Pod systems are everywhere and with this latest review we take a closer look at the Freemax Onnix Pod Kit. Can Freemax continue to deliver the excellent flavour they are known for? It’s a statement I find hard to refute.
To say I’m a fanboy of these prebuilt coils and tea fibre cotton would be something of an understatement.
Guess what? The cotton features again with these coils! Happy days..
Freemax aren’t afraid to mix things up either. For better or worse (opinions are divided) some of their pods bare more resemblance to sub ohm tanks, going as far as to include threaded 510 pins.
The Freemax Onnix Pod kit sees the company returning to the more, shall we say, traditional look and feel.
In the words of Freemax ‘Our Only Planet Matters’. The question I pose with this review is ‘are we going around in circles with pod kits or does it matter?’
Freemax Onnix Pod Kit – What Can We Expect?
Taking a quick look at the device it’s pretty clear what we can expect.
Pocket friendly portability instantly springs to mind. So does simplicity – there’s no screen display and no menu buttons. The kit comes with two coils for the side mounted airflow to play around with.
It looks like Freemax are catering for the restrictive direct to lung (DTL) user as well as the Mouth to Lung (MTL) vaper so don’t expect masses of airflow or plumes of cloud.
The device is tied to a maximum output of 20W and the integrated battery capacity would seem to compliment this. So we can expect more than adequate vape periods before recharging using the type C USB port.
Auto draw is featured for the virgin vaper alongside the option to use the fire button if that’s become a habit.
Expect the mesh coil to last between 8-10 refills and the MTL one to last 5-7 top ups.
Freemax Onnix Pod Kit – Inside the Box
The device comes in a handy slip case with a thumb cut out on the inside allowing easy removal of the pod kit itself. A ribbon tag has been thoughtfully included to allow access to further content beneath.
- Onnix battery
- Freemax Onnix Pod
- Type C USB charging cable
- OX DVC coil 1.0ohm
- OX Mesh coil 0.5ohm (pre installed)
- User manual
- Warning card
- Warranty card
Freemax Onnix Pod Kit – Features
Freemax state this is the only pod for all your needs. I’m hoping that’s very much the case and the reason why you’re here.
So what does it offer and what are the key features?
The latest FM Coiltech 4.0 technology has been used for the mesh coil as well as FM SaltTech 3.0 for the dual vertical MTL equivalent.
An integrated 3 level power adjustment caters for either coil, achieved by three simple taps of the fire button. Talking of the fire button it’s also used to lock the device against unnecessary mis-firing when placed in a pocket or bag.
I received the 2ml TPD edition for the purposes of review but the standard version extends juice capacity to 3.5ml. All other package contents are the same for both.
There are six straightforward, no nonsense colour schemes to choose from. These are Gunmetal (under review and very smart looking it is too!), Grey, Blue, Coral Red, Black and Rose Pink (better than the Gunmetal – according to the Wife).
Freemax Onnix Pod Kit – Specifications
- Size 26.2 x 16.2 x 109mm
- Weight 49.9g
- Material Aluminium alloy/Steel/PCTG
- Pod capacity 3.5ml/2ml (TPD)
- Coil resistance OX mesh coil 0.5ohm (pre installed) OX DVC coil 1.0ohm
- Battery capacity 1100mAh
- Output voltage 3.3v-4.2v
- Output wattage 8W-20W
Freemax Onnix Pod Kit – Design and Build Quality
Being comprised of aluminium alloy there’s not much weight to the battery section at all. Yet it remains very solidly built with a spray coat finish offering a minimum amount of grip.
Without the pod attached it measures approximately 90mm. The width and depth are bang on with Freemax’s specifications.
The type C USB port is mounted on the base of the battery. This obviously prevents vertical charging but also protects the connection. Kudos to Freemax for also including three small battery venting ports.
The raised fire button is located in a very comfortable position and is very responsive to the touch. At the bottom are a series of coloured LED’s that react behind a very small plastic window.
I noticed this made a great deal of difference when testing visibility in direct sunlight. I had no issues differentiating the battery status colours during use.
Freemax Onnix Pod Kit – How To Operate The Battery
- Press the fire button five times to turn the device on or off. The LED will blink white five times after either action.
- Press the fire button three times to adjust the predetermined power output. A red LED represents the lowest output, blue represents medium strength and green will pump out the highest wattage available for the installed coil.
To prevent the device from mis-firing in a bag or pocket an added safety feature has been included. In normal operating mode it’s possible to vape via the fire button and auto draw function simultaneously.
- Hit the fire button four times to lock the fire button, disabling it. Only the auto draw feature will work. The LED will blink white four times when enabling or disabling this feature.
Freemax Onnix Pod Kit – Airflow Structure
The inside of the battery contains two spring loaded gold plated coil contacts along with two magnetic contact points for connecting the pod.
Also visible is an air ingress block that powers a restrictive direct lung vape via the adjustable slider.
The single slider tab is incorporated into the side of the battery section. Using the merest trace of a nail I found it very easy to use and fine adjustments were possible.
At this point you may be asking why fully closed. Have patience. That’s rich, coming from me. 😁
The adjustable slider has been purposefully made for use with the 0.5ohm mesh coil, designed to be vaped in a restrictive direct lung manner.
Closing the slider off completely allows the 0.1ohm DVC MTL coil to do its job under tighter restriction. Using the single fixed airflow slot on the opposite side of the battery.
.. Simplicity is the key.
Freemax Onnix Pod Kit – The Pod Section
I’ve got to admit, the Onnix Pod does look a little disproportionate in size when attached to the battery section. This makes the device look a little odd from an aesthetic point of view.
You’ve heard the phrase “All mouth and no trousers”. In this case, “All battery and no pod”.
I say this for another reason too. 13.5mm of the pod is recessed inside the battery section. This happens to be the viewing area for the juice!
Ok, it’s understandable in that the pod is a side fill arrangement but to add to the woes the viewing window has been frosted. This makes it a little awkward to see how much juice is remaining.
..I’m not putting that one down to fading eyesight! lol
The silicone stopper works great. It’s very easy to remove, very easy to plug. Even on the fly so all good stuff.
The pod/battery magnet connectivity is on par. The pod won’t shake free and there’s no side to side movement when installed. Very pleasing.
Note: The white LED will pulse a single time when the pod is connected and will flash three times when removed. There’s no wrong way of inserting the pod.
Freemax Onnix Pod Kit – Filling The Pod
The opening on the fill port measures 6.5mm so the majority of bottle nibs will pass through just fine. There’s also enough space for air to escape while filling.
- With a plug and play coil installed remove the pod from the battery section
- Lift the tab on the silicone stopper to expose the fill port
- Gently squeeze E juice through the fill port into the pod. Avoid over filling
- Replace the silicone stopper
- Drop the pod back into the battery section
Always leave E liquid to soak into the cotton of a new coil for around five minutes before vaping.
Freemax Onnix Pod Kit – How Does It Perform?
Coil output settings:
- Green LED 20W
- Blue LED 18W
- Red LED 16W
When using both coils I tested on the highest wattage settings. Not only to see if I could obtain the best flavour but also to see how battery life held up under these conditions.
OX 0.5ohm mesh coil – Green LED 20W
I used Riot Squad Tropical Fury which is a 50VG/50PG ratio using their hybrid nicotine. It’s a mix between freebase and salts at a strength of 10mg.
I tested the coil with the slider wide open. Without a shadow of doubt it was still a restrictive vape and didn’t allow for a natural airy inhale. However, it happens to be right up my vaping street so I felt very much at home and comfortable with the draw.
What of the flavour?
To be totally honest it has to be one of, if not the best experience I’ve encountered with a pod kit in 2021. Absolutely everything, and I mean everything present in the profile came through.
It came through consistently, even when chain vaping. The citrus levels were pitch perfect and held onto the taste buds for quite a while. Pineapple mixed gloriously with mango and the sweetness was there in bucket loads.
Due to the restrictions of this direct lung vape the cloud production was very much scaled back but who cares? With flavour replication this good!
Adding further to the efficiency of this coil the vape was smooth and also very quiet. Perfect for those moments when discretion is the better part of vapour.. valour..
Airflow settings and Other Power Options
Closing down the airflow slider to around mid way resulted in a highly restrictive direct lung vape. Flavour production seemed to struggle slightly although still very good. Cloud production also remained satisfying.
The coil was much less responsive with airflow all but shut off, creating an uncomfortably restricted vape as one might imagine alongside a few coughing bouts! lol
Some of the sharp edges of the flavour started to erode when using the Freemax Onnix pod kit on the medium power setting but the general notes and tones remained firmly in place.
Things did begin to take a nose dive at the lowest power setting and the flavour started to suffer but it remained a refreshingly cool vape regardless.
OX 1.0ohm DVC coil – 13W (Green LED)
Coil output settings:
- Green LED 13W
- Blue LED 11W
- Red LED 9W
I used another 50VG/50PG juice ratio by Riot Squad, this time opting for Exotic Fruit Frenzy with a mix of freebase and salts at 10mg strength. Ideal for this low powered dual vertical MTL coil.
The airflow slider was closed and by using the auto draw feature I received a very well balanced mouth to lung inhale from the single fixed pinhole. It wasn’t too tight or loose – just a very comfortable vaping experience.
Once again, the flavour was exceptionally good. I could instantly recognise the passion fruit and especially the melon which spilled from a conveniently stealthy vapour content.
The flavour was rich, buoyant and very concentrated to the point of remaining on the palate and taste buds for some time after exhale. Highly impressive stuff.
The inhale was also very quiet and turbulent free – something to be appreciated during moments where discretion is called upon.
Being a restrictive direct lung (RDL) fan I had to try the coil with the airflow slider wide open. The coil is true to type because there was just too much restriction, making for an uncomfortable inhale and affecting flavour and vapour reproduction to a degree.
Other Power Settings
There’s not much difference when using lower power settings. The vape did become a little more mellow but flavour still flowed during exhale. Vapour production remained consistently stealthy.
Using the lowest power setting (red LED) was akin to a “budget” style vape where some flavour qualities were compromised but still managed to provide a level of sweetness from the fruit based profile.
It’s a worthy option for when the battery is approaching the end of its charge cycle.
- Incredible flavour from the RDL and MTL OX coils
- No leaking or condensate present during the test period
- Highly portable and pocket friendly
- Exemplary battery life
- Fast type C charging with pass-through vaping capability
- The airflow slider is effective in creating a restrictive direct lung vape
- Flawless auto draw
- An easy to use silicone stopper
- LED’s visible in direct sunlight
- A little on the tall side (subjective)
- The OX 0.5ohm mesh coil guzzles juice (subjective to the 2ml TPD pod reviewed)
- Can be tricky to view remaining juice levels through frosted window
- The need to remove pod to view remaining juice levels
Final Review Verdict
During everyday use the Freemax Onnix Pod Kit was a joy to use. The extended length does take up space in a shirt or trouser pocket but can be overlooked in terms of the weight. I hardly knew I was carrying it around with me.
The majority of the time I used the auto draw feature and it never let me down. Predetermined airflow restrictions do aid this greatly.
Refilling on the go was a breeze thanks to a decent tab on the silicone stopper and I never once experienced any leaking within the battery section.
I didn’t have any problems checking the battery LED and it worked very well in direct sunlight.
It’s an incredible quiet vape so there were many times I was able to capitalise on this in order to get my nicotine fix.
Overall Coil Performance
The OX 0.5ohm mesh coil was absolutely fantastic! The flavour replication at a mere 20W was off the scale in my opinion and has to rate as one of the best vaping experiences I’ve had with a pod. The intensity, saturation and clarity of flavour was incredible!
With the airflow slider fully open I got the kind of direct lung vape I look for in any other tank, RTA or RDA. Personally I had no need to make any adjustment. It offered just the right amount of semi restriction I crave. This coil does exactly what it says in the description.
I recommend juice ratios of 50VG/50VG – 70VG/30PG when using the coil with either 10/20mg nicotine salts or anything up to 6mg freebase nicotine.
I notched up a whacking 15 hours continuous use from the battery. During this time I vaped around 7ml of e juice. Keep in mind this was also while using the highest power setting and (as is want with me) vaping heavily.
OX 1.0ohm DVC Coil
Is this an effective MTL coil? That’s a resounding yes! It vapes just the way intended. Of course this is subjective but personally I could mouth to lung vape this way all day – and I did.
It felt very comfortable and very natural while still providing the flavour intensity of its mesh partner.
Again I spent most of the test period using the auto draw feature simply because of the added convenience – as well as being just plain bone idle! lol
Without a doubt I can recommend juice ratios of 50VG/50PG but no thicker in all honesty. Nicotine salt strengths of 10mg/20mg will be very well suited, especially to a new vaper.
I amassed a total of 13 hours continuous use from the battery at the highest power setting during which time I vaped around 6ml of the E juice.
Freemax Onnix Pod Kit – Type C Charging
Fast Type C USB charging worked its usual magic.
During tests the red LED pulsed for round ten minutes, switching to blue for a further thirty then pulsing green for the next ten.
The green LED then turned solid for five minutes before switching off.
As long as the device is switched on it’s possible to vape while the device is being charged. Useful, if patience isn’t a virtue. (All eyes on me! lol).
Freemax Onnix Pod Kit – Recommendations
I would recommend this fantastic little starter kit to practically anyone that’s looking for a quick and convenient vape. It delivers flavour by the bucket load and screams portability and pocket friendliness.
The airflow structure has been pitched perfectly towards either a restrictive direct lung user or those that enjoy a MTL vape. There simply are no grey areas with the Freemax Onnix Pod Kit.
So its simplicity makes it especially ideal for the new vaper and it’s a device I can see many turning to in the battle to ditch the cigs. That’s worth a massive thumbs up alone..
The reliability and consistency is mind blowing for a device that maxes out at 20W.
Have you tried the Onnix pod system? Let us know what you thought in the comments below!