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Uwell Havok

Introduction

How would you design your perfect pod system?

I’d go for MTL only, autodraw, minimalist aesthetics and closed pods – the Havok is exactly the opposite of that, but I’ll forgive it, because it’s also very good.

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Specs

  • Dimensions – 100mm x 42.9mm x 19.2mm
  • Weight – 101g
  • Pod capacity – 4ml
  • Battery – 1800 mAh
  • Power – 65w

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What’s it like?

Design wise, it’s like a big version of the Smoant Pasito, or Lost Vape Orion, with a diagonal cutout from the allow body, that allows you to see juice levels in the pod.

The 4ml pod has a slide top-fill system that allows you to refill without removing the pod, a slide tab for airflow that doesn’t allow you to adjust airflow without removing the pod, replaceable coils and a non-removable drip-tip.

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Operation

The chipset seems to a bit nicer than the standard pod chipset – while it doesn’t have many fancy functions or modes for you to play with, it fires quickly and does everything I need – I would have liked autodraw though.

As the battery depletes, the device actually displays the true wattage rather than the set wattage, also while the chipset will go up to 65w, it won’t let you exceed the recommended wattage for each coil.

The black and white screen displays battery level, wattage, resistance, voltage, puff time and puff counter.

The buttons are clicky and responsive, however there is slight button rattle if you shake it around, trying to make it rattle.

Coils

  • 0.25ohm mesh – supposedly the 40-45w restricted DTL coil – however, I was more than happy running it at 30-40w, depending on which juice I was using and airflow settings.
  • 0.6ohm mesh – this is the 20-25w more restricted DTL to MTL coil, which again, works just fine at slightly under the recommended wattage.
As with other Uwell products that I’ve tried, both coils give excellent flavor – pod systems nowadays are generally good, but Uwell seems to be a step ahead of most companies when it comes to coil flavor. I really can’t say anything bad about these coils, the flavors are accurate and intense, no matter what juice I use, there are no leaks and they are lasting well – well enough that at the time of me typing this review, they are still giving good flavor with no signs of dying.


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Battery

Obviously this depends very much on your power settings and how frequently you use it, but the Havok’s battery lasts well and performs well even when the levels are getting low.

A full charge took me about 90minutes.

Pod

The actual pod is a mix of mostly good and a little bad, 4ml capacity is great and so is the top-fill system – however it would have made the Havok almost perfect if the drip-tip was removable, for two reasons. Firstly, I want a narrow bore drip-tip for MTL and wider for restricted DTL – also the drip-tip gets in the way when I try to fill the pod from a 100ml bottle -having it removable would resolve that problem.

Airflow

The airflow goes from slightly restricted DTL to very very tight MTL – tighter than I could imagine me ever using – this is an excellent airflow range and while you can’t adjust it as precisely as with on an RTA with an airflow control ring, it’s still much better than on most pod systems that I’ve used.

The only problem that I have with the airflow, is that you have to remove the pod to adjust it, this is made more frustrating by the fact that when you look at the design of the Havok, it seems that it would have been very easy to put a small cutout in the body that would have exposed the airflow control, to allow adjustments without removing the pod.

Aesthetics

I won’t dwell on styling too much, because that’s all down to personal taste, however while I would have preferred the styling if it had no plastic panel or logos/branding on the rear, it looks a little less garish in reality than in pictures.

What I like about the Havok

  • Coils - both of the coils are very good. Great flavor, good lifespan and no leaks.
  • Top-fill - anything that makes my life a little more convenient has to be a good thing.
  • Airflow - full range airflow that really allows you to dial in your desired vaping style.
  • Chipset - nothing fancy, but it works well and there’s nothing more I could ask from in a pod system.
What I don’t like about the Havok

  • Drip-tip a removable drip-tip would have been a really nice feature.
  • Fire button only - I like autodraw on pod systems.
  • Airflow adjustment - removing the pod to adjust the airflow isn’t a huge annoyance, but not having to do it would have been great.
  • Styling - the styling is not to my taste – it’s not terrible and I’ve seen far worse, but I’d still rather have uncomplicated aesthetics.
Conclusion

Testing and reviewing the Havok was strange for me, on the surface it’s exactly what I don’t want from my pod system. The only pod systems that I really enjoy using are tiny, simple and low powered like the ZQ Xtal and Geekvape Wenax K1, for everything else I want an RDA or RTA.

However, sitting at my desk with a selection of RTAs, all wicked up, full of juice and sitting on mods, I find myself reaching for the Havok.

Overall, it’s one of the better pod systems that I’ve tried over the last year or so.

Disclaimer

The Havok was provided for the purposes of this review by the kind people at Sourcemore – if you use the promo code HAVOK you can purchase the Havok for $27.99 rather than the usual price of $45.89
 

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