Let’s talk about simplicity and convenience. This is a tiny device that packs a 500mAh battery, which is nice for a pod system, and a 2mL e-liquid reservoir. So far, so good, I think. What I am going to do with this review is: first open the box, fill up the pod with juice, and take it for a whirl. I will give you my first impression, thoughts, concerns, complaints, and cynical histrionics from my part – because, why not?
Anyways, aside from that, I have also consulted other professionals for a gathering of thoughts. I have collected this list into a pros and cons list to provide you with a bird’s eye view of what’s good and bad about the KangerTech Gem Pod System. I’m just trying to keep it unbiased over here, you feel me? Hopefully, this glooping collection of thoughts can help you make a choice whether or not to purchase this pod system.
Now, let’s move on and place this little guy under the microscope and see how it fares under scrutiny:
- Dimensions: 32 x 14 x 80mm
- e-Liquid Capacity: 2mL
- Built-in 500mAh Rechargeable Battery
- 1.2ohm Ceramic Coil Resistance
- LED Battery Charge Indicator
- Terrific and impressive build quality for a pod system
- Great coils for the price
- Everything looks sleek and nice
- Great flavor from the coils and the mouthpiece feels good, too.
- Good with nicotine salts
- No spare pod included is a huge con - should always come with two pods.
- Vapor is too much on the loose side – wishes it were more restricted
- Lacks a bit of a thump in wattage – draw feels somewhat weak
- The pod comes off easily
- Good quality construction and aesthetics
- The coil provides good flavor for 1.2ohm
- Decent battery life for a pod system of this type – continuous use didn’t run it out
- Lack of a spare pod or cartridge is always a con
- Simple design and loves the form factor and ergonomics
- Decent flavor and cloud production
- Good with salt nic e-liquids
- The price point is convenient and worthy
- Airflow can be improved
As I unpack this bad boy, I don’t see a spare coil or pod included with the kit. Bad news, Kangertech. That is unacceptable and lame. You suck. Okay, I’m getting ahead of myself here, let’s move on with the rest of the review.
The airflow is too loose; there is too much air. A tight MTL would be more appropriate for this coil.
The rest of the stuff is typical to pod systems - the LED battery light, the side-fill hole, etc. There’s nothing innovative about those little details and unworthy to get into describing them. The good part about that is that they’re doing exactly what they were designed to do. No complaints there! No leaking either, which is fantastic.
500mAh for a device like this is a lot of power, which means you can vape for a while before needing a recharge. I’ve been chugging vapor non-stop and it’s going strong. Huge pro on that front! I don’t mind the mouthpiece. Each draw feels pleasant, I must say.
An issue brought up by reviewer Mike Vapes is the lack of spare coil. He mentions how likely the possibility of receiving a faulty pod can ruin the entire experience. Considering KangerTech is in China, ordering a spare pod would take days. if not weeks, and by then he’d probably move on to a different kit. I wholeheartedly agree
The price point is around $20, and it delivers everything that it promises to deliver. We all hate those kits that have all these bells and whistles but leave you wanting more. At least this one does exactly what it says – and perhaps a little more.
For some, the pod was difficult to pull out, but for others it came off easily, turning into a complaint in their review.
Before I conclude my opinions on this pod system, let’s go over the pros and cons gathered from other experts. I am trying to collect an unbiased gathering of thoughts for you to pick on - much like picking on everybody’s brain at once.
Starting with the negative comments, the lack of spare pod was a common, consistent complaint across the board (including myself, as you’ve already heard several of my complaints). This is a big issue because it demonstrates the lack of awareness to customer’s expectations. When you wreck a basic expectation like that, it kind of taints the rest of the experience. Maybe I’m just being dramatic, but it doesn’t seem that way after hearing the other reviewers share their thoughts.
Another comment was more of a desire than a complaint. The desire was to reach a tighter draw instead of the looseness of what the Gem gives. Personally, I enjoyed the airflow as it was, but I agree that a slight restriction could make it better.
Mike Vapes complained about a lack of “thump.” Other reviewers mentioned this as well, referring to a certain lack of wattage power. I think for a pod system the device performed just fine.
There is some disagreement across the board regarding the pods. I’m talking about the fit. Some complained it came off too easily, some complained that it would feel stuck and require too much force to pull out. Maybe it’s an inconsistency on the manufacturing side, but that’s KangerTech’s problem to fix ASAP.
Overall, this pod system received passing grades. Nobody had the biggest complaints, and none of the complaints were necessarily deal-breakers. I’d say, if you enjoy pod systems this is a decent addition to your collection. If you’re looking for innovation, perhaps you should skip this.