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The Basics About This Device
The original GLO currently has the highest review rating on our website, so when we ordered GLO Mini we knew it had alot to live up to in terms of standards. It did not disappoint.
GLO Mini is designed and created by the same manufacturer as the original GLO device, British American Tobacco (BAT). Physically and functionally, it’s quite similar to the original GLO device, just a bit smaller. GLO Mini weighs 86g and measures 82 x 41 x 20mm. Like the original device, it is also an integrated device that can be used approximately 15-18 times in succession before needing to be charged. GLO Mini is easy to use and is low-maintenance. It has a lifespan of 1-2 years.
A special feature that all GLO devices share is that they do not contain heating blades. Rather, GLO devices have coils within the heating chambers which create a sort of induction heating. GLO developers claim that this allows the HeatStick to heat more evenly than with a blade, which heats the section closest to the blade most, while sections farther from the blade receive less heating.
Moreover, the physical design of GLO Mini is completely original within the Heat-Not-Burn industry. Very few knock-off companies are copying it, despite it being less prone to failure or breakage than other popular designs.
Product Unboxing and First Use
The GLO Mini kit includes the device, a Micro-B USB cable, a cleaning brush, the manual, and the warranty card. It is important to note that a USB adaptor is not included in the GLO kit.
First things first when you get your device, check the charge. To do this, click on the control button once. The number of LED indicator lights that light when the button is pressed, correspond to the remaining charge. Four lights means 100% charge remaining, three lights mean 75%, two lights is 50%, and one light means that there is 25% or less charge remaining. If the indicator lights start at anything less than 100%, we recommend charging the device. To do this simply connect the USB cable to the USB port located on the underside of the device. Charging should take no more than 1 hour and 5 minutes.
When you’ve finished charging the GLO Mini, it’s time to use it! The first step is to insert a HeatStick into the heating chamber. If you’ve used IQOS, or any other devices with blades, the GLO brand is a nice change as it does not have one. That means that you don’t have to worry quite so much about any of the device mechanics breaking while you’re trying to insert a HeatStick.
Once the HeatStick has been inserted, press and hold the control button for a few seconds until the device vibrates and the LED indicator lights begin flashing. To start, only one light will flash but by the time the heating period is over all four lights should be lit. This process takes approximately 40 seconds. When the device has heated fully not only will the lights be on, but the device will vibrate once again. The cycle with GLO Mini, as with all GLO devices, is a bit shorter than most HnB products as it lasts only 3.5 minutes. This seems shocking, but keep in mind when the device powers down, you can always begin another cycle by pressing and holding the control button again.
A unique feature with GLO devices is that you can stop the cycle at any point by holding down on the power button until the device vibrates. This is ideal for individuals who use the device in at work or in spaces where they could potentially be interrupted. Unfortunately, the cycle cannot be paused and so after stopping a cycle, the user must begin a new one and wait for the device to re-heat.
When you’re satisfied, pull the HeatStick out of the heating chamber and properly dispose of.
|HOW TO USE|
|How To Turn ON/Off||Press and hold control button for a few seconds|
|Heating Time?||40 seconds|
|Indication that the Heating Process has Started||One LED indicator light will start flashing and device will vibrate|
|Indication that Device is Ready to Use||All LED indicator lights will turn solid white and device will vibrate|
|Length of Cycle||3.5 minutes|
|Indication that Device is Powering Off||LED indicator lights flash and device vibrates|
|How to Shut Off Device||Press and hold control button for a few seconds until the device vibrates and the LED indicator lights shut off|
|Number of Cycles (aka number of HeatSticks before needing to recharge device)||Officially 15 HeatSticks, but our test users got 18|
|How to Check Battery Status||Push control button once
4 solid LED lights 100%power
3 solid LED lights 75% power
2 solid LED lights 50% power
1 solid LED light 25% power
|Indicate when Device Needs Cleaning?||No|
|How Often Should You Clean the Device?||Every 20 HeatSticks|
|How to Manually Clean Device||Wait until device is cooled, open both ends of heating chamber, insert cleaning brush and turn until debris falls out|
|Troubleshooting||See 'GLO Mini Manual' button below|
Testing & Day to Day Use
The Heat180 team loves this device, just as we have other GLO products. We were discussing this product the other day, and agreed that there are very few other devices on the market that match any of GLO’s in terms of quality, design, or performance, especially for such a reasonable price!
Now we have seen some feedback in online reviews of GLO Mini, in which some individuals advise that you not purchase this GLO model as it does not have a strong a battery as the full-size GLO devices. While that’s true (you can nearly double the amount of HeatSticks used consecutively with the other GLO devices), I would hesitate to write GLO Mini off entirely. For anyone who needs a smaller, lighter device, that still has a good battery, GLO Mini offers a reasonable solution. Instead I advise that before purchasing any GLO device determine your top needs (e.g. long-lasting battery to get you through a long work day, small device for frequent travel, etc.), then compare each model.
Another thing our team, including our test users, loved was how easy the device is to use. One button controls all functions, four indicator lights tell you everything you need to know, and due to the device design, cleaning is a breeze!
As for cleaning, we recommend that you do so once per day if you are a frequent user. It sounds daunting but all it requires is for you to open the top and bottom ends of the heating chamber then run the cleaning brush through the entire length of the device. Flip the device at some point and repeat this action from the opposite end. Done!
Investing in a GLO Device
As stated above, we here at Heat180 think GLO is a solid brand to invest in. The devices are well-made and durable, they provide a satisfying hit, and they are easy to use and convenient.
What’s best is that GLO devices come in a range of prices for every budget. The basic GLO kit retails for approximately $40.00USD. For individuals wanting something fancier there are options to upgrade to GLO Luxury Edition or GLO Elements Limited Edition, which both retail for approximately $85.00USD. GLO also offers bundles.
If you are new to Heat-Not-Burn, GLO is a great investment as it is less expensive than some of the other brands available on the market. If you simply wish to try, then discover that you don’t like it, it’s not a massive financial loss.
GLO’s brand of HeatSticks are called Neo or Kent NeoStiks. NeoStiks are specifically designed for GLO products. They look a bit like a traditional cigarette but are much thinner. NeoStiks can burn if lit but will usually only last for a few puffs before extinguishing. The ingredient list for NeoStics does not appear to be public nor does the percentage of nicotine in each stick. NeoStiks are compatible with all GLO devices and come in several flavors. For more a full listing of NeoStik flavors click here.
Note: With GLO devices the heating occurs around the outside of the NeoStick, therefore, when removed, the wrapper will have quite alot of discoloration. This is normal and nothing to be concerned about.
Tips and Tricks
One minor complaint we have with GLO is the minor fixes that need to be attended to on their website (this is for glo.ca (Canada) only). When we first attempted to purchase GLO Mini every time we added the color we wanted (red) to our cart, it would automatically change to black. We had to call GLO Canada customer service to fix the issue. It took several calls, however we commend their attentiveness. Another minor issue is the registration link for GLO’s warranty on glo.ca appears to be broken. And, as George said in the video above, there is a small amount of misinformation on the site. However, these are minor issues. We do recommend though that if you come up against them to contact GLO as many times as necessary to fix the issue. In our experience, they are more than willing to help.
GLO Mini Manual
GLO Mini has a 1-year warranty, unless extended by the user. In each kit, there should be a warranty card which will explain how to register the device for an extended warranty. In some countries, if you purchase the device off the official GLO website for that region, the device will already be pre-registered.
The warranty kit for this device does not explain in-depth the terms of the warranty, but GLO’s official website states that any damaged or defective devices will be exchanged so long as the company is informed within a “reasonable time after purchase.” Any devices that are damaged or defective must be shipped back to GLO. GLO will cover the cost of shipping unless the items are not covered by the warranty.
|Diameters||82 x 41 x 20mm|
|Weight with Packaging||307g|
|Battery Type||Li-ion (2000mAh)|
|Power Imput||Micro-B USB|
|Charging Time||Approximately 1 hour and 5 minutes|
|Time it Takes for Device to Heat||Approximately 40 seconds|
|Maximum Blade Temperature||391 F, 199 C|
|How Many Cycles Before Device Needs Charging strong>||Officially 15, but our testers usually got 18|
|How Long Does a Cycle Last||3.5 minutes|
|HeatSticks||Neo and Kent NeoSticks|
|Built-In Cleaning Mechanism||No|
|Can Kit Accessories be Purchased Separately||Yes|
|Colors Available||Black, Blue, Red, Purple|
|Comparable To||The original GLO device, and GLO Series 2|
|In the Kit||Device
Micro-B USB cable
|Manual Languages||Depends on region of purchase|
|Warranty Terms||1 year warranty|
|How Does It Look?||Clean|
|How Does It Feel?||Solid and durable|
|Easy To Use?||Yes|
|Easy To Clean?||Yes|
|Device||GLO Series 2 Mini|
|Manufacturer||British American Tobacco/Reynolds American|
|Location of Manufacturer||Multinational|
|Year in Business||1902|
|Manufacturer Website||Official BAT website or search for your regional GLO website|
|Impression of Manufacturer's Website||Excellent|
|Where to Buy||Online and retail locations|
|Manufacturer Contact Information||Varies on region
Global Directory: Here
|Countries the Manufacturer is Wholesaling to||Canada, Switzerland, Romania, Russia, Japan, South Korea|
|Countries the Manufacturer Would Like to Wholesale to||USA|
|Shipping and delivery time||Varies based on region|
|Full Product Line that the Manufacturer Offers||GLO (original), GLO Series 2, GLO Series 2 Mini|
|Manufacturer Website||Varies on region
Info about GLO: Here
|Where to Buy GLO Mini and other GLO devices?||Varies on region|
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