OXVA are a relatively new company on the vape scene. Ordinarily in my intro I would give a brief history but being so new there really isn’t too much to talk about. This is one of three releases we have seen, the ‘Origin’ was the first followed by the ‘X’ and then the ‘Origin X’ (see what they did there?) and all are AIO pod devices.
For review today we are looking at the ‘X’. With a built in battery, removable coils and a few smart features, OXVA tout this as an “RDA flavor pod”. But has it got what it takes to stand above the crowd? Let’s find out!
- 1 x OXVA X Device.
- 1 x OXVA X 2ml refill POD.
- 1 x 0.3ohm UNI Mesh Coil.
- 1 x 0.5ohm UNI Mesh Coil.
- 1 x Micro-USB Cable.
- 1 x User Manual.
- 1 x Warranty card
- Dimensions: 107mm x 31mm x 19mm
- Integrated 1600mah battery
- Photon chipset
- Max wattage: 40W
- Intelligent power auto detection
- 5 adjustable power levels
- Zinc alloy construction
- Side locking output adjustment
- LED indicator
- Vibration operation cues – haptic feedback
- Bottom fill pod
- Switch time out protection
- Short circuit protection
- Battery overcharge protection
- Discharge protection
- Output over current protection
- Micro USB charge port
Design & Build Quality
Opening the box for the X is a delight. Everything is well packaged in one of those lovely magnetic boxes and presented behind a clear plastic insert with some key pointers about the device.
The X is actually much bigger than I expected and has a fair weight to it. It’s nice though, feels solid in the hand, ergonomically shaped and I like a device that feels substantial. There are echoes of other devices in the AIO category when it comes to the design; off the top of my head the ‘Nord’ from Smok is similar in appearance but by no means as premium feeling. The X comes in four rather unique finishes: coffee gold; battlefield green; extreme night blue; & black carbon fiber.
Each has its own finish details on the front and rear panels. The main description describes the frame colors so additionally the green has a camo finish, coffee gold has a black marbled effect, extreme night blue has a multi colored swirl pattern and the carbon black speaks for itself. I have to say it’s nice to see a company making such an effort with stand out color combos and I really think there is pretty much something to suit anyone.
The model I have for review is the coffee gold version. The darkened brown gold runs all the way round the sides and bottom and features on the buttons too. The main front and rear panels have a black marbled effect which is nice looking. The whole thing is a gloss finish which is a huge fingerprint magnet and ends up needing a wipe every now and then just to “nice” it up.
From top to bottom you will find the pod is a press fit situation. No magnets here which is kind of a con, but more on that when we focus on the pod. There is a really nice, clicky and fast responding fire button on the front with LED lights above to dictate power levels and battery levels.
Branding on the front is just their logo, not overly gaudy and fairly small just the way it should be; for me there’s nothing worse aesthetically speaking than huge, in your face branding! To the left side you will find two multi functioning buttons. The top button is a power on/off when held and an adjustable wattage up when pressed. The second is a lock button when held and adjustable wattage down when pressed. Operation of these buttons are responsive and the haptics are nice and powerful.
The right side of the device is where you will find your micro-USB port which provides 2A fast charging. Whilst I feel a USB-C would have been nicer, it’s certainly good of them to ensure a fast charge, especially given that the internal battery is 1600mAh.
No display on this device but it’s not really needed and would only serve to put a slight drain on your battery anyway. The LED’s do all the talking here and they function well with multiple options.
Overall I really love the fit and finish on the X. There’s no rattle and it feels premium and comfortable. I really don’t have any cons aside from the gloss finish which is subjective in any case. Job well done OXVA!
OXVA X AIO Features
The Photon chip inside the X works really well; the standard five clicks on, five clicks off applies here. The device fires immediately and 40 watts feels plenty given the coils. Battery life is pretty much all day and the warmth and cloud production it pushes is impressive to say the least. Automatic detection is pretty much a mainstay in all AIO’s these days however the Photon also offers 5 levels of protection:
- Switch time out protection: Basically a cut off to prevent burnt coils, this is set to a 10sec max.
- Over discharge protection: Protects the battery from any venting discharge.
- Short circuit protection: Battery is protected from a short.
- Overcharge protection: Prevents the device from overcharging and shortening the life.
- Output over current protection: Closes the output when the current exceeds its limit.
It’s always nice to know the level of protections included, especially for a new vaper! Reliability is assured and these protections all provide peace of mind for anyone wary of vaping safety.
The chip offers a very efficient battery management which means it’s great for battery life. In testing with either coil I was finding all day battery life as standard. Fair enough, I wasn’t vaping on the highest power for much of the time but it’s still impressive for a DTL device.
To charge from dead it took around 50 mins via the 2A charging which is adequately fast enough.
The LED lights on the front of the device are multi functioning in as much as they display your current power level, they will change colour depending on your remaining battery and will display any protections that are triggered. I’ve included all the information regarding these functions directly from the user manual with regards to the protections kicking in.
Battery Color Indicators and Power
- Green: 70-80%
- Yellow: 30-70%
- Red: 1-30%
The power levels are going to be dependent on the coil that you are using. You can still adjust up or down to your personal taste which is definitely going to be a pro!
|Coil||Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Level 5|
- On/Off is 5 clicks of the fire button
- Holding the power down/side button for 3 seconds will lock the device
- Adjusting the power levels is done via the side buttons.
Pod & Coils
Next let’s dive into the pod and coils: spoiler alert! This is where I feel the device could improve!
The pod itself is very akin to what we expect to see from most devices of this nature. It’s a clear plastic pod with a solid black mouth piece that I find very familiar and comfortable.
Capacity is 2ml which would be fine if this was a MTL device, but it would be great if there was a larger capacity version. There are no magnets holding the pod in place, it’s more of a press fit scenario which is fine. Performing my flick test proved that the pod held in place very well, however I also feel like no matter how hard I press it in, it’s never fully in place.
There is a visible gap between the device and the pod and it even appears as though the pod overhangs slightly. My fear with this is that over a considerable amount of time it may work itself loose and to be honest the pod already has a slight wobble to it, so it doesn’t feel as solid as some other devices that work on the same principal.
Filling the pod is easy but there’s also a slight issue here too. The rubber bung is easily removed to fill but it also removes completely; it’s not attached to the pod in any way. I’m almost certain that this will lead to it being lost and rendering the pod useless. I’m not a big fan of that at all and it’s definitely going to be a con.
Both the coils that I tested have been great! Both were used with a 70/30 and 50/50 liquid and wicking was perfect in both, I suffered no dry hits and could taste all my flavors just the way I should. Both also provided a very saturated, flavorful and consistent vape, with both lasting me around the 2 week mark before needing a change.
Of the coils provided, I much preferred the 0.3ohm. I vaped it with the airflow wide open and on power level 2 I found it very satisfying indeed.
I believe the X is compatible with all OXVA coils, including the RBA however I have only tried the two included in the box.
The X airflow is adjustable from the bottom of the coil. You may be familiar with this from other devices; it gave me a smooth and turbulent free vape.
As I previously stated, wide open and in a DTL configuration was how I enjoyed this the most. Cutting the airflow down however is where I started to feel the dreaded turbulence and I cannot recommend this device for someone looking for a true MTL; I just couldn’t dial it in no matter how much I closed down the airflow.
To sum up: I really enjoyed the OXVA X. If you are a new vaper looking for a solid, simple, easy to use DTL device then I recommend it.
Seasoned vape enthusiasts looking for a little pocket friendly ‘on the go’ vape will likely feel a little let down by the cons with the pod because realistically it’s the only thing that lets it down! But new vapers would benefit from the protections and simplicity of the device and that’s what we are all about right? Helping people to stay off the cigarettes!
I cannot recommend the OXVA X for those looking for a nice MTL but… It’s a great device that I really enjoyed testing. You almost had it OXVA… Almost!