Artery Pal 2 Pro
What's in the box?
The packaging is much nicer than earlier releases which were in fairly plain, generic artery vapor boxes. This time around there’s a glossy outer sleeve with a full colour photo of the Pal 2 Pro in your chosen colour on the front. There is very little other info on the box other than a few logos and a security code on one side. Inside the box the first layer has the device itself, and hidden underneath you will find the usual paperwork, spares and usb cable.
- Aluminum alloy construction
- 5-22 watts output
- 1000mah battery
- 3ml capacity (2ml for TPD regions)
- 2 coils included (0.6ohm and 1.0ohm HP cores)
Overview, build quality and performance
The new “pro” version comes in several finishes, plain aluminum like the original in black and gunmetal with a diamond cut pattern for improved grip, and three slightly more expensive versions with glass or carbon fiber panels. The form factor is similar to the earlier releases of the Artery Pal 2, especially the aluminum variants. The unit sent over for review has the slightly more expensive inlaid glass panels which are stunning, however this does increase the thickness and weight marginally over the all aluminum version. It’s still small and won’t weigh down in your pocket.
Other changes externally are the slightly enlarged air inlets on the front, a small window to view the e-liquid levels in the pod on one side and the button on the other side which is no longer round but more squared off to match the viewing window and is flush with the outer panel. The e-liquid viewing window seems to be of limited use as there’s pretty strong capillary action in play between the sides of the pod and the coil which means you still can’t always accurately judge how much remains without removing the side panel.
There’s a teeny bit of movement in the side panel, but it’s minimal, and I’ve had no issues with the panel falling off in pockets. There's something slightly hypnotic in the way the light bounces off the glass panels and although they seem durable, if you’re the kind of person who wanders around with a permanently broken phone screen you may want to consider the aluminum or carbon fiber finishes instead!
In use I found myself pinching the Pal 2 with my index finger plugging the liquid viewing window, and my thumb on the fire button, this worked well in both my left and right hands and unusually for me I frequently found myself using it left-handed despite being a “righty”.
The updated pod features a 510 drip tip and the pod is constructed in a clear plastic this time which makes viewing your e-liquid levels much easier, both of which are welcome additions. For those of you with earlier versions of the Pal 2, the pods are interchangeable as shown below. The filling port has also been enlarged to make life easier. You still need to take your time and tilt the pod around due to its position but it’s definitely less messy than before. My original pod also leaked quite badly which seems to have been a fairly common problem, the updated pod has thankfully been dry as a bone.
As before, two coils are included, a 0.6ohm mesh coil and a 1.0ohm round wire coil, both perform well with decent flavour. They are not the best in class but are certainly some of the better coils available for this type of device. The aspire bvc style coils also mean that a wide range of other compatible coils are available if it becomes difficult to obtain the artery coils in future.
Removing the side panel reveals the main improvement for the Pro in the form of adjustable wattage. This ranges from 5 to 22 watts and intelligently limits you to 13.5 watts when using the 1.0 ohm coil. The small screen also displays battery life and coil resistance, and if you want to save a little battery life, you can also disable the screen by pressing the up and down buttons together. My preference is the 0.6 ohm coil which I found performed best at around 18 watts, but there was still a noticeable performance drop off towards the end of the battery life despite the adjustable wattage. With the adjustable wattage, airflow control ring and wide range of coils available on the market you should be able to dial in your vape to your liking.
Charging is done via the micro USB port on the front and during my tests, it charged at about 0.9 amps hitting 935mah capacity, close to the stated 1000mah, in just 1 hour and 15 minutes.
The Pal 2 Pro continues to be one of the leading hybrid pod systems on the market and this updated version adds several welcome improvements. If you’ve not already bought into the Pal 2 series and are in the market for a small, sleek pod system, I’d definitely recommend buying this version over the earlier releases.
If on the other hand you already have the earlier pal 2, do you need to rush out and buy this updated version? Absolutely not… whilst the adjustable wattage is a very welcome addition, if you’re happy with the performance of the original Pal 2 you won’t find a massive increase in performance here. It may however be beneficial to buy one of the updated pods.
- Adjustable wattage
- Compact and well constructed
- Stunning new finishes, especially the glass panels
- Compatible with a wide range of coils
- Glass panels may not be suitable if you suffer from butter fingers
- Slight movement on the side panel
- E-liquid viewing window is of limited use