The Limitless Pulse Pod System, by Limitless Mod Co and Ply Rock, is a new, draw-activated, closed system pod mod with a difference – its pods are refillable.This is a pod-based system which offers the user total control in what e-liquid they vape. The Pulse starter kit ships with the mod itself and two unfilled pods, retailing for $29.95, and a pack of three refillable pods sells for $11.49. The Pulse’s battery comes out at roughly 380 mAh, with a fixed 8 W output. The pods are 1 mL in capacity (although specs elsewhere state 1.5 – 2 mL). The inbuilt coils put out between 1.7 – 1.8 ohms and use silica as wicking material. The Pulse has a striking, futuristic look – LED accents running along the device light up on inhalation. The triangular button up front turns the device on and off, and toggles between the 7 color choices (and stealth mode). Don’t judge a book only by its cover, however. Let’s take a closer look and vape on the Pulse and find out how it performs.
For a pod mod, the Pulse comes in lavish packaging. First impressions are great and the device looks futuristic with its dynamic accenting. The pods seem robust and the plastic mouthpiece pops off easily with a bit of prying. The Pulse is draw-activated, but can be turned on and off with five clicks of the button that also controls the LED accents.
One of the first things I notice is the beveled edge of the base of the device. This is one pod mod that is not intended to stand upright, and the sharp angle of this edge serves no purpose except to light up and look cool.
The pods click into the Pulse device easily enough, although the angular profile of the top of the Pulse makes it less plug-and-play and more push-and-jiggle than I’d like. I’ve seen conflicting specs for the Pulse from different sources so filled up one pod with a syringe of e-liquid. To my surprise, the pod only has a capacity of 1 mL. This is the smallest capacity of any pod mod system I’ve seen.
The coil and wick are located at the base of the pod. The coils use silica as the wicking material. By prying the positive and negative pins (still attached to the coil) out of the pod housing, I was able to get an ohm reading on a metering tab. It came out around 1.7 – 1.8 ohm. According to Limitless Mod Co’s blog, the pods can be refilled 8 to 12 times before they need to be replaced.
Refilling and hacking
Refilling the pods is simple. Remove the black mouthpiece with a little pressure and you will see a red rubber plug. This covers two holes on either side of the airflow chimney. A red arrow on the pod body indicates that only one hole should be used for refilling (to allow air to escape out of the other).
You will need a unicorn bottle or syringe to refill. I measured a capacity of 1 mL based on the syringe I used. Even for a pod mod, that’s small. But with an output of 8 W, you aren’t going to be burning through the e-liquid anyway.
The base containing the coil and wick can be easily pried away from the pod housing using a pair of elbow tweezers. I counted 9 wraps on the coil with an inner diameter of 1.5 mm. If you need to dry burn the coil, one option is to unfold and remove the gold connection pins (with the coil still attached) from the pod housing. Connect the pins to the positive and negative posts of an RDA and screw this onto a metering tab.
How it performs
The LED accents will certainly turn heads. You can also turn them off by clicking the triangular button 3 times to go into stealth mode. One issue I have is that they don’t indicate battery life. When your battery’s done, there’s no warning – the device simply blinks three times, and then it’s out. However, the device went from empty to fully charged in about 40 minutes.
The draw on the Pulse is restrictive, similar to a Nautilus or Nautilus X tank at their most closed-off. Among pod mods, I would compare the draw to the Juul or Juno, but more closed.
How is flavor on the Pulse? When the battery is fully charged it’s OK , but it deteriorates as the charge decreases.
The biggest change is with vapor production. On a full charge the Pulse produces a decent amount of vapor, for a pod mod. With a decreasing charge vapor also decreases. This feels strange, considering how hard you have to inhale on it.
I love the idea of a refillable pod mod system. For that to work, the components have to be built for multiple re-use. On one pod, the mouthpiece cracked after being removed a couple of times. The pods themselves are somewhat leaky. I have had issues with spitback, and getting e-liquid flooding through the mouthpiece.
The Pulse Pod System is a step in the right direction but needs more work to make a decent refillable closed system. Personally, I find the draw too restrictive. The flavor produced isn’t anything to write home about. Pod capacity is somewhat on the small side. Perhaps it’s the combination of silica wicking, low output wattage, and an overly restrictive draw that make for an unsatisfactory vape on the Pulse, for me at least.
On the plus side, the pods are hackable, and can be dry burnt. The price seems fair for a pod mod with two refillables included.
All in all, I really love the concept of Limitless Pulse Pod– a refillable pod mod system and the price is also affordable.
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