The Vaporesso XROS Mini pod kit review, and can you believe its been a year since the company made an attempt to shake up the pod world!
Up until July 2020 a lot of vapers would say the Uwell Caliburn is arguably the best simple pod system and was highly recommended as one of the best starter pod systems for a new vaper.
Then along came sneaky Vaporesso with their competitor to the Caliburn with a name that no-one is really quite sure how to pronounce! Is it just XROS, or is it ‘Ex-Ross’ or is it ‘Zros’ – who knows!
Nonetheless – The XROS shook up the Pod Kit world to some degree, and certainly gave new vapers another option.
So what’s more obvious as a next step, but to release a Mini version of the popular XROS!
What Can We Expect From the Vaporesso XROS Mini Kit ?
The Vaporesso XROS Mini is quite clearly aimed for those who are looking for a small, portable yet powerful device which delivers a nice Mouth To Lung vape with minimal effort.
The device itself is powered by a very respectable 1000mAh internal battery which is rechargeable thanks to the USB-C port on the base.
The device itself has no display, button or airflow slider to worry about meaning the device relies on an Auto-Draw system and some smart tech which will automatically fire the coil at the correct wattage, depending on what coil is installed.
So let’s crack on with the Vaporesso XROS Mini review and see what this kit is all about.
This kit was sent to me free of charge for the purpose of review.
All views and opinions are solely those of my own and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of others.
Inside the Box
- 1 x XROS Mini Device
- 1 x XROS Series 1.2Ω 2ml Pod
- 1 x Type-C USB Cable
- 1 x User Manual
- 1 x Warranty Card
Specs and Features
- Size: 98.9mm x 23.4mm x 13.5mm
- Battery: 1000mAh Built-In
- E-Liquid Capacity: 2ml
- Output Wattage: 11w/16w
- Charging: Via USB-C Port @1A
- Available colours: Black | Space Grey | Silver | Orange Red | Lime Green | Grape Purple
Design and Build Quality
I received the Lime Green version of the Vaporesso XROS Mini and straight off I have to admit, Vaporesso take colours seriously.
I’ve been a big fan of the colour fade effects they’ve used on a number of devices. The paint finish and durability is really very good and it looks really smart.
I’m not quote sure what the XROS Mini is made from, but I would imagine its an aluminium body but with a plastic base and top-section.
On either side of the housing of the device is two tiny airflow inlets which, you could block up one or both, if you fancy a tighter draw.
At the base there is some small text with the name of the device and the battery capacity and of course the USB-C port for charging.
Vaporesso XROS Mini Pod
Th Vaporesso XROS Mini only comes with just the one pod – always a shame.
But the provided pod houses a none removable 1.2Ω coil but fortunately the pod is re-fillable. The pod clicks nicely into the device thanks to the magnets on the base of the pod.
The base of the pod has a nice big stamp on it showing the resistance of the coil which is handy considering there is also an alternative 0.8Ω Pod available but unfortunately Vaporesso only include the one 1.2Ω pod in the kit.
The mouthpiece is removable with a little bend to one side which will crack it off the pod itself and hidden away is a nicely sized fill port and breathing hole.
The breather hole is really important as due to the coil size, there really isn’t much room inside the pod so it would be very easy to get annoying airlocks, but thanks to the breather hole, you wont have much problem filling this pod.
I really like that the pod itself is clear plastic and not smoked or very dark, this means you’ll comfortably see your e-liquid level.
Be sure to re-fill when your e-liquid level starts touching the cotton openings on the coil. Don’t leave it too late.
Vaporesso XROS Mini In the Hand
The Vaporesso XROS Mini pod system is very small, lightweight and portable and in the hand it feels much like holding one of the original USB Sticks… remember when they were actually quite long?
There is a nice textured finish to the front face of the device where the indicator is, so the texture provides a bit of extra grip as the rest of the device is fairly smooth.
How To Fill the Vaporesso XROS Mini
Here’s how to fill the pod with e-liquid:
- Remove the mouthpiece from the pod
- Push your bottle tip into the silicon top of the pod
- Fill the pod
- Re-fit the mouthpiece and leave the coil to saturate for approx 5mins.
Vaporesso XROS Mini Functions
The Vaporesso XROS Mini has literally no functions to worry about.
Seeing as there are no buttons, no display and not even an airflow slider. The only real thing you need to keep an eye on is the LED indicator.
Each time you draw on the device, the indicator will glow and the colour it glows represents your battery level.
Green means you have 70% – 100% Battery life, Blue means you have 30% – 70% Battery life and Red means you need to think about charging your device as your batter is below 30% charged.
How Does the Vaporesso XROS Mini Perform?
Seeing as this small, slender device is suited for a new vaper.
Vaporesso XROS Mini – Flavour and Clouds
I’ve been chugging on the 1.2Ω pod for the past 8 days solid and have re-filled it countless times.
When it comes to flavour I’m impressed, but not shocked. The 1.2Ω coil delivers a nice clean crisp flavour with plenty of the sweet notes i expect, but its by no means mouth filling.
When it comes to vapour production and density, the 1.2Ω coil I assume delivers 11 watts of power and personally I feel it could be bumped up a few watts to deliver a thicker feeling vape with a slightly larger cloud and more noticeable throat hit. But the warmth is about right.
I assume the 16w output is only accessible when using the 0.8Ω coil and unfortunately I don’t know how that performs, and if 16 watts is really enough for a 0.8Ω coil.
You’ll have to try that one for yourself and potentially waste money on a Pod that you don’t enjoy. Nice one Vaporesso…
Lastly – the Auto-Draw works almost faultless, you don’t have to draw extremely hard to get a draw and if your pull slowly and gently, you will enjoy a warmer vape and also a little more flavour.
Vaporesso XROS Mini Battery Life and Charging
The 1000mAh battery is quite impressive for something of this size meaning you’ll comfortably get 2-3 days vaping with the 1.2Ω coil.
Personally I’ve always charged this device in the evening of day two to avoid that awkward moment in the morning where you prepare for your first vape of the day only to realise your battery is dead.
I imagine with the 0.8Ω Pod, you’ll have to consider charging daily? But nonetheless a 1000mAh battery is more than capable of lasting at least a full day no problem.
When it comes to charging, I haven’t timed it. Mainly because I’ve always stuck the device on charge early evening and unplugged it before bed.
But I imagine the USB-C port with the 1-amp charges takes around 1.5hrs to fully charge the device, which isn’t too bad at all.
Does the Vaporesso XROS Mini Leak?
In a word. No. Not a drop.
There isn’t even any signs of moisture or condensation after a weeks worth of vaping. Top Marks Vaporesso.
- Decent Build Quality
- Lovely paint finish and texture
- Fairly Good flavour and vaping experience
- Pod clicks solidly into the device
- Pod is clear for easy e-liquid viewing
- Auto Draw is fast and responsive
- Non-Replaceable coils
- Only one Pod
- No airflow adjustment
- Not quite powerful enough
- Did I mention only one pod?
What could be improved?
Vaporesso XROS Mini
- Include an additional Pod. Ideally the 0.8Ω Pod
- Increase the power output by 2-4 watts for the 1.2Ω Pod.
- Add an airflow adjustment slider.
- Being all adulty with this one – Child-Proof lock of some type?
Final Review Verdict
I’m left at the end of this review feeling like I haven’t really sold this device very well, and there is good reason for that.
Don’t get me wrong, the XROS Mini performs as you would expect, is built very well, looks smart and has a very decent battery capacity.
But the thing is, its just not good enough to get excited about. Some Pod systems of late have really impressed me. Even some of the super simple systems can raise my eyebrows from time to time but the XROS Mini just doesn’t cut the mustard.
Again, that doesn’t mean its a bad device because its absolutely fine and I’m sure it’ll help someone switch to vaping, but is it one of the best? A Caliburn Killer? Nope. Not in my experience it isn’t.
Would this device be long lasting and still work 3, 6 or even 12 months from now?
Vaporesso stand by their quality and they are certainly one of the better mainstream manufacturers when it comes to Pod systems, or any of their systems to be fair.
Couple the Vaporesso build quality and finish with the large 1000mAh battery, I’m sure the XROS Mini will last a long while.
Does this device deliver the flavour, vapour and general experience I require, in order to be enjoyed?
Considering there is no option to adjust wattage or airflow, the Vaporesso XROS Mini performs nicely with a nice auto draw and fairly decent flavour. So yeah, its enjoyable.
Is this device versatile to suit a new vaper, and an experienced one a like?
Would I recommend this device to a new vaper? Well it wouldn’t be top of my list, but if someone asked me ‘Is the XROS Mini’ going to help me quit smoking. My answer would be Yes.
Have you bought the Vaporesso XROS Mini kit?
Or have you given it a try?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.