SMOK Infinix intro
A SMOK MTL vape sounds like an oxymoron, but this is actually now a thing. The kings of clouds have recently released three refillable MTL pod mods, and each one is like a pre-existing non-SMOK product. The SMOK Fit is somewhat like a refillable JUUL, the SMOK ROLO Badge is basically an upside down Suorin Drop, and…
The Infinix design is clearly copied from the PHIX. It’s got a 250 mAh battery and an automatic MTL draw. It comes in a kit containing two 2 mL refillable pods, along with a needle-tip 15 mL refill bottle. Looking at the Infinix, it’s easy to think you’re seeing MLV’s pod vape (especially the gun metal color), but there are differences that make them distinct from each other — though fans of the PHIX may have a hard time getting past the obvious.
Kit Price: $24.95
Refillable pods price: $10-15 per 3-pack
Colors: gun metal, red, blue
SMOK Infinix gallery
SMOK Infinix specs and features
- Infinix battery
- Refillable pods (2)
- Charging cable
- Needle-nose dropper bottle
- Material: zinc alloy + PC
- Size: 110 x 19.5 x 11 mm
- Weight: 22 g
- Battery capacity: 250 mAh
- Power range: 10-16 W
- Standby current: less than 200 uA
- Input voltage: 3.3-4.2 V
- Pod e-liquid capacity: 2 mL
The elephant in the room
I’m sure the big question for many will be: is this a refillable PHIX clone? As much as I hoped it would be, it’s not — though SMOK obviously wants it to appear that way. That’s not to say the Infinix isn’t good, the two don’t vape the same.
There are three main differences between the two devices: the draw is a tad loser with the Infinix, the Infinix does not use ceramic coils, and the Infinix is refillable. The draw and the ceramic coils (along with the proprietary nic salt juice) are what makes the PHIX vape the way it does. But for those that don’t care for a closed system, the refillable SMOK Infinix may suit you even better.
Design and build quality
The Infinix is well made with no apparent manufacturing defects. It’s got a zinc alloy housing with a matte finish over a diamond-shaped body (see specs for measurements). But no matter how you slice it, even with minor differences in the details of the body (like its slightly rounded edges), the overall design of the Infinix is obviously not original.
Refillable Infinix pods
The pods of the Infinix are the same shape as the device, and they taper at the mouthpiece which should prevent accidentally drawing on the wrong end which could cause the device to autofire — a problem for pod devices with twin ends and bottom charge ports. One minor gripe I have is that the pods don’t click into place. At least they’re held in snugly.
Monitoring your juice level is easy with these pods; they have an eye-shaped window that’s on the front and back. And refilling is easy too. You can use the included needle-tip bottle or a unicorn bottle, but using a regular dropper may prove to be a bit messy. The refill plug is on the side of the pod under mouthpiece, and the fill plug is anchored to the pod so there’s little fear of losing them (unlike on the Rofvape Warlock Peas).
Note: the Infinix pods are NOT compatible with the PHIX. Although SMOK is making their design theft obvious, they still want you to stick with their system.
The Infinix vape is good, and the throat hit is decent with high regular nic or high nic salt juice — though I wish it had more thump. The flavor is pretty good too. It’s not earth-shatteringly good but it’s good enough that I like filling it up with my favorite juice (sometimes I stick to unflavored juice with pod mods that provide less flavor).
The draw is an easy MTL vape that hits without sucking hard. The draw is probably most similar to the MyBlu (formerly known as the MyVonErl). But with the Infinix, it hits quickly and it stops immediately. If it irks you to hit a pod vape and hear is continue to sizzle after you stop, this device will not do that!
I haven’t had any of the typical pod vape issues with these pods. I’ve used 50/50 juice up to 70/30 with pretty much equal performance. No leaking, hot pops, gurgling, after-sizzle (like in the Kado Stealth), or juice in the mouth — and the pods have been free from dry hits after five refills each. But it’s still too early for me to speak about the ultimate coil life, and I haven’t tried enough of them to speak about the coil consistency.
The Infinix battery life
The battery life of the Infinix is about what you’d expect from a 250 mAh battery — not great. But it charges quickly via a regular USB port (located on the bottom of the battery), only taking 25 minutes to be fully charged from a depleted state. And since the battery has pass-thru charging, you won’t be stuck waiting to vape as it charges.
- Clean manufacturing
- Convenient and stealthy
- Easy to refill
- Nice vapor production for its size
- Very solid throat hit
- Fast charging (25 minutes)
- Pass-thru charging
- The design is a blatant ripoff of the PHIX
- Pods don’t click into place
- Will have to recharge often if chain vaping
Aside from SMOK jacking MLV’s design, which I don’t think is cool, I think the Infinix is good enough that I would rather use it over the closed system of the PHIX. Assuming the coils are as good as my first two, I’d recommend this for fans of refillable pod vapes that like an MTL draw. It’s built well, it’s refillable, it has pass-thru and fast charging, and it’s sold at a fairly inexpensive price. And most importantly, it vapes well. As of now, I see no reason why this wouldn’t satisfy fans of pod vaping.