The Kado Stealth is a refillable pod vape similar in design and specs to Suorin’s Drop and Air models. It’s almost like a cross between the two. It’s shaped somewhat like the Air with a side-mounted mouthpiece and a similar draw, and the heft and build quality feels more like the Drop.
The pod’s resistance and the juice capacity are basically the same too. Just 2 mL capacity for refilling, and a resistance of 1.2 ohms. But the Kado Stealth battery does have a bit of an edge over the Suorin products. Instead of just 300 mAh, the Stealth provides 450 mAh.
Price range: $20-25
Colors: blue, gold, green, gun metal, red
Pod price range: $4-5 each
For a simple pod device, the Stealth is manufactured well. It has a similar footprint as the Air, but it’s got an asymmetrical – almost “Gumby” – shape. Also, different from the Air, there are deep sweeping grooves on the front that help it feel secure in the hand.
The Kado Stealth weighs 60 grams, which is about the same as the Drop. And the materials also feel the same as the Drop, though the Stealth has three-distinct finishes: hard and glossy plastic pods, a rubber coating, and a ribbed rubber coating over a zinc alloy shell.
The “Slim Pods” for the Stealth fit into the battery housing with low tolerances. At times it feels too tight, but at least they won’t come out easily. They do click into place, but it’s not at all a satisfying solid click.
Filling the pods is easy as long as you have a needle-nose dripper, unicorn bottle or syringe — but the fill port is not large enough to fill with a regular dropper without making a mess of things. To fill, just pop open the large side of the plug leaving the smaller section stuck in place. Also note that when you fill, you will need to hold the pod up to the light — to see how much you’ve filled — since the pods are so dark (which isn’t helpful when checking juice levels).
The mouthpiece is like the Suorin Air (and the new JWELL La Carte) in that it’s side-mounted. But the asymmetrical design of the pod is a bit odd. One side is more of a right angle and the side with the mouthpiece is round. I wish the mouthpiece was on the other side, but it’s a minor thing that doesn’t affect the performance.
This is what really matters! The Kado Stealth provides flavor about as good as the Air, but the vapor production is fairly lacking, even for a stealth device. Also, there’s hardly any throat hit, even with my 36 mg/mL WTA (from Aroma Ejuice – which hits super hard!) or with 50 mg/mL nic salt (from I love Salts!). That is kind of a bummer for me.
The draw is tight — a legit MTL — but it’s an easy draw that doesn’t require pulling hard and collapsing your cheeks. The one strange thing about this vape is that if you draw on the device a little too hard (and most times it’s unavoidable), the pod continues to sizzle for a full second (almost like it’s actually firing). And it’s loud! At first it made me not want to use it, but I got used to it.
I was only sent one pod, so I can’t speak to the consistency of the coils. But the longevity of this one pod has been good. I’ve had it for a couple weeks and refilled this one pod five times with no drop in performance (although that is still only 10 mL total). Furthermore, there has been absolutely no leaking, hot pops, or even juice in the mouth… just that awkward and loud after-sizzle.
With no real way to quantify how long the battery lasts, all I can say is it lasts a longer than similar devices.
The battery status LED is just a single circular blue light that glows on the front of the device (below the colored stripe, lit under the glossy black strip). No matter the battery level, the light stays blue — it flashes when the battery is dead.
When charging, it takes quite awhile, which speaks to its overall capacity — though this won’t make you feel better when waiting for it to charge. It took exactly one hour to charge. While charging, the light stays blue the whole time until it blinks for a few seconds, then goes off.
For the price, the Kado Stealth is built nicely and performs well enough for me to recommend. I am not a huge fan of the aesthetics, but that is secondary for me. My main issue is that I wish it had a substantial throat hit like the Drop. Luckily, the flavor is on point and I’ve had no wicking issues.
Assuming that QC on the Kado is not as shaky as Suorin’s, I think this may be one of the better pod mods to come out this year. Even with some of its quirks and cons, it performs well. What about you? Have you tried the Kado Stealth? If so, let me know your thoughts in the comments section.