UWell Caliburn G versus Smok Novo X

They are the linear descendants of two of the best selling refillable vape pods of all-time. The Smok Novo X and UWell Caliburn G retain the ease of use and mouth to lung style of their predecessors. The improvements they offer are relatively incremental, as is to be expected in a vape pod kit where compact size, flavor and MTL draw, rather than pure power and technology, are the primary selling points.

Vapor4Life offers adult vapers a wide selection of refillable vape pod kits, so that you can always find a perfect fit. The Caliburn, Caliburn G, Smok Novo 2 and others are all great devices. But they have enough differences where it makes sense to give the customer the opportunity to find the vape pod kit that is right for you.

Just as important as the device is what you fill up your vape pod kit with. While the Caliburn G and Novo X have enough power and big enough coils to handle higher-VG, lower nicotine eliquids, they of course are designed for vaping nic salt eliquids.

Smok Novo X versus Uwell Caliburn G

Comparison Smok Novo X Uwell Caliburn G
Dimensions 92mm x 26.5mm x 16.5mm 108mm x 22.5mm x 12.6mm
Weight 50.2g 60g
Ejuice Capacity 2ml 2ml
Battery 800mAh 690mAh
Output 25W 18W
Coils 0.8ohm 0.8ohm

We have previously reviewed both devices. In our Uwell Caliburn G Review, we found a device worthy of the Caliburn name. The Caliburn had long been one of the most highly regarded vape pod kits. It retains the sleek shape, dual firing (it functions as an autodraw and a button fire), and amazing flavor of its legendary predecessor.

The Smok Novo X is in fact the third itineration of the Smok Novo. In our comparison between of the Smok Novo 2 versus the Smok Novo X, we found the Smok Novo X provided useful upgrades while retaining the extreme user friendliness of the original Smok Novo.

Unlike previous Novos, and the Caliburn, it actually has an OLED screen and wattage can be adjusted. The Novo 2 is the slightly more powerful device, with a peak output of 25W versus 18W for the Caliburn. It also has a bigger battery, 800mAh versus 690mAh, and is a noticeably shorter device. 

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In terms of flavor, both the Caliburn G and Novo X excel. They generate warm and smooth hits when used with nic salts, although they are notably more powerful and have lower resistance coils than their predecessors. As a result, I stuck to 2.5 nic salts when using these excellent MTL vapes.

Smok Novo X

Smok Novo X

There are several reasons to choose the Smok Novo X over the Caliburn. On paper, it is the more powerful device and has more flexibility with the OLED interface. It is also the smaller and lighter. Unfortunately, the Novo X is not backwards compatible with the Novo 2 and Novo. The coil and pods are both visually larger. While not a subohm cloud chucker, this vape pod does have excellent vapor production. And unlike the Novo 2 and especially the Novo, the larger coil handles freebase eliquids with aplomb.

Uwell Caliburn G

There is also a case to be made for the Uwell Caliburn G. While it is subjective, the warm vapor seemed to have slightly more distinct flavors. While I have not had it as my daily driver for long, the original Uwell Caliburn had extraordinarily long lasting coils. The Uwell Caliburn G has thus far continued this trend. Not that the Novo X pods are short lived, but Uwell has a track record of giving their coils serious endurance. I also find the Caliburn G to be the much easier device to fill, as my ham hands are not always that adept at flipping up the stopper on Smok products. No small deal if you are vaping and refilling on the go.

The Caliburn also relies on swappable coils, making it a bit of an AIO (all-in-one) device. The ecologist in me prefers to avoid the waste of pitching pods, as my bucket of half dead old Novo 2 coils can attest I have problems letting go unless they are completely spent.

While the Caliburn is the longer device, it feels super light. And the dual mode interface is beautiful. It may be one of the best button fired vape pod kits on the market but it also crushes it as an autodraw vape pod kit. Like the Smok Novo X, the bigger coil and added power make this a much more effective conduit of higher-VG, lower nicotine eliquids. The button fire is particularly well suited for this more direct-to-lung style vaping. The Caliburn G also offers a useful power upgrade over the original UWell Caliburn, with the wattage bumped from 11 to 18W. 

Final Thoughts

Overall, there are more similarities than differences when it comes to the user experience. The Novo is the more modern looking and smaller device. Both use 0.8ohm mesh coils and these are significantly larger than the coils found in the original Novo X, Novo and Caliburn. The Novo has a bit more horsepower, useful for freebase nicotine eliquids, but the button fire on the Caliburn is great for DTL vaping.

I thought the Caliburn G might deliver a pinch more flavor and the Novo X kicked out a bit steam. But at the end of the day it comes down to personal preference and you can’t really go wrong with either.