Elf Bar Mate 500 Vs Vont Pod System Review
Recap: Vont Model One compatible pods come with a range of nicotine strengths to suit every kind of vaper, and Elf Bar Mate 500 compatible pods offer an interesting array of flavour profiles.
Have you heard of pod systems? These kinds of devices eliminate all the stress and hassle that comes with e-liquid tanks. In the world of vaping, pod systems represent a nice medium between super-minimalist disposable devices and outrageous mods.
Elf Bar Mate 500 is one of the best-known devices that toes the line between disposables and mods. In this article, our vape experts have compared it to our very own Vont Model One. Both these devices have a reputation for seamless handling and tasty flavours, but which one reigns supreme?
Features of Pod Systems
Unlike other vape devices, pod systems are not constrained by lots of characteristics. In simple terms, this kind of device has a battery and a pod instead of a vape tank. This can feel disorienting for vapers who are used to the weight, feel, and look of an e-liquid tank, but pod systems come with hidden benefits.
Vapers who choose pod systems do not have to worry about tank or coil maintenance. Both of these features need time, care, and consideration. The opposite is true of pods, which come with a pre-installed coil and are pre-filled with e-liquid. Once the e-liquid is finished, you can simply throw the old pod away and slot a new pod into the system.
Read our UK Vape Pods Guide for more information.
Elf Bar Mate 500 Vs Vont Model One Specifications
Despite being one of the newcomers in the vape industry, Vont has made a splash. Since 2019, we have been creating reduced-risk nicotine products that span from pouches to pod kits. Our designs have come all the way from Sweden, where our brand was born.
Elf Bar was founded not too long before Vont. In 2018, Elf Bar started creating minimalist, simple disposable vapes in China. The brand soon found mainstream success in America and beyond. It is best known for its disposable vapes, but it has also started to expand its offering with Elf Bar Mate 500.
Design and Handling (Winner: Draw)
If you envision your dream pod kit as ‘simple’ and ‘minimalist’, you are in the right place. Vont Model One is a small, slim pod kit that fits into the palm of your hand. Standing at just 100mm tall, Model One is perfect for people who want to take their nicotine hit on the go. Even better, the matte finish and slanted sides make for easy handling.
Vont Model One comes in one colour: Night Black. Everything about this device is designed to streamline your choices and lead to a satisfying vape in as few stages as possible. To start vaping, simply slot the e-liquid pod into the device. The pod contains a built-in, ergonomic mouthpiece that curves to the contours of your mouth. Model One does not have buttons, so you need to draw-activate the device.
Elf Bar Mate 500 shares many of the same characteristics, but there are a few design features that set it apart from Vont Model One. It stands at just 88mm tall, which makes it even smaller than Model One! You can expect curved edges and a sleek, polished finish from this device.
The Elf Bar logo is printed onto the device, meaning that Elf Bar Mate 500 is more conspicuous than the Model One. To assemble the device, simply slot the pod onto the end closest to the logo. The pod is see-through, but it has a semi-black tint. It is also 99.99% leak-free! Once the pod is in place, you can draw on the device and begin vaping.
Conclusion: Both devices offer slight variations on a simple, minimalist design, which makes this round a draw.
Battery (Winner: Elf Bar Mate 500)
Batteries are an important yet often overlooked part of vape devices. Advanced mods allow users to remove and replace batteries, tanks, and coils as they see fit, but most vape devices do not come with this customisation feature. Pod systems come with pre-installed batteries that are not replaceable.
Vont Model One contains a 300mAh internal battery. Given the device’s slight frame, it is no surprise that it contains a battery that is on the smaller side. For this sort of battery, you are looking at anywhere from 300 to 400 puffs.
Elf Bar Mate 500 contains a 500mAh internal battery. This device delivers many more puffs per charge. You are looking at up to 600 puffs but remember, this is just a guideline. Factors like draw length can have a serious impact on the overall number of puffs.
The good news is that pod systems are rechargeable. Even if a device does not deliver the exact number of puffs that you want, you always have the option of recharging it.
Conclusion: Elf Bar Mate 500 has a larger battery and promises more puffs per charge, which makes it the clear winner.
Flavour (Winner: Vont Model One)
Whereas tanks are compatible with almost any e-liquid, pod systems require specific e-liquid pods. Each brand creates its own compatible pods, which forces customers to stay within a range of pre-established flavours.
Some vapers think that pod systems force them to compromise on flavour. Vont Model One disproves this idea. We have created a flavourful range of compatible pods for Model One vapers. There are ten tastes to choose from. They range from classics like Cool Mint and Creamy Tobacco to satisfying summer sensations like Sweet Mango.
Elf Bar Mate 500 comes with an even wider selection of flavours. You can expect far-reaching flavour profiles that include ice cream, drinks, and sweet fruits. Vapers all over the UK enjoy Strawberry Ice Cream, Cola, and Honey Dew Grape e-liquids. If you want to try something different, opt for one of the brand-specific flavours like Energy.
Conclusion: Vont Model One bags the win because it is compatible with a curated, tailored selection of flavour profiles. Elf Bar Mate 500 is still a good choice for people who want a wider range of flavours.
Nicotine Strength (Winner: Vont Model One)
Nicotine strengths range from 0mg to 20mg, with 20mg being the maximum legal amount. Most pod brands choose two or three nicotine strengths which increase incrementally up to 20mg. This gives users the ability to gradually increase their consumption without experiencing the negative side effects of too much nicotine.
Vont Model One pods come with 0mg, 10mg, and 20mg nicotine strength. This range promises bold, satisfying nicotine hits. Beginners can acclimate themselves to the device with the 0mg strength option, and intermediate and advanced vapers can enjoy a flavourful nicotine hit with the 10mg or 20mg options.
Elf Bar Mate 500 caters to only advanced vapers. The compatible pods only come with 20mg nicotine strength, which makes them unsuitable for beginner or intermediate vapers. Experienced vapers love these pods because they deliver immense nicotine and flavour.
Conclusion: Vont Model One caters to a much wider group of vapers than Elf Bar Mate 500. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced vapers can enjoy Model One.
Minimalist, sleek designs have never looked so good. At Vont, we cater to image-conscious vapers who want to branch out and try reduced-risk devices that focus on style and taste. If this sounds like you, have a look at Vont To-Go, our very own disposable vape device.