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Uwell Cravat Review: Big Performance from a Small Device

Uwell Cravat

3.7/5

7.5

Design — 7.0
Build Quality — 8.0
Pods — 8.0
Performance — 8.0
Flavor — 8.0
Battery Life — 6.0

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Our Verdict

Although the Cravat has its faults, it’s all around a good, simple pod device that is perfectly suited for beginner vapers. It’s small, lightweight, and delivers flavor that is nearly as good as its Caliburn series cousins. It handles different ejuice ratios well, and it’s a good vape with higher strength nicotine salt eliquids. Heavy vapers, or those who are already familiar with pod vapes will probably want to go with a device that sports a larger battery, although you will be sacrificing some portability for the longer usage time.

For newer vapers or those who are looking for a pod vape that is super portable, the Cravat fits the bill. It’s not going to last you multiple days of vaping, but for the day that it does last it delivers performance that is impressive for the small size of the device.

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The Cravat is Uwell’s latest pod vape and it’s their smallest and lightest yet. This small device has a 300mAh battery that recharges with Type-C charging, and takes pods that have the coil built into them. These coils use Uwell’s PRO-FOCS technology; the same technology that makes their Caliburn devices so good. The Cravat will fire at just 9W with the included pod, so it’s a low powered device that was made with vaping nicotine salt ejuices in mind.

Uwell is a company that really needs no introduction, but I’ll give you some information anyway! Uwell has made some of the best pod vapes of the last few years, with their Caliburn series of devices being their most popular. Some Caliburn devices that we have reviewed include the Caliburn G, Caliburn A2, Caliburn G2, and most recently the Caliburn X

The difference between the Cravat and the Caliburn series is mainly in the size and power of the devices. While the Caliburn series of devices are larger, with larger pod capacities and higher wattage outputs, the Cravat is meant to be ultra-portable and fires at a lower wattage.

Does the Cravat live up to the strong reputation that Uwell has built with their Caliburn series of pod vapes? Find out in this review.


Box Contents

  • 1 x Uwell Cravat Device
  • 1 x FeCrAl Meshed-H 1.2Ω Pod
  • 1 x Type-C Charging Cable
  • 1 x User Manual

Specifications

  • Made of aluminum alloy and PCTG
  • Dimensions: 103mm x 19.3mm x 9mm
  • Weight: 20.5g
  • 1.5ml Pod Capacity
  • 9W Maximum Power Output
  • 300mAh Battery
  • Type-C Charging

Design & Build Quality

  • Uwell Cravat - 1

The Cravat is very small and very light. It’s a mere 103mm tall, 19.3mm wide, and only 9mm thick. I would compare the size of the Cravat to that of a traditional, small capacity disposable vape, only the Cravat is even better because it’s rechargeable and refillable. It also weighs only 20.5g, which places it amongst the lightest refillable pod vapes out there. The small size and lightweight are definitely impressive for a rechargeable device.

The super small size means that the Cravat is extremely portable. You can throw it in your pocket or bag and not even notice that it’s there. In fact, it’s so small that I actually lost my first test unit and had to start using a second one, no joke! In order to prevent losing this one, I’ve actually been using a lanyard that slips around the body of the Cravat. So far, so good!

The body is made of aluminum alloy and the pod is made of PCTG. It has a matte metallic paint that looks great and it has held up well while I’ve been using it, with no scratching, chipping, or flaking of the finish. The Cravat is available in 5 colors: silver, gray, blue, orange, and red. Branding is kept to a minimum, with CRAVAT appearing on one side of the device, and UWELL on the other.

On the front of the device are three small LEDs, arranged vertically. The LEDs will light up each time that you take a draw, and the color indicates your battery life. On the bottom of the Cravat is a Type-C charging port, so you have to lay it down to charge it.

  • Uwell Cravat - 8 Pod and Connection

The Cravat only comes with one pod, which is disappointing to see. It’s a pod with a 1.2Ω kanthal mesh coil built in, and it will fire at 9W. The pod will hold up to 1.5ml of ejuice, which is smaller than the standard 2ml that I would expect to see, but for the small size of the device it’s almost expected. The pod is tinted, but it’s a very light tint, so it’s still very easy to see into the pod. 

Filling the pod is done through a port on the side of the pod. You have to remove the pod in order to refill it. The rubber bung is small but does a good job of sealing the fill port. Because of how small and slim the pod is, air gets trapped in the pod when filling and I found it difficult to fill the pod all of the way up. Because of this difficulty, I usually only ended up filling the pod halfway or three-quarters of the way up, which makes the already small 1.5ml capacity more like 0.75ml to 1ml.

The pod attaches to the Cravat magnetically and about half of the pod sits inside the battery. This means that you can only see the top half of the pod and, when you’re only about to fill it halfway, this leaves you always guessing about where your ejuice level is at. I ended up removing the pod frequently just to check on my ejuice level to be sure that I didn’t burn the coil. 


Battery & Charging

Uwell Cravat - 7 Charging Port

The Cravat is a very small and slim device, and as a result it doesn’t have a lot of room for a battery. The 300mAh battery on the Cravat is smaller than most other pod vapes on the market, but because this device only fires at 9W with the included pod, the battery life is still okay. It’s not great, but it’s not terrible either. 

You can expect to vape around one pod of ejuice from the Cravat per charge. Since I only managed to fill the Cravat about halfway each time due to air being trapped in the pod, I would fill it twice to the halfway point before the battery died. If you’re a heavy vaper, that means that at the very least you’ll be recharging it at the end of each day.

On the plus side, the Cravat recharges very quickly and takes only half an hour to go from completely dead to full battery. The LEDs on the front of the device will light up each time that you take a draw, and the color indicates your battery life as follows:

  • Green: 60-100%
  • Blue: 30-60%
  • Red: Under 30%

The LEDs will flash and “breathe” while it charges. When the Cravat is fully charged, the LEDs will be green and remain solid and lit up.


Performance

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Since the Cravat functions at a low wattage of 9W, it’s perfect for higher strength nicotine salt ejuices. I tested the included pod with two nicotine salt ejuices in 35mg/ml strength: one 60VG and one 50/50 VG/PG.

Since this pod uses Uwell’s “PRO-FOCS” technology, I had high expectations going into this review. PRO-FOCS is the same method of making the pods and coils for Uwell’s Caliburn devices, and the wicking and flavor from those devices is top-notch. Is it the same for the Cravat?

Yes, it is — sort of. The flavor from this pod is definitely good, but because it fires at such a low wattage, I feel like it could be better. If this pod could fire at say, 12W, I think that the flavor would be even better. It’s not quite at the level of the Caliburn series of devices, but the flavor is still good. 

Even though it’s a “softer” draw than what I normally prefer, it’s still very enjoyable to vape on and the vapor is warm without being hot. You do have to be careful though. Because the mouthpiece is so slim, if you purse your lips tight around the pod and your lips overlap the hole, you will feel your lips burn from the heat of the vapor. I’ve never actually burned my lips, but it certainly felt like it a few times. 

Both my 60VG and 50/50 ejuices wicked and vaped without a problem in this pod. The wicking ports on the coil are a little high though, so it’s best to fill the pod before it’s completely dry in order to prevent the possibility of a dry or burnt hit. However, even when I accidentally let the pod get too low, I did not have any issues. Better to be safe than to burn up your pod though!


Verdict

Although the Cravat has its faults, it’s all around a good, simple pod device that is perfectly suited for beginner vapers. It’s small, lightweight, and delivers flavor that is nearly as good as its Caliburn series cousins. It handles different ejuice ratios well, and it’s a good vape with higher strength nicotine salt eliquids. Heavy vapers, or those who are already familiar with pod vapes will probably want to go with a device that sports a larger battery, although you will be sacrificing some portability for the longer usage time.

For newer vapers or those who are looking for a pod vape that is super portable, the Cravat fits the bill. It’s not going to last you multiple days of vaping, but for the day that it does last it delivers performance that is impressive for the small size of the device.

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Adam Alhiraki

I started vaping in 2013, determined to quit smoking because I knew it was a terrible habit. Many hard years later, I'm smoke-free and feeling better than ever! I love trying as many different tanks, mods, and ejuices as I can get my hands on, but I love sharing my experiences and honest opinions even more! When I'm not reviewing, researching, or writing, you can find me watching tennis, tinkering with coils, or playing with my two mischievous cats.

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