Pocket-sized pal is the best vape pen money can buy. Where the average cartridge-based vaporiser uses sealed factory-filled pods that you throw in the bin when empty, this one uses refillable magnetic 2ml cartridges that can be used for at least ten refills before they need replacing. This opens up a whole new world of e-liquid flavours and VG/PG mixes that conventional sealed cartridge-based systems simply cannot match. The Osmall comes with just one empty cartridge but they’re readily available to buy online at around £5 a pair. All you have to do is buy an e-liquid of your choice and fill the cartridge via its redesigned side-mounted filling port.
Despite the body being made of cheap ribbed plastic rather than the much nicer smooth metal used in construction of the Renova Zero (reviewed below), the Osmall nabs our new number one spot because it’s pod-filling system is better designed and less messy to fill. Where the Renova Zero had to be filled via a plastic bottle with a special spout, this model can accept pretty much any third-party e-liquid bottle and that means not having to decant your favourite e-liquid first. Available in a range of eight rather dull colours and measuring just 8cm x 3cm, the budget-priced Osmall is an absolute cinch to use – since there are no on/off or draw activation buttons on board, you simply put lips to the mouthpiece and draw, baby, draw. If you’re in the market for a discreet but extremely simple vaporiser that delivers a constantly smooth hit replete with mammoth amounts of vapour (really, this thing rocks on the plume front), then look no further than this little pocket titan. And if you’re on the lookout for a decent e-liquid to fill it with, mosey on over to our e-liquid guide and nab yourself some new tantalising flavours. If you find that e-liquid vaporisers ultimately fail to emulate both the taste and experience of real cigarettes, then consider this excellent tobacco-heating alternative from Marlboro man, Philip Morris. The new, much improved IQOS 3 Duo (and its stablemate, IQOS 3 Multi), uses proprietary HEETS (tobacco sticks that resemble filtered cigarettes in all but length). These specially formulated mini Marlboros are pushed, filter up, into a small handheld battery unit that heats the tobacco to 350 degrees – real cigarettes burn at around 800 degrees. To ‘smoke’ a HEETS, you simply put filter tip to lips and draw. The effect is remarkably similar to that of a traditional cigarette: it produces roughly the same amount of smoke (in this instance a quick dissolving vapour) and provides the exact same nicotine grip in the throat.
Similarly, taste, sensation and satisfaction levels are all much closer to that of a conventional cigarette. Granted, it’s not precisely the same taste and smell but nothing else on this page comes as close to replicating the genuine experience. Another point in its favour is that the system can’t leak like most e-liquid vaporisers seem to do. You should get about 15 puffs or six minutes out of each HEETS stick before the heating element turns off and the unit emits a warning buzz. While the system does initially leave a faint tobacco smell in the air, it soon evaporates and leaves no smell on your clothes. The IQOS 3 Duo has to be used with the provided pocket charger to function correctly: whenever you’ve finished puffing, simply drop the mouth unit into the charger and it’ll be topped up in about four minutes. The great thing about this particular model is that it allows two consecutive puffing sessions on a single charge – good news for those who need two lots of nicotine hits in a row. By contrast, the Duo’s stablemate, IQOS 3 Multi, comes as a complete all-in-one package comprised of the HEET holder with built-in charger. This means it can be used multiple times – around ten puffing sessions according to IQOS – before requiring a top up via any USB charging device. As to which model is best, the IQOS 3 Duo’s charger is 1cm shorter and twice the width of the IQOS 3 Multi, though its HEETS holder is much smaller (nearly 3cm shorter and half the width of the Multi), more tactile and much more discreet. Both the Duo and Multi can also be customised with a range of different coloured and textured body shells. If you’re trying to give up cigarettes then this system is an excellent alternative but we wouldn’t advise using it if you’ve never smoked before because the jury’s still out on how much safer the system is than regular cigarettes. According to independent research carried out on behalf of Philip Morris, the IQOS system reduces the harm and risk of tobacco smoking. However, the US Food and Drug Administration declared that this claim could not be made in US advertising, although it did agree that ‘heat-not-burn’ cigarettes reduce a smoker’s exposure to harmful chemicals, carbon monoxide and tar. HEETS retail at £5 a pack (much cheaper than cigarettes) and are available in five Marlboro-esque tobacco flavours: Amber, Yellow, Sienna, Turquoise and Blue. Amber is the nearest to a red Marlboro cigarette and has the most agreeable taste and smell while Yellow and Sienna have a stronger hit and a more intense flavour. Turquoise and Blue are both equivalent to a Marlboro Green (menthol) and taste very similar. HEETS are available direct from IQOS and some major supermarkets like Sainsbury’s. Since HEETS aren’t classified as cigarettes, they are not affected by the forthcoming European menthol cigarette ban. So if, as a menthol cigarette smoker, you’re worried about how you’ll survive, consider the IQOS system and use either the Turquoise or Blue flavour, or a vaporiser with a menthol flavour – there are literally loads of them about. KandyPens Special K Extra oil tank USB charger Carrying case. Compatibility : The Special K is compatible with liquid extracts and pre-filled CBD and THC oil cartridges. If you’re interested in a similarly priced vaporizer for dry herbs, then you can check out the KandyPens K-Vape Pro instead. General Design : The Special K is one of those vape pens that looks just like a pen, and a rather high-end one at that. So, you can stick in your front pocket and look all dapper, and no one will be the wiser. The Special K uses a 510 connection, so you just need to screw in the tank you plan to use with it and you’re good to go. The casing that encloses the oil tank has a little slit that allows you to monitor the level of oil in the tank. So you don’t need to remove the whole thing if you need to know how much oil you have left.
My only issue with this vape pen’s use of 510 connections for everything is that the USB charger uses it too. This means that pass through vaping is impossible, plus having to screw the Special K into a charger takes longer than attaching a regular USB cable would. Portability : The Special K has the proportions of a pen, which means that it also has the portability of a pen. So it can easily fit into any pocket when you need to take it with you. Using it on the go—or at home—is pretty simple too since you just need to pop the cap off to get going. You’ll need to fill and/or attach the tank beforehand of course, but that is your only worry when transporting the Special K.
Unscrew the pen cap from the casing and then unscrew the casing from the battery. Attach a refillable or pre-filled tank to the 510 threads. (Optional) Replace the casing so that it conceals the tank.