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PCKT SPRK Cartridge Review: Clean Flavor and Longevity

Dave Kriegel
January 18, 2021

What is it?

The SPRK Ceramic Cartridges are the latest refillable oil cartridges from PCKT. Like the original metal SPRK cartridges, they utilize a dual ceramic core. The difference is that the new carts feature a fully ceramic airpath, which should translate into better flavor for your concentrates.

Both SPRK cartridges have a more robust and higher-end look and feel than your standard oil carts. I’ve always loved the beefy brushed metal mouthpiece on the original carts. Now they offer a new look with the ceramic ones, and a 0.8 mL capacity option.

I’m surprised how affordable they are. The metal SPRK cartridges go for $3.95 but the new carts are priced at $2.95 each on the PCKT website. That’s a really good deal, considering that they are refillable and reusable. They’re also 510 threaded, so you’ll need the adapter if you’re using it with the PCKT One Plus. Otherwise, they are compatible with most 510 thread vapes—including the new PCKT VRTCL. The original metal SPRK cartridges are available both in 510 thread and magnetic varieties.

The SPRK cartridges were sent courtesy of PCKT Vapor for the purpose of this review.

Price: $2.95
Colors: Avalanche, midnight

Features

PCKT Vapor SPRK cartridge

The SPRK Ceramic Cartridges are currently available in two colors. The midnight carts are black with yellow accents and the avalanche carts are white with baby blue accents. I received a few of each, and though I’m normally partial to black, the white ones look awesome too. The metal cartridges are available in chrome and gunmetal, and they both look great.

The mouthpiece is nice and beefy, and made of a shiny hard material. You can look down the mouthpiece and see the ceramic chamber and heating element. Another thing worth noting is that the wick holes are on the very bottom of the cartridge, so they can soak up every last drop of oil. Last but not least, the 510 connection has an anti-leakage design that looks unique.

I’ve heard that some people had a few issues with the older SPRK carts. The only one I personally experienced was that sometimes the top O-ring would come loose and fall into the tank. The good news is that PCKT Vapor has addressed and fixed all of these issues.

Performance

PCKT Vapor SPRK cartridge

I tested a few of the SPRK carts using two different strains of terpene-rich CBD oil, and one of them with a thicker THC distillate—which is really what they are primarily designed for. I’m curious to see how they will perform with two different viscosity liquids. I did my testing with the PCKT VRTCL and a variety of other 510 threaded devices.

The flavor I get from these carts is extremely pure. If you’re using terpene-rich oils, you’re going to get all of the subtle nuances that you wouldn’t normally taste with a generic oil cart. I am able to distinguish clearly between strains, and it’s very clean. I find that the ceramic internal chamber is doing a great job at getting the most flavor out of my oil. The flavor production is strong and crisp. It’s not muted like I’ve experienced with the older generations of oil cartridges.

The vapor production is decent too. There’s a bit of a ramp up time to get the coil going, but once you do, it’s smooth. The vapor temperature is relatively cool, and I was able to take them all the way up to 3.5 volts. I didn’t experience any burnt hits or dry hits, and no leaking at all. The airflow is actually pretty loose, you can actually get away with a direct lung hit on them.

It seems like you can get a good number of refills out of these carts. I’ve only had the chance to refill each one a few times so far, but there hasn’t been any change in flavor yet. I’ve had some of the original SPRK cartridges last for days and even weeks in the past, so I would think the new carts are equally resilient, if not more so. Overall, they make some really good and long-lasting cartridges.

Pros / Cons

  • Fully ceramic airpath
  • Strong flavor production
  • Smooth airflow
  • Comfortable mouthpiece
  • Attractive design
  • Available in two colors
  • Affordable price
  • Good for many refills
  • No leaking or burnt hits
  • Ceramic carts not available with magnetic connection
  • 0.8 mL max capacity

Verdict

At the end of the day, the ceramic cartridges are better than ever. I was already a fan of the original SPRK carts, but they have raised the bar with the ceramic ones. They are both well made, but I feel like the flavor has been amplified on the new ceramic ones. When you consider the price, they are obviously worth it. The only cons are that they can only hold up to 0.8 mL of liquid, and are not currently available with the magnetic PCKT connection. Those are extremely insignificant cons, but there is nothing else for me to critique about them. All of the previous issues with the original carts have been fixed, which is nice to see.

PCKT is doing a promotional deal right now where you can try one for free, so you should take advantage of that while you can. If you’re looking for high-quality refillable oil cartridges with great flavor that you can reuse many times, this is one of the best options out there. They are ideal for higher viscosity distillates, but I had no leaking or wicking issues using them with thinner CBD e-liquids.

What do you think of SPRK Cartridges? Leave a comment below.

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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Robert Young
Robert Young
25 days ago

my cart went completely dead after only three refills. Now I have $75 worth of oil in a dead cart!

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