Review: Vapeccino Mate1
Upon first glance, the Vapeccino Mate1 seems to take a lot of inspiration from the progenitor of the ultra-portable form factor: The Juul. On closer inspection though, it features a more avant-garde design compared to the sleek yet spartan aesthetics of the Juul. The slightly angular front and mouthpiece definitely help break up the dull and flat look the Juul uses while still retaining the same size and overall shape distinct to this category of electronic cigarette.
Another big step up when it comes to design is the viewing window used. The PETG pod is inserted into the aluminum chassis of the Vapeccino Mate1 with three cutouts allowing for easy gauging on the remaining e-liquid left in the pod. The Juul in comparison uses a much smaller window which made it difficult sometimes to tell if the pod required replacement so seeing Vapeccino address this is always a good sign.
The Vapeccino Mate1 also utilizes a refillable pod design which isn’t only more economical for the vaper who likes to vape their own liquid, but better for the environment as well compared to the disposable pods used by the Juul that were only good for a single tank’s worth of e-liquid. Silicone plugs are used to keep the e-liquid from spilling out and they do a good job of preventing unwanted leaks.
Another area where the Vapeccino Mate1 excels is the charging method. Unlike the Juul that used a proprietary charging port that could only be purchased from Pax themselves, The Mate1 uses a non-proprietary USB port so losing the included charging cable shouldn’t be a big deal as it can be easily replaced.
The Vapeccino Mate1 distinguishes itself from the rest of the pack by its unique ability to vape in direct lung or mouth to long mode depending on the coil head used. While there’s only a marginal change made in terms of airflow and overall output between the two (the DL coil is rated at 1.0 ohm while the MTL coil is rated at 1.5 ohms), its enough of a difference to give newcomers to vaping a taste of each vaping style.
Each of these included coil heads uses a side-to-bottom airflow to create the most efficient pathway for air to hit the coils, resulting in lots of flavor and vapor production, or enough to eke out the Pax Juul in terms of performance at least. If you’re expecting box mod clouds out of this little thing you might be more than a little disappointed, to say the least.
Due to the relatively lower output of the Vapeccino Mate1, the kit works best when used in tandem with high concentration e-liquids or salt based e-liquid solutions to get the optimal vaping experience that doesn’t feel lacking when it comes to throat hit.
Like every device in its size category, the Vapeccino Mate1 fires at a fixed output which tapers down as the internal battery is depleted. Variable wattage isn’t an option here, much less temperature control, pre-heat, and adjustable TCR values. The lack of ability to directly control the power output means that you’re mostly dependent on the installed coil head as well as the concentration of the e-liquid to recreate your preferred vaping strength so a little trial and error might be a requirement in order to find your own personal sweet spot.
The Vapeccino Mate1 doesn’t skimp on safety either as it comes built-in with a host of protective safety features aimed to make each vaping session as safe as possible especially for even the most casual user. Overvoltage and overload protections are in place to make charging as hassle-free as possible, while an 8-second cut-off and automatic shutdown is used to keep the user from potentially misusing the device to the point it gets damaged.
Ease of Use
A unique feature of the Vapeccino Mate1 is the intelligent vibration which acts as a tactile indicator of the device’s status. The mod vibrates once to indicate that a new coil head/atomizer is properly inserted, vibrates twice when the battery is below 15% and vibrates three times to warn you when the coil head is inserted incorrectly or in the wrong orientation. Aside from that the mod also makes use of a handy LED indicator to give you a good approximate of the remaining battery life.
The Vapeccino Mate1 uses a draw activated firing system which basically means that there’s no need to press any buttons in order to operate it. Simply take a puff and the Vapeccino Mate1 automatically fires. Refilling the 1.5ml pod is quick and easy as well thanks to the large filling holes that fit pretty much any e-liquid bottle your favorite flavor might come in.[ /column]
This is where the Vapeccino Mate1 truly shines. Battery life on this thing is pretty impressive which is in no small part thanks to the 410mAh integrated battery. That’s over twice the battery size of the Juul and how they managed to fit such a thing into the mods tiny 110mm x 20.5mm x 10.25mm chassis is beyond me.
The Mate1 is also able to fully charge in just under 25 minutes which is already impressive by itself, but pairing that with the standard USB port for even easier charging pretty much seals the deal in this regard. Vapeccino has gone on record stating that a full charge lasts for around 165 puffs before requiring topping up, and based on my experience with the kit, that’s more or less accurate, although there is a certain margin of consideration when it comes to how long each puff actually is.
If you currently own a Juul and are hankering for an upgrade or are totally new to vaping and looking for a device that will give you that familiar feeling without much of the added weight, bulk, or complexity in daily usage, the Vapeccino Mate1 is one of the most ideal kits you could pick up right now.
The multiple coil options, great battery life, and excellent build quality make it one of the better ultraportable vapes currently in the market. Not to mention that you’ll have full freedom to use any e-liquid you desire without being constrained to a small selection of pre-filled pods.