2019: A hardware year in review
Vapouround’s Benedict Jones takes a look back at some of the products that caught his eye over the past 12 months
Without any doubt I can say that 2019 has seen the release of far too many good vaping products to count. The hardware market is now ferociously competitive and for consumers, this is fantastic because the majority of off the shelf products now perform fantastically.
Here – in no particular order – are ten of my favourites, covering a wide range of different vape products.
Re-fillable Pod System – Uwell Caliburn
Uwell are best known for their enthusiast products, so it was a surprise when they dropped the Caliburn earlier this year. To the delight of veteran vapers and new users though, it provides one of the best pod experiences available, with fantastic flavour production and coils that can easily run through 30ml of nicotine salt e-liquid before needing to be replaced. Perhaps the ultimate basic pod.
AIO System – Smok Nord
In many ways 2019 has been the year of the AIO and the Smok Nord has surely been the most popular of the lot. With a stealthy form factor, solid coils and good battery life, this device has cemented itself as the ideal step up from a more basic pod system.
Advanced AIO System – Aspire Mulus
Aspire have been one of the leading manufactures for years and the Mulus is a great example of why. It has a pocket-friendly design, accepts external 18650 batteries, features full wattage control and is compatible with Aspire’s Nautilus and Tigon coil fittings, some of the most reliable and widely available.
MTL Tank – Innokin Zlide
Many vapers started off with Innokin products and they still remain focused on newcomers to this day. The Zlide is one of the best stock coil MTL tanks on the market, with a wide range of flavourful coil options that should cater to just about any vaper who wishes to use higher strength e-liquids with a tighter draw.
Subohm Tank – Horizon Vape Distro Raptor
Horizon Vape Distro and EHPro teamed up earlier in the year for the Raptor tank and in our view, it’s still the top dog when it comes to flavour performance from stock coils. The minimalistic looks, fantastic coil longevity and Falcon compatibility all make for a tank that performs consistently with zero fuss.
MTL RTA – Svoemesto Kayfun Lite 2019
German manufacturers Svoemesto have ruled the roost of the high-end atomiser market for many years now and the Kayfun Lite 2019 is arguably their best product to date. With incredible flavour production, an easy build deck and an ultra-smooth draw, this is the pinnacle of mouth to lung vaping at the time of writing.
Dual Coil RTA – Dovpo Blotto
Vaping Bogan and Dovpo teamed up to make the Blotto and we’re very glad they did. Its innovative airflow design creates a super smooth draw with incredible flavour and the post-less deck design is quite straightforward to build. Throw in some Vaping Bogan aesthetics and you’ve got a top tier RTA.
Dual Battery Mod – Vaporesso Gen
Vaporesso has become one of the best loved brands in vaping and the Gen is a great example of why. It was the first device to feature their new Axon chip, which manages to compete with and even surpass some high end chips, for a much more affordable price. Pair that with nice build quality, a scratch resistant finish and minimalist looks and you’ve got yourself a winner
Rugged Mod – Geekvape Aegis X
Geekvape’s Aegis line has been their most successful project to date and the Aegis X is the newest full sized device. It has the same shock-proof, water-proof and frankly life-proof design that we’ve come to know and love, with the addition of a massive colour screen, which makes navigating the menus a little easier and somehow doesn’t impact battery life. One for the clumsy vapers.
Squonk Mod – Hippovape Kudos
Hippovape are newcomers to the vaping industry and the Kudos 80W was released with little fanfare. At first. It quickly became apparent that this is one of the best mods of the year. It’s certainly the smallest regulated squonker ever made and still manages to boast a convenient side fill system, great build quality and classy looks. For the frugal vapers, it’s also priced rather affordably.