Lost Vape Quest Gemini Hybrid
The latest offering from Lost Vape really caught my eye and I jumped at the chance to review this ‘hybrid’ Pod/Mod, though I would call it an AIO (All in One) device.
So is the Gemini Just Another F**king Pod? Far from it, Lost Vape Quest market this device as a Pod/Mod but this device is more of an AIO with the option to turn it into a mod. This has actually been done long before ‘pods’ became a thing, the Billet Box for example, and there have been a few devices similar to this (Dot AIO, Zeta, Pal 18650 etc.). I’ve owned a few and only the Billet Box has held its charm, but the Gemini really appealed to me and it certainly hasn’t been a disappointment.
The Gemini is really well packaged, it oozes quality from the cover art to the inside presentation. You know that feeling that you have something special when you first open the box, a nice clean look with white foam holding the contents which have clearly been laid out to please the eye.
The kit includes:
- Lost Vape Gemini Hybrid 80W Pod Device
- Lost Vape Gemini Hybrid 2ml Pod
- Lost Vape Ultra Boost M4 0.2 Ohm Mesh Coil (Pre-Installed)
- Lost Vape Ultra Boost MTL 1.0 Ohm Coil
- 510 Mod Adapter
- 510 MTL Drip Tip
- Micro USB Charging Cable
- User Manual
- Warranty Card
A couple of nice surprises greeted me, they include the 510 adaptor – NICE! And two different drip tips to suit MTL and DTL – double NICE!
The Gemini already has the pod installed with a coil, the other bits n bobs weren’t as impressive, a micro usb cable but it’s really short,(no biggie as I always charge my batteries in a dedicated charger), there are a couple of silicone bungs which proved to be a useless afterthought, more on that later, but they didn’t dull the experience.
- Sub Ohm pod mod
- Requires single 18650 battery
- 80W max output
- Compact, zinc alloy construction
- Marble pattern magnetic door
- Variable wattage
- 510 mod adapter
- 2ml e-liquid capacity
- Adjustable airflow ring
- Side fill
- Ultra Boost Coil series compatible
Considering I review quite a lot of new vape kit, I find it difficult to get too excited about new stuff, especially at the unpacking stage, but the moment I picked up this little beaut I was smiling, it looks really nice and feels so good in the hand, I’m not the biggest fan of green vape stuff but this silver and green resin style works so well together.
The battery door is a perfect fit and is held in place well, that was until I popped in an 18650 battery and placed the door back on BUT now there was panel wobble. This is down to the battery removal strap being a bit too long, I simply cut off 1cm and it now fits perfectly without any wobble yet still long enough to ease battery removal.
Removing the pod the first time was a right sod (Pod/Sod?) until I sussed out how much pressure you need to push it down while levering it outwards, after that I had no problems.
Looks and Ergonomics
In essence, the Gemini is just a rectangular shape finished off with chamfers, but this has been done so well to give it style, and the panels bring it to life. They have a satin finish to them which is new to me and at first I had wondered if they had a peel off coating. It didn’t take long to realise that this was deliberate and all the better for it, not only does it feel nicer but it adds an iridescent look to the pattern as you rotate it in the light and there is no distracting sheen. I seriously like this a lot.
The screen edge is equally pleasing and well laid out, the metal adjustment buttons protrude just enough and the fire button feels intuitive though a little mushy.
Subtle things like mirroring the panel pattern appeal to my OCD, and the juice view ports being identical instead of just one sided also help the looks.
Overall, I really love how the Gemini looks and there’s nothing I would like to have seen different so I think Lost Vape Quest have done a great job there. However, there is one niggle which I am not sure if it is down to being a sample, the printed metallic logos look odd and almost too thinly printed to stand out. I would have preferred no logos at all.
The colour screen looks really nice and you can change the colour scheme, I changed mine to green to match the mod and it looked ideal. The screen is bright enough indoors but near useless outdoors.
Ergonomics wise, it’s a mix. Generally it fits nicely into your hand, very compact and easy to vape on for thumb or finger firing, and the chamfers on the main body make it feel comfortable. However, the panels protrude just enough to give a harder feel to their edges, it would have felt much nicer if these edges had been smoothed.
Pod and Coils
Removing the pod is a little bit of a faff, you need to remove the panel, remove the drip tip and then prise it out. In reality, this only takes a few seconds and you only need to do this when changing your coil so it’s not much of an issue.
The actual pod is well made and clear enough to see your juice. Filling is achieved via a front silicone plug and is large enough to fill without airlocks. It has been mess free each time I’ve filled it up.
Changing coils is straight forward as they are a press fit, though you do need to unscrew the airflow adjustment ring each time and fit it onto your new coil (DON’T forget this as you could accidentally throw it away).
The airflow ring is very welcome, the last Lost Vape Quest pod I reviewed had an horrendous airflow ring on the drip tip that simply didn’t work at all, this one at the base of the coil is far better. It feels a little loose but surprisingly it still worked great even for MTL.
Are you ready for this intense tutorial on operating the complex Gemini Hybrid? Here we go……..
- 5 x FIRE = Turns device On/Off
- + or – Button to increase/decrease wattage
- Hold FIRE & - = Reset Puff
- Hold FIRE & + = Change Colour
- Hold + & - = Locks/Unlocks adjustment buttons.
- Press FIRE to vape
Phew! That was epic but now you’re fully qualified to operate the Gemini Hybrid, so it’s nice and easy to use BUT it is a shame there weren’t more features for when you use it as a mod.
I started off with the Ultra Boost MTL 1.0 Ohm Coil and set the airflow ring to the small hole. I wasn’t expecting a decent MTL draw from it so I was quite surprised when I got a really nice, flavourful restricted draw from it. I closed off the airflow full and I got an even better MTL draw, I was very happy with it. Unfortunately that coil only lasted around ten days, so I moved onto the DTL Ultra Boost M4 0.2 Ohm Mesh Coil. Again, I was very pleased with this coil and the airflow adjustment ring offered more options with a larger coil base opening. This coil has fared much better and is still going strong after a couple of weeks. The flavour is really good and vapour was surprising for such a small coil.
Battery life has been great, MTL was lasting me a good three days and the DTL coil lasted a full day out.
One of the reasons I was keen to try the Gemini was the 510 adaptor to turn it into a basic single 18650 Mod which they generously included in the retail version, top marks to Lost Vape Quest for that.
Converting it is as simple as removing the drip tip and swapping the pod for the adaptor and it is very sturdy, screw on a small tank via the 510 thread and away you go. You might need to brush up on your skills to change the wattage (see above) but now you have a mod and proper tank.
Finding a tank to suit the Gemini was a bit more challenging as anything over 18mm diameter looks odd due to the chamfers on the top. As luck would have it, I had the perfect tank, the Augvape Merlin Nano, and by fluke I had a green drip tip which I never found use for until now. I was really pleased with this pairing and sulked a little when I had to put the pod back in for the coils review period. I had tried a Billet Box with a 510 adaptor and it looked shit but it looks superb on the Gemini. I will likely go back to this setup once I’ve finished reviewing the coils.
The only drawback is the limited features, No TC, no Bypass etc. So you can only adjust the wattage. To be fair, this isn’t much of a hardship for MTL setups so I’m okay with that.
Lost Vape kindly included the RBA deck for the pod which is the same for the Q-Ultra. Though it will do for MTL, the problem is there is no airflow adjustment at all, so it is more suitable for DTL with a restricted draw.
The The RBA is very easy to build on and has a 510 adaptor so you can test your ohms and dry burn if required.
The Gemini isn’t perfect but it’s one of those devices you just love despite its flaws. To be fair, there’s nothing close to a deal breaker for me, in fact it’s one of my favourite devices of 2020 and I will continue to use and enjoy it for some time. I much prefer it to the Q-Ultra in style and performance. The inclusion of the 510 adaptor makes it all the better and makes it a true AIO (All In One) adding to its appeal and longevity.
I’m hoping to see more and more from Lost Vape Quest as they appear to be ramping up to the mother company’s name and quality, I will be reviewing the new GRUS shortly which caters more for the traditional mod market which is very welcome to see.
- Looks and styling
- Generous bundle including MTL and DTL drip tips and 510 adaptor
- Working AFC
- Silky panels
- Simple to operate
- Oozes quality
- 2020 and no usb-C
- Some hard edges
- MTL 1.0Ω coil life isn’t great
- Mod is VW only
The Gemini is bordering on ‘looks over substance’ due to its limited mod features which is partly down to its pod origins, but damn does it look good and, to be fair, it performs well for a VW only device. I just LOVE this kit, one of those devices I have to stop myself buying ‘spares’.
Simple, versatile and beautiful.