Categorized as a beginner-friendly pod-system, the Vype ePen 3 one of the best first devices a new vaper can have, while also serving a purpose for experienced vapers looking for something slim and portable. The entire device comes in at 121mm x 26mm x 12mm, and weighs in at 39 grams with a full pod. Despite its compact size, the ePen 3 performs quite well and offers vapers a satisfying hit and a decent amount of cloud production.
It should be noted that the ePen 3 by Vype is a closed pod system, meaning users will have to purchase Vype pods specifically designed to work with the ePen 3. In this review, we will go over the pods available for the device, including their design and the various flavours they come in.
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Size, Specs, and Feel
As we’ve mentioned before, the ePen 3 measures in at 121mm x 26mm x 12mm, making it ideal for stealth vaping and easy everyday carry. That being said, the Vype ePen 3 is slightly taller and thicker than some pod vapes on the market. This shouldn’t discourage users though, because the device is still incredibly portable and will easily slide into a pocket or bag in a discreet way.
Despite its somewhat larger shape and size, the Vype ePen 3 does manage to be quite light and will never feel like a burden to carry. The lightweight nature of the device comes mainly from what the device is made from. The ePen 3 features a full plastic construction, but this isn’t to say it’s not robust or durable. The high-quality plastic should survive the punishment daily use can throw at it, though this isn’t a tank of a device that can be carelessly tossed around.
The pods are also made of plastic and are dark tinted, giving the ePen 3 a distinct style. While the tinted pods do add a sense of style to the ePen 3, they do make it somewhat difficult to see the amount of e-liquid remaining in a pod. If you do want to check the remaining e-liquid you have in your pod, we recommend holding the tinted pod up to a light source.
In terms of ergonomics, the Vype ePen 3 actually stands out from other pod-systems, thanks to its unique curvatures that help it fit very comfortably in the hand. The thicker profile of the ePen 3 also plays an integral role in the ergonomics of the device, as it allows the vape to be easily clutched without having to worry about it slipping out of your grasp.
What’s in the Box?
In the Vype ePen 3 box, vapers will find a single ePen 3 battery, two pods, a USB charging cable, and a detailed user manual. All these items are designed to work almost immediately, with the battery coming packed with a decent amount of charge. Depending on the starter kit you end up choosing, the Vype ePen 3 will either come with regular freebase nicotine pods, or the VPro pods which use nicotine salts. The flavour of the e-liquid will not change, depending on the pods you have, but the VPro salt nic pods will provide a smoother hit and faster nicotine absorbance.
Learn the difference between Nicotine Salts vs Freebase Nicotine and which one is right for you.
To start using the ePen 3, simply remove a pod from the plastic packaging, take the silicone covers off, and push the pod into the opening of the battery. The pod should easily click securely into place, ensuring it doesn’t fall out accidentally on its own. The device itself can be turned on by clicking the button three times, the same button is also used to power the pod when inhaling. A small LED indicator on the ePen 3 will display the battery life on the device, with green indicating a full charge.
When the device is on, clicking the button three times will turn off the ePen 3, which should be done every time the mod is not in use. That being said, the device will automatically turn itself off after 10 minutes of inactivity. This will also happen if the button is held down for over eight seconds.
How’s the Hit?
As with the majority of pod systems, the ePen 3 offers vapers a tight draw that resembles the pull of a cigarette. In vape terms, we refer to this as a mouth-to-lung (MTL) draw, which is often the best option for ex smokers who are picking up a vape for the first time. In terms of throat hit, the Vype ePen 3 is quite satisfying, especially on the 18mg freebase pods and the 18mg VPro pods.
Read more about the differences between Mouth to Lung vs Direct to Lung vapes.
Vapor production on the ePen 3 is quite good, considering its relatively low power and MTL inhale, and the temperature is warm enough to give vapers a satisfying experience. Both of these qualities will deteriorate throughout the pod’s lifecycle and will also depend on the charge on the battery.
How Does it Taste?
The Vype ePen 3 currently features 13 distinct flavours in the standard line and four flavours in the VPro line. All the flavours are produced by Vype and are made with a 50%/50% blend of VG and PG. All the pods for the ePen 3 are available in various nicotine strengths ranging from 0mg to 30mg.
The flavours available for the ePen 3 include:
- Original Strawberry: A blend of fresh strawberries and strawberry jam
- Fresh Apple: A refreshing blend of sour green apples and minty leaves
- Classic Peach: A light peach-based flavour that celebrates the sweetness and floral notes of the fruit
- Ripe (Tropical) Mango: A refreshing and fresh blend of mangos and tropical fruits
- Infused Vanilla: A rich vanilla blend with a creamy finish
- Dark Cherry: A tart and sweet blend of delicious dark cherries
- Crisp (Crushed) Mint: A bright combination of mint and a hint of vanilla
- Battery and Charging
The Vype ePen 3 features an internal 650mAh battery, making the capacity larger than your average pod-system. This larger battery does explain why the device is bigger than most pod-systems and serves a good trade-off as the Vype ePen 3 is built to last longer.
As mentioned before, the Vype ePen 3 does come with a battery indicator, which will light up when the button is clicked. The colours shown on the LED will help users know how much of a charge they have remaining.
- Green: 40-100%
- Amber: 10-40%
- Red: 10-0%
The battery LED indicator will also inform you of your battery levels when charging.
- Green continuous: 100%
- Green pulsing: 85-100%
- Red continuous: 10-85%
- Red pulsing: 0-10%
The device itself can be charged via a mini USB port on the device, which will provide up to a 0.5-amp rate, meaning it will take 75 minutes to fully charge. This is in no way a fast charging device, but the Vype ePen 3 does allow for passthrough, meaning you can vape it as it charges.
While the Vype ePen 3 may not win any technological awards, it is a solid e-cigarette option for someone looking for a good and affordable device. The overall construction makes it perfect for everyday carry, while the robust battery help make the ePen 3 a very good daily driver.
The simple operation makes it ideal for new vapers, while the satisfying throat hit offers a similar sensation to smoking a cigarette. The various flavour options are sure to appeal to all sorts of vapers, and ensure that users don’t get bored puffing on the same flavour everyday.
While we do wish the pod was translucent enough to see your e-liquid, this small design feature isn’t enough to condemn the device. To put it simply, the Vype ePen 3 is an almost perfect discrete pod-system, that should appeal to both experience and new vapers alike.