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VAPORESSO Luxe X Review: A Pod Vape for MTL and RDL

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VAPORESSO Luxe X

4.7/5

9.4

Design — 9.5
Build Quality — 9.5
Pods & Coils — 9.5
Performance — 10.0
Flavor — 10.0
Battery Life — 8.0
Portability — Average
Value for Price ($40+) — Poor

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Our Verdict

The Luxe X is yet another impressive pod vape from VAPORESSO. The flavor is better than most other pod vapes on the market and the design and build quality are excellent. As for the downsides, there’s no draw-activation and the airflow (while effective) does not allow you to fine tune it to where you want. It’s also large, chunky, and it has some weight to it, so it’s not as portable as VAPORESSO’s other pod offerings. 

However, keeping the size in mind, the Luxe X is a great device for both MTL and RDL vaping. While there are definitely smaller devices for MTL, there aren’t many good pod options for RDL. If you want a RDL vape then you’re almost stuck using a box mod and tank, and that is where the Luxe X has an advantage in size. It also has a 1500mAH capacity battery which gets you a good amount of vaping time if you use the 0.8Ω MTL pod, so it has an advantage over smaller pod vapes in that aspect as well.

So how does it compare to VAPORESSO’s other pod vapes? If you ask me, I think that it has the rest of them beat in every aspect except portability. It offers better flavor and a similar MTL draw to the OSMALL 2 and Zero 2, while also giving you the option of using it for RDL vaping. 

As for value for the price, it looks like the Luxe X is available for around $40+ online, which is a little steep for a pod device, even one that delivers such good flavor.

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The VAPORESSO Luxe X is a pod vape that claims to do what many pod vapes have claimed in the past. Vaporesso claims that the Luxe X is capable of both MTL and DTL vaping — a tough claim to live up to. There aren’t many devices that can do both. Usually, these types of devices will do one good, and the other… Well, not so good. Could the Luxe X be different?

The Luxe X can fire at up to 40W and it comes with two pods: a 0.4Ω pod for DTL vaping and regular nicotine ejuices, and a 0.8Ω pod for MTL vaping. You can also rotate the pod 180° to adjust the airflow from loose to tight for each pod.

VAPORESSO has released many pod vapes recently, with the OSMALL 2 and X MINI being just two of them. Is the Luxe X any better than these recent releases? Is it any better than other pod vapes on the market for MTL and/or DTL vaping? You’ll find out in this review. 

Confused on what MTL/DTL means? Check out our guide on mouth to lung and direct lung vaping.

This device was sent to me directly by VAPORESSO for the purpose of this review.


Box Contents

  • 1 x VAPORESSO Luxe X Battery
  • 1 x VAPORESSO Luxe X 0.4Ω Mesh Pod
  • 1 x VAPORESSO Luxe X 0.8Ω Mesh Pod
  • 1 x Type-C Cable
  • 1 x User Manual
  • 1 x Warranty Card

Specifications

  • Size: 98mm x 21.6mm x 21.5mm
  • 5ml Pods
  • 40W Maximum Output Wattage
  • 3 LED Battery Indicator
  • Battery Capacity: 1500mAh
  • Type-C Charging

Design & Build Quality

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The Luxe X has a design that is a lot like the X MINI that I reviewed previously. It has a clear shell that allows you to see the board on the front and it looks very space-age and futuristic. Judging from VAPORESSO’s page for the Luxe X, this is exactly the kind of look that they were going for so they definitely accomplished their goal with the look.

This clear shell is apparently made up of three layers: an abrasion resistance coating, a stain resistant coating, and the PCTG tube. VAPORESSO also states on the product page that they did “1000 times abrasion test” and that it’s “200% stronger”. How these abrasion tests were done, and stronger compared to what, I don’t know.

Ambiguity aside, the clear shell is crystal clear and does seem to be pretty durable. I’ve had it in and out of my pockets with my keys, I’ve thrown it in a bag when I went to the beach, and I’ve generally used it like any normal vaper would. After all this, the shell is still crystal clear and not foggy or scratched up like you would expect clear plastic to be. There are a few scratches on it so it’s not impervious or anything, but it does seem more durable than other clear plastics.

Underneath the clear casing, on the back of the device, is a holographic decorative layer. This layer has Luxe X on it, with the X being stylized and quite large. It also has a hexagon pattern that starts in the middle of the X and ‘radiates’ outward which gives it a subtle, trippy design. This decorative layer spans the back and sides of the device but not the front which allows you to see the circuit board and AXON chip.

Above the clear plastic casing there is a metal band that wraps around the entire top of the device. There is a fire button on the front side and a VAPORESSO logo is engraved on the back side. There is also a wide airflow slot on each side.

When it comes to portability, the Luxe X is large and chunky for a pod vape. It also has a fair amount of weight to it when I hold it in my hand. It’s 98mm tall, 29mm wide, and 21.5mm thick. Compared with VAPORESSO’s X MINI (which was already a chunky pod vape), the Luxe X is much taller and wider and therefore even less portable. Compared with another recent VAPORESSO pod vape, the OSMALL 2, the Luxe X is an absolute giant. It’s still a portable device, yes, but not as portable as other pod vapes on the market.

The mouthpiece on the pod is wide and not too thick so it’s comfortable to use. The magnets that hold the pod in place are strong enough to keep the pod from popping out, but there is a little wiggle if you try to move it. The pod is also tinted so it’s not very easy to see how much ejuice you have left in the pod and you have to hold the pod up to a light source to really tell. Each pod will hold up to 5ml of ejuice — a substantial amount for a pod vape.


How to Use the Luxe X

VAPORESSO LUXE X - Pod and Airflow

The Luxe X is button-activated only and there is no draw-activation. In order to vape, you have to press and hold the power button. Pressing the power button 5 times will turn the device on or off. 

The Luxe X also does not feature wattage adjustment but it can fire at up to 40W. The wattage that it vapes at will depend on the pod that you use. The 0.4Ω pod is for DTL vaping and will vape at 32W. This makes it best suited for regular nicotine ejuices. The 0.8Ω pod is for MTL vaping and will vape at 16W. This makes it best suited to nicotine salt ejuices.

Getting started with the Luxe X is a hassle-free process. Since both pods have the coils built-in, there is no need to worry about changing coils or inserting them in the correct way. All that you have to do is take your pod of choice and open the rubber plug which is located on the bottom of the pod. 

If you are using the 0.4Ω pod then I suggest using regular nicotine ejuices. This is because nicotine salts will deliver too much nicotine with this pod due to the 32W that it vapes at and you might feel sick. If you are using the 0.8Ω pod then feel free to use either nicotine salt ejuices or regular nicotine ejuices.

Fill up the pod and reinsert the rubber plug. Next, wait 5-10 minutes before vaping for the cotton inside the pod to fully saturate. Insert the pod and press the power button to vape.


Airflow Adjustment

The Luxe X features airflow adjustment but it isn’t an airflow control slider. Instead, you can rotate the pod 180° and this will allow you to change the draw to be either looser or tighter. It’s a simple way to change the airflow, but it also doesn’t give you a lot of control over your airflow either. You’re basically stuck with two airflow settings for each pod and if you want it a little together or looser then you’re out of luck.

There is a little airflow symbol on the side of the pod which is visible even when the pod is inserted. This tells you on which side the airflow hole is located. When looking at the front of the device, the tighter airflow setting is with the airflow symbol on the pod on the right, and the looser airflow setting is with the airflow symbol on the left.

The 0.8Ω pod provides a MTL draw or a slightly looser MTL draw depending on the orientation of the pod. The 0.4Ω pod provides a restricted direct lung draw or a less restricted but still  RDL depending on the orientation of the pod. I will get more in-depth about the airflow a little later in the “Performance” section of this review.


Battery & Charging

VAPORESSO LUXE X - LED Battery Indicator

I mentioned that the Luxe X is chunky and heavy for a pod vape but at least there’s some justification for it in the battery. It has a 1500mAh battery which is definitely on the larger end of pod vape battery capacities. 

The battery life is going to largely depend on which pod you use because each pod vapes at drastically different wattages, but here is what you can expect. 

With the 0.4Ω pod which fires at 32W, expect to vape a little over 1 pod of ejuice (5-6ml approximately) on a single charge. With the 0.8Ω pod which fires at 16W, you can expect much better battery life. I managed to vape over 2 pods per charge, so 10ml+ of ejuice.

There are 3 LEDs that light up each time that you take a draw and these LEDs are there to indicate your battery charge level: 

  • 3 LEDs: 60-100% Battery
  • 2 LEDs: 30-60% Battery
  • 1 LED: Less than 30% Battery

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The Luxe X recharges using Type-C charging and the Type-C port is located on the bottom of the device. It takes 55 minutes to fully charge from completely dead, which is good for the battery capacity. While charging the LEDs will breathe and start with 1 LED, then 2, then finally 3 breathing LEDs. When it is fully charged the 3 LEDs will be solid and lit up. There is pass-thru charging so you can also vape on it while it recharges.


Performance

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Vaporesso claims that the Luxe X is capable of both MTL and DTL vaping — a tough claim to live up to. There aren’t many devices that can do both. Usually, these types of devices only excel at one or the other and it’s rare to find a device that can actually do both. Surprisingly though, the Luxe X is actually a capable device for both MTL and DTL vaping and it does both equally well. The catch is that it’s a restricted direct lung draw and not an airy DL draw like you may be expecting. 

Another high point of the Luxe X is the flavor. I know that you’re probably used to hearing from other reviewers and YouTubers about how good the flavor is from every device, but the Luxe X honestly brings flavor that is just better than the rest. The way that these coils accurately produce flavor and make vapor that is not too “wet” and saturated but still tasty to vape on is excellent. It’s honestly one of the most flavorful pod vapes that I’ve tried.

The 0.8Ω pod is excellent for MTL vaping and nicotine salt ejuices. Using a 25mg nic salt, I get a strong throat hit from the 16W output. It isn’t too strong, but you can notice that it’s a stronger draw than what you would get from a lower powered device like the OSMALL 2. With the pod on the “tighter” airflow setting, the draw is a MTL one that is similar to the OSMALL 2. With the airflow on the looser setting it’s a looser MTL draw but it’s not a drastic difference.

The 0.4Ω pod fires at 32W so it’s best used with regular nicotine ejuices. I wouldn’t suggest using nicotine salts. On the tighter setting it’s a restricted direct to lung draw that is warm and flavorful. Rotating the pod to the looser setting will get you a less restricted draw, but it’s still a RDL vape. 

In normal day-to-day use, I did not have any leaking from either pod. However, after leaving the 0.8Ω pod sitting for a couple of days with a 70VG ejuice I had some ejuice pooling in the battery. When I used the device regularly I did not have any leaking though, so I’m not sure if this truly counts.


Verdict

The Luxe X is yet another impressive pod vape from VAPORESSO. The flavor is better than most other pod vapes on the market and the design and build quality are excellent. As for the downsides, there’s no draw-activation and the airflow (while effective) does not allow you to fine tune it to where you want. It’s also large, chunky, and it has some weight to it, so it’s not as portable as VAPORESSO’s other pod offerings. 

However, keeping the size in mind, the Luxe X is a great device for both MTL and RDL vaping. While there are definitely smaller devices for MTL, there aren’t many good pod options for RDL. If you want a RDL vape then you’re almost stuck using a box mod and tank, and that is where the Luxe X has an advantage in size. It also has a 1500mAH capacity battery which gets you a good amount of vaping time if you use the 0.8Ω MTL pod, so it has an advantage over smaller pod vapes in that aspect as well.

So how does it compare to VAPORESSO’s other pod vapes? If you ask me, I think that it has the rest of them beat in every aspect except portability. It offers better flavor and a similar MTL draw to the OSMALL 2 and Zero 2, while also giving you the option of using it for RDL vaping.

Have you used the Luxe X? Leave a comment down below with your thoughts!

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Adam Alhiraki

I started vaping in 2013, determined to quit smoking because I knew it was a terrible habit. Many hard years later, I'm smoke-free and feeling better than ever! I love trying as many different tanks, mods, and ejuices as I can get my hands on, but I love sharing my experiences and honest opinions even more! When I'm not reviewing, researching, or writing, you can find me watching tennis, tinkering with coils, or playing with my two mischievous cats.

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