The Cync by Vape Forward is a line of small vape devices in a thin, flattened hexagonal shape — either pen-style or tiny boxes — that use pre-filled pods (like the Juul, Von Erl or the Xolo).
That said, I wouldn’t just dismiss these as some repackaged cigalikes or even a Juul-wannabe. The Cync (in any of its battery sizes) can perform beyond what one might imagine for such small devices.
Available in three low-capacity batteries (200, 380 and 390 mAh) with two pod sizes (1.5 and 2.5 mL), plus a large range of nicotine choices and flavors, the Cync system has some options that most similar kits don’t have. And with some big names in the e-juice business filling the pods with popular liquids, the Cync is definitely worth looking into.
So let’s get into the review of the Cync and see what’s good… and what is not.
The FDA announced Jan. 2 that it will begin enforcing all Deeming Rule requirements immediately for prefilled pod- and cartridge-based vaping products in flavors other than tobacco and menthol. Products sold after Feb. 2 are subject to enforcement if the FDA has not granted them marketing approval through a premarket tobacco application (PMTA). No PMTAs have been approved for vaping products yet. The FDA guidance only applies to products sold in the United States.
With the Cync by Vape Forward, you can order nicotine levels as low as 6 mg/mL up to as high as 45 mg/mL. And the Cync pods are not filled with some unknown liquids. You can order pods filled with various liquids from these makers:
Note: be careful if you buy a bunch of flavors. The pods will be indistinguishable from each other (no branding) once opened. It gets tricky when you want a certain flavor and you can only tell which is which by vaping each one. Maybe keep them in their branded boxes when not in use.
All the Cync batteries are quite small in size and weight. Even the largest battery, the pen-style 380 mAh Standard battery, is stealthy enough for several to be in your pocket without you feeling much of a thing… unless you wear skinny jeans. Hell, maybe not even then!
The batteries feel a bit slick to touch, but their matte finish and flattened hexagonal shape make it easy to hold without the fear of it slipping out of the hand. But know that they are so light, you may not even know if you drop one if you are out and about. I lost my first one (a Stealth battery), presumably from getting out of the car with it in my lap. Who knows?! One day it was just gone after I got out of the car.
All Cync batteries, save for the Standard battery, could easily go on a key chain. Maybe they should. Two are smaller than my car’s key fob!
*Pictured above from left to right: Standard, Micro, (top right) Stealth (1.5 mL pod), and Stealth (2.5 mL pod). All the pods are compatible with all the batteries, but the 1.5 mL pod will sit too low in the Stealth battery (designated for 2.5 mL pods) for your lips to get good clearance from the battery.
For all the Cync battery size dimensions, use drop-down menu for Product Specs and Features.
For all these pod mods, pod pens or pod vapes (whatever you call them), the mouthpiece is important. If you look at devices like the Juul, the most-known pod vape, the mouthpiece is fairly lacking. And in a lot of these other similar devices, the same problem appears. The design forsakes ergonomics for the lips in lieu of a “clean” design.
They Cync’s mouthpiece is ergonomic, comfortable, and it has one feature that sets it apart from any other like it: a rubber center that allows your to clamp down on it with your teeth. I am not sure if this was even intentional as it is also part of the overall airflow and chimney, but this portion of the mouthpiece makes it so you can vape the Cync hands-free!
The majority of this review I have typed while simultaneously vaping the Cync. You don’t have to press buttons or even hold it with your hands. Due to its light weight and the rubber grip, you can let your hands tend to more pressing matters. Not even cigalikes have that capability to do that with any level of real comfort.
I cannot say enough about how much of a pleasure it is to use the Cync this way.
I love this feature!
This is what it is really all about, right? The Cync can perform rather amazingly for such a little device. And it does not guzzle juice. Thank god!
I have gotten some really good flavor from the Cync, and some impressive vapor for its size — way more than expected. My first package of the Cync didn’t have many pods, but I immediately fell in love and ordered more!
One of the things I like most about the Cync is the draw. It is not exactly a strict mouth-to-lung vape or even a direct-lung hit. I have been calling it a hybrid hit (or the “Cync hit”). It’s like a shallow lung hit or a deep MTL (I vape it with a deep MTL). It’s difficult to explain, but it is a great hit!
The Cync also allows for a slow and gentle or fast and hard draw. The choice is yours. No fiddling to get that option, or adjusting an airflow controller. It’s all in how you hit it. And if you hit the Cync for a stealth vape — a 1.5-second hit (which is about the ultimate ramp of the Cync) — the vapor is relatively cool. The Cync gets warmer around the two- to three-second mark. Even long hits don’t result in a hot vape though. It stays comfortably warm.
But… all that is when the Cync is performing how it should. Unfortunately, I cannot say that the Cync performs optimally all the time. It is not an issue with performance of the battery, it is an issue with the pods.
For any “closed system”, the device will only be as good as the pods, cartridges, or cartomizers. This was an issue at the onset of the Cync roll out, and Vape Forward was very responsive to complaints about bad pods (spitty, nasty taste, leaky, etc.). They even offered a $25 coupon toward the purchase of new pods, and they recently released the “new and improved” pods which are the same pods, but claimed to have tighter QC.
Of the new pods, I had more pods that performed perfectly than those that didn’t, but a few were kinda nasty (off-taste to flavors I know well), and two barely worked.
At first I declared that all was good, then a couple pods started going south in flavor and the 1.5 mL pods (that stayed in the box for a few days) turned out to basically not perform at all. From my understanding, the Cync had to be rushed a bit to get on the market before 8/8 and QC was not what it should’ve been. I hope that the performance of the pods gets more consistent because the Cync vapes great when the pods are working properly.
To "hack" these pods, just use very fine tweezers (or even a needle) to pluck out the little silicon plug at the bottom of the pod. Fill with a unicorn bottle and replace the plug. You will not be able to empty the pods this way unless you use a syringe.
Vape Forward (currently) has some issues with keeping up with the stock of all the high-nic pods (24 mg and above). For this type of device, a readily available stock of pods is crucial to its success. As of now, there are only a few physical shops outside of mycync.com that carry the Cync, so be forewarned. If you like the Cync, and especially if you like a specific flavor in high nic, buy accordingly (just in case). I’ve been waiting over almost two months for restocking of a few flavors in 24 mg.
And the high-nic pods (like 24 mg and up) only come in 1.5 mL pods. They cost the same as the 2.5 mL pods, it’s just a lower juice capacity with the same price. It’s effectively a tax on those vapers (like myself) that vape high nic.
Lastly, if you haven’t done the math, let me say right here that the pods are crazy expensive when you break it down: 2 x 2.5 mL pods, or 2 x 1.5 mL pods cost ~$10 (before shipping). And they only come in a two-pack.
I always thought $30 for a 30 mL was laughable. But to get 30 mL worth of pods, you’d have to pay ~$100 for the 1.5 mL pods, and ~$60 for the 2.5 mL pods. SMH
The pods for 18 mg and lower are generally stocked fairly well.
I hope Vape Forward is able to fully get the Cync on track because I can attest to how amazing these little things can be. I seriously was head over hills for these devices… and I still would be if I had faith in the pods. I will continue using mine (the few pods I have that perform well), but the price and performance kinda ruined it for me. I will keep testing to see if things get consistent, and I will update this in a month.
I doubt that the price will change, but if the pods get consistent I would gladly give this an enthusiastic recommendation, in spite of the price. Since you can easily refill these pods, the price would be a non-issue for most people. But the pods have to perform “right” if you want to enjoy filling it with your own juice.
… as of now.