t packed with advanced features. There’s no LED display, for example, but for the price of this device, that isn’t too surprising.

There is an adjustable airflow slider, a feature the previous version lacked. The slider is tiny but moves smoothly and feels firm enough that you won’t have to worry about it moving while the device is in your pocket or bag. Despite being so small, the slider makes a big difference to the airflow level and is a welcome feature.

The vape features draw or button firing. Some vapers, myself included, prefer having both options, as it means you can avoid the slight draw firing delay that sometimes occurs when the battery on this type of device gets low. Press the button just as the vape reaches your lips, and it will already be firing when you draw on it.

Aside from the battery and indicator lights, which I’ll cover below, the only other key feature is the changeable power mode. The K2 can run at 7W, 12W, or 18W, depending on your preference. Unlike some new vapes, the power level is not defined automatically based on the coil resistance. Instead, you have manual control over how much power is used, changed by pressing the button three times in quick succession. The lights flash to indicate the level:

  • White = Low 7W 
  • Blue = Medium 12W
  • Green = High 18W 

The combination of three power levels, two coil resistances, and the sliding airflow control gives you an impressive number of choices for customizing the vaping experience. Of course, if you use the vape at 18W with the 0.8Ω cartridge, the battery will drain faster than if using 7W and 1.2Ω.


Battery Life & Charging

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The battery in the Wenax K2 came as a bit of a surprise. I was expecting a 700 or 800mAh cell, so to find that this tiny vape packs in 1000mAh is a definite plus point. Compared to the K1’s 600mAh battery, that’s a significant improvement.

Despite the pretty large battery, charging is fast and efficient. The K2 doesn’t support 2A fast charging, but it only takes around 45 minutes to fill the battery from empty. As you are charging, the indicator lights pulse, then stay a solid color when charging is complete.

As you use the vape, the battery indicator lights display in three colors, depending on the approximate charge remaining. These are:

  • Red = 0-30% 
  • Blue = 31-69%
  • Green = 70-100%

These battery level indications seem pretty accurate, and you should be able to get a couple of hours of use from the device on a red light. One thing to mention is the extremely short USB-C cable supplied with the vape. Short charging cables aren’t unusual, but at just 20cm, you’ll probably need to look for something longer than this one.


Performance

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The Wenax K2 is designed as an MTL vape, and that’s absolutely what you get. Close the airflow and insert the higher-resistance coil and the vaping experience is very close to drawing on a cigarette. That’s perfect for ex-smokers switching to vaping because it feels instantly familiar.

The draw is still pretty tight with the airflow open and using the 0.8Ω cartridge, but it’s a noticeable difference. It could, at a push, be considered an RDL vape if you use it in this configuration. There are, however, better RDL vapes around if that’s the vaping style you are looking for.

The K2 fires reliably for the most part, except for the odd occurrence of firing delay when the pod is low on juice or the battery is on red. It’s not a big issue, and in general, this vape works as well as I would expect from a brand as well-respected as Geekvape. Flavor production is good, if not mind-blowing, and seems consistent. I really only noticed a slight drop in flavor when the battery was almost dead, which isn’t unusual.

The battery also performs well, but the lifespan of a full charge is very much affected by how you use the vape. At low power and 1.2Ω, I got almost two days of use out of the K2 (even if I did have to fill the cartridge three times.) With more power and the 0.8Ω cartridge, battery life was probably closer to one day.

The cartridges last well, although I am always careful not to let mine dry out, which obviously helps. I did miss the 5ml pod on the Vaporesso VECO GO I’ve been using lately, but 2ml is much more common for a device this size, and having to refill a couple of times a day isn’t much of a chore.


Verdict

The Wenax K2 is a great pod vape for beginners looking for a true MTL vaping experience. It might not match up to Geekvape’s Wenax Q or Sonder Q devices in terms of technology or features, but this is an excellent choice if you want something simple, efficient, small, and light.

The relatively large battery, adjustable airflow, and choice of power level are all great selling points, as are the solid design and very discrete style. For anyone currently using the K1 and wondering if an upgrade is worth the twenty bucks, I can assure you that it is.

The fact that the device won’t stand upright on a flat surface very well is annoying, for me at least, but the cartridges are well-constructed enough that leaking isn’t an issue even if it’s laid down for long periods. The flat design means that the potential problem of the wick drying out is also less of a concern.

I have used several Geekvape devices, and they rarely fail to impress me in daily use. The Wenax K2 will be joining the growing list of beginner pod vapes I would happily recommend to anyone taking up vaping in 2023.

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Russ Ware

Russ is a UK-based Staff Writer for Versed Vaper who has been in journalism for more than two decades, having previously written for tech publications like Lifewire. He tried vaping in 2015 but the setup that he was using wasn’t quite right and so he didn’t enjoy it at first. However, after going back and forth between vaping and smoking for a couple of years, he started experimenting with different coils, power levels, and mixing his own vape juice. The rest is history and Russ has been a devoted vaper ever since. Russ is a passionate writer and he produces reviews, news, and well-researched informational articles for our site. When Russ is not testing or writing about vapes, he likes to travel, read true crime, and eat anything with lots of chilies.

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