Vape Pod Kits
A year ago, the Lost Vape Orion DNA Go and Suorin Air Plus were two of the hottest refillable vape pod kits on the market. They remain popular today despite adhering to totally divergent design philosophies. The DNA Go was the Ferrari of vape pods. With an Evolv DNA Go chip, the Orion supported escribe software and provided the user with the opportunity to customize their vape experience.
In our review of the Lost Vape Orion DNA Go, we loved the replay function and the high quality stainless steel frame. The 40 watt power output remains near the top of the vape pod industry.
The Suorin Air Plus took the opposite approach. It is the picture of simplicity and not much bigger than a small stack of credit cards. Unlike the DNA Go, it was an autodraw device and nearly silent when operating. But it was no slouch in the power department. Churning out 22 watts, it won the head to head battle which pitted the original Suorin Air versus the Suorin Air Plus. What both the DNA Go and Suorin Air Plus lack are swappable coils.
With coils that can be replaced, vape pod kits like the Suorin Reno and Lost Vape Q Pro represent the future of nic salt ejuice vaping. With the federal government banning flavored pods, refillable pods are one of the easiest ways for adult vapers who want to continue to enjoy the flavors that the vast majority prefer. Your other option is a disposable vape. Check out our review of the best disposable vapes, if you want to see the vast selection of options available in that area.
But if your goal is the most cost effective, flexible and high performance method of vaping nic salts, refillable vape pods are the only answer. They can handle nic salts and regular ejuice. Devices like the Smok RPM40 and the Lost Vape Q, the latter being the subject of today’s review, have a half-dozen coils or pods to choose from.
What the Lost Vape Orion DNA Go and Suorin Air Plus had in common was the lack of swappable coils. Other popular vape pod designs, such as the Smok Novo 2 and UWell Caliburn, also lack feature. We have reviewed both, the first in a showdown pitting the Smok Novo 2 versus the Smok Novo and a review of the UWell Caliburn.
Manufacturers are churning out ‘All-In-One” (AIO) pod mods with swappable coils rather than pods with an integrated coil. You now have devices like the Smok Fetch and Smok RPM40, reviewed here, that have seemingly limitless coil options. Both are sold with two pods, one that is compatible with the legacy Smok Nord coils and another that fits the new family of RPM coils.
Lost Vape Orion Q Pro
The Lost Vape Orion DNA Go was a smash hit that immediately spawned less expensive competition that co-opted its unique form factor. The Lost Vape look is simple yet elegant. The pod is easily filled through a huge opening in the pod, which looks a bit like an old fashioned gas can top. The mouthpiece has a built in airflow at the base. The sturdy frame has a carbon fiber or Stabwood panel.
The most notable imitator was the Smok Trinity Alpha, which was dimensionally nearly identical but utilized Smok Nord coils that could be swapped. This gave the Smok product an edge in flexibility, if not in overall performance. We covered the rather logical matchup between the Smok Trinity Alpha and Lost Vape Orion DNA Go here
The Lost Vape Quest, or Q, brand was a response to the cheaper Smok vape pod kit. Invariably referred to as Q and not Quest, this line of vape pods is virtually identical to the DNA Go in appearance. The first generation of Lost Vape Orion Quests gave up a bit in the chipset and power department, with only 17 watts of power versus 40 watts and no DNA Go chip. But the reality was that 17 watts is more than sufficient for most nic salt vapers and the price cut was a huge selling point. And despite the compact size, the 950mAh battery is easily competitive with its direct competitors
The Lost Vape Quest Pro is an evolutionary upgrade over the original Lost Vape Quest. It has five power levels, which doesn’t match the DNA Go’s flexibility but is step in that direction. The Lost Vape Orion Quest Pro has also gotten a big power bump, as it clocks at 24 watts versus the previous 17.
The biggest upgrade of all is compatibility. The Lost Vape Orion Q Pro is compatible with every type of Orion series pod and coil. This includes the pods with built in coils and the coils designed for the Lost Vape Orion DNA Go Plus. Check out the table below for compatibility information.
Vaping the Lost Vape Orion Q Pro is a joy. The 1.0ohm regular hits the same sweet spot that the Smok Novo 2’s comparable pod does and the flavor is tremendous. The adjustable airflow can really ratchet up the restrictiveness of the hit, for those who still obsess over such things in a world where the majority of adult vapers are just looking for great flavor and a satisfying experience.
If you want to crank up the power and throw clouds, the Lost Vape Orion Q Pro can pack a surprising wallop and takes full advantage of the over 40 percent power increase over the original Orion Q. It is compatible with four subohm options: the 0.25ohm Orion Plus DNA Coil, 0.5ohm Orion Plus DNA Coil and the corresponding vape pod for the DNA Go.
With this much flexibility, the Lost Vape Orion Q Pro is a true all-in-one. It really can handle any vape juice you throw at it. With five adjustable power settings and a very taut air flow control ring, its performance can be modified tremendously with a push of a button.
Much like Lost Vape, Suorin has always been a bit of a trailblazer in world of vape pods. From the lozenge shaped Suorin Drop, to the almost alien tech looking Suorin Vagon and card shaped Air and Air Plus, Suorin’s designs have never been cookie cutter.
What Suorin devices have had in common is a lack of swappable coils. The Suorin Reno addresses this issue head on. After it gives up the ghost, the 1.0ohm mesh coil can be removed and replaced. And although small, the size and performance of the mesh coil is a notable upgrade over the Suorin Air Plus.
The device itself is compact and attractive. Even though it is only 3.25 inches in length, an inch wide and barely a quarter inch thick, the Suorin Reno maintains a high quality feel. The metallic alloy on the chassis has decent heft and the pods snap slickly into place.
The charger port is conveniently placed about half way up the side. Depending on how your charger situation is staged, this may be more convenient than the typical location at the base of vape pod. I like to keep my device standing upright when charging, an impossibility with many vape pod kits. The mouthpiece is wide and nicely tapered. It easily and discretely fits in the palm of your hand, although it does not seem to be as incredibly silent as the Novo 2 or Suorin Air Plus.
The battery is 800mAh, very impressive for a device that in some ways resembles a less angular, plus sized Suorin Edge. The Edge only sports a battery of 230mAh.
The pod seems well machined, snapping snuggly into place. The coil is easily inserted and removed. Once the coil is removed, you have some access for cleaning the pod, although it certainly cannot be disassembled like a vape tank. The plastic has a high quality feel, not the cheap plastic toy vibe that some vape pods reek of.
One warning about the Suorin Reno pod. The fill port does not give you a lot of clearance around a typical nic salt bottle nose. Because there is nowhere for the air to escape, you do not want to squeeze the bottle too hard or it can force the juice out of the top of the mouthpiece. Even a millimeter more of clearance would have been appreciated.
The pod has a capacity of 3.0ml of ejuice. The combination of 800mAh battery and 3ml of ejuice should be sufficient to get nic vapers through even the most stressful day. The Suorin Reno has an output of 13 watts, significantly less than both the Lost Vape Orion Q Pro and its stablemate the Suorin Air Plus. It also currently does not have a subohm option such as is provided by the 0.7ohm regular ejuice pod of the Suorin Air Plus
As far performance, the Suorin Reno is quite competitive. It has a fairly wide open draw and generates very nice flavor. The 1.0ohm coil on my tester is still going strong after 3 refills, which is 9ml of ejuice.
Suorin and Lost Vape are now bringing swappable coils to the vape pod fight but the design approaches are totally different. The Q Pro is a significantly more powerful device with far more coil options. The backwards compatibility with previous Lost Vape Orion pods and coils is huge. Even their higher end and more powerful DNA Go devices lack the full range of compatibility provided by the Q Pro.
The 24 watt power of the Lost Vape is also a huge edge if you are inclined to vape regular, freebase nicotine ejuices. The Suorin Reno is a specialist and designed to play one game, vape nic salts or high nic, PG heavy ejuices.
Based on technical merits alone, the Lost Vape Orion Q Pro has a huge edge. But we have learned since 2016 and the fall in the popularity of vape mods, is that most adult vapers are just looking for the easiest to use device that delivers flavor and satisfaction. Many of the bells and whistles that vaping enthuiasts hold dear brook no respect from the typical former smoker who has made the switch, and in fact additional complications are viewed as a bug rather than a feature.
With this reality in mind, the straightforward and solid Suorin Reno may be more attuned to what the average vaper is looking for.