In Depth Joyetech Penguin Review ↓
Joyetech ATOPACK Penguin Background
The Joyetech ATOPACK Penguin ($29.99 from Vapor4Life) is the newest all-in-one style device released by Joyetech. It comes with 2ml / 8.8ml capacity and a built-in battery. Joyetech creatively developed the JVIC (Juice Vertical Injection Coil) system for the Penguin, using a unique method of vertical juice injection protecting what matters. The battery can get fully charged more quickly than normal ones. This device was inspired by the Antarctic penguin, hence the name. BTW, you can also check out my top list for best vape mods of 2017.
Joyetech Penguin Design
As its name suggests, the design of the Joyetech ATOPACK Penguin was inspired by the adorable flightless bird we all know and love. It has quirky look but has a replaceable 8.8ml tank with replaceable coils (0.28 ohm and 0.6 ohms). It has an internal 2000mah battery and can be safely charged at 2A (standard high power USB phone charger amperage).
Aside from its huge ink-like cartridge style system, the other cool feature is that the airflow is determined by the coil itself, so the 0.6 ohm actually has a tighter draw than the 0.28 ohm.
The downside thou is that coils are seldom available, but I have 2 penguins because there were no US-based stores that carried the coils. The button is in a really easy to accidentally-get-pressed place – I am habitually bad at locking mods and haven’t had a problem like this since I got off of tubes. 5 clicks to lock it. Easy fix.
At 2ml or less, when left on its side coil can go dry and burn. When the coil burns, it can contaminate a whole tank (8.8ml). By the way, the coils are not cheap. The coils are made from a ceramic housing, and a little bit fragile. A bad drop can kill the coil. Coils take a long time to prime, some have ‘coil taste’, but it seems to go away with an hour or three of regular use.
Joyetech Penguin Performance
I like the fact that it holds 8ml of juice. Filling it is easy but with larger bottles that have a larger spout, things can get a bit messy.
Included were two coils a .25 and a .6ohm coil. I used the .25 coil right away and was pleased. It had great vapor production but not very much in the flavor department. The same goes for the .6ohm coil. It produced nice clouds but misses on some of the flavors. I tried three juices all different VG/PG levels and the Penguin is more suitable for a 70/30 mix. In my two juices that were 80 and 85VG, the flavor just wasn’t there and they gunked up the coils in a few hours. With a 70/30 mix flavor is better and the coils are holding up longer than with the thicker juices.
Flavor was there for my juices but not fully. For me, it’s all about flavor and once I started using a 70/30 juice I noticed that it picked up a few notches but not anything spectacular. Don’t be surprised that when you put in your favorite juice you don’t get every ounce of flavor from it. Juices with multi flavors will not be the same as if you are using a mod and a tank. There is just something about these mini kanthal coils that do not produce flavors very well.
Battery life is phenomenal. It came fully charged in the box and I was able to go about 8 hours puffing on it every 10 – 20 minutes or so. There were a few times when I did put it down for about an hour but after charging the battery once it was almost dead, I got the same performance from the battery.
I did encounter a bit of leaking from the rubber boot that fits into the tank but I believe that may have been from when I removed it and didn’t seat it properly. The coils fit nice and snug into the rubber boot and are simple to remove.
The ink-like cartridge features an 8.8ml interchangeable pod system
Joyetech Penguin Bottom Line
It’s small, it’s light and it holds a ton of juice. But it does have a few flaws. Those flaws are not a deal breaker though. It’s a 50W beast that will be a great addition to my daily usage. The Penguin is your beginners best buy, but also good enough for an advanced user to have as an on the go vape mod (check out my top list for best e-cigs of 2017). It’s simple to use, basically fill your juice, pop in your coil and you are good to go. You do have to wet the coil before firing and there is a nice set of instructions to let you know how to set it up. With a simple 5 quick presses of the fire button, it turns on or off. It does not have any display other than your battery gauge and is as simple as can be.
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