Vapouround magazine ISSUE 21 - Page 164

REVIEWS Device Specifications: Dimensions: 115.4mm x 20mm x 11.5mm Construction: Aluminium Alloy + Polycarbonate Battery Capacity: 380mAh internal cell Pod Capacity: 2ml Output Voltage: 2.5-4V REVIEW BY BENEDICT ‘NED’ JONES It’s no secret that the pod system market is very saturated at this point, and as a result, hardware manufacturers are starting to realise that new ideas are needed if a product is to stand out from the crowd. Teslacigs are throwing their hat into the ring with the new GG kit, which seems to be aimed squarely at smaller pod style devices such as the JUUL and SMOK Infinix. How does this measure up against the giants of the vaping industry? This is incredibly lightweight. That’s not to say it feels flimsy, though. There aren’t any rattles or unsightly seams here, and the device feels well-made in the hand, and almost unnoticeable in the pocket due to its tiny size. It’s draw activated, a function that has now almost become an industry standard, and the sensor hasn’t missed a beat during my testing process. Normally, that’s pretty much all there is to talk about when it comes to features of a pod system, but the GG throws in some surprising functionality. The GG is able to pair with android devices via Bluetooth, allowing the user to adjust their vaping experience. Initiating pairing mode is done by shaking the device, which is quite novel. When this is done, an LED on the GG flashes on, and the Teslacigs apps controls are enabled. Among the settings are voltage output, temperature control and the option to change the colour of the LED on the end of the GG that lights up when in use. It’s not exactly an advanced suite of controls, then, but it’s certainly nice to have choices. – user adjustment – very stealthy – Android only app functionality – Pod life slightly shorter than average Out of the box, my GG was set to 3.5V. For me, this was a slightly cool vape, but setting it anywhere between 3.7-3.8V allowed me to get the low power experience I was looking for, using 20mg/ml nicotine salt e-liquid. The 2ml pod has a satisfying, old-school MTL draw that’s appropriate for the power output on offer. It’s a particularly good emulation of a cigarette, and I feel this is an important detail that some pod systems forget to focus on. Strangely, setting the device to the full 4V still meant an output of 3.8V. This isn’t a deal-breaker by any means, since this gives a fairly warm vape, but the beauty of having app connectivity is that this can be amended down the line. Flavour and vapour production are both on par with what we have come to expect from tiny, low power devices, so don’t expect to taste the more subtle nuances of complex e-liquid. Simple fruit flavours seem to work best for this application, and I have no complaints about the performance in that instance. Pod longevity is just short of average, however. Expect to get between three- to-four refills from each pod, before needing to swap a new one in. This translates to roughly three-to-four days of moderate use though, so it’s far from terrible. Teslacigs are soon to release ceramic coil pods for the device, which may well solve this issue. If you’re looking for a tiny, stealthy vape that has some level of adjust-ability, this could be a good choice. 164 | VM21