Vandy Vape Pulse AIO Mini Review: Size Doesn’t Matter

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The Vandy Vape Pulse AIO Mini compromises little to its big brothers. With the exception of no longer being able to fit 21700 batteries (and size), the Pulse AIO is near identical in every aspect. It’s still every bit as good, but now lighter and easier to carry.



Vandy Vape Pulse AIO.5 Kit
4.5

It comes with a sub-ohm Boro tank that uses VVC Coils, but also allows users to purchase any style of rebuildable Boro tank. Its upgrades include a reinforced flush nut connection, upgraded LEXAN reinforced polycarbonate housing, a new square button and panel, round button conversion inner panel, and decorative round button outer panels.

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Vandy Vape Pulse AIO Mini

The Vandy Vape Pulse AIO aimed to bring billet box style to the masses and it succeeded greatly. There was little to fault it on apart from some construction issues on a select few models.

Vandy Vape quickly rectified these issues in the 0.5 release and it quickly gained a cult like following. Some were however not pleased with the bulk that the 21700 compatibility brought with it; Vandy took that to heart.

Welcome then, the new Vandy Vape Pulse AIO Mini. Exactly same device, but dropping the 21700 battery in favour of an 18650. Honey, I shrunk the AIO

Design

You’ve seen the Pulse AIO, you’ve seen the Pulse AIO Mini. They are not near identical, they are identical, bar a few millimeters here and there. I’ve grabbed my 0.5 instead of the mini on numerous occasions and only realized when my hand felt heavier than usual.

The Pulse AIO Mini has that classic billet box look to it, more so than it’s larger counterpart. A sturdy plastic chassis (or alloy for some models) with 2 plastic side panels. One with an airflow cutout and one with a fire button cutout.

Lifting the airflow side panel gives you full access to the battery as well as your “tank” The button side reveals the small, but functional screen, customizable fire button and adjustment buttons.

The most obvious change from the Pulse AIO 0.5 is the smaller form factor as it no longer accommodates a 21700 battery. Instead, the Pulse AIO Mini can only house an 18650 which lowers the wet weight considerably as well.

Customization options remain as full featured as always, with users being able to change everything from the panels to buttons and the biggest one, bridges.

With any Billet Box styled device, the biggest benefit will always be the ability to completely change the style of vape with the aid of bridges.

A bridge, in it’s simplest form, is a deck that fits inside your boro “tank”. This means that you can easily swap between different decks to get the exact vape you need. Sadly, the Pulse AIO devices do not come with a boro tank, but should you want, these tanks fit the Pulse AIO Mini perfectly. This allows you to either get an all-in-one bridge (essentially an RTA that fits within your AIO) or a boro with external bridges.

The Pulse AIO Mini comes with Vandy Vapes own bridge, the Vessel 2 and while we found it to be adequate, there are many bridges that outperform it. As a free bridge though, it’s enough to get you started.

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Performance

Thankfully the Vandy Vape Pulse AIO Mini makes no sacrifices to shed a few pounds. Sure, you get slightly less capacity from the smaller battery, but realistically, an 18650, at reasonable power, should last you at least a day.

Speaking of power, the Mini still churns out a behemoth 80 watts; the Mini houses the same chip from both it’s bigger brothers. That means it vapes (with the correct bridge) identical to the Pulse AIO and Pulse AIO 0.5, both of which we absolutely loved the performance of.

Here’s the thing though, these devices are very much at the mercy of whatever bridge you plop in there. Chuck in Kerch bridge and you’re in for a bad time. Pop in a Vapesnail or Xeta and it will most likely be the best vape you’ve experienced in your life. You’ll have to spend some money to get something that fits your style (or just buy the Insider)

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You could always use the Vessel 2 included with your Pulse AIO Mini and while it’s certainly not terrible, there are many other bridges that perform infinitely better.

Sadly, it also appears that the cracking issue has returned. It seems to be purely cosmetical, with small hairline cracks appearing on some of the clear side panels where the magnets fit, but it’s certainly worth noting.

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Specs:

  • Size: 52.5mm x 92.5mm x 26.2mm
  • Power Range: 5-80W
  • Materials: Zinc Alloy/Polycarbonate
  • Weight: 71g

Vandy Vape Pulse AIO Mini Conclusion

Here’s where it gets difficult for me. The Pulse AIO Mini doesn’t offer anything new to those who already own a regular or 0.5. In fact, it takes away from 21700 compatible devices of last year.

If you’re looking to upgrade, but you don’t really mind the weight of the original, don’t The size difference is in millimeters.

If you’re looking at getting your first Pulse AIO, get the Mini unless you 100% require capacity a 21700 can provide.

Either way, all three devices are excellent and I’d recommended the Mini over the previous devices every time, but it does not quite provide enough to recommend an upgrade.

Vandy Vape Pulse AIO.5 Kit
4.5

It comes with a sub-ohm Boro tank that uses VVC Coils, but also allows users to purchase any style of rebuildable Boro tank. Its upgrades include a reinforced flush nut connection, upgraded LEXAN reinforced polycarbonate housing, a new square button and panel, round button conversion inner panel, and decorative round button outer panels.

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