A new type of ceramic wicking was released earlier this year. This wicking tech is specifically made for pod vapes and nic salts. It’s called FEELM and it’s made by FEELMTech, a China-based subsidiary of Smoore Technology, which happens to be the parent company for Vaporesso. Although this is a ceramic type of wicking, it’s not the same ceramic CCELL coil used by a number of Vaporesso devices.
FEELM ceramic wicking promises a cleaner flavor, consistent temperature control, and no leaking. This new atomizer design is currently found in two pod devices on the market, the Liberty Flights Dot Vape kit and the Hexapod vape.
The FEELM wicking and coil design are unique. It’s a little block of grey ceramic that looks like it could go on a circuit board. Two wires stick out of the bottom of the ceramic block for the connection, and the heating element is an s-shape metal film embedded in the bottom of the block. Juice is fed down through a black plastic gasket that sits on top of the ceramic. There’s no cotton or actual coil in this design.
Aside from its novelty factor, there are two important questions to answer: Does it outshine a typical coil design wicked with cotton? And does it deliver as promised?
The FEELM wicking performs well. It gives good and warm flavor from the prefilled pods, and the throat hit is solid but smooth. There was no leaking, spitting, or popping whatsoever! It’s also a super silent vape. But, being prefilled really limits how I can judge the wicking tech. I hacked a pod but was unable to get a good vape off a refill (I think the heating element got damaged.) Also, because the pods I received are only 2 mL, there’s no way to judge the longevity of FEELM. What wick can’t handle two mL?! I’ve finished about six pods so far, and while they do perform well, I can’t say that there’s much difference between this and a traditional coil/cotton design for a pod vape. Though dry hits were really rare, I still got a few.
The device I received is unbranded, but it appears to be the same as the Dot Vape Kit, which also uses FEELM. The bottom of the battery has “FEELM Technology Tester” written on it, but it’s still unclear if this device will be the official FEELMtech device.
Setting aside the wicking tech for a moment, the overall device is like countless others patterned after the JUUL, though this device shares a similar size to the SMOK Infinix (approximately 20 mm x 108 mm.) It has a 350 mAh football-shaped stick battery with a simple plug-in-play pod swap, 2 mL prefilled magnetic pods, and a tight MTL automatic draw. The draw is a bit slow to activate, but the pods are held to the battery well – though the pod has wiggle room on the sides. The device is said to have a quick-charge by way of a bottom-located USB port, but it takes about 30 minutes to charge – which is about average for the battery size.
The prefilled pods I received came in two nic salt strengths: 20 mg/mL and 45 mg/mL. The flavors in my shipment were tobacco, fruit, blueberry, strawberry, and watermelon. My favorite flavor by a mile was the fruit flavor. I really want more of that one! While I didn’t love the other flavors, they were all good enough to vape. The tobacco flavor tastes like a typical pre-filled tobacco flavor (read: generic), and the other flavors, besides fruit, have a candy taste to them. The fruit is more of a medley with various fruit flavors.
I was hesitant – if not concerned – to use the device when I got it. The name “FEELM” (as in film) turned me off. The idea of vaping an atomizer boasting about a metal film in ceramic made me cringe a little. But, my first vape on the fruit pod set my mind at ease. There was no harshness or anything off.
Based on my time with this (a month or so), I’m comfortable recommending a device that carries this wicking tech to those into prefilled pod vapes. It’s been a reliable vape for me. It performs just as good as a coil/cotton design, or even a CCELL ceramic coil. But I don’t see this now as anything revolutionary. It’s good, but until I can see how it performs with my own liquids, I can’t say that it’s great.