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REVIEW BY BENEDICT ‘NED’ JONES Device Specifications: Dimensions: 88 x 39 x 16.4mm Materials: Zinc alloy + polycarbonate Battery capacity: 350mAh E-liquid capacity: 2ml Power output: 3.0V/3.3V/3.6V/3.9V Weight: 58g - Great build quality - Great design - Good performance - Battery life Nikola are a new company in the ever more competitive vape hardware arena, but they’ve already proven themselves competent with interesting releases such as the Niagra dual 18650 squonker. The Delorean is their first venture into the world of pod systems, so does it stand out from the crowd in vaping’s most populated new frontier? The Delorean’s construction, fit and finish are outstanding for a pod device. The zinc alloy frame gives it a nice weight and premium feel in the hand, and as we have learned from previous devices made of this material, it will stand up well to knocks and falls. Zinc alloy has become the gold standard of low- cost materials and it’s nice to see that it’s making its way down to pod systems. The pods themselves have an interesting and well thought out design. The mouthpiece can be removed to reveal a rubber seal with two holes. When removed this allows for mess-free top-filling, since one hole allows air to escape whilst the other lets liquid flow into the pod. They’re not the biggest fill ports I’ve seen, but they accommodate most small e-liquid bottles without issue. The bottom side of the pod has a single airflow hole, covered by a membrane. This membrane keeps a constant seal until the user draws air through the pod, which makes the Delorean very leak resistant. There are four power settings to cycle through by clicking the fire button three times. This is similar to other variable voltage pods on the market and allows for a nice level of user adjustment and is especially useful when changing between e-liquids with large differences in nicotine content. Ramp-up time is quick, as with most button-fired pods, so there’s no issue with short sharp bursts of nicotine delivery. Battery life is the only real shortfall here and with a 350mAh internal cell you can only expect light use between charges. This is a bit of a shame, since other pod devices of similar size have larger internal cells and this does take a toll on the practicality of an otherwise well-engineered piece of kit. The supplied 1.2Ohm pods perform very nicely, providing a loose mouth-to-lung (MTL) draw with a warm, flavourful vape at the higher voltage settings. Pod longevity is above average, easily lasting four-to-six fills of moderately sweet e-liquid before needing to be replaced. 146 | VAPER EXPO SHOWGUIDE