Geekvape Z50 kit
The Electronic Cigarette Company (TECC) have sent out the latest starter kit from Geekvape for us to take a look at, the Geekvape Z50 kit. It’s refreshing to see a genuine starter kit with a mod and a tank rather than another pod kit in this day and age so I was quite looking forward to giving this a whirl.
There’s a surprising amount of stuff in this diminutive package. The Z50 mod is matched up with the Z-Nano tank which utilises B-Series coils, and two coils are included along with a spare glass. There’s also a fairly helpful instruction manual as the Z50 mod is actually quite feature packed despite its diminutive size, a baggy of spares which includes a Geekvape coil removal tool, a spare drip tip, and of course a USB-C charge cable.
The Z50 mod is a welcome surprise here. It’s a teeny little mod measuring just 83.8 x 30.4 x 23.8mm yet it still manages to house a 2000mAh internal battery. I was sent the “black” version which has dark red accents in the side panels which make it look quite smart, and there’s only minimal branding down the spine of the device which doesn’t look out of place, full marks for appearance. The classic teardrop design makes it really comfortable to use in either trigger or thumb fire modes as well.
There’s a proper 510 platform on top, sadly this is limited to just 22mm atomisers as anything larger will overhang but any MTL fans out there may want to give this a closer look as most MTL tanks/RTAs still stick to this standard.
The front panel is dominated by a bright full colour screen with a large power button above and up/down buttons below and a USB-C charge port. The screen is bright enough to be seen clearly outside if you turn the brightness up to 100%, and all the buttons have a nice positive click with zero button rattle.
Unlike a lot of starter kits these days, I was pleasantly surprised to find the Z50 actually sports a fully featured board with power, temperature control/TCR, power curve and bypass modes along with a 7 volt output! Menu navigation is simple enough once you get used to it, and a quick flip through the instruction manual was very helpful here. Power is adjustable in 0.5 watt increments from 5 watts all the way up to the dizzying heights of 50 watts. Whilst some may find this 50 watt upper limit a bit puzzling, realistically it’s well matched to the internal battery capacity. Power delivery is quick and I found the temperature control mode seemed to work quite well.
Speaking of the battery, in my charge test this peaked at a rate of 1.69 amps giving a total capacity of 1840 mAh in about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Strangely this never seems to drop below a 0.22 amp draw after this point so I’d perhaps suggest not leaving this plugged in indefinitely to be safe although there are plenty of safety features built into the board itself.
The included Z-nano tank features top airflow which is then redirected to come through the bottom of the press fit coils which are easy to insert and remove, you even get a handy tool to help with this. Sadly although it comes with a spare glass, this has been struck by the TPD curse as they’re both just 2ml. You even get a second 510 drip tip included in the spares baggy but this is also identical to the preinstalled one.
Two B-series coils are included, a 0.3ohm and a 0.6ohm, full marks to Geekvape for clearly marking these on the base with the actual coil material (kanthal) as well. Both are a mesh design and give a pleasant restricted lung hit after a bit of a break in period (one or two full tanks), so if you’re looking for a MTL experience you’ll need to use your own tank.
Unfortunately the Z-nano tank has several flaws in use. Whilst the top cap is a rather convenient quarter turn bayonet style, the actual fill ports are tiny and this is further compounded by that 2ml glass which sits very close to the inner chamber. Take your time filling this one or you’ll have a very messy day! The 2ml glass also throws up another gremlin as I found that once the liquid level dropped to the top of the wicking ports, air gets trapped between the wick ports and the glass… Damn you TPD!!
Feature packed compact Z50 mod
Flawed Z-nano tank!
I’m loving the elegant, compact Z50 mod, not so much the Z-nano tank. The Z50 mod is feature packed, small and elegant and makes a great accompaniment to any low powered 22mm atomisers you might have lying around. The Z-nano tank though is deeply flawed in this TPD rendition so I’d say this is definitely a case of buying the kit for the Z50 mod.