Riot Connex 1200 Pod Kit Review

Riot Connex 1200 Pod Kit Review

Additional Testing By:  
Trevor,   Cathrine,   Emma Marsh

At a time of significant change in the vape world, we ask if Riot's Connex 1200 Pod Kit is the perfect device to replace disposables...

About Riot

My love affair with Riot goes back many years. I can remember when they were known as Riot Squad. That's when I realised this UK-based manufacturer meant business within the vaping industry. Not only were they producing top-notch E-Liquid flavours, but they also possessed a very strong sense of character. Their presence was being felt everywhere, predominantly through their own choice. You only have to witness the Riot bus recently parked outside the Houses of Parliament! Take their bullet-shaped E-liquid bottle nozzles as another example—as distinctive and characteristic of Riot as it gets—or flavour combinations such as Apple, Cucumber, Mint, and Aniseed from their PUNX range.

One of my personal favourites was Christmas Pudding, a limited edition seasonal release produced a few years back. Yeah, I know. It's not to everyone's taste palette, but I really appreciated the care and attention to making the taste as authentic as possible. Another limited edition was John Lemon from a range that celebrated well-known UK public figures. That was up there with Dinner Lady Lemon Tart. High praise indeed! These extra treats keep popping up alongside regular ranges such as the BLCK, S:ALT, Menthol, and Riot Originals. Of course, most of these flavours also appear in their short-fill line-up. So you could say I'm old school when it comes to Riot. I respect them for releasing quality E-liquid flavours for any type of vaper. Then, they decided to join in on the popularity and accessibility of disposable vapes. Who could blame them? Another way of getting those quality flavours out there.

Yet the Riot Bar represented so much more than just your traditional throwaway vape device. These disposables were made from fully recyclable material to combat the ever-growing impact of environmental waste. The Riot Recycle scheme was the first in the UK to tackle these concerns head-on. It teamed up with major retail outlets, waste management companies, and other recyclers to provide specified recycle drop-off points up and down the country. As with their products in general, they can only be commended for going the extra mile.

Now, the UK Government's ban on disposable vapes has forced them into a radical U-turn. It has to be said that Riot entered the disposable vape scene late, having predominantly focused on issues of recycling first and foremost. But now the time had come for Riot to riot - break free of the burden of disposable vapes.

How have they done this by producing a disposable unlike any disposable?

The thinking behind the Connex

Innovation has always been at the heart of everything Riot does. Their idea of vaping as a smoke cessation tool comes from learning, testing and interacting with the consumer. Again, the impact on the environment plays a significant role. Riot firmly believes the noise around disposables has negatively impacted the vaping industry and, just as importantly, its reputation. So, their mission is now to eradicate disposable vapes ahead of Government legislation. I did mention a radical U-turn!

With the Connex pod kit, Riot are gently steering vapers towards a more sustainable choice. It has a retainable battery pack and replaceable capsules, which makes it a disposable, unlike any other disposable. Because only half of the device is disposable, landfill waste is significantly reduced. Therefore, it's also a more cost-effective way of retaining the intense flavour of a disposable vape without having to pay for a new device every time. Simply replace the capsules.

It does have to be said that this technique has been used before. Look at the Vozol Switch Pro or SKE Crystal Plus rechargeable device. These products rely on a rechargeable battery section and replaceable sealed pods. They, too, are less impactful on the environment and represent better value for money. But typical of Riot, they've done things a bit differently, as we're about to discover.

The Riot Connex Kit

Your initial purchase will be a kit. By this, I mean you'll receive the Connex battery pack and two flavour capsules, ready to vape straight out of the box. So, there's no need to wait around for E-liquid to soak into cotton with the Riot Connex pod kit.

You do get the same two flavours in the kit. However, Riot have already produced 13 independent flavour capsules for use with the Connex ranging from Fruit, Tobacco, Drink and Mint based profiles. Hopefully, there will be many more to follow.

Also, although the Connex is rechargeable, the kit doesn't include a Type C USB charging cable.


I'm quite impressed with the packaging. The Connex kit comes in a matchbox-sized carton that's (for once!) easy enough to open. It's also pretty cool that Riot has clearly displayed the strength of salt nicotine on the front.

An embossed, glossy image depicts the shape, design, and colour of the chosen flavour. E-CID numbers and use-by dates are also clearly presented alongside various safety warnings. It's quite clear Riot's usual high standards have once again been employed.

Attention to detail extends to the inner packaging, too. Everything is contained within a sealed plastic bag, which, like the carton, can be easily broken into. I like the included print: "Break free from the disposable norm…" "Detach, Recharge, Connex" The message is loud and the message is clear!

Inside the Box

  • 2 x 2 ml Connex flavour capsules
  • Connex Battery
  • Safety leaflet

Inside the bag are two flavour capsules with the respective mouthpieces protected by a silicone plug alongside the Connex rechargeable battery section. The battery section deserves a special mention because it's carefully isolated from the flavour capsules inside a cardboard sleeve. Information on the sleeve states that a USB charging cable is required, the child lock switch needs to be switched on before use, plus there's a message about flavour degradation and when to replace the capsule. All good stuff and the attention to detail I've come to know and love about this manufacturer.

There's also an information leaflet that generally covers all potential side effects of vaping. A black-and-white image shows the basic features of the Connex. As for instructions? Well. There's really no need for those. The Connex kit is as easy to use as a disposable vape.

The Riot Connex 1200 Packaging held in handThe contents of the Riot Connex 1200 Pod Kit boxThe Riot Connex Blue Cherry Device held in a handInstructions for the Riot Connex 1200 Pod Kit

Connex Battery Section

Although only half of this particular vape review, the battery section is the driving force for the custom mesh coil of the flavour capsule. So it's fully rechargeable. Riot tells us anything up to 500 times! This maybe a stretch of the imagination, or it maybe the whole truth. I certainly won't have time to test that bold statement today!

The battery section also houses the Type C USB charging port, which is conveniently built into the side. Hooray! Vertical charging for a change. Nice one, Riot.

A Blue LED lights up on the base while auto-inhaling. It's not particularly bright, but it still gets the job done.

A lanyard can also be fixed into the top corner if that's your thing.

The inner workings play host to four vital functions: two very strong magnetic contacts, gold-plated positive and negative coil contacts, a battery guide notch, and the one you need to be most aware of if you want to use the Connex. The on/off switch, also known these days as the child lock switch, is very easy to use and pretty self-explanatory.

The battery part of the Riot Connex 1200The Riot Connex 1200 charging port

Connex Capsule Section

The ‘other half of the Connex’. It contains 2 ml of E-liquid, making it fully TPD compliant. The salt nicotine strength is 20mg, reflecting the strength of most disposable vapes currently on the market. Each capsule is designed to work for anything up to 600 puffs. Unfortunately, I don't know the resistance value of the custom mesh coil, but since the Connex is clearly designed for an MTL vape, it's likely to be around 1.0 ohm.

The colour of the capsule reflects the choice of flavour. For example, Blue Cherry Burst has a pale blue coating with text set against a Red background. Naturally the capsule section incorporates the mouthpiece and fixed airflow slot. You only get a tiny pinhole on the base but that's all you need for a decent MTL vape.

The inner workings include two strong magnets that coincide with those of the battery section and two gold-plated contacts that connect the mesh coil with its power source. Please remember to pay attention to the arrow marking on the side of the capsule. It connects to the battery section one way. To simplify things further, make sure the Riot Logo on both sections aligns, a bit like matching strips of wallpaper.

In keeping with Riot's belief in sustainability, both sections are made from carbon-negative recycled plastic.

I'm not usually one for duffing up my vape gear, but I put the Riot Connex through the 'accidental' drop test, and the two halves refused to separate. This is a worthwhile demonstration of the powerful magnetisation between both sections.

The magnets on a Riot Connex Pod CapsuleThe mouthpiece on the Riot Connex 1200 device

Testing the Riot Connex Kit

I tested a few flavour profiles for taste, intensity, vapour production and longevity across a single charge cycle of the Connex battery. You can read my flavour reviews below.

Vapour Production

There's really nothing to fault with the vapour production. As with flavour, the mesh coil delivers the goods. As you might expect for a MTL vape, it's thin and wispy on the exhale but satisfying enough on the draw. All the while, nicotine salt staves off the cravings for a cigarette while ensuring a pleasantly smooth all-round vaping experience.

MTL vape experience

The restriction to airflow has been perfectly pitched, and you really are getting the same experience as the draw from a cigarette. In fact, it feels exactly the same.

It's very comfortable with the auto draw feature (which is flawless) and extended inhales pose no problems for the Connex kit. Coupled with the same kind of vapour output as expected from cigarette smoke, you're getting an ideal substitute.

Battery Life, Charging and Number of Puffs

I'm particularly impressed by the staying power of this tiny little device. A solid twelve hours of continuous use is highly uncommon for a 500mAh rated battery.

Yes, there's flavour degradation as it depletes, but it's only really noticeable around the end of the charge cycle. When you consider that most standard disposables last for eight hours at most, that's quite a feat.

Think one charge, one flavour capsule, keeping things nice and simple again. Factor in that it takes a mere hour to charge (you can still vape while charging), and the convenience/performance levels improve further.

The Blue LED will flash ten times when the battery has had enough.

When charging, the LED remains a solid red and switches to green once it is complete.

I have absolutely no hesitation in writing that a single capsule will easily last for 600 puffs, it's not very often I can be as confident as that!

Everyday Use

You don't even notice you have it in a trousers or shirt pocket - the device is that light.

Even though it's made of recycled material, the Connex has a classy, rubberised texture. It feels great in the hand, and the texture provides a certain degree of grip.

I know some vape devices feature fidget spinners for the inclined, but I've never known a device garner as much attention as these magnetic contacts! I've demonstrated how the parts connect, and colleagues can't resist trying for themselves—again and again and again!

There have also been suggestions of the parts separating in a pocket, but this never happened during the test period. The drop test previously mentioned proves that particular point.

Who's the Riot Connex Kit For?

With such incredible ease of use I have to suggest the new vaper - those making the transition across.

The flavour and vapour production are identical to those of a disposable, and it even trumps many of those for its effective MTL vape.

The Connex has been designed for that audience, but established casual vapers will also find it a much cheaper alternative to disposable vapes.


  • Lightweight and pocket-friendly
  • Great flavour and decent vapour production
  • Excellent MTL airflow restriction
  • Incredibly easy to use
  • Strong and reliable magnets
  • Incorporated child lock switch
  • Charge in vertical position
  • Great battery life


  • Can't see how much E-liquid is left
  • No charging cable was supplied 
  • Limited battery strength indicator
  • LED indicator stays on once fully charged 




  • System Type: Closed
  • Vape Styles: Mouth To Lung (MTL)
  • Coil Type: Custom mesh coil 
  • Coil Resistance: 1.0 ohm
  • Refillable: No
  • Battery: 500mAh integrated
  • Firing Method: Auto Draw
  • Airflow: No adjustable airflow
  • Charge Time: 60 mins
  • Recharge Frequency: ~24 hours
  • Cable / Charger: 1 x USB-C cable (not included)
  • Pod Capacity: 2ml
  • Puffs per pod: 600
  • Pod E-liquid: 50/50 PG/VG Nic-salt
  • Pod Nicotine Strength: 20mg (2%)
  • Pod Compatibility: Connex Capsules
  • Dimensions: 165mm x 39mm x 15mm
  • Weight: 34g
  • Manufactured in: China
  • Who is this product best for?

    New vapers, casual vapers and disposable vape users.

    Do I recommend this product?

    It is excellent value for money and highly recommended.

    Reasons for buying this product:

    Incredibly easy to use
    Strong and reliable magnets
    Incorporated child lock switch
    Great battery life
    Lightweight and pocket-friendly

    Comparable products:

    The disposable Element Klik Klak range (although now disconinued as not-rechargeable)


    Battery Life:
    Design & Build:

    Overall Score:

    4.7 out of 5

    Test Panel Reviews

    * The views of the panel are entirely their own and may not reflect the views of Vapourcore


    Cathrine's Review

    The following is a review of the Blue Cherry Burst Riot Connex Kit 1200 puffs, and the Connex Capsules in Pineapple Ice, Grape Ice and Pink Lemonade.

    The Riot Connex device is compact, lightweight, and sits nicely in the hand. It is durable and has a child lock on /off button.

    Attaching the flavour capsule to the battery is easy, as it is magnetic. The two parts just click together, although if you are not careful, you can click them together back to front. The logos on the flavour capsule and battery need to match up correctly in order to work.

    The design of the product makes the Riot Connex feel tactile, easy to use, and to hold or store between uses. The black cardboard sleeve has useful and important information printed on it. It lets you know about the child lock on/off switch, the type of charger needed, and when to change the flavour capsule.

    For some reason, this information is not in the paper information leaflet. I believe it should have been included with the step-by-step instructions to reinforce those points. It would be very easy to accidentally dispose of the black cardboard sleeve when setting up the device without realising important information was printed on it.

    I really do like the design of this product, as it is discreet and very portable. The battery life is very good, and the mouthpiece on the flavour capsule is comfortable to use. The flavours I received were all very nice and distinct. I also liked that the e-liquid is made in the UK.

    All of the flavours were very nice, and the Connex Capsules seemed to last a long time. Also, when they were beginning to run out and required changing, there was not a harsh burnt flavour like my usual brand. Yes, you could clearly tell a change was needed, but it just slowly faded rather than a horrible taste at the end of the capsule.

    Overall, I am very impressed with this product and the range of flavours available, and I would happily use the Riot Connex daily.

    The only thing I believe needs to be looked at is the way in which the user guide leaflet has been designed and the information it misses out. It would help if the information in the leaflet had underlined headings such as Usage, Adverse effects and so on. It would also help if it was more apparent how you connect the battery to the flavour capsule, especially if you are new to vaping. Maybe having arrows on the battery and capsule or the logo in a completely different colour would help rather than just the raised logo.

    The instruction leaflet is concise in design, but it does not mention the blue light at the base of the device or what colour the light changes to when the device is fully charged. The leaflet also has no information on how to know when the device needs charging.

    All told, it is a very good product, far superior to other products available. If the information leaflet were a better design, I would score it a 5 out of 5, but I am going to give it a 4.8 out of 5 because of its great design, child safety feature, and the fact that the e-liquid is made in the UK. I have also had a look at the website to see what other flavours are available, as when I need to re-order, I am seriously looking at making the Riot Connex my next go-to vape.


    • UK-made e-liquid
    • Magnetic design
    • Superior quality
    • Child-lock


    • Missing information from user leaflet
    • Easy to attach pod the wrong way up


    Battery Life:
    Design & Build:

    Overall Score:

    4.8 out of 5
    Emma Marsh

    Emma Marsh's Review

    Riot Squad, or Riot Labs, is a UK brand I remember well as the supplier of an extremely popular e-liquid range back in the day, probably before disposable vapes had even been born. They then created the disposable Riot Bars, which seemed to come and go quickly. Now, they have released this more sustainable vape kit called the Riot Connex, which I was keen to test!

    Their strapline for the Connex is 'Like a disposable, unlike any disposable', which seems apt. The pods/capsules are still single-use and disposable (although made from recycled plastic and recyclable when empty), and they look like little plastic disposable vapes when viewed on their own. However, the 500mAh battery that pairs with them is fully rechargeable (apparently 500 times).

    The packaging and design of the Connex device show Riot Squad's modern, funky, and fun approach. Their bold use of hot pink, as seen on their website and banner artwork, is certainly eye-catching, while informative straplines galore appear over the packaging.

    The Connex device consists of two elementary parts: a black battery and a colourful, prefilled e-liquid capsule with a mouthpiece. These two elements click together via (extremely powerful) magnets to form a matchbox-style vape kit.

    It is similar in size to the SKE Crystal Amare disposable and features similar magnetic connections to those found on the mix-and-match Element Klik Klak disposables, but the Connex is a totally different offering.

    Within the starter kit, you choose your device flavour and receive 2 x 600 puff capsules (they call them capsules, but I cannot help referring to them as pods) alongside the small black battery. The battery alone would be lost forever if it fell into my bag; however, the benefit of this is that the device as a whole will easily fit in the pocket of even the skinnyest jeans.

    The battery section has a secure child lock and an on-off button between the magnets. I like that the battery can be turned off when not in use. You do not see this on many vape kits in this price bracket. Also, if the pod is attached, it would be hard for a child to access this switch and turn it on, as the magnetic connection is exceptionally secure.

    A word of warning: keep your fingers and nails away from the joint when attaching a pod. When those battery points get close, they fling themselves together with some force—it could really pinch! Also, a few times, I attached the pod the wrong way around. The trick is to match the logo up (half on the pod, half on the battery) or keep the airflow slot at the bottom (not next to the mouthpiece).

    The pod capsules come in various fancy colours depending on the flavour. Some are neon bright, so the colour of your device is ever-changing as you flip between flavours. I like this as the half black, half colour look is striking and would never be boring.

    It is lightweight—really light, actually—and comfy to hold. No charger is supplied, but I have plenty of USB-C chargers kicking around, so that's not an issue, and it arrived with a fair amount of charge to get started.

    As it is so small, it can be used discreetly when vaping. Not too much vapour was produced, although a decent amount, and it gave a nice draw from the fixed airflow. I noticed the classic Tobacco pod gave a very pronounced throat hit, but the other flavours I found to be mild, pleasant, and smooth.

    I love that Riot have produced both Tobacco and Mint options (Classic Tobacco and Triple Mint). Both are decent flavours and offer something other than just fruity sweetness.

    I did get a full 600 puffs from each capsule, maybe even more, but having a complete block-colour pod goes back to the ancient issue of not knowing how much e-liquid is left, so you get a bit nervous once the flavours fade.

    On that note, at the end of the pod's life, they did fade and went slightly musty (rather than burnt), so when they reached that point, I guessed they were empty and chose to retire them.

    I think the Riot Connex is fantastic in both value and performance. It is different from the masses of rechargeable vape kits out there, and it has been very well made. As a brand, Riot seemingly cares about the planet, preventing unnecessary batteries from going to landfill, having a carbon-negative company approach, and creating their products from recycled materials. I'm impressed all round!


    • Unique magnetic fixtures
    • Recycled plastic pods
    • Compact (tiny) design
    • Battery/child-lock feature


    • No visibility of e-liquid levels remaining
    • The small black battery could easily get misplaced


    Battery Life:
    Design & Build:

    Overall Score:

    4.8 out of 5

    Trevor's Review

    I have been asked to look at the Riot Connex device and review the unit, along with some of the flavour capsule pods that are available. Full disclosure here: I have actually been using one of these since they first came out. I received one as a gift and use it as a going-out device or for when I fancy a treat. That probably sums up how I feel about the Connex vape device, but I will expand on this and try to explain things in my own way for those of you who may be interested.

    Riot have come up with something different, but not in a bad way. This device is innovative and easy to use. The Riot Connex kit or starter kit is available in many tempting flavours, so you just need to choose your first flavour.

    In the box, you will get two x 2ml 20mg capsule pods and the rechargeable battery unit, which is always black. The battery and capsule have a slightly rubberised and quality feel, and the two parts will make up your vape device. This whole device is split down the middle centre. One side will be your flavour capsule, which has a separate colour corresponding to each different flavour, and the other side is your rechargeable battery pack.

    Each unit has built-in magnets, so it connects to the other side with ease. The black battery section is charged via a USB C cable, but this is not included. It also has a small child lock switch. This tiny slider must be turned to the ON position prior to use.

    The battery also has a very small LED light inside a tiny hole on the underside. The light shows blue when you inhale, red when charging and green when full, the blue light will also blink on and off to let you know that the battery is about to run out but please remember that your capsule pod may still have liquid inside.

    You then have a square-shaped rechargeable device that is attractive and comfortable to hold. Each time you attach a new capsule pod in a different colour, your device will have a whole new look—unless you only like one flavour, of course.


    • Unique, easy-to-use design that changes colour when you change the pod.
    • 500mAh rechargeable battery.
    • Many different flavour refills to choose from, and they are made from recycled plastic.


    • USB C charging cable is not included, but they are easy to find if you don't have one.


    Battery Life:
    Design & Build:

    Overall Score:

    5.0 out of 5

    Product Taste Tests:

    Blue Cherry Burst
    Blue Cherry Burst
    5.0 out of 5

    This flavour reminds me of the Blue Razz disposable flavour that was so popular. I really don't know what a Blue Cherry is, but I like it. Here, you have an everyday, easy-to-use flavour with hints of mixed fruit and a cool exhale.

    4.5 out of 5

    There's nothing too complex about this one, but the blending of Cherry and Blueberry is still effective. Both fruits plough through in equal measure on the exhale, preceded by a nice cool inhale to get things rolling. The icy cold blast lingers on the palate while the vape's inherent sweetness settles on the tip of the tongue; this makes for a nice, refreshing taste experience that consistently delivers.

    4.5 out of 5

    This flavour was extremely nice, just the right strength. It tasted like Cherry and did not leave any nasty aftertaste.

    4.0 out of 5

    Blueberry and Cherry aren't exactly recognisable but it is a very nice fruity/berry blend with a hint of citrus.

    Overall Score:

    4.5 out of 5
    Pink Lemonade
    Pink Lemonade
    5.0 out of 5

    I am a big fan of this flavour and buy it regularly. My usual brand is the Elf Bar Pods, but I actually preferred the Riot Connex Capsule flavour. It was very pleasant.

    4.0 out of 5

    Pink Lemonade is a smooth, sweet vape. Much of this sweetness gets sucked in during the inhale and coats the palate with a sugary goodness. It's your classic disposable vape taste but the Lemonade has a more balanced and realistic output. It's not quite as intense in that respect, but it's something that's highly welcome for me personally.

    And there's just the merest suggestion of fresh Strawberry thrown into this fruity fusion together with a pleasant cooling blast. Together, they complement this drinks-based profile quite nicely. So, if you have a sweet tooth, enjoy a cool, fruity beverage; Pink Lemonade will serve you well during the hot Summer season.

    5.0 out of 5

    Usually, I am not a big fan of Pink Lemonade, but good old Riot have proved again that they can surprise me. The taste is candy, as you would expect, and it also has a cool exhale. The best thing is a mystery flavour, something like Pomegranate or Cranberry. This has won me over, and I will give it top marks.

    4.5 out of 5

    I found this tangy, sweet, and one of the more robust flavours. It had a nice icy taste when exhaling, sweeter than the Lemonade/Citrus notes that I expected. I don't normally like Pink Lemonade, but I actually loved this!

    Overall Score:

    4.6 out of 5
    Pineapple Ice
    Pineapple Ice
    4.5 out of 5

    I have not tried Pineapple flavour before and was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this flavour. It clearly was Pineapple, not too sweet and very refreshing.

    5.0 out of 5

    One of my personal favourites in the Riot Connex range is a sweet and icy flavour with a strong Pineapple Candy taste that really stands out as one of the best you will find.

    5.0 out of 5

    I think my favourite of the lot is the Pineapple Ice. It's almost like a charred Pineapple, maybe a flambéed Pineapple in Syrup. It's sweet and fruity, with a very authentic tropical flavour.

    5.0 out of 5

    You can't go wrong with a decent Pineapple vape and that's what you're getting with Pineapple Ice. This version is dripping with fruity goodness and the tropical vibe hits with every single exhale. The flavour is instantly recognisable and deserves extra praise for its authentic taste. This is a very natural-tasting take on the popular spiky fruit. Sweetness levels have been stripped back so we get more of a drinks/fruit based flavour experience. A welcome change from the sugary, boiled sweet version so often found with Pineapple vapes.
    The icy nature of the inhale sets up a highly refreshing, mouthwatering exhale bursting with flavour. The perfect Summer vape, if you ask me!

    Overall Score:

    4.9 out of 5
    Grape Ice
    Grape Ice
    4.0 out of 5

    Although I would still give this flavour a high score, as it certainly tasted like Grapes, it was my least favourite as I am not a fan of Grapes.

    5.0 out of 5

    Sweet like, no not Chocolate, Grape! But this Grape is just as sweet; it has zero tartness and is like a dessert Wine. A hint of ice is in there, and also cassis? Or maybe port, I like it.

    5.0 out of 5

    I loved Grape Ice, have to say that there is no discernable ice (which I far prefer). It is bold and fruity and not too sweet.

    4.0 out of 5

    Quite lively, clean and crisp. That's my initial take on Grape Ice. Now I'm not the biggest fan of Grape vapes because it's never really translated well as an E-liquid. I've always found it too sweet and too sickly. The Connex version does have a little more going for it. The coolness of the inhale balances well with the sweetness. Those two attributes play a hefty role without distracting from the overall flavour. Yes, Grape Ice does carry that familiar, strong acrid taste but at the same time this makes it highly accessible to the new or casual vaper.

    Riot seems to have included some Raspberry and Blueberry back notes to give the overall blend some added interest. That does enough to repel the usual sickly aftertaste I experience with the majority of Grape-based profiles. A strong, sweet vape that delivers the goods with every exhale.

    Overall Score:

    4.5 out of 5
    Triple Mint
    Triple Mint
    4.0 out of 5

    I finished my flavour testing with the Triple Mint flavour. The inhale was much smoother than I anticipated, thanks to a well-balanced cooling agent dose. It's easy to lose the taste of Mint with too much of an icy cold throat hit, but Riot have held things in check with the early introduction of sweetness. It kind of underpins the entire flavour experience alongside a deft blend of Spearmint, Peppermint, and mouth-watering fresh Mint. I personally think the sweetness level is a little too much, but that's what most folk have come to expect from a standard disposable vape experience.

    The taste buds are swiftly revitalised with Triple Mint, and fans of discontinued Menthol cigarettes will feel very nostalgic about what it has to offer. Great flavour blending, a balanced cooling agent, smooth inhale and magnified sweetness all come together to produce a very sobering taste experience.

    3.5 out of 5

    There is a hint of toothpaste but not too much! No real Ice/Menthol taste, which I think might make it better for me, and thankfully not too much sweetness, just a nice soft Mint.

    Overall Score:

    3.8 out of 5
    Classic Tobacco
    Classic Tobacco
    3.0 out of 5

    Classic Tobacco lives up to its flavour description. Ok, of course it's never going to match the real thing but Riot have produced a pretty fair forgery right down to the raspiness of the inhale. It does emulate the throat hit commonly associated with burning Tobacco leaves. I must admit that this vape did irritate my throat slightly, but the effect is still quite realistic.

    The taste of the exhale is quite dry, slightly bitter, and has minimal sweetness, but the blend of pipe and traditional Tobacco definitely hits the spot. You get the same woody, earthy tones, and the flavour is highly consistent throughout. As some of you may know, cooling agents are applied to just about all disposable vapes these days, but you'll be pleased to learn Riot clearly knows it's not the done thing with their vision of a classic Tobacco. Good stuff.

    3.5 out of 5

    VERY different from the other flavour options available. It gives a decent, authentic Tobacco taste, very cleverly created! Quite a harsh but realistic throat hit from this one. Will definitely be enjoyed by smokers.

    Overall Score:

    3.3 out of 5


    The only negatives to the Connex kit are the inability to see how much E-liquid is remaining and the lack of a battery strength indicator. The device clearly uses a Red, Blue, and Green LED, so maybe it could have been better used while vaping. Other than that, the Connex definitely lives up to its name.

    Connectivity through two magnetic parts is a very cool idea, not to mention the ease of use.

    Being able to swap out flavours at the snap of a capsule demonstrates just how versatile this little device is.

    The flavour, vapour production, and MTL vape all combine brilliantly to provide a very reliable, consistent vape—for hours on end!

    Using the child lock mechanism couldn't be easier, and vertical charging, in my opinion, is always a big plus.

    Equally important is the sustainability. Once purchased, the battery section can be used again and again, effectively cutting environmental waste in half. Riot even supplies a free recycling bag for spent flavour capsules.

    I've used the Riot Connex extensively and can honestly say it's a more than capable alternative to disposable vapes.

    Since those devices will be phased out over the next year, the Connex may very well be one of many vaping products to replace them. After all, it only takes the click of a magnet to replicate those same strong, intense flavours and familiar and discreet vapour production.

    However, although Riot have put contingency plans into place regarding their recycling scheme, I'm still dubious as to whether people will actually respond responsibly. And if other manufacturers follow suit, as appears to be the case, will the pavements be littered with capsules/pods instead of disposables?

    You can lead a horse to water... I guess time will tell.

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