The Hexa V2 Closed Pod Kit is a new release from what appears to be a new brand too.
Hexa claim to be a group of former smokers with over 5 years’ experience in the vaping market.
They also claim this kit is a “high quality, trustworthy, all-in-one system that is easily accessible to all types of users”.
What Can We Expect From The Hexa V2.0
A recent development in vaping has been the creation of FEELM coil technology.
FEELM is basically a ceramic style heating element which does not require any cotton wicking either. So Hexa have incorporated the FEELM heating element into this device.
Here is a brief introduction video to this technology.
The heating element lives in the pod – which is a closed pod – basically when the e-liquid runs out you cannot refill the pod and simply discard it.
This also has the advantage of you not having to fiddle about changing coils and refilling. For some people this may seem wasteful but for others it is the height of convenience.
The e-liquid used in the pods is a “Hybrid” nicotine – this is a mixture of standard nicotine found in early e-liquids and Nicotine Salt – which is a newer type of nicotine for quicker absorption and smoother vaping.
This Hybrid nic apparently gives you more of a throat hit from the freebase nicotine but with the ability to absorb quicker and vape smoothly with the Nic salt.
The replaceable pods are inserted in to the battery component which has an internal 350mAh battery and an LED indicator.
Also might be worth noting on the box it says it is version 2.0 – if that makes any difference!
As usual I will report back honestly with my findings of the device, which was sent for review purposes.
Price (At Time of Review): £19.99
What’s In The Box
- Hexa Closed Pod Device
- Pod – Tobacco 20mg strength
- USB cable
- Manual (in French, German and Dutch!)
Plus I was sent a Lanyard which was not in the standard package.
I also received 6 packs of spare pods:
- Menthol – 10mg Nic
- Raspberry Frost – 10mg Nic
- Mango – 10mg Nic
- Blueberry – 20mg Nic
- Tobacco – 20mg Nic
- Tobacco Menthol – 10mg Nic
- Dimensions: 104x19x10.5mm
- E-liquid Capacity: 1.7ml
- Battery: 350mAh (internal)
- Disposable closed filled pods – 6 flavours with more to be added to the range.
- Resistance: 1.2ohm
- FEELM Ceramic technology heating element – less spit back, dry hits and increased flavour compared to cotton wicking
- Charging time: 60mins
- Magnetic pod connection
- Inhale activated – no fire button
Build Quality & Design
The device comes well packaged with one pod included. Sadly my kit had an instruction manual which was in French, German and Dutch but no English.
Also the specs were in the instruction booklet – I did try to translate what I could but I wasn’t the best at both French and German at school…
I did also receive a leaflet but this was more of an advertising booklet than actual instructions. The Hexa website was equally as vague for specifications – only really being a marketing site.
The device body is a smooth plastic and super lightweight. It is a kind of brushed gun metal colour finish with black accents.
This is very lightweight and when used with the lanyard is really easy to carry and use.
On the front is also the LED indicator light – I have no idea what this shows as the instructions are right over my head!
The rear of the device has the CE logo and the legal disposal info.
On the base of the device is the USB port which uses the standard micro USB connector most vaping devices use now.
The pod slides in very easily – almost too easily but you can shake it about and the pod doesn’t fall out. A magnet pulls the pod in for the last half a centimetre of installation. The pod really does wobble a lot when you are vaping though.
The mouthpiece is super comfortable and seems to have the feeling just right.
The kit comes without a pod installed and you will also have to charge this to get started.
- To vape = inhale – this has an automatic sensor – the LED will light up
- Battery capacity remaining = the LED will flash green as the battery conks out!
I would love to tell you all the protections but not being able to read German, French or Dutch I haven’t the foggiest – here they are if you are able to interpret!
How To Change The Hexa Pod
- The pods are super easy to just pull out.
- Grip the pod and pull it away from the battery.
- I did find a few of the new pods had protectors on the base and mouthpiece – make sure to remove these if fitted.
- To install simply push the pod into the battery – there is no wrong way around either.
- The magnet will pull the pod fully into the device.
How To Charge The Battery
- Using the included USB cable install the small connector into the base of the device.
- Install the larger connector into a suitable USB outlet.
- The LED light will go out when the battery is fully charged.
How Does the Hexa V2 Closed Pod Kit Perform?
To test this device I will use the pod flavours sent below. The pods come in 6 flavours and 10mg or 20mg nicotine strengths.
Now I have a confession. I am sadly back on the ciggies, please don’t judge me as I have suffered a horrific bereavement which is leaving me struggling to cope.
I know this all makes me a “dirty smoking dual user” – but what it also does is make me pretty qualified in comparing how close this comes to a cigarette. Therefore I can have a vape and then a drag on my cigarette alternately and tell you if these feel similar.
I think the similarity is the nearest I have found so far to smoking – that is only trying the tobacco pod too!
The airflow is spot on, you even get the dry sensation in your throat of smoke as you inhale it down like a cigarette. I have swapped between this device and a ciggie a few times and the taste and sensation are the same. Wow what a beauty!
Below I will go through the other flavours and give my opinion. Keep in mind this is only my taste – which is always subjective so I will try to focus on throat hit and how well the flavours match the description.
If you have used the flavours below we would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
Weirdly there are no descriptions or flavour profiles on the Hexa website and little on the vendor websites either.
Tobacco Pod – 20mg Nicotine Strength (Included In Kit)
This was included in the starter kit as well as available separately.
The throat hit really amazed me – very very close to a smoking sensation. As expected not masses of vapour.
The taste is a bit – erm – meh? Not much to it, I am using the Apollo Nic Salt Tobacco e-liquid in my Smok Nord and the flavour of that is a rich almost caramel tobacco. Where as in comparison there is very little flavour from the Hexa tobacco liquid?
It gives the drying sensation in your throat that a cigarette does. This is very close to smoking a cigarette – but not very close to tobacco e-liquid if you are already used to vaping.
Perfect for anyone who wants to stop smoking this is the closest I have ever found in a vaping device to actually smoking – wow!
Menthol Pod – 10mg Nicotine Strength
This is like Ultra Turbo Menthol on steroids. Really heavy menthol hit.
I am not really a menthol fan but have smoked Menthol cigarettes in the past and I have to say this is even stronger than those!
If you are a Menthol smoker – you will not be disappointed in these. The throat hit and smoking sensation are again spot on and you can feel the tickly coldness travel down your throat as you take the vapour back.
Raspberry Frost Pod – 10mg Nicotine Strength
OK this is MENTHOL HEAVY!
Vaping this pod is colder than a Polar bears knackers.
Too much menthol in my opinion as it actually masks the flavour.
There is a slight raspberry on the exhale but also a horrible chemical taste too.
The throat hit and sensation is very similar to smoking a menthol cigarette – honestly. Your throat tickles and you can feel the cool hit as you take it back.
Imagine eating a packet of polo mints then drinking some raspberry cordial. All you can taste is mint and it also gets a bit disturbing when mixed with the fruit.
Just too much menthol not enough raspberry.
Mango Pod – 10mg Nicotine Strength
Just removing this from the packet you get a fruity smell wafting at you.
But the taste of the vape is disappointing really.
There is mango and thankfully no menthol this time – but it is still chemically.
I don’t like this one at all. Urgh.
I will say again the hybrid nicotine stuff is doing the trick as the throat hit and sensation are perfect.
For me – I just wish the Mr Muscle Bathroom Cleaner chemical taste would bugger off.
Blueberry Pod – 20mg Nicotine Strength
Thankfully no menthol in here. Also not much Blueberry either sadly.
This is a perfume-y synthetic taste, reminds me of the air freshener which squirts automatically when you walk into my parents toilet.
There is some blueberry but I love a strong fruit flavour – I hate for instance watery cordial. When someone is too tight to put enough of the cordial in and mugs you off with 95% water. This is the same.
Mugged off is how I feel.
Tobacco Menthol Pod – 10mg Nicotine Strength
So another one for the menthol lovers? Erm well not really.
This hasn’t the huge menthol hit the simple “Menthol” pod has, it is also tinged with some attempt at a tobacco flavour.
The result is a weird chemically mint flavour which is not at all pleasant.
Think of the smell of an ash tray which someone has spat an Extra Strong Mint into. This tastes like that.
With regular vaping I got 5.5 hours in total. This was in 2 bouts. The battery indicator light stayed green all this time and you just got a flashing light to warn the battery had gone. Not cool that.
I still had about a third of a pod left too – so the battery will not last for a full pod.
Pod / Coil Life
Well the coil life part isn’t really relevant here as you sling the pods when the liquid has run out.
I would normally attempt to rip closed pods apart to refill them myself. But the structure of these is not the conventional coil and wick. This has layers and ceramics and to be honest I don’t want to be piecing them all back together.
As for pod life – again this lasts only as long as the e-liquid which is in there and I found the battery died when the pod was about a 3rd full. So liquid wise this is pretty economical however the pods only come in packs of two and are a bit more than I would like to be paying really.
- The best device for a similar sensation to smoking I have found!!
- Lightweight body
- Easy to install pods
- No coil changes or refilling to contend with
- Quick automatic fire activation
- Great throat hit and airflow spot on
- Tobacco and Menthol pods will be perfect for ex and soon to be ex-smokers!
- No leaks or malfunctions
- E-liquid usage is pretty economical
- Instructions not in English
- Cannot refill or change coil in pod (may be a Pro to those who want Zero hassle!)
- Pods do wobble about a lot when vaping
- Some of the flavours were, for me, not great
- No battery capacity indicator – light stays green and just flashes when empty.
- Pods are quite expensive for only 2 – but I suppose still cheaper than smoking!
Final Review Verdict
For me the Hexa V2 kit is more for someone who wants to stop smoking or who has recently quit.
This is not the sort of kit for someone who is an enthusiastic vaper. It doesn’t kick out the clouds or give a beautiful rich flavour.
What it does do is virtually mimic the sensation of smoking, even down to the throat dryness of when you “take back” your smoke.
If you know someone who smokes and says that e-cigs just do not feel the same to them – then this kit is perfect. I think they would struggle to not feel comfortable with the sensation you get.
I will say some of the flavours are not good (for my tastes) and as I have scored them low marks it has dropped the total score down lower. If I had only had the good pods this kit would be near 10/10!
For those who are menthol smokers – the Menthol Flavour pod is 100% perfect. If you smoke standard ciggies then you won’t go wrong with the Tobacco flavour. I wouldn’t personally bother with the others as they are a bit grim.
I did find the lack of battery indicator and the price of the pods did reduce my marks in the “Replace if lost or damaged” category. But again this is still cheaper than smoking and ideal to get someone into vaping.
What a gem of a kit – I think this will be in my quitting arsenal when I am up to stopping again – especially in the early days of craving!
Have you used the Hexa V2 pod system? let us know your thoughts in the comments below!