MLV PHIX Pod System Review

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Phix by MLV: A Time-Tested Pod Vape

The Phix by MLV, formerly dubbed the “JUUL killer,” is an elegant and slim prefilled pod vape that has been a prominent presence in the vaping scene since 2017. According to MLV’s official website, it continues to be a steadfast choice for enthusiasts.

For those not yet acquainted with the Phix, here’s what you need to know: It features a 280 mAh passthru battery that powers prefilled pods equipped with a ceramic wicking system. The Phix offers a selection of 9 flavors, available in either regular nicotine salt (nic salt) or TFN (Tobacco-Free Nicotine) formulations, each packing a punch at 5% nicotine in 1.5 mL pods.

The nic salt pods are conveniently sold in packs of 4, priced at $19.99, while the TFN flavors, available at ejuice connect, come in packs of 2, with a cost of $9.99. Worth noting is that Phix does not offer kits; you have the flexibility to choose your preferred battery and flavors separately. The battery itself is available for $22.99.

MLV Phix: Specifications and Notable Features

Kit Contents:

  • Phix pod mod
  • Magnetic USB charger

Specifications:

  • Height: 110 mm
  • Width: 19 mm
  • Depth: 10.75 mm
  • Pod Capacity: 1.5 mL, approximately “400 – 440 puffs”
  • Output Wattage: 3.7v
  • Battery Capacity: 280 mAh, roughly “220 puffs”
  • Nicotine Level: 5% nicotine by volume
  • Coil Type: Ceramic

Size, Weight, and Feel

The Phix presents itself as a diamond-shaped, slender battery with magnetic pods. Notably, the device features a removable belt clip that offers a discreet alternative to lanyards for carrying convenience.

Constructed with a matte aluminum-like finish, the Phix is available in five distinct colors: electric blue, pearl white, basic black, red red, and stainless steel. While it exudes an “aluminum-like” feel, the body is actually crafted from a lightweight ceramic material. The Phix is a device that exudes sophistication through its understated and refined design, setting it apart from the more flamboyant options commonly seen in stores today.

Getting Started

Unboxing the Phix, you’ll need to remove all the caps and plugs that are included for transportation purposes. The battery’s clip is a handy addition, providing a subtler alternative to traditional lanyards.

Operating the Phix is simple: insert a pod into the battery housing, and you’re ready to enjoy a satisfying vape experience. The Phix utilizes magnetic pods, similar to the Vuse Alto. Although the magnetic connection isn’t overly strong, the pods remain securely in place, even after minor drops. In this aspect, the Phix offers a more reliable connection compared to the Vuse Alto, as Vuse pods tend to pop out when dropped.

Pay attention to the “V” cutout between the pod and battery housing, along with the two small windows on the pods. These are intended as juice windows to monitor liquid levels. However, they may not be the most effective at displaying the juice level due to insufficient lighting.

An intriguing feature highlighted on the Phix website is the option to cover one of the rectangular pod windows, effectively serving as an airflow controller. Nevertheless, this adjustment has limited impact since the airflow itself remains relatively unchanged. The draw is generally satisfactory as is, but for the best view of your juice levels, it’s easiest to simply remove the pod.

How Does It Hit?

The Phix offers a tight, warm Mouth-to-Lung (MTL) draw that is highly satisfying. The automatic draw feature provides a smooth pull, eliminating the need to exert excessive force or collapse your cheeks. This draw is reminiscent of a cigarette, although it’s closer to the Alto than the Juul in terms of draw tightness.

The throat hit delivered by the Phix is notably substantial and rich, without crossing the line into sharp or aggressive territory. It was the gratifying throat hit that enticed me to give the Phix another go, and it certainly lives up to its reputation.

The draw is hushed, with only a subtle crackling sound originating from the ceramic wick. You’ll need to listen attentively to detect it, as the primary sound is the soft rush of airflow.

While the exact coil/wick system used is not explicitly mentioned in marketing or branding, it appears to be CCELL, offering consistent performance with minimal leaking. However, you may encounter an initial gurgling issue with the pods. To prevent e-liquid from entering your mouth on the first hit, it’s advisable to perform a gentle exhale into the pod’s mouthpiece before use. If any gurgling sound is detected, place a napkin beneath the pod’s bottom and perform a gentle blow to clear any excess liquid. This simple step takes just a couple of seconds and is well worth it to avoid ingesting e-liquid.

Are the Flavors Any Good?

Phix’s e-liquids are meticulously crafted by Brewell MFG, a renowned e-liquid manufacturer known for producing top-quality flavors. The Phix offers two distinct lines: the standard line, featuring original tobacco and ice flavors in 4-packs, and the INFZN line, offering a variety of sweet flavors in 2-packs.

For this evaluation, I sampled the original tobacco flavor. I would love to explore the INFZN line as well, but current economic conditions have somewhat limited my purchasing capacity. That said, I can vouch for the exceptional quality of Brewell’s flavors based on past experiences.

Original Tobacco:

This flavor profile is nutty, slightly woody, with a hint of smokiness and a touch of sweetness. It brings to mind classic tobacco vape flavors often referred to as “555.” While this description may not sound particularly enticing, the flavor is a remarkably authentic representation of what a tobacco vape should be. I’d describe it as a blend between Juul’s classic and Virginia tobacco flavors.

Battery Life and Charging

The Phix is equipped with a 240 mAh battery, capable of powering you through approximately 3/4 of a full pod. An indicator light on the device’s front conveys the battery’s status, shining blue when fully charged, orange when it’s at medium capacity, and red when it’s time to recharge. When recharging is necessary, the Phix requires the use of a proprietary charger included in the kit.

The charger is magnetized, similar to the battery housing, offering a familiar experience for those acquainted with the Vuse Alto. During charging, which takes about 45 minutes for a complete charge, the Phix functions as a passthrough vape, allowing you to continue vaping without waiting for the charge to complete.

Likes

  • Elegant and sophisticated appearance and design
  • Satisfying throat hit
  • Wide variety of flavor options
  • Pods can endure moderate chain vaping
  • Secure magnetic connections
  • No issues with leaking
  • Consistent and reliable hits
  • Convenient pocket clip, offering a refreshing alternative to lanyards

Dislikes

  • Slightly elevated price point
  • Occasional gurgling leading to e-liquid in the mouth
  • Minor pod wobbling within the battery housing
  • Challenging visibility through the juice windows

Verdict

Is the Phix still the “JUUL killer”? To be frank, it appears to be more of a “Vuse Alto killer” at this point. While the Phix did experience some consistency issues in the past, I can confidently attest that, over the past week, I have encountered no performance complaints across the 8 pods I’ve used—aside from the occasional minor gurgling issue. However, as previously mentioned, this issue can be easily resolved with a quick blowout into a napkin.

In my view, the Phix should definitely be on your radar if you’re seeking a prefilled pod vape to replace the Vuse Alto, known for its highly inconsistent performance. The Phix is not entirely flawless, but its minor drawbacks, which are par for the course in this category, pale in comparison to the consistent performance it delivers.

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