The Lost Vape Orion DNA Go is a kit from a brand that is best known for stylish high end high performance mods. Lost Vape have released a couple of ‘firsts‘ for them recently and the Orion is the company’s first pod system.
And yup true to form they’ve added the ‘newest’ DNA Go board and included the hugely popular Replay feature – some might say they’ve gone overboard for a pod kit – we shall see.
I said firsts and the Orion follows on from the awesome Furyan mechanical squonker which just goes to show when this company enters the fray for whatever is the current fad – they own it 😉
OK the kit can be hooked up to the Evolv/Escribe software and can be fully customized to your heart’s content and comes in an eye catching array of colour combos.
It’s most definitely not the cheapest pod kit on the market – so does the hefty price tag reflect its performance?
Let’s take a detailed look.
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OK this was sent to me direct from Lost Vape – thank you – and as always my thoughts and options are my own.
Inside the Box
Not sure if it’s just the packaging sent out to reviewers but this is a very plain box compared to most Lost Vape products – but hey a box is a box!
Inside you’ll find:
- 1 Lost Vape Orion DNA Go
- x3 Pods including x2 spares
- 1 Lost Vape Orion Lanyard
- 1 MicroUSB Cable
- 1 Instructional Manual
Lost Vape Orion Specs
- Internal 950mAh Rechargeable Battery | 450 Puffs Per Charge
- Advanced Evolv DNA Go Board
- Replay mode
- Maximum Continuous Power 30watts
- Maximum Wattage Output Boost: 40W
- 3mL Refillable Pod Cartridge
- 0.25ohm SS316L Orion Pod – Vapor-Focused
- 0.5ohm SS316L Coil Pod – Flavor-Focused
- MTL Delrin Drip Tip
- Dual Adjustable Airflow – Located Below Drip Tip
- MicroUSB Port – Charge & Firmware Upgrade via Escribe
- Dimensions: 93mm*37mm*13.5mm
This is a Lost Vape kit and true to form even though this is essentially a refillable pod system they’ve stuck with the DNA chip and in this case it’s their newest DNA Go board.
Might be a bit over the top given after all it’s a pod kit – we shall see.
Whilst there’s no menu screen the device does have three different power settings dependent on what ohm pod you’re using.
And all of those settings [plus a few more including changing the colours of the lights and upping the Boost feature] can be tinkered with in the Escribe software.
I had no issues hooking mine up and actually tweaked the wattage a touch higher in both Mouth to Lung (MTL) and Direct to Lung (DTL) modes – as always if I can do it you guys can.
Raising or lowering the power works very well especially when you utilize the Replay function – so let’s look at the default out of the box settings.
Use the mode button to switch through the colours:
Lost Vape Orion Go Light Settings Direct To Lung (DTL)
- White: 11w and 5 sec boost
- Blue: 13w and 4 sec boost
- Red: 15w and 3 sec boost
Lost Vape Orion Go Light Settings Mouth To Lung (MTL)
- White: 8w and 6 sec boost
- Blue: 9w and 5 sec boost
- Red: 10w and sec boost 5
As I said above all those settings can be changed to suit your taste – I nudged both coil settings up a couple of watts which for me eked out a bit more flavour – but will cut down on the longevity of the coils and battery life though for me it was hardly noticeable.
The Boost feature on the board is in effect a ramp up powering 20w max on the 0.25ohm coil and 14w max on the 0.5ohm coil.
BTW the DNA Go board will automatically check the resistance of your coils and adjust your power settings accordingly.
Replay Function On the Orion
OK once you’ve found your perfect puff or vape hold the function button down a few seconds until it turns green. This means you have locked that perfect puff into the board and you’re good to go – hold for a few seconds until light changes to get out of Replay mode.
Note: Lost Vape highly recommend using the Replay mode at all time to reduce risk of dry hits and ruining the pod if it runs dry.
More Features On the Orion DNA Go Pod Kit
OK the coils are stainless steel and packed with organic Japanese cotton and Lost Vape says depending on use and your personal power settings you can expect up to 14 days or around 400 puffs per pod – I’ll check that later.
Incidentally the 0.5ohm is single coil whilst the 0.25ohm is a dual parallel.
The Lost Vape Orion is powered by an internal 950mAH lipo battery and takes anywhere from 40 to 60 minutes to fully charge.
Design and Build Quality
This might just be a pod mod kit but this is a Lost Vape pod kit and so you’d be expecting only the best materials – build and finish.
And yup – you’re right – this is a beautifully designed and manufactured piece of kit – even the USB charge port is secreted away on the base of the device giving it an even cleaner look!
The company says this is made from a powder metallurgy stainless steel – real carbon fibre and Abalone for the side panels – with a genuine Delrin drip tip – you’ll find the Airflow Control (AFC) underneath the mouthpiece.
For me that’s a massive plus – I can’t think of many if any pod systems that have a 510 drip tip and this makes the vape experience so much better for me.
These panels cannot be swapped out however I’m more than happy with the blue frame and carbon fibre version I received.
The pods snap on and off very easily – line up the runners – use the latch on the side to release and slide on with the latch half open to snap back in place.
Filling is a doddle – simply unscrew stainless steel top and squirt in your juice – easy.
Design wise I could liken it to Action Man’s walkie talkie – but that’s doing it an injustice.
Trust me it’s a good in the flesh as it looks in the company’s stock photos – this thing is a looker with the logos unobtrusive.
It really is small too and fits in the hand well – is light as a feather yet solid and slips into your pocket no bother.
Trust me, holding and using this kit does get attention with one of my mates asking how come I’d become a ‘sophisticated vaper‘ haha if only 😉
After all that I guess you want to know how the Lost Vape Orion pod kit performs…Let’s take a look…
How Does the Lost Vape Orion DNA Go Pod Kit Perform?
I’ll cut to the chase here…
This is the best pod kit I’ve had the pleasure of vaping on and trust me I’ve been reviewing them since they first came out!
So let’s break it down:
Lost Vape Orion Go – DTL Mode
OK using the default settings I popped in an 80VG 20PG e-liquid – left it for 5 minutes and was pleased to see plenty of bubbles coming from the generous amount of cotton – this wicks very well indeed!
Break in time was super-fast with about 6 draws before the flavour popped – I did prime by half a dozen no fire draws too.
First up the clouds – wow even at just 15w the clouds were crazy and that’s with the airflow half open!
Flavour wise I’m going to say good actually on the better side of good and definitely better than some sub ohm tanks I’ve tried.
I tweaked in Escribe and found my perfect vape at 19w airflow almost fully open – giving me a warm vape with very good flavour and for what this is incredible vapour production.
Incidentally I left the boost alone in both.
Lost Vape Orion Go – MTL Mode
Using my go to 50/50 VG PG tobacco flavored e-liquid and again in the default settings I found the lower end far too weak a vape for me even with the airflow shut right down.
10w is the max out of the box for the 0.5ohm coil and again it was a little on the meh side for my tastes.
In Escribe I bumped it up to 15w and with the airflow pretty much closed off I got what I’d class as my perfect MTL vape.
I like an airier MTL vape but even with the airflow shut almost off – I hit MTL heaven.
Warmish vape with tons of flavour and clouds for days – yeah even at a lowly 15w this things chucks lol.
OK I’ve had this close to 3 weeks now and at the time of writing I’ve used the MTL cartridge much more.
I actually had to swap the 0.5ohm coil out today – so it’s lasted me a week more than suggested and I’ve vaped it all day every day as my go to mouth to lunger.
The 0.25ohm DTL pod is still fresh as the day I popped it in and at a rough guess I’d say it’s had around 300 puffs so far.
Not bad at all.
Incidentally given there’s only one MTL pod in the kit and x2 DTL pods – I am currently vaping on one of the 0.25ohm cartridges with the airflow practically closed off and getting my kind of looser MTL vape.
IMHO the 0.5ohm coil just – and only just – edges the flavour stakes and I mean by a whisker and BTW this is most definitely NOT a thirsty coil – the 2ml seems to last an age.
- Tailored MTL and DTL vape
- DNA Go chip
- Airflow control
- Proper drip tip!
- Good flavour
- Amazing vapour
- Great coil longevity
- Battery lasts an absolute age
- Great build and design
- Not one leak
- AFC can be a little stiff on some pods
Final Review Verdict
I guess you could say I’m becoming a bit of a Lost Vape fanboy because I’m yet to dislike any of their devices bought by me or sent for review.
And trust me the Lost Vape Orion DNA Go is no different – wonderfully designed – beautifully made and delivering a tailored vape that will surprise you as to its quality.
I know it sounds daft but having a bona fide 510 drip tip alone lifts this pod kit to a new level – let alone the sexy design and superb chip.
Given the price this is I guess one for the serious pod based vaper – however given the market is awash with pod kits that are flavourless – flimsy and shall we say all a bit samey – the Orion is head shoulders and a full torso above the others and then some.
So putting a DNA chip into a pod system might seem overkill to some – but as always you get what you pay for and in this case you’re getting a kit that will keep on vaping long long after some of the cheaper plasticcy ones have died.
And most importantly it gives as good a vape as any devices out there that claim to be able to switch vaping styles.
Expensive yes – but this is quality – go buy one.