Do the super-affordable YOOZ Mini rechargeable vape kits and pods measure against more expensive alternatives?
If you have yet to hear about them, YOOZ are an e-cigarette tech company established in 2019 and based in Hong Kong. With over 2000 production staff aspiring to create a better future through research across science, technology and design, the YOOZ ethos is to improve smokers' lives with innovative, quality products less-harmful than tobacco.
You can currently purchase YOOZ vape products worldwide in over 30 countries. Their international portfolio includes a range of disposable vapes and a small range of rechargeable, easy-to-use pod kits, each with compatible prefilled e-liquid pods.
Launching in the UK, the marketing stance on the YOOZ Mini Vape Kit (their UK legal TPD version) was as a 'rechargeable disposable' device. However, The UK market would likely class the YOOZ Mini simply as a 'pod kit', a rechargeable battery that requires a compatible range of prefilled disposable pods.
From this stance, we still agree with their message that the YOOZ Mini is more eco-friendly than a disposable vape - which is redundant in its entirety once either battery power or e-liquid is depleted - as only the YOOZ pods are disposed of when empty, and the battery can be recharged many times.
YOOZ have also tried to maximise their environmental credentials by pairing two pods with each device, cutting down on packaging more than most alternatives where battery and pods are generally sold separately.
What sets the YOOZ far, far apart is the price. The YOOZ Mini is aimed at the switchers market like most other devices, but with YOOZ, the initial investment to switch to vaping really is minimal compared to any other current brand.
At this time of writing, you can purchase the YOOZ Mini kit (with two prefilled pods) at a standalone price of just £4.95…this is for the device AND two pods! Apart from requiring a USB-C charging cable (even big brands have recently begun to omit a cable), you have everything you need to start vaping straight away!
As a comparison to illustrate the affordability of the YOOZ Mini, alternative like-for-like products would be; an Elf Bar Mate 500 Kit + 2 pods (currently £13.30), a Blu 2.0 Kit + 2 pods (currently £16.94) and the Vuse ePod + 2 pods (which are presently £11.74).
At such a low price point, you may expect the YOOZ Mini to fall short in terms of longevity, quality, or flavour, but as their ever-growing customer base proves, alongside staff and our own customer review panel opinion, everyone seems to be very pleasantly surprised.
The YOOZ packaging is styled as you would imagine from a budget range. Still, it is recyclable, very compact, contains all the relevant information, warnings, ingredients, and a QR code to check authenticity and serves its purpose well. The kit packaging is plastic wrapped, but the pod packaging is not.
Inside, bar the lack of a charging cable with the kit, everything is pleasingly tidy and foil blister packaged for security and protection. The device body is constructed from a metal alloy with a sleek and snazzy two-tone colour gradient. It feels substantial, of premium quality, and arrives fully charged (luckily) and ready to vape. Once inserted, the pod wobbles slightly, but there is a magnetic connection, so it remains in place well.
The YOOZ Mini device is rechargeable. It contains a 400mAh battery which claims to last around 4 hours on a single charge, and is charged through a USB C charging port at the bottom. You will need your own cable, but most households have one of these already.
Available in an array of colours, the colour option is loosely based on the flavoured pods included in the box. The Blueberry Plum kit is metallic blue morphing into silver, Banana Smoothie yellow to silver, Mango Tree is orange etc, so if you would rather not own a pink and silver vape but fancy a strawberry flavour, we recommend purchasing an alternative flavoured kit and add on a pack of (very nice) Pink Strawberry pods.
YOOZ Mini pods are, at the time of writing, part of a multi-buy offer (which also includes the kits) to Mix & Match any 3 for £12. So for £4, given that each pod lasts up to 600 puffs (the same as a standard disposable) and there are two pods in each pack, it is glaringly apparent how affordable it can be to vape with YOOZ products.
All the pod flavours I sampled were punchy, another huge surprise given the price point. It would have completed the range to have tobacco, pure menthol or mint, but the YOOZ flavours are impressive and also quite unique. The draw is tight, vapour production is visible, and gives a fairly smooth vape experience.
The flavours might not be as recognisable as those from Elf Bar or SKE; the YOOZ Kiwi Passion Guava, you likely couldn't guess it as such, but it is so pleasant. Strong, fruity and not too sweet, a rare find in the pod market today.
A range of just ten flavours might be a downside to those preferring the massive array of Elf P1 pod flavours or the more traditional flavours in the Vuse pod range; however, we are sure there will be more in the pipeline.
We don't know how they have done it, but the YOOZ Mini device and range of pods are so impressive for the price that we highly recommend everyone try them!