The Lusty is the second product to ever come out of newcomer vape manufacturer Nevoks—the first one was the NIMO disposable vape. It is a pod style AIO that takes MTL and DL coils, coming with large 3.3 mL pods and a 1000 mAh battery. Another way to describe the Lusty is a Nord-alternative pod system, as the SMOK Nord coils are compatible with the Lusty and vice versa.
But the Lusty is not a Nord clone. The two devices look nothing like each other, and the Lusty’s pods are designed in a way that allows them to perform much differently, even when using them with the Nord coils. Keep reading to find out why.
Price: $31.95 (at Element Vape)
Colors: Black, stainless steel, red rainbow
The Lusty is a relatively compact device, especially considering the 1000 mAh battery that it houses. I weighed it at 83 grams with a full pod in, which is a touch heavier than the Nord. The form factor allows you to conceal it in your hand, and it feels very nice to the touch due to the rubberized body—it kinda reminded me of the Njoy Ace in that regard. The shape of the mouthpiece makes it feel super comfortable in the mouth, similar to the Vaporesso Renova Zero and the Joyetech Teros series. Nevoks seems to be picking and choosing the best features out of successful vapes, which is a great strategy for a newcomer company.
I received two units, a black one and a rainbow one. The black is full-black, while the rainbow one is part rainbow part black. The device is constructed out of zinc alloy and the pods are made out of PCTG plastic—and fit a whopping 3.3 mL of e-liquid. As a note, both my Lusties came with extra pods in the package, but Nevoks doesn’t list them in the kit contents and I am not sure they are included in the retail version. Finally, the plastic firing button is quite possibly the largest firing button I’ve seen on a device that small, and it can easily be pressed accidentally so make sure you turn the device off before throwing it in your pocket.
My main complaint with the design of the device has to do with the silicon plugs that secure the refill holes. They can easily break (package includes a replacement), part of them hangs inside the pod, and they may give you a hard time inserting and removing the pod as they are pretty thick. There’s also nothing you can grip on to remove the pod from the battery, outside of using your nail at the side of the pod. It’s not such a big deal, and I also appreciate the fact that I won’t have to be searching for the pod if the device falls to the floor, but some may find it annoying.
As our reader Greg informed me in the comment section, the retail version of the Lusty does in fact include a replacement pod in the package. Thanks Greg!
Like most AIOs, the Lusty is very easy to use.
It’s worth noting that the airflow changes depending on the side you insert the pod to the battery. The difference between the two options is barely noticeable (especially on the 0.6-ohm coil), but if you want the airier option you should insert the pod with the plug on the left side when the firing button is facing toward you.
The Lusty comes with two coils in the box:
There are three more available coils for the device, and the full lineup is exactly the same in specs as the Nord coils. In fact, my first thought was that Nevoks just rebranded Nord coils, but after close inspection, it turns out they are not. The Lusty coils have much larger wicking holes than the SMOK ones, so Nevoks may be manufacturing their own coils after all.
The larger holes allow for higher VG e-liquid, and both coils seem to handle 70VG e-liquid without struggling. As for coil life, I’ve gone through around 15 mL of e-liquid on the 0.6-ohm coil and it still works fine—but bear in mind that I am using clear juices on it. I tested the first 1.4-ohm coil with some sweet nicotine salt juice and had to change it after three fills (appx. 10 mL). I am now using another 1.4 coil with regular nicotine juice and it seems to be holding up much better.
I’ll start off by saying that the Lusty coils are great, but a big selling point for this device is its compatibility with the tried and true coils of the Nord. Nevoks is a newcomer in the industry and given that SMOK is using the Nord coils in a number of devices, we know that these coils are going to be available for a long time. The good news? I could barely feel any difference between the Nord and the Lusty coils in terms of flavor, vapor production and overall performance. But that’s only when using them on the same device.
The Lusty is much tighter vape than the Nord, regardless of the coil and airflow setting you run with. Due to that, it is a warmer vape overall, which helps with flavor—you get more condensed vapor that pucks a punch. And, unlike the Nord, you can actually use the 1.4-ohm coil for MTL. It is of the loose variety even at the tighter airflow setting, but MTL nonetheless.
As for the 0.6-ohm coil, the reduced airflow turns it into an even more restricted lung vape. I really enjoy the way this coil performs on the Nord, but for those of you who wanted some extra restriction, the Lusty is an excellent option.
The extra warmth of the Lusty helps with throat hit, especially on the 1.4-ohm coil. My 35 mg salts felt too strong on it; I suggest starting off with 25 mg salts and adjusting to taste. On the 0.6-ohm coil, I’d start with 6 mg regular nicotine, or maybe something like 20 mg salts.
I didn’t have any issues with either of the coils outside of some juice accumulation on the outside of the pod and the place it connects with the battery. That happened more often with the 1.4-ohm coil, where I had to wipe the pod almost every time I took it out of the battery for a refill. But it didn’t interfere with the device’s performance, and I had no liquid in the mouth or anything like that.
My biggest complaint has nothing to do with the coils but with the pods. One of the two I tried came with a funky taste, something between plastic and cardboard. I know it wasn’t coming from the coil because I tried it in the other pod, as well as the Nord. The taste wasn’t that strong so I kept using it, and it practically went away after the second refill. But it will end up in my cons list, and I advise washing the pod and letting it dry before using it, just in case.
The Lusty features a 1000 mAh battery, a bit less than the Nord but certainly above average for a device its size. I got almost a full pod on a charge when using the 0.6-ohm coil, and one pod and a third out of the 1.4-ohm coil. You will probably need to recharge the device during the day if you are using the 0.6 coil, but the 1.4-ohm one will probably get you through the day on a charge.
When pressing the fire button, the LED light will light up and the color of the light will indicate charge levels.
The Lusty charges through the micro USB port that’s positioned at the side of the device. I timed a full charge at exactly 63 minutes, which is not bad at all—I recently reviewed the Innokin JEM Pen which has the same capacity and needed 70-80 minutes for a full charge. The Lusty also supports pass-thru, so you can vape while it is plugged in.
The Nevoks Lusty was a pleasant surprise, especially considering that I had never heard of this company before. While the innovation factor is pretty low on the Lusty, Nevoks designed a solid AIO that performs as advertised. I would recommend this device to everyone looking for a pocketable AIO with flavorful coils that can produce some warm vapor. And if you’ve ever tried the SMOK Nord and thought that it is a bit too airy, then the Lusty is tailormade for you.
The only thing I can really fault the Lusty for is this weird taste on one of the pods I tried. As a note, this keeps happening lately with pod vapes and it has started to become a bit annoying to say the least. In any case, it’s not a dealbreaker, and you can probably avoid it by washing the pod before using it. Excluding this off-tasting pod, the Lusty comes with a recommendation.