GeekVape Sonder Q
Supplied by TECC for review
GeekVape are literally spoiling us with this release, the new Sonder Q gives you more for the same price as the original Sonder. In these trying times, how often do you hear this?
- Tank capacity: 2ml
- Battery capacity: 1000mAh
- Coil resistance: 0.8ohm
- Output wattage: 5-20W
- Adjustable Airflow
- Tri-colour LED Logo
- Top-Fill pod
I will go into the differences shortly, but you need to forget the old one and just get this, it’s so much better. It might be ‘JAFP’ (Just Another F**king Pod), but I think it is GeekVapes best affordable one yet, spoiler alert but it's another pod that I have zero cons with.
Don’t expect much with this pod, it’s not a kit as such as you just get the device and a single pod, usually a con but this is aimed as an affordable starter kit and is priced to persuade folks away from those nasty disposables.
The Sonder Q is in a simple carton box with a sealed bag containing the device with a 0.8ohm pod preinstalled.
Looks pretty stingy, eh? Usually I would agree, but for £9.99 you are getting a lot for your money considering the features this pod has.
First Impressions and Overview
Before I go too in depth, I need to get the comparison out of the way, the Sonder Q might as well be named something different as it so different to the original Sonder.
Firstly the pods are different and the new won’t fit the old and vice-versa, that’s a pity for those who own the original and have spare pods, but for new users it won’t matter as long as you make sure you order ‘Q’ pod replacements.
The rest of the differences make it all worthwhile upgrading; the best is the adjustable airflow which works a charm, the original had fixed airflow which was a tad loose. The pod is so much better, it fits better, has a better mouthpiece and an easier top-fill. The body is thinner and narrower but is also a touch taller. Then there’s chrome logo, on the old one it was just a stuck on badge for styling, on the new it has an embedded breathing LED light. They are both plastic bodies, but somehow the Sonder Q seems far better quality and feels it too.
With that out of the way, the Sonder Q looks pretty slick with the colour gradient option. It looks like a metal body at first but it is a smooth feeling plastic which I actually prefer over similar metal body pods I own, mainly due to how it feels in your hand. The ribbed edges makes it tactile and grippy.
I really like the branding too, that chrome ‘SONDER’ badge stands out, but the rest is really subtle with an etched look. The mouthpiece looks and feels slimmer which is a good balance for MTL and a possible RDL.
The charging port is on the side and accepts standard USB-C (the same as most smart-phones/tablets etc.) and this is when I first saw the LED which lights up the ‘SONDER’ evenly and slightly breathes. It is also tri-colour as a status light, it doubles as a charging level and a battery status while vaping:
- Green is above 60%
- Blue is between 30-60%
- Red is below 30%.
The pod is a magnetic fit and sits deeply into the body, the fit is spot-on with no play. There’s a clear section that sticks out to see your e-liquid level, once it is below the visible section, you know it’s time to top-up but there’s still around 0.5ml left in it.
You will only need to remove the pod for cleaning or replacing for a new one, the mouthpiece levers off to reveal the filling port.
*Make sure you fill it up through the hole on one side and NOT the centre hole which is the coil.
Filling it up was very easy and seemed a bit easier than the original as I could fill it up to the top with no mess or air-locks as there’s a little flap rather than a tight silicone bung, it just worked well.
The replacement pods are also reasonably priced, in fact they are one of the cheapest replacement pod packs as you get 3 for £6.99: https://www.theelectroniccigarette.co.uk/geekvape-q-pods-x-3
I filled it up with one of my all-time favourite Nic Salts which TECC also sell at a bargain price of 4 for £10: https://www.theelectroniccigarette.co.uk/elf-bar-elfliq-e-liquid which should suit ex-disposable users perfectly.
The Sonder Q delivers a faultless and flavourful vape right off the bat, in fact it is the best MTL vape I have had from any GeekVape device. The 0.8ohm pod delivers a saturated, smooth, and warmish draw. It can keep up with chain vaping and with the airflow open fully, you can just about get a restricted DL (direct lung), but I felt the Sonder Q better suited MTL (mouth to lung).
To put it simply; you get a high end vape quality for a bargain price, for a humble pod, I wouldn’t change a thing. It has all I need thanks to the adjustable airflow which closes off to a cheek-pulling tight MTL draw which I crave. Sure there’s no adjustable power, but that doesn’t matter with the well balance, near perfect hit I got from it.
The 1000mAh battery lasted ages, I was getting between 2-3 refills which is pretty good. A lot of similar priced pods only give you around 650mAh.
The GeekVape Sonder Q is a true disposable-killer, it beats any disposable I have tried hands down. The vape quality is so much better and you get a much stronger and more saturated hit with the 0.8ohm pod, but there’s also other ohm options if that doesn’t suit you. The 1.2ohm will give you a more familiar vape, for the slightest effort of refilling yourself and waiting a few minutes you get the benefits of:
- Huge savings
- Better vape quality
- More predictable (battery status and eliquid visibility)
- More sustainable
- No E-waste
- Longer lasting
In the early days of disposables, the vape was very different with exceptional flavour, and that appealed to a lot of folks and beginners. These days e-liquids have caught up, and with the right hardware, such as this Sonder Q, I cannot see any benefit of disposables other than the ‘instant’ appeal, but once you get going, there’s no more waiting as each refill brings instant-ness anyway.
Let’s talk about the price. As you add it all up, it should be a no-brainer:
- Sonder Q device with 1 x 0.8ohm pod included = £9.99
- 4 x ELFLIQ 10ml assorted flavours = £10
- 1 pack of 3 pods = £6.99
That will give you the equivalent of more than 20 disposables for shy of £27, and those pods will last you longer than four bottles so it just keeps on getting cheaper, I estimate around £1.50 per 2ml running costs.
For the price of £9.99, I think the Sonder Q is in the Top 3 of entry level pods, yet it doesn’t feel budget or look cheap. It is one of those vapes I would confidently recommend to ANY beginner or disposable user, but experienced vapers will love it too. I certainly loved reviewing it, especially after reviewing a batch of disposables just before it.
- Flavour is amongst the very best
- Very affordable (£9.99)
- Long lasting pods
- No leaking
- Adjustable airflow
- Feels good
- Replacement pods are cheap
- Lanyard friendly
- A true disposable killer
- There simply are none, not the slightest niggle, not even the 1 pod included put me off as the price reflects this and the replacements are cheap.
Final Thoughts and Score
I would have been impressed at £20, but for £9.99, it’s a steal. I cannot think of a better MTL pod from GeekVape, and it is a much better device than the original, you are getting so much more for your money and it won’t cost much to run with £2.33333333 per pod.
Score: 9.962/10 – Join the Q