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I decided not to do a full review on the MLV Phix since there are plenty of those already. But, the question that many people still seem to be asking is: Can you refill the pods? How easy is it? The answer, of course, is yes, and it’s really not too difficult once you know what you’re doing. Using this MLV Phix Pod Hack could potentially save you a lot of money, because replacement pods aren’t exactly cheap (when compared to buying e-liquid by the bottle). Plus, it allows you to experiment with different flavors, rather than being limited to the line that Brewell has created for this device (which are actually pretty good, IMO). The best part is that the Phix Pods utilize a high-quality ceramic coil, which hold up very well over time. All things considered, you should be able to refill them at least 3-4x before they need to be replaced.
What You Need:
- Flathead Screwdriver (the smallest one you can find)
- Needle Tip Dropper Cap or Syringe
- Paper Towel
- Juice: The pre-filled MLV Phix Pods contain 50mg salt-based e-liquids; the 45mg from Mr. Salt-E is an ideal substitute if you want a comparable vape experience.
MLV Phix Pod Hack and Refilling Instructions
*These instructions are for the bottom-fill method. I have seen videos and read reports of people filling from the top; they must be using an earlier version of the pods because the ones I have are totally sealed off at the top. Your results may vary.
- Use a screwdriver to remove the metal cap on the bottom of the pod. There are 2 very small square snaps that help hold this in place, so that’s a good place to start. It’s ok to bend the metal a little (this can be fixed later), but try not to do too much damage.
- Next, you’ll need to remove the coil section/deck. This is lightly press-fit into the pod, so just work along the edges until it loosens up, then you can just pull it out. Set aside.
- On the inside of the pod, you should now see the airflow passage/chimney in the center, surrounded by a very thin diamond-shaped layer of cotton. Using the screwdriver, gently lift up a corner of the cotton to expose one of the wicking holes.
- Using a syringe or a bottle with a needle tip, fill directly into the exposed wicking hole. As always, be sure to leave a small amount of air in the pod in order to avoid flooding.
- Fold the cotton layer back into place and reinstall the coil section/deck.
- Before reinstalling the metal cap, be sure to fix any of the bends you created when removing it. The pods have a very precise diamond shape, so you’ll need to maintain that shape as much as possible if you want them to fit properly inside the device. You may need to use a pair of pliers to flatten the edges back out.
- Once fully reassembled, hold a piece of paper towel under the pod and blow into the drip tip to remove any excess juice. This helps avoid any gurgling that may occur after refilling.
After you do it once, it’s actually pretty easy. A full pod usually lasts me about 3 full days, so it’s not something you’ll be doing very often. Hopefully, this MLV Phix Pod Hack helps you save some money by stretching the life of your pods. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment below. Thanks for reading!