HugsVape Surge Pod Kit Review
The HugsVape Surge Pod Kit is the first Pod Kit from HugsVape. They are a new company that has been making some good products this year. The Lotus RTA, Theseus RDA, and Chalice MTL RTA were all good devices to me, so far they are doing well.
I also have a sub-ohm tank and squonk mod and RDA from them as well so they have been making quite a few products lately. The Surge is a flat style AIO Pod system like a Zero, Motiv 2 or Innokin EQ with a built-in 600 mAh battery and inhales to fire. It’s available in 6 colors; Black, White, Pink, Red, Yellow, and Baby Blue.
HugsVape Surge Pod Kit Specs:
- Dimensions: 87 x 36 x 15mm
- Material: plastic + metal
- Power supply: Built-in 600 mAh
- Cartridge capacity: 6ml
- Resistance: 1.0Ω
- Voltage Range: 3.3 – 4.2V
- Operating mode: POWER
- Protection: low / high resistance/over heating/ short circuit/ over charge / over discharge
- Charging: Micro-USB
- Color: black/ pink/ red/ yellow/ white/ baby blue
HugsVape Surge Pod Kit Packing List:
- Surge Battery
- Two Pods
- USB cable
- User manual
HugsVape Surge Pod Kit Rundown
The HugsVape Surge is a flat short style AIO (all-in-one) Pod kit, meaning there isn’t a separate mod or tank that can be used with anything else. It does have replaceable pods so you can carry spares. It’s a medium size kind of similar to the Wismec Motiv 2 and Innokin EQ, but not quite as small as a Zero or Ceto and is very easy to pocket and carry around.
There is no adjustable air on this device which would have been cool but not a big deal as most this style don’t have adjustable air. It’s a loose MTL vape. It has a crazy large capacity of 6 ml. The battery is listed at 600 mAh so a good sized battery as well for a pod system. It features a built-in USB charging but they don’t list an amp limit.
It does not have passthrough vaping, however, which is odd as it should like most pods. The drip tip is proprietary and part of the pod and is a nice oval shape but symmetrical so you can hold it either way and vape on it and works well and is comfy to use.
HugsVape Surge Pod Kit Rundown Continued
The Surge is very nicely built and feels solid with no rattle and the coloring is beautiful and the white one has a matte finish. It’s very light as the body is made of plastic.
The Pod itself is easy to fill. It comes with an empty pod and the coils are built into the pod like the Wismec Motiv 2 or Rincoe Ceto. The pods are magnetic but the magnets are a bit weak so it doesn’t really snap into place and can be wiggled around quite a bit. Stronger magnets would have been better.
To fill them, it uses a standard rubber plug you remove to fill and the fill hole is large enough to use with a fine tip bottle easily. The pods have 2 options. There is a dark tinted one that’s hard to see juice level and a clear one that is easy to see. I much prefer the clear one personally. There is also a cutout as well on the battery so juice level is very easy to see with the clear pod but very hard with the tinted one.
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Usage is pretty easy. There are no buttons or settings on the device. It’s a simple inhale to fire and that’s all. No adjustments and no way to turn off. There is an LED that shines into the pod to let you know the battery life. It’s hard to see on the dark one but very nice and easy to see on the clear pod however being so close to your mouth when it’s lit means you have to try and look at it to see your charge.
It should have stayed lit for an additional second or 2 so you can see the color after you stop vaping easily. Green means 3.7V or more, purple means 3.4-3.7 and red means 3.3-3.4V. It’s a direct output device and the cut off is 3.3V. I can’t speak much on how well the auto draw works however over time since I barely got to use it due to the coils which I’ll go over in the next section.
Coil Performance and Details
The HugsVape Surge Pod Kit comes with 2 pods which is great. Both are the same 1 ohm resistance pods with a massive 6ml capacity. The only difference is one is tinted and one is clear.
As I’ve said a million times before in my pod reviews, I prefer the clear so glad there is both options. All pods should be clear IMO or at least very lightly tinted. Performance though is where it all went south for me. I barely got to use the device because I filled up both pods (so wasted 12ml of juice) and let them prime and both instantly burned out on me.
The coils are just too small for the output. You can see in the pics in the album the burnt coil and how the pod is still full. They needed more mass and higher resistance on these coils. The ones they designed just don’t work and can’t handle the output of the battery. I’m not sure how that passed QC from them. Overall poorly designed pods that instantly burn out. No complaints from me there. I used all 50/50 nic salt juices 20 mg nicotine.
HugsVape Surge Pod Kit Pros & Cons
- Color options (6 total)
- Great 6ml capacity pods
- Easily removable pods
- Good build quality on battery
- Nice looks and paint job
- Small size for easy portability
- Good battery size for such a small device (600mah)
- Price point (under 20 USD)
- Good battery meter
- Clear pod is easy to see juice level
- Comes with 2 pods
- Easy to refill
- Tinted pod is hard to see juice level
- Can’t judge inhale to fire since barely got to use it
- Coil life
- Coil performance
- No Passthrough Vaping
HugsVape Surge Pod Kit Video Review
So with all that said, do I recommend the HugsVape Surge Pod Kit or not? I don’t like to do a hard yes or no, but this one is an easy no for me. Another case of bad coils making the pod unusable. I can’t even really judge the performance of the device itself due to the pods instantly dying. I’d just stay away from this one personally. Hopefully, if they make a V2 they do better with the pods because I do like the capacity and the clear pod.
I started vaping in late 2011 to quit chewing tobacco. over the past few years i got a lot more into the hobby side and buying and collecting a lot of gear. Fed up with the lack of good fair reviews i decided to start doing reviews late 2016 and haven’t looked back. I enjoy providing people with technical reviews that are fair and unbiased and from a place of knowledge to help them spend their money wisely.