Less is more… except when you sub ohm
In the world of pod mods, less is more. The arms race has been underway for over a year now, to produce the smallest device capable of packing the biggest nicotine punch. But a new trend has emerged. A new breed of high-powered, sub-ohm capable pod mods are on the market. One of the most popular is the Mistic 2.0. Announced back in August 2016, this closed-system vape packs a 1700 mAh internal battery and a disposable 10 mL pod system. The Mistic has a fixed output of 30 watts and at the time of writing, offers 10 different flavor pods to choose from. Mistic announced their partnership with Cosmic Fog in late January 2017, which brings another 5 flavors to the table. The pods all come with a nicotine strength of 4 mg/mL. The Mistic 2.0 sells online for $50, and replacement pods go for $20. Let’s take a closer look and see what the Mistic 2.0 is all about.
Mistic 2.0 Gallery
Mistic 2.0 Specs and Features
- 1 x Mistic 2.0 mod
- 2 x 10ml e-liquid pod
- USB charging cable
- User manual
- Size: 102 mm x 45.8 x 22.5
- Battery: 1700 mAh internal
- Weight: 163 g
- Output wattage: 30 W
- Temperature setting: 550° F / 287° C
- Coil resistance: 0.25 ohm
- Pod capacity: 10 mL
- Nicotine strength: 4 mg/mL
- PG/VG ratio: 20/80 for Mistic e-liquids | 30/70 for Cosmic Fog e-liquids
- Flavors available: 10 from Mistic | 5 from Cosmic Fog
- Colors: black | white
The Mistic 2.0 starter kit comes bundled with two pods to get you going, and at $50 is a reasonable price saving. The packaging is made from a glossy white plastic with a transparent display tab which clicks off. Pods are set into blister packs and come with a rubber seal that encloses the mouthpiece and airflow hole.
I like the way the Mistic 2.0 feels in the hand. For a pod mod it has a sturdy weight to it. The metal body is coated in a smooth, rubberized finish that feels cool to the touch. Another aspect I like is the lack of sharp edges. The entire body feels molded to fit ergonomically in the palm of the hand.
The pods come with inbuilt coil and mouthpiece. They are finished in a smoky transparent plastic, making it easy to see how much e-liquid is left in the pod. Operation is as simple as clicking them into the Mistic, pressing the fire button and vaping.
The Mistic 2.0 clicks 5 times for on and off. Press and hold down the fire button to vape. Pressing once lights up the battery life indicators below the firing button. These lights stay on for 10 seconds to easily keep track of your battery.
I’ve used ten different pods with the Mistic 2.0 and they’ve all functioned as they should. One issue that occurs from time to time is that a pod won’t be inserted quite right, and the device blinks five times. Removing and reinserting the pod resolves that problem quickly.
The 1700 mAh internal battery goes from empty to full charged in about 2 hours 40 minutes by my watch. A full charge on the Mistic lasts me less than a full day if I’m vaping heavily.
They say: Sweet and tart taste of cherry.
We say: The cherry tastes artificial, like a candy flavoring. On longer draws it starts to taste a little burnt to me.
They say: Sweet, fruity taste of tropical mango in a thick, satisfying vapor.
We say: Straight-up mango, not too sweet. I find the nic level interferes with taste somewhat.
They say: Enjoy the brisk and minty taste of your favorite menthol products.
We say: Brisk and minty hardly do it justice. This is a sub-zero menthol flavor! I’m not normally a fan of menthol, but this packs a distinct punch. Instant coolness to the throat. If you’re a fan of menthol, you should try this. As intense as this is, I couldn’t vape this all day.
They say: Rich but mellow taste of tobacco leaf.
We say: I’d say this is a dry, light tobacco flavor. Leaves a slightly bitter taste in the mouth.
They say: Smooth sweet taste of summer in a cool, satisfying vapor.
We say: Feels cooler on the tongue than the other flavors so far. I recognize watermelon, but it’s a faint, light flavor.
To be honest, I’m a bit underwhelmed by the in-house Mistic pods (except for that supercharged Menthol), so let’s continue to the Cosmic Fog pods…
Cosmic Fog Mistic pods
They say: A sweet and refreshing blend of cool melon paired with your favorite candy.
We say: Hard to explain, this one. I taste crisp honey melon and cream mostly. It’s not a sweet vape though.
Milk & Honey
They say: Flavors of cream, honey, and marshmallow. It’s sweet, comforting, and more than a little luxurious.
We say: This is one pod I wouldn’t mind vaping all day. Definitely taste notes of honey and milk here. However, I can’t detect any marshmallow in the mix.
They say: Orange, raspberry and lemon-lime all mixed perfectly in a sweet yet subtle cream and chilled to perfection.
We say: I’m not sure about all those flavor notes. I taste lemon-lime mostly, and the creaminess of the flavor stops it from getting too zesty. Pleasant, but a bit undefined.
They say: Chunks of juicy pink grapefruit dipped in old fashioned cane sugar.
We say: Grapefruit, slightly sweet and sour. This flavor feels particularly dry on my throat.
How it performs
The Mistic 2.0 is incredibly easy to use. It pretty much fits the description of a plug and play device. The 10 mL pod capacity is impressive, and as with any closed system vape, you have a convenient system that takes seconds to set up and change flavors. On top of that, the Mistic 2.0 produces a good amount of vapor for a sub ohm device running at 30 watts.
However, I have several problems with the device. I’m sure that with a bit of tweaking the Mistic 2.0 could be a real go-to pod mod vape, but here they are:
Airflow is non-adjustable and has a tendency to whistle with some pods. It’s very open and doesn’t quite gel with the amount of flavor that the pods produce. I sometimes wish I could partially block the airflow to produce a denser, warmer vape with more intense flavor. Maybe a little piece of Scotch tape would do the trick?
The only pod where flavor blew me away (literally, and not necessarily in a good way for an ADV) was Menthol. The Cosmic Fog pods are marginally better than the in-house flavors from Mistic, but they all suffer from a somewhat muted flavor that just doesn’t really “pop”.
The pods all come with a somewhat unusual 4 mg/mL nicotine concentration. Personally, I like to sub ohm 3 mg/mL at low to mid wattages (35 – 50 W). But this amount of nicotine is hard to chain vape. I literally had to take a break while reviewing the pod flavors. Nicotine fatigue, anyone?
While the build quality is excellent, the pods are not intended to be hacked or refilled. Of course, you could drill a small hole in the top of the pods, refill and plug with a stopper. But getting to the coil and wick without destroying the housing is near impossible – there’s some strong glue holding them in place. With more products hitting the marketplace offering refillable pods, especially with the Joyetech Penguin which is a refillable version of this device, is a closed system vape like the Mistic 2.0 viable in the long term?
For what it’s worth, I did take one pod apart and counted 8 wraps of approx. 24-gauge wire around what looked like a cotton wick. The coil is held inside a ceramic housing element.
A slightly higher wattage – around 50 W – would intensify flavor and improve the overall experience in my opinion.
- Great form factor
- Ergonomic device
- Excellent build quality
- Wide range of flavors available including Cosmic Fog
- Reasonable price point for pods ($1.99 per mL)
- Decent vapor production
- Pods are difficult to hack but can be refilled (sort of)
- 4 mg/mL nicotine level is odd
- Flavor could be a lot more intense
- Airflow is loose and whistles sometimes
The pros may outnumber the cons, but I can’t recommend the Mistic 2.0. Don’t get me wrong – I wish I could. There are some remarkable features here – form, range of flavors, ease of use – but the device needs a little re-tweak to be great, rather than just average. Imagine a variable wattage, refillable sub ohm pod mod system with adjustable airflow, and a 2000 mAh battery and we might just have the Mistic 3.0.
If you’re a die-hard Cosmic Fog fan who just needs to vape at 4 mg/mL, then go for the Mistic. If not, there might be something else out there for you that lets you determine the draw and the nicotine level.