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Omari-O Slyeek Review: [Warning] My Pod Melted While Charging!

Spyros Papamichail
July 28, 2020

Product intro and specs

I need to start this review with a disclaimer: my Omari-O Slyeek pod melted while the device was charging. Because of that, I can’t even consider recommending this device to anyone until the company ensures that the problem has been identified and fixed.

After two weeks of normal use, one of the three devices they sent me is now unusable due to its malfunction. This is a sponsored review, but I review products as they are. I’ll update this review if I hear from Omari-O.

So, the Slyeek is an MTL pod system that, as it happens more and more often lately, aims to compete with the Uwell Caliburn. But this one has a larger battery, larger pods, and a Type-C port. Keep reading to find out how it performs—and also how my sample malfunctioned while charging.

Colors: Black, blue, teal, red, pink, gold

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 109.5 mm x 18 mm x 18 mm
  • Weight: 42 grams
  • Battery capacity: 1000 mAh
  • Pod capacity: 2.4 mL
  • Coil resistance: 1.2 ohm

Kit contents

  • 1 x Omari-O Slyeek device
  • 1 x Pod cartridge
  • 1 x User manual
  • 1 x USB Type-C cable
  • 1 x Quality certificate

Build quality and design

The Omari-O Slyeek is very slightly shorter than the Caliburn, but it is a much thicker device. It weighs 42 grams and measures 109.5 mm x 18 mm x 18 mm with a pod on. It has enough heft to make it feel like a well-built device, and while it is not a small vape as far as pods go, it is still very pocketable.

From a design perspective, there’s nothing super original here. But I could say the same for most every other pod system out there; at least this one has a squared shape (i.e. not flat,) which makes it stand out a little bit.

The Slyeek comes in six familiar colors (see: Caliburn) with all of them having black accents at the corners. Outside of that, there’s a clicky button surrounded by an LED light near the top of the device and a white “Omari-O” printed on the black accent near the bottom. The bottom part is somewhat rounded, and the Type-C port is placed right at the middle of the bottom.

Omari-O Slyeek pods

The Omari-O Slyeek pods are dark tinted and hold 2.4 mL of juice, a capacity that exceeds that of its immediate competitors. The pods come in only one option at the moment, and they house a 1.2-ohm nichrome coil.

The pods are rectangular, and they can be inserted to the battery in any orientation you wish. They feature a non-removable flat mouthpiece that’s very comfortable—in fact, I find much more comfortable than the mouthpiece of the Caliburn or the ZQ Xtal (a review for the Xtal is in the works).

To fill the pod, you have to remove the silicon plug that can be found near the base. Filling is easy and the filling port is large enough that most bottle nozzles fit fine. Finally, the pods are dark tinted, and you’ll need a light source to check how much juice you got left. You can also check juice levels by turning the device upside down, but the plastic near the mouthpiece is thicker so I ended up removing the pod every time.

Performance

The Slyeek can be used both in auto-draw and button-activated mode. The sensor is pretty sensitive, but using the button gave me a slightly warmer vape so that’s how I used it for the most part.

So, I put this one side by side with the Caliburn, and from a vapor temperature and flavor perspective, they vape very similar to each other. The main difference between them is that the Slyeek has a noticeably tighter draw, and, as a result, a more defined and stronger throat hit. This is much closer to the way I vape, but if you like the draw of the Caliburn than this might be a bit too tight for you.

Due to the warmth and throat hit, 30 mg salts felt a bit too strong for my liking. I mostly used it with 20 mg salts and 9 mg regular nic, but as always, your mileage may vary. The coil wicked 70VG without a struggle, and I’ve had zero leaking from the pods. Not even a drop on the contacts, which is pretty rare for pod systems—I just checked my Caliburn and there are at least three drops of juice there at the moment.

To sum it up, the performance of the Slyeek is actually impressive. But once again, I can’t recommend it to anyone since the pod melted while the device was charging.

Usage issues

Here’s what happened to my Slyeek, and why I can’t recommend it for a purchase until Omari-O identifies the issue and resolves it:

My Slyeek was plugged in on a 2-amp wall charge, which is what I have been using to charge my pod vapes for the most part. I noticed a faint plastic smell at some point, and looking on my desk, I saw the Slyeek’s pod in the condition of the image above and immediately took it out of the battery.

The contacts were also damaged, but the battery seemed to work fine at this point, so I reinserted the pod—mainly because I was curious to see if it was still usable (it wasn’t.) Taking the pod back out was a mess: the bottom of it got stuck in the battery, the top part separated with part of the coil, and the appx. 1 mL of juice I had in the pod just started slowly coming out from the Type-C port.

I am not sure why this happened, but the issue is twofold. First, the battery malfunctioned while plugged in, and second, the pod melted rather easily (I’m willing to fault the juice that was coming out of the USB port to the damaged contacts.) I hope Omari-O checks the device’s protections and fixes the issue, because it really is a good vape–when it works.

Battery life and charging

The Slyeek houses a 1000 mAh battery, almost twice as large as the battery of the Caliburn. It also charges through the Type-C port that’s at the bottom of the device. As for the LED battery indicator, it only has two colors:

  • Blue: 20-100%
  • Red: 0-20%

With the device malfunctioning while it was plugged in, I wasn’t able to time my device for charging or note how much the battery lasts—so I am just going with what they claim. Omari-o call the 90 minutes that the Slyeek takes to recharge “fast charging”, but it’s far from it. Type-C should theoretically allow for slightly higher charging speeds, but regardless of the port, anything over one hour for a battery with this capacity is too long in my book. They also claim that you can use it for 350 puffs on a charge, which should be good for 1-1.5 pods.

Pros / Cons

  • Large battery (1000 mAh)
  • Large pod capacity (2.4 mL)
  • Easy to use
  • Great flavor for the category
  • Warm vapor
  • Stronger throat hit than the Caliburn
  • Tighter draw than the Caliburn (can be a con for some)
  • Type-C charging
  • Pod melted while charging
  • Slow-ish charging speed (90 minutes)
  • Only two colors for battery levels
  • Pods may be hard to find in the future

Verdict

Once again, with the device melting my pod while plugged in, I can’t recommend this pod system to anyone. It vaped well up to that point, and it would have scored a positive review and a recommendation if it weren’t for this malfunction. I will update this review if I get any word from Omari-O. Until then, it doesn’t get a recommendation for obvious reasons.

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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