PERL Pod System | Review

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PERL Pod System

PERL aim to bring something a little more stylish and elegant to the pod mod market. The PERL pod system is a refillable kit, which features a 1150mAh internal battery in a lightweight, compact and unique body.

It comes with two 2ml capacity refillable pods, which utilize a ceramic heating technology for richer vapor, flavor and longer pod life.

The PERL also features 3 vapor strength settings, all controlled by a touch-sensitive interface.

The Good

Unique looks, excellent battery life, ceramic coils give good flavor and have a great lifespan.

The Bad

Not that comfortable to use, very tight MTL draw, no vape while charging.

The Bottom Line

There’s no disputing the PERL is an unconventional and attractive device. Unfortunately, the overall vape experience is left a little lacking by its cumbersome shape and extremely tight draw. The excellent battery and ceramic coil life go some way to appeasing its shortfalls. But unless you love the looks of the PERL and like really tight airflow, there are better options available.

6.9

Disclosure: This product was sent to us by Heaven Gifts for the purpose of this review.

Specs

  • Size: 100 x 49 x 19mm
  • Battery: Internal 1150mAh
  • Charge time: 60 minutes
  • Runtime: 2+ days of non-stop usage
  • Standby: 90+ days
  • Coil: Vertically mounted MTL (unknown resistance)
  • Mouthpiece: Silicone
  • Activation: Inhale
  • Pod capacity: 2ml
  • Weight: 70g
  • Colors available: Black/Silver, White/Gold
  • Interface: Touch sensor

In the Box

  • 1 x PERL Device
  • 2 x Refillable Ceramic Pod (2ml)
  • 2 x Silicone Mouthpiece
  • 1 x Micro USB Charging Cable
  • 1 x Quick User Guide
Design7.0
PERL Pod System

The PERL is undoubtedly a unique looking pod system, one that won’t get confused with any other on the market.

However, it’s not just about looks with the PERL; it’s also got some nifty features too. Instead of physical buttons, it utilizes a touch-sensor to toggle which not only enables you to see your battery level but also to switch between three power levels of mellow, mild or intense.

It doesn’t take long to get accustomed to using the touch-sensitive toggle, and it’s reasonably responsive. However, I do have an issue with it’s positioning, which I’ll get on to later.

The pods for the PERL are 2ml in capacity and refillable. They slot into the front tip section of the device and have a silicone mouthpiece, which also acts as a cap for the pod. One the front side section of the device is a transparent window so you can see into the pod and see the remaining juice level.

PERL Pod System

Style

I feel the whole design and styling of the PERL is a little too much about form over function.

There’s no doubting it’s an attractive device with its leaf shape body and curved edges, and it’s certainly eye-catching when placed on a table.

However, in the hand and practical use, it’s an entirely different story.

It feels a bit cumbersome and unnatural to hold. The mouthpiece is positioned in a way that it can only really be vape while keeping it straight in line with your mouth.

The way the body of the device is curved I almost want to hold it and vape it upside down, but that’s not really possible due to the mouthpiece shape, and it also means you might be pressing up against the touch-sensitive button with your fingers.

Whichever way I do position the PERL, I find myself knocking the touch toggle quite a bit. While it’s never accidentally changed setting on me, I’m sure it’s not doing the battery any favors.

I appreciate the originality of design with the PERL, especially in such a crowded market. But after a while, it does begin to feel like a somewhat awkward shaped piece of plastic that you are vaping on.

PERL Pod System

Build Quality

The PERL’s body is made primarily of plastic, polycarbonate. Which doesn’t make it feel like the sturdiest of devices.

While there’s no creaks or cracks in the plastic when you hold it, it’s unquestionably going to be prone to scratches and scuffs. The glossy side panel also can be a bit of a fingerprint magnet on the black version we have.

All other aspects of the devices build quality are good. The pods fit nice, and snug and are held in place by magnets.

PERL Pod System

Portability

One thing that plastic body does give the PERL is a lightweight frame. The whole device only weighs 70 grams.

However, it’s not the smallest of pod system measuring 100 x 49 x 19mm in an awkwardly shaped package.

That being said, it’s still incredibly portable and pocket-friendly.

PERL Pod System

Innovation

The PERL does have some uncommon features for a pod system with its customizable power settings and ceramic coils.

But there’s nothing innovative that we haven’t seen separately in other devices, they have just wrapped all up in an eye-catching design.

Features7.5
PERL Pod System

While the PERL is a simple plug and play device, it does contain some features to set it apart.

First, there’s an internal 1150mAh battery which is quite vast compared to most systems like this on the market.

Then there’s the touch-sensor toggle and the ability to set the power level. There’s no indication as to how many volts or watts the device is using in each setting, not even in the manual which is a real shame.

The PERL doesn’t require the use of any button to fire the device as it’s inhale activated.

Finally, there’s no detailed sign of the safety protection features included, but there’s definitely overcharge, over vape protection present.

One feature that is lacking with the PERL is pass-through vaping, so you won’t be able to vape while plugged into the charger.

PERL Pod System

LED LIghts

Along the main curved edge of the device are 3 numbered power setting LED lights, and the battery level light and the capacitive button behind the logo icon.

If you hit the capacitive button twice, the logo will light up with a corresponding color to show your battery level as below:

  • Green = 50-100%
  • Yellow = 25-50%
  • Red = Battery low

If you tap the capacitive button 3 times, the power setting also lights up, so you know what level you have it set to. Simply pressing the button again while in this state allows you to flick between each power level.

Pods7.0
PERL Pod System

The PERL comes with two empty 2ml capacity pods.

The pods use a high ohm ceramic coil, but there’s no indication on PERL’s website or the package of the exact resistance.

The advantage of using a ceramic wicking element for the coils is that they are supposed to produce a slightly cleaner flavor and a greater lifespan.

PERL Pod System

Refilling

Each pod as quite a substantial silicone mouthpiece which also acts as a cap.

To refill the pod, you need to remove it from the device by gripping just beneath the mouthpiece with your fingernails and then lift up.

Once the pod has been removed from the battery you can, peel off the silicone cap, and you will be presented with two small fill holes ports.

It’s good that there are two holes, as one acts as an escape for the air while you a filling. However, the holes are a little on the small size.

Dripper tips are a tight squeeze and can get a little messy, that’s why PERL also include two dripper funnels to place in the hole to make it easier to refill.

When you have finished refilling, you just need to pop the mouthpiece back on the top of the pod; it’s a simple push fit.

If you are filling the pod for the first time, it’s recommended that you leave it to sit for at least 10 minutes, because the ceramic material needs a little time to absorb the juice and prevent dry hits.

PERL Pod System

Wicking & Coil Longevity

The ceramic coils in the pods wick well. I’ve managed to put 70/30 VG juice through several refills with no issues whatsoever.

PERL claim the coils can last up to 15 refills due to the ceramic wicking element. I’ve actually gone beyond that with the first pod, though I have been using quite a tame juice. I’m not sure if that would be the case with sugary liquids.

Even so, 15 refills on one coil, is excellent. But then again it has to be because replacement pods are not cheap, they currently come in at twice the price of your average pod replacement. So I guess it balances out.

Performance6.0
PERL Pod System

The PERL performed better than I expected it to, but it’s not without its constraints.

The battery life is superb, and the flavor produced from the ceramic coils is good.

Each power level settings is unquestionably noticeable when you flick between them.

However, it’s the warmth of the vape and tightness of the draw that left me a little wanting.

PERL Pod System

Airflow

The PERL has an incredibly tight draw, even tighter than the JUUL.

Which I have no doubt is going to suit plenty of MTL vapers, but after using so many pod systems on the market, I’ve become accustomed to a slightly looser draw. So it’s a bit bummer that you can’t adjust it.

Still, for such a tight draw it really does perform on the vapor production.

So it’s a super tight draw, that can kick our respectable clouds for an MTL device.

PERL Pod System

Flavor

It’s hard to explain the flavor you get from ceramic wicked coils; some say it’s a cleaner tasting vape.

I’m not sure if it’s a cleaner taste, but it’s definitely a different taste to your standard cotton wick.

It is a slightly cooler vape, and I think ceramic coils really hit their sweet spot when you can bump up the power a little higher and get a somewhat warmer vape. Which unfortunately you can do with such a low powered device.

That being said, the PERL does produce good flavor, and it’s one that lasts for plenty of refills.

PERL Pod System

Battery Life

The PERL take around 60 minutes to fully charge the 1150mAh internal battery.

They claim you can get 12 hours of continuous use from one charge.

I didn’t use this device exclusively, so it’s hard for me to say exact battery life. But it is very impressive, especially if you have it on a lower power setting.

I can easily see their claim of 12 hours being on the conservative side, as I don’t remember charging the PERL too often in two weeks of testing.

Likes

  • Stylish looks
  • Clear juice level window
  • Excellent battery life
  • Good flavor
  • Decent vapor production
  • Ceramic coils have a great lifespan
  • Touch sensitive interface
  • 2 pods included

Dislikes

  • Awkward to hold
  • Very tight MTL draw
  • Extra pods are expensive
  • No vape while charging

Verdict

PERL Pod System

While I’ve enjoyed my time using the PERL and appreciate it’s unique design and respectable performance….I’m still left questioning who is this device aimed at?

On the surface, it’s just a pod mod that has a great battery and coil life.

Unfortunately, that’s all wrapped up in a slightly cumbersome (yet attractive) housing.

It’s this reason alone that the PERL won’t be making it into my daily rotation.

For once I would have preferred a more conventional design, possibly with the inclusion of adjustable airflow. But I guess I’m not the demographic PERL are going after.

If you are the type of vaper that likes eccentric and novel looking devices and doesn’t mind paying that little extra for them. Then I’m sure you are going to love this device.

While the PERL is a great looking device, I think there are plenty of other pod systems on the market that provides an overall greater experience when it comes to vaping.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Design
7.0
Features
7.5
Pods
7.0
Performance
6.0

SUMMARY

There's no disputing the PERL is an unconventional and attractive device. Unfortunately, the overall vape experience is left a little lacking by its cumbersome shape and extremely tight draw. The excellent battery and ceramic coil life go some way to appeasing its shortfalls. But unless you love the looks of the PERL and like really tight airflow, there are better options available.
Marc P
Marc P
Marc has been an avid vaper since 2010. His obsession with new vape gear has led to developing his own overflowing vape room, and starting Vaping Vibe with Danny & Jules to help educate other vapers.

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PERL Pod System | ReviewThere's no disputing the PERL is an unconventional and attractive device. Unfortunately, the overall vape experience is left a little lacking by its cumbersome shape and extremely tight draw. The excellent battery and ceramic coil life go some way to appeasing its shortfalls. But unless you love the looks of the PERL and like really tight airflow, there are better options available.