How much further can vape companies go with the never-ending pod mod trend? The star of today’s show – the Sigelei GLORI Pod Mod Kit – certainly fits the bill for ex-smokers. But does the world really need another draw-activated, low-wattage device? I don’t know.
Is “satisfying” enough to compete in a crowded pod mod marketplace? Jury’s out. Because, while the GLORI does what it intends to, there are so many other (and better) options out there – even at this user-friendly price point.
Let’s dive in and take a closer look at the Sigelei GLORI pod mod kit, to see if it’s the right device for you.
Shop the new Sigelei GLORI Pod System, a set of 1.2ohm integrated coil pods, featuring a 2mL refillable pod capacity, LED Battery Life Indicator Light, and can be paired with the NIII Pods to create delicious clouds of vapor that will tantalize the taste buds. Equipped with a dedicated airflow inlet, the GLORI Pod System can achieve a maximum wattage of up to 10W. Refillable via a top fill system, the Sigelei GLORI can hold up to 2mL of your favorite eJuice, vaporizing it within the integrated 1.2ohm coil. Constructed from lightweight aircraft grade aluminium, the chassis of the Sigelei Glori is incredibly lightweight and can withstand light to moderate falls and drops that would incapacitate lesser pod systems. Featuring a draw-activated firing system, the Sigelei GLORI Starter Kit eliminates the need for buttons while the pod is held in via magnetic connection with haptic feedback.
Sigelei GLORI Pod System Features:
- Dimensions – 110mm by 20mm by 12mm
- Integrated 450mAh Rechargeable Battery
- Max Wattage Output: 10W
- Coil Resistance: 1.2ohms
- Aluminium Alloy Chassis Construction
- Draw-Activated Firing Mechanism
- LED Battery Life Indicator Light
- 2mL Refillable Pod
- Removable Mouthpiece
- Top Fill System – Silicone Stoppered
- Integrated 1.2ohm Coil
- Cotton Wicking Medium
- Magnetic Pod Connection – Haptic Feedback
- Low Voltage Protection
- Low Resistance Protection
- Short-Circuit Protection
- Overtime Protection
- MicroUSB Port
- Available in Red, Coffee Golden, Gray, and Black
The GLORI Pod Includes:
- GLORI Device
- GLORI Pod
- MicroUSB Cable
- User Manual
- Warranty Card
Aesthetics of the GLORI Pod
It seems like pod mods have settled into a few distinct form factors. On one hand, you have the long, narrow, angular shape that gives users a cigarette-style experience. On the other, you have the oddball flattened shapes, like the Suorin Air. (I’m not counting the Lost Vape-style mini-boxes, which are really just compact AIOs, not pod mods.)
The GLORI falls into the former category, with a fairly stock-looking, angular tube structure, with a solitary LED light to indicate activity and battery power. Simple, unadorned, button-free, stealthy and sleek, the GLORI is what a modern pod mod usually resembles.
The 2mL pods (there are two included in the kit) follow a standard protocol, as well. The Sigelei GLORI instruction manual doesn’t explain anything regarding the types of juices you’d want to use with this pod mod, but there really should be, since high-VG blends aren’t the best option for a satisfying pod mod vape.
The rest of the GLORI is as straightforward as it gets – even by pod system standards. The lightweight body is smoothly produced and comfortable to vape. If anything, it might be a little TOO light, since I forgot it was in my pocket on more than one occasion. If possible, consider keeping it stowed in a shirt pocket, or somewhere just as secure, since I can imagine these snapping in crowded purses, or simply falling out of less-secure places.
Vaping the Sigelei GLORI pod mod kit
As a simplified, plug-and-play setup, there isn’t much to say about the Sigelei GLORI vape experience, except that it works well, while it lasts.
With just 450mAh of onboard battery capacity, the GLORI isn’t looking to be an all-day option for heavy vapers. Instead, this is an ideal transition device for users looking to quit cigarettes, or those who want a stealthy vape on hand, when using a more advanced device isn’t an option.
But, on the flip side of that coin is the ease of use. The draw-activated system is button-free, and operates quickly, with a sensation that will appeal to those craving a traditional smoking experience. On even a light draw, the GLORI ramped quickly and delivered above-average flavor and vapor in each puff.
And light draws are what the GLORI is designed for. Those seeking lung-filling hits might find themselves frustrated. Not only will prolonged draws decimate your battery life, but will also activate the eight-second cutoff protection.
10 Watts Max
Though the GLORI has a 10-watt max output, the device seems to perform best when not being pushed to its limits. When treated as a smoking device, rather than a vape mod, the GLORI performs admirably. Any more than that goes against the intention of the design.
Charging the battery is something you’ll do quite often, since the onboard cell offers less than a few hours of light use. But thankfully, the USB-powered internal cell recharges quickly – in under an hour, even when using a portable power bank.
Flavor is pretty darn good for a tiny pod device. Though this is mostly designed as a snug, MTL draw, heavier vapers might be able to do some restricted lung vaping with the right liquids. And when they do, they might be surprised with how much vapor the GLORI can produce. Again, this isn’t going to make you forget your favorite RDA, but in terms of flavorful nicotine delivery, the GLORI delivered.
Though our initial draws from a freshly filled 2mL pod were strong, in short time I noticed rapid depletion of flavor, and diminished vapor quality. Because most pod vapers aren’t looking to fog a room, I imagine this isn’t a tremendous drawback. But, for users who’ve ever tried to inhale a half-lit cigarette, the diminished performance is noticeable… and frustrating.
Switching flavors seemed to rejuvenate the pod coils a bit, but these experiences were also fleeting. Overall, I got just three days per pod before the experience was no longer enjoyable. Now, keep in mind this was through using the GLORI in a testing scenario, rather than how its target audience will likely put it to work.
- Simple, unadorned design
- True MTL vape quality
- Strong flavor for a pod system
- Weak battery
- Poor pod longevity
- Do we really need ANOTHER device like this?
Reviewing pod systems can be tough, since most of our staff uses (and likely prefers) more-powerful devices, with much more technology behind them. So, consider the above critiques in line with your own vaping habits.
When used as a backup device, a stealth vape, or a first step toward a smoke-free future, the Sigelei GLORI offers flavorful draws, ample vapor (for a pod mod) and easy operation. But so do many other pod mods on the market – making me wonder if the GLORI is even necessary in 2020.
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