Last Updated on July 28, 2020 by Team Spinfuel
When is an “all-in-one” device not enough? This is often debated by vape reviewers, who try to pinpoint which audience would be best served by a specific product. The all-new Freemax Autopod50 device stirred up more of these discussions (and solved none of them).
Let’s dive in to see which side of the AIO fence you might land on.
The Freemax AUTOPOD50 50W Pod System, features an integrated 2000mAh battery, Freemax CoilTech 4.0 series, and displays vaping data on an OLED Display. Constructed from durable zinc-alloy, the AUTOPOD50 50W Starter Kit is lightweight and utilizes the CoilTech 4.0 series coils offered in 0.25ohm and 0.5ohm variants to deliver delicious clouds of vapor at a moment’s notice.
Freemax Autopod50 50W Pod System Features:
- Dimensions – 94mm by 43.5mm by 24.5mm
- Integrated 2000mAh Battery
- Wattage Output Range: 5-50W
- Voltage Output Range: 0.7-7.5V
- Zinc-Alloy Chassis Construction
- Intuitive Firing Button
- OLED Display Screen
- Two Adjustment Buttons
- 4mL Refillable Pod Capacity
- Bottom Fill System – Silicone Stoppered
- Freemax Autopod AX2 Coil Series
- Freemax CoilTech 4.0
- SS904L Mesh Coil + Tea Fiber Cotton Formula
- 25ohm AX2 Mesh Coil – rated for 30-50W
- 5ohm AX2 Mesh Coil – rated for 15-35W
- Press-Fit Coil Installation
- Snap-In Pod Connection
- Type-C Charging Port
- Available in Gunmetal, Coral, Blue, Green, Black Red, Blue Yellow
Aesthetics of the Autopod50
Fifty watts might not be a very high number these days… even for pod devices. But the Freemax Autopod50 is just that — a 50-watt max device designed to usher new vapers into a higher-level of enjoyment.
On that end, the Autopod delivers. This ultra-compact, but suitably weighty device packs a lot of technology into a diminutive frame, with a 2,000mAh battery, 4mL juice reservoir, recessed-coil tank system, and more, all on board.
It doesn’t hurt that the Freemax Autopod50 is also pretty sharp – my gunmetal-hued test model looked almost like it was made of more-expensive materials, with gorgeous machining and detail throughout.
The monochrome OLED display is hardly anything to write home about, but it does an adequate job conveying necessary information in a clear manner. It feels like these old monochrome displays are finding new homes on pod/AIO devices, which is fine. But it’s hard to get excited about another run-of-the-mill screen.
One concern we had was the somewhat mushy fire key. While it remained responsive during testing, we didn’t feel it was set up to handle months or even years of regular use.
Vaping the Freemax Autopod50
All in all, the Autopod50 performs well. With the low-resistance 0.25-ohm AX2 coil and the naturally wide-open airflow, I was able to produce some respectable clouds in my office, with decent flavor to match. The coil itself breaks in quickly and is comparable with some of the better products we’ve tried recently. While it’s not game-changing performance, there is more power here than the device lets on.
Using either of the two included coils, I found the Freemax Autopod50 was a mostly smooth, effortless vape, with fairly quick ramping, and warm vapor production, even for a mod that maxes out at 50 watts. There are some levels of stuttering at higher wattages, which almost feels like the battery is pulsing. It’s not distracting, but it is noticeable.
A mod like the Autopod50 is really aiming for flavor more than room-filling clouds, and the 0.5-ohm coil head is designed for these users. With a moderate 60/40, VG/PG juice, I found the Autopod’s compact tank design to offer better than average flavor, which should suit beginner vapers just fine.
But there’s that term again – beginner. As I’ve mentioned many times on this site, while pod systems and vape pens are purposefully low-powered and simplified, a more-involved device like the Autopod 50 is likely a newcomer’s first step into advanced vaping.
If that’s the case, there should probably be more-detailed documentation, both in the box and online. I felt like the manual assumed a lot of knowledge on the part of the user, which probably isn’t the case with the Autopod’s target audience. Maybe 50 watts isn’t a lot of power by modern standards, but it’s still enough power to cause problems if a user isn’t aware of them happening in the first place.
- Strong flavor and vapor production
- Good coil life
- 50 watts is a good power threshold for this mod
- Some pulsing at higher wattages
- Weak documentation
- Questionable fire key
Bottom Line for the Autopod50
The Freemax Autopod 50 is a fairly solid AIO mod. Considering its miniature size and conservative power output, I genuinely enjoyed the vape quality. Is it going to replace my high-end crankers? No – but the Autopod isn’t designed to. Instead, it’s a high-performing welcome mat for newcomers who’ve tired of pod mods and want something more substantial.
Because of this, the Autopod50 earns a solid score. But that said, it could have been even higher, if the Autopod included a better display, or perhaps a higher level of adjustments to make this beginner experience a better one.