Yocan X-Linx Intro
Today I’m taking a look at the new X-Linx sub ohm kit from Yocan. A new tube style mod with some fantastic innovative features. Let’s see how it stacks up against the sub ohm kits currently available.
The X-Linx from Yocan comes in a very nice presentation box. The mod is cushioned by a foam insert, below this is a warrantee card and user manual. There is a small envelope below these with a micro usb charging cable, Pyrex glass drip tip and connection adapter (this will become clear later). Although the packaging was relatively basic, it is sleek and is quite aesthetically pleasing.
Usability of the Yocan X-Linx
I am not going to go into too much depth of the battery, as it is a simple 2200mah tube style battery. The tank however; really impressed me. It is very easy to fill. Although one drawback is it has no top fill feature like a lot of new sub ohm tanks at the moment. It comes with a stock 0.5 ohm coil which vapes really well. However when testing it on devices like the X Cube 2 I did find that it didn’t vape too well at the higher wattages and just tasted burnt!
The X-Linx Tank
I was pleasantly surprised by the tank that came with the X-Linx. Especially with the super easy magnetic connection! No more screwing, this is something that really impressed me. However thinking about it, it’s something I would have thought would have been done by now. The stock 0.5ohm coils works well with the X-Linx tube and has a very nice smooth vape to it. It definitely feels like a beginner sub ohm tank, as there is no real throat hit with the tank. When I took the tank to higher wattages on the X Cube 2 however it did not perform as well.
The coil has a rating of 25-150w yet when I took the tank to 100w it was a pure burnt hit, so I’m not too sure where Yocan got these numbers from! Although there is a magnetic to 510 adapter so you can use the tank on other mods; I wouldn’t recommend this.
As I said earlier the coil doesn’t seem able to handle higher wattages and the vape on other devices seems much hotter and harsher than on the X-Linx tube. Another gripe I have with the tank is the adjustable airflow. Although there is a lot, 1 small hole, 2 small holes, 1 medium Cyclops slot and 1 large Cyclops slot. You can only have airflow coming from one side of the coil. Instead I would have liked to see a large Cyclops slot on each side of the tank, which would allow for more adjustable airflow and balanced airflow to the coil.
The airflow options with this tank really lean towards the mouth to lung style of vaping, this technique of vaping really brings out the flavour in the juices and I think it is the best way to vape this tank. Taking direct lung hits just isn’t worth it due to the slightly smaller airflow and coil. Save those for something like the TFV4! Also due to the magnetic connection the tank can spin when you are adjusting the airflow so sometimes I was just spinning the tank rather than the afc ring.
This is a great feature and I think it should be incorporated into many more mods and atomisers as it is so much more convenient than constantly screwing tanks on and off of mods.
The mod is a perfect size for a stealth vape and is really light too. But it’s also large enough that you know you’ve got a mod on you when you’re carrying it around. Fits nicely into pockets and bags alike without being likely to get lost in the abyss of a handbag!
No locking feature
The battery has no locking feature, just a 5 click on off setting. I would like to see a locking feature to stop auto firing without having to turn the device off.
For me there wasn’t enough battery power. The device has an inbuilt 2200mAh battery. Whilst this isn’t amazing, it also isn’t terrible either. However being nearly 16mm longer than the iJust 2. 97mm compared to 81mm respectively I would have liked to see the X-Linx match the 2600mAh. Maybe I’m expecting a little too much from an eGo style battery but then again, this is 2015! The tube acts like a mechanical mod in which the voltage drops off as it is used. This is a noticeable drop off and does so pretty quickly leaving you with a mouse’s cough for a vape.
Whilst you can use the Yocan X-Linx tank on other devices you cannot use other tanks, say the Aspire Atlantis v2 for example on the X-Linx battery. This is a shame as kits like the iJust2 and Ego One do not have this issue.
The X-Linx by Yocan is a great little device with some innovative features and would be a brilliant way for anyone wanting to try sub ohm to get into it. However when taking a closer look it feels like more of a novelty device with the magnetic connection and simply does not stack up well enough against its competitors. Whilst it performs pretty well the compatibility issue lets it down and the tank isn’t the best when used on other devices.
All in all, I think if you are looking at getting a starter sub ohm kit, something like the Ego One/Mini or the iJust 2 would be a better option.