We’re currently witnessing a renaissance of mouth-to-lung vaping, with manufacturers engaged in a sort of arms race to produce the best, most attractive MTL device they can. New pod and cartridge devices aimed at beginners and causal vapers are being launched virtually every day, and today we’re looking at one of the coolest ones – the Joyetech Exceed Edge.
A Look at the Contents
Joyetech usually packages its products in white cardboard boxes, but this time they decided to do something different, so the Exceed Edge cartridge system comes in a transparent plastic tube, with removable lids. It’s nice to see a company try something different for a change, but I can’t say I’m a fan of this packaging, as the plastic is really thin and the tube shape just looks like the cheap packaging of a disposable device.
Anyway, inside this plastic tube we have the assembled Joyetech Exceed Edge, two replaceable MTL coil-heads, a spare o-ring and rubber plug for the e-liquid cartridge, a micro-USB cable for charging, a very compact user manual and a warranty card. It’s pretty much the standard content for this type of device, so nothing to praise or complain about here.
Design and Build Quality
The Joyetech Exceed D19 was going to be the successor of the incredibly popular Joyetech eGo AIO, only it didn’t really live up to the expectation. It was a good device, but it just failed to make the impact the AIO did back in the day, so Joyetech went back to the drawing board. Instead of giving up on the Exceed line completely, they just redesigned the device from scratch, while keeping the same coil-heads the D19 worked with, and gave it another shot. And that’s how the Exceed Edge came to be.
As I said, the Edge uses the exact same coils as the D19, but other than that, it’s a completely different device. While the D19 had that classic cylindrical shape of mouth-to-lung vaping devices, the design of the Exceed Edge seems to have been influenced by the plethora of USB-stick-like pod systems, like the JUUL or the Vladdin. It has a lot more girth to it, though, to accommodate the 650 mAh battery, which promises to give users a lot more vaping time than similar vaping devices.
The Joyetech Exceed Edge measures 110mm x 20mm x 26mm, and weighs just under 80 grams, without any e-liquid. The main body is made primarily of metal, with the stylish firing bar and the plastic cartridge made of plastic.
Most pod and cartridge system these days feature an automatic, draw-activated switch, but that’s not the case with the Joyetech Exceed Edge. To activate the built-in battery, you have to press a slick firing bar. In case you miss it, it’s that plastic portion that has “Exceed Edge” written on it. It looks really big for such a small device, but only the upper half can actually be pressed, with the rest serving merely as decoration.
I like the look and feel of this firing bar, and I particularly like its positioning, under the device as you’re holding it in the hand, because your thumb lands on it naturally, so all you have to do is apply pressure when you want to vape. However, what I didn’t like is the amount of pressure required to activate the battery. I would hear the click of the bar as I pressed it, but nothing happened. At first, I thought the device was turned off or something, but I later realized that even though the fire bar clicked, I had to press it down even harder to actually hear the coil inside the cartridge sizzling. So forget being gentle with this one, as you’ll need a firm thumb press to actually get it to fire.
On one end of the Exceed Edge we have the refillable plastic cartridge, which we’ll talk more about later on, and at the other, we have the micro-USB port and a couple of LED lights. These act as your battery life indicators, lighting up differently depending on how much energy is left in the battery.
All in all, a really nice looking device that also feels very nice and comfortable in the hand. In terms of design and build quality, this is definitely one of the nicer mouth-to-lung vaping devices I’ve seen, but let’s see how it fairs in other respects.
Battery Life and Overall Performance
One of the biggest advantages of the Joyetech Exceed Edge over the vast majority of its competitors is battery life. It may be slightly longer and bulkier than other pod-system out there, but that’s actually a very acceptable compromise for over 50% more battery life. 650 mAh capacity may not sound like much if you’re using a powerful, removable battery mod, but for this type of MTL devices, it’s actually way above average. The Suorin Air, one of the most popular pod systems on the market right now, has a capacity of 400 mAh, as does the new Smoant S8. The JUUL has an abysmal 100 mAh capacity.
The Edge has a power output range of 8 W – 14W, so, depending on how much you vape, the 650 mAh battery can definitely last users a whole day, maybe even more. At the end of the day it mostly depends on each person’s style of vaping, but in terms of battery capacity, the Edge is among the best all-in-one MTL devices money can buy.
And just in case a 650 mAh battery just isn’t enough, you can also use the Edge as a passthrough, while it is charging.
Getting the Joyetech Exceed Edge vape-ready for the first time can be a bit tricky, and I’ll admit that I had to check the user manual when trying to install the coil-head. Once you figure that out though, the rest should be pretty easy.
You start by detaching the plastic cartridge from the battery, simply by pulling it out. It’s only held in there by pressure, so you just have to yank it out. You’ll notice a metallic ring on the bottom of the cartridge, which you have to unscrew and then attach to the bottom of one of the coil-heads included in the kit. You then insert the coil into the cartridge through the bottom and screw that metallic ring back on.
Oh, one thing I always forget to mention is that you need to drop a bit of e-liquid into the coil before inserting into the cartridge to make sure that the cotton wicking is nice and moist. This way, you won’t have to wait too long before vaping after filling the cartridge, and you will prevent nasty dry hits.
Once you’ve inserted the coil into the cartridge, all you have to do is locate the fill port one one of the sides of the cartridge, near the bottom, unplug it and add e-liquid. The fill-port is basically a small hole, so it may be problematic if you’re using a dropper, or a thicker needle, because you need to make sure that air has room to escape as well. Blocking the hole up completely while filling the cartridge could result in the pressure pushing out the juice through the bottom of the coil-head. You definitely don’t want that.
While feeling, keep the cartridge slightly tilted, and make sure no air bubbles get trapped in there. You can only fit 2 ml of e-liquid in there, so you don’t want any space taken up by air. Once you’re done, just plug the fill port, let the wick saturate for about 10 minutes, and you’re ready to vape.
Compared to other cartridge/pod systems I’ve tried recently, the Joyetech Exceed Edge has an airier draw. It’s nowhere near suitable for lung inhale, but I wouldn’t call it very similar to a tobacco cigarette draw, either. It’s somewhere in the middle, and I’m sure some people are going to like it and others not so much, but vaping is subjective, so there’s nothing wrong with that.
I for one am a big fan of the mouthpiece design. It’s very comfortable in the mouth and doesn’t require you to hold your lips a certain way in order to draw correctly.
The coil-heads are the same 1.2Ω ones that the Exceed D19 used, so I’m not going to talk about them in too much detail. Joyetech has been using the same style coils since the eGrip 2, maybe longer, so they’re tried and true. Yes, some are prone to spitback, which can be a nasty experience, but I haven’t had that issue with the ones the Edge came with.
I like that the Joyetech Exceed Edge comes with a refillable cartridge. While the vast majority of pod/cartridge systems require to purchase more cartridges once the coils get gunked up or if they ever want to try a new e-liquid, this device only requires you to change the coil-heads, which is a bit cheaper. However, thoroughly cleaning the pod and then drying it is not the easiest thing to do, so I’m sure some users will prefer just buying new cartridges.
The Joyetech Exceed Edge is one of the coolest-looking pod/cartridge systems I’ve used. I love its general design, as well as the fire bar and the mouthpiece. It’s also very comfortable and easy to use, and the fact that you can save some money by only replacing the coils instead of the entire cartridge is definitely a plus.
The 650 mAh battery capacity is also a great argument for buying the Exceed Edge, and as far as the vaping experience is concerned, this device works as intended, but whether you like the way it vapes or not is strictly a matter of taste.
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