Lost Vape UB Lite Pod Kit
- Aluminum body feels durable
- Good flavor from 1.4Ω coil
- Nice substantial mouthpiece
- Easy to use
- Type-C charging
- Draw or button activated
- MTL coil is underpowered
- Flavor is lacking from MTL coil
- Short battery life (especially with 0.4Ω coil)
- Draws gets noticeably weaker as battery dies
- It's easy to block airflow when thumb firing
- Design is just okay
Lost Vape are perhaps best known for their Orion series of pod vapes such as the Orion Q, Orion Plus, and Orion Q-Ultra. These were some of Lost Vape’s most popular devices thanks to their small size, light weight, and stand-out performance. But other than their Orion devices, Lost Vape hasn’t released another small and light pod vape. Okay, there was the Prana, but that largely flew under the radar and many vapers probably don’t even know that it exists.
Here to fill the void is the Lost Vape UB Lite Pod Kit. It’s a pocket friendly pod vape with an airflow adjustment slider that, combined with the right UB Lite coil, can be set for restricted direct lung or mouth to lung vaping (if you’re unsure what this means then make sure to check out our guide on the difference between mouth to lung and direct lung vaping)
From my experience, not many devices can do DL and MTL equally well. It’s usually one or the other, not both. Could this device be different? Additionally, does the UB Lite compare to the Orion Plus? Is it worth purchasing? I’ll answer these questions and more in this review.
- 1 x UB Lite Pod Device
- 1 x 0.4Ω UB Lite L1 Coil
- 1 x 1.4Ω UB Lite L5 Coil
- 1 x Lanyard
- 1 x Type-C Charging Cable
- 1 x User Manual
- 1 x Warranty Card
- Body Material: Aluminum
- 115mm x 20.6mm x 19.8mm
- Weighs 47.5g
- 2ml Eliquid Capacity
- 7W-30W Output
- 1000mAh Battery
- Button & Draw Activated
- Type-C Charging
Design & Build Quality
The UB Lite has a tall, tubular shape that reminds me of a small vape pen or a large disposable. It’s 115mm tall, 20.6mm wide, and 19.8mm deep and weighs 47.5g. This is a nice, comfortable size that is very pocket friendly and the rounded shape is comfortable to hold and vape with. Even though it’s quite light, the aluminum body feels sturdy. Many lightweight devices feel inexpensive but the UB Lite doesn’t feel at all cheap.
The front side is flat with fine diagonal lines engraved onto the surface. These engraved lines give the UB Lite a neat look and add a touch of personality to the otherwise plain body. Branding is kept to a minimum with only a small Lost Vape logo and ‘UB Lite’ at the bottom, front side of the body. Lost Vape have managed to keep it simple without making it look too plain.
On the back side you’ll find an airflow control slider. Moving the nub all the way to the left opens up the airflow and gets you a slightly restricted direct lung draw. Moving the nub all the way to the right closes down the airflow for a restricted mouth to lung draw. The slider is firm but easy to adjust and stays where it’s set to.
You can vape by either drawing on the mouthpiece or pressing the fire button. The fire button is round and positioned for either index or thumb firing but I find it most comfortable to use my thumb. The problem with this is that I often end up covering the airflow dial with my index finger. If you use your thumb to fire you’ll have to keep the position of the airflow in your mind whenever you take a draw. Thankfully the draw activation works well so you can skip using the button altogether if this becomes too much of an issue.
At the top of the body, where the pod clicks into place, there is a half circle cut out. The pod has a circle that fits snugly in this spot. Needless to say, because of this circle the pod only goes in one way. There’s a little bit of movement in all directions when the pod is inserted but the strong magnets hold the pod in place well so there’s no need to worry about it coming out.
The pod is tall with a substantial mouthpiece. The pod gently slopes to form a wide and narrow drip tip that contours my lips perfectly. There is a dark tint on the pod so you do have to hold it up to the light to see your remaining ejuice. The pod will hold up to 2ml of ejuice and it is side filled through a port on the side. This port is large and wide so I didn’t have any trouble filling it up. The rubber stopper is sufficiently deep to prevent any leaking from the fill hole.
For a quick summary: the build quality of the UB Lite is much better than I expected for such a light device. The aluminum body feels solid but it’s still very light. The pod has a bit of wiggle but stays attached to the device because of the strong magnets. I especially like the mouthpiece on the pod. The design of the UB Lite isn’t special and doesn’t really stand out, but the little design elements like the engraved front side keep it from looking completely plain. I think the design could be improved but it’s not too bad as it is.
The UB Lite uses new UB Lite coils that push into the bottom of the pod. There are three coils available but only two of them come with the kit: a 0.4Ω L1 coil and a 1.4Ω L5 coil. A 0.8Ω L3 coil is available to be purchased separately.
The UB Lite has “smart coil detection” which automatically detects the resistance of the coil that you’re using and adjusts the power output accordingly. You can tell if this is working by looking at the small LED located above the fire button. The LED will light up red when the 0.4Ω coil is inserted, blue for the 0.8Ω coil, and green for the 1.4Ω coil. Depending on the coil and battery charge level, the UB Lite will output anywhere from 7-30W.
The 1.4Ω coil is for MTL vaping and it will fire from 8-10W. I used this coil with a 50/50, 36mg nicotine salt ejuice and the results were underwhelming. Even fully charged, the 10W output felt much too low and I never got that satisfying draw that I craved. The vapor is also very cool. I wanted to like this coil because of the tight MTL draw that I got with the airflow set all the way to the right, but the lack of power made it impossible to love. Flavor was also lacking from this coil due to the low power output.
The 0.4Ω coil performed much better. This coil is for DL vaping and for use with regular nicotine ejuices. I used a 70VG, 6mg nicotine strength ejuice and the flavor is much better than I expected. The draw is really good anywhere from the midway point to fully open and provides a DL draw down to a RDL draw depending how you have it set. The vapor is warm and the draw is satisfying — the complete opposite of the 1.4Ω coil.
One thing to mention is that the draw gets noticeably weaker as the battery depletes. Once the battery indicator is showing red you can really tell a difference in the strength of the draw. I suggest charging it before it gets down too low or you’ll have to deal with subpar draws.
The UB Lite has a 1000mAh built in which is on the small side, even for a device of its size. I would expect it to have at least a 1500mAh battery but sadly that’s not the case. Because of the small battery you can’t expect to get days and days of usage out of a single charge, it’s just not possible.
Battery life will vary according to the coil that you use. You can expect much better battery life out of the 1.4Ω coil because of its 10W max output, and drastically shorter battery life from the 0.4Ω coil and its 30W max output.
The LED indicator above the fire button will light up to indicate your battery charge level whenever you take a draw. Green is 3.9V+, blue is 3.7 to 3.9V, and red is 3.7V or less. The draw will get noticeably weaker as the battery dies so it’s a good idea to charge up before you get down to the red battery level.
Using Type-C charging plugged into a wall, the UB Lite can charge up to full in around 35-40 minutes.
The UB Lite Pod Kit is decent. It does RDL vaping quite well and delivers in the flavor department, all in a compact and light device. There are quite a few cons to the device though, like the small battery size, poor MTL coil performance, and greatly weakened draws as the device dies. The design isn’t particularly attractive either but it’s definitely not ugly. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if you like the looks or not.
In any case, I have a tough time recommending this device, even for the things that it does well. There are plenty of good DL and RDL devices and tanks available so I’m not sure if there’s room or even a need for this one.
I can see the UB Lite being a good purchase for someone who has a big and heavy DL setup and is looking for something smaller and lighter that still delivers on flavor. Keep in mind that you will be charging it all the time though.
If you’re anyone else, I would probably pass on the UB Lite. It’s not a terrible device but with the performance of the MTL coil there are only certain types of vapers that will get the best use out of it. It looks like the Orion series of devices are still Lost Vape’s best small pod vapes.