Artery Pal Stick Kit Review
Artery is back at it again! Another Pal system, now in an all-new stick-style form factor. If you’ve had enough of those walkie-talkie style pod systems, this is going to be of interest to you. A lot of the same features which made the Pal Pod Systems so popular have found their way into this device, including adjustable airflow and adjustable voltage. It even uses the same coils as its predecessors, making it great for people who have already bought into the Artery Pod Dynasty. On the other hand, it’s another pod system, so can the Pal Stick differentiate itself enough from the increasingly crowded pod market? Let’s find out.
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- Dimensions: 119 x 18mm
- Battery: 750mAh Integrated
- Voltage Range:0 – 3.5V
- Juice Capacity:6mL
- Coil Ratings:6ohm Mesh (15 – 23W), 1.0ohm MTL (9 – 13.5W)
- 3 Voltage Settings
- Adjustable Bottom Airflow Ring
- LED Battery Life Indicator
- Single Button Operation
- Direct Voltage-Based Output
- Build quality
- Very simple
- Airflow range and easy AFC
- Easy top-fill
- Pod is very secure with magnets
- Easy to check your juice level
- Huge battery at 750mAh
- Flavor is great
- Same coils as Pal 2
- Great beginner vape
- Limited to 3.5V, could go higher
- Plastic tank could get damaged by citrus flavors
- Need at least 12mg nicotine to get a good throat hit
- Should have included 0.6ohm coil
Matt from SMM
- AFC ranges loose to tight MTL
- Easy top-fill
- Great airflow & draw
- Really nice flavor
- Warm with closed down airflow
- Drip tip is comfortable
- Adjustable wattage
- Good battery feedback
- Good build quality, yet very lightweight
- 750mAh battery
- Compatible with common coils
- Should have used a metal top cap
- Only 1.6mL capacity
- Gets too cool if the airflow is open
So it’s not too bad! While the Artery Pals 1 & 2 felt a bit lackluster in comparison to some other heavy hitters out there, the Pal Stick seems to get things mostly right. Let’s learn who this device is for by starting off with a list of cons.
The primary drawbacks to this device are issues which are sort of inherent to these ultra-portable devices. Firstly, you get a really tiny juice capacity. At only 1.6mL, you’re going to be stuck refilling this kit all the time. I mean… ALL the time. Unless you’re a dedicated nic salt vaper who’s using like 50mL e-liquid, you’re going to be burning through juice regularly. May be time to bump up the nicotine level! Or… stick to vaping bigger devices.
Next issue with this is more of a packaging gripe: they didn’t include the 0.6ohm mesh coil option. While the package includes two coils, you’re getting two of the same – namely, the 1.0ohm coils. While these coils are pretty decent, it would definitely be nice to have had the option to compare coil options. Also, it’s and adjustable voltage kit, so why not include multiple coil options so a user can experiment with these power settings right out the box? Just a weak marketing decision, ultimately.
You’ve also got a plastic tank, which may be a turn-off for some. While a lot of these smaller, more portable devices are opting for these, they definitely have some drawbacks. For one thing, some people just aren’t comfortable putting their juice in plastic. There’s heat issues and flavor transference issues, etc. You also run the risk of your citrus flavors cracking or otherwise damaging the plastic in this tank. So that sucks.
The top cap is also not metal, which will definitely come into play if you use this device for any considerable period of time. They do include a spare top cap, which will extend the life of your kit, but it would have been better for all concerned if they’d just put a metal top cap on there in the first place.
Finally, you get a bit of a cool vape if you open up that airflow. While the device is certainly capable of a more loose MTL or restricted DTL, you’re going to lose a lot of warmth and some flavor if you choose to open that flavor up. So, keep that in mind if you’re looking to use the device in that way.
That’s enough of the cons for now, and many of them are only applicable to certain people who may not even be interested in a device like this to begin with. The pros start off with the quality of the device. Despite using plastic in too many places, the device overall feels very solid – yet lightweight. Always a pro for a portable device.
You also get a really good airflow up top there, with a pretty good range. You’ll be able to close this airflow down nice and tight, if you’re one of those really picky MTL vapers. The top-fill is also great, which is very nice considering the tiny size of its juice reservoir. You’re going to be refilling this a lot, so it’s super convenient to have an easy system in place.
The battery is also the opposite of the juice capacity – it’s massive. With 750mAh, your battery is easily going to last you all day, especially if you’re using anything other than the maximum setting. If you’re vaping on lower settings with high nicotine content, you’ve got an all-day device for sure.
The flavor is also really nice, although reviewers were unable to report on the quality of the mesh coil, as it was not included. The drip tip is comfortable, as well, and perfectly suited to MTL vaping. Finally, you get adjustable voltage and good battery feedback. Can’t beat that list of features in this form factor!
As always, the most pressing question: Who is this device for? Simply put, this device is for beginners. If you’re the kind of vaper who enjoys versatility and customization, you may find the Pal Stick to be a bit sorely lacking. On the other hand, if you’re considering making the switch from cigarettes or have recently done so, the Pal Stick is absolutely perfect. You get a very cigarette-like experience with maximum convenience and simplicity. Make the switch!