TAKI Mini Disposable Pod
The TAKI mini is a disposable pod kit quite unlike others we’ve seen on the market.
They are produced by TAKI Xiike, which is an affiliated company to Xiaomi and Meizu – which are incredibly popular Chinese electronics brands.
In fact, in some places, you will find the device branded as Xiaomi TAKI.
These disposable pods are clearly targeted towards smokers, as they include 5% (50mg) Nicotine Salts (which is sadly Non-TPD compliant).
They are advertised to produce around 400 puffs before depletion.
At the time of review, there are 5 available flavors: Mung Bean Ice, Blueberry Burst, Ice Litchi, Ice Coffee, and Flue-Cured Tobacco.
Unique design, good build quality, easy to use, cigarette-like draw, good interesting flavors.
Lack of mouthpiece, and below advertised puff count.
The Bottom Line
A really impressive disposable kit for a first time manufacturer. The TAKI Mini first and foremost delivers a quality vape with a perfect draw. The flavors are unique and quite tasty, and it has an eye-catching design.
- Size: 16.4 x 7.4 x 94.2mm
- Liquid Capacity: 1.5ml
- Puff expectation: 400
- Battery Capacity: 280 mAh
- Nicotine Strength: 50mg (5%) Nic-Salts (Non TPD)
- Ready to use
In the Box
- 1 x Mung Bean Ice system
- 1 x Blueberry Burst system
- 1 x Ice Litchi system
- 1 x Ice Coffee system
- 1 x Flue-Cured Tobacco system
The TAKI minis came packaged as a kit of 5 disposable pods all wrapped up in a nice presentable box.
Each pod comes in its own shiny silver and color-coded box, when you remove the device from the box, it’s contained in an airtight foil wrapper. Once you tear the foil wrapper the pod still has two rubber bungs, one on either end – it’s undoubtedly a well-packaged set.
The first thing you notice removing the device from the packet is the two-colored design which matches its box. However, instead of shiny silver, they have opted for a clean white along with the designated color.
The next striking thing about the design is it is a complete rectangle and looks nothing like your typical pod system. In fact, it seems more like a flat battery cell (which I guess it primarily is).
To save on confusion with which end you’re supposed to place in your mouth to use the device, Taki has placed a small arrow at the top of the colored section. You soon get used to the fact it’s always the color section that you put in your mouth; however, it becomes a damn site tricker in the dark.
The color section also denotes the flavor of each pod, and there are some interesting ones included, which we will go through later.
One the other end of each pod is a tiny LED light and two small airflow holes.
Each pod clearly states the flavor and nicotine strength level on the colored section, and then a big ‘TAKI’ brand is printed on the white part.
Even though there is a lot of writing all over the device, and it’s basically just a simple block, it’s still far from tacky! There’s something very clean, minimalistic and modern about the aesthetics. However, I could still see it dividing opinion.
As this is a disposable pod system, there’s not much in the line of features.
The TAKI Minis do however contain a 280mAh built-built battery and a small LED indicator.
The LED is Blue and will light up each time you take a puff, thankfully it’s not too bright to be a nuisance in dark environments. When the device is exhausted the Blue LED indicator flashes several times.
The TAKI Mini also has two airflow holes at the bottom. This helps to provide a nice tight draw – it’s as close to a traditional cigarette as you can get.
There are 5 flavors in total in the TAKI Mini kit, each certainly has it’s own characteristics.
However, when it comes to the overall vape experience, they all provide good vapor production, with prominent flavors through the vape. It’s also a very consistent smooth draw courtesy of the nic salt usage.
Mung Bean Ice
I honestly couldn’t tell you what Mung Bean Ice is, or what it is supposed to taste like. But what I can tell you is this is a gorgeous little flavor. It’s like a blend of refreshing cucumber and menthol, but with a creamy depth to it. A surprising and delightful vape.
This is a very authentic Blueberry flavor intertwined with a pleasant menthol kick. Not dissimilar to other mixed berry ice vapes I’ve tried before. A solid refreshing flavor.
Ice Litchi (Lychee)
Lychee is not the most common fruit, and I know a fair few people that have tried them and can’t stand them. However, I’m the opposite having enjoyed Lychee juice whenever I’ve had the opportunity to try it. This vape taste precisely like a subtle, smooth Lychee juice to me, it does have a slight ice effect to it, but not as much as the previous two flavors. I could easily vape this all day.
Coffee is a hard flavor to get right with vape juices. It’s also not one that I would typically gravitate towards. However I was still pleasantly surprised with this one, it tastes like a smooth iced cappuccino to me, with a nice creamy base to it. It’s not overpowering, but still not an all-day vape. As coffee’s go, it is a good one.
I’m probably not the best to judge this one, as I can’t really stand tobacco tastes nowadays.
This isn’t a harsh traditional tobacco flavor, it has quite a strong caramel-like taste to it with the tobacco almost sitting in the background. It’s also slightly creamy, which is nice. Overall a reasonably enjoyable tobacco vape, even for me.
The TAKI Minis do an excellent job of replicating the draw of a traditional cigarette, along with excellent nicotine delivery.
There are some very good and unique flavors, which understandably might be aimed more at the Chinese market.
However, I really enjoyed both the Mung Bean Ice and Ice Litchi. I’ve actually since searched around to find these flavors in pre-made juices, but no joy yet.
I’m not a massive fan of the mouthpiece or lack of one on the device, but it is slender enough that you soon get used to it.
The TAKI Minis are advertised as being able to provide around 400 puffs each before they run out. Sadly, this is where they fall a little short in my opinion.
I tried my best to keep a count on my mobile each time I took a puff from one of the pods. On average, I was getting around 250-275 puffs from each device.
While this is quite a bit lower than advertised, I still think it’s respectable, and it is of course dependant on how you use the device. I do like to take slow long draws when it comes to MTL vaping, so I’m sure this impacted the final figures.
- Unique design
- Excellent draw
- Easy to use
- Good build quality
- Uncommon and good flavors
- Well packaged
- Lower than advertised puff count
The TAKI Mini’s are not aimed at your typical vaper. They are also not currently going to be available in Europe (due to their high 50mg Nic Salt level).
That really limits the market for TAKI. However, for the market that they will suit ‘smokers,’ these are excellent little disposable pods.
They deliver a nice cigarette-like draw with some delicious flavors and a satiating high nicotine level. Also being disposable there are no complexities to overwhelm a new vaper.
The TAKI Minis could be an excellent choice to hand to a traditional smoker to get them away from the dark side and into vaping.
It will be interesting to see where this new company go from here, I’d certainly like to see a refillable pod system from them.