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Geekvape Wenax H1 Review: Pods Have Come a Long Way!

Spyros Papamichail
June 3, 2022

Product intro and specs

The Geekvape Wenax H1 is the latest pod system in what has become a long line of Wenax vapes. I recently reviewed the Wenax M1, which was more of a vape pen and a great fit for beginner vapers. With the H1, Geekvape kept the proper MTL draw that vapers have come to expect from the Wenax line but added a couple of extra features for those who are into tweaking a setting or two to get to their sweet spot.

The H1 comes in the prototypical pod vape shape and form and takes replaceable 2.5 mL pods in two resistances. The pods also feature a five-layer anti-leaking design that prevents droplets from finding their way to the contacts. The device has a battery rated at 1000 mAh that charges through Type-C, and can be used both using a button or in auto draw mode. 

Does the H1 have what it takes to come on top of the Caliburn family of pod vapes? Keep reading to find out! 

Price: $27.99 (at Element Vape)
Colors: Black, gunmetal, red, blue, space grey, lavender, violet, lime green, and more.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 22 mm x 13 mm x 113 mm
  • Power output: 7-19 watts
  • Coil resistance: 0.4-2.0 ohm
  • Battery capacity: 1000 mAh
  • Pod capacity: 2.5 mL
  • Charging specification: USB-C Charging Port 5V
  • Low voltage warning: 3.2V+0.1 volts
  • PCBA temperature alarm: 80°C
  • Cut-off: 10 seconds
  • Working temperature: -10-45°C
  • Stand-by current: up to 15uA

Kit contents

  • 1 x Wenax H1 device
  • 2 x Cartridges (0.7 ohm 16-19 watts/1.4 ohm 8-10 watts)

Build quality and design

The H1 comes in a whopping 12 color options. I received two units, one gunmetal, and one space grey. The space grey may be a bit too shiny for my liking, but the gunmetal one looks awesome. Some of the colors are glossy while others come in a pastel colorway, similar to the Voopoo Vinci Q I recently reviewed.

At 113 mm x 22 mm x 13 mm and 43 grams, the device is relatively compact and lightweight. Its form factor is very similar to the Caliburn series which has become something like an industry standard. The body of the device is metallic with a smooth rubberized bottom around the Type-C port, which adds to the already excellent build quality.

The button is clicky, and the pod also clicks satisfyingly in place. And, as was the case with the Wenax M1, branding is kept at a minimum with only two semi-transparent logos. Overall, this is a very well-built pod system with elegant looks and a couple of well-thought touches.

Getting started

While the H1 is a bit more advanced than the rest of the Wenax line, it’s still pretty easy to use. You can use it out of the box, but there are some features to play with if you want.

Five clicks of the fire button turn the device on. With the device turned on, five clicks lock the firing button (you can still use it in auto-draw.) That’s an excellent feature in my opinion, and all pods with a power button should offer it.

Three clicks of the fire button scroll through the three power settings, and the LED shows the current power level. I haven’t been able to find specific wattages for the three levels, but the colors are coded as follows:

  • White: Low
  • Blue: Medium
  • Green: High

To refill the pod, just remove it from the battery and unplug the rubber side fill plug. While the pod is lightly tinted, only the mouthpiece part is visible, so you need to tilt the device to check juice levels.

Performance

Both pods offer an excellent medium MTL draw, very similar to the draw on the Caliburn AK2 and the Vinci Q. And the sensor is very sensitive on both—no missed hits or pauses while inhaling. The output seems to be regulated, so there’s no drop in performance when the battery is low.

The 0.7-ohm pod is great for regular nicotine juices as well as lower-strength salts. I didn’t have any 9 mg juice left—which would have probably been the best fit—but I had no complaints when using it on high power with the 7 mg juice I’m using with the Innokin Zlide. For salts, 20 mg at low or medium feels like a perfect fit. Vapor is warm and flavor is impressive. On par, if not better than the Caliburn A2. And coil life seems to be great; I have gone through 15 mL of juice on it and it feels like it can take at least one or two more refills.

The 1.4-ohm pod on the other hand seems to be made specifically for nicotine salt juice. My 25 mg juice was great at medium power, and while vapor is a bit cooler than on the 0.7-ohm pod, flavor is crisp and clean. This is not a resistance I am used to seeing (most similar pods come in 1.0 or 1.2 ohm,) but it works great with the juices it’s intended for. If you like using nicotine salt juice, and especially in the 20-35 mg range, you won’t be disappointed. And while salts are usually harsher on coils, I’ve gone through 12.5 mL of juice on this one and I haven’t noticed a major drop in performance.

As for leaking, the five-layer structure of the pods seems to work as advertised. I haven’t had any real leaking and no juice in the mouth, only a bit of condensation around the pod when using it with 50/50 juice—but note that it’s been very warm lately in my area, so a bit of juice around the contacts is to be expected.

Battery life and charging

The device comes with an internal battery rated at 1000 mAh. Battery life is going to vary depending on the pod and power level you’re going to use, but as an indicator, I got a bit under two pods (4-4.5 mL) on the 0.7-ohm coil on the middle power level. That’s similar to what I got from Vinci Q (which I praised for its battery life,) and significantly more than the Caliburn A2 which is this device’s direct competition.

The H1 charges through the Type-C port that’s placed at the bottom of the device. I timed a full charge at 65 minutes, which is close to the one hour I’d expect from a device like this. Note that there’s no charging cable included in the package.

The LED light lights up every time you vape, and the colors are coded in three levels:

  • Green: 70-100%
  • Blue: 31-69%
  • Red: 0-30%

Unfortunately, the H1 does not support passthrough so you’ll need to unplug the device to vape.

Pros / Cons

  • Great form factor
  • Excellent build quality
  • Simple and elegant design
  • Rubberized bottom offers some protection from drops
  • Good pod capacity (2.5 mL)
  • Easy to use
  • Satisfying MTL draw
  • Regulated output
  • Both coils are great performers and last long
  • Anti-leaking pod design
  • Three power settings
  • Button lock feature
  • Great battery life
  • Relatively fast charging through Type-C
  • 12 color options available
  • No charging cable in the package
  • Need to tilt device to check juice levels
  • A bit of condensation on a warm day

Verdict

I’ll repeat what I said in the Vinci Q review recently: pods have come a long way during the last couple of years. And the H1 is another great example of that. Flavor is on point, battery life is great, and both coils perform excellently and offer a lot of versatility. Also, their anti-leaking design seems to work, outside of a bit of condensation on a warm day from 50/50 juice.

I’d say that the H1 performs on par with some of my favorite pod vapes like the Vinci Q and the Caliburn A2, but what puts the H1 on top are the three power settings and the button lock feature. I still love the form factor and battery life of the Vinci, but if I had to recommend a vape to someone who’s willing to tweak a thing or two to get to their sweet spot, this would be the H1.

Highly recommended.

My first attempt at vaping came back in 2009 on some of the first cigalikes to ever reach Europe. A couple of attempts -- and vaping tech generations later -- I managed to quit smoking in 2016, and have since then developed somewhat of an obsession with all things vaping. When I am not consuming vape reviews I am either tinkering my NBA fantasy teams or playing board games with friends.
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