So just to be clear, this is the review for the HorizonTech Magico Pod system.
I say that because HorizonTech recently brought us the “not really a pod” Magico Kit. Now they are now back with the “definitely a pod” Magico Pod Kit! I’ve been looking forward to getting my hands on this as they managed to get some great flavour from their Falcon sub ohm tank.
What Can We Expect From The Magico Pod by HorizonTech?
HorizonTech have gone down the same general design as various other companies with this pod kit. It’s what we like to call a pod box.
This is an Open Pod system, so you can fill it with your own e-liquid and replace the coils.
The international (non TPD) version comes with a massive 6.5ml capacity, so coupled with the battery and especially the 1.8Ω pod, you should be vaping for days!
I was sent this kit free of charge for the purposes of review (thank you!) as usual this won’t affect my opinion, and I will report back honestly on what I find.
In the Box
- Magico Pod Device
- 0.12Ω Mesh Coil
- 1.8Ω Coil
- USB Cable
- User Manual and Warranty Card
- Dimensions: 98mm x 42mm x 20mm
- Weight: 160g
- Battery Capacity: 1370mAh
- E-Liquid Capacity: 6.5ml Capacity (non TPD countries only)
- Constant Power output, 25W below 0.8Ω, 13W over 0.8Ω
Design and Build Quality
We’ve all seen this design of pod before, it’s similar in design to the Lost Vape Orion Q, SMOK Trinity Alpha and the Geekvape Frenzy and others.
The first thing that sets the Horizon Magico pod apart though is that it’s a chunky little thing, with a 1370mAh battery there’s a decent heft to it, and it’s noticeably thicker than some of the others with this design.
Top of the Pod
Starting at the top you have a non removable drip tip with a wide 7mm bore. The drip tip is matched to be the same coloured resin as the side panels and is pretty comfortable.
Also on the top is a metal fill port that is screwed in, a single o-ring will keep your e-liquid from leaking out if the kit is on it’s side, and it has plenty of knurling so it’s easy to get a grip and unscrew.
On the thin edges of the top cap you’ll see two little rectangular cut outs. These are your air intakes, and I suppose you could also use them to get some grip to remove your pod.
However I found that the pod pops out pretty easily by just grabbing the main body and pulling.
The pod itself is one of the most unremarkable bits on what is a fairly simple kit. It’s made in a translucent grey plastic, and it lets plenty of light through so you can easily see your e-liquid level.
I don’t know whether this will be more of a challenge on the TPD version, as if they increase the thickness of the walls, it may make it harder to see through.
One thing I didn’t like about the pod is that it doesn’t “snap” into place very positively.
There are two tiny plastic latches on the long edges of the pod that clip into the battery, but they just don’t have that reassuring “click/snap” when you put the pod in.
It’s a fairly minor niggle, but I’ve played with lots of pods that get this bit better.
Airflow | Coils
Turning the pod over you can see your big metal airflow control ring. This whole section unscrews for you to put your coil in, and is also the contacts for the battery.
To handle the two different types of coil you have a widely adjustable airflow. There is a cyclops style cut out on both sides that lines up with a single big airflow hole. If you close that down all the way, you then open up 5 little airflow holes that are only on one side of the coil.
So you can go from fully open on both sides, to using just one of the little holes on a single side.
I’m impressed at the amount of versatility here, and it definitely allows you to adjust the airflow to your likening.
With the pod remove we can see the 3 contact pins inside the battery.
On the two larger sides you have resin panels that have a soft touch finish, with the two smaller sides and frame being made of metal.
On one of these you have your circular fire button with an LED ring, and your USB port at the bottom.
On the base you have battery vent holes, and the words Magico Pod Kit and HorizonTech as well as your regulatory markings.
How to Refill the Magico Pod
Refilling the Magico is super simple!
- Unscrew the black metal stopper at the top of the pod
- Put the tip of your bottle inside and fill (can even fit a glass dripper!)
- Screw the stopper back on
How to Change the Magico Pod Coils
- Pull the pod system out of the battery
- Unscrew the Airflow Control Ring/Battery Contact base
- Screw your coil into the base
- Screw the assembled Base/Coil back on
How Does the HorizonTech Magico Pod System Perform?
I love the fact that they’ve gone for two radically different coils in this.
On a lot of pods that have a mouth to lung (MTL) and a direct to lung (DTL) coil, they are often something like a 1.2Ω and a 0.6Ω, so in use there’s not a huge amount of difference.
HorizonTech have gone with both a much higher than usual 1.8Ω, round wire with a thin bore, for mouth to lung, and a much lower 0.12Ω mesh coil with a bigger bore for DTL.
- What is the difference between MTL and DTL vaping?
1.8Ω Coil – Round Wire with Bamboo Fiber
Since my every day vape is mouth to lung, I thought I would try out the 1.8Ω coil first. So I popped the coil in, filled up the pod with 50/50 Berry Ice by Vape Simple, and let it sit for 10 minutes to fully saturate.
This coil would also vape well with nicotine salt e juice if that’s your thing.
I immediately got great flavour from this coil, and it didn’t need much breaking in either. I was so impressed with this, I was happy to leave my relatively high end MTL set up at home for a few days whilst I really gave it thorough test.
As you don’t have an adjustable wattage, you are limited to the constant output of the device (13W on a coil over 0.8Ω) but I found this was pretty much spot on. Great flavour, slightly warm vape, and decent clouds for MTL.
I actually like the fact that they haven’t overcomplicated things by including an adjustable wattage, as I’ve found that on a lot of pod devices, the difference ends up being negligible.
I can definitely see this being a negative with some people, but personally I was more than happy to give up minimal adjustment for a well tuned coil/output combination.
With the widely adjustable airflow, you can get anything from an incredibly tight MTL draw, to (just about) a restrictive DTL draw. The bore of the coil isn’t really wide enough to let enough air in to give you a true DTL, so that’s where the 0.12Ω coil comes in!
0.12Ω Coil – Mesh Coil With Bamboo Fiber
I was looking forward to this, and I was impressed right away by the amount of vapour it produced and the airflow that was possible on it. I used an Ice Cream Nation Bueno Ice Cream liquid for this coil at 70/30 and it handle the wicking with no problem.
Unfortunately after only about 10 minutes the kit refused to fire, and the LED blinked to let me know it was detecting a short circuit. I’m not sure how I keep getting shorts on stock coils, as there’s literally almost nothing I could do wrong.
Anyway, as is normal I took it to pieces, cleaned everything and let it dry out properly.
Starting again I managed about 30 minutes before I got short circuit warning!
So unfortunately I won’t be able to give you anything other than my first impressions of this coil (which were really good!), nor can I tell you about the battery life on the kit in this configuration.
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Using the 1.8Ω coil I managed to get 3 and a bit days out of using this as my only device.
That’s some impressive going, and lines up well with the huge 1370mAh battery capacity.
Combined with the impressive capacity in the non TPD version, I could definitely get through a day of heavy vaping without evening needing to fill up!
One thing I especially liked is that the LED indicator around the firing button is nice and bright, no squinting to see it! And for a battery indicator that only has three colours, it has them at sensible points.
I’ve used other devices that don’t start to show low battery until they are almost dead, with the Magico you get.
- Green Light, 3.9V – 4.2V
- Blue Light, 3.6V – 3.9V
- Red Light, 3.6V – 3.2V
When the voltage drops below 3.2V, the red light will flash 10 times and won’t fire. So then it really is time to charge!
With the 0.12Ω coil I sadly have no idea how the battery would perform, I can imagine though that it wouldn’t last nearly as long as it would be firing at a constant 25W, rather than the 13W of the MTL coil.
- Huge battery life
- Great flavour
- Plenty of airflow options
- Short Circuit on the 0.12Ω
- Connection between battery and pod doesn’t snap into place
- No control over wattage (subjective)
Final Review Verdict
This was so close to being the best pod mod I’ve used! Great flavour, huge battery, easy to refill.
It does so many things right.
Unfortunately I can’t overlook the fact that I got a short circuit almost from the get-go with the 0.12Ω coil. If it only came with the 1.8Ω, I’d be hard pressed to find any problems with it.
The only really niggle I have is that it just isn’t satisfying snapping the pod and battery together (because they really don’t snap!) I would love to have seen this being held in place with a better catch, or even some strong magnets.
Did you buy the HorizonTech Magico Pod System or have you used it? Let us know what you thought in the comments below!
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