Epuffer XPOD Disposable Vape Review
Epuffer has been a reliable vape brand for a number of years now.
Something unique in the vaping world, the Epuffer XPOD Disposable Vape offers a convenient solution to a common problem faced by many beginner vapers. While this device is the result of natural progression stemming from the highly popular pre-filled pods concept, the Epuffer XPOD Disposable Vape endeavors to take things a step further.
Unlike the pre-filled pods approach employed by models like the Wee VIM or the Aspire Mini Gusto, the Epuffer XPOD Disposable Vape devices have only a limited lifespan. In many ways, it’s the most accurate electronic equivalent of a cigarette. There’s no fiddling around with functions or coils, and it’s ready to go as soon as it comes out of the box.
This will sound like a dream to some, but might be a little restrictive to more experienced vapers. However, there’s definitely more than a few positives to this nifty little piece of kit.
What’s In The Kit?
Visually similar to a pack of cigarettes, the XPOD Disposable Vape comes in a small grey and silver box brandishing all the necessary information on the front. The packaging displays the XPOD logo and the three flavours of juice inside. Strangely, the Epuffer logo is nowhere to be found on the front, perhaps as an attempt to brand these devices as a separate entity to their usual products.
The kit includes:
- 1 x Tobacco disposable X Pod
- 1 x Menthol disposable X Pod
- 1 x Mango disposable X Pod
And that’s the lot. There’s nothing else, because nothing else is necessary. There’s no accessories, no spares and no manual. This kit is as basic as it comes.
- E-Liquid: 1.2ml
• PV/VG Ratio: 50 / 50
• Battery Capacity: 280mAh
• Resistance: 2.7ohm
• Height: 78mm
• Width: 19mm
• Depth: 10mm
• Weight: 15g
The Pros and Cons Of The Epuffer X Pod Mini
If we strip things back to basics, the whole purpose of electronic cigarettes is to mimic the sensation of real cigarettes as closely as possible, and this is the main selling point of the XPOD Disposable Vape. This device makes every effort to simulate the look, feel and taste of an actual cigarette, and achieves its goal with great accuracy.
When it comes to design, the XPOD Disposable Vape is sleek, crisp and feather-light. It’s about the same length as a common cigarette, slightly wider, and has a glossy plastic finish. Under other circumstances, the plastic surface would be a hindrance, but due to the disposable nature of the XPOD, it’s only a minor issue. It’s not particularly sturdy, but again, it’s not really a big deal.
Unlike every other vape device, the XPOD Disposable Vape has no fire button. It has no functionality and there are no output or wattage settings to worry about. You simply draw on the tip of the vape, and the suction motion launches it into action. As I mentioned, it’s the closest you can possibly get to a real electronic cigarette.
When it comes to performance, the XPOD runs a 2.7ohm resistance on a 280mAh battery, and what that means in non-technical is that it’s not a highly powerful device. However, the XPOD makes up for its lack of ferocity by including a hefty amount of nicotine in each puff. Each of the three flavours (tobacco, menthol and mango) all come with 1.8 milligram nicotine levels, which is the highest amount e-liquids are legally allowed to include.
As this is a budget vape, the XPOD can’t be blamed for not including many exotic flavours. And likewise, they can’t be blamed for the e-liquid in each device not being the highest quality. While this isn’t so obvious in the tobacco and menthol devices, I found that the mango XPOD was sorely lacking in both flavor and quality. It had quite a ‘cheap’ vibe to it, tasting more like pure nicotine with a dash of mint rather than mango. However, I’m personally quite picky with the flavours I choose, so this might be down to personal preference more than anything else.
As there’s no coils, atomisers or setup to worry about, there’s really not much else to say about the performance of the XPOD. It toked well enough to satisfy my nicotine cravings, and while cloud output was minimal, the nicotine hit was strong. It provides an MTL experience which will surely satisfy anyone just weaning themselves off the cigarettes.
When it comes to battery life and charging time, you don’t need to worry about either. After 300 puffs, the XPODs run out of juice, and you simply throw them away and pick up a new one. There’s no cleaning or maintenance necessary, and because there’s no atomizer, you won’t need to worry about leaking, gurgling or e-juice build up.
What Are The XPOD Disposable Vape’s Best Features?
Without a doubt, the simplicity of the XPOD is what makes it such an appealing piece of kit. Many vape brands have tried to simulate the smoking experience down to a tee, and none have really managed it. However, the XPOD has come the closest by far.
The lack of a fire button makes the XPOD experience feel as authentic as possible. It’s quite refreshing to be able to just pick up and go, without the need to worry about juice levels or battery life.
The sleek, black design is also highly attractive, and always feels comfortable in the hand. Its lack of weight also makes it perfect for transporting around without having to worry about a bulky box mod weighing you down.
How Does It Compare To Its Peers?
If we’re talking beginner vapes, then the XPOD is certainly somewhere near the top. However, if you’re looking for something which doesn’t feel so restrictive, then consider the Aspire Mini Gusto. It offers a lot more freedom than the XPOD, but it can be tailored a little more to suit your needs.
Here’s a breakdown of the two:
XPOD: Zero functionality
Mini Gusto: Minimal functionality
XPOD: Limited lifespan
Mini Gusto: Re-usable
XPOD: No refill option
Mini Gusto: Refill pod compatible
XPOD: Sleek cigarette-like design
Mini Gusto: Lightweight box design
XPOD: Retails at £16
Mini Gusto: Retails at £20
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a model more suited to beginners than the XPOD Disposable Vape. Whilst highly limited in functionality, the XPOD makes up for in simplicity what it lacks in other areas. It appeases a gap in the market left by beginner vape models and vapes which use pre-filled pods, and does so incredibly well.
Like many other beginner devices, the XPOD also works great as a secondary vape. Some users don’t like to carry around bulky box mods when they’re out and about, so instead substitute their primary model for something a little more stripped down. The XPOD fits this gap perfectly.
If it’s minimalism you’re looking for, the XPOD will serve you well. The disposable aspect will definitely appeal to many, although experienced users will find it very limiting. However, if you want nicotine hits without hassle, definitely consider giving the XPOD a try.
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