The Usonicig Zip is an exciting refillable pod system for nic salts or regular nic. You may be saying to yourself, “what’s so exciting about it?”. Well, the Zip actually has no coil… or any kind of heating element! Instead of a conventional atomizer, the Zip utilizes ultrasonic high-frequency vibrations that convert e-liquid into vapor.
The first product to feature this atomization tech was the Rhythm, Usonicig’s first product released over a year ago. It was sizably larger but, despite its unique design, it wasn’t quite ready for prime time. Now the ultrasonic vaping experience has been fine-tuned further, and Usonicig hopes this product will bring their innovation into the mainstream.
Build quality and design
Although the Zip has a unique atomizing system, the body-styling reminds me of the Aspire Breeze and many other similar refillable pod vapes. When you see it, you’d never guess what is actually going on inside of the pod.
Fully assembled, the aluminum-alloy Zip measures 19 mm x 34 mm x 94 mm and weighs about 70 grams with a full pod. It features a clicky button-fire draw and refillable 2 mL pods with a user-friendly top-fill which requires a simple twist of the pod.
Built on a beast of a 1200 mAh battery, the Zip is meant to give you a long time between charges. It also offers several electronic protections, like short circuit, low voltage, over-vaping, disconnect, and dry-burning. Although this device looks like your typical pod vape, it’s hard not to be intrigued by it.
Usonicig ZIP pods
The Zip’s twist-to-fill system is similar to the Innokin EQ’s, except the Zip has a top-fill which allows you to fill it without removing the magnetic pods. There are two small buttons in the middle of each side of the pod that you can press to unlock a release for the mouthpiece to swivel. This is said to be “child proof.”
There are two rubber filling ports under the mouthpiece that are wide enough for any kind of bottle top or dropper pipette. Filling is easy and mess-free.
Since it’s a refillable pod, I can’t see the ultrasonic atomizer. From what I’ve heard, there is some sort of cup inside—maybe ceramic—that holds and wicks the juice. I’m not exactly certain how it all works, but Usonicig says that you should let the juice saturate for up to 10 minutes before using. That’s the only reason I guess they don’t call this device “no wick and coil.” They just say “no coil.”
Ultrasonic vaping: The claims
This is where things get interesting. The ultrasonic vaping experience comes with a lot of claims, some of which I can’t confirm. For instance, Usonicig states that the high-frequency vibrations that transform e-juice into vapor happen at 3.0 MHz, which translates to 3 million vibrations per second!
They claim that this type of vaporization results in a cooler vape of smaller aerosol particles that keeps the nicotine salt from decomposing. Apparently, this should make the flavor purer and smoother without any spit back or harsh temperatures. Usonicig says this makes for a “healthy experience,” and they tout their pods as having a life-span of up to 5000 puffs.
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