VAPORESSO really doesn’t need much of an intro at this point. They are regarded as one of the top vape manufacturers in the world. The first XROS came out after the success of Uwell’s Caliburn, which was actually their competitor’s first attempt at a pod system. Based on looks alone, the XROS was clearly a direct response to it. The XROS was far from a clone. It introduced new features like adjustable airflow, faster charging and easier to see pods. From a performance standpoint, its lower-ohm pods hit significantly harder and produce slightly more flavour and clouds than the competition. They clearly referenced their competitor’s design, but also implemented some additional key features of its own and the ability to use Direct Lung Liquids with the red 0.8 ohm pods.
Today, I’ll be reviewing the second entry in the XROS line, technically the third if you count the XROS MINI. The XROS 2 is a refillable pod system with a visible pod design, a 1000 mAh battery, USB-C fast charging and adjustable airflow.
The XROS 2 stands at 112.2 mm tall, 23.4 mm wide and is 13.4 mm thick. The product is slightly wider than the original Xros. It weighs in at 45 grams with a full pod installed, which is five grams lighter than the original. The new Xros still easily slips into pockets and is robust enough to survive an accidental drop or two. The body is constructed of steel and features a new matte finish that extends to the fire button, which has also been slightly increased in diameter. I say fire button, but since the XROS 2 features dual activation, you’ll really only need to use it to turn it on or off when using its draw-activation mode. The USB-C charge port is located on the bottom of the device. This time, the mAh rating has been increased from 800 to 1000 mAh. Last but not least, the adjustable airflow control now has a sideways water drop-shaped air inlet, instead of the original four vertical slits. This allows you to dial in your ideal setting with more precision than on the previous Xros.
There are currently two pods available for the Xros range of devices. They feature non-replaceable coils. One features a 0.8-ohm mesh coil for a Restrictive Direct Lung draw with 70/30 ratio eliquids and the other one features a 1.2-ohm regular coil for a tighter Mouth to lung draw with the 50/50 MTL eliquids. The kit comes with both pods, so you can decide which one you like best. To fill them, snap off the mouthpiece to reveal the fill-port valve.
Since the performance is so similar to the original, I will now focus on the newly added features. The main feature being the new airflow control, which is now better suited for MTL. Instead of four equal slots, it has a sideways water droplet inlet that’s tapers at the end. This gives you a wider range between open and closed off, so you can accurately dial the draw in as tight as you need for a better throat hit.
The battery life on the XROS 2 is now rated 1000 mAh. That’s nearly double the capacity of the original Uwell Caliburn. While the old XROS got me through the better part of a day, the XROS 2 gets me through the whole day. Like the original, the 0.8-ohm pods tend to be a bit more power hungry, which means you’ll generally get slightly less vaping time on them.
The XROS 2 takes just under an hour to charge, approximately 15 minutes longer than the original XROS, but I still think that’s good considering its a 1000 mAh capacity. The user can vape the device while it’s charging.
The XROS 2 now features an updated “tiding LED” indication system. Instead of the multicolour single LED, it now has four LEDs aligned vertically at the bottom of the device. Each one corresponds to 25% of the battery life. They fade in and out while vaping which I think looks nice. The main difference is that the new system is more intuitive and precise than the previous one.
Here is a breakdown of the LED system on the XROS 2:
– Four lights: 100% charged
– Three lights: 75% charged
– Two lights: 50% charged
– One light: 25% charged
In conclusion, I have never had any major performance issues in terms of spitback, leaking or flooding with the new Xros 2. The battery gets me through a full day of vaping. I’ve used different strength eliquids in these pods and they’re still putting out strong flavour. I had to get extra picky to find cons for this one compared to the first one. All in all, VAPORESSO finally nailed it with the XROS 2.