Source Orb XL Review – The XL Life


If you’re a person who enjoys using a lot of wax and taking huge draws, you may find the run of the mill wax pen a little underpowered and underwhelming. Well today we have a unit that is designed for those who like to live LARGE, the Source Orb XL. This monster comes with a huge triple coil atomizer that can handle large amounts of wax and will give you massive draws. If this peaks your interest, keep reading! Also if this is your first time purchasing a wax pen, be sure to check out our Wax Pen Buyers Guide which is full of helpful tips of what to look for when purchasing your first pen.

Review: Source Orb XL

How it Works

You may notice that the Source Orb XL looks an awful lot like other Source products, most notably the Source Orb 3 and Source Orb 4. The unit functions in the same was as these other 2 wax pens as well.

To load the Source Orb XL, unscrew the mouthpiece to reveal the atomizer bay, choose from one of the two atomizers available, screw it into the base of the atomizer bay, load it with your favorite concentrate and screw the top back onto the mouthpiece.

5 clicks to turn the device on and off, you can set your temperature by twisting the voltage dial at the bottom of the pen battery and then you press and hold to enjoy your vapor.

Temperature Flexibility

As we briefly touched upon above, you are able to adjust the temperature of the Source Orb XL via the voltage dial at the bottom of the battery. The unit can be set between 3.2v to 4.8v with a total of 8 heating settings overall.

This is actually pretty impressive for a wax pen, considering most wax pens, don’t even give you temperature control and other units like the Dr. Dabber Aurora only give you 3 temperature settings. In fact we made a point in our Linx Hypnos Zero review to point out how impressed we were that they gave us 4 heat settings, so having double that really blows us away.

This ultimately means you are able to really fine tune your vapor experience and achieve the type of vapor that you enjoy.

Vapor Quality

The 8 temperature settings really help to control the quality of your vapor, and we have to say, this unit puts out some great vapor. If you enjoy large amounts of visible vapor we definitely recommend turning up the voltage on the dial and using the included triple quartz coil atomizer. The three quartz coils do an excellent job at producing bountiful, flavorful vapor that will surely impress even the most seasoned wax user.

If you are a person who prefers a bit more flavor from their waxes, we suggest lowering the wattage when using the triple coil atomizer or switching over to the quartz bucket atomizer. The bucket atomizer does a great job at evenly cooking your concentrate but tends to run less hot than the exposed coils. The result is an extremely flavorful experience that will have you tasting all the subtle notes of your concentrate.

Furthermore what is great about this unit is the size of the atomizers, they are rather large and while this may not necessarily be great for the conservative connoisseur, it is excellent for those who want that BIG session. This unit can be PACKED with waxes and is great for passing around at a party.

Manufacturing Quality

We have tested enough SourceVapes products now to know that this company is legit. They only use the best parts and it really shows, literally. One of the best metals to use for wax pen coils in grade 1 Titanium, when this metal is heated and cooled it will turn bluish purple.

You can actually see this in practice with Source Orb XL, which means that SourceVapes is actually using the quality parts they advertise, which is a transparency we like to see in manufacturers.

The rest of the device is also nicely machined with a glossy titanium finish. It is also extremely robost, we truly feel if we dropped this unit more damage would happen to the floor than the pen.

We love the iconic Source Orb mouthpiece and the easily adjustable airflow system, it is a pleasure to draw from and lets you set your own restriction.

We even like how you adjust your temperature via the voltage dial on the bottom and actually prefer this to the 3 clicks most wax pens force you to use.

All in all this is an elegant piece of hardware that we’d be happy to leave out on the coffee table or take with us to a party.

Battery Life

What would a unit named the XL be without an extra large battery? The Source Orb XL’s battery capacity is 1300mah, which is roughly double the capacity of a normal wax pens battery. Because the battery is so large you can expect to easily get a full days worth a vaping done with this pen.

If you are a moderate user chances are you will not have to charge the Source Orb XL for a couple days. Battery life will vary depending on your temperature settings and length of sessions so be mindful of that when you get the device.


This is one aspect that the Source Orb XL does not excel at, but we kind of expected that when the unit is marketed as “XL”. Unless you too are an XL human, you are going to have a tough time fitting this unit in your pants pocket. This unit definitely needs to be stored in a bag, purse or murse if you are looking to travel with it.

SourceVapes does include a case for easier portability but even in the case you will still need large pockets if you want to carry it.

To be honest this unit really feels like its geared towards at home use, as it really could be a unit to replace a traditional rig with the quality of vapor output.


Ease of Use

Just like most wax pens, the Source Orb XL is really simple to use. It only features one button making the unit almost dummy proof (almost). Temperature controls are conveniently located at the bottom of the battery.

Maintenances and upkeep with this unit are simple as well, you really only have to care for the mouthpiece, the triple coil atomizers are disposable but you can also clean them a few times with 99% alcohol before replacing them. The quartz bucket can actually be disassembled for easy cleaning and should last longer than the triple coils before needing replacement.

Overall Experience

The Source Orb XL is a great unit for connoisseurs who are looking for maximum cloud production from a wax pen. The triple coil quartz atomizers does an excellent job at handling large amounts of wax effectively and efficiently.

If you want a more flavorful experience be sure to try out the quartz bucket atomizer. The unit is a bit on the large size and is better suited for home use, but it is to be expected from a unit named the XL.But with an XL unit comes an XL battery which is sure to satisfy even heavy users with all day vaping.

If you are looking for a unit that still does an excellent job producing vapor is a slimmer and more portable package check out the Source Orb XL’s little brother, the Source Orb 4 Premium kit, which includes 6 atomizers for the vaping pleasure! If you are looking for a wax pen that is more shaped like a pen be sure to check out the Zeus Thunder 2.

If you have questions about our review or just want to let us know what you think, feel free to drop us a comment below! Also, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to keep up to date with all our contests, sales alerts and other fun stuff! Thanks for reading and as always, keep vapin’!


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Milad is a gadget collector and master crafter extraordinaire. He loves taking things apart, marvel comics and 'Iron Man.'

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