KangerTech UBoat Pod System Review
Greetings, vaper. We’re back with another vape review. Today, we will review another pod system – the KangerTech UBoat. Since 2018, this nifty little thing has been stirring things up amongst those who prefer the cigalike style of vaping. I’ve heard commentary on its efficacy as a cigarette-replacement type of product.
It may all be bullshit because it sounds too good to be true. There’s only one way to find out. I will open the box, take the pod system for a trip to the Bahamasc, and I will give you my honest thoughts, concerns, complaints, and cynical commentary, etc. This is touted as ideal for those aiming for discreet vaping as well. So, if you want to go stealth, keep on reading.
Also, the design provides a “submarine” style aesthetic, but, in my opinion, it looks more aerodynamic than aquatic. Boasting 2mL e-liquid reservoir, 1.5ohm ceramic coil, and a rechargeable 550mAh, this pod kit may actually live up to the hype. I will also consult the reviews of other experts and gather a collection of pros and cons for you to peek at. This way, you can take a broader look at what the UBoat has to offer.
But first, let’s break it down and review each spec and feature:
- Dimensions: 61 x 22 x 15mm
- Juice Capacity: 2.0mL
- Battery: Integrated 550mAh Rechargeable Battery
- Maximum Output Voltage: 3.7V
- Resistance: 1.5ohm Ceramic Coil
- Draw-Activated Firing Mechanism
- Refillable Cartridge w/ Plug Seal
- Replaceable Cartridge Design - Two-Piece
- Submarine Design Concept
- Specialized MicroUSB Charging Port
- Very cool looking – submarine shaped
- Very cheap for only $15 and 3 pack of refillable pods for cheap, too
- Simple pod system and user-friendly
- Filling hole is big enough for drippers
- Decent pull and good with nic salts
- No extra pods
- Proprietary charger instead of microUSB – if you lose it, you’re screwed
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- Ideal for those who’re trying to quit smoking
- User-friendly design
- Typical and useful LED displays battery charging levels
- Airflow is decent
- Proprietary charging cable is a terrible idea and alienating
- Can’t see the e-liquid, you have to hold it against the light
- The plug is annoying
- Looks pretty cool
- Very nice mouth to lung
- Device charges quickly and comes charged from the box
- Very user-friendly and draw-activated mechanism
- Ideal for former smokers switching to an easier alternative
- It’s super cheap - only $15 for the entire kit
- Ceramic coils take some time to break in but when they do, the flavor is amazing
- Very pleasant pull and mouth piece tapers off which makes it very comfortable to vape
- You get a specific charging cable which means you can’t use other USB
- To refill you must remove a little plug that isn’t attached and could get easily lost
- No way to see what amount of e-liquid you have left
Review & Final Thoughts:
Let’s crack this open. The case is generic, and you get no spare pods. Boo! Anyways, from the moment I open the box, I can see that this is going to be user-friendly – no bells, nor whistles.
The device feels amazing when I hold it. If I hold it like a cigarette, it sits between my fingers like it was born there. There’s really not much to say about this. Once you open it, it’s ready for use. The pod is dark and there is no way for you to see your e-liquid, which sucks. Also, the refilling method is atrocious. You must remove the little plastic plug, and it’s attached to nothing. What if you drop it? At least the filling hole is huge and doesn’t leak much.
In typical pod system fashion, it’s draw-activated and it boasts an LED light on the bottom that indicates battery levels. I filled my pod with Go Nanas by Naked 100 e-liquid and let it prime for about 15 minutes. As I take a deep pull, I encounter pleasant billows of vapor – a proper mouth to lung experience. I can’t do nic salt review on this, unfortunately, since I’ve quit nicotine and am stuck with 0mgs. Okay, I’m chain-vaping this and despite its drawbacks, I’m enjoying the experience. There’s nothing else I could say about this.
But let’s move forward by going over our experts’ opinions and summarize what they had to tell about the KangerTech UBoat Pod System. Starting with the biggest con - the shitty proprietary charging cable. Nobody liked this, NOBODY. What was KangerTech thinking? A huge con across the board. Another crappy design choice was the refilling method. While the filling hole is huge and convenient, the plug that … well, plugs it, is not attached to the device. Reviewer Zophie Vapes dropped it in the middle of the review and when she brought it back up to the camera, it had dust and dirt on it.
More cons and nitpicks: the lack of a spare pod is one. The inability to see your e-liquid through the pod. Apparently, it’s supposedly dark so the sun doesn’t ruin the e-liquid. C’mon, now. After hearing all this bad commentary, you may want to jump ship. But hold on, buckwheat, it ain’t over. Reviewers seemed to adore this device despite its drawbacks. True love is about accepting flaws, after all.
The pros: All reviewers praised the device as user-friendly and cool-looking. They also complimented the delicious draw provided by the ceramic coils, and the delicious hit from salt nic juices. KangerTech sent it fully charged, so when you open the box, it’s ready to roll some vapor. It also provides a nice mouth-to-lung experience with a draw-activated mechanism, making it extremely easy to operate and enjoy. The biggest pro is the price.
All in all, all reviewers loved it. I did, too (for the most part). If you’re switching from cigarettes and are looking for the simplest, cheapest, easiest, tastiest solution, this is it. This is the stuff to get.