Name: Target PM80 (Vaporesso) – Pod Mod – received by the manufacturer
Type: Pod Mod
Colors: Red, Green, Black, Blue, Brown, Silver
Price: ~ € 35
Target PM80: the first pod mod in the world that reaches 80 watts
In an e-cig market increasingly oriented towards “easy” productions that can facilitate the approach to vaping by those who have seriously decided to abandon analogue smoke, the Chinese company Vaporesso is undoubtedly one of the brands more active and capable to present many vape systems to meet the different needs of the new vapers. And it has always done so with high quality products.
Today I am going to try the latest creation by Vaporesso, the Target PM80, the first pod mod in the world equipped with a circuit that reaches 80 watts.
As usual, at the article beginning we observe the contents of the product packaging received.
IN THE BOX
1 x Target PM80 battery
2 x Target PM80 Pod
1 x GTX 0.2 ohm Mesh coil
1 x GTX 0.3 ohm Mesh coil
1 x USB cable
1 x User manual
1 x Warranty card
1 x Reminder Card
DESIGN AND BUILD QUALITY
From an aesthetic point of view, the Target PM80 is a compact mod, very elegant and at the same time modern. Its lines are sinuous and captivating, but they are not new for the sector; this time Vaporesso was clearly inspired by some other products already present on the international scene. However, what often distinguishes Vaporesso from other productions is the quality of its products, materials and processes for high-end products and in fact, even in the case of the Target PM80, it is undeniable that this device, mainly made of zinc alloy, exudes quality from its most remote corners. The device is light enough but incredibly solid and robust and carefully finished in every detail.
As already noted in the Degree review, the Target PM80 also has build quality to sell. It could easily be considered a high end product.
The Target PM80 has a height of 102mm, a width of 33.4mm and a thickness of 24.8mm. The weight, just over 115 gr, is more than ever acceptable considering that the integrated battery has a capacity of 2000 mAh. On this device Vaporesso has not inserted USB type-C charging, but in any case the charging times are not excessively long (about 60 minutes) and especially during charging, the display shows the percentage of battery charge and the time residual (in minutes) required to complete the operation.
The device has a large and rectangular fire button (five clicks in rapid sequence for turning on/off, three close clicks to lock the function keys) and two small square buttons to set the vape functions. The display of the Target PM80 is positioned between the fire button at the top and the function keys at the bottom; it is large (0.96 “), bright and it’s a color display, and shows the battery charge level (also expressed as a percentage), the type of function set, the power output (watts or volts according to the function chosen), the power range suggested, the coil value, puff count and duration of the last puff (in seconds).
Also for the Target PM80 Vaporesso entrusted the Axon circuit with responsibility for managing the operation of the entire device. I have already spoken extensively in other reviews of the manufacturer of this new and performing circuit, here on the Target PM80 there is a simplified version of the chip, to make the vape management as easy and simple as possible, without neglecting the canonical protection functions now present on the vast majority of electronic devices in the sector.
The device has the VW mode, the VV mode and the Smart VW function, undoubtedly the most interesting feature for the Target PM80, namely the recognition of the coil inserted in the pod and the automatic setting of a recommended vaping power, adjustable up to the maximum power allowed by the coil itself.
As for the pod compartment (capacity of 4 ml in the standard version and 2 ml in the European version), Vaporesso oriented itself towards a solution with replaceable head coils, equipping this system with three types of coil:
- GTX 0.2 ohm Mesh coil – vaping range: 45-60 watts;
- GTX 0.3 ohm Mesh coil – vaping range: 32-45 watts;
- GTX 0.15 ohm Mesh coil – vaping range: 60-80 watts (coming soon and to be purchased separately).
The pod has an integrated drip tip in the shape of a truncated cone with a hole of about 8 mm in diameter, ideal for use in sub-ohms for which this device is intended. On the other hand, there is no airflow control, entrusted to 6 fixed holes (three on each side) on the upper part of the mod. The cartridge houses and is held firmly in position inside the mod thanks to two powerful magnets that prevent any type of minimum and annoying movement.
COILING, WICKING AND FILLING
It’s very simple to place the head coil inside the pod, thanks also to the plug&play system which allows you to do this simply by exerting a minimal pressure on the coil once positioned on its inlet hole. The refill system is also very easy, now widely used by the vast majority of manufacturers for this type of device. On the bottom of the cartridge there is a silicone cap which, once removed, will give access to the large e-liquid filling hole.
Finally, I would like to remind you that with the Target PM80 it is really easy to “read” the amount of e-liquid remaining in the pod, thanks to the completely transparent plastic material with which it was made. It may seem like a trivial note, but believe me it is not, in consideration of the fact that on the market, there is an exorbitant amount of pod system in which it’s so hard to control the amount of liquid present in the cartridge. Finally I find myself in front of a pod not only “aesthetic” but also practical and functional!
PERFORMANCES AND FLAVOUR
From a technical point of view, the Axon chip, although in a simplified version, does its job very well, is incredibly responsive and manages the battery consumption in a commendable way considering the output powers of the GTX coils. In more than a week of constant use I have found that the 2000 mAh are sufficient for about 6-7 ml of e-liquid with a power between 30 and 35 watts; translated in terms of hours, the device should be able to guarantee about 4-5 hours with a full charge.
Aromatically speaking, both coils supplied proved to be up to the situation, substantially equivalent in performance. The aroma is well present as well as the quantity of steam produced; the vapor tends to be fat which contributes to rounding and sweeten the e-juices aromatic score.
In a flavor chasing perspective, in my opinion, the Vaporesso GTX coils have a truly optimal behavior, which will make lovers of this kind of vape so happy.
I close this chapter by reporting that with the Target PM80, unlike many other competing systems, I have not noticed the typical problem of e-liquid condensation below the pod. This is a device always dry and clean.
Considering the constructive quality, the aesthetics, the perfect functioning and the aromatic performances, Vaporesso’s Target PM80 can be considered with good reason a point of reference for sub-ohm pod mod in this 2020 just begun. If it had been built by some emblazoned modder, it would have been a high end system with a cost of over 100 euros.
Recommended to: newbies and skilled vapers.
- In the Box - 9/109/10
- Design & Build Quality - 9.5/109.5/10
- Features - 8/108/10
- Coiling, Wicking and Filling - 10/1010/10
- Performances and Flavour - 8.5/108.5/10