Origin X by OXVA
Review by Jen_Turista
OXVA Origin X Review – A True Pocket-Rocket!
Hello folks! Today I have got a different kind of review for you – a hardware one!
Yes, it is another pod system, but I am actually one of the few who actually LOVE pod systems. I just find them so massively convenient to use especially when out. I am not the type to whip out a double 21700 box mod with an RDTA when going on a hike! So yes, I have reviewed this pod system with great excitement, anticipation, and most of all, expectation!
The OXVA Origin X has been out for a while now, and you will find a great number of reviews about it online. My review will be from my own experience of using the device as a regular vaper, as most of you vapers buying this device will be.
This kit was sent to me for the purposes of a review from Fasttech.com. Fasttech stock a massive amount of vaping gear and supplies – if you can think it, they will (most probably) have it! And best of all, their items are priced very well as compared to similar websites, so do check them out for your vaping needs. Most ship for free or at a low cost too.
Packaging and Contents
I was sent the retail version of the Origin X containing:
- The pod/cartridge that can contain 3 mL of liquid.
- A 0.2-ohm coil preinstalled. This coil does not have any airflow control.
- An extra 1.0-ohm Unicoil attached to the airflow ring. You must always remember to keep the airflow ring when changing coils.
- A USB-C charging cable.
- User manual, warranty card.
- Attention card with brief instructions about the airflow ring and how to seat coils into the cartridge.
- A card showing the Unicoil system.
Salient Features include:
- The Unicoil environment that includes 4 stock coils of varying resistances (you get 2 of the 4 in the kit) and an RBA. Stock coils not included are the 0.3 ohms and 0.5 ohms.
- Ranges from 5W-60W in power.
- Reads 0.15 ohm to 2.0 ohms.
- 2A fast charging (I always recommend to use external chargers).
- Lightweight at 100g and made from zinc alloy, ABS, and PCTG.
- Measures 102.9 x 25 x 34.5 mm.
- Interestingly, the user manual actually specifies a recommended brand and model of 18650 battery for the device, which is the Sony VTC6.
Impressions and Experience
The kit is boxed nicely and I can tell that OXVA has thought about the presentation of the device. The signature of the creator and OXVA CEO Justin Lai can be found outside of the box, which I thought gave it a nice “premium” touch. One thing though that stood out for me is that right in front of the box, it says “Dual Coil RBA Tank”. And there is no RBA Tank included in the kit by default (it is sold separately). I know this but thought to myself that this can be rather misleading for a vaper, who may not read through what they will actually get inside the kit if they buy it. But moving on…
The cartridge is well done, and I can easily see through it. It is a bottom-fill that worked quite well.
Filling the cartridge was also not a problem; the fill port is big enough for most short-fill nozzles and there is nothing in the way of the fill port that may cause a backflow of liquid. This is a huge positive for me as this tells me that this cartridge is indeed well-engineered.
The integrated drip tip was also very comfortable to use.
The device itself is very straightforward. It is of a teardrop shape. On the narrow side is the fire button, LED screen with vaping data (wattage, volts, ohms, puff counter, battery life), and the adjustment button. The adjustment button just takes the wattage up, but thankfully it is a very fast scroller that goes back to the 5W if you overshoot your desired wattage. It does go by 1-watt increments – to me, this is a non-issue but some vapers specific about their wattage to the decimals, may not be keen about this.
The USB-C charging port is at the bottom of the device alongside some battery vent holes. On the wider side is a small gap where you can insert your nail to remove the battery door which is held by strong magnets. There is no rattling, however, in my use, I can sometimes feel a bit of play when handling the device. However, the battery door stays in place and has not caused me any issue.
There are marks for battery placement, however, I wish these were indicated in a different colour so that it’s easier to see. There is a ribbon to help you detach your battery when the device is not in use*. This system works well and I have had no issues with installing and removing batteries – all wraps remained intact**.
*I always recommend removing batteries and detaching pods from mods when not in use!
**Battery safety: always inspect your battery wraps before use. Any break in wrap means you cannot use the battery and need to re-wrap!
Coils and Flavour
I used the 0.2-ohm pre-installed mesh coil first and overall, it was a joy to use. The device kicks out real power and fires very fast – there is absolutely no need for pre-heat puffs! I played around with the wattages, and although OXVA state that the best range for this coil is 55 – 60W, I found my sweet spot in between 40W to 50W depending on what flavour I am vaping.
One thing that is interesting for me is that this coil really expresses the sweetness of liquids. So if you will use it on a sweet vape, then expect a really sweet vape to come at you. The coil also has good airflow for its size, so I was pretty satisfied with the vape quality and clouds.
The flavour is good and I’d rate it at 7/10.
The 1.0-ohm coil (Kanthal, 7 – 15W) was next in line, and it performed to my expectations. Even though the holes in the coil are quite small, it can keep up with chain vaping with no issue at all. I found that 12W gave me the power and warmth I wanted for MTL. Interestingly, as with the 0.2-ohm coil, the 1.0-ohm coil expressed the sweetness of juices too, a little more than other MTL kits I have used in the past.
I’d rate the flavour of this coil at 7/10 as well.
The draw with the 1.0-ohm coil alongside the airflow ring is what really pleasantly surprised me. A lot of pod mods are marketed as able to perform in both DTL and MTL, and often the MTL is on the loose side in those. But not so in the OXVA Origin X: I got what is for me a medium MTL with the airflow ring wide open.
So, for fans of tight MTL, you can get that from this kit with the 1.0 coil, with the airflow ring adjusted as you prefer. The only thing I wished was that the airflow ring had deeper grooves for better grip; it can be a little tricky to adjust at times but it is manageable.
Overall: Yay or Nay?
This is has got to be a Yay for me. I recommend this kit for those who want to step into sub-ohm vaping, or to those who want a portable sub-ohm set-up that can perform like a box mod, as the 0.2 coils behave like a true sub-ohm tank coil in terms of performance and flavour.
Additionally, the 1.0-ohm coil and airflow control deliver what is to me “true MTL”, so I also recommend this for vapers who like both MTL and DTL (like me!). This kit will stay in my daily rotation, for sure, as it has been an absolute pleasure to use.
You can pick up the Origin X by OXVA via the links to Fasttech at the start of the review. The price is converted from dollars to currently around £24 shipped to the UK.