The Vuse Alto is a small and slender pod-style beginner vape with pre-filled flavors. The Alto battery has a capacity of 350 mAh, a built-in automatic draw and the pods hold 1.8 mL of juice and come in 4.5% nicotine. The Alto has a menu of four different flavors, and each flavor pack comes with two pods.
The Alto looks and functions like many other pods on the market. But does that mean that the Alto is average? Keep reading to find out!
Note: we recently updated this review.
Vuse Alto Complete Kit: $38.48
Vuse Alto Power Unit: $24.99 (at Vapor4Life)
Vuse Alto pods: $13.49 (for a pack of two pods)
The Alto is very similar to the JUUL. It’s a small stick-style battery that powers drop-in pods that are prefilled with flavored e-liquid and nicotine. These types of devices are called pod vapes or beginner vapes.
With a pod attached, the Alto weighs about 22 grams. It’s a little heavier than the JUUL, but it’s more lightweight than the Vuse Vibe. Even if it’s heavier than the JUUL, the Vuse Alto is a very lightweight device that’s barely noticeable in a pocket.
The pod for the Alto is made of a sturdy and transparent plastic, and the black mouthpiece is slightly flattened. It’s also a bit curvy, making it very comfortable on the lips—in fact, this may be the most comfortable mouthpiece we have encountered on a beginner vape to date.
Getting started with the Vuse Alto requires more work to open the package than to get started vaping. Once the kit is out of the box, it’s a one-step process to begin. Just drop a pod into the magnetic housing and take a drag. The Alto has no on/off button, because the draw is automatic.
The pods are held in by magnets. The issue is that the magnets are really weak. And, there’s a little wiggle room in the pods. The pods will pop out of the battery holder if it gets dropped. That’s annoying, but to be fair, it happens with most pods on the market nowadays.
The Alto battery should arrive to you charged. If you need it to be fully charged, go ahead and charge it first. If you want to read a bit more about the charging of the Alto, see the battery life and charging section.
Note: to get a kit that has everything you need (including a flavor pack), be sure to buy the Complete Kit and not the Power Unit.
The Vuse Alto has a draw that’s tight like a cigarette, and even tighter than the JUUL. And the hit is really strong. In our opinion, it’s actually stronger than the JUUL, even though it has less nicotine—the Alto pods have 45 mg nicotine and the JUUL is in the mid-50s.
On top of that, the hit on the Alto doesn’t seem to taper off either. Most people that have used a JUUL frequently will tell you that the pods don’t hit as strong after the first few puffs. The Alto on the other hand, hits hard throughout the duration of the pod. Two thumbs up on the hit.
If there’s any problem with the Alto hit it’s that the pods sometimes can suddenly give a bad hit or simply stop working. We don’t know why this happens with Alto pods. We’ve contacted the Vuse call center (as customers, not reviewers) and gotten our bad pods replaced free of charge. If you are experiencing poor performance with your pods or Alto in general, call: 1-800-614-VUSE
Most of us testing the Vuse Alto like at least two of the flavors. On the flipside, we each have a couple of flavors that we don’t particularly care for. There was no real consensus on our least favorites, but Rich Tobacco and Mixed Berry came up a few times for best. Unlike in the Vuse Vibe, all the Alto flavors are quite pronounced.
Mixed Berry: A natural tasting fruit flavor that’s more tart than sweet. If you like the idea of berries without the typical sweetness in e-juice, you are probably going to like this one.
Original: A fairly standard cigarette-style flavor. To some of us, it’s reminiscent of Halo Torque 56. Original is a strong but brighter tobacco taste than something like the Rich Tobacco flavor.
Rich Tobacco: If you’re looking for a bold and mature tobacco flavor, Rich Tobacco is for you. It’s more dark tasting than Original, but it’s got an overall fuller flavor profile that’s more developed. But if you want something simpler and more straightforward, go for the Original.
Menthol: This is a standard tasting menthol with a fairly icy finish. There’s nothing particularly exciting or disappointing in the flavor. It tastes and feels like menthol.
When vaping the Alto, there is a noticeable room note. The smell is not offensive, but all the flavors except menthol left a bit of a lingering smell. We actually like the subtle aroma, but this may be something to consider if you’ll be using the Alto around others.
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.
The Alto comes with a 350 mAh battery, which is about average for a device of its size. Battery life isn’t great, but it should get most people through most of the day. There’s a green LED in the center of the Vuse Alto battery that flashes 10 times when the battery needs to be charged.
To charge the Vuse Alto battery, place the bottom of the device inside of the magnetic charge port on the charger cord and plug in the USB into a computer. You can actually use the Alto while it charges. The full charge takes about 70 to 80 minutes.
It should be noted that the Vuse charger is a proprietary piece of equipment. This is not a charger to discard. If you do, you will have to purchase a new one through Vuse.
We really enjoy using the Vuse Alto…when it’s working properly. Unfortunately, the pods seem to have consistency issues. Sometimes they’ll give a bad hit, and sometimes they don’t make proper connection with the battery. Out of the last 10 pods since we tracked it, three of them didn’t perform up to snuff. We hope Vuse can get those issues worked out because the device is really satisfying when it’s working well. We do still recommend the Vuse Alto, but it comes with the caveat that you may have consistency issues with the pods. If you are experiencing poor performance with your pods or Alto in general, call: 1-800-614-VUSE.
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