Geekvape Aegis U Review: Close, But Not Quite

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The Geekvape Aegis U Pod system has great flavour in a nifty form factor, but sadly that’s where the good news stops. Poor battery life, no airflow or power adjustment and less than average coil life, this is a miss from Geekvape.


Geekvape Aegis U Pod System Verdict – 46%

I had high hopes for the Aegis U. It’s nowhere close to a high-end pod system, but based on Geekvapes’ previous success with devices like the Boost, Wenax Pen and Aegis 18w, the Aegis U was set to be brilliant. Afterall, Geekvape has proved they have the basics down. Good flavour, excellent battery life and airflow. Unfortunately, the Aegis U gets a pass in only one of two, flavour. Everything else it falls flat on. Sure, it looks good, but this is not a model car; performance matters.


Design

If anything, it looks good. An allumium alloy body that fits perfectly in the palm of your hand. Fake leather adorns the one half and a rubber base at the bottom protects it from scratches when put upright. A USB charging port sits way at the bottom (which defeats the purpose of the protective rubber, but so be it)

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Airflow on the Aegis U gets a bit wacky. There’s one tiny hole on the side of the device, right above the battery indicator light and another on the wider end of the body. Problem is, I like to hold my devices in a fist grip. Holding the Geekvape Aegis U in this manner, completely closes off all airflow to the device, as in, zero airflow and a pretty rough time. Sure, just flip it around, that’s when you realize there’s no way of adjusting the airflow. While this isn’t an issue on most pod devices, the Aegis U has a pretty tight draw, which I like, but sometimes I prefer a more restrictive lung hit. Would have been great to have some form of adjustment here.

Pods are your typical slide in the top and held in by magnets. A rubber bung makes filling easy on the U pods and I found that it’s way more difficult to get trapped air bubbles in these latest pods from Geekvape. Juice capacity is 2ml as expected.

The Aegis U sports, what sounds like a pretty big battery, it is 800mAh after all, but we’ll get to it’s performance later.

Finally, the Geekvape Aegis U has a maximum output of 20 watts, but with there being no power adjustment, the device adjusts the power based on the pod resistance inserted. In the box, Geekvape include a 0.7 ohm pod and 1.1 ohm pod.

Performance

Let’s get the good out of the way, because the list of negatives for the Aegis U is going to take up some space.

Flavour on the entire new range of Geekvape Pod systems, and that includes the Wenax U, Sonder U, Obelisk U and Digi-U is fantastic. Accurate notes with no overpowering sweetness, it does really well here. Sadly, that’s where it ends and I’m not even sure which part of it performs worse.

The battery? It’s 800mAh, but feels like it lasts an hour before it needs a recharge. Perhaps it’s the 20w maximum output, but either way, it’s sub-par at best.

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Coil longevity? If you’re lucky, 5 days, but that’s the best I could get. Flavour usually starts declining rapidly at day 3 and I’ve had a pod last less than one fill.

Airflow? Sure, it’s got airflow and it feels decent if you’re happy with the airflow Geekvape gives you. If not, you’re SOL and the only way to adjust it is to hold it in your palm, directing air like an amateur Scottish bagpipe player around the two holes. Not ideal.

Wait, it doesn’t leak, let’s chalk that up as a positive.

Specs:

  • Size: 94.6mm x 26.6mm
  • Battery Capacity: 800mAh probably
  • Materials: Aluminum Alloy + pleather
  • Modes: Uhhhh, on?
  • Max Wattage: 20w
  • Capacity: 2ml

Geekvape Aegis U Pod Conclusion

All in, it’s not great and what makes it worse is that we know Geekvape can do better.
Less power, better coil materials and some sort of airflow adjustment could have made the Aegis U the pod system we were expecting. What we got though, does not deserve a recommendation, even at it’s $22 price point.

I’d avoid this one like a school boy should avoid a Catholic priest.

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