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GeekVape Obelisk 65 Kit

Tim takes us on a journey through time and space with his review of the GeekVape Obelisk 65 Kit

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Today for review we have the Geekvape Obelisk 65 which was kindly sent to me by TECC for the purpose of review. What follows are my own thoughts based on my own experiences. There is an FC (fast charging) variant of this device, but this review is for the non-FC device only.

The Obelisk range has been around for a while now and has a few different variants so how does this one fare? Geekvape market this as “Tech-chic. Palm-fit. Masterpiece” which is quite a claim, and it will be interesting to see if it matches the hype. The only other Obelisk/Monolith which people claim is a masterpiece is Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey so it’s a lot to live up to but we’ll cover my thoughts on both as we continue, so, let’s go….

GeekVape Obelisk 65 Kit

“You know of course though he’s right about the 9000 series having a perfect operational record” Bowman, 2001

The packaging is a thin cardboard sleeve which you push out the main box to open and this reveals the device and pod, and underneath is all the extras. In total you get:

  • Geekvape Obelisk 65 Pod Mod
  • Obelisk 65 Pod – 4.5ml (2ml TPD)
  • 0.2ohm B Series Coil (rated 50W– 58W)
  • 0.4ohm B Series Coil (rated 25W – 35W)
  • USB-C charging cable
  • Coil Tool
  • Warranty Card
  • User Manual

The kit comes in 7 colours – Lava, Peacock, Ruby, Scarlet Blue, Sapphire, Rainbow, and the one I was sent, Navy Blue.

GeekVape Obelisk 65 Kit colours

You can check all the specs and protections here but the main ones are:

  • Size – 27mm x 42mm x 101mm
  • Power Output – 5W-65W
  • Battery – Built-in 2200mAh
  • 2A USB-C charging
  • Output Modes – Smart/Power/TC-SS/TC-TCR/VPC/BYPASS

GeekVape Obelisk 65 Kit side on

“Open the pod bay doors HAL” – Bowman, 2001

The Pod Mod

The mod itself is some sort of metal and feels quite cool to the touch, on either side are coloured resin panels and to the rear are some ridges which seem like they are for grip rather than aesthetics. To the front are the buttons and a 0.96” TFT screen. The mod has a nice balanced weight to it and the build quality is superb, it’s well-made and is comfortable for me to hold. The buttons are responsive and have a good weight to them when pressed, and the screen is nice and vibrant.
 

  • 5 clicks of the fire button turns the device on/off
  • 3 clicks of the fire button allows you to change the settings. After 3 clicks the Mode will turn orange, use the + or – button to cycle through the modes:

Smart Mode – the device detects the coil resistance and sets the wattage accordingly and will not allow you to exceed the coil wattage rating

Power – standard wattage setting allowing you to set the wattage you require

TC (SS, TCR) – allows you to set the temp you require between 200 – 600F / 100 – 315C

VPC – Variable Power Curve – change the wattage by puff time

BYPASS – fire voltage is approximately equal to the battery voltage

  • Lock wattage buttons – press the + & - buttons
  • Lock Fire Button - Press the + & - together then the fire button 3 times
  • Activate Stealth Mode - Press the fire button as well as the + & - buttons (turns the screen on/off)
  • Adjust Screen Brightness - Press the fire button as well as the + or –
  • Screen Colour – Press fire 3 times then press and hold + & -. colours available – Orange, Red, Blue, Green, Purple.
  • Clear Puff Counter – Press Fire 3 times then when the mode is turned orange press fire then fire again then press –

It probably sounds more complicated than it is, but most vapers will be happy with Smart Mode and as such won’t need to use a lot of the functions, but it’s good that they are all there so that more experienced vapers can tailor the experience to suit what they want.

GeekVape Obelisk 65 Kit screen

“I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.” HAL, 2001

The Pod

The pod itself is made of strong plastic and is held in place by two magnets. The airflow ring twists with little resistance, and the fill port is up top with an easily removable rubber bung to reveal a decent sized fill port. Unfortunately, the pod is quite dark and sits well below the level of the device so to have any chance of seeing your liquid level, you have to remove the pod to check. It’s a bit annoying but it’s not a deal breaker.

I was sent the TPD version for this review which holds just 2ml and normally this is the part where I moan about TPD and state that it’s not the manufacturers fault as they are bound by what the TPD regulations allow, this one however is different.
Now, I mentioned 2001: A Space Odyssey earlier (I’ll just put 2001 from now on, it’s easier) and apart from the obelisk reference, there’s another reason for this as I can draw some parallels. When I first sat down to watch 2001, I was excited, I’d heard such great things, people called it a masterpiece, a landmark in film making, detail and set design beyond compare they said and I wanted to see this, to be wowed. I sat, I took it all in, there were great moments, the music is astounding and iconic, the effects are superb and HAL going crazy is incredibly memorable. Then there’s the ending, it all goes a bit psychedelic with lots of flashing colours then he ends up in a weird white room where he watches himself age and then a strange floating baby appears. What the hell was all that about? Why is there a floating baby? I had no idea what was going on, I was as confused as when I tried to figure out the magic words Super Ted used to say to transform himself. People claim they know what 2001 is about or what Super Ted said but do they really?
Anyway, my point is, I have no idea what Geekvape were thinking when they implemented the TPD bung in this pod, it just doesn’t make any sense at all. The bung is solid black and cover most of the pod making it virtually impossible to see your liquid level at all. There’s a tiny portion of the front of the pod where you can just about see some liquid in bright light, thanks to the pod being so dark, but that’s it. This makes judging your liquid level a mix of frustration and pure guess work.

GeekVape Obelisk 65 Kit pod and coil

“I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.” – HAL, 2001

In use

Loaded and primed with a pod full of Unicorn Shake, I tried the 0.2ohm (rated 50W–58W) coil first. I started with the wattage low and gradually raised it. You start to get the flavour come through at about 40W and it gets more prominent as you pass 50W. I found that my sweet spot was with the airflow closed off just a touch and at 53W. This is a really nice vape, the flavour is really good, the vapour is dense, and it’s just a very satisfying, flavourful vape. The airflow through this coil has a bit of restriction to it but it’s nice and smooth, if a little on the loud side.

Switching to the 0.4ohm coil (rated 25W–35W) and again, using Unicorn Shake, off I went. There’s definitely more restriction to this coil and I found that fully open was best for me. I played around with the wattage and found 33W to be my sweet spot with this coil. The flavour is still really good at this wattage and it’s a great vape, the airflow is more RDL than DL with this coil.

The coils give great flavour and I got about 10 days out of each one before it started to drop off. With the 0.2ohm coil, I got a good 8 hours or so out of the battery, and with the 0.4ohm I was getting most of the way through the day. The pod doesn’t leak at all, I mean I’ve not even had a drop under the pod which is impressive, and the whole thing charges from flat in just over an hour.

GeekVape Obelisk 65 Kit pod fitting

“Dave. My mind is going, I can feel it.” – HAL, 2001

So, how is the Obelisk 65 Kit overall? Is it the masterpiece that we were promised? How does it compare to 2001? Well, in all honesty I found 2001 to be very well made but a little boring and definitely confusing. If a penguin drank Gummi Berry juice and tried to bounce around like a Gummi Bear, would it work? Well it’s something I would very much like to see but it would be confusing and a little irritating which is precisely what we have with this kit.

The build quality is superb, the mod is easy to use but has more advanced options if they are required, the battery lasts well for the wattages, and the coils give great flavour. The pod doesn’t leak, the airflow is smooth, and this gives an all-round impressive vape. I cannot fault the vape quality you get from this device at all.

However, the pod lets this down, it’s too dark and the TPD implementation is, quite frankly, awful. There’s no way to tell how much liquid you have so it’s guess work as to when to fill and when to stop filling before liquid comes flowing out of the fill port.

Overall, I like this device and really rate the coils for vape quality. If you are going to get one of these then find yourself a 4.5ml pod from somewhere and even then, just be aware that the pod is still dark, and you’ll still need to remove the pod to see your liquid level.

FM Out.

GeekVape Obelisk 65 Kit space

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Tim Jones

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I was a 20 a day smoker for 25 years, I'd tried to quit before but I never lasted more than a few days. I first tried a vape pen in 2018 and i used it while still smoking for about 6 months before I gave the pen away to a friend. In Jan 2020 I decided to give vaping another shot, I scoured many articles on POTV and bought myself an Adept Zlide and some Chiri Sun and I've never looked back.I've now gained quite the collection of devices and liquids and started on rebuildables and some mixology. I love contributing to the forum and enjoy learning from fellow vapers and generally having a laugh, as a Forest fan you have to have a sense of humour!

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