Eleaf have entered the quest for the best pod system on the market, but does the Elven prove to be more of a Legolas of products or the Dobby?
Eleaf have very much been a company in the background of the vaping market for quite some time now. Going back 4 years ago nearly every vaper swore by their Eleaf 50w mod but these days they aren’t carrying the same weight behind them. So it was interesting to me to pick up their latest Pod offering, the Elven which aims to be a durable and everyday pod system at an affordable price. Apart from the cool name, the Elven looks to give a straight forward pod experience compared to some other devices on the market and that is where it could really shine, simplicity over innovation. But do Eleaf deliver something that is must buy or does it get lost in the ever increasing saturated pod landscape? Before we get into that, let’s start with the details.
What’s in the Box?
- Eleaf Elven Battery
- 2x Eleaf Elven pods
- QC USB Cable
- User manual
- Size: 20x10x100mm
- E-liquid capacity: 1.6ml
- Battery capacity: 360mAh (internal)
- Coil resistance: 1.6ohm
- Airflow adjustment
- Pod side refill
- Inhale activated – no buttons
- LED indicator light
About the Eleaf Elven
The Eleaf Elven is an automatic draw pod system that boasts a slimline and light profile. The device is a 360 mAh internal battery that delivers around 15w worth of power to the pod itself. It comes with USB port and indicator lights featured on the device, with Green meaning 100-60%, Blue meaning 60-20% and red meaning <20%. The device is small and light with a plastic style design and comes with 1 pod in the box. The pod comes with a 1.6 mil capacity and 1.6ohm resistance coil inside with a side fill design sealed with a rubber bung as per usual pod designs. The pod comes in clear with the coil displayed inside the device to allow to see fill level much easier.
The first thing to say about the Elven is that the device does feel really light and slim in the hand. Compared to the metallic designs of similar pods, this does feel light but solid at the same time. So it doesn’t feel like a cheaply made piece of kit when compared to something such as the JUUL. The indicator light is a lovely addition to the device as it is bright and bold which is clearly visible in daylight so that will also be a pro for me. I love the little hole in the top of the mod to display the fill level as it makes it very easy to see the juice level inside, making refilling much more obvious. Charge time for the device came in at around 60 minutes via usb port so it provides quick charging as well. Flavour for the coil is pretty good for a pod system, not the best for complex liquids but a strong simple fruit does comes through quite well here. Further to that, the coil does hold up pretty well with 1-2 weeks use still performing and even as high as 80Vg liquids running through it. Airflow on the pod is a little tight but great for the lower powered MTL hits you would expect to use this for. Finally, I never found any leaking and the side fill design actually limited bubbling inside the pod which was another big pro for me.
The first thing that was a little bit of a con for me was the juice capacity being only 1.6mils. For me, the standard size has to be 2mils for a smaller pod system simply as it can make a huge difference. Further to this the 360 battery is a little low as well, meaning although you will get good life out of the efficient battery, I found it did need charging before the end of the day which is a little drawback for me. Generally, it may be a con that it is a plastic style design if you prefer metallic style pods. It certainly does feel plasticky but as mentioned, a well made plastic design. There is a little bit of resistance on the pods when taking them out I found, which can be a pro to remove any accidental pod separating in your pocket. However a very small annoyance with the device, I prefer the pod to pull out a little simpler.
Into the overall of the Elven now and for the right price point, it could be a very good pod system for someone looking to quit vaping. I would say the design of the device puts it more akin to something very basic but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing here. I would say the device is aimed more at smokers looking to quit rather than experienced vapers who want a different option. The price point will be a major factor here because at around £20 pounds then it performs really well but north of that price the value starts to decrease. If you want a very simple and efficient little pod system that is the step up from the JUULs and logics in the market then this will serve you quite well. It won’t offer the wow factor but not all devices have to do that.
Eleaf have brought something out here that may not be the one pod to rule them all but could well be a very much trusted Tauriel.
Eleaf may not bring the wow factor with the Elven but they do bring a reliable simple device that provides a solid vaping experience. Better suited for smokers quitting, the Elven does perform where it needs to and the auto draw system is a nice feature.
- Lightweight and simple
- Bold indicator light
- Easy pod refill
- Quick USB charge
- Battery could have been bigger
- Capacity is a little small
- Plastic design may not appeal to all
- Small internal battery doesn't offer all day usage.