One of the most hand-checked pod vapes of 2018, SV’s flagship is back in the mix with updated pods. (As of 2019, they dropped the name “Smoking Vapor” and are now doing business as Mi-One Brands.) The mesh-powered Pro pods come with a 0.9-ohm resistance, side-filling, and several design updates. The Pro pods are available as a separate purchase, but the Pro edition of the kit has replaced the previous edition on SV’s website. So if you order a Mi-Pod now, you’ll be getting the new pods with it.
Will the Pro pods be a breath of fresh air and help the Mi-Pod stay on with the times? Keep reading to find out.
NOTE: You can find the full review of the device as well as previous design updates here.
The new pods got a major overhaul. Outside of the obvious upgrade that came in the form of mesh coils, SV has made a series of adjustments to their design. According to their website, the Pro pods can now be used with any type of juice (i.e. they are not just for nic salts,) come with a redesigned raised mouthpiece, and can be filled from the side.
I’ll discuss performance in the following section, but as far as design goes, the new pods are clearly superior. The mouthpiece is flat and has more area for you to grip on, which makes removing the pods much easier. It sits super comfortably in the mouth and doesn’t get hot at all, even after chain vaping. The side-fill is also a very welcomed update, although you’ll still need to remove the pod for filling. Note that the airflow inserts are gone with the new pods, but the airflow hole is much smaller this time. Finally, a thing that hasn’t changed is the transparency of the pods. They are still clear and very slightly dark tinted, but you won’t face any issues when checking e-liquid levels. If you fancy, you can also get the pods in blue, orange, pink, purple, or yellow to match with the design of your device.
Unfortunately, SV didn’t provide any of the older pods in the package, so I can’t directly compare them to the new ones. I’ll use my previous review to freshen up my memory, but for the most part, this is going to be a standalone assessment of the new mesh coils.
The 0.9-ohm mesh coils look tiny! They fit in a thin tube at the side of the pod, and just by looking at the pod, I got a feeling that this is going to be a tight MTL vape. Unfortunately (for me,) it isn’t as tight as I expected it to be. Judging by my full review, these should vape similarly to the previous pods with the insert on. It’s this right-in-between an MTL and an RDL vape that has become commonplace in vaping nowadays.
But as far as this type of draw is concerned, it is one of the best I’ve tried. It’s smooth and comfortable, and part of it has to do with the sensitivity of the draw sensor. It works every time and doesn’t require any force whatsoever. I wish other companies took a page out of SV’s playbook, because this auto-draw sensor is impressive. Due to that, the Mi-Pod is one of the rare vapes that can actually be used for both types of inhales interchangeably throughout the day.
As for flavor, I am impressed. These tiny coils are very flavorful, and a major upgrade compared to the previous ones. I compared them to the RDL coils of the Innokin Sceptre, and they are not far behind from a flavor perspective. That’s actually great, since the Sceptre coils are some of the best I’ve had in the 20-watt range—which is more or less the power the Pro pods would be getting on a full charge.
Vapor production is great, and I can say that the Pro pods produce much more vapor than the previous ones even without directly comparing them. But interestingly, I felt that the throat hit was a little bit weak. If you’re using it for RDL vaping, I suggest starting with 20 mg salts. For MTL, I’d start with 30 mg and take it from there; but as always, your mileage may vary. Note that this is a direct output device, so overall performance will drop as the battery is depleted.
As for coil life, the pod I’ve used the most has gone through six refills and it still vapes like new. I never had an issue with previous pods as far as longevity is concerned, and the Pro pods also seem to last long. I still have many pods and I will keep using this device, so I will report back if I notice a drop off in coil life.
I’ve always been a fan of SV and I feel that it’s one of the companies to root for. Their customer service is awesome (you can read more about that in the full Mi-Pod review) and they really do care about their customer base. And this translates into the way they have updated the Mi-Pod throughout the years.
The Pro pods are indeed a breath of fresh air for the Mi-Pod. If you own the Mi-Pod, stop reading now and go get yourself a couple of packages. They will upgrade your experience with better flavor, more vapor production, and an even smoother draw. But for those who don’t already own it, and want a stealthy and reliable vape for their nicotine salt juices, this is an easy recommendation. The Mi-Pod is a super-stylish and sexy vape that manages to stay relevant in 2020 with the mesh-powered Pro pods.