Lost Vape have been in the pod market for a while now with their outstanding Orion system. The Lyra is a smaller and simpler system than the Orion, being more inline with a traditional e-cigarette type device. With replaceable coils and limited adjustable power levels, it does offer a little more than the most basic designs. Lost Vape are known for being a little more expensive but for higher quality products. At under £25 the Lost Vape Lyra is much friendlier to the budget conscious vaper, but does it carry on the high quality legacy of Lost Vape?
There’s quite a lot inside the box, which is nice to see for a simple pod system. As well as the Lyra device we get two different coils. There’s a 0.6ohm coil for DTL vaping and a 1.2 ohm coil for MTL vaping. There’s no extra pod. This is a bit of a shame for those that like to switch between DTL and MTL during the day. There’s also a very short USB cable for charging. Fine for charging from your laptop while you work but a little inconvenient to use with a plug adapter. There’s a nice lanyard included which screws into the side of the device. A far better and neater design than using silicon bands to hold it on. There’s a user manual to get you started and a Lost Vape Warranty card too.
Build quality on the ‘mod’ section of the device is very good. Mine has a shiny blue finish with leather inserts that have the Lost Vape logo embossed. It’s not quite as fancy as some of the previous Lost Vape products I’ve used, but this is a less expensive kit. The pod part of the device has a coil and top piece that you have to remove to fill it. It feels very well made but like many other pods it’s very dark and almost impossible to see your liquid level at a quick glance.
The Lyra has a built in 1,000mAh battery, which is a fairly large capacity for a pod system. By clicking the fire button three times you can select between 3 power levels for each coil. With the MTL coil you get 9, 10 or 11 watts, with the DTL coil you get 16, 18 or 20 watts. The device detects the coil automatically, so it’s just a case of selecting which power level you prefer. The Lyra is very light; filled with liquid my scales were showing just over 80g and it measures around 96mm tall, 31mm wide and 16mm deep.
Filling the pod isn’t as quick and easy as it is on some similar styled devices. I found that you really do need to take the pod out of the device. Then, remove the mouthpiece and lift up the fill port/air release covers. It’s not a huge deal but could be a little frustrating if you are trying to fill up on the go.
Changing the coil is simple as it’s a push fit but you can’t do this when it’s full of liquid. It looks like you might be able to but you can’t, trust me I tried! From an ease of use perceptive, it’s not the most friendly pod if you need to re-fill or change your coil while out and about. True DTL pod systems are few and far between though, so I tried the 0.6 ohm coil first.
I was really impressed with the airflow and DTL vapers will be more than happy, there’s more than enough airflow for a comfortable DTL inhale and I thought the vapour production was excellent for a small device. Flavour was very good too, it’s never going to compete with a dual coiled RDA but for a pod system it was up there with the very best. Clicking through the power levels gave more vapour and a slightly warmer vape on the higher settings but the flavour stayed very much the same.
The 1.2 ohm MTL coil was not quite as impressive for me, I felt the airflow was a little loose and with no way to adjust that, you are kind of stuck. I did get used to it after a short amount of use but I think a slightly tighter draw would have improved the flavour and overall vape for me. That said some people will prefer this draw, but for me it’s a fairly average MTL vape. Flavour was good but not quite at the same level as the DTL coil.
I think the Lyra performs better as a DTL system and if you are looking for that kind of vape then I would recommend checking it out. It has better than average battery life from the 1000mAh cell and the 0.6 ohm coils have just the right amount of airflow for a good DTL draw. As a MTL system with the 1.2 ohm coil, it’s an option too, but it doesn’t stand out as being a better than much of the competition. Build quality is very good overall and for the price it’s also great value as the coils are inexpensive to buy and replace. I would mostly recommend the Lost Vape Lyra for those looking for a slightly more discrete direct to lung vape, as that’s where it really finds its niche.