Last Updated on September 18, 2019 by Team Spinfuel
If you ran a car company, and already designed the best, most well-respected SUV around, would you design five others to compete with it? Probably not. So when Lost Vape – makers of the well-received Orion AIO series – launched another pod mod with a similar coil system, similar audience and similar performance, I need to wonder the motive. But here it is – the Lost Vape Lyra pod mod system.
To be clear, we didn’t NOT like the Lyra. We just didn’t understand the need.
Let’s see what’s up.
Official Product Description
The Lost Vape LYRA Pod System is a ingenious vaping pod system, incorporating a 1000mAh rechargeable battery while the pod holds up to 2mL of today’s popular eJuice. It has 3 different power levels.
The Lyra can host an optional lanyard via threaded connection. It is constructed from durable zinc-aluminum alloy. The chassis of the Lyra is visually striking featuring a beautiful resin layout. (Reminiscent of mosaic tiles).
On the exterior surface of the Lyra has a single firing button with LED battery life indicator ring around it. Denoting the battery charge and the power level via colored LED light, making it easy to see when charging is up ahead.
LYRA Replacement Coils
Furthermore, the Lyra Pod System utilizes replacement coils from the Lost Vape Lyra Series, calling on a 0.6ohm Mesh coil and 1.2ohm Kanthal coil for DTL and MTL vaping respectively. Needs a new Pod? Try one of these replacement pods.
Lost Vape Lyra 20W Pod System Features:
- Dimensions – 96.3mm by 30.8mm by 15.8mm
- Integrated 1000mAh Rechargeable Battery
- Max Wattage Output: 20W
- 3 Power Levels
- Single Button Operation
- Optional Threaded Lanyard Attachment Point
- Side Airflow Slots
- LED Battery Life Indicator Ring
- Snap In Pod Connection
- 2mL Capacity Pod
- Top Fill System – Dual Port
- Mouthpiece Cover Hides Coil and Fill Ports
- Lost Vape Lyra Coil Series
- 6ohm Mesh Coil
- 4ohm MTL Coil
- Threaded Coil Connection
- Short Circuit Protection
- Weak Battery Protection
- Temperature Protection
- Low Resistance Protection
- High Resistance Protection
- MicroUSB Port
Lost Vape Lyra 20W Pod System Kit Includes:
- 1 Lyra Battery
- 1 Lyra Pod
- 1 0.6ohm Mesh Coil
- 1 1.4ohm MTL Coil
One thing’s for sure, Lost Vape knows how to make an attractive vape mod. Not only is this weighty, durable aluminum mod well built, but it also carries on the company’s tradition for mature styling. My chrome and resin test model is highlighted by a surreal piece of colorful art, and a honeycomb pattern overlay. It sounds loud and gaudy, but it actually flows beautifully.
Initial Impressions and Aesthetics
And there are plenty of design options to choose from, including an especially attractive colored metal and leather combination that has my attention. Is the Lyra as attractive as the boxier, larger Orion series? That depends on your preference for form factors, but Lost Vape is definitely not making cheap JUUL knockoffs for the street vape crowd.
Looking past the design, the Lyra also benefits from simple functionality. A one-button fire mechanism, easy to use (and fill) pod cartridges, and proprietary coil system all come together in a compact format, making the Lyra a pod mod worth displaying, rather than hiding in a purse.
My only complaint (and you knew there’d be one) is that the translucent pod cartridges are just like all the others on the market – dark and difficult to see through. I understand the subtlety factor when it comes to pod vapes, but I don’t understand why anyone would want to struggle to see their e-liquid levels. Lighten it up, vaping companies.
Let’s be clear about one thing – no matter how modern pod mod developers want you to believe it, these devices are NOT designed for direct lung vaping. Yes, you can technically do it, but I can also swap out my bicycle chain for a dog leash – chances are it’s not going to work as well as you want it to.
Standout Features of the Lost Vape Lyra
Why the prelude? Because the Lyra is being pushed as a multipurpose AIO device, with a 0.6-ohm coil to handle direct lung use and a more-traditional 1.2-ohm head for mouth-to-lung vaping. It’s a common trend these days, but one that’s rarely pulled off successfully, including here.
Coils and DL/MTL
While the 0.6-ohm head is definitely a looser draw, there isn’t any appreciable improvement in flavor, vapor or performance. Plus, this head lasted roughly half as long as the MTL coil, and used considerably less of the 1,000mAh battery each session. The lack of longevity struck me the most, especially when you consider how strongly the Orion coils performed under similar use.
The 1.2-ohm MTL head fared better in both the flavor and longevity departments, and should be the preferred coil for avid pod vapers. My nic salt juices performed well in this configuration – much better than my standard liquids managed with the sub-ohm offering.
Vaping the Lost Vape Lyra
The removable pod section of the Lyra was a little trickier than most, with the designers opting for a “click” system, rather than the reliable magnets most pods in this category use these days. While I didn’t have any problems, it’s simply not as easy to use as magnetized pods.
That said, I enjoyed using the tapered mouthpiece, thanks to the warm (but not hot) vapor it provides. It sat comfortably on the lips, and delivered enough concentrated flavor to make this a worthwhile experience. Those of you looking for “mouth filling” vapor will likely be let down with the narrow chimney, but experienced pod vapers will feel right at home.
Filling the Pod
Filling the pod is another story. Though the rubber gasket format isn’t exactly new, I’ve never struggled so much to keep the stopper out of the way like this. It shouldn’t take two hands and three joints to refill a pod mod, but this was a low point during my testing.
I should also mention that you’ll be filling the Lyra quite a bit, since its coils are about as thirsty as I’ve seen since the pod mod explosion began a few years ago. Which begs the question – if a pod mod is designed for sub-ohm vaping AND blows through e-liquid at an exponential rate, is there really any advantage to using it?
I’ve always believed that pod mods were perfect for ex-smokers and light vapers who used the products intermittently throughout a day. But with capabilities for sub-ohm use and coils that want to produce thick vapor, this pod/AIO really doesn’t make much sense. Again, the Orion series didn’t struggle with this, and I’m surprised the Lyra does so poorly in this department.
Battery life is about what you’d expect from a 1,000mAh integrated cell. It lasts longer with MTL use, but neither method is going to give you much long-term performance. It sits right on the bullseye of average, which may or may not be enough, depending on your preferences.
– Good MTL performance
– Gorgeous exterior design
– Durable and comfortable
– Poor sub-ohm performance
– Middling battery life
– Ridiculous e-juice consumption
Lost Vape doesn’t make bad vape mods. And the Lyra certainly isn’t one, either. But for once, I spent more time questioning the need for the mod, and less time enjoying one of their top-quality vape products. Though the Lyra is MUCH better suited for MTL use and occasional sub-ohm dabbling, there are better products out there that meet these needs… including one from the same company.