Name: Luxe PM40 (Vaporesso) – Pod Mod – received by the manufacturer
Type: Pod Mod
Colors: Black, Carbon fiber, Jade, Lava, Silver
Price: ~ € 40
With the new Luxe PM40 Vaporesso challenges one of the most successful pod mods
Vaporesso has recently launched another pod system, the Luxe PM40 which, it is useless to hide it, promises to challenge one of the most successful pod mods on the market. I remember that due to our editorial policy, within a review of a product, we never talk and mention similar products or other brands competitors and therefore forgive me if even in this circumstance I will not name the product to which the Luxe PM40 makes the verse. More experienced vapers will have no difficulty to understand which product it is, but here what matters most to me is to analyze and test the new Vaporesso creation and judge it independently from comparisons with other systems.
I start as usual, reporting the contents of the package of the product received.
IN THE BOX
1 x LUXE PM40 Battery
2 x LUXE PM40 Pods (4ml)
1 x GTX 0.6 ohm Mesh coil
1 x GTX 0.8 ohm Mesh coil
1 x USB type-C cable
1 x User manual
1 x Warranty card
DESIGN AND BUILD QUALITY
With the Luxe PM40 Vaporesso created a device that, from my point of view, has the classic shapes and appearance of a pod mod. When I think of a pod mod in fact, I imagine a device with the shape more or less similar to that of a highlighter marker, with a compact but not exactly minute appearance and which at the same time transmits a feeling of solidity and robustness. The Luxe PM40 by Vaporesso embodies exactly these characteristics, with a refined and modern stylistic touch.
The pod mod is presumably built in zinc alloy (the manufacturer has not provided any information on this) and has a very high build quality in my opinion, with sublime finishes to say the least. From an aesthetic point of view, while not presenting an innovative design as, as previously mentioned, the system is inspired for obvious reasons of competition by the pod mod of another famous Asiatic brand, the Luxe PM40 has an incredibly elegant and very captivating livery . The “lava” model in my possession I assure you that it is beautiful and absolutely not gaudy. In short, Luxe PM40 fully reflects all the quality and aesthetic sense that has distinguished Vaporesso products for years.
Luxe PM40 measures 96.3 x 30.4 x 21.3mm, weighs around 93 grams and is equipped with an integrated 1,800mAh battery. On the bottom of the mod there is a 2A USB type-C port for battery charging, which I estimated to be around 65 minutes (not super fast). On the side there is a 0.69 “(35 x 10 mm) black and white display showing the value of the coil, the puffs and the battery charge level (displayed both with the classic icon and also numerically as a percentage). From its name it is easy to guess that the device can reach a maximum of 40 watts.
The circuit that manages the delivery of the mod is the Vaporesso Axon chipset, a very performing circuit that I have extensively talked about in previous reviews of the manufacturer. A very simplified version of the Axon chip has been installed on the Luxe PM40 that allows the user to act only on the regulation of the vape power as well as obviously on the switching on and off of the device.
The wattage adjustment operation is carried out by quickly pressing the fire button three times (the only button the pod mod is equipped with) and, when the wattage indicator flashes, press the button again until the desired power is reached. Once the watts are set, after 5 seconds the circuit automatically returns to block to prevent accidental watt variations.
Another important element of the Luxe PM40 is a small lever for adjusting the airflow located on the opposite side of the fire button. This lever slides sideways (even if it must be said that sliding is not the most fluid) from left to right (and vice versa) and goes to partialize the opening of three small lateral air hole (one on one side and two on the opposite side) for air inlet. As already observed in the case of the pod mod XROS, the airflow control of the Luxe Pm40 only significantly changes the airiness of the device, within a rather limited range of action, which oscillates between a classic flavor chasing and a medium airy MTL vape, partly due to a shell-shaped drip tip (PCTG material) with a fairly generous exit hole.
Regarding the pod, Vaporesso supplied two transparent pods in the package (capacity 4 ml in the standard version and 2 ml in the TPD version) and two mesh coils from GTX series with a value of 0.6 ohm (range 20-30 watts) and 0.8 ohm (range 12-20 watts). The Luxe PM40 pod presents a very interesting constructive novelty that the manufacturer defines “e-liquid self-circulation system” and which basically provides for the presence of a double chamber, one higher up to house the e-liquid and one lower down where it is fix the lower part of the coil with its two o-rings.
COILING, WICKING AND FILLING
The pod fits inside its housing without the use of magnets but simply interlocking; the system is effective both in terms of stability and anchoring and furthermore it is not necessary to follow a precise direction of insertion. The coils, for their part, take advantage of the now widespread push and pull system to insert and be removed from the cartridge and this, together with the new double chamber pod structure, allows to reduce practically to zero the age-old problem of condensation that afflicts the overwhelming majorities of pod systems on the market. After a week of constant use, my Luxe PM40 is perfectly dry.
For the e-liquid refill, Vaporesso has reused the XROS refill system. It is therefore necessary to remove the black drip tip by pulling it towards you. The system is snap-on and if in the case of the XROS due to its smaller size, it was not very practical, with Luxe PM40 the removal of the drip tip is simple and easy. Once the drip tip has been removed, you can refill your cartridge using the hole with a black membrane placed on one side of the cartridge.
PERFORMANCES AND FLAVOUR
An element of great value talking about the Vaporesso Luxe PM40 is undoubtedly the capacity and duration of its battery, praiseworthy especially if you obviously use the device at low-medium wattages. Being personally a lover of MTL vape, I was able to verify with the 0.8 ohm coil an autonomy of several hours or in terms of e-liquid vaped of almost two complete refills (between 6 and 8 ml oscillating within a watt range between 12 and 16 watts). I also tried the 0.6 ohm coil, settling in a range between 25 and 30 watts; with this configuration I was able to vape about 4-5 ml of liquid before having to recharge the mod.
The draw of the Luxe PM40 is very clean and linear but not among the quietest in circulation; low wattages and completely closed air correspond to a more silent shot and vice versa. The hit in the throat is more than acceptable even with very low or no nicotine concentrations.
From an aromatic point of view, Vaporesso Luxe PM40 is an absolute excellence. The coils of the GTX series (more or less all) are an absolute guarantee in terms of amplitude and aromatic yield in general. The vapor is full-bodied (especially over 20 watts) but not too fat and this means that this pod system, although not able to offer a very tight MTL vape, also lends itself quite well to both synthetic and distillates organic tobacco e-juices, very successful at this time in Italy.
I have no doubts, Luxe PM40 is a flawless device with many pluses, in short, it offers super quality and performance. You will certainly find it in The Flavourist’s top ten of the best pod mods for quality/price ratio even if at the moment it seems to be marketed at a price slightly above the market average. Sometimes it may be worth spending a little more for a product that is essentially free of defects and more than ever performing.
Recommended to: newbies, skilled vapers.