I can’t believe I’m typing this, but it’s been a while since we reviewed a standard, no-frills pod mod! (No, we weren’t exactly BEGGING for one, but still…) The latest entrant in this saturated market? The all-new Uwell Caliburn G 18-watt pod mod.
Look, if you’re seeking a life-changing, world-beating vape mod, you probably don’t have to read any further. But if you’re seeking a new traditional pod mod to stick in your front pocket for occasional use, check out some of the details and we’ll see you after the jump.
Discover the new Uwell CALIBURN G 15W Pod System, featuring a 690mAh battery, adjustable airflow system, and holds up to 2mL of eJuice or nicotine salts. Constructed from durable zinc-alloy, the chassis of the Caliburn G is resistant to light falls and drops. Encasing a long-lasting integrated 690mAh battery, the CALIBURN G can deliver an all-day vape, outputting up to 18W of power. At the top is a magnetically attached 2mL refillable pod equipped with a leak proof top fill system, accommodating either nicotine salts or freebase eJuice. Operating off a dual firing system, the Uwell Caliburn G can fire using the single intuitive firing button or a useful draw-activated firing system, offering users more flexibility. In addition, the quick charge bottom Type-C USB Port will reduce the time spent charging, for plenty of full bodied vapor and flavor.
Uwell CALIBURN G 18W Pod System Features:
- Dimensions – 108.3mm by 22.5mm by 12.6mm
- Integrated 690mAh Rechargeable Battery
- Wattage Output: 18W
- 2 Different Airflow – MTL & DTL
- Zinc-Alloy Chassis Construction
- Intuitive Firing Button – Dual Firing System
- Draw-Activated Firing Mechanism
- 2mL Pod Capacity
- Top Fill System – Mouthpiece Fill Cap
- Uwell Caliburn G Coil Series
- 8ohm UN2-Meshed-H Coil
- Press Fit Coil Installation
- Magnetic Pod Connection
- Type-C Port
- Available in Rosy Brown, Green, Grey, Red, Black, Blue
Uwell CALIBURN G Includes:
- Uwell Caliburn G Kit
- Caliburn Pod Cartridge
- 2x – 0.8ohm UN2-Meshed-H Coil
- USB Type-C Cable
- User Manual
Uwell Caliburn G Replacement Pods
Uwell Caliburn G Replacement Coils
Aesthetics of the Uwell Caliburn G
Aimed squarely at mouth-to-lung vapers the Caliburn G includes a pair of 0.8-ohm UN2-Meshed-H coils and a 690mAh battery that should give steady users a good number of draws per charge.
Underneath this ridiculously slim hood is a proprietary chipset, which is optimized for the Caliburn G’s capabilities, and fires instantly when the user draws. In short, the puff quality should remain consistent from first puff to last. That said, the mod definitely maintained a good level of restricted lung performance during our testing period.
That said, despite having both draw- and button activated operation, most users will want to stick with the button option, since the draw activation performance is far slower and less effective. New vapers may struggle a bit, but experienced users will see better ramp-up time.
The durable chassis is built from the same zinc alloy Uwell used on previous editions of the Caliburn, but the more-slender frame size means it’s not quite as rugged as larger devices. While a few dings aren’t going to affect the Caliburn G’s performance, I would be a little extra careful about stepping on it or even sitting on it at the wrong angle.
Finally, one of my only complaints about the Caliburn G’s look/feel is a regular complaint — the LED light system to indicate battery level and other notifications. I’ve never liked these setups, but this one is particularly weak, with dim lights and unclear readouts.
As I’ve said countless times before, there has to be a better way to convey this information without overdoing the pod mod design. Solitary LED lights aren’t enough.
Vaping the Uwell Caliburn G
I used nic salt liquids exclusively with the Caliburn G and was rewarded with some deep, sharp flavors and throat hit. Even with the sub-ohm coils, the draw is definitely an MTL pull, and trying to direct lung vape this mod will only lead to a very bad experience. But when used like a cigarette, the Caliburn G provides an authentic sensation, with some surprisingly ample vapor quality.
The pods themselves also need to be mentioned. While 2mL capacities don’t really excite many people these days, you really couldn’t expect more from a mod this size. So, yes, you’ll probably be filling more than you would with more reasonably sized pod mods, but these cartridges have each lasted me several weeks, which is notably more than competing products.
Battery life is just okay, but given the size, I’m not surprised the Caliburn G didn’t last all day. I’m not sure how they crammed a 690mAh battery into this diminutive frame, but they did it, and without any excess heat, even after heavy use. This was a concern we all had when first seeing the mod, and are thrilled to report that it’s not an issue with the Caliburn G.
So, don’t expect all-day vaping on a single charge, but the chipset seems fairly efficient, and should get you through most of a workday without having to plug in the USB-C charger. Of course, once you do recharge, it takes less than one hour to go from empty to full.
Pros of the CALIBURN G :
– Strong flavor clarity
– Immediate button-activated draws
– Strong pod durability
Cons CALIBURN G :
– Sub-par draw activation
– 2mL isn’t enough juice capacity
– LED light indicators are done. Let’s move on.
Overall, we liked the Uwell Caliburn G pod mod system. While the excessively small frame and limited juice capacity didn’t excite us, we were won over by the strong flavor and vape quality. If this size appeals to you, give the Caliburn G a look.