If you’re looking to quit smoking or enjoy the experience of vaping in general, it’s likely that you’re looking for a vape kit that meets all of your needs. Unfortunately, finding the right vape can be easier said than done. When it comes to selecting the perfect mod, it’s common to find yourself weighing pros against cons. Up until this point, JUUL has been a very popular choice (particularly for those seeking to quit smoking) though it hasn’t been without its share of flaws. Today we’ll be reviewing JUUL’s latest serious competitor on the scene: the Relx Alpha Starter Kit.
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What Comes in the Box
Before we dive in and discuss the Relx Alpha’s features in greater detail, let’s look at an overview of what you can expect to find in the Relx Alpha Starter Kit if you decide to pick one up for yourself.
At a price of $79.99, the Relx Alpha Starter kit comes with many of the components you would expect to see from any vape starter kit. Within the package, you’ll find the Relx Alpha itself, 2 1.6 ml flavored AlphaPods, and 1 USB-C charging cable- everything you need to get started.
Now, let’s get to the good stuff and talk about the Relx Alpha’s design and features!
Sleek, Compact Design
First impressions are everything and upon taking a first look at the Relx Alpha Starter kit, the design is strikingly attractive. The Relx Alpha is both compact and lightweight, sporting a pen style that is free from the bulk of mods reliant on tanks as opposed to a pod system- like those found in the Relx Alpha or Juul.
The Relx Alpha Starter kit comes in two different colors- Jet Black and Luxe Gold. While there isn’t much variety in color choice here in comparison to other vape brands, both the Jet Black and Luxe Gold finishes are sleek and sophisticated. It remains to be seen whether or not Relx will offer more color options in the future.
The Relx Alpha also features Relx’s patented AlphaStream design which includes an elongated a-shaped airway which is in place to give you more flavor with each puff. This design also supports a 95% draw resistance that will be particularly attractive to past smokers as it feels incredibly similar to a real cigarette. We all know how important it is to find a vape that simulates the feel of a cigarette when first making the jump to vaping and the Relx Alpha checks all the boxes.
Getting more in-depth with the Relx Alpha’s design features, let’s talk about the atomizer itself. With its 4th generation honeycomb atomizer, the Relx Alpha has proven to produce a softer throat feel that won’t cause unnecessary burning or irritation similarly to that of other vapes. This is thanks to the atomizer’s wider inlet.
Relx Alpha’s Pod System
So why have many referred to the Relx Alpha as a potential JUUL killer since its release? In truth, it mostly comes down to the pod system (along with some other innovative features that we’ll discuss next). In a direct comparison, the AlphaPods give you a lot more bang for your buck. How so?
The AlphaPods are much larger than the pods utilized in the JUUL’s design sitting at an e-liquid pod capacity of 1.6ml as compared to the JUUL’s 0.7ml. This is a particularly attractive feature of the Relx Alpha Starter kit as it is both convenient and cost-effective. Better yet, you’ll receive a total of 500 puffs per pod with the Relx Alpha and just around 200 from the JUUL in most cases.
The Relx Alpha is also built with one of the JUUL pod system’s biggest cons in mind- pod leakage. Relx presents the Alpha Pods as 175% more durable compared to their competitors with a total of 4 structural improvements included to eliminate leakage. These improvements include a condensation-trapping airway wall, reinforced bottom, and liquid silicone injection molding that will drastically reduce (if not completely eliminate) the risk of leakage.
Before moving on, let’s touch on the flavors offered for use with the Relx Alpha- something we’re sure you’ve been interested to learn. Relx currently offers four different flavors- Sweet Mint, Mango Pomelo Sago, Lush Tobacco, and Ludou Sorbet. Each of these flavors contain a different nicotine percentage (either 3% or 5% nicotine) and are compatible exclusively with the Relx Alpha.
The Relx Alpha also includes a number of innovative features not often found in vapes utilizing a similar pod system. For starters, the Relx Alpha contains a SmartPace vibration that will notify you with a light vibration when usage reaches 15 puffs within a 10 minute window of time.
For easy, quick pod attachment, Relx has also included a magnetic mount system so that you can snap a pod in without unnecessary pushing or squeezing that could potentially damage the pod itself.
Lastly, let’s talk battery life. The Relx Alpha contains a 340mAH battery capacity which most users report will get you around 280 puffs per charge. The Relx Alpha’s recharge time isn’t particularly impressive but it’s also not particularly long at around 40 minutes from an empty to full charge.
Overall Pros and Cons of the Relx Alpha
In summary, the Relx Alpha Starter kit is an impressive pod system vape that offers some stiff competition to the industry leader, JUUL. Here are the pros and cons that we found:
- Sleek, compact, and lightweight body design
- Much larger pods than most pod system vapes
- Leak protection system
- Higher rate of puffs per pod
- Patented design features that offer more flavor
- Only two color varieties as of now
- Battery life isn’t particularly impressive