Today I’ve got my phat fingers on the Vaporesso Luxe X Pro pod kit.
Vaporesso are one of the most dominant players on the vaping scene and it’s been that way for quite some time now.
Their Luxe range of pod kits has been quite dominant too. We’ve got the Luxe X, Luxe XR, Luxe XR MAX, Luxe Q, Luxe Q2 and Luxe QS. Forgive me if I’ve left any out. They seem to be released quicker than I can keep up!
And Vaporesso have also won more awards than I can keep up with too. More than you can shake a stick at with over 70 received in 2022 alone.
An incredible achievement if you ask me.
Now we have the Luxe X Pro pod kit. Looks like this also has more features than your average pod kit so let’s get stuck in, shall we.
What Can We Expect From the Vaporesso Luxe X Pro Pod Kit?
If you’re familiar with the Luxe range you’ll be fully aware of the sealed pods and their SSS (Seal, Saturate and Store) abilities. Vaporesso’s mesh coils employ a patented COREX heating tech. It could be argued that this is one of the reasons the range has become so popular.
You’ll find a lot more detail if you look at our article titled How COREX Tech is Improving Flavour.
COREX and Compatibility
Fully aware of the inadequacies of standard wicking material, Vaporesso came up with their own cotton alternative with microfibers designed specifically to retain flavour for longer.
With a service life and improvement in flavour quality of around 50% the Luxe X and Luxe XR pods speak for themselves to offer performance in the same league as higher end sub ohm devices.
The good news just keeps coming with the knowledge that the Luxe X Pro is fully compatible with all Luxe X and Luxe XR pods. Plus the GTX coils (for replaceable coil pods) used on other Vaporesso kits.
This means that although the pods included are intended for DTL (Direct To Lung) vaping, the device is also capable of replicating a MTL (Mouth To Lung) experience too. We tell you what the terms DTL and MTL mean in our Guide To Vape Styles.
Direct to lung vaping calls for more power and the Luxe X Pro is no slouch in that department with variable wattage adjustability of up to 40W using the included pods.
Not so much is required when using higher resistance GTX coils (not included) and in order to replicate the MTL experience an airflow adjustment slider has been built into the side of the device.
I’ve Got the Power
Of course, you’ll need to know where you’re at with power output and this is displayed on the 0.42in OLED screen and adjusted via dedicated menu buttons.
These menu buttons also work in conjunction with the activation button to provide the user with among other things, a Smart mode.
Smart mode automatically detects the best power settings for a newly installed pod.
.. A very cool feature and one I always rely on. But that could also just be me being lazy!
Speaking of the fire button – that’s not the only means of activation. You also have the option of auto draw and I’m reliably informed it’s hyper sensitive. We’ll soon find out.
I’m a keen vaper so I’m hoping the integrated 1500mAh battery will last me for a full days use with the included pods. I’m also hoping the 5V/1.5A charging capabilities via type C USB will be fast.
Useless without a vape – that’ll be me 😉
So the Vaporesso Luxe X Pro comes in an array of quality colour schemes. Pick from Black, Gunmetal Lime (different!), Ultra Orange (funky!), Dazzling Yellow (bright!), Blue, Pink or White.
The standard version (under review) comes complete with 5ml pods and the TPD one is packaged with 2ml pods. Everything else in the box is the same.
What’s In the Box?
- Vaporesso Luxe X Pro device
- Luxe X Pod 0.4 ohm mesh (installed)
- Luxe X Pod 0.6 ohm mesh
- Type C USB charging cable
- User manual and warranty card
- Luxe X kits / pods / coils compatibility card
In a day and age of cross compatibility I’m chuffed that Vaporesso have included that compatibility card. My memory is getting worse!
Vaporesso Luxe X Pro Specs
- Size: 99.1x32x23.4mm
- Battery: 1500mAh (internal)
- Display: 0.42in OLED screen
- Output: 5-40W
- Modes: Variable wattage / Smart mode
- Type C USB charging – 1.5A charge rate
- Resistance range: Not specified
- Capacity: 5ml (standard) / 2ml (TPD)
- Compatible with: Luxe X pods, Luxe XR Pod & GTX Coil
- Adjustable airflow
- Auto Draw and button activation
- Locking fire button
Design and Build Quality
Well the Vaporesso Luxe X Pro, rather unsurprisingly looks like others in the range. It retains the chunky appearance yet is reassuringly comfortable when held in the hand.
Again, those curved edges make a difference and assist with the overall ergonomics of the device. Although familiar with the design and build I’m still impressed by the appearance.
It looks like a solid and durable vaping product.
Having been exposed to disposable vapes for quite some time, the “Duck Bill” style mouthpiece does feel somewhat enlarged but fits the form factor and well suited for those direct to lung tugs.
So we get airflow adjustability incorporated into the side of the Luxe X Pro by way of a sliding mechanism.
I have to say the one on the review model shows very little resistance – it moves at the slightest touch. That’s a bit of a concern.
Planted on the base of the battery is the Type C USB charging port. Now the Luxe X Pro is awesome at sitting on any surface given its girth so it’s a shame this wasn’t side mounted.
I prefer to remove the pods if horizontal charging is called for in fear of the cotton drying out, leading to the odd dry hit. My OCD with gravity and E-liquid, you might say.
Although the device is packed with features, there’s only three buttons to concern ourselves with. The fire/activation button which is very clicky, solid and responsive and two squared off menu buttons below the OLED screen.
I prefer these to rocker switches. I always feel like I’m in control – not that I’m a control freak, of course!
The pods snap into place either way around via four strong magnets. The Vaporesso Luxe X Pro passed the drop test from a standing height. I’m happy enough with that. I’m hardly going to accidentally drop it out of a four storey apartment window, am I?
I know I mentioned the size of the pods but it’s also a plus because it’s just so damn easy to see remaining juice levels through that clear viewing chamber. That’s where the added depth really comes in useful, methinks.
Yeah – I’m digging this Blue version. It really pops against the Black glossy front panel and futuristic, transparent side panes. But I would suggest on appearance and design alone, it’s likely to be better suited to RDL or DTL vaping.
Quick Start Guide
Now that you’ve got your brand spanking new Vaporesso Luxe X Pro pod kit, how do you start vaping. How do you turn the device on? How do you fill the pod with E-liquid and how do you alter power to suit your style of vaping?
Fear not – these questions and others are answered in this handy quick start guide.
Vaping for dummies? Sounds a bit patronising doesn’t it!
How To Operate the Vaporesso Luxe X Pro Pod Kit
- Press the fire/activation button five times to switch the device on or off
- Use the upper and lower menu buttons to manually adjust the wattage between 5-40W
- Press the fire/activation button and the upper menu button together to turn Smart mode on or off
- Press the fire/activation button and lower menu button together to clear the puff counter
- Press the fire/activation button three times to lock or unlock the device
It may just be my poor eyesight but I failed to spot any mention of the lock/unlock feature in the instruction manual.
By default and upon using the pods for the first time, Smart mode is switched off. As an example the 0.4ohm pod was initially registering 22W. It then became a more realistic 30W once Smart mode was activated.
Please remember that when using Smart mode, wattage will be restricted to the range of the installed coil. In the case of the 0.4ohm pod the maximum is 32W.
When the device is locked it’s locked. There’s no option of vaping at all. Just as it should be.
How To Fill the Pod
- Pull on the pod to remove it from the battery section
- Locate the fill port cover on the bottom of the pod
- Gently lift and slide the cover across to expose the fill port
- Push an E-liquid bottle nozzle all the way into the fill chamber of the pod
- Slowly squeeze E-liquid into the fill chamber to desired level
- Replace the cover ensuring a firm seal
- Drop the pod back into the battery section
If this is the first time you’re filling the pod, let E-liquid soak into the cotton for around three minutes prior to vaping.
The pods don’t feature a minimum fill level but as a guide, make sure you’ve filled beyond the level of the four white cotton ports on the coil.
How To Charge the Vaporesso Luxe X Pro Pod Kit
The charging rate is specified as 1.5V
- Using the supplied (and rather short!) type C USB cable, connect the small end into the USB port on the base of the device
- Connect the larger end of the cable into a suitable USB outlet
- The screen will show a battery icon that slowly fills over time. It also shows how much time is remaining before fully charged
The review model was pre charged to 88%. Be aware of this if you decide to partake. I topped it up before use and it only took another 12 minutes before everything was good to go.
When it came to recharging the screen indicated that it would take 60 minutes. In fact it was fully charged in fifty so that was a bonus. If this is still too long to wait, as long as the device is on and unlocked, you can still indulge in a cheeky toot or three.
One thing I did note was how the device hangs on 100% charge – in that the screen doesn’t switch off. Powering down the screen would have been the ideal scenario.
The Vaporesso Luxe X Pro is packed full of safety features – something I’m always pleased to see. The device will cease to function under the following conditions.
- An ultra low resistance is detected
- A short circuit occurs
- The device fails to recognise an atomiser/coil
- An ultra high resistance is detected
- Battery voltage drops too low
- The PCBA temperature exceeds 75° C
- Vaping time exceeds 10 seconds
How Does the Vaporesso Luxe X Pro Pod Kit Perform?
0.4ohm Mesh Pod – recommended between 26-32W
I began by using the installed 0.4ohm pod and switched Smart mode on. With the device reading 30W, Naughty Juice Lemon Meringue was used.
It’s a 70VG/30PG E-liquid ratio with 3mg freebase nicotine applied.
The airflow slider was set wide open to begin with and the flavour simply popped!
It’s not what I would call a direct lung vape, though because there is a degree of restriction. Yes, this is a classic semi restrictive vape and one that I feel pretty much at home with from the get go.
The inhale isn’t the quietest in the world but there’s nothing in the way of airflow turbulence and the Luxe X Pro packs significant clout at a modest 30W output.
Trust me. This coil can hold out for a full ten second period without issue. I tried – admittedly the mouthpiece heats up a bit but there’s enough airflow to pull it off successfully.
OK, this isn’t the warmest vape for a dessert profile but with these power constraints I wasn’t particularly expecting it to be.
What does matter is the flavour replication. It’s faultless. The bitterness of the Lemon pulls through, tinged with a sugary coating from the meringue and a nice pie crust taste resonates throughout the exhale.
With slower exhales I can really pick up on that flavour consistency and those Morph mesh coils are delivering each and every vape. I recommend you trying a few slower exhales too, just to see where I’m coming from.
Vapour production isn’t particularly in line with a fully blown sub ohm tank set up but does that faze me? Does it heck. There’s more than sufficient for my liking and I still receive that satisfying fullness to the back of the throat on the inhale.
You can nudge the airflow slider up to mid position if a restrictive direct lung vape is your thang and the beauty is, there’s no loss in flavour. If anything it becomes more suppressed and thus concentrated.
Just be aware you’ll be placing more heat transfer to that mouthpiece, though. Forget those longer 10 second inhales at this airflow restriction. Of course, you could always reduce the wattage if this is your style of vaping. Things become more comfortable on the lips then.
I attracted a coughing fit when reducing wattage and entering a tighter MTL restriction. So it wasn’t for me. I care not, however because an RDL or Semi RDL vape really hit the mark for me with a few tweaks to the wattage settings here and there.
A phenomenal flavour experience. I’m well stoked!
0.6ohm Mesh Pod – recommended between 20-26W
Smart mode detected 24W to be the optimal output for the 0.6ohm pod so that’s what I went with. Doozy Temptations Banana Split was used to test the coil. It’s another 70VG/30PG E-liquid ratio with 3mg freebase nicotine applied.
With airflow wide open there’s not much difference in restriction over the 0.4ohm pod. In fact, to me it was about the same – semi restrictive. I’d say the extended inhales remained slightly cooler though and there was maybe a tad less noise being generated.
As with the 0.4ohm coil, there’s nothing in the way of airflow turbulence and the draw is very smooth as a direct consequence of this. Happy days!
Again, flavour is top notch and without doubt easily on par with a dedicated sub ohm set up. That’s no exaggeration – it really is that impressive.
I also found I was getting more of the creamy, dairy elements of the flavour. A lot of this can be put down to consistency across the exhale. This is another pod that works to full effect with slow, drawn out exhales.
Savour that taste! Ripe Banana steals the show, hanging around the palate for an eternity. The way it should from any self-respecting Morph mesh coil using COREX technology.
I was mightily impressed.
Restricting airflow did make a difference to flavour properties. The sweetness of the Banana was attenuated but overall concentration of the flavour remained excellent.
It’s like turning a dessert inspired vape into more of a sweet, confectionary one with the addition of a touch more warmth.
As a fan of RDL vaping, I could easily vape under these restrictions all day but the pod isn’t set up for MTL vaping. The option is there if you reduce wattage and accept something of a loose inhale but it’s not ideal.
I should also mention that vapour production was also impressive with just enough to assist with that satisfying throat hit.
Battery Performance, Pod Refills and the Puff Counter
I have very few qualms with any of the above, to be honest.
The battery held up for eight hours continuous use which wasn’t too bad given I was regularly direct lung vaping. Many of these hits were long, protracted affairs.
There wasn’t really any degradation in performance until the battery began reading around 20% charge. There’s a steep dropping off point but by then I only had around 10 minutes vaping time left so it kind of acted as a warning.
I vaped 7ml of E-liquid across a single charge so again, consumption isn’t too bad but this will obviously be more noticeable with the TPD version.
The on screen counter registered 362 puffs when I plugged the Luxe X Pro into a wall socket.
- Incredible flavour replication from both mesh pods
- Pods don’t leak
- Tough and durable build
- Ergonomic design
- Ability to fully lock the device against accidental activation
- E-liquid levels are clearly visible – no need to remove the pod
- Smart mode is a big plus for newer sub ohm vapers
- Ease of filling
- Auto draw is mega sensitive
- Vertical charging (subjective)
- Airflow slider feels a bit loose
Final Review Verdict
As you can tell by the number of cons I had a tough time finding anything to fault with the Vaporesso Luxe X Pro pod kit.
I was wrapped up by how well it performed across the test period. Flavour replication was up there with the best I’ve experienced from a pod kit. Maybe I could put some of that down to the proprietary cotton Vaporesso uses.
It certainly makes a difference in terms of consistency but of course so does the Morph mesh structure. The flavour distribution was second to none. From opening inhale to final gasp exhale. Fantastic!
Lest I forget functionality. It’s also one of the simplest, most accessible pod kits I’ve used. That’s going to make it much easier for anyone transitioning over into sub ohm vaping.
A quick note on the auto draw feature. It’s hyper sensitive and reacts immediately even with airflow wide open. That impressed me and so did the power consumption. Usually it draws less from the battery, often felt by a slight weakness to flavour output.
That wasn’t the case at all. In fact I found it hard to tell the difference between button activation and auto draw. Something of a rarity – this time showing off performance consistency.
So to conclude, the Vaporesso Luxe X Pro consistently packs a flavour punch and a half, is totally reliable in terms of functionality and does what it needs to do in a very efficient manner.
I love what they’ve done with this one!