Before I get right into the Lost Vape Grus kit review, I should first mention a couple of puzzling things…
Firstly, Its been a mere 6 months since I reviewed the Lost Vape Grus 100w Device, which back then came without a tank of any description.
I really liked the device and I’m pretty harsh I feel when it comes to my reviews in written format.
An 8.8/10 is pretty much as good as it gets from me.
Move forward to January of this year, and arguably one of the most comprehensive systems was released by Lost Vape, the Ursa.
A device that has similarities to the Grus but is seriously adaptable with its pod housing and 510 adaptor all included in the kit with multiple other options available.
It really is a great bit of kit, if only lacking slightly in the flavour department which meant the Ursa kit got a mere 8.2/10.
So if that wasn’t enough, Lost Vape went back to the Grus 100w device, after already making a complete system, and decided to wack a Pod-Tank in with the Grus 100w mod and see if they could snatch any more customers!
Will it work? Personally I think its risky.
The Lost Vape Grus 100w device is popular, a lovely feeling single 21700 device which can happily house a 30mm tank or dripper and price wise I saw it for as little as £30 which is an absolute steal.
But wait there’s more! The original Lost Vape Grus had a chipset that to be honest I was happy with, easy enough to navigate and had a clear display.
The Ursa was released with a different chipset and display, and now it seems the new Grus 100w Kit has upgraded to the same Quest 2.0 chip.
So what is this kit really for?
I’m hoping my summary wont mention the words ‘just get the Ursa kit‘…
But we’ll have to wait and see…
What Can We Expect From the Lost Vape Grus Kit?
The Lost Vape Grus 100w kit is a single 21700 device that can fire up to 100 watts, and comes with the new Lost Vape UB Pod-Tank.
However because the Grus has a 510 connection, you can still make use of your own tanks and drippers if you so wish.
I received the Gunmetal & Walnut Wood variant of the Grus Kit which has a lovely finish and a dark wood effect panel.
Also included n the kit is 4, yes FOUR coils. This is Big.
Coils cost pence to manufacture, but for some reason manufacturers are always tight with what you receive in the kit. So being given four coils is a big win and a brave statement from Lost Vape.
This kit was sent to me free of charge for the purpose of review.
All views and opinions are solely those of my own and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of others.
Inside the Box
- 1 x Grus 100w Device
- 1 x UB Pro Pod-Tank (810 Drip-Tip)
- 2 x 0.15Ω UB Pro P1 Coils
- 2 x 0.30Ω UB Pro P3 Coils
- 1 x 18650 Adaptor
- 4 x O-Ring spares
- 1 x USB-C Cable
- 1 x Warranty Card
- 1 x User Manual
Specs and Features
- Dimension: 126*43*33 mm
- Weight: 173G
- Battery: Single 21700/20700/18650（Not Included）
- Power Range: 5-100W
- Input Voltage: 5V
- Battery Voltage: 3.0V-4.2V
- Output Voltage: 0.7V-8V
- Current Range: 1A-35A
- Temperature Range: 100℃-315℃/ 200°F-600°F
- Coil Resistance supported: 0.1Ω-5.0Ω
- Coil Material supported: Kanthal, Nickel, Titanium, SS316
- TFT Screen Pixel: 9‘’80*160
- Body Material: Zinc-Alloy
Lost Vape Grus Kit Colours
In typical Lost Vape fashion, the Lost Vape Grus 100w kit comes in a vast array of styles and colours.
The bodies are either Silver, Gunmetal or Black and then a number of different panel variants are available.
Also if you go for the Silver, you get the UB Pod-Tank base in Silver, with the Gunmetal and Black variants coming with a Black UB Pod-Tank base.
Lost Vape Grus 100w Kit Design and Build Quality
Starting off with the looks, I’m a big fan of the design in general.
The Grus paint finish is extremely good and I especially like this Gunmetal paint as its slightly matte but is very smooth and just a joy to look at in the right light.
On either side are small decorative panels, the Walnut effect panels on the one I received are very smart but they’re not perfectly cut and a little rough around the edges. Nothing to scream about, but just slightly bothers me.
A nice feature to the Grus device is the front panel which of course includes a nice round firing button, curved 0.96inch colour TFT display along with your three buttons and USB-C port.
The curved front panel really makes this device. So many devices are flat on the front panel and can make it slightly uncomfortable to hold.
As much as you could say the display is a little Gold-Fish like, I still like it.
Lost Vape Grus Kit In The Hand
The Grus is no lightweight device made from plastic.
It’s a solid feeling chunky monkey and with the larger 21700 battery, its certainly not light.
Also there are no leather effect squishy panels on the Grus so its not the most comfortable.
However, that doesn’t make it uncomfortable. It fits nicely in the hand and feels substantial and well made.
As a thumb firer its almost perfect to hold in my hands and as a finger firer I find my pinkie sits beautifully on the base of the device.
All in all, its a lovely device to hold and use, even considering its high build quality and construction.
Lost Vape UB Pro Pod-Tank Design and Build Quality
Before I go on about what’s what with the UB Pro Pod-Tank, I have to address the issue with the silicon bung which comes pre-installed in the UK TPD version.
Its basically impossible to remove, meaning you’ll have to deal with its 2ml capacity rather than enjoying the full 5ml capacity.
Trust me, I’ve destroyed 2 sets of needle nosed pliers trying to remove the silicone insert. I cant get the bugger out! good luck if you try, or perhaps just try to pick up the normal 5ml version?
Also – 2ml doesn’t last 5 seconds, especially when using the P1 0.15ohm coils.
OK rant over.
The 26mm UB Pro Pod-Tank is much like what we’ve seen from Voopoo with its PNP Pod-Tanks.
Of course the UB Pro makes use of Lost Vape’s own UB Pro coils and the pod itself screws into the base. However the threading is a little rough. Not terrible, just a little on the scratchy side.
The 510 threaded base also includes knurled airflow adjustment controller and triple airflow ports.
The push-fit UB pro coils press nicely into the Pod-Tank and I’ve not had a drop of leaking with only a small amount of condensation.
The Pod-Tanks get a gold star for not being a bottom filler but rather from the side, which means you don’t have to worry about removing the pod from the base to fill, that will also minimise leaking.
The 810 drip-tip on top is nicely curved and fairly comfortable and of course you can use your own however you will want to make sure your drip-tips include their own O-Rings as the Pod-Tank 810 housing does not have a pre-installed O-Ring to hold Goon style drip-tips.
One thing that grinds at me a little but is how the Grus device can house up to a 30mm, but the 26mm UB Pro Tank just doesn’t suit the device too well.
I mean, it looks OK, but there is plenty of room on this device for a larger tank.
So why not make the most of the real estate? Its like sticking a tennis court on a football pitch.
How To Fill the Lost Vape UB Pod Tank
Here’s how to fill the pod with e-liquid:
- Remove the silicon bung on the side of the pod
- Fill with your desired e-liquid
- Re-fit the silicon bung and allow the e-liquid to saturate the cotton for at least 5 minutes.
Lost Vape Grus 100w Kit Display, Menu & Functions
The Lost Vape Grus Kit comes with the updated Quest 2.0 chipset.
Which means the new Grus 100w uses the exact same chip as the Lost Vape Ursa… Which means…
It’s copy and paste time!
Lost Vape Grus 100w Kit Quick Start Guide
Here’s how to operate the Device:
- Device On/Off – 5 Clicks Fire Button
- Lock/Unlock Device – Press & Hold Up & Down Button.
- Puff Reset – Down button until you reach ‘Puff’ Option, then centre button
- Open Menu – Down button until you reach ‘Settings’ Option, then Centre Button
The settings on the Lost Vape Grus are very basic, allowing you to adjust the output power, screen brightness along with changing your user settings so you can tailor your vape a little more.
Lost Vape Grus Kit Battery Door
The updated Lost Vape Grus kit does not mean an updated battery door. Meaning its still the threaded type. So I’m sorry, but again I’ll just copy exactly what I said about the original…
The Grus uses what I would call the traditional threaded battery cap with a small latch that you can lift and unscrew the cap to access the battery housing.
There are also 3 small holes in the cap for battery venting.
As much as some may say this is a painful way to house a battery, and for some who aren’t very dexterous they may struggle with this cap as the handle to screw and unscrew is quite small.
But personally, I still think its one of the best ways to house a battery, more because it ensures a tight connection and there is nothing that concerns me more than loose connections…
Being an electrician, I can promise you a loose connection causes more problems than you could imagine.
Just ask one of the largest retailers in the UK who had 5 hours of downtime, costing them millions just because of a loose connection.
Yep…I was the fool who had to fix it and explain to the directors there was no quick fix.
On a plus side, the Grus battery housing is spring loaded meaning its not too difficult to fit the battery door as you have a bit of play between the contacts and the battery.
How Does the Lost Vape Grus Kit Perform?
The coils included in the kit scream Direct To Lung to me.
So out comes Code Red by Darkstar – an 80VG 20PG e-liquid that I know so well I know exactly how it comes through in a sub-ohm tank, a dripper or a pod system.
So I know when a Sub-Ohm coil performs as it should, or if its sub-par.
Lost Vape UB Pro P1 0.15Ω Coil
Recommended between 70-90 watts, I enjoyed this coil at the 75 watt mark.
I found at the higher wattage, the flavour gets washed away by the power output, 75-78w was the optimal in my opinion for flavour.
Cloud production is crazy, especially with the airflow wide open.
But that’s how the flavour comes out best. Dropping that airflow half way closed, it performs well but the flavour doesn’t seem as good for me.
Overall the flavour is OK, by no means the best but its more than acceptable.
Final thing! This coil drinks juice! The limited 2ml capacity really doesn’t last long with this coil installed.
Lost Vape UB Pro P3 0.3Ω Coil
Recommended between 60 and 70 watts, I kept the coil at 60-watts as I didn’t really feel much of a difference performance wise between 60 and 70 watts.
Cloud production is still very good and the flavour, although still not great, performed as well as the P1 coil.
The added benefit of vaping at that lower wattage meant my battery life was a little better.
Overall, both coils perform OK.
For me, they don’t match up to the likes of the Voopoo TPP Coils, the Freemax Mesh coils or the Uwell UN coils so if its flavour you’re after, perhaps check those out.
But they’re not bad. Just not the best.
Lost Vape UB Pro Pod-Tank Airflow
The triple airflow allows for excellent adjustment to really tailor your vape.
When wide open, I find the UB Pro Pod-Tank a little whistly and quite loud however its not turbulent.
Dropping the airflow halfway and its a lot smoother, but still slightly rough on the inhale.
Again, its not terrible, just not super smooth and certainly not quiet.
Battery Life & Charging
Considering the Lost Vape Grus device makes use of either an 18650 or 21700 battery.
As always I strongly suggest you charge your batteries externally.
But if you’re stuck with no other option than to charge the battery within the device, the USB-C port will do a good job.
I cant seem to find any information on the actual charging current however. Not in the manual and not online, but that didn’t stop me from finding out.
Attaching some fancy electrical testers, the device gave a charge rate of 1.8A which I’m quite impressed with.
It’s good to see they have used a USB-C port that can actually use some of its potential. There is nothing worse than a device with a USB-C port that’s limited to a 1Amp charge.
Does the Lost Vape UB Pro Pod Tank Leak?
The UB Pro Pod-Tank does a good job both with limited leakage, and also very little condensation.
Yeah you get a little build up of tiny dots of e-liquid every now and then but not a lot.
SO…just be sure to check the base every now and then and clean away any condensation over the contacts.
Pros Grus 100w Device
- Very well built Device
- Excellent feel and finish
- Nice clear display
- Easy to navigate
- Holds up to 30mm atomiser
- Fast charge-rate
Cons Grus 100w Device
- Battery cap may bother some
- Some may prefer a higher output than 100w
Pros UB Pro Pod-Tank
- Well constructed
- Easy to fill
- Very little leakage
- Flavour is good – not great though.
Cons UB Pro Pod-Tank
- The 2ml restriction sucks
- Airflow is a little noisy
- Pod-Tank could be larger to suit device better
Final Review Verdict
So does the Lost Vape Grus kit do anything different, or offer anything different to the Ursa?
No not really, if anything its perhaps not quite as wide to hold, but apart from that its basically the Ursa kit with a non-removable 510 plate up top.
So would my final verdict be to just get the Ursa Kit? Well yes and No.
The Lost Vape Grus kit does everything that the Ursa does but in a slightly different form factor with a slightly different Pod-Tank.
If anything it doesn’t look as good as the Ursa because the Pod-Tank is housed a lot smarter inside the Ursa Kit.
But let’s not take away from the design and build quality of the Lost Vape Grus kit. Its a lovely bit of kit that performs fairly well and the build quality of the Grus device is excellent.
Would this device be long lasting and still work 3, 6 or even 12 months from now?
I of course have my concerns over the Pod-Tanks. The UB Pro Pod-Tank is well made, but its certainly not as hard wearing and high quality as the Grus device.
The Grus mod is an excellent mod that would probably take you into 2023 let alone next year. Extremely high quality construction and even though its quite weighty, its still portable enough for day to day use.
Does this device deliver the flavour, vapour and general experience I require, in order to be enjoyed?
The performance from the UB Pro coils is just OK.
The coils really didn’t excite me if I’m honest. Now that really doesn’t mean they are bad coils. And its great that they include TWO of each coil in the kit. But for flavour its just OK.
Have you bought the Lost Vape Grus 100w kit?
Or have you given it a try?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.