The Vaporesso PodStick is a brand new pod vape with a unique form factor. It’s shaped more like a vape pen than a pod vape but don’t let its looks fool you. It uses replaceable pods like most pod systems and houses a built-in 900mAh battery. It also uses Vaporesso’s latest chipset, the OMNI Board Mini, and has three different power mode settings.
The PodStick aims to succeed where most others have failed; it comes with a mesh coil for DL vapers and a ceramic coil for MTL vapers. But can the PodStick really be good for both? Keep reading to find out.
Vaporesso PodStick Review: A Pen-Style Pod Vape
- 1 x Vaporesso PodStick
- 1 x 0.6ohm Mesh Pod
- 1 x 1.3ohm CCell Pod
- 1 x 12ml E-Juice Bottle
- 1 x Micro-USB Cable
- 1 x Warranty Card
- OMNI Board Mini
- 3 Power Levels
- 900mAh Battery
- 5 LED Battery Indicator
- 2ml Pod Capacity
- Push-To-Fill Pods
Design & Build Quality
It’s a pod in the shape of a stick! The PodStick stands tall at 111mm but it’s otherwise a rather slim and small device; it’s only 18mm wide and 22m deep. I like the look of it. It’s got a flat front and a rounded body that curves nicely in my palm. With the pod installed it weighs just under 43grams so it’s also exceedingly light.
Despite the light weight, the PodStick feels like a durable vape. The body is made out of aluminum and the pods are made out of PCTG plastic. This thing feels like it could take a few drops without breaking.
The PodStick comes in six colors but they’ve all got one thing in common: bronze branding and a bronze power button. The bronze looks right at home on my black PodStick but I’m not a fan of how it looks on the other colors. The paint quality is good and has been holding up well. However, although hard to see, it does pick up smudges and fingerprints.
There’s power/fire button on the PodStick is the only button on the device. It’s firm and clicky and takes a fair amount of resistance to activate.
How to Use The PodStick
The PodStick is an easy to use device, perfect for beginners. To turn the device on or off, press the fire button 5 times quickly.
The PodStick has three power modes: green, blue and red. Simply press the fire button three times to cycle through the modes. An LED ring will light up around the power button to indicate the mode that you’ve selected. The LED will also light up each time you take a draw.
Each power mode will fire at a different wattage depending on the pod that you’re using:
I found that certain power levels were best for each pod but I’ll explain more about this in the performance section.
The PodStick comes with two 2ml pods: a 0.6ohm mesh coil pod & a 1.3ohm CCELL ceramic pod. The pods on the PodStick are made out of durable and food-grade safe PCTG plastic. PCTG is also extremely heat-resistant so it’s an excellent choice of material for these pods. The pods have a dark tint but you can still see the ejuice level. Removing the pods from the device makes it easier to see.
The pods click into the device and are held in place magnetically as well as by a small bracket. The fit is firm and secure. The mouthpiece is built into the top of the pod. It’s non-removable and about the size of a 510 drip tip. It’s rounded and smooth so I have no complaints from using it.
The top of the pods slide open to reveal the push-to-fill port. It clicks closed and has a good bit of resistance when sliding open so it’s quite secure. It’s not likely that it will open in your pocket. Even if it did, the push-to-fill port doesn’t let any ejuice out.
The PTF holes is a small and round, spring-loaded port. In order to fill the pod you have to push down on the PTF port with the tip of your bottle. If your bottle is too stiff or the nozzle doesn’t fit, Vaporesso include a 12ml refill bottle in the box that you can fill and use. This bottle is squishy so it’s easy to fill with it and the nozzle is perfect for the port.
I like the PTF port because it’s essentially leak-proof but it’s a real pain if you want to empty the pod. There’s no easy way to remove ejuice so if you want to switch flavors and you don’t want to mix ejuices, you’ll have to vape whatever is in there first.
The 0.6ohm mesh pod is meant for direct lung vapers. It has an airy draw with very little restriction. 70VG and even 80VG ejuices wicked easily. This is a very versatile coil. You can use any ejuice of your liking and it will vape without issue.
The draw off the 1.4ohm CCELL pod is completely different. It’s a tight mouth to lung vape with a lot of restriction. This is the type of draw that I love from a pod-style device: tight, but not to the point that I had to struggle to vape. 50/50 ejuices wicked like a dream and I was chain-vaping like a champ. With 60VG it felt like it was struggling to keep up though. I wouldn’t recommend chain-vaping over 60VG unless you want a dry hit (trust me, you don’t).
Battery & Charging
The PodStick has an ample 900mAh battery. That’s impressive when you look at the size and weight. I managed two refills on the highest setting with the 0.6ohm pod — around a day and a half of use.
Under the power button there are 5 LED lights. Each light represents 20% battery life. Five lights is 100%. One light is 20% and under.
I was hoping that it would use USB-C charging so I was disappointed to see a micro-USB port. Please Vaporesso, USB-C is the future! Anyhow, it still charged up in only an hour so that’s still very fast charging.
I’ve been really enjoying the PodStick. It’s not at all a cloud machine but really, what pod device is? The vapor from both pods is smooth and the flavor is no slouch either. The lack of adjustable airflow might be concerning to some vapers but I don’t think it’s a big deal. Reason being is that the pods each deliver a very different draw that is tailored specifically to either MTL or DL vapers.
I do have a complaint, though. Even on the highest power level the vapor isn’t warm enough for me. I prefer a warm vape that verges on hot but even the 0.6ohm pod doesn’t come close.
The 0.6ohm pod is great for direct lung vapers because of its smooth and airy draw. I used a 30mg nicotine salt in this pod and I found the green power level to be too much. The blue power setting it was a great vape though. Freebase nicotine ejuices vaped best on high though
As for the 1.4ohm CCELL pod, this was my favorite by far. The vapor on this pod is noticeably cooler than the other pod but the draw is what makes it so great. It’s a fairly tight mouth to lung draw that is very restricted. I alternated between blue or green power with this pod because I couldn’t make up my mind on which was better. Either setting is good but the vapor on red is much too cool for me.
I did have some leaking from the mouthpiece but only when I inhaled too hard. It also only happened with 40VG and that’s considerably thinner than most other ejuices. Otherwise, the inside of the device remained eliquid-free and I had no other leaking or other problems.
So what’s the verdict on the Vaporesso PodStick? It does have some shortcomings like the vapor being too cool and the PTF port making it impossible to remove ejuice. If you like a very warm vape, you’re not going to get it from the PodStick.
All in all, it’s a nice device. The flavor is good (however, not extraordinary) and the pods deliver completely different draws. Whether you’re a MTL vaper or a DL vaper isn’t a problem because there’s a pod that will suit you. Recommended.