Vaporesso is back again with two new pod vapes, the Xtra and the Osmall. This preview is about the beefier of the two, the Xtra. From what I can tell, the “xtra” parts are the increased battery capacity and the additional coil option over the Osmall.
The Xtra uses Vaporesso’s Unipods with either a mesh 0.8-ohm coil or a 1.2-ohm coil. These coils utilize Vaporesso’s recently developed flax cotton tech instead of the CCELL coils that Vaporessso has always used in similar devices. The Vaporesso Xtra is en route to me now, so this is an early look at what’s coming.
Colors: Grey resin, silver resin, grey, rainbow resin, rainbow
I haven’t tried the Xtra yet, but I’m guessing that the 1.2-ohm Unipod is for MTL and the Meshed 0.8-ohm Unipod is either for a direct-lung draw or a restricted lung hit. Although the pods at first glance look like those of the Osmall, the schematics of the Xtra make the pod look longer with a more squared mouthpiece. That leads me to believe that the two new pod vapes from Vaporesso are not cross-compatible. Frankly, as long as the Xtra wicks as efficiently as the Osmall has so far, I couldn’t care less about cross-compatibility.
Where the Osmall is bite-sized and made of plastic, the Xtra is larger and appears to be more solid. The Xtra is more like a pod mod than it is a simple pod vape. Plus, with a 900 mAh battery, it’s going to be heavier. One concern I have is how the extra weight will affect the strength of the magnetic connection to the pods. With all due respect to Vaporesso, the magnets they’ve used in the past are so weak that the pods will fall out if you say “boo!” That hasn’t been an issue in the Osmall, likely because it’s so light that even without upgrading magnets, they’ll hold strong.
What I find to be interesting and appealing is that these new devices from Vaporesso don’t have ceramic wicking. Vaporesso appears to be stepping away from CCELL. Regardless of your feelings about CCELL, that’s the wicking system that Vaporesso has defaulted to since they first hit the scene. For me, CCELL works fine sometimes, but I’ve found it to be unreliable when compared to cotton. That’s my opinion based on the numerous Vaporesso products I’ve tried, although, to be fair, there’s a lot of love out there for ceramic coils.
I’ve been impressed so far with the Osmall, so I have high hopes with the Xtra—even though it seems like it should be reversed. After all, the Xtra has more than the Osmall. An extra coil, almost 600 mAh more battery capacity, a larger size, and it’s twice the price of the Osmall. Since the Osmall and the Xtra both use a 1.2-ohm coil, the success of this device will likely come down to the performance of the Meshed 0.8-ohm Unipod. The Meshed coil in the Pod Stick has been great, so the bar has been set. I will post my review after I receive the device and have had time to test as many coils as possible. Stay tuned.