Can the Vaporesso XROS 3 Nano meet the needs of beginners, disposable vape lovers, and experienced vapers? Read our review to find out...
About The Brand
The brand Vaporesso has been around since 2015, a spin-off from the parent company Smoore (founded in 2006), which passed along a wealth of inherited experience, technology, and features to this newer venture.
Vaporesso are a technology-driven brand, constantly striving to innovate, and they currently hold over 800 patents. Their core values, alongside continual innovation, are strict quality control, sustainability, and attempting to create a smoke-free world. They have developed premium products for every target market, from newbie switchers to the most dedicated and knowledgeable vapers. They have ten factories internationally, with over 10,000 workers producing their own-brand batteries, vape devices, tanks, and coils.
Within their range of products, alongside more advanced vaping kits like the GEN 200, Gen 80, and Gen Fit, their portfolio of more straightforward-to-use inhale-to-vape pod kits has recently expanded. In particular, their Vaporesso XROS vape range has become popular in the UK.
The XROS device evolved quickly; the original launched in 2020, and six versions were released before the latest XROS 3 Nano device we're reviewing here. The XROS Series refillable pods are cross-compatible across all XROS devices - handy for the user and a clever marketing move for Vaporesso.
The XROS 3 Nano device is gorgeous to look at, crafted from a coloured metal alloy with two-tone brushed and glossy finishes, and is weighty yet small to hold in the hand. The free clip-on silver lanyard that comes with it also looks great and saves the device from getting lost in a bag, which is a nice touch.
Ten stunning colour options are available: Black, Bondi Blue, Lemon Yellow, Lilac Purple, Magenta Red, Navy Blue, Olive Green (which I have here), Rose Pink, Silver and Vital Orange. All look great, and there's something here for everyone.
For power, it has an internal, rechargeable, 1000 mAh battery with fast charge functionality through the USB-C port on the base (a charging cable is also supplied).
Previous XROS vapes had a four-step indicator light to display the battery charge while vaping, but this has been replaced in the Nano by a modified, rather nifty, neon LED strip. Green shows a 70% - 100% charge, blue is 70% - 30%, and red alerts you to a 30% - 0% charge remaining. This light is also part of the built-in safety system; flashing red five times highlights that a too-low or high resistance or a short circuit in the unit has been detected, and the power is shut off.
An excellent addition to the XROS 3 Nano is the adjustable airflow system, a shiny chrome side slider allowing you to amend the amount of airflow for a tighter or looser draw. It is easy to adjust and use even for beginner vapers; one exposed hole gives the familiar MTL (Mouth To Lung) style draw, and two exposed holes allow more airflow for a better RDL (Restricted Direct to Lung) experience, as seen more often in advanced vape kits. I hope this technology does not deter entry-level vapers as it is the only XROS 3 Nano device setting. There is no need to adjust once you find your ideal draw, and it is as easy as the simple 'inhale to vape' function.
The two refillable 2ml pods included with the Nano kit contain a 0.6-ohm and a 0.8-ohm coil, respectively, and their resistance is clearly stamped on the pod bases to avoid confusion. These coils are actually better suited to RDL vaping and perform best with a slightly thicker (higher VG) e-liquid. However, a four-pack of 1.0-ohm pods is available to purchase separately. We also supplied these to our panel of testers (who were mostly disposable vapers) along with some familiar 50/50 PG/VG e-liquid from the Bar Juice 5000 range in popular disposable vape flavours.
In my attempt to fill each of the four pods with e-liquid, I encountered a problem. Three pods are now successfully filled without too much bother. The fourth has been sitting on my desk for over a week like an impossible-to-solve cracker puzzle, goading me.
So I googled it to find the answer; 'Wiggle the mouthpiece away from the pod to reveal the top filling port.' Well, my hands, nails, butter knife, pairing knife, kitchen scissors, tweezers, nail scissors, and a metal ruler were all unsuccessful in gaining entry to one of them (a 1.0-ohm version).
The smooth and shaped mouthpiece may be ergonomically designed, but this does not help when you need to grip the shiny black, slippery part to pull or flip it away from the pod. Admittedly, this was in 28-degree heat, with an elevated body temperature and sweaty hands caused by the pure frustration of being unable to perform this straightforward but crucial task! After many hours (now days and days) and two aching thumbs, I gave up.
Luckily, the pods come in a pack of 4, and two were okay once I got the hang of flipping it away to unclip. The third is very scratched and chipped but at least full of e-liquid (I am dreading the time coming for a refill). I may have had one or two defective pods, but this experience initially annoyed me. Once you have removed the mouthpiece, the pods are very easy to refill. They have an impressive and totally leakproof port, and given my battle, they could easily claim the pods have a robust child lock if they chose.
It is worth noting the importance, to those who have not filled and prepared a refillable or open pod before, of allowing the coil to sit for at least 5 minutes before vaping to enable the e-liquid to seep into and fully penetrate it. Doing this prevents the particularly nasty experience of a 'dry-hit' from a coil heated without full saturation.
The XROS pods fit into the Nano device in either direction (which I like). They are held in place very securely with multiple magnetic points.
The flavour from this device is just outstanding, and once you adjust the airflow to your preference, it is really an impressive little vape kit. The quality of the craftsmanship and the technology used are worlds away from any disposable vape, and even compared to the most popular refillable vape kits on the market, the XROS Nano is pure class.
The e-liquid used for this review - the Bar Juice 5000 50/50 range - consists purely of popular flavours found in disposable vapes and is well known to me. I found the experience of vaping Bar Juice in the XROS pods versus something like an Elf Bar Mate 500 pod very different, primarily down to the coils. The flavours are crisper and cleaner; in the Cream Tobacco, for example, a far richer and more voluminous vapour is produced.
With their different coil options, the real beauty of the XROS pods is that you are not limited to a particular brand or range. Having tasted the Bar Juice flavours, I am genuinely excited to try other e-liquids in this kit!
Of the options, I preferred the 1.0-ohm pods, with the airflow restricted as low as it would go. This gives a great taste with less vapour and helps make the e-liquid last longer. It is nice to have the option to play with the draw and the different pod resistances. I hope new vapers and disposable vape users who are used to pure convenience are not put off and assume the XROS 3 Nano is tricky to use - it definitely is not.
Overall, I am more than impressed with the Nano; it is an exceptionally well-made, gloriously performing head-turner of a compact vape kit. Advanced vapers will appreciate the simplicity of the technology and flexibility in the choice of pods. At the same time, for new users, especially those wanting to invest in a long-term vape kit, it will serve as an introduction to some of the nuances of vaping. All would be extremely happy with their choice of the XROS 3 Nano.