We haven’t reviewed a Vaptio box mod in a while, but it’s about time we did. The seattle-based company is out with the Vaptio Cosmo vape mod kit and we were excited to try it out. While their past entries have been a little hit and miss, this portable lower wattage device could just be the one that breaks them into a bigger audience. Let’s see if it has what it takes.
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Vaptio has made some really, well, interesting design choices in the past. That’s why we were pleasantly surprised at the smooth and simple approach they took with the Cosmo. It’s a very small box mod, bordering on the pod mod level, and is clearly constructed to fit ergonomically into your hand. The paint they used is of high quality and gives it a welcoming appeal that we appreciated. It comes in five different colours that are all really nice, but we especially liked the rose-golden. The tank that comes with it also matches the design and has splashes of the same colour.
With ergonomics in mind, there’s very little on the smooth casing of the Cosmo. There’s a fire button near the top and under it a wattage setting selector. That’s it. It has a fairly good build, with the nice finish on the outside but a sturdy inside. It’s on the light side due to its size, but it doesn’t feel as if that is the result of any compromises in source materials. The tank feels very much the same, and the two really feel made for each other, making this a real kit rather than just a combination of vaping products.
We always temper our performance expectations with box mods like this. It’s a small device with lower wattage, so we expect it to appeal to beginners only. To start, it certainly does do that with the included 1.6ohm MTL coil and the ability to close off air flow. It really did a great job providing that smoking feel, with only a little vapour exhale but still plenty of flavour. While many other box mods attempt to do this, it felt like Vaptio really got this part down well and should be commended.
Does that mean that DTL vapers are out of luck? That’s generally what we expected, but here we were surprised at just how well it did. Even opening up the airflow for the 1.6ohm coil did a lot, but swapping it for the 0.7ohm DTL coil worked wonders. With that on and a full airflow, we were able to see some really nice clouds of vapour. Nothing you would compare to a more powerful vape mod, but the Cosmo certainly held its own. Even better, the flavour came through in wonderful notes throughout. Colour us impressed by this little pocket vape, which managed to do a lot more than we have seen from its pseudo-competitors – the pod mod.
This is where Vaptio left things pretty simple, and that’s a result of the audience they are targeting. You don’t need to worry about settings and all of that, because the Vaptio Cosmo doesn’t really have any. All you get is the ability to change between high, medium and low settings. That translates into 30W, 20W, or 10W settings. It’s not a lot of wattage, which makes its performance even more impressive.
- 1 to 30W Power Output
- VW (High/Medium/Low) Output Mode
- Resistance Range: 0.7-3.0 ohm
- Internal 1500mAh Battery
- 510 Threading
- Size Specs: Depth 27mm/ Width 20mm/ Height 69mm
Ease of Use:
Everything you need comes in the box and isn’t hard to put together. It isn’t quite as easy as a pod mod, for this is still a box mod, but you won’t have any trouble with it. The tank gets assembled by sliding some pieces together and swapping out coils is done by reversing that process. To refill your e-liquid, just turn the drip top 90 degrees and remove it to reveal an opening. Go ahead and do that in reverse to replace it.
As mentioned, the settings are very straightforward. Just press the arrow and cycle through high, medium, and low. It doesn’t get a lot easier than that. It’s also nice that there is an RGB light that will track your battery life. When it lights up blue, you are full or almost full. If it’s Green, you are more or less at the halfway mark. But if you’re at red then you’ve got maybe 30% of your battery life left. Thankfully, charging it is super quick. We saw it charge as quick as 25 minutes, and this would last a full day and sometimes more. That’s a huge help for such a mobile vape mod.
At $39.99, this isn’t an expensive vape mod kit. Now, it is certainly lower wattage, but for everything you get and it’s user-friendly convenience this seems like the right price point.
Overall we really liked the Vaptio Cosmo kit. We came in wondering what the brand would deliver this time, and thinking at best it would make a nice beginner product, but this definitely went beyond that. There was really nice performance from both coils, and we were able to play with it enough to get some surprisingly great results.
What was strange is that the coils only made a slight difference, where we are used to the change being a big one. The bigger effect was with the air flow restrictions, and that is conveniently changed by simply twisting the entire bottom of the tank. Even fully open you won’t have this competing against your 200 watt box mod at home, but it will hold you over pretty well. So well that it makes a great mobile vape mod option and you won’t really feel that you’re missing out on much.
We will say that this type of product runs the risk of falling in between the cracks. For a lot of beginners, a pod mod system will hold more appeal because of its perceived simplicity. The Cosmo is just as simple, and will beat the performance of many of those same pod mods. For a brand trying to find their market, this could be tricky. But for us, and we think for anyone who picks one of these up, the advantage to the Cosmo is evident. Whether you’re a beginner looking to make the switch to vaping or you’re a seasoned vaper looking for another option that has a very long battery life and can fit deftly in your pocket, definitely consider the Vaptio Cosmo kit. It may very well be one of the best and most overlooked kits on the market today.