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PCKT VRTCL Review: With More Control and Reliability

Dave Kriegel
January 18, 2021

Product intro and specs

The VRTCL is a 510 thread vape designed for use with cannabis oil cartridges. It shares some of the best features from their previous vapes, which I still use to this day. The VRTCL features a slimmer form factor and a few other improvements. Like the PCKT One, it’s CNC-machined out of a single block of metal, giving it a rather robust feel for a weed pen.

The device has a built-in 380 mAh battery and five power modes. It also does USB-C passthrough charging and doesn’t require proprietary magnetic adapters. They’re compatible with the most common top and bottom airflow 510 cartridges. Aside from its durable unibody design, the VRTCL also comes with a one-year warranty. I’m going to be testing it with a variety of pre-filled THC and CBD cartridges, for compatibility and overall performance.

The VRTCL was sent courtesy of PCKT for the purpose of this review.

Colors: Indica, rustic, humboldt, pacific, midnight
Price: $59.99

Build quality and design

PCKT Vapor VRTCL weed pen

The VRTCL has the high-end flair that I expect from PCKT. It’s 73 mm tall, 19 mm wide and 13.5 mm in thickness. It weighs in at just under 36 grams and about 43 grams with a full cart installed. The device looks a bit like a vape pen, but it’s flattened out with rounded off edges. Overall, the build quality seems to be on par with the PCKT One Plus, which is very well-built. It also features the new RCKT 2 chip, which is said to provide more efficient power consumption.

There is a subtle PCKT logo engraved on top, and the power button looks just like the one on the PCKT One, but vertical. It has a brushed finish which gives it a nice matte look. PCKT was kind enough to send me a few color variations, and they all look great—though I still prefer the black one. Since it has rounded edges, it falls over very easily when you try to stand it up on your desk. Not a big deal, but I tend to keep my carts upright to prevent any dry or burnt hits.

The VRTCL has a few unique advantages over the PCKT One and similar vapes. Faster charging, no more adapters and more pocketable than ever before. The device is not draw activated, it utilizes a single-button interface. The USB-C charging port is on the bottom—charging the VRTCL only takes about 45 minutes and you can still use it while it’s charging.

They had to sacrifice some battery capacity, but another major advantage is that it features a more customizable output range. The VRTCL features five voltage settings that range from 2.43 to 3.84 volts, which is the perfect range for most cannabis oil carts available right now.

How to use the VRTCL

PCKT Vapor VRTCL weed pen

The VRTCL is very easy to use once you get the hang of it. PCKT suggests fully charging the device prior to first use. Here is a quick rundown on how to use it:

  • Attach your 510-threaded cartridge (don’t overtighten!)
  • Five clicks turn the VRTCL on or off
  • One click to check battery level (green = 100%, yellow = 50%, red = very low)
  • Two clicks to change voltage, one click to cycle through settings
  • Three clicks to adjust LED brightness setting
  • Hold button to select preferred voltage setting
  • Press the button while inhaling to vape
  • PCKT suggests keeping the device out of extreme hot or cold temperatures
  • Clean the chamber and contacts periodically with a cotton swab and some alcohol

Modes

  • Turquoise: 2.43V
  • Blue: 2.73V
  • Yellow: 3.09V
  • Red: 3.54V
  • Purple: 3.84V

Performance

PCKT Vapor VRTCL weed pen

When it comes to compatibility, there wasn’t one cartridge that didn’t work with the VRTCL. I tested it with at least five different types of THC, CBD and delta 8 carts. PCKT says you can use it with any cartridge that is less than 12 mm in diameter.

The interface takes a bit of time to get used to, but it isn’t difficult to learn. It was a bit confusing at first, until you remember that two clicks is for voltage, and three clicks is for adjusting the brightness. I’m not sure how necessary that this is, but it comes in handy for stealth vaping.

Once I got acquainted with the interface, it was all smooth sailing. The VRTCL is almost identical in performance to the PCKT One Plus. The additional voltage settings provide a bit more flexibility, although I ended up using it on the higher two settings mostly. That’s because even the higher settings are within the ideal range for most 510 cannabis oil cartridges.

I got no burnt hits at all with any of the carts I tested. Even at 3.5 and 3.8 volts, it was really smooth. Tons of flavor, very little coughing. I had to take slightly longer puffs than usual, because it didn’t blast my cartridges out with too much power. It provides nice smooth puffs. The battery life lasted longer than I expected since it has a rather conservative output range. I’m guessing this also has something to do with the RCKT 2 chipset that it utilizes.

Overall, the performance was very good. It may vary slightly depending on which cartridge you use, but I didn’t seem to have any issues in terms of compatibility with the 510 connection or airflow configuration. It performs just like a miniature PCKT One with more voltage options.

Pros / Cons

  • Rugged one-piece construction
  • Five voltage settings
  • Ideal output range for oil carts
  • Compatible with most 510 carts
  • USB-C passthrough charging
  • No adapters needed
  • Lightweight and pocketable
  • One year warranty
  • No burnt hits
  • 380 mAh battery capacity
  • Charging port on bottom
  • Light vapor production

Verdict

All in all, the VRTCL is a solid vape pen for 510 threaded cartridges. It looks really sleek, is durable, ergonomic, and compact. It also offers a lot of versatility and is compatible with all of the carts I’ve tested it with. It gave me nothing but clean flavor from my favorite distillate cartridges, no dry or burnt hits. I was able to take long flavorful draws even on the higher two voltage settings and it was still smooth. The vapor production is on the lighter side, but it’s perfect for flavor chasing. If you’re looking for a vape pen that’s going to slow-cook your oil, this is the one.

The battery capacity isn’t massive but it’s quite efficient. However, it does USB-C passthrough charging. The charging port is located on the bottom, which is not ideal, but the device doesn’t stand upright so you end up removing the cartridge when charging most of the time.

Other than that, there wasn’t anything major to complain about. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a more upscale weed pen, or as a smaller companion to your PCKT One Plus.

How do you feel about the PCKT VRTCL? Share your thoughts in the comments section 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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Madeline Hinojos
Madeline Hinojos
3 months ago

I am searching for V2 electronic batteries also no nicotine juices .

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Jim McDonald
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Richard Halpin
Richard Halpin
2 months ago

I have never been able to take a hit without holding in the bottom. Is there a way to click into s different mode? Thanks

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