Pod systems have recently been making waves in the vape industry, which has mainly been dominated by high power devices over the past few years. It’s a throwback to the low output, high nicotine setups that started everything. The difference today with these pod systems lies in the more contemporary styling, pressure-activated triggering, and improved design that allows them to use thicker juices that were formerly only usable in bigger setups.
Listed Features and Specs:
- Refillable Plug-Seal Cartridge
- 2mL Pod Capacity
- 400mAh Rechargeable Battery
- Direct Voltage-Based Output
- Draw-Activated Firing
- On/Off Switch
- Micro USB Charging Port
Rather than going with the usual stick shape, the folks at Suorin managed to create a sleek, credit card shaped device, measuring: 86mm x 43mm x 8mm. I don’t recommend putting it in your wallet and sitting on it, but it fits very nicely in the front pocket. The body is made of aluminum with a durable anodized finish, and there’s a convenient ON/OFF switch on the side, rather than a typical power button that would require clicking.
To operate the device, switch it to ON and simply start inhaling from the mouthpiece, which is a small hole in the top corner of the pod. You can tighten up the draw by covering the airflow hole found at the bottom of the device, beside the micro USB charging port. Charging only takes about 25 to 45 minutes, depending on the charger and how low the 400mAh battery gets. As the battery discharges from use, you will notice a decrease in the output. The downside to the rapid charging time is the capacity of the battery, which may or may not last you a full day, depending on your usage.
The 2ml pods are disposable and contain a coil inside that you can prime by opening the red silicone plug and filling through the hole. Air flows through the two slots opposite of the fill port. Between the fill port and the air slots is a powerful magnet that helps secure the pod to the mod with a satisfying feel as they click together. Lastly, the two metal circles beside the airflow slots are your positive and negative connections to power the coil, which you can view through the translucent cover, when help up to the light.
Normally, you should give the cotton enough time to properly soak up the e-liquid before use, but you can speed up the priming process by dripping a bit of juice directly into the mouthpiece and allowing the it to run down the inside wall and onto the cotton. When held up to the light, you can see when the cotton has become wet enough to begin using the device.
The shape, flavour delivery, convenience, and overall reliability are all excellent selling points for the Suorin Air. The draw is perfect for people that are just switching from cigarettes, providing a familiar mouth to lung experience for them. It’s great when used with either freebase or salt nicotine e-liquids. Charging is fast, which helps when you don’t have 3 hours to spare before heading out for the day. Unlike closed systems such as the Juul, you're not stuck paying for expensive and tiny pods of juice that can't be refilled. You will save money using an open, refillable system such as the Suorin Air and you're able to choose from a significantly larger selection of flavours vs the Juul pod system (6 flavours at the time of this writing in Canada).
Like many other devices that trigger by suction, blowing through the mod can cause it to auto-fire until the electronics time you out, or sooner if you simply turn of the power switch. This is only an issue for people who are used to purging bigger RDA/RTA/RTDA builds to allow for ramp up time. Otherwise, most people will not experience this issue.
On very rare occasions, the device can fail from having juice leak into the unit and interfere with the pressure switch. This causes the unit to auto-fire as described above. It can usually be fixed by disassembling the unit and cleaning the pressure switch, but we don’t recommend you do that unless you have experience fixing mods. Again, this is not a common point of failure in our long-term testing, but it is worth mentioning.
The Suorin Air is one of our favourite pod units to hit the market. It hits all the important points for such a device and it has shown a low failure rate. Its benefits outweigh any of the aforementioned dislikes, and at an MSRP of $29.99, it’s a bargain for first-time and experienced vapers alike.