After reviewing enough vapes to make even the most apathetic of hipster curl his mustache in curious interest, it would be a failure of duty to not post a vape review on one of the most important days in the cannabis’ community social calendar. In a strange twist of fate, the vaporizer I’m reviewing today — the MiPod from Smoking Vapor — is not a cannabis vape, but a classic e-liquid vaporizer. There might be some irony here, as the style of this thing certainly speaks to a subculture it hangs on the edge of.
This thing is absolutely darling. The MiPod comes in a variety of colors and styles, ranging from a grey patterned design to metallic purple to yes, “Sea Dragon”. The aesthetic is certainly of the Instagram generation, it looks like bubble gum popping sounds and has what the manager at Chotchkie’s would certainly call flair. Without delving too much into the state of vaping, like all vaporizers and nicotine liquid products, the MiPod’s design elements don’t imply that it is intended for anyone younger than the legal age. They just imply that it’s as hip as the raddest broheim. Like that sentence in 1982.
It just happens to remind me of a bunch of young, club hopping rich kids in their 20s posting vape cloud pictures on their Instagram accounts, then hangover pictures the next day. Then something about their tiny dog. This is the vape that says I have a tribal tattoo and I’m damn proud of it. This is a vape that, like my self image after ten minutes walking around an L.A. Fitness, fits in your pocket. This is a vape that you want if you are tired of the flashy pen vapes and are looking for something square and matches every color of spray paint on the spoiler on your 1998 Accord.
Mild joking about the aesthetic aside, the MiPod is a very convenient, portable vaporizer that offers some valid features you’d want in a vape. First off, the pods (as implied by the name) are totally refillable and each MiPod includes two pods. The pods (particularly the coils within the pods) do have a limited lifespan depending on your frequency of use. For me that could be a few months as I just prefer to rub nicotine juice into my skin, like an addicts’ version of sunscreen except I don’t go outside and my heart beats nearly out of my chest. Yolo.
Side note: make sure you pour your e-liquid into the right opening. 50/50 pg/vg is probably your best bet with this thing, but if you pour it in the top and not the bottom through the rubber grommet sealed opening, you’ll end up down one pod. I did this. Not my proudest moment, but it happened.
The MiPod uses standard micro USB charging, which, if you’ve ever read one of my vape reviews, gives me happiness. I need another proprietary charger like I need a top hat on my top hat. USB is the way to go, because I’ve already got 30 of those cables dangling from the power strip. The pods themselves tightly snap into the device, which is another refreshing feature. Often (as with the Juul, in my opinion) the pods just don’t seem secure in the device. Like they will flip out of the vape if you are using it to vehemently point at someone with it.
Fitting with the form factor, the power button on this thing is tiny. It’s like trying to get a micro SD card out of a laptop. Thankfully the only thing you have to do with the power button on the MiPod is turn the device on or off. Well, you also need to click it five times if you want to vape longer than 10 seconds, considering it has a 10 second cut off. Based on what I know about vaping, 10 seconds is no where near long enough to get clouds fat enough so everyone in the Whole Foods parking lot can spot you. You’ll be clicking this button a lot, but that’s ok because it’s made for clicking. That’s what buttons are for. Catch up.
Yet, the best thing about the MiPod isn’t necessarily the device itself. It’s the strong statement from Smoking Vapor about its product and its dedication to customer satisfaction. Aside from the surely infinite combinations of oddly named designs to come, the company has gone through several updates to ensure the interior of the MiPod is waterproof, updating the interior mold to completely seal the airflow sensor and silicone seal the charging port. After a long QC process (long in the universe of vaporizers at least) the MiPod was deemed ready for consumers. That wasn’t enough for Smoking Vapor, as it extended the warranty to one year.
“We are constantly tweaking and improving the device through rolling changes so that the consumers get a world class experience,” says Smoking Vapor President and Co-Founder Geoff Habicht. “Dry hit pod? We will replace it. MiPod stop working, we replace it. You accidentally drop the device and it stops working, we will almost always replace it. I want the MiPod to be the vape of choice for customers for the next 3-4 years — and we will not stop improving. It’s imperative that a vape company has the integrity to stand behind their products, the initiative to be working on constant and continual improvement and the passion to design to exceed expectations for the end user.”
That’s a pretty strong statement from a vape manufacturer and speaks volumes to the sturdiness of the MiPod and its future in an extremely crowded market. The MiPod is a strong little vape with a great price point (considering the warranty especially) and save for the extreme colors that apparently I’m too old for, does its job in a simple and convenient manner. I’m not too keen on it glowing blue through the pod while I’m in-taking that sweet, sweet cherry flavored liquid, but again, I’m old. The MiPod, functionally sound, is designed for a younger generation of vaporizer fans. The hope is that the MiPod will mature as they do, eventually changing colors from “Digital Orange” to “Golf Pants Plaid”.
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