If you’re fan of JUUL-like refillable pod vapes, Rincoe wants you to try their Neso X. Technically speaking, it’s more along the size of the Phix and the Moti.
The Neso X an ultraportable pod vape with a 1.8 mL refillable pod and a draw-activated battery. It has a 350 mAh battery, and the refillable pods have coils with a resistance of about 1.3 ohms. It’s designed with tight draw meant for use with nic salts and high nicotine. You can use any strength nicotine you choose, but the viscosity of the liquid should hover between 60 VG or 60 PG.
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Price: $ 24,95 (at Elementvape)
Colors: Space grey, matte silver, matte black, flaming red
As stated, the Neso X is similar in size Phix and Moti — along with countless devices I saw at the IECIE Shenzen Expo. It’s oval-shaped with an asymmetrical pod housing – a little bit of off-the-shoulder action! It stands 110 mm x 20.5 mm x 12 mm, and it weighs about 25 grams with a full pod. It’s perfectly pocketable.
The Neso X appears to be made out of an aluminum alloy, and it has a smooth satiny finish. It’s a bit too smooth though. It’s a nitpicky detail, but this device feels more slippery than others like it. But again, that’s nitpicky.
The pods are held in by magnets about as strong as so many other devices out now. In other words, they’re not held in as firmly as most would like. They don’t wiggle at all though. But with the magnets being rather weak, I can put an eye out if I flick it just right. I’d like to see companies get back to designing pods that click into place.
The Neso X pods are 1.3 ohms and they have a traditional wick and coil where the wick floats bowtie. The pods hold 1.8 mL of juice and refilling happens via a little rubber plug on the side near the bottom of the pod. Rubber plugs like this are outdated. It’s the flimsy kind where trying to remove one side will remove the whole plug. Still, refilling is straightforward and the plug does a good job of sealing liquid from leaks. Just be careful! It’s easy to lose.
The pods have an ergonomic tip for comfortable drawing, but their base is asymmetrical. It’s a minor thing, but when you put in a pod, it’s easy to put it in the wrong way since if you’re just going on autopilot. It’s a similar design here as the Moti, I often insert those pods incorrectly too!
The Neso X has a tight draw, that actually reminds me of the tightness of the JUUL. On the other hand, the flavor is shy of average. It’s just kinda non-descript. But the vapor is decent for a little device, and it hits comfortably warm. With the right juice, the throat hit is a solid thump – which I find to be enjoyable. I’ve used 50/50 nic salts and even high PG (Halo) ejuice. Both wicked fine, although you can’t push the draw too long or too frequently. I’ve gotten some dry hits when I got carried away.
The Neso X vapes quietly for the most part. On the inhale you hardly hear anything except a little sizzle but as soon as you stop drawing on it, the coil cool-down makes an audible cough sound that’s a little louder (you know that sound, right?!). It’s typical for this type of coil and wick design though, and not that big of a deal – depending on how stealthy you’re trying to be.
Unfortunately, the pods don’t last too long before starting to taste off. I got a few refills before discarding the pod. In comparison, I’ve refilled Moti pods over a dozen times with barely noticeable drops in performance. On a more positive note, I haven’t had any issues with spitting or popping with the Neso X. And the only leaking I’ve gotten was a tad bit of condensation – which is normal, and not a legitimate leak.
The device does fairly well with battery life with a capacity of 350 mAh. The battery status is indicated in an LED in the shape of an “N” toward the bottom of the battery.
White: fully charged or predominantly charged
Red: close to drained
I’m not sure why, but draining the battery actually took more time than some other devices with similar specs. That’s a plus! Charging the Neso X happens in a fairly short amount of time too — just over 30 minutes — and it has pass-thru charging. Just plug in a micro-USB into the bottom of the device.
In a nutshell, the overall performance with the Neso X is average. Nothing really bad and nothing really good. I don’t mind using the device, but it’s not one that I look forward to using. I use unflavored high nic juice in mine because the flavor is low, but the throat hit is good enough that it’ll be a solid back-up (maybe for my car). However, since I got the device for free, it’s not a huge issue for me to relegate it to the back-up stash. If I had paid for this, I’d be a bit disappointed considering other similar options out there perform much better and cost the same. If you like this style of device, I’d recommend looking into something like the Moti or the Caliburn.