A Budget Priced Pod Kit From A Quality Company – How Does the Orion Q Vape?
The Lost Vape Orion Q pod kit is a super-fast follow up to the hugely successful original and with the Q standing for Quest is the hunt for the affordable high performance pod kit over?
The original Lost Vape Orion Go was, it’s fair to say, expensive for a pod kit due mainly to the inclusion of the DNA Go chip. This new version has a basic chip that whilst ‘capable’ of firing up to 40w is throttled back to a max of around 17w and there’s no way on the mod to alter that….kind of!
Outside it’s pretty much identical to the original with just the USB port moved from the base and whilst the Orion Go’s pods do fit the 0.25 won’t fire due to lack of power – more on that in a wee while.
OK Lost Vape says this is a ‘Pod Mod For Everyone‘ and as to if that’s true we’ll take a look at now.
Look, Lost Vape are a quality set-up so entering what might be classed as the ‘budget market’ is a very interesting move – so have they pulled it off? And please note the Q is available in both kit form including one pod and just the battery -so double check before checking out 😉
The Lost Vape Orion Q Pod Kit was sent to me free of charge for the purpose of this review and as always my thoughts and opinions are my own.
Inside the Box
The box is a little less shall we say ‘flashy’ than usual hence the price point:
- 1 x Lost Vape Orion Q Pod System
- 1 x Lost Vape Orion Lanyard
- 1 x Micro USB Charging Cord
- 1 x User Manual
Lost Vape Orion Q Specs
- Size: 93 mm x 37 mm x 13.5 mm
- Internal Rechargeable Battery: 950mAh
- Maximum Wattage Output: 40W – out of the box set to 17w
- Pod Capacity: 2ml / 1ohm
- Dual Adjustable Airflow
- Short-Circuit Protection
- Weak Battery Protection
- Temperature Protection
- Low/High Resistance Protection
Lost Vape Orion Q Quick Start Guide
- Hold down switch and slide out pod
- Unscrew cap and fill with e-liquid
- Leave to prime for at least 10 minutes
- Click fire button x5 to turn on
- Press fire button to vape
- Adjust airflow via base of mouthpiece
Battery light levels:
- Blue: 64 to 100%
- Purple: 18 – 64%
- Red: 0 – 17%
As we’ve already established the Lost Vape Orion Q is the tamed down version of its predecessor the Orion.
There’s no DNA Go chip in this one and out of the box it’s set at 17w – bang on a decent mouth to lung [MTL] setting IMHO.
The pods remain the same however there only seems to be 1.0ohm coils available at the time of writing.
Having reviewed the original I was able to pop a 0.25ohm pod onboard however as you might expect from the low wattage it was unable to fire. Unfortunately I did not have any 0.5ohm pods left so was unable to test those. So I guess that suggests this is primarily meant to be used as an MTL device…I’ll see if that’s the case later.
Just like the original the Quest has adjustable airflow and again on some pods I’ve used it is near on impossible to twist – however you can remove the drip tip to place it where you prefer. Once lubed up there is some movement however I really did find them very stiff indeed.
It’s powered by a 950mAH battery which may not sound much but firing at around 17w you will get plenty of life out of it…again more on that later.
OK it comes in a variety of colours and as you can see the outside remains the same design wise – just the USB port has moved from the base [behind that silicone stopper] to the side – which I prefer.
Design and Build Quality
As I’ve just said there’s little difference in the design of the Q – so if you liked the original but felt it was a little expensive this half price version might suit.
One thing I noticed even removing mine from the box was the button rattle – it’s really quite bad however this could be due to it being a review sample…let me know if yours rattles because it is not up to the usual Lost Vape standard.
Apart from that annoying rattle the rest of the device is well put together and feels solid in the hand. You’ll have no issues removing the pods so long as you use the ‘catch and track’ method and do make sure you use the sliding button!
I really liked the look of the original and the Orion Quest looks just as good so nice design a decent build so how does it vape?
How Does the Lost Vape Orion Quest Kit Perform?
On the original I fiddled about in Escribe and found on the 1.0ohm pod 15w was my preferred vape.
On the new Q you can technically go into Escribe to fiddle about but I’m sure I saw or read somewhere it is very very fiddly indeed and given 17w is near enough for a decent MTL vape I wouldn’t bother. I might have imagined that lol…
Whilst 17w is a decent MTL setting I found with the Orion Q things can get a little warm, especially if chain vaping. The mouthpiece does enough to dissipate the heat however a few times I was pretty sure it would get uncomfortably warm had I carried on taking hits.
And speaking of hits…even with a 1.0ohm coil and that airflow turned way down it felt more like I needed to take restricted direct to lung hits [DTL] than true MTL. Again that could be down to my vaping style and to be honest I quite enjoyed it – but super tight aka ‘proper MTL’ this isn’t – for me anyway.
Still on the pods and there seems to be a whole lot more cotton inside them. Lost Vape goes to great lengths in the user manual telling you to prime them for at least 5 minutes. I would triple or even quadruple that if I’m honest. Whilst I haven’t had a dry hit or that horrible burning taste I could instinctively tell this one needs to sit for a while to get all that cotton saturated.
More on priming your coils.
Flavour and Vapour Off The Lost Vape Orion Q Kit
I called the original the best pod kit I’d ever vaped scoring both the flavour and vapour 9.5…so how’s the Q?
Vapour wise it is very good indeed though I’m not sure you’ll be winning any cloud chucking competitions. Look it definitely isn’t the stealthiest device out there so no vaping under your desk at work!
Flavour wise it felt to me it took a little longer for it to pop – I reckon that could be down to the almost cotton wool ball size wicking! In all seriousness I do recommend priming much much harder than you think it needs – let it sit for at least 20 minutes.
As to longevity of the pods? Lost Vape say anything between 7 to 14 days and I concur. I’ve used a 50:50 PG/VG and nic salts and am averaging around 10 days before the flavour dips a little…but it drops significantly past 2 weeks use so not bad at all.
Read more about the benefits of ‘nic salts’.
BTW battery life as I’ve alluded to is very very good indeed. Using this the past 3 weeks I’m getting a good day and a half before the red light comes on with not that significant dip in vape experience either. Charging is super-fast too with dead to fully charged around 80minutes.
- Great flavour
- Great clouds
- Great price
- Decent build
- Great design
- Good pod life
- Great battery life
- Airflow control
- Easy to use/fill
- No leaks!
- Button rattle
- Pods take an age to soak in the e-liquid
- Airflow on some tips can be stiff!
Final Review Verdict
The Lost Vape Orion Quest kit is marketed as a ‘Pod Mod For Everyone’ and I guess that stands up.
It is definitely more of a restricted lung hit even with the airflow almost shut however there’s just enough restriction for even brand new vapers – especially using nic salts – to use this to quit the cancer sticks.
It’s even more newbie friendly given there’s no need to hook it up to Escribe to get your perfect setting and that may be an issue for more experienced vapers. However for me at least the ‘out of the box’ 17w and being able to adjust the airflow means you can still find your tailored vape without the need for software.
However even the simplest low medium high settings as seen on the Innokin DV kit for instance would have been a nice touch.
It is a little disappointing when chain vaping as things tend to warm up a little – not uncomfortably so but certainly bordering on too warm. However the vape itself is very smooth just the right side of warm and definitely cloudy and certainly flavorsome.
If you fancied the original but couldn’t justify the cost then trust me this one keeps up on every level – however that button rattle is I hope only on mine.
So yeah I’d definitely recommend this one for the price alone…and if you’ve ever wanted to own a Lost Vape product then now’s your chance 😉