After the success of their e-cig pod vape called the Mi-Pod, Smoking Vapor is back with a similar-style device… but this time it’s for the cannabis market. The Smoking Vapor Wi-Pod is a miniature refillable oil vape. The Wi-Pod is basically a vape pen and cartridge in the form of a flattened rectangular box. It’s super lightweight and unique looking compared to a typical vape pen and cartridge.
The Wi-Pod has 350 mAh battery capacity that operates with an automatic draw, and it comes with two refillable cartridges that hold 1 mL of oil or distillate. A standout feature is the smooth and loose airflow that can produce a big hit with pronounced flavor. It weighs less than 24 grams and stands less than 2.5″ tall (about 62 mm), but it’s a beast!
Smoking Vapor sent me this device for the purpose of this review.
Price: $34.95 (at Element Vape)
Colors: Silver/black, gold/black, black/black
Although the Wi-Pod looks like it could be an e-cig pod vape, it’s a unique-looking for a vape pen. The aesthetics are subjective, but the overall build quality is solid. Because the chassis is constructed of PTGC, it’s extremely durable and really lightweight. The whole thing, even loaded with oil, is just about 24 grams. It won’t weight down your pants pockets, and if you’d like to wear it around your neck, Smoking Vapor included a lanyard with it. Although I’ve never been a fan of vapes and lanyards, the Wi-Pod works great with it. I can barely feel it hanging from my neck! It’s just a simple lanyard with a rubber ring, but it does the job.
The Wi-Pod is operated by an automatic draw, although it does come with a button for turning on the device. It’s a small button on the bottom of the battery. It’s not the best button, but it’s not the worst. The main problem is that it’s just too small. Luckily, once you turn on the Wi-Pod, you don’t need to turn it on again unless you exceed the 10-second cutoff. If you take a drag longer than 10 seconds, the device will turn off completely, requiring a three-click to be reactivated.
The Wi-Pod has a built-in 350 mAh battery. It’s about average if not lower than most vape pens. But anyone that’s ever used a variety of pens will tell you that the battery specs are often exaggerated. Either way, 350 mAh won’t be ideal if you want to go hog wild or use at a party. Just taking pot-shot kinda hits periodically throughout the day, it can last a couple of days. When you need to charge it, it will take about two hours to get to full.
The battery has three LED indicators that illuminate from the bottom of the pod (unless you have on stealth mode). The three colors are:
The Wi-Pod doesn’t have regulated voltage though, so the battery power is in bypass. That means that the hits will feel less powerful on a drained battery. Luckily, as you’ll see in the performance section, the power drop-off is hardly noticeable.
The cartridges for the Wi-Pod click into place and are held in firmly. They have a ceramic wick and a coil resistance of 1.25 ohms. The cartridge looks very close to the Mi-Pod’s pod. It’s a transparent cartridge that’s colored a deep forrest green. It looks pretty cool, and since it’s transparent, it’s easy to see how much oil you have left when looking through the “W” cutouts.
Because this is an oil vape, you’re going to need some oil or distillate in a syringe. Whether you like to load your cartridges with a hot or cold fill, the process will be the same with the Wi-Pod as other cartridges. The main difference is that the Wi-Pod has wide side-fill and plug (see above picture).
The plug has a little flap for you to pull on. It’s anchored into the pod on one side. But don’t get overzealous and pull it all the way out because you won’t be able to get that “anchor” back in. The fill port is about 4.5 mm x 4.5 mm. You don’t even need a blunt tip needle to fill this pod! Granted, it would still help to get the oil in and away from the fill hole, but it won’t be necessary. Just make sure to leave a few drops worth of space from the fill hole. If you overfill it, it can cause a leak. As long as you fill it correctly and with the correct material, the device shouldn’t leak.
I really enjoy using this thing because the Wi-Pod has big performance that just so happens to come in a small package. The ceramic coil produces really clean flavor, and the airflow makes for some large hits and copious vapor. The airflow is open enough that you can take a direct-lung hit. But I caution against going overboard with the Wi-Pod. Because it has a 10-second cutoff along with a good amount of air, your hit may be bigger than you bargained for. Take my word for this.
I like the feeling of the airflow and the amount is perfect, but the mouthpiece doesn’t allow for you to get a good seal with your lips. I don’t slipstream air when I take a toke, so it’s a little awkward for me. I don’t know if this would bother most people though.
I’ve only filled mine once so far with Clear Blueberry oil I removed from another cartridge. It’s been performing great. Although the device doesn’t have constant voltage, I have barely noticed any drop off with a weak battery. When it feels slightly lighter, I just take a longer hit. Also, I haven’t had any burnt hits.
The Wi-Pod is a nice little kit for oils and distillates. It’s nothing revolutionary, but it does win big points for value, its small and lightweight body, and especially the performance. The only features I would have liked to see added would be a constant voltage, or even a selectable voltage. Lastly, although the Wi-Pod is not compatible with other cartridges, two come with the device which should last you a fair amount of time. The pods are sold at Element Vape in two-packs for $9.95.
If you’re considering the Wi-Pod as your next cannabis oil vape, I think it’s worth a shot. Recommended.