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Freemax Galex Kit Review: Featuring FM SaltCoilTech 4.0 coils

Freemax Galex Kit

4.1/5

8.3

Design — 8.0
Build Quality — 9.0
Pod & Coils — 8.5
Performance — 8.0
Flavor — 8.5
Battery Life — 8.0

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Our Verdict

The Galex Kit is similar to its sibling the Galex Nano, but I still like the ability to adjust my wattage with the latter. I can see the Galex Kit being more attractive to new vapers who don’t want to worry about adjusting wattage levels and worrying about if they’re vaping at the correct wattage for their ejuice, but the Galex Nano is still the better buy overall.

Wattage levels aside, the Galex Kit has a number of benefits as a pod device. The coils last a long time, it delivers good flavor and a nice MTL draw, and the battery life and charging times are good too. Freemax’s coils definitely live up to the high expectations that I have for pod vape coils so I really don’t have anything bad to say about them.

If you’re choosing between the Galex and the Galex Nano then I still think that the Galex Nano is the one to get. However, if your mind is set on the Galex, you’ll still be getting a great pod device, just one without adjustable wattage levels.

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The Freemax Galex is the sibling of the Galex Nano, which I recently reviewed. They’re similar devices, but the Galex sports a slimmer, simpler, and more “standard” pod vape design. It uses Freemax’s FM SaltCoilTech 4.0 coils, which is the same coil technology used for some of their other pod vapes like the Maxpod 3, Maxpod Circle, and Galex Nano

The Galex kit will output up to 16W and features an 800mAh battery that recharges with Type-C charging. It comes with a 0.8Ω coil for RDL vaping and a 1.0Ω coil for MTL vaping in the box. The Galex Kit does not feature adjustable airflow or adjustable wattage, so it’s as simple as it gets for a pod kit.

As a bonus feature, the Galex Kit has full spectrum lighting that will glow uni color or multicolor. The lighting can also be turned off completely if ‘mood lighting’ is not to your liking.

Freemax is one of the most well-known vaping brands in the industry. We currently include Freemax on a number of our Buyer’s Guides as they make vape mods, subohm tanks, disposables, and pod vapes, and they all generally perform to a high standard. Some of their most recent releases include the Galex Nano, Marvos X kit and the Friobar R5000.

Is the Galex kit a pod vape worth purchasing? How does it compare to the Galex Nano? Is it better or worse? You’ll find out in this review.


Box Contents

  • 1 x Galex Kit
  • 1 x GX Mesh Coil 0.8ohm
  • 1 x GX Mesh Coil 1.0ohm (Pre-installed)
  • 1 x User Manual
  • 1 x USB Type-C Cable

Specifications

  • Size: 107.47mm x 23.5mm x 16.5mm
  • Pod Capacity: 2ml
  • Uses Galex pods and GX coils
  • Draw activated
  • MTL to Tight MTL draw (Depending on coil)
  • Battery Size: 800mAh
  • Max Wattage 16W
  • Charging: Type- C fast charging

Design & Build Quality

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The Galex kit is a simple device that does not have a lot going on, at least not from a first glance. It’s tall, with a long rectangle shape, and it feels solid overall. It’s 107.47mm tall, 23.5mm wide, and 16.5mm deep. It’s a light device but it has enough weight to it so it doesn’t feel cheap or like it will break easily.

I can’t find what the Galex is made of on Freemax’s website, but judging from the look and feel, I can say that it’s probably made of aluminum or zinc alloy, along with PCTG for the pod. 

The Galex comes in five different colors: Gunmetal, Blue, Cyan Purple, Pink Gold, and Black. I’ve been using the black color for this review and although it’s simple, it’s discreet and doesn’t attract much attention — at least not with the LED lighting turned off.

LED lighting is a main feature of the Galex. There’s a panel on the front of the device and this is where the LED lighting comes through. This panel has GALEX printed in the center, and around the top and bottom of the panel there are a series of dots that the LED lighting shines through. You can select either unicolor or multicolor lighting, or you can turn the lighting off completely.

Just underneath the LED-lit panel is a small LED indicator. It lights up each time that you draw on the device and the color indicates your battery charge level with either a red, blue or green light.


Pod & Coils

Freemax Galex Kit Review - Pod 1

Like the Galex Nano, the Galex Kit uses Freemax’s Galex Pods. These pods are compatible with both the Galex Nano and Galex. These pods use replaceable coils and you get two of these coils included in the box:

  • 1 x 0.8Ω GX Mesh Coil
  • 1 x 1.0Ω GX Mesh Coil

These coils are made with Freemax’s “FM SaltCoilTech 4.0” and use SS904L mesh and tea fiber cotton. This 4th generation is made with a 50% increase in tea fiber cotton from previous Freemax coils, which should make them wick better and last longer. 

The coil is also “quenched”, which from my understanding means that it’s dunked in water when hot. This should mean that the coil is more durable and perhaps even add to the performance and flavor that it can produce.

The coils easily push fit into the bottom of the pod, although you have to take care to line up the flat sides of the coils with the flat sides on the opening. It’s pretty straightforward, so I don’t think that you’ll have any trouble installing the coils. Removing the coils takes a bit of effort, but thankfully the bottom of the pod is slanted around the edges of the coil, which makes removal easier.

These pods also have another interesting and useful trick up their sleeve — a “Maze Chimney Design”. The gist of it is that the bottom portion of the pod is constructed like a maze, with many different routes that the ejuice can take and flow through if it happens to leak from the main reservoir in the pod. 

This maze structure extends the path that the ejuice has to take, and basically traps it in the bottom of the pod. To further prevent leaking, there’s also a layer of cotton in the base of the pod to trap any ejuice that manages to make its way through this maze.

From my experience so far, this maze structure really works. There hasn’t been any ejuice that has leaked out of the pod, so Freemax is clearly onto something with this “maze chimney design”.

Freemax Galex Kit Review - Pod 2

To get to the fill port, all that you have to do is remove the black mouthpiece which sits at the top of the pod. The fill port has a self-closing piece of red silicone which opens up when you insert your bottle tip, and closes itself when you remove it. 

It works well to keep ejuice in, and I have not had any instances of leaking from the fill port. There’s also an air-relief hole that sits opposite the fill hole, which is nice to see. This prevents pressure from building up in the pod and thus prevents leaking.

Pods attach magnetically to the device. The magnets that hold the pod in place are nice and strong, and I haven’t had any problems with it coming detached from the device.


Features

Freemax Galex Kit Review - Galex vs Galex Nano

The Galex Kit will fire at up to 16W and it does not feature adjustable wattage. This is where the Galex Kit is quite a bit different from the Galex Nano; the wattage output will vary depending on which coil you use, as well as on your battery life. 

This means that the draw is going to be weaker than the Galex Nano when using the same coils because while the Galex Nano outputs up to 4.2V and 22W, the Galex Kit only outputs 3.5V and 16W.

It’s as if the Galex Kit is locked to the “medium” power output of the Galex Nano. With the Galex Kit, the wattage range for the coils is:

  • 0.8Ω Coil: 13-15W
  • 1.0Ω Coil: 11-12W

This maximum wattage output is definitely something to keep in mind if you’re choosing between the Galex or Galex Nano.

As for the LED lighting, it’s pretty cool. You can change between the three settings (unicolor, multicolor, or off) by taking the pod out and putting it back in twice. It’s a strange way to adjust a setting, but since the Galex doesn’t have any buttons it’s really the only option.

The Galex Kit only features draw-activation, as it doesn’t have any buttons. The draw activation works well and hasn’t caused any issues for me. It’s just sensitive enough without being overly sensitive, and it hasn’t malfunctioned at all during my testing.


Battery Life & Charging

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Like the Galex Nano, the Galex has an 800mAh battery. You can check your remaining battery life by simply vaping on the device and the small LED indicator (the one below the prominent LED light show) will light up either red, blue or green:

  • Red: Less than 35%
  • Blue: 35-70%
  • Green: Above 70%

The battery life indicator system is good, as the red light comes on at 35%. This gives you more than enough of a heads up to find a charger before it dies. The charging port is a Type-C port located on the bottom of the device. It takes around 45 minutes to fully recharge the Galex and it does have pass-thru charging so you can vape on it while it recharges.


Performance

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Since the Galex uses the same pod and coils as the Galex Nano, the performance is nearly identical. There’s a small difference due to the lower output wattage of the Galex, but all-in-all they perform very similarly. Like with my testing of the Galex Nano, I used 20-25mg nicotine salt ejuices with both coils.

The 0.8Ω mesh coil is great and personally my favorite of the two coil options. The flavor is great and the throat hit is ample with a 25mg nic salt ejuice. When the device is at full battery it’s a strong hit as it outputs 15W, and even as the battery dies the draw doesn’t feel that much weaker. The warmth of the draw is good, although less warm than what I would get from the Galex Nano and its 22W maximum output. This coil delivers a MTL draw that is verging on a loose MTL draw.

The 1.0Ω mesh coil is not a big difference from the 0.8Ω coil. The flavor is similar, although I think that the 0.8Ω coil delivers flavor that is just a little bit better. The 12W output delivers a better draw than you would think, especially with mid-strength nicotine salts. It’s a satisfying vape for sure, and I think that this is a coil that doesn’t suffer from the lack of the higher output that you would get from the Galex Nano. In my opinion, it’s just right at 12W. This coil delivers a MTL draw that is not too different from the 0.8Ω coil.

Both coils have a really long coil life, with each one lasting for multiple refills without any sign of slowing down on their performance or flavor. Freemax is known for making some of the best coils in the industry, and these coils have shown me that they’re no different.


Verdict

The Galex Kit is similar to its sibling the Galex Nano, but I still like the ability to adjust my wattage with the latter. I can see the Galex Kit being more attractive to new vapers who don’t want to worry about adjusting wattage levels and worrying about if they’re vaping at the correct wattage for their ejuice, but the Galex Nano is still the better buy overall.

Wattage levels aside, the Galex Kit has a number of benefits as a pod device. The coils last a long time, it delivers good flavor and a nice MTL draw, and the battery life and charging times are good too. Freemax’s coils definitely live up to the high expectations that I have for pod vape coils so I really don’t have anything bad to say about them.

If you’re choosing between the Galex and the Galex Nano then I still think that the Galex Nano is the one to get. However, if your mind is set on the Galex, you’ll still be getting a great pod device, just one without adjustable wattage levels.

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Robert Barnes

For both health and financial reasons, I knew I had to quit smoking cigarettes. At a certain point I felt as if I had tried everything and it was too difficult to quit cold-turkey. That's when I found vaping and I've been off the stinkies ever since! I love testing and reviewing the latest vaping gadgets, marathoning television series and playing with my awesome dog Lupa.

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