Today I’m taking a look at the ANDS Slix disposable vapes.
The ANDS Slix disposables are manufactured in Shenzhen, China on the behalf of ANDS Globe UK, a company I have very little knowledge of.
So let’s get up to speed together on this relative newcomer to the disposable vape market. Some of you may already know what ANDS stands for – “Alternative Nicotine Delivery System”. All vaping devices fall into this category including the product under review today.
Disposables are ten a penny these days and constantly under media gaze for one reason or another. Opinions have become very divisive shall we say and one hot area is with their impact on the environment.
ANDS aren’t the first to tackle this obvious problem. Riot have taken considerable steps with their Riot Q Bar disposables and the DotMod Dot E is another example of how these products can be fully recycled in a responsible manner.
ANDS are an institution dedicated to creating a better life for adult smokers. The Slix disposable vapes are built as a dependable, well designed product. Both sustainable and easy to use.
The company motto is simple and straight to the point…
‘Change for the future’.
What Can We Expect From the ANDS Slix Disposable Vapes?
Every single thing about the Slix disposable vape is recyclable – from the paper packaging to the Silicone end stopper.
So this means highly efficient dismantling for when it comes to the recycling process.
The knock on effect is quite startling.
It’s always great to see vape manufacturers doing their bit for the environment. It’s just a shame this level of responsibility isn’t being extended to other areas of their use. But that’s a debate for another day.
So what do we know about the inner working of the ANDS Slix disposable?
Well, underneath the fully recyclable cardboard tube lies a 400mAh battery, ready to power a tiny MTL coil. I’ve no idea whether it’s mesh or not or even what the resistance is. The chances are it’s between 1.0 and 1.2ohm.
The internal plastic chamber holds 2ml of 20mg salt nicotine E-liquid that should last the average vaper for anything up to 600 puffs.
The ease of use continues with its auto draw feature. Simply inhale on the device straight out of the box and you’re up and vaping.
The ANDS Slix range is available in eight flavours ranging from fruits, tobacco and mint.
ANDS Slix Specifications
- Dimensions: 110 x 16mm
- Material: Plastic, Metal, Silicone, Cardboard – fully recyclable
- Battery capacity: 400mAh
- E-liquid capacity: 2ml
- E-liquid ratio: 50VG/50PG
- Nicotine strength: 20mg (2%) salt nicotine
- Number of puffs: Up to 600
- Activation: Auto draw
OK. Let’s take a look at how well this little lot performs for flavour, vapour production, MTL draw, battery performance and all important number of puffs, shall we?
Blue Raspberry Lemon
Blue Raspberry Lemon delivers a sharp, fruity flavour. Tangy Blue Raspberry fuses with sour and juicy Lemon in every puff.
Not a great start!
I’m not sure what’s happened to the flavour with this one. Yes there are trace elements of Raspberry in there somewhere but they don’t tend to show until the end of the exhale.
There is a degree of sharpness to the vape but nothing that instantly springs out to add any depth to the flavour.
Much of the sourness can be found on the inhale but that tends to drift away as the vape develops. And forget the Lemon – It’s nowhere to be found in this very strange blending of fruits.
Of course, once everything’s vaped and done there is still flavour on offer but I’m just personally left a bit flat by the overall experience.
Subtle is a word that’s best to describe this one. Not something I’m really used to from a disposable vape.
The Koolada does it’s best to prop the show up but even that is unbalanced against everything else Blue Raspberry Lemon has to offer.
Cream Tobacco delivers the classic flavour of traditional tobacco. Roasted, nutty and earthy notes combine for an authentic-tasting blend.
I get just a tickle of sharpness on the inhale with Cream Tobacco. That suits me just fine because it emulates the effect from the drag off a cig. Newbies will undoubtedly appreciate that too.
It has all the hall marks of a classic Tobacco vape, including the obvious lack of warmth from a disposable cigarette.
The sweetness from the leaf is instantly present on first exhale although I still attribute that to some of the creaminess. As a combined force, a very mellow taste is created.
I’m never left with the sensation of ash in my mouth. Consistency plays an important role because of the subtlety of the flavour. It stays with you from start to end and there’s also a richness to the tobacco that works really well.
Tobacco Cream could do without the apparent touch of cooling that appears to be running throughout. It’s nothing heavy but it does still line the throat and lips to a lesser degree.
I personally don’t think it’s required and somewhat shatters the illusion but other than that – Tobacco Cream is a highly satisfying vape.
Kiwi Passionfruit Guava
Kiwi Passionfruit Guava is a fruity and tropical vape. The flavours of sharp Kiwi, mellow Passionfruit and sweet Guava complement each other in every puff.
Another one that’s more subtle in taste than I was expecting. Is that a good thing?
Yes, I think it is because not only does it make for a change but the flavour is much cleaner and well defined. In other words, it’s definitely more accessible than some of the disposables currently doing the rounds.
Kiwi Passionfruit Guava has a mouth watering quality. A mix of refreshing tropical notes with just a tinge of sweetness to keep things bobbing along.
I also think the Passionfruit is more enhanced in this popular flavour. It certainly rides above the Kiwi so not only is it more subtle but it’s also smoother on the exhale.
A trace element of Orange here, A touch of Lemon there – but very subdued.
What we end up with is an exotic blend of Summer fruits. It’s not exactly bursting with flavour but I prefer that and it works a treat here.
Mint delivers a classic and cool flavour. The sweet, floral and herbal flavour of mint is rounded out by an icy exhale.
Nice, but a little too sweet for my personal liking. It’s a spearmint vape and I have no doubt about that. It definitely puts me in mind of those soft chewy sweets.
I wouldn’t say there’s anything floral about the flavour and herbal tends to come with the territory but I genuinely think there’s just too much sweetness for me to enjoy this one to the max.
It’s there from the inhale, exhale and sticks around quite literally to the tongue and taste buds.
The Koolada is also off the chart. It didn’t take long to grab a fix on my throat, stinging in a very distracting manner.
It’s a cross between a Spearmint Chew and an “Extra Strong Mint”. If that sounds cool to you, give it a gander.
Mint will certainly act as a palate reset for inbetween different flavours. It’s OK but could’ve done with less sweetener.
Pink Lemon replicates the taste of classic soda, fusing sweet mixed Red Berries with a sharp Lemon flavour.
Oh this one vapes a treat! I’m instantly hit with a tidal wave of flavour on the exhale.
The mix between Lemon and berries is quite delightful. The citrus of the Lemon is the first thing to hit, followed by a medley of dark berries on the follow up.
Those berries range from Strawberry, Raspberry and Blackberry. I’d have to say the latter is the strongest, most dominant out of the three but generally speaking they all play nicely together with Pink Lemon.
Does it have that soda quality as mentioned in the description?
Yes I think it does. There’s a freshness to the vape created by the addition of Koolada (still a little overboard there, methinks) and also a delicate sweetness surrounding those Summer fruits. When combined I’m reminded of a drinks based profile.
This is quite possibly the strongest tasting vape in the line up but you’ll get few complaints from me!
Sour Raspberry is a fruity vape with a tangy finish. The flavour of sweet Raspberry is present in every inhale, followed by a tart exhale.
A very pleasant flavour. It could so easily have been intensely sour but ANDS have done a pretty good job at reducing those qualities.
It’s an invitingly fresh tasting vape although the cooling agent may be a bit too much for some, I think.
The Raspberries hit home and have a full bodied appeal, never losing any flavour quality throughout the duration of the vape.
There’s just a drop or two of sweetener thrown in and doesn’t overload the Raspberry which is always a good sign.
The sourness is, of course, still present but it somehow adds punchiness to proceedings.
I think the level of fruit, sweet and sour is well done. It’s a winning combination. However, it is another one of those vapes where the Koolada is a make or break addition. Chain vape this and you’ll never be free of its clutches.
Battery Performance and Number of Puffs
After extensive testing I would suggest 500 puffs tops is nearer the mark with the ANDS Slix disposable vapes. What I will say is that you’re guaranteed a consistent enough vape.
You will notice a degradation to flavour towards the end of battery charge but that’s pretty much to be expected. The LED on the base will flash 10 times when it’s time to dispose of it.
While in use, there’s nothing to fault in terms of performance.
Final Review Verdict
You’ll get a very impressive MTL vape from the Slix range. Usually I default to a restrictive direct lung vape if I can but these ones had me MTL vaping almost naturally.
Such was the perfect level of restriction.
As for flavour. A little hit and miss at times but generally the range delivered the goods. I know I bang on about levels of sweetness and Koolada but that just tends to be manufacturers bowing to the demands of their audience.
Those elevated levels aren’t for me and so are reflected in some of the scores. It’s “horses for courses” and as we all know – vape experiences differ from folk to folk.
Consistency is the main attribute here though and you can be guaranteed a dependable vape every time.
And we can also be guaranteed of full recyclability. A very important note to end on.