Our V2 Pro Series 3X review takes a look at the new and improved three-in-one vape pen from V2 Cigs. If you’re in the market for a vape pen that can do it all, this could be the device for you.
Is it worth buying?
The Pro Series 3 was an outstanding vape pen, but the V2 Pro Series 3X blows it out of the water. From an improved interface to a cooler, sleeker look and right through to vastly improved performance; it really takes the idea to the next level. The addition of replaceable atomizer heads makes the whole thing more affordable to use as your main device. Then when you add in the impressive battery, the quick charging and the ability to vape while you charge, it’s a great option for a just-switching smoker. Top the whole thing off with the ability to vape dry herb and concentrates and it’s clear that V2 Pro Series 3X is one of the best vaporizer pens on the market. It’s versatile, easy to use and the performance is hard to fault.
V2 Pro Series is a game-changing set of vaporizer devices. Allowing you to vape dry herb and concentrates in addition to e-juice, the V2 Pro Series 3 and V2 Pro Series 7 both boasted more flexibility than most vaping devices on the market. While the Pro Series 7 in particular was great for vaping dry herb and concentrate, the Series 3 was more like a traditional vape pen, with plenty of potential for smokers just trying to quit. But now V2 has taken that potential even further with an updated version of the smaller model, and our V2 Pro Series 3X review takes a look to see what it has to offer.
What You Get With Series 3X
The V2 Pro Series 3X kit comes with the vape pen, an e-liquid cartridge with changeable coils, three coils for the cartridge (one 0.9, one 1.2 and one 1.5 ohm – all with ceramic wicks), and a standalone ceramic cartridge that isn’t replaceable. You also get a brief manual and a USB charging cable, with a magnetic connection just like on the Series 3.
Overall it’s a good selection of gear, with plenty of coils to keep you vaping for a while and all of the essentials included.
V2 Pro Series 3X Design
The V2 Pro Series 3X vaporizer has an effortlessly cool appearance. The main body of the device is all one piece, and you can pick it up in gunmetal, crimson or charcoal. The cartridge slots neatly into the hollow top section, with two oval windows cut into the body so it’s easy to see how much e-juice you have left.
The V2 Pro Series 3X logo is prominently displayed above the circular fire button, which is surrounded by a ring shaped LED which lights up when you press fire. There’s also a faint ring of holes close to the bottom to let another set of LEDs shine through. These are used for changing settings, as we’ll explain later.
The overall impact is great. The look is simple but effective, the branding isn’t too intrusive and the whole thing has been beautifully made.
The V2 Pro Series 3X vape pen works just like the older Series 3 model. The battery occupies the lower section of the body of the device, with a magnetic connection point on the bottom for charging. The 3X is hollowed out towards the top, with another magnetic connection point just above the level of the fire button on the inside of the vape pen.
This just means that both connecting your charger and connecting your cartridge are very simple with the Pro Series 3X. As soon as you get the charger close to the end of the vape pen it snaps into place without you even having to do much. For the cartridges, you just line up the circular liquid icon with the corresponding spot around the top of the casing and drop it into place.
Like its predecessor, the V2 Pro Series 3X supports e-liquid, dry herb and concentrate cartridges. The biggest change is that the main cartridge for the device has changeable atomizer heads. The standard starter kit comes with this cartridge and another e-liquid option without the changeable heads.
The main e-liquid cartridge might seem a bit daunting to a newcomer, but it’s really easy to get used to, and experienced vapers will be right at home. When you’ve removed the cartridge from the body of the device, you simply screw to mouthpiece off to reveal two slots for filling up.
To change the atomizer head, you unscrew the device from the bottom (when the tank is empty – or at least close to it) and the base comes out along with your installed atomizer head. Unscrew this and screw a new one in its place and you’re done. You can do this with juice still in the tank as long as you invert the tank first – as long as the juice is at or below the “PG/VG” mark on the coil it won’t spill down the center tube when you unscrew.
The other e-juice cartridge doesn’t have changeable atomizer heads, so it’s much simpler to use. All you have to do is unscrew the top and fill up. As always, you should leave it five to ten minutes after filling up before vaping on a fresh cartridge. Although the ceramic wick won’t be burnt by your coil, it’s better to leave enough time for your juice to soak in so you don’t get dry hits.
Dry Herb and Concentrates/Wax Cartridges
If you’re looking to vape dry herb or concentrates, you can pick up cartridges for these separately. These cartridges are the same ones as used for the V2 Pro Series 3 vaporizer pen, so both work really simply. The dry herb cartridge opens up from the top, with a ceramic ring part way up showing the maximum fill level. The concentrates and waxes cartridge opens up from the bottom, and has a little ceramic cup to fill with your material that’s heated by a stovetop-like coil.
The main e-liquid cartridge has an adjustable airflow system around the bottom of the mouthpiece. This lets you adjust your draw so it’s as airy or as tight as you like. There are two slots cut into opposite sides of an outer ring, which you rotate to choose your setting. You can completely close it off if you want, and there are options with one tiny hole on each side, two holes on each side or a much larger slot on each.
It’s not the most elaborate airflow control system you’ll find, but for a simple vape pen it’s a pretty solid offering. It’s great for mouth-to-lung vaping, and the biggest airflow setting should keep longer-term vapers happy too.
The design of the V2 Pro Series 3X vaporizer is great, overall. Everything is easy to use and it has a cool look without being overbearing.
V2 Pro Series 3X Review: The Features
Most vape pens are quite light on the features front, but the V2 Pro Series 3X has tons to offer for such a compact device.
Making it Easy to Change Cartridges
The big selling-point of the V2 Pro Series 3-in-1 vaporizer altogether is that you can vape concentrates and dry herb in addition to e-liquid. And just like the others in the series, the 3X automatically detects the cartridge you have installed. For the dry herb cartridge, the device heats up and stays at a consistent temperature, rather than just working when you press the fire button like it does when you’re vaping concentrates or e-liquid.
This means that you don’t have to delve into any menus or remember any combinations of button-presses to switch between wax, dry herb and e-liquid. You just put the right cartridge in and the device knows what to do.
Variable Voltage and Temperature Settings
Pressing the fire button twice in quick succession allows you to change your current setting on the Series 3X. There are three voltage options for e-liquid and concentrate vaping – 1.8 V, 2.5 V and 3.3 V – and three temperature settings for loose leaf/dry herb vaping.
When you’ve pressed the fire button twice to bring up the option, the ring of LEDs around the bottom of the device starts flashing. The lights loop slowly for the low setting, slightly faster for the medium setting and fast for the top setting – you just press the fire button when it’s on the one you want.
Having options like this gives the device some flexibility when it comes to adapting to how you want to vape. If you want more vapor, you can use a lower-resistance atomizer head, a higher setting and open up the airflow. If you want something more discreet, you can switch to a lower setting easily.
For the loose leaf and dry herb cartridge, the temperature settings can be varied depending on what you’re vaping and what sort of result you’re looking for. Most vape pen size dry herb vaporizers could do with some extra punch, but the Pro Series 3X is excellent on the medium and top settings in particular.
Locking the Device
Pressing the fire button three times locks the device, with the bottom ring flashing red to show it’s locked. This is a handy little extra feature for when you’re out of the house, helping you avoid accidentally activating the device. Press three times again to unlock.
V2 Pro Series 3X Review: Performance
The main e-juice cartridge for the Pro Series 3X has airflow control built in and changeable atomizer heads. All of these have ceramic wicks, offering consistent performance and a long lifespan in comparison to cotton-wicked coil heads.
0.9 Ohm Atomizer Head
The 0.9 ohm head gives you the most potential for vapor production with the Series 3X vape pen, and on the 3.3 V setting in particular it’s excellent. On the lowest setting, the vapor production is in line with most vape pens, but on the upper two there is really nothing to complain about. You won’t be putting out huge clouds, but it strikes the perfect balance between satisfaction and discretion.
1.2 Ohm Atomizer Head
The 1.2 ohm head is the mid-range option included, but it performs right up there with the 0.9 ohm coil. The vapor production is great even at the lowest setting, but really picks up on the middle and highest settings. Again, unless you’re a serious cloud-chaser you’ll be more than satisfied with what it can put out. Although both the 1.2 and 0.9 ohm heads work well with the lower airflow settings as well, the fully open, slot-shaped airflow hole offers the sort of performance longer-term vapers are looking for.
1.5 Ohm Atomizer Head
The 1.5 ohm head still performs great on the upper two settings, although on the minimum setting the vapor production is a bit weak. If you inhale “mouth to lung” – like smokers do – this atomizer head with one of the lower airflow settings is excellent. With this type of setup on the maximum voltage, you still get tons of vapor, the draw is nice and tight and the flavors come through clearly.
I had no wicking issues throughout the testing, though as you’d expect since the 1.2 and 1.5 ohm ones are marked “PG,” and they do struggle a little with higher-VG content e-juices (e.g. 70% VG). It still works, but the flavor gets muted after a few puffs, so you’re better off sticking with 50/50 mixes (or close to it) for these coils.
Overall the main cartridge performs really well, regardless of which atomizer head you’re using. The vapor production is consistently impressive and the added airflow options really make it easier to find your ideal vaping experience with the V2 Series 3X vaporizer.
The ceramic cartridge without changeable atomizer heads performs just as well as the replaceable atomizer heads. It works well across the range of settings on the device, putting out enough vapor to keep any just-switching smoker and most vapers happy. The flavor of your vape juice comes through clearly, and it works with mid to high-VG juices too.
Battery and Charging
The battery on the Series 3X is excellent. It will easily last through a day of work, and unless you’re a heavy vaper you’ll be able to get through a full day without recharging. Even if you do need to charge, the device works in “passthrough” mode so you can vape while you charge. This is a must-have feature for a just-switching smoker picking up his or her first device: you’ll never be without something to vape as long as you have your charging cable.
Charging is really quick, too. Vaping does slow it down, but if you can leave the 3X charging alone it’ll be done in a couple of hours. The LED ring around the base of the device turns green when it’s fully charged, so it’s easy to see when it’s done.
Overall, the V2 Pro Series 3X does an excellent job when it comes to battery life and recharging, especially for a vape pen. If you want something better than it, you’ll have to pick up something like the Pro Series 7 or a vape mod.
Series 3X Review – In Use
Portability and Comfort
The Pro Series 3X is a great choice if you’ll be vaping out of the house a lot. It’s slim and quite lightweight, and it can slip easily into a pocket or bag. The only downside is the length. It stands taller than most mod-and-tank combinations, but it should go without saying that it’s much slimmer and easier to carry around overall.
The 3X’s design also ensures the vaping experience is about as comfortable as they come. Your thumb falls naturally onto the fire button, and the length of the device means you don’t have to bring it right up to your face when you vape.
Ease of Use
Everything about the 3X all-in-one vaporizer is geared towards ease of use. The magnetic connections mean the cartridges just drop right in and to fill up you just unscrew the top and drop your juice in. The hardest thing you’ll have to do is change the atomizer heads, but this is about as simple as it could be too.
This all makes the 3X perfect for new vapers. Changing settings is pretty straightforward too – it’s all handled with a single button and the way the LEDs are used to show settings (faster equals more power) makes the whole thing very intuitive.
Overall, the Pro Series 3X hits the nail on the head with ease of use. It’s perfect for a new vaper wanting something more capable than a basic vape pen.
As you’d expect from V2 Pro, the Series 3X is really well put together. All of the parts fit together snugly, the threading around the mouthpiece and tip turns smoothly and works just as you’d hope. The device has a really nice finish, and it’s pretty resistant to little knocks, though mine did get scuffed when I dropped the 3X on concrete. The fire button curves around with the vape pen’s shape, staying flush apart from the outer LED ring, and offering just the right amount of resistance to being pushed.
Overall, everything does exactly what you want it to and works as it should. It’s clear they considered every little detail when putting the device together.