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Uwell Popreel P1 Review: How Does It Compare to the Caliburn Series?

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Uwell Popreel P1

4.4/5

8.9

Design — 9.0
Build Quality — 9.0
Pod & Coils — 10.0
Performance — 9.5
Flavor — 10.0
Battery Life — 6.0

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Our Verdict

The Popreel P1 is another solid pod vape from Uwell. The performance is right up there with the Caliburn G2/A2 and the draw is a very pleasant tight MTL draw so you’re not sacrificing performance if you get this over the Caliburn devices. However,  some of the other design and technical features are lacking in comparison like the small 400mAh battery and resulting shorter battery life. The fact that the drip tip is so difficult to get off is also another major strike against this device for me.

Is this device worth getting? Yes, but only if, for some reason, you can’t get the Caliburn A2 or G2. The Popreel P1 has some shortcomings but it still delivers better flavor and performance than a lot of other pod vapes out there.

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The Uwell Popreel P1 is the first device in Uwell’s “P” series of pod devices. Vapers will know Uwell for their extremely popular “Caliburn” series of pod vapes, which include the Caliburn G2, Caliburn A2, Caliburn AK2, and more. Their “G” series of devices use pods where you can replace the coils, while their “A” series devices use pods where the coil is built-in and non-removable.

Their latest  “P” series device, the Popreel P1, is similar to the Caliburn A2 and AK2 in the sense that it uses pods with built-in coils. I’m not sure what the P stands for or designates, even after searching up and down Uwell’s website, so that’s going to remain a mystery for now. However, I’ve been using the Popreel P1 for a few weeks now so I have a good understanding of everything that it has to offer and I will go over all of it in this review.

The Popreel P1 is made of PCTG, PC, and ABS plastics and it takes uniquely shaped Popreel P1 pods (this device is not compatible with any other Uwell pod). It will fire at up to 13W and has a 400mAh battery that recharges through Type-C charging. The pod will hold up to 2ml of ejuice.


Box Contents

  • 1 x Popreel P1 Pod System
  • 1 x 1.2Ω Popreel P1 Pod (Pre-Installed)
  • 1 x User Manual
  • 1 x Spare Drip Tip

Specifications

  • PCTG, PC, and ABS Plastic Construction
  • Size: 108.2mm X 22.5mm X 13.2mm
  • Weighs 30.2g
  • 13W Output
  • 2ml Pod Capacity
  • 400mAh Battery
  • Type-C Charging

Design & Build Quality

  • Uwell Popreel P1 1

When I first took the Uwell Popreel P1 out of the box and held it in my hand, I thought to myself “Yep, this is definitely a Uwell device”. It just has a look and feel that, while different in a lot of ways from the Caliburn devices, is also very similar. 

For one, the shape and size are basically identical to the Caliburn G2 and A2; the Popreel P1 is 108.2mm tall, 22.5mm wide, and 13.2mm deep. It also weighs only 30.2g. It’s an ideal size and weight for a pod vape; easily portable and concealable, and you don’t notice the weight in your pocket at all. The long form factor also makes it comfortable to hold as you’re not scrunching up your hand to get a proper grip.

An obvious unique design feature of the Popreel P1 is the construction. It’s made of PCTG, PC, and ABS plastic and features a dual-layer shell. The interior plastic shell comes in one of four macaron pastel colors, and has what appears to be water ripples printed on it. The top exterior shell is transparent. This dual-layer design gives the P1 a neat look and also makes it fade proof. 

It’s a pretty durable design because it hasn’t cracked or chipped after the few times that I’ve dropped it. However, the transparent plastic shell picks up scuffs and scratches that can be seen when you hold it up to the light.

The body of the Popreel P1 is smooth but also has a good amount of grip so it’s unlikely to slip from your hands. The front of the device has POPREEL printed in white translucent lettering, while the back has UWELL printed. This printing is slightly raised so you can feel it when you run your fingers over it. Since the printing is translucent it’s pretty subtle and doesn’t stand out at all and I like that.

On the side there’s a single, small pinhole airflow hole. On the bottom front there’s an LED indicator. This LED will light up each time you take a draw and the color will tell you your battery charge level.


Popreel P1 Pods

Uwell Popreel P1 Pod 2

You get one 1.2Ω pod included in the box, which is a bit of a disappointment. Only one pod? Come on, Uwell! 

The pods for the Popreel P1 are unique to this device and so they are not compatible with other Uwell pod vapes, nor is the Popreel P1 compatible with other Uwell pods. This is because the P1 has a ‘stepped’ design where the pod connects and a portion of the pod sticks out further than the rest. This part of the pod that sticks out fits into the battery, which also has a cut-out portion to accommodate it. It’s difficult to describe in words but if you check out the photos then you’ll know what I mean.

The part on the pod that sticks out is also the ejuice viewing window. The pod is completely transparent so it’s really easy to see how much ejuice is left in the pod. The ejuice window also has 8 measuring lines on the side, although they are not marked so I’m not sure how much each line represents. In any case, you’ll want to fill the pod once your ejuice gets lower than the lines on the viewing window because the wicking ports are actually quite high up on the coil inside.

An interesting feature of the P1 is that the mouthpiece on the pod is the same color as the body of the device. This is a change from the black mouthpieces that you’ll usually find on pod vapes. It’s a small change but it makes the P1 look more ‘complete’ to me.

Uwell Popreel P1 Pod

The fill port for the Popreel P1 is located underneath the drip tip, which you have to remove in order to access it. Here is my first major complaint with this device: the drip tip is frustratingly difficult to remove. On the product page on Uwell’s website it says that “vapers can open the drip tip with one hand” and that couldn’t be farther from the truth! 

There’s no lip to get your fingernail underneath the cap and there’s also nowhere on the cap to drip as you try to remove it. The only way I was able to get it off was by leaving the pod in the device and really pushing the drip tip to one side. The amount of force I have to use to get it off makes me feel like I’m going to break the pod inside of the battery.

When you do finally get the drip tip off there’s a single fill port which is covered by a red, self-closing membrane. 60ml ejuice bottle nozzles fit nicely into the fill port and filling is mess-free.


Battery Life & Charging

Uwell Popreel P1 Charging Port

The Popreel P1 has a 400mAh battery, which is small compared with the 520mAh battery of the Caliburn A2 or 750mAh battery of the Caliburn G2. Even though the P1 fires at a lower wattage of 13W, battery life is still only decent and could be a lot better. I averaged just over a pod full of ejuice per charge and this meant that I was charging the device almost every single day. If you’re a heavy vaper then you will definitely be plugging it in every night and possibly earlier.

As a saving grace, charging times are nice and quick. The P1 recharges to full in only 40 minutes using a Type-C charger plugged into the wall and it also features pass-thru charging so you can vape on it while it charges.


Performance

Uwell Popreel P1 5

The Popreel P1 is made by Uwell so it should come as no surprise that the performance is impressive. I believe that the P1 pods use the same coils as found in the Caliburn series devices so it makes sense that it performs very similarly.

Flavor is top notch with this pod. Even though the Popreel P1 only fires at 13W it’s still a really good vape. Vapor is nice and warm and the draw is smooth as well. I would be lying if I said that the flavor wasn’t as good as the Caliburn G2 or A2.

The draw is a tight MTL draw that I really enjoy. This is going to be perfect for vapers who like a MTL draw that is tight, but not so tight that you have to struggle. Beginning vapers will also like the draw if they are looking for something that replicates the feeling of smoking a cigarette.

The Popreel P1 is only draw activated and does not have a button for button activated firing. Using it is as simple as filling the pod (if you can get the drip tip off), waiting 5 minutes for the coil to saturate, and then drawing on the mouthpiece to vape.

I did experience some minor leaking with this vape but I would say it’s within acceptable limits. Pulling out the pod would reveal a little bit of ejuice around the sides of the pod but I did not have ejuice leaking heavily, nor did I have ejuice collecting in the battery.

I’ve been using this same pod for approximately 10 refills and it’s still vaping well. You can expect to vape probably 10-15 pods before having to replace the pod and that’s pretty good if you ask me.


Verdict

The Popreel P1 is another solid pod vape from Uwell. The performance is right up there with the Caliburn G2/A2 and the draw is a very pleasant tight MTL draw so you’re not sacrificing performance if you get this over the Caliburn devices. However,  some of the other design and technical features are lacking in comparison like the small 400mAh battery and resulting shorter battery life. The fact that the drip tip is so difficult to get off is also another major strike against this device for me.

Is this device worth getting? Yes, but only if, for some reason, you can’t get the Caliburn A2 or G2. The Popreel P1 has some shortcomings but it still delivers better flavor and performance than a lot of other pod vapes out there.

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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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