Joyetech Widewick Pod Kit | Review

A refillable pod taking on disposables.

Intro

The Widewick by Joyetech is a new pod system with an interesting wicking design.

As the name suggests, the Widewick features a pod that is wide and dense with wicking material. This design is similar to old cartomizers and new disposable vapes, which helps deliver a consistent vape.

The pods have a 2ml juice capacity and 1.2Ω mesh coil for a pronounced flavor.

The device has an internal 800mAh battery, USB Type C charging, and is operated via draw activation.

The Joyetech Widewick will be available in 7 color options: Black Rubber, Red Rubber, Dark Blue Rubber, Romantic Purple Rubber, Sky Blue Rubber, Metallic Grey, and Metallic Blue.

Joyetech Widewick Pod Kit

The Good

Good build quality, unique pod design, easy to use, no leaking, good flavor, incredibly affordable.

The Bad

It only comes with one pod, slow charge time, and no adjustable airflow.

The Bottom Line

The Joyetech Widewick is a competent and extremely affordable pod system. While it won’t replace any of my daily pod systems, I still appreciate what Joyetech has tried to achieve. The unique wicking system will probably be adopted by others and does deliver a good vape experience. However, for the moment, the device is a little let down by its lack of extra features and slow charge time.

Joyetech Widewick Pod Kit

Specs & Features

Joyetech Widewick Pod Kit Specifications
  • Size: 23.5mm x 12.5mm x 113mm
  • Battery Capacity: 800mAh
  • Cartridge Capacity: 2ml
  • Coil Resistance: 1.2Ω (mesh)
  • Connection: Magnet
  • Output Wattage: 9-12W
  • Charging: 5V/0.5A (USB-C)
Joyetech Widewick Pod Kit Contents
  • 1 x WideWick Battery
  • 1 x WideWick Pod (1.2Ω)
  • 1 x User Manual
  • 1 x Warranty Card
Joyetech Widewick Pod Kit

Design & Style

The Joyetech Widewick has a very typical pod kit design and would easily blend into the plethora of other pod kits on the market at first glance.

Joyetech has tried to spruce things up with the colorways on offer. There are also two different styles of the Widewick; some have a smooth aluminum body while the others have a nice grippy rubber finish.

We have both for review, and I’m not sure which I prefer the most. I like the rubber’s texture and feel (Black), but it is a dust magnet and always shows juice smudges.

The most significant part of the Widewicks design is not actually the device but with the pod itself. When you look closely, you notice that it’s about 80% wicking material (more on this later). Joyetech has also given the plastic an Ultem/Amber tint to make the wicking section a little less apparent without ruining the view of your juice level.

Joyetech Widewick Pod Kit

The rest of the Widewick device is very simple and uncluttered. There are ‘Joyetech’ and ‘Widewick’ logos that are small and unobtrusive. Then there’s a small LED light at the bottom section of the device on one side to show device and battery status.

The Widewick does not have any buttons; it is solely operated via draw activation. It does have a USB Type C port on the base for charging.

Overall there’s nothing to complain about with the Widewick’s design. It’s a good size, coming in just a shade taller than the Caliburn G2. It feels great in the hand and has decent build quality.

Joyetech Widewick Pod Kit

Features

The Joyetech Widewick comes with an inbuilt 800mAh battery which can be charged via USB Type C at a 0.5A charge rate.

It is a very simple pod system with no adjustable power settings but with an output range of 9-12W.

It is also a direct output device, which means the performance will decrease along with the battery (although it’s barely noticeable with the 1.2Ω coil).

The Widewick is a draw-activated device, so it does not have any buttons to adjust power or switch on/off.

The Widewick has a white LED indicator light that will light up each time you take a draw. However, it doesn’t change color to show you different battery status levels, which is very disappointing in such a device.

It does have a passthrough, so you can vape the device while it’s charging.

Joyetech Widewick Pods

Pods

The pods are the most significant part of the Widewick pod system due to its unique wicking system.

The pods contain a 1.2Ω mesh coil which is completely surrounded by wicking material.

Joyetech states the wicking material in the Widewick is a special Polymer composite cotton. It’s evident from the material that it seems more like a sponge than cotton, which helps it remain saturated.

The pods have a 2ml juice capacity. However, unlike other pods, you only have a slither of a juice window, as most of the pod consists of polymer wicking material. This does lead to you thinking it’s depleted of juice and refilling more often, even though the wicking material is still saturated.

The pods have a very good top-fill system, exactly like the Uwell Caliburn’s. You need to snap off the mouthpiece by applying some force to one side. It’s a little stiffer to do than with the Uwell pods.

Once you’ve removed the mouthpiece, you will see two holes on the top of the pod. The small one is an air hole to allow air to escape while filling. The other is the fill port for your juice.

There are two different versions of the pods on the market. One style has a completely open fill port (as we have for review). The other has a membrane over the fill port to make it safer and protect it from misuse.

Joyetech Widewick Pods

One very important thing to note with the Widewick pods is that you need to be patient the first time you fill them. It takes a while for all of the juice to saturate through the polymer wicking.

Joyetech also states that once filled for the first time, you should leave the pod sitting for 5 minutes. However, even an experienced vaper like me can sometimes get it wrong. I filled the pod with my typical 60/40VG juice, gave it 5 minutes, and immediately tried the pod. But to my dismay, I was met by an instantly burnt taste and ruined coil.

So I would advise using thinner juice like a 50/50, and definitely give it more than 5 minutes to saturate the coil. You can also put a couple of drops down onto the coil to speed up the process.

Sadly the Widewick only comes with one pod included in the kit. Fortunately for me, we had two in for review but be warned.

The pods connect with the device well. They have magnets on the bottom and seamlessly snap into place with very little play. They are also extremely easy to remove once connected.

Joyetech Widewick Pod Kit

Performance

The Joyetech Widewick is a very good performer when you get things right with filling the pod.

It delivers a slightly different vape experience to most pod systems on the market. It is more akin to the vape you get from a disposable. That’s primarily because the wick is constantly saturated with its cartomizer-style wicking system. I can only really describe it as a constantly wet/moist type of vape.

The vape is also a lot warmer than you would experience from a disposable vape pen. So it’s a good crossover between most systems and disposables, which is exactly what Joyetech aims for.

After my initial bad experience filling the first pod, I’m happy to report that I had no issues with the second one. There were no dry hits, it always kept up with the wicking, and there was no leaking whatsoever.

Joyetech Widewick Pod Kit

The 1.2Ω mesh coil delivers really good flavor. It’s not the best I’ve tried from a pod system, but it is certainly leaps and bounds ahead of old regular coil pod systems.

The airflow of the Widewick is a one size fits all affair. It is a medium to loose draw, similar to the Caliburn A2. Most will be happy with this type of draw, which matches what most disposables tend to deliver. However, I wish it was adjustable, so I could make it a little tighter.

The 800mAh battery does a good job of lasting on the Widewick, thanks to the high ohm resistance coil. However, it does have a painfully slow charge time, and it is a little disappointing that it only supports a 0.5A charge rate.

Joyetech Widewick Pod Kit

Good Vibes


  • Good build quality
  • Compact
  • Great feel in the hand
  • Easy to use
  • Draw Activation
  • Smooth airflow
  • Always saturated vape (no dry hits)
  • Good flavor
  • No leaking
  • USB-C charging
  • Incredibly Affordable

Bad Vibes


  • Only one pod included
  • Slow charge time
  • Not the best battery indicator
  • Not great for switching flavors
  • Not great with thick juices
  • No adjustable airflow
Joyetech Widewick Pod Kit

Verdict

Joyetech has delivered something a little different from other pod systems on the market with the Widewick. I can definitely see other manufacturers following suit with the cartomizer-style wicking system to try and deliver a consistent vape experience.

However, it’s not without its flaws. Slow charge times and no adjustable airflow or power leave it a little behind the competition.

It’s also disappointing that it only comes with one pod in the kit. However, it is undoubtedly one of the cheapest pod systems on the market; just make sure you buy extra pods when purchasing.


Disclosure:

This product was sent to us by Joyetech for the purpose of this review.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Design
7
Features
7
Pods/Coils
7.5
Performance
7.5

SUMMARY

The Joyetech Widewick is a competent and extremely affordable pod system. While it won't replace any of my daily pod systems, I still appreciate what Joyetech has tried to achieve. The unique wicking system will probably be adopted by others and does deliver a good vape experience. However, for the moment, the device is a little let down by its lack of extra features and slow charge time.
Jules M
Jules M
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Joyetech Widewick Pod Kit | ReviewThe Joyetech Widewick is a competent and extremely affordable pod system. While it won't replace any of my daily pod systems, I still appreciate what Joyetech has tried to achieve. The unique wicking system will probably be adopted by others and does deliver a good vape experience. However, for the moment, the device is a little let down by its lack of extra features and slow charge time.