VapX, a new Chinese manufacturer, has launched a large pod called the Geyser. Powered by a rechargeable 21700 battery, it comes with 2 tanks: one that holds 5 ml and the other 6.5 ml. Its compact size makes it comfortable to hold and its airflow setting is great for fine tuning.
A new type of pod mod
The Geyser is a pod mod capable of delivering 100 W from a rechargeable 21700 battery. The tanks hold a generous 5 ml and 6.5 ml – perfect if you don’t like refilling cartridges too often. Its best feature is the huge range of airflow ring settings – just turn the disc to choose.
|Pod dimensions||108 x 51 x 31,8 mm|
|Pod weight||90 g|
|Charging||USB-C, external charging|
|Range of use||5 to 100 W|
|Tank capacity||5 ml|
What’s in the box?
- Spare parts
- USB cable
- User guide
The top of the Geyser features a button set into a plate. Push this button to release the cartridge hatch. Just pull the plate to remove the tank from the body of the box. It’s well thought out and practical. There is also a plastic loop so you can fit a neck strap. That’s all good in theory, but it doesn’t come with a neck strap or lanyard! It’s a pity because apart from this oversight, the kit is pretty complete.
The drip tip is designed exclusively for the Geyser and is held in place by a seal at the top of the cartridge. On one of the cartridges we tested, the seal wasn’t tight enough and tended to pinch when we were fitting the drip tip. What a shame!
The “+” and “-” buttons are just under the screen and are nicely built in. They don’t move around at all and feel quite solid.
The fire button is right above the screen. It sits flush with the body of the mod. It has a wide touch pad, but pressing the top of it does not start the vape. This isn’t a problem when you’re using it, unless you press this part on purpose.
There’s a USB C port on the body of the mod so you can update the chip set or recharge the battery. The position of the port means the pod mod will stay upright when it’s plugged in. Finally, it comes with a 1.2 m long cable. So it’s goodbye to those too-short USB cables!
To access the battery compartment, just slide off its cover. The fit is excellent and holds the battery in place perfectly. The polarity is clearly marked inside the battery compartment by a coloured dot.
This comes in two different kits. One is supplied with the 21700 battery, the other comes without a battery. The Geyser comes with the battery already fitted, but the positive pole is protected by an insulating strip which you have to remove before you first use it. On the up side, the battery arrives fully charged.
The coloured screen is quite bright. The information is clear and well laid out. There are several menus, such as for wattage, temperature control and a bypass function. These options are very useful because the optional 510 mounting plate lets you fit your own resistance coils.
Big clouds all the way
The resistance coil fits under the cartridge. Two flat areas show you how to fit it so it lines up with the base of the tank. It’s easy and practical. The fittings are tight, and we didn’t notice any leaks or seepage on the box.
The drip tips have a different size opening depending on the resistance coil you use. On the left of the photo, we’ve set it to produce a lot of vapour.
You can match the air flow for the resistance coil by turning the mesh-fronted rotating disc. Just lift the small handle and turn the disc to adjust it. It’s very accurate and tight enough not to turn by itself. You can also adjust this on the other side of the cartridge. That means you can play about until you find the ideal combination for you.
The turning airflow discs pull out and are held in place by a small screw. For the sake of ease, the kit comes with a screwdriver. Depending on the resistance coil you use, you can set the discs to give more or less ventilation, which changes the amount of coil cooling.
To fill the cartridge, remove the cover. There’s one hole for filling, and the other lets out excess air during use. The holes are big enough to take most bottle tips.
The kit comes with two resistance coils. The Xcoil 15 S has a resistance of 0.23 ohm for 55-75 W use, and the Xcoil 10 (0.25 ohm) is for 35-45 W use. These are both made of Kanthal wire mesh. There’s a third resistance coil available, called the Xcoil 10n. It has a resistance of 0.6 ohm.
The flavours were really clear with all of the resistance coils we tested. The hit is excellent. Just remember these models are designed to make a lot of vapour.
The 15 S is better with the air intake reduced a little, and produces better flavours. The Xcoil 10 produces a slightly warmer but still very dense vape.
The 0.6 ohm model performs slightly less well. The flavours are not as clear, and despite a range of use from 15 W up, it’s designed for direct inhalation vaping (into your lungs), unless you especially like really strong indirect inhalation.
What we like
- Quality of flavour
- Battery size
- Level of finish
- Upgrade options
- Originality of the airflow system
- Airflow efficiency
What we don’t like
- No neck strap
- Drip tip seal is a bit soft