The XFIRE is a fairly new pod vape by the company XFIRE Vapor. Like too many devices of this type, it’s quite similar to the JUUL in product design. Non-refillable 0.75 mL pods, 210 mAh battery capacity, a proprietary USB charger, and even the flavors come in a JUUL-like variety: mango, fruit, mint, tobacco, all in 5% nicotine strength.
Colors available: Rose gold, grey, and silver
Price of kit: $47.99
Price of pods: $15.99
The FDA announced Jan. 2 that it will begin enforcing all Deeming Rule requirements immediately for prefilled pod- and cartridge-based vaping products in flavors other than tobacco and menthol. Products sold after Feb. 2 are subject to enforcement if the FDA has not granted them marketing approval through a premarket tobacco application (PMTA). No PMTAs have been approved for vaping products yet. The FDA guidance only applies to products sold in the United States.
The XFIRE promises ease of use with its plug n’ play. Pop the pod in – vape. Since it’s draw activated, all you do is puff on it when you want. As long as your battery has power and your pod has juice, theoretically, you should be able to vape freely. Of course, that is assuming that the vape is working properly. More on that later.
The XFIRE can be purchased as a starter kit with one pack of the flavor of your choice. The available flavors are: Mango, Fruit Punch, Mint and Tobacco. The only available nicotine strengths is 5% (or 50 mg). The pod liquid capacity is 0.75 mL which is about the same as the JUUL.
The flavors, aside from Mint, are not that good to me. They’re mostly generic tasting flavors like a gas station cigalike. Nothing offensive, but pretty forgettable. Again though, the Mint is fairly good. It almost has a eucalyptus taste.
One strange thing I found was that people on FaceBook are referring to the nicotine as salt-based. I can’t find a single word about this on the Xfire site, nor on the package. The only ingredients listed are VG, PG, flavor, and nicotine. If there was nicotine salt in this juice, XFIRE would likely mention benzoic acid as well. Maybe that is just wishful thinking on my part. I guess this could be nic salt juice, but it’s hard to tell.
The performance on the XFIRE has been below average. I’ve seen some YouTube reviewers with positive reviews of this device, but that has not been my experience at all. The vapor, hit, and the flavor are just okay and it gives burnt hits far too often. The draw itself is relatively good, though, for a mouth-to-lung vape. I’d compare it to the SMPO. More open than the JUUL but not as airy as the Suorin Air for example.
But these pods are using silica wicks instead of cotton. I don’t really mind them using silica since the XFIRE has no temp control. I’d rather get a burnt hit on silica than on cotton, though I’d prefer neither.
I also get a lot of spitback (or juice dribble) from the mouthpiece though no real leaks to speak of. No hot pops either, but too much liquid coming through the chimney into the mouth. It seems the major issue is that the coils/pods need better quality control. With each pod I try, I never feel confident in taking a hit. Maybe the pods just need a redesign? Or maybe a different manufacturer? I don’t know. I know that something needs to be changed!
This happened on a pod that was almost full. And I tell you, it was bad. Combining bad juice and burnt hits isn’t really a fun time testing a product. It appears as if the silica wick isn’t thick enough to make constant contact with the coil, or maybe the coil is just poorly wrapped. Luckily XFIRE Vapor sent us many pods to test so I wasn’t stuck without replacements.
I used three batteries since I’ve been testing this. One simply stopped working and gave me the circuit protection lights. The other one has poor tolerances and pods wiggle. The third battery worked how it should. It pains me to think of someone that could’ve paid roughly $150 total for three kits, only to have one battery check off all the necessary boxes.
The battery only has 210 mAh and takes about 35-40 minutes to charge from a dead state. But it’s such a low mAh capacity, you will have to charge this frequently. I probably charged the XFIRE 3-4 times a day while constantly vaping on it. It’s likely the same capacity as the JUUL, and like the JUUL it uses a proprietary USB plug.
The battery life indicator glows white while vaping on it, and it turns red when the battery falls below 25%. As soon as the battery is dead, the red light starts flashing. But I admit, you can get a lot out of vaping the “red-zone”.
I think the overall performance on the XFIRE vape is okay when it’s working how It should, but it’s too inconsistent. Two wonky batteries and several burnt hits on various pods. Where’s the quality control? It could’ve been a good device… and it still can be a good device. It’s sleek, and even more important it’s easy to use and beginner friendly. I think if they change the liquid, and have more stringent quality control, XFIRE Vapor might enjoy a lot of returning customers.
At this stage right now, I cannot recommend the XFIRE. If you are going to spend $50 on a device like this, try out the JUUL instead.
If XFIRE gets these issues straightened out, I’d be more than happy to give it another shot.