Vladdin RE Review | REfillable and REliable Pod System

Intro

Vladdin came on to the vape scene not too long ago. Their pod vape was originally released as a closed system, but there’s recently been a change of plans. It now also takes refillable pods, utilizing a ceramic heating system for added longevity. The battery is 350 mAh and charges via micro-USB.

The Vladdin RE is designed for nic salts but can be used with regular e-juice as well. It has a lightweight and sleek design that makes it convenient for travel. I’ve tested a few pod systems with ceramic coils but was never completely satisfied. Let’s see what the Vladdin RE offers…

Price: $27.95

Colors: black, gold, rainbow, chrome

Specifications

  • Dimensions - 90.32 x 19.04 x 11.4 mm
  • Integrated 350 mAh rechargeable battery
  • Maximum wattage output: 12 W
  • Output voltage: 3.5 V
  • Coil resistance: 1.2-1.5 ohms
  • Coil material: ceramic coil
  • Refillable 1.5 mL pod juice capacity
  • Proprietary top-fill pods - silicone stopper
  • Magnetic connection
  • Drawing activated firing
  • LED battery indicator light
  • Micro USB port

Kit Content

  • Vladdin RE device
  • Vladdin RE replacement pod
  • Warning card
  • User manual
  • USB charging cable

Build quality & design

Vladdin RE

The Vladdin RE is extremely light. It weighs out to 20 grams, which is only 6 grams heavier than the JUUL! That’s impressive, especially considering it’s a bit taller and wider. The device has a futuristic curvy design with defined edges. Its ergonomic shape sits well in your fingers.

My Vladdin RE came with an elegent charcoal matte finish, but it comes in three other options including gold, rainbow and chrome. The overall construction is good. It doesn’t feel like a luxurious device, but maintains a nice balance between functional and stylish. It has an LED light that lights up when you vape but unfortunately there is no battery life indicator, one of its cons.

The refillable pods hold 1.5 mL of liquid, which is larger than most pod systems. The top cap comes off easily with a little squeeze to reveal a silicon plug. Once you remove the plug there are two fill holes, which work fine with unicorn bottles, but can get a little messy with droppers. When filling, be sure to use the side holes, not the chimney in the middle.

The pods snap into the battery using a gold-plated magnet. It doesn’t make an audible click, but it does make a strong connection. They have a narrow window for liquid level detection. The mouthpiece feels nice on the lips and stays on tightly. It’s time to fill it up and have a vape.

Performance

Vladdin RE

The Vladdin RE gives off a tight mouth to lung vape comparable to the JUUL, but with a little more restrictiveness. You can barely get away with a restrictive lung hit on it. A white LED light illuminates as you puff and it’s draw-activated, so no buttons to get confused with. It produces a consistent puff up until the very end before it cuts off. If you’re going to use this as your main device, it makes sense to buy two batteries — one to charge while the other is in use.

The device offers a consistent vape — the pods always maintain a solid connection. It produces a pretty decent cloud too for its size. I’m really enjoying the flavor I get out of these ceramic coils. I tried it out with some 50 mg nic salt and it provided a great throat hit. I also tested it with some max-VG e-juice. It wasn’t as flavorful, but at least I didn’t get any dry or burnt hits. In my testing, it performed best with high-strength 50/50 blends, but it’s good to know it can handle pretty much any e-juice you can throw at it.

The pod capacity is good too, considering I get almost a day out of one refill. The battery doesn’t get me through a full day, but it charges in less than an hour. The cut-off time seems a bit shorter than I’m used to, but you aren’t going to be taking huge puffs with high-strength liquids anyway. With lower-strength e-juice, you are going to end up chain vaping on this thing.

I have been using the same pod for about a week now, and I haven’t noticed any drop off in flavor yet. It’s performing very strong for such a tiny device. The pods haven’t leaked either, aside from normal condensation. Aside from that, there has been no gurgling or spitback at all.

Pros / Cons

  • Consistent performance
  • No dry hits or leaking
  • True MTL draw
  • Lightweight and ergonomic
  • Micro USB charging
  • 1.5 mL pod capacity
  • No battery life indication
  • Battery doesn't last a full day
  • Not ideal for dropper bottles

Verdict

Overall, the Vladdin RE was dependable. You don’t need to do any tricks or hacks to get it to hit properly. It just works, every time. I wasn’t expecting much from this little thing, but I have to say I’m quite impressed. It’s definitely worth the price for a solid refillable pod system.

I wish the battery had a larger capacity with some kind of battery life indication. But I still get a more consistent vape with the Vladdin than a lot of similar devices in its price range. I’d recommend it to a smoker who’s serious about making the switch or fans of refillable pod systems. What do you think about the Vladdin RE? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Dave has always had a passion for helping people quit smoking. As a former smoker himself, he knew how hard it could be. As soon as he learned about vaping, he instantly became obsessed with it and helped many people stop smoking. Vaping360 has given Dave a platform to do this on a much larger scale, by educating the public about the wonders of vaping. When Dave is not writing he is either listening to music, performing it, or cruising around on his Penny board.
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