Hcigar Akso Pod Kit Review
Pod mods have been one of the most popular vape options on the market this past year with nearly every company out there gearing up to support the latest trend of salt based nicotine. Hcigar who are probably best known for their VT series of regulated mods recently decided to throw their hat in to the game with the release of their very first pod device the Hcigar Akso Pod Kit. Here’s a look at the recently released AKSO pod system from Hcigar.
Hcigar Akso Pod Kit Package Contents:
- 1x Hcigar Akso Pod Kit
- 1x USB Cable
- 2x Empty Pods
- 1x User Manual
- 1x Warranty Card
Hcigar Akso Pod Kit Listed Features and Specs:
- Pod Capacity: 1.5ml
- Resistance: 1.8ohm
- Atomizer Material: Ceramic Coil
- Pod Usage Times: About 300 times
- Size: 108mm*20mm*9.5mm
- Battery Capacity: Built-in 350mah
- Body Material: Aluminum Material
- High-end craft with no button design
- True closed loop system for smooth airflow
- Ceramic coil with inorganic heating wires for pure flavor
- Built-in 350mAh with compact and ergonomic design
Packaging and Contents:
The kit comes packed in a slim white cardboard box with a window on the front so you can see the product within. Also on the front they list a number of features as well as a warning while on the back they list the contents some more warnings as well as some basic company info. The packaging is simple but I actually really appreciate how they don’t waste a lot of plastic and paper on it. It might also not be the most durable but everything in the kit arrived safe and sound so I can’t really complain. In the kit you get the AKSO device, a micro USB cable, two pre-filled pods, a user manual and a warranty card.
The AKSO device is slim and compact. It’s also fairly flat with a slight rounding at the tip and all the edges. It measures only 108mm x 20mm x 9.5mm so it’s super compact and slides in to the pocket with ease. It’s also made of aluminum and weighs hardly anything but still feels really durable in hand.
On one side it’s got a little embellishment near the base that lights up to indicate when it’s firing and when it’s charging. Although they don’t list it, I’m pretty sure it’s got the usual built-in protections as well which should also be indicated by the light.
It’s got a sort of textured finish which makes it easy to grip but also adds to the look of the device. It’s available in a number of colors including Pink, Blue, Black and Grey. The whole thing is covered with what looks like a silk screened pattern in white which gives it a slightly more premium look. It doesn’t have a button or anything and is simply draw to fire meaning you put it to your lips and take a pull like you would from a cigarette. Draw to fire is probably the easiest option for a person just making the change.
On the very bottom it’s got a micro USB port for charging, no quick charge but it’s a fairly small battery so top ups won’t take long. It’s got a built-in 350mAh battery but with the included 1.8ohm pods/coils it tends to last almost all day. In fact for me the pods well outlast the battery and I was getting about two full days of vaping from a pod but would struggle to make it to the end of the day with the battery without topping up.
The kit I received came with two pre-filled pods but on the site it’s listed as having empty and refillable pods so it might be available in a couple of different configurations which I know many will appreciate.
The two pods I received with the kit were filled with a nutty tobacco flavor and an icy mint flavor. I’m not really doing a flavor review but I particularly enjoyed the nutty tobacco flavor and found the icy mint one to be rather good as well but strong mints aren’t usually my thing.
The nutty tobacco was rich and lightly sweet with a fairly mild tobacco flavor undertone while the icy mint was strong, bright and refreshing. So flavor from the pods is quite good with the pre-filled pods and the nicotine they use is smooth and satisfying.
The draw from the pods is a tight mouth to lung which I really appreciated but folks who like the draw a bit looser will be stuck with it the way it is as there isn’t any kind of airflow adjustment something we’re starting to see more commonly on pod devices.
The pods are actually ceramic based with built-in 1.8ohm coils and hold 1.5ml of liquid. For me I was able to get about two days of fairly steady vaping out of a single pod before it was spent but personal vaping habits and QC on the coils will ultimately decide how long they will last.
In going through the two pods not once did either of them leak and I was quite surprised at how little condensation built up after using both pods. However this was only tested with two pods so individual results may vary.
Hcigar Akso Pod Kit Pros & Cons:
- Looks slick
- Compact and portable
- Zero leaking
- Tight MTL draw
- Great flavor
- Draw to fire
- Small battery capacity
Hcigar Akso Pod Kit Video Review:
Although I was only able to test the device out with a couple of pods I quite enjoyed my time with it. Hcigar Akso Pod Kit provided a satisfying quality experience for a super lightweight and compact pod device. It’s size and form a factor would make it an ideal option for those who like to keep things discrete but would also do well for a person just making the switch and still longing for that tight cigarette like mouth to lung draw. Got to hand it to Hcigar they did a great job on this one and it’s only their very first pod device!!!
After 26 years of smoking I made the switch to vaping and never looked back. Now with over 5 years of vaping experience and 4 years of reviews under my belt I’m a passionate and experienced vaper who loves to give back to the community.