Uwell Caliburn G3 Pod Kit
It's the CALIBURN G3! CALIBURN Flavor 3.0!!!
Supplied by Uwell for review
Price TBC (Around 20 quid)
Is it that time already? Time for another Caliburn, this time we have the Caliburn G3. I’ve lost track of how many Caliburns are out there in the wild, but I always know I’m in for a treat when a new one emerges.
- Materials: Cartridge: PCTG | Device: Aluminium Alloy
- Dimensions: 115.5mm × 24mm × 13.9mm
- Net Weight: Approx. 47g
- E-liquid Capacity: 2.5ml (INT. /FDA) 2ml (TPD)
- Output Power: Maximum 25W
- Pod Specifications: FeCrAl Meshed 0.6Ω CALIBURN G3 Refillable Pod, FeCrAl Meshed 0.9Ω CALIBURN G3 Refillable Pod
- Battery Capacity: 900 mAh
- Dual airflow system
- Pro-FOCS Flavour Technology
- 2A Fast charging
It might look very similar but Uwell have upgraded the pod to the new G3 range which includes a 25W 0.6ohm for freebase RDL which is a first for the Caliburn range. It also has adjustable wattage with a small OLED screen with dual locking options.
The smaller box surprised me as UWELL have made it a bit simpler and compact, it still looks pretty good with the clear-view front displaying the actual device.
Once you open the box, there’s a blown plastic tray holding the device securely, underneath the tray are the accessories.
You get all you need to get vaping other than e-liquid. There are two different pods included, a 0.6ohm preinstalled and a 0.9ohm. The charging cable is one of those diddy jobbies that are handy for USB power-banks.
I am still awaiting clarification but the official page lists a lanyard included, mine were ‘samples’ so I have no-eye-deer what you will get.
First Impressions and Overview
The Caliburn G3 looks very familiar, it has that ‘Caliburn’ look about it but with the latest improvements such as a larger e-liquid window on both sides, a larger pod, a flush square power button, and a small OLED screen at the bottom.
The back side is rather plain, there’s a ‘SAMPLE NOT FOR SALE’ printed on mine, there go my plans for a market stall! But the branding is very discreet overall, there’s not a great deal going on style wise but it feels so damn comfortable with the rounded corners, flush pod and base cap.
As previously mentioned, the G3 uses brand new designed pods which are a little larger and promise more flavour, there is also more room around the wicking ports which should allow thicker e-liquid to work its way in. It also appears to have an improved leak resistance.
For some reason Uwell have decided to go back to side filling, I thought it would bother me but I had a few issues with the older flip-top mouthpieces becoming loose and or cracking, perhaps this is the reason?
Ironically I found filling it up easier due to the wider pod, you can really spurt your load into it without making a mess. The full clear pod makes it easy to see and fill right up to the top.
So what I expected to be my first negative turned out to be a positive, I’m positive about my positivity!
The ohms and rated wattage are embossed on the bottom of the pod, as you can see in the photo…….. okay, maybe not as I failed to light it properly, but I found it easy enough to see in real life. The pods are a magnetic fit and slide in easily, they feel loose at first but once fully fitted, the magnets grab it perfectly and there’s no wobble, it sits deep enough to prevent it accidentally popping out but is still easy to remove when filling.
The Caliburn G3 is pretty basic to operate, it has adjustable wattage if you wish but it also auto-detects and sets the power automatically to which ohm pod you plop in.
- 5 x Fire = Turns device On/Off
- 3 x Fire = Enables wattage adjustment (keep clicking the fire button to increase, it round-robins upwards)
- 2 x Fire = Dual locking options; first one locks the fire button so only auto-draw works, repeat it and it locks everything, a nice touch and did prove to be useful.
Foolishly I opened a new one to show it says ‘W000P’ when the puff counter is at zero – little things, but then I discovered; 4 x FIRE = Resets puff counter.
The screen is small but easy to read, it displays the wattage, a battery bar, the pod's ohms, and an icon that shows the current lock status.
The Caliburn G3 has a 900mAh battery and features 2 Amp fast-charging, there is no ETA or percentage but it charges fast enough that I didn’t care about that. On average it took around 25-30 minutes.
Before I get onto the performance, Uwell were keen for us to compare the Caliburn G2 to the new G3. I reviewed the G2 back in May and I loved the little bugger, you can read the full review here:
But Uwell kindly sent along a couple of new G2s to compare with, we don’t usually compare like this but there’s no way I’m turning down more Caliburns!
They turned out harder to compare than I thought, the G3 was a bit bigger, has a larger battery, a bigger pod, and featured a control chipset, but we lost a couple of features such as the adjustable airflow built into the pod and the top-fill cap (oh and that funky LED animation I loved).
Size wise, there’s not a lot in it, Uwell have done a great job of packing in a bigger battery and a control screen for just a few mm difference.
And the weight gain was a mere 8g difference, at 47g it still felt nice and light, which will certainly suit the mysterious lanyard.
The mouth-piece felt more comfortable due to the smoother edges, the base charging port is pretty much the same and both feel smooth.
Now perhaps the biggest difference is the pods. The G2 featured replaceable coils which is less wasteful and also had that little airflow wheel which I thought I would miss, but if I’m honest I ended up finding it a nuisance as you had to remove the pod and guess, repeat until you find the right airflow. I’m torn about the new pod not having replaceable coils, the advantages were full visibility, easier to fill and the leak-resistance proved to be much better.
The other advantages came apparent in the ‘Performance’ section.
Since the 0.6ohm pod was preinstalled, I started off with that and started off with nic salts, I quickly changed over to 70/30 shortfill freebase as the 0.6ohm pod’s airflow was far better than expected. I couldn’t believe I was cloud chucking with a Caliburn pod! The whole vape quality was just superb, the flavour was proper bangin', and the vapour production was pretty high for a 25W device.
I forgot to mention the dual airflow option, you simply rotate the pod for narrow or wide, and the pods themselves have different airflow inbuilt, the tight side on the 0.6ohm pod was a bit too tight for RDL and was more suitable for a loose MTL, but this pod is clearly suited to a wider airflow and RDL.
Onto the 0.9ohm pod at 15W, I was worried the airflow might be a bit loose but I needn’t have been concerned, it was spot on for a proper MTL draw. I went back to my usual nic salts for this setup, the 0.9ohm appeared to give even more flavour than the G2’s 0.8ohm coil, yes I know it is 0.1ohm more but the difference felt bigger than that, I was seriously loving the vape from it and I especially enjoyed swapping pods for an instant MTL or RDL vape which felt novel for a Caliburn.
(No particular reason for the above photo, I’m addicted to 3D printing Storm Trooper helmets, oh and it reminded me of a PEZ Dispenser).
I wasn’t expecting too much from yet another Caliburn but Uwell have pulled another rabbit out of the hat with the G3, this is an upgrade for certain and it is more versatile with the new pods offering MTL and RDL. The flavour has improved and the super easy controls were more useful than other pods, that double click lock especially.
For the G3 to be better than the G2 is no mean feat as the G2 is still an excellent little pod, I will still be using it as I have a stash of coils but there’s no advantage to using it, I will be using the G3 exclusively once my coils run out.
That and the fact I can RDL 70/30 freebase within a couple of seconds swap makes it even handier, just when I thought Caliburn’s couldn’t get any better, Uwell still managed to surprise me.
- A worthy upgrade
- New pods for MTL and RDL
- Larger e-liquid dual sided windows
- More comfortable
- Invisible lanyard?!
- The most versatile Caliburn so far
- 2 Amp fast charging
- Good value bundle (estimate £19.99 or less)
- Variable and automatic wattage
- Convenient double click locking
To find a con would be plain cruel, but I do have a subjective personal niggle, the Caliburn GZ2 looks better and felt more innovative, the G3 looks a bit more basic.
Final Thoughts and Score
Caliburn lovers are going to indeed love it, and Caliburn newbies are in for a proper treat. Disposable converts will wonder why they didn’t convert sooner. The G3 offers the very best vape quality out of the bunch and that includes RDL. I know I love it, but what do you think? Let us know what in the coments or on the forum which of the G3's feature points best meets your expectations?
Final Final Thoughts
To celebrate the launch of the fantastic Caliburn G3, Uwell have announced a great competition which gives you the chance to win an Iphone 15, a Switch, a robot vacuum, or, best of all...a Caliburn G3!
And a Final Final Final Thought
I am genuinely grateful to Uwell for spoiling me with this bundle of vape lushness – Thank you.
Score: 9.3/10 – It’s a Caliburn so expect the best.