We’ve been putting the OXVA XLIM Pro pod kit through its paces over the last few weeks and finally completed our review on it. This is the first pod kit that we’ve reviewed from OXVA so when we were approached to review it we were very excited.
Back in 2021, I was on the lookout for a few different RTAs to add to my already growing vape collection and stumbled upon the OXVA Arbiter RTA. Swayed by its appearance and the top airflow, I decided to purchase it and give it a try.
I was really impressed from the moment I unpacked it and my interest continued as the kit came with every conceivable spare. With the ease of building on the deck and the quality of the fittings, I was in no doubt that it was well worth the purchase price. The performance shone through and I’ve been using the Arbiter RTA on a daily basis ever since. Feel free to take a look at our review on the OXVA Arbiter RTA.
I know I’m digressing from the OXVA XLIM Pro pod kit but I just wanted to set the scene that I was expecting really good things to come. From the minute I opened the XLIM Pro pod kit, its appearance and build quality looked stunning and true to my expectations, I was NOT disappointed and very eager to start using it.
Please do carry on reading as we go through its specifications, design, functionality and performance and see if it’s as good as it looks.
Overview of the OXVA XLIM Pro
The OXVA XLIM Pro is an updated edition to the already acclaimed XLIM Pod and XLIM V2 Pod kits. We weren’t fortunate enough to have reviewed those versions but can summarize that the OXVA XLIM Pro has improved on those designs by increasing the internal battery size and charging current, increased the variable power range from 25W to 30W, included a multi-color light effect on the increased 0.69 inch OLED display, made the pod (cartridge) a direct top fill design and given the XLIM Pro body a facelift with some stunning color finishes.
Great news is the earlier V2 pods are also cross compatible with the OXVA XLIM Pro and the pods are also compatible with the XLIM series of devices with the exception of the XLIM C which takes replaceable coils.
The OXVA XLIM Pro is a Mouth-To-Lung (MTL) and a Restricted-Direct-To-Lung (RDL) pod device (coil dependent). It’s powered by an internal 1000mAh rechargeable battery with variable wattage control from 5W up to 30W. Adjustable airflow control is carried out via the side positioned lever and two pods are included in the kit; 0.6 ohm and a 0.8 ohm.
OXVA also have an additional 1.2 ohm pod that’s not included in the kit. All these pods are an open pod system, meaning they are refillable but have integrated coils so are not replaceable.
Charging the OXVA XLIM Pro is carried out using the supplied charging cable and connecting into the bottom of the XLIM Pro’s Type-C USB charging port, specified as 5V/2A. Charging time is very quick taking approximately 30 minutes to fully charge the battery.
The top fitted pods have a duck bill style mouthpiece and are magnetically secured to the OXVA XLIM Pro body. They are made out of semi-opaque tinted PCTG material, so the e-liquid is visible through the tint. They also have a 2ml e-liquid capacity.
Unlike the majority of other pods in the market place, these pods have a direct top fill. The fill port is still concealed behind a black silicone rubber stopper but the fill port is visible on the side edge of the pod while the pod is fitted, so you don’t have to remove the pod to fill.
Two methods of firing the device are available; either auto draw or using the rectangular fire button positioned on the side edge of the XLIM Pro body. The fire button can be disabled so only the auto draw will function which is a great addition, especially if you keep this in your pocket or handbag.
A 0.69 inch OLED display highlights the major settings including wattage, remaining battery charge, fire button lock/unlock, pod/coil resistance, puff counter and the safety prompts. A color changing bar at the bottom of the display illuminates when you draw on the pod and when it’s being charged. This color changing bar is also selectable via the fire button to produce different lighting effects.
There are 8 different colors in the OXVA XLIM Pro range; Gleamy Grey, Gleamy Green, Gleamy Pink, Gleamy Red, Gleamy Blue, Gleamy Cyan, Black Gold and Black Carbon. We received two colors; Black Gold and Gleamy Grey which you will see in the photos throughout this review.
Its design and shape is a tall slim rectangular (pen style) device with the different color range applied to the front and back panels. The overall size of the OXVA XLIM Pro is 111mm high by 25mm wide by 14.3mm deep with a weight of 66 grams.
That sums up the main features and design of the OXVA XLIM Pro pod kit but do carry on reading where we explore in greater detail its performance and all of its parameters.
I would like to thank Jade at OXVA for sending me the two OXVA XLIM Pro pod kits. As always this review is completely unbiased and is my honest opinion of my findings while reviewing this supplied kit. If you click on any of the buy buttons, we may receive a small affiliate commission but at no extra cost to you.
OXVA XLIM Pro Pod Kit Review
- Overview of the OXVA XLIM Pro Pod Kit
- Features and Specifications
- What’s in the Box?
- OXVA XLIM Pro Pod Kit Design and Appearance
- – XLIM Pro Battery/Body
- – XLIM Pro Pods
- – XLIM Pro Lanyard
- OXVA XLIM Pro Functionality
- OXVA XLIM Pro Performance
- OXVA XLIM Pro Battery Performance
- How do I Fill the OXVA XLIM Pro Pod?
- When and How do I Change the OXVA XLIM Pro Pod?
- How do I Charge the OXVA XLIM Pro?
- OXVA XLIM Pro Pod Kit Price
- OXVA XLIM Pro Pod Kit Verdict
- OXVA XLIM Pro Pod Kit Summary
Features and Specifications
- Construction: Zinc Alloy, IML and PCTG
- Dimensions: 111mm (H) x 25mm (W) x 14.3mm (D)
- Weight: 66 grams
- Charging: Type-C USB 5V/2A
- Charging Time: Approx. 30 Minutes
- Resistance Range: 0.33 ohms to 3.0 ohms
- Output Wattage: 5W to 30W + Smart Detect
- Voltage Range: 3.3V – 4.2V
- Battery Specification: Internal 1000mAh Battery
- Display: 0.69 inch OLED Screen + RGB Lighting
- Pod Type: Top fill with Integrated Coil
- Pod Material: PCTG with Smoked Tint
- E-Liquid Capacity: 2ml
- Filling Method: Concealed Top Fill
- Firing Method: Push Button and Draw Activation
- Coils: Non-Replaceable 0.6, 0.8 and 1.2 ohm Mesh Coils
- Airflow: Adjustable Slide Lever
- Pod Connection: Magnetic
- Mouthpiece: Duck Bill Style
- 5 Protection Modes
What’s in the Box?
- OXVA XLIM Pro Device
- OXVA Top Fill 0.6 ohms Pre-Fitted Pod
- OXVA Top Fill 0.8 ohms Pod
- Type-C USB Charging Cable
- User Manual *
* I just have to mention the User Manual because for once the size of the manual is just under the overall size of the packaging and for the first time ever I was able to read it WITHOUT the need of my magnifier!
The packaging is an outer black colored cardboard sleeve with a slide out white cardboard box measuring 136mm by 82mm by 23mm. Its outer sleeve details the description of the included device and contents.
On the front of the sleeve is a clear window which shows the XLIM Pro device inside so you can see the color you’ve chosen. The wording includes “OXVA”, “XLIM Pro”, “X-Treme Flavor”, “Top Fill” and “Lanyard”. In the top right hand corner is a small triangle which states the pod size and the color of the XLIM Pro.
On one side of the sleeve are the main design points; “Airflow Control”, “Anti-Leaking”, “Top Fill”, “RGB Lights” and “1000mAh”. The other side just shows the “OXVA” logo. The reverse side of the sleeve covers all the manufacturer’s details and the safety warnings together with the included contents.
Inside the slide-out cardboard box are two inserts; a foam one that houses the XLIM Pro and a cardboard one that contains the spare pod, charging cable and the lanyard. Underneath both these inserts is the user manual.
OXVA XLIM Pro Pod Kit | Design and Appearance
XLIM Pro Body/Battery
The OXVA XLIM Pro delivers an adjustable power output of between 5W to 30W in 0.5W increments from its pretty large 1000mAh capacity internal rechargeable battery. It’s also a dual activation device; being both auto draw and fire button activated.
A smallish 0.69 inch OLED display on the front face of the XLIM Pro provides all the relevant information in terms of wattage, pod/coil resistance, puff counter, fire button lock and a remaining battery charge icon. The numerical display is white but underneath is a rectangular RGB color bar that can be set, via the fire button, to display different lighting effects.
This RGB color bar will illuminate during each draw and while it’s being charged. It will also display the multiple levels of protection (more on this in the Functionality section). Don’t fear, the RGB lighting bar can be switched off if you desire.
Overall, the display is quite quirky as it combines a standard numerical display that’s seen on larger devices with that of a multi-colored LED we often see on smaller devices. Best of both worlds!
The right hand side edge of the OXVA XLIM Pro has a variable airflow control slider lever which is only very slightly raised above the surface of the casing. Restricting or shutting off the airflow is carried out by moving the slider upwards towards the top of the XLIM Pro and opening the airflow by moving the slider downwards.
Within the airflow slider are 3 varying sized bar openings to control the amount of air intake. The movement of this slider is quite restrictive so won’t inadvertently move on its own and has a very positive feel to it. This slider movement from fully open to fully closed covers approximately 5mm of travel.
On the opposite side edge to the airflow slider is a rectangular fire button, measuring 9.5mm by 4mm which is also used to make any parameter changes, such as wattage adjustment, powering the device on/off, clearing the puff counter, locking the fire button and altering the RGB light sequence.
This fire button has a very nice positive click feel to it and doesn’t suffer from any button rattle. My personal feeling is I would have preferred the fire button to be on the front of the XLIM Pro body as my thumb kept wanting to press the display. Saying this, the auto draw works really well so there isn’t really any need to use the fire button.
The OXVA XLIM Pro is constructed out of Zinc Alloy with IML paneling and measures 88.5mm tall (111mm including the pod) by 25mm wide and 14.3mm thick and weighs in at 66 grams. It has a superb quality feel and comes across as being very well designed and robust.
The IML paneling to the front and reverse faces, certainly in the two colors I received to review, really make this device stand out. The edges to the two panels are slightly concave which merge into the flat zinc alloy frame sides.
Charging the OXVA XLIM Pro is carried out via the bottom located Type-C USB port, specified as 5V/2A, using the supplied Type-C charging cable. Full charge takes approximately 30 minutes and does have pass-through so you can vape while it’s being charged.
At the top of the XLIM Pro is the 11mm deep pod recess. It’s oval shaped so the pod can be fitted either way round. In the pod recess are 2 small rectangular bar magnets that locate with the pod when it’s fitted, 2 gold plated spring loaded coil contact pins and an auto draw control sensor.
OXVA’s branding is very discrete and kept to a minimum, with their name/logo “OXVA” screen printed on the lower section of the body below the OLED display. The model type “XLIM Pro” is printed on the zinc alloy frame in very small lettering on the same side as the airflow lever. The usual CE markings and the “1000mAh” battery capacity are printed on the flat base of the XLIM Pro body.
With regards to safety features, the on-board chip provides the following levels of protection:
- Overtime:- 8 seconds cut-off
- No Load (o/c):- No coil detected (>3.0 ohms)
- Overcharge:- Cuts off at 100% charge
- Over Discharge:- Device will shut down
- Over Temperature:
- Short-Circuit: S/C or Low resistance detected (<0.33 ohms)
- Low Voltage:- Below 3.3V
The zinc alloy outer frame comes in 3 different finishes depending on which of the 8 different color devices you choose. I’ve listed each of the colors, together with the zinc alloy frame finish:
- Gleamy Grey: Chrome Frame
- Gleamy Green: Chrome Frame
- Gleamy Pink: Chrome Frame
- Gleamy Red: Black Frame
- Gleamy Blue: Black Frame
- Gleamy Cyan: Gold Frame
- Black Gold: Gold Frame
- Black Carbon: Black Frame
I have to say the overall finish on the OXVA XLIM Pro really is stunning. The zinc alloy frame gives the device a nice solid feel and adds that little bit of extra weight making it feel very robust. The IML colored panels further enhances the overall look of the XLIM Pro. The “Gleamy” colors look fantastic as not only are they graded but have multiple vertical colored lines that glisten and change color depending on the angle the panels are presented to the light.
Overall, the OXVA XLIM Pro ticks all the boxes and really does feel and look a top quality product. I’m quite taken with the 0.69 inch OLED display with the integrated RGB bar lighting. I will cover more about the display in the Functionality section later on in this review.
XLIM Pro Pods
The OXVA XLIM Pro pods have a 2ml e-liquid capacity and are constructed out of semi-opaque tinted PCTG material. The tint is not too dark so you can see the e-liquid level through it. The coil is integrated into the pod so once the coil becomes unusable i.e. the flavor diminishes or the e-liquid tastes burnt, the pod is disposed of and a new one fitted.
These pods are refillable BUT with a difference. They are described as “Top Fill” but this is slightly ambiguous.
Unlike most pods where the fill port is concealed behind a black silicone stopper that then sits within the pod recess so has to be removed to fill, the XLIM Pro pod has the silicone stopper positioned on the side of the pod that is accessible while the pod is fitted.
This means the pod doesn’t have to be removed to fill so is arguable that it is a top fill. Even though the fill port IS on the side of the pod, it is on the top part of the pod so it’s a little play on words. I can say though the silicone rubber stopper does sit very flush with the side of the pod casing and does blend in very well with the smoked tint on the pod.
The dimensions of the XLIM Pro pod are 34.5mm tall (25mm when fitted) by 24mm wide by 14mm deep. The mouthpiece is a duck bill shape design and integrated into the pod casing.
At its tip, the mouthpiece is 15mm wide by 6mm deep with a “V” shaped 10mm oval opening that leads down to an internal circular chimney and onto the top of the coil.
The e-liquid fill port is concealed by a black silicone rubber flap. This silicone rubber flap has an arrow indented into it showing which end has to be lifted away to release the rubber bung that seals the filling port. The other end of the rubber flap will remain attached to the pod by a small rubber spike that sits in the pod so won’t get misplaced.
Once the rubber filling port flap is opened, the e-liquid fill port is a pretty decent size semi-oval opening measuring 4.5mm so is big enough to accept short stubby e-liquid tip bottles. The silicone rubber flap can be swiveled round to give greater access to the fill port if needed.
On the bottom of the pod are 2 rectangular bar magnets that secure the pod and two circular coil contact plates that align with the 2 gold plated spring loaded coil contact pins in the OXVA XLIM Pro pod recess. There are also 2 open diagonally opposed holes that provide the air intake which when fitted, one of these holes align with the auto draw sensor.
Inserting the pod is straightforward enough, simply offer the bottom of the pod into the top recess of the XLIM Pro body and it will slide into the recess and be locked into place by the two bar magnets.
When the pod is inserted the 0.69 inch OLED display will illuminate and the RGB multi-color bar LED will initially flash and cycle in the color spectrum to indicate the pod has made contact. Removing the pod is carried out by grasping the pod body and lifting away from the OXVA XLIM Pro body.
Identification on the pod has “OXVA XLIM” branding on one side and the “CE” markings on the other side. On the base of the pod are the “Coil Resistance” and the min/max “Wattage” range for that pod.
These pods are cross compatible with all of the XLIM range of devices with the exception of the XLIM C which takes replaceable coils.
Note: When first using the 0.6 ohm pre-installed pod, make sure to remove the thin protection film that is stuck across the base of the pod. This is placed on the base to prevent the coil from being fired during transportation and while it’s in the packaging.
XLIM Pro Lanyard
Included in the XLIM Pro pod kit is a nice lanyard with their OXVA logo and “Vaping Reimagined” printed around the neck piece with a small sprung clasp for connecting to the device.
While I don’t use lanyards as I’m not that keen on having things hung around my neck, I thought I would give it a try. Unfortunately, my quest ended there!
I spent several minutes inspecting the OXVA XLIM Pro to find where the lanyard clasp would connect to the XLIM Pro body. Eventually I gave up and handed it to my wife and said “please fit this for me”?
Again after a few minutes she handed it back and said “that’s not designed to be used for that mod”. While I was pleased that I hadn’t missed the obvious, I was still scratching my head. I did a little online search and saw that on the earlier version of the XLIM a rubber ring was included in the kit that would fit around the XLIM body and the lanyard would attach to that.
This ring was not included in the OXVA XLIM Pro kits I received so am a little confused why the kit only includes the neck piece. Should there be this ring in the kit or should the lanyard not have been included?
If anyone has an answer I would be glad to hear it.
OXVA XLIM Pro | Functionality
The OXVA XLIM Pro is a variable 5W-30W device incorporating smart coil detection and has a slightly unusual user interface. A 0.69 inch OLED display shows the usual numerical wattage levels, coil resistance and puff counter.
It also has the addition of an RGB multi-color bar LED that indicates the status of the battery and will display different safety prompts.
This RGB bar LED is also configurable to provide different light sequences by pressing the fire button 2 times. Each 2 presses will select the following options:
- No LED
- Flashing and Cycling Multiple Colors
- Full LED Bar Fades On/Off
- LED Bar Increases and Decreases
Whatever setting you’ve selected, when you draw on the pod the bar LED will illuminate unless you’ve selected “No LED”. The color that illuminates is determined by the status of the remaining battery charge:
- Green – Full charge – 60% of charge
- Blue – 60% – 30% of charge
- Orange – 30% – 18% of charge
- Red – 18% – discharge
Control of the OXVA XLIM Pro is done via a series of quick presses of the fire button as it doesn’t have the more familiar + / – buttons. The sequence of short presses is as follows:
- Fire button pressed 5 times turns the device on or off
- Fire button pressed 2 times will switch between the bar LED options
- Fire button pressed 3 times enters the variable wattage mode
- Fire button pressed 4 times will lock/unlock the fire button
- Fire button pressed 7 times clears the Puff Counter
Included on the 0.69 inch OLED display is all of the read-out information as follows:
- Battery level indicator
- Fire button lock / unlock
- Coil resistance reading
- Puff counter
Depending on the method of firing the XLIM Pro, when you use auto draw, only the RGB bar LED will illuminate. If you use the fire button, both the bar LED and the 0.69 inch OLED display will illuminate.
The OXVA XLIM Pro LED will display different colors and sequences to highlight individual functions and the safety parameters as follows:
- While Charging: Green – Full charge – 60% of charge
- Blue – 60% – 30% of charge
- Orange – 30% – 18% of charge
- Red – 18% – discharge
- No LED indicates Full Charge
- While Vaping: LED will illuminate (color determines battery level)
- Green – Full charge – 60% of charge
- Blue – 60% – 30% of charge
- Orange – 30% – 18% of charge
- Red – 18% – discharge
- Low Voltage Protection: Red LED flashes 10 times, Display indicates Low Battery
- Short Circuit Protection: Red LED flashes 3 times
- Over-Time Protection: Blue LED flashes 3 times
- PCB High Temp: Red LED flashes 5 times
- Over-Charge Protection: LED extinguishes
- Pod Inserted: LED and OLED display illuminate
- Pod Removed: No LED indication, OLED displays No Atomizer
When you first switch the OXVA XLIM Pro on (5 presses of the Fire button), the OLED display will indicate the OXVA logo followed by the XLIM version number:
When locking or unlocking the fire button (4 presses of the Fire button), a padlock icon will be displayed showing either locked or unlocked, followed by the main screen display. Under the battery icon will be a smaller padlock showing the condition of the lock/unlock function.
To alter the wattage level, press the fire button 3 times. While the numerical wattage value is flashing on the main OLED display screen, each subsequent press of the fire button will increment the value by 0.5W.
Holding the fire button down will increase the speed of change, but the wattage value will only increment to the maximum value for that particular coil/pod. The 0.6 ohm pod = 25W and the 0.8 ohm pod = 18W. Once you’ve reached the maximum value for the pod you’re using, the next press of the fire button will take you to the lowest value setting.
I really like how OXVA have combined the LED functionality with the OLED display. The battery charge status is one of the best I’ve come across for providing detailed and accurate real time status of the battery.
Equally having the facility to disable the multi-color bar LED if you wish and to not have the OLED display showing if you use auto draw is very good and will conserve battery power if this is your thing.
OXVA XLIM Pro | Performance
Two pods are supplied with the OXVA XLIM Pro pod kit; a 0.6 ohm Kanthal mesh coil/pod and a 0.8 ohm Kanthal mesh coil/pod. They both look very similar but can be easily identified from the base of the pod by the coil resistance.
As always, when filling the pod for the first time, leave to stand for 10-15 minutes before you use it. The XLIM Pro will auto recognize the resistance of the pod that’s fitted and set the wattage to its optimum value. Even though the maximum power level on the XLIM Pro is 30W, you will only be able to adjust the maximum wattage to the upper limit of the pod you’re using.
I would also suggest, when using a new pod for the first time, altering the wattage to the lowest setting on the XLIM Pro (5W) and taking a few draws to pull e-liquid through the coil. Slowly increase the wattage and at each power level take a couple more draws until you reach your desired power level. This will help “bed” the coil in and prolong the lifespan of the coil.
XLIM 0.6 ohm Mesh Pod
OXVA specify the wattage range for this coil/pod is 20W-25W.
When the pod is inserted, the auto select will set the wattage to 20W and the maximum wattage level that the XLIM Pro will adjust to is 25W.
At 5W the flavor and vapor were present and pretty good. Increasing the power level in 2W increments each time improved both flavor and vapor at each stage and I found I was really enjoying the results at 14W. Taking the wattage to 20W increased the intensity of the vape and I only needed a shorter draw to obtain the same results.
My preferred wattage setting for this pod was 15W with the airflow fully open which gave me a really nice RDL draw with plenty of flavor and vapor.
XLIM 0.8 ohm Mesh Pod
OXVA specify the wattage range for this coil/pod is 12W-16W.
When the pod is inserted, the auto select will set the wattage to 16W and the maximum wattage level that the XLIM Pro will adjust to is 18W.
At 5W the flavor and vapor were pretty good. Increasing the power level to 8W resulted in a very enjoyable long MTL draw with very good flavor and more than enough vapor.
Setting the wattage to 12W was my ideal setting and I found this gave me my best results. I did increase the wattage to 16W, which was impressive but continued to vape at 12W.
My preferred wattage setting for this pod was 12W with the airflow half open which gave me a nice tight MTL draw.
Throughout my time using the OXVA XLIM Pro pod kit with both the different resistance pods, there was no evidence of any leaks or any condensation on the pod coil contact pins. I can also say there was no seepage from around the filling port either.
Airflow adjustment is very good. The slider has a positive feel to it and is fairly restrictive so shouldn’t move on its own. Sliding the control lever down will open the airflow producing an airy MTL vape style or arguably a RDT draw, while closing the airflow (slider uppermost) restricts the airflow providing a tight MTL draw.
The back-plate to the airflow lever has 3 different sized openings so you can fine tune the air intake to suit for desired draw.
My preferred airflow setting was mostly around the 2/3rds open position giving me a semi-restrictive MTL draw which also produced a quieter and smoother vape.
Auto draw is very responsive and irrespective of the airflow setting it always activated. Because of the position of the fire button, my preferred method of vaping was using the auto draw.
The natural position of my hand/fingers when using the fire button for the most part seemed to cover the airflow lever which tightened the draw by restricting the airflow.
Both the included 0.6 ohm and 0.8 ohm pods were impressive and performed very well. The flavor from both coils came through well below the minimum recommended wattage. Increasing the wattage to the minimum value specified for the coil type produced a nice clean crisp flavor.
The amount of vapor was also more than expected even when using at a low set wattage. The wicking ports kept up well with a higher VG juice (70/30) too.
Throat hit from my 6mg freebase nicotine was spot on. I didn’t try Nic Salts through the pods as I was more than happy with my usual freebase e-liquid.
Auto draw was faultless irrespective of the airflow position and always produced a smooth and quite draw.
Longevity of the pods is a little unknown as I’ve only been using the OXVA XLIM Pro for just over 3 weeks and during that time I’ve been switching between the two different pods. So far both the pods are still performing really well.
OXVA XLIM Pro | Battery Performance
The OXVA XLIM Pro is powered by an internal 1000mAh rechargeable battery. This is a pretty decent sized capacity battery considering the size of the device. Charging time will take approximately 30 minutes to fully charge via the on board Type-C USB port with the supplied cable when using a power source of 2A.
On average I was achieving around 8 hours vaping, when using the 0.6 ohm pod, from a fully charged battery. This time will vary depending on the resistance of the pod you’re using and your vaping style i.e. duration and frequency of your draw.
During vaping (when you draw on the device), the bar LED will illuminate in the color; green, blue, orange or red, depending on the status of the remaining battery level. If you vape by pressing the fire button, the main OLED display will also show and you can monitor the battery icon in the top right hand corner of the display.
I couldn’t find any information relating to the percentage charge figures for each color change so have come up with these approximate figures I’ve calculated from the time I’ve been using the XLIM Pro:
- Green – Full charge – 60% of charge
- Blue – 60% – 30% of charge
- Orange – 30% – 18% of charge
- Red – 18% – discharge
- Flashing Red – Low voltage cut-off
The battery level indications on the multi-color LED are accurate and pretty consistent so you will know that once the bar LED is showing red when you vape, the battery level remaining is below 18% of its charge. I found that I was getting between 1 hour and 1 hour 20 minutes of usage left before the battery cut out as shown by the bar LED flashing red 10 times and the OLED display indicating “Battery Low”.
Once the LED flashes red 10 times, you will no longer be able to vape and will have to recharge the battery. The OXVA XLIM Pro does have ‘pass-through’ so you are able to vape while it’s being charged.
I did an experiment to gauge the length of time the multi-colored LED took to change to each color level during normal vaping. The times before switching to each color were fairly repeatable and I have listed these times below together with the recorded puff count:
- Green – Blue – 2hrs 55 minutes (93 puffs)
- Blue – Orange – 2hrs 20 minutes (101 puffs)
- Orange – Red – 50 minutes (32 puffs)
- Red – Flashing (discharged) – 1hr 20 minutes (49 puffs)
These times were monitored using the 0.6 ohm pod. I didn’t gauge the times for the other resistance pod (0.8 ohm) but because of the lower power levels, these times should increase.
The puff count I recorded against each of the color changes will vary greatly and depends on the power level you use and the length of draw. My figures were recorded at a power level of 10W and a slow 2-4 second puff.
One of the real plus points for me on the XLIM Pro is once the LED turns red you know that you still have plenty of vape time left before the battery cut outs. Too often, other vape pods when they turn red will only give you a couple of minutes vape time.
How do I Fill the OXVA XLIM Pro Pod?
The OXVA XLIM Pro pod is a top fill design so it doesn’t have to be removed from the XLIM Pro body, it can be filled while it’s in situ. I mentioned earlier that the top fill in reality is a side fill but the side fill port is located on the section of the pod that sits above the pod recess.
This fill port is concealed behind a black silicon rubber flap. The flap sits flush with the side of the pod and the part of the rubber flap that lifts away is identified by a small arrow. The opposite end of the silicone rubber flap is attached to the pod by a small rubber pin so there’s no chance of it getting lost. It can also be twisted sideways when you’re filling to give a little more free room. Because the fill port opening is pretty wide (4.5mm), it’ll accept those larger e-liquid/shortfill bottle tips.
Pull open the flap and insert your e-liquid bottle tip into the opening. Tilt the pod on its side to aid filling and to get the maximum amount of e-liquid into the pod. Once filled, reinsert the silicon rubber flap making sure the fill port is securely reseated.
Quick Tip: If you are filling the pod for the first time, once filled, leave to stand for approx. 10-15 minutes before you start to vape. I would also recommend for new pod to set the wattage to the lowest power level and take a few draws, slowly increasing the wattage until you reach your desired setting. This will help bed the coil/pod in and saturate the wick fully in e-liquid to help prolong the life of the coil/pod.
When and How do I Change the XLIM Pro Pod?
Because the OXVA XLIM Pro pods have non-replaceable coils, when the coil starts to degrade after a couple of weeks use, the pod will need to be discarded and a new pod fitted.
An indication of the coil degrading will show by either a loss of flavor or a lack of vapor or in worst case a severe nasty burnt taste. It is possible too that the coil could fail completely indicating a short circuit or open circuit prompt. Either way, discard the pod and fit a new one.
Pull the pod up and away from the OXVA XLIM Pro body pod recess. Unfortunately if you still have e-liquid in the pod, this will have to be discarded as well.
When fitting a new pod, follow the procedure for How Do I Fill The Pod, written earlier on in this review. As you insert the pod into the XLIM Pro body, the multi-colored LED and the 0.69 inch OLED display will briefly illuminate to highlight the pod has been fitted.
Check that the OLED display coil resistance matches the resistance of the pod you’ve fitted.
How do I Charge the OXVA XLIM Pro?
When you first receive your OXVA XLIM Pro Pod Kit, it comes with a nominal charge. We do recommend to fully charging the device before you first use it.
During use, once the multi-colored LED starts flashing red 10 times and the OLED display indicates “Battery Low”, highlighting that the battery has reached its low battery cut-off, you will need to place the OXVA XLIM Pro on charge.
Using the supplied charging cable, plug the cable into the Type-C USB port on the bottom of the OXVA XLIM Pro body. Connect the other end into a suitable power source (typically 5V/2A). Note: Using a lower current source of 1A is ok but bear in mind it will charge at a slightly slower rate.
When the OXVA XLIM Pro is first placed on charge the 0.69 inch OLED display will illuminate and the multi-colored LED will flash and cycle red. After approximately 10 seconds the OLED display will extinguish and remain extinguished for the remainder of the charging cycle.
After approximately 1 minute the red cycling bar LED will change to orange. This will continue cycling in orange for a further 9 minutes at which point it will change color to blue. The blue cycling LED will continue cycling for a further 12 minutes then turn to a cycling green color.
The bar LED will continue cycling in green for a further 7 minutes and then remain constantly illuminated. Once the green LED turns static, after approximately 5 minutes, the green LED will extinguish indicating the charge cycle has been completed. At this point, remove the power source and you’re ready to vape again. The main OLED display will illuminate when the charging cable has been removed and then extinguish after approximately 10 seconds.
For reference, I’ve compiled a table below showing the timings it took for the cycling LED to change color at each stage of charging when charged from a 5V/2A power source:
- Flashing red for 1 minute
- Flashing orange for a further 9 minutes
- Flashing blue for a further 12 minutes
- Flashing green for a further 7 minutes
- Static green for a further 5 minutes
Charging time takes approximately 30 minutes to fully charge the battery using the supplied charging cable via a 5V/2A power source. Do note the OXVA XLIM Pro does have a pass-through facility therefore you will be able to charge and vape at the same time.
I did observe that while the OXVA XLIM Pro was on charge, the case was hot to the touch. Charging the XLIM Pro with a 1A power source won’t make the case as hot to touch but obviously will slightly increase the charging time.
I strongly advise to always charge this, and any other device for that matter, on a non-flammable surface. As always, NEVER leave your vape device unattended while on charge.
OXVA XLIM Pro Pod Kit | Price
The OXVA XLIM Pro looks sleek, has a lovely surface finish, it’s well built and the quality feels very good. Performance from the two included pods was impressive. It has a decent capacity battery with a fast charge, the combined RGB LED and OLED display are genius and the airflow control works really well.
It’s currently retailing around the $30 / £25 figure so all in all this is well worth the cost. Feel free to check out the link to the OXVA store below for the latest price.
OXVA XLIM Pro Pod Kit | Verdict
- Very good build quality
- Great design and functionality
- IML body finish looks superb
- Variable wattage
- Smart coil detection
- Type-C USB 2A fast charge port
- Variable airflow
- RGB LED and OLED display
- Terrific real time battery status on RGB LED
- Good vapor and flavor
- Pod life is good
- Top fill pod
- Leak free
- E-liquid visible through the pod
- Pass-through vaping
- Fire button and auto draw
- Fire button lock
- Responsive auto draw
I honestly can’t fault the XLIM Pro. It’s been a pleasure using it. The included lanyard in the kit seemed pointless without the rubber ring to attach it to but I’m guessing it’s an oversight. If I had to say one thing then it’s the position of the fire button.
OXVA XLIM Pro Pod Kit | Summary
The OXVA XLIM Pro has been a real pleasure to use and I really struggled to find something I didn’t like about it. It’s a fantastic little pod kit and has been designed and built to a very high standard.
Performance and functionality are very impressive. I won’t repeat all the good points I liked about the XLIM Pro because quite frankly it’s EVERYTHING.
My only very minor comment about the OXVA XLIM Pro is the position of the fire button. A front faced fire button would be easier to use but the auto draw worked really well so it wasn’t a problem for me.
I feel I should mention again about the combined RGB LED and OLED display as I found this to be SO good.
I’ve reviewed and used many many pod kits over the years and I would not hesitate to put this in my top ten favorite pods of all time. I would definitely recommend the OXVA XLIM Pro pod kit to any vaper.
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