Elf Bar Mate 500 Review

Elf Bar flavours with less waste.
By Josh Paine, Head Of Media
6 OCT 2023
  • BrandElf Bar
  • Release Date21 Sep, 2022
  • Price£7.99
  • Vaping StyleMouth To Lung
  • Weight23g
  • Battery Size500mAh

Elf Bar Mate 500 Preview

The Elf Bar Mate 500 sees one of the world′s biggest disposable brands take a break from crafting single-use vapes, and instead, offer a more cost-effective and sustainable way to experience a wide range of flavours.

The Mate 500 is a prefilled pod kit, which means it′s simple to use, fits in your pocket, and most importantly: can be recharged and reused. So, if you like the sound of a compact vape that costs less than a pack of cigarettes, you′d better keep reading.

Rating Metrics Our Rating
Build Quality
Pod Quality
Battery Life
Ease Of Use
Coil Range

What's Included In the Box?

Every Elf Bar Mate 500 kit includes the following:

  • Elf Bar Mate 500 BatteryElf Bar Mate 500 Device
  • USB-C Charging CableUSB-C Charging Cable
  • User Manual

What We Like

  • Big Range Of Prefilled Pods
  • Classic Elf Bar Flavours
  • Extra Refillable Pod Option
  • Airlock Seal Pods
  • Easy To Use
  • Inhale Activated
  • Easy To Maintain
  • Super Compact
  • Sturdy Metallic Build

What We Don't Like

  • Mouth To Lung Only
  • Can′t Lock The Kit
  • Refilling Can Be Fiddly
  • 20mg Prefilled Pods Only

Who Is The Mate 500 For?

Elf Bar Mate 500 unboxed

At first glance, the Mate 500 might seem like your average starter kit, but when it comes to things like flavour variety and ease of use, it really stands out from the crowd. The small amount of vapour it produces makes it ideal for MTL vaping and anyone who′s after a discreet option that feels like a cigarette is in good company with the Mate. Beginner-friendly, it′s inhale activated which means no fiddly buttons and it′s small enough to take with you practically anywhere.

How Does The Elf Bar Mate 500 Look And Feel?

Elf Bar Mate 500 charging

We′re a little obsessed with aesthetics, and the slim build and clean lines of the Mate 500 kit make it a discreet option that doesn′t feel out of place at work or on the go. If you′re looking to keep things formal, classic black and grey are the way to go, but, if you want a pop of colour, Aurora Blue is a personal favourite.

How Easy Is It To Use The Elf Bar Mate 500?

Getting to grips with the Mate 500 couldn't be simpler, and it follows the same design as a lot of other prefilled pods. Inhale on the mouthpiece and the kit kicks into life, producing a discreet level of vapour just like a disposable. There are no buttons and menus, all you need to do is keep an eye on the e-liquid level of your pod and recharge when necessary.

How To Use Step By Step:

How to Charge Your Elf Bar Mate 500 Pod Kit
Charge Your Elf Bar Mate 500 Kit

When your Elf Bar Mate kit arrives it might need to be charged. Using the USB-C cable included you can fully recharge your kit from 0% in a little under an hour.

How To Prepare Your Elf Bar P1 Pod
Prepare Your Elf Bar P1 Pod

Remove your Elf P1 pods from the outer packaging and blister pack. Be sure to also remove the rubber plug from the top of the pod and the rubber cover from the bottom.

How To Activate Your Elf Bar P1 Pod
Activate Your Elf Bar P1 Pod

Fitted with an e-liquid separator to keep the pod's flavour fresh, push the red base into the pod. This will activate the pod and allow e-liquid to soak into the coil.

How To Install Your Elf Bar P1 Pod
Install Your Elf Bar P1 Pod

To install your P1 Pod, simply insert the pod into the opening at the top of your Elf Bar Mate 500 pod kit. A magnetic connection keeps the pod secure.

How To Prime Your Elf Bar P1 Pod Coil
Prime Your Elf Bar P1 Pod Coil

When reassembled, leave your elf bar mate 500 pod kit upright for around ten minutes to give the e-liquid time to soak into the coil. Known as priming your coil this stops dry hits.

How to Start Vaping Elf Bar Mate 500 Pod Kit
Start Vaping Your Elf Bar Mate 500

Once primed, you can start vaping by inhaling on the mouthpiece. Once your pod is empty it can either be replaced or refilled, depending on which version you′ve picked.


What Pods Are Compatible With The Elf Bar Mate 500?

Perhaps the most exciting element of the Mate 500 is its compatibility with both prefilled and refillable pods. Apart from the huge range of flavours available – either from Elf Bar directly or courtesy of hundreds of premium e-liquid companies – this option means that the kit is a good fit for beginners. and if you′re looking to spread your wings and try new flavours or nicotine strengths you can keep using the same kit.

Compatible Pods:

It's important to note this kit doesn′t come with any pods, this is because there′s so much choice and it′s potentially wasteful to include a flavour you might not like or a pod that you don′t want to refill. It also keeps the cost of the kit down to £7.99. With a pack of two prefilled pods costing £5.99 (3 for £15), you can be up and running for less than £25. If you′re going down the refillable route you′ll find your up-front spend might be a little higher, but after a week you′ll be saving a noticeable amount.

How Do I Look After The Elf Bar Mate 500?

Minimum maintenance makes the Mate kit a standout when compared to other pods, and if you′re thinking of making the jump from disposables, looking after your kit isn′t hard at all. It really comes down to charging the battery and swapping/refilling the pods out.

Elf Bar Mate 500 battery charging

The Battery

The 500mAh built-in battery will last as long as the one found in Elf Bar disposables but can be recharged. Using the USB-C cable included, the kit can reach full charge from 0% in under an hour.

Elf Bar Mate 500 pod refill

The Pods

Both styles of pod feature a built-in mesh coil which boosts flavour. They won′t need to be removed from the pod, instead, you′ll change the pod whenever it runs empty (prefilled) or when the coil dies after about a week (refillable).

Our Expert Opinion About The Mate 500

My fellow vape experts couldn′t wait to get their hands on this nifty little vape, and it′s easy to see why. Luckily, I managed to force them to put their thoughts on paper before they disappeared into the night!

Vape Club women employee illustration

MelanieThe Hardware Specialist

I was pleasantly surprised by the build quality of the Mate 500. Yes, it is very light, but, it′s also quite hard-wearing. I put it through its paces over the course of a week and it still looks new. It has a nice pull, on inhale, and you′re not left waiting for the device to power up, it hits straight away even when the battery is reaching 0%. Vapers looking for something that feels like a disposable but is cheaper to run definitely should consider this, the mesh coil refillable pods are a nice bonus too.

Vape Club male employee illustration

HugoThe Flavour Expert

I′ve always considered prefilled pod kits a bit of a mixed bag – I don′t always agree with what manufacturers pick. The Mate 500 has a large enough selection of flavours to keep me interested and I really like that I can try flavours I vaped in the disposables as well as some brand new ones. The refillable pod works with every 50/50 e-liquid and I′ve managed to push the envelope and fill it with 60% VG juice and it still delivers – it does shorten coil life a bit though.

Should You Buy The Elf Bar Mate 500?

Elf Bar Mate 500 pods stacked

No vape is perfect, but then again, there′s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution! Although the Elf Bar Mate 500 is a simple, pocket-friendly option – it can′t be used for sub ohm vaping, and if you′re looking for a lot of vapour and a DTL inhale you′ll have to try something else. But, that really is it. For MTL vapers, new switchers and everyone else, this kit remains a solid recommendation.

Aside from the lack of DTL vaping, it looks like top marks across the board for this mini but mighty pod vape. Although this kit might be aimed at beginners, I know a lot of experienced vapers who have bought one to use when they are out and about, when space is a commodity, or as a backup to their normal vape.

Elf Bar Mate 500 Most Frequently Asked Questions

Since its release back in 2022, thousand of vapers have been getting to grips with the Mate 500 kit and they′ve understabaly had a few questions. Below we′ve rounded up the most common Mate 500 questions and the answers provided by our in-house team of vape experts.

How Many Puffs Are In The Elf Bar Pods?

The P1 prefilled pods each contain enough liquid to deliver up to 600 puffs – the same as a disposable – before needing to be replaced. A full Mate refillable pod can also deliver the same amount of puffs, and when empty it can be topped up with fresh e-liquid.

How Do I Switch On The Elf Bar Mate?

Once the battery is charged you can start vaping with the Elf Bar Mate by inhaling on the mouthpiece. There are no buttons so you don′t have to worry about switching the kit on and off, it′s ready to go when you are.

How Long Does The Elf Bar Mate Kit Battery Last?

The 500mAh battery inside the Mate 500 lasts as long as a pod before needing to be recharged. This means that most people get a day′s worth of vaping out of a full battery.

Does The Elf Bar Mate Come With Pods?

The Elf Bar Mate kit does not include pods, but you can get prefilled pod double-packs as part of our 3 for £15 multi-buy. Three refillable pods are featured per pack and they can be paired with any 50/50 e-liquid.

Are Elf Bar Mate Pods Refillable?

The P1 prefilled pods have to be changed when the e-liquid inside runs out – which makes them perfect if you′re not into maintenance or refilling. If you′re looking for a pod you can top up yourself, the Mate 500 refillable pods are the best option. They′re also cheaper in the long run.

Which Flavour Elf P1 Prefilled Pod Is Best?

Taste is very subjective, but certain blends seem to capture the imagination of vapers. P1 pods like Spearmint, Strawberry Raspberry Cherry and Pink Lemonade have remained firm favourites.

Are Elf Bar Prefilled Pods Cheaper Than Disposables?

The Mate 500 kit and pods are cheaper than disposables, especially if you take advantage of 3 for £15 multi-buy. The biggest saving comes in the fact that you won′t have to constantly replace your kit, just the pods.

Is The Elf Bar Mate Pod Vape Kit Good For The Environment?

As you′ll be disposing of less, the Mate 500 kit is a greener alternative to single-use vapes. If you're really looking to increase your eco-credentials, we recommend using the refillable pods, as they′ll only have to be replaced once a week on average.

How Do You Know If It Is Charging?

When your Mate 500 is plugged in and charging, the LED light will flash. When the light glows a solid green the kit has a battery level of 100%. A full charge from 0% will take around half an hour.

What Vapes Are Similar To The Elf Bar Mate 500?

While we′re big fans of the Mate 500 kit, it′s not the only pod vape that Elf Bar has created. Specialising in prefilled pods, available in a wide range of flavours, options like the Elfa and Elfa Pro kit use specially designed mesh coils that improve the taste of your blend. It′s worth noting that these coils do heat more e-liquid up with every puff, so the pods might not last as long as the P1 pods.

Alternatives To The Elf Bar Mate 500:

Need More Help?

Still not sure whether the Mate 500 is the vape for you? No problem. If you have any questions, queries or just want to find out more about this kit – or anything else we stock – get in touch with our UK-based Customer Service Team! They′re available seven days a week, 364 days a year (everyone needs a day off), and you can reach them via telephone, email and live chat.

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