G Pen Gio Review
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The Good: Great flavor quality | Cool, ergonomic design | Highly portable | Long battery life
The Bad: Lower strain variety than 510 cartridges | Long charge time
The Bottom Line: The G Pen Gio is one of the better proprietary oil vaporizers that I’ve tried because of how cool it looks and the great flavor quality. The cartridge variety isn’t as good as it is with 510 cartridges but it is still pretty solid, with a lot of great strains to choose from. If you don’t mind—or even prefer—using proprietary cartridges, then you should get a Gio for yourself.
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Kit and Accessories
- G Pen Gio battery
- USB charging cable
Compatibility: The Gio is only compatible with proprietary G Pen Gio cartridges.
The kit of the Gio is understandably bare-bones since all you need is the battery and the cartridge. Nonetheless, there are some cool and useful accessories that you can purchase if you feel so inclined. The most interesting is the water pipe adapter that allows you to filter the vapor through a water bubbler. Needless to say, this kills the Gio’s portability stone dead, but it does provide cooler vapor.
The charging dock is a sleeker, less bulky accessory that’s great for both storing and charging the Gio. It’s a very cool-looking device that charges up the Gio very quickly and is useful even if you’re not using it for charging because it serves as a stylish stand for the Gio. Unlike the previous accessories, the silicon sleeve actually helps with portability because it provides some extra protection for the Gio while retaining its sleek form factor.
Design and Features
General Design: The Gio battery has a slim, ergonomic design that feels as good as it looks. It’s a very slim device, but it’s also nicely contoured so that your fingers get a good grip whether you are right or left handed. The cartridge attaches to the battery easily and it sits tight so you never have to worry that it will slip off.
The mouthpiece of the cartridge feels good and has a slightly wider opening than what you see on many pre-filled cartridges, so it has a pretty good airflow. All of those design details means that the Gio easily stands out from the vast crowd of oil vaporizers out there.
Portability: The Gio is roughly the size of your average e-cigarette so portability is very much a non-issue here. I already mentioned that it’s a very slim device so that just enhances the travel-friendliness even more. Quite simply, if you have a pocket, then you can take the Gio anywhere.
Build Quality: The Gio is made from zinc alloy, so it’s a tough little device that can survive a drop or two or more. It’s also resistant to scratches, so it will look as good as new for as long as you own it.
How To Use
- Attach the cartridge to the battery.
- Inhale from the cartridge.
Yep, that’s it! It doesn’t get any simpler, and there’s no temperature or voltage selection to worry about either.
Performance and Vapor Quality
Vapor Quality: The vapor produced by the Gio is robust and flavorful, though the strain you choose has a lot to do with the flavor quality. Fortunately, you have a lot of different strains to choose from with the Gio.
Strain variety is usually where proprietary cartridges lag behind the 510 cartridges. The Gio won’t change that but it does have a pretty good variety to choose from since it has been out for a while. That includes some CBD strains as well for all of you who aren’t always interested in getting high.
Prices range from $30 on the low end to up to $70 on the higher end. That’s expensive for sure, but each cartridge can last from a week to a month depending on how frequently you use it. So you won’t be emptying each pod as soon as you get it.
Battery Performance: The battery has a 180 mAh capacity and can last for days of moderate vaping before it needs a recharge. That recharge does take about two hours though, so make sure to schedule your charge time accordingly so that you aren’t left stranded when you need it most.
The G Pen Gio is one of the best oil vaporizers available because of its ease of use, portability, and slick style. The vapor it produces is very flavorful and the cartridges come in a lot of different strains. Those cartridges can get expensive but they last for a long time, so you get your money’s worth with each one. The battery lasts a long time too, so you can enjoy each cartridge without having to stop for a recharge. If you’re more into proprietary cartridges than the 510 kind, then the Gio is one of the best choices available.
Who is it for: Anyone who enjoys the ease and simplicity of cartridge vaping but wants more style to go with it.
Who is it NOT for: Vapers who don’t want to use proprietary cartridges. Anyone who doesn’t want to spend too much on their cartridges.
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