Wax pens seem to be growing in popularity by the day. There portability and ease of use when compared to more traditional methods of consuming waxes makes using a wax pen almost a no brainer and acts as a perfect introductory to the world of concentrates. Today we will be looking at a rather unique looking wax pen, the Exxus Go. It is marketed as a portable unit but from our testing this one may be better left at home, so be sure to read our review for the full scoop.
Review: Exxus Go
Like most wax units, the Exxus Go is really straight forward. You remove the glass mouthpiece to expose the heating chamber which consists of 3 quartz coils. With the wax applicator tool place your desired concentrate directly to the coil making sure you try to not touch the coils with the applicator as it could damage them.
Once your concentrate is in place, put the glass mouthpiece on the device and you are pretty much ready to start enjoying your wax. Next just press the power button 5 times quickly, the LED will turn red to indicate the unit is heating and then turn green to let you know the device is ready to be drawn from. The up time is pretty quick reaching temperature in around 5 to 10 seconds.
My first issue with this unit is that there is no temperature flexibility at all. The device just fires the coils until they are read hot and then after about 5 seconds the device cuts the power to the coils and turns off.
This gives you very little control out of the quality of vapor you are getting from this device and if the coils are glowing red hot for several seconds we have to imagine the temperature is pretty darn hot.
As we discussed in the previous section the lack of temperature control in this device means you cannot tailor the vapor to how you enjoy it. Furthermore the device just fires the coil for 5 seconds and then cuts off, which means you can’t even control the temperature through shorter draws or pulsing the power button, you are forced to always use the Exxus Go’s default setting. This would be fine if the device did not fire so hot.
Vapor from the Exxus Go is not nearly as smooth as we would have hoped and lacks a well-rounded flavor profile that is found in other Quartz based units like the Dr. Dabber Aurora. Even similar triple coiled units like the Pulsar APX Wax and Source Orb XL provided much smoother vapor, most likely because the temperature settings are more controlled and the user can also control the length of the draw.
If you are a cloud chaser and don’t have an issue with harsh vapor you may find some value in the Exxus go, but there are far more competent units available for waxes such as the ones we listed above.
The manufacturing quality of the Exxus Go is hit and miss, the body of the unit seems to be solidly constructed and actually feels nice in the hands, it only has one button and a micro USB port for charging which makes using and charging the device very user friendly.
However how the glass pieces attach to the unit is where the device begins to get a bit sketchy. How the glass sits in place almost reminds us of the Arizer Solo, you simply slide into the body of the unit and it is held in place with a rubber o-ring (just like the solo). My main issue with this setup is though the glass is kept in place with an o-ring, it is not very sturdy and can easily slip out of the device. In fact we would not recommend grabbing this unit from the glass piece as there is a high potential of the glass popping off sending the unit crashing to the ground.
We would have preferred a more sturdy way to keep the glass in place, like thicker or rings or some time of locking mechanism because as of right now the glass in the device does not feel sturdy.
The other gripe we have about this unit is the flared base of the unit, this base merely exists for the purpose of standing the unit up when it is not in use or when you are loading. Besides that the base is not necessary to the use of the unit. We are not sure why they opted for this design rather than just a flat bottom to the device or building the stand into the unit. To be frank, we just find it weird and unnecessary.
This is probably the only area where this device has a chance to shine. The entire week I tested this device I did not need to charge it. Granted with wax units you are only ever interacting with them for a few minutes at a time, unlike dry herb units which heat for 5 to 10 minutes.
Regardless, it is really nice that you don’t have to running for the charger after a few sessions and instead can go days without worrying about charging the Exxus Go.
We do wish the battery indicator was a bit more accurate and detailed. The LED will go from Green when it is charged to yellow when it is around 50% and then red when it is dead. When the device is showing yellow it is really hard to judge how much charger you have left, it could be a couple days, it could be one session, there is just no way of telling.
This wax pen is marketed as portable, especially with the word “Go” in the name. However we have found this device is anything but portable. Just from looking at the shape of the device it becomes pretty obvious that taking this thing with you without a case like the Zeus Armor will be pretty dicey.
With the long exposed glass mouthpiece it would be extremely hesitant just tossing it in a bag or even in my pocket. Any sudden movements or drops could easily cause the glass stem of the mouthpiece to snap off which would render the entire device useless.
Loading the device on the go is a real struggle as well as you have to juggle the glass, the body, you concentrates and applicator tool to load the unit when out.
This device really is best suited at home, but when compared to other at home electronic wax units like the Dr. Dabber Boost, it is hard for the Exxus Go to even keep up in that territory.
Probably the only other section that favors the Exxus Go is ease of use. There is just a single button and a pre-set heating cycle which takes all of the guess work out of your hands. Just load the device with concentrates, turn it on and enjoy your vapor.
Cleaning the device is fairly easy as well since you can detach both the mouthpiece and atomizer and soak both in 99% alcohol.
We wish we could be more positive about the Exxus Go, but we find this wax pen a bit strange and feel it almost has an identity crisis. It is not portable enough to be considered a true portable but not powerful enough to be considered a solid at home unit. The device falls somewhere in between and ultimately does not satisfy any category particularly well. Vapor was extremely harsh and offered no control over the quality.
If you are looking for a competent wax unit that offers a full flavor session with a simple one button design definitely check out the Zeus Thunder 2 which features a ceramic plate atomizer. Or be sure to check out the Dr. Dabber Boost E-Rig for a simple yet powerful home wax session.
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