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Vaporesso Target PM30 Review


Vaporesso Target PM30, a sleek AIO kit with mesh and Ceramic coils. But how does it perform. Let’s delve into the Target PM30 review and find out.

This product has been sent with the kind generosity of Vapresso for the purpose of an impartial review. Furthermore the thoughts that you find below are mine and are no way influenced by the fact that this was gifted.

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Introduction

The Vaporesso Target PM30, a revamp of the original Podstick. But this time with replaceable coils rather than pods. However with the exception of pod system, has anything else changed. Has the vape experience been improved ? Let’s delve into this vape review of the Vaporesso Target PM30 and find out more.

Box Contents

Below is a quick breakdown of what you may expect to see included with the Vaporesso Target PM30 kit.

Vaporesso Target PM30 Contents
1x Vaporesso Target PM30 Battery
2x Vaporesso Target PM30 Pod 3.5ml (TPD 2ml)
1x GTX 0.6Ω mesh coil 20-30W
1x GTX 1.2Ω mesh coil (Extra Mesh Coil) 7-11W
1x GTX 1.2Ω regular coil 8-12W
1x USB-C cable
1x User Manual

Packaging

Typically in the style of Vaporesso the packagings colour and image reflects the chosen colour option. Moreover the laminated image fills most of the front. While the sides show key elements of the Vaporesso Target PM30 in icon form. Additionally on the back is the specifications, contents, governmental compliance logos, health warnings and authentic checker.

Removing the lid reveals the Vaporesso Target PM30 with one of the pods attached sat within its plastic inlay. While underneath lays the extra pod, USB-C cable and manual. Interestingly an additional GTX 1.2Ω mesh coil was included with the kit. Without a doubt everyone loves extra coils so this is good to see.

Build quality

As expected the build quality of the Target PM30 is in keeping with Vaporesso’s usual quality of their vape devices. Moreover the Target PM30 feels particularly sturdy despite only weighing in at 98g.

Additionally the responsive and audible fire button is placed pertly for both thumb and finger firing. Furthermore surrounding the fire button is the LED surround, used for both indicating battery levels and power output.

In addition the Target PM30’s hand grip is covered with a similar adhesive wrap seen on other Vaporesso devices such as the Vaporesso XTRA and Vaporesso Target PM80.

A welcome sight is the USB-C port placement, featured at the rear and close to the base, making its placement perfect for charging with little risk of falling over.

Vaporesso Target PM30 Pod

Without a doubt the pods for the Vaporesso Target PM30 looks almost identical to the pods supplied with the Vaporesso Podstick. However the biggest difference is now the pods are reusable and utilise Vaporesso’s GTX coils. Which is great to see. Furthermore the pod’s retain the same push back mouthpiece design, with the push to refill method. Which limits bottle sized used to refill the Target PM30. But Vaporesso does supply an empty 10ml bottle for such eventualities.

Dimensions

While not the shortest pod kit on the market, from the base to the top of the mouthpiece the Vaporesso Target PM30 stands 117.1 mm tall. Furthermore the device is 22mm wide and has a depth of 26.7mm from front to back.

Functionality

It is fair to say that the Vaporesso Target PM30 has little in the way of functionality, it does however allow the power to be adjusted in three stages. Moreover the actual adjustment of power is dependent upon the coil used. While the Target PM30 is turned on with the usual 5 clicks of the fire button, three clicks will cycle through the three stages of power output. Additionally each power output corresponds to a colour LED display around the fire button. See the below table for reference.

LED COLOUR1.2Ω Coil0.6Ω Coil
GREEN12W25 W
BLUE10W22 W
RED8W20 W

Battery Use

Undoubtedly the Vaporesso Target PM30’s larger 1200 mAh internal battery makes a difference when compared to the 900 mAh battery in the original Podstick. Moreover battery life is reasonable and with moderate use, the battery should last over a day with the 1.2Ω coil. Furthermore as expected the battery duration shortens with the 0.6Ω mesh coil, lasting around 4-6 hours between charges.

While specified with a charging rate of 5V 1A via the USB-C connector. However I could only get the Target PM30 to charge at 5V 0.87A, which isn’t a great deal. Importantly with no LCD the Vaporesso Target PM30’s uses colour LED’s to indicate the level of charge. Where green indicates the battery charge is between 100-70%, Blue 70%-30%,Red being 30% or less.

Additionally if the need arises the Target PM30 will stop charging if you require a quick vape, and will continue to charge after the fire button has been released.

Refilling

Without a doubt refilling of the Vaporesso Target PM30 is an easy affair, thanks to the push back design. However as the pod uses a push down refilling method, thin nibbed bottles are required. But if your favourite e-liquid comes in bottles with larger nibs, then Vaporesso includes an empty 10ml bottle with the Target PM30.

While the pods are well formed from PCTG, they are however darkened. Yet visibility remains reasonably ok, allowing viewing of e-liquid levels. However it could be just a tad lighter, as indoors a light source maybe needed to view e-liquid levels.

Coil Replacement

While replacing the coil is easy with the Vaporesso Target PM30. However coils can not be replaced with e-liquid remaining in the pod. Nonetheless replacing and priming the coil is a case of pulling out the old coil. Followed by priming the new coil with a few drops of e-liquid both down the coil chimney and on each of the wicking holes. Next place the coil into the Target PM30 pod, and refill. Importantly leave the coil to sit for 10-15 minutes in order to become saturated.

A point of note, as part of the testing process, I leave the used pod filled with e-liquid to sit for a minimum of 24 hours. As a result only the 0.6Ω mesh coil leaked on testing. But strangely it leaked only the once and not again.

GTX 0.6Ω Meshed Coil

While the the GTX 0.6Ω Mesh coil takes a little while to break in. Nonetheless it produces a good vape with fruits coming through well. Especially Mango flavoured e-liquids, making this coil perfect for those new to vaping and wanting to try Direct to Lung Vaping (DTL). Furthermore the GTX 0.6Ω Mesh coil performs best when vaped on full power (Green LED). However flavour noticeably drops when the battery charge levels drop below 70%.

GTX 1.2Ω Regular Coil

Flavour from the GTX 1.2Ω Regular coil is overall ok. While fruit reproductions are reasonably good. However flavour is best produced at full power (Green LED). However the flavour drops more suddenly than the GTX 0.6Ω when the battery drops below 70%. Additionally when using 20mg Nic Salts, the throat hit isn’t the best.

GTX 1.2Ω Mesh Coil

While the GTX 1.2Ω Mesh coil may take a little while to break in. But when it does, the flavour from 50PG e-liquids is good and produces a much smoother vape than its non-meshed variant. Furthermore the throat hit from 20mg Nic Salt is pleasingly good without any harshness.

Airflow

While the Vaporesso Target PM30 has no adjustable airflow, the coils are fed air from the gap at the back of the pod. Consequentially it is the coils themselves that alter the airflow. Moreover when using the GTX 0.6Ω Mesh coil the Target PM30 produces a smooth vape with a slightly restricted DTL draw. Yet the GTX 1.2Ω Mesh and Regular coils produce a noticeably tighter drawer.

Chipset and Protection

While the chipset used in the Vaporesso Target PM30 is undocumented. Nonetheless it offers the user and the device the following levels of protection.

Furthermore protection and warnings are indicated by the number of times the LED flashes. However multiple protections can give the same warning, which is a little disappointing from a perspective of clarity.

ProtectionLED Indication
Overtime Protection 10s.3 Blinks of any colour.
Open-Circuit Protection3 Blinks of any colour.
Short-Circuit Protection.5 Red Blinks
Low Voltage Protection.3 Red Blinks
Over Discharge ProtectionAlso 3 Red Blinks
Overcharge ProtectionContinuous Green light.

Specifications

Vaporesso Target PM30 Kit
Dimensions22mm (W) x 26.7mm (D) x 117.1mm (T)
Output Power Range3 Power settings based on coil.
1.2Ω – 8W, 10W, 12W
0.6Ω – 20W, 22W, 25W
Battery type, and quantityInternal 1200 mAh
MaterialUnspecified – Device – Zinc Alloy ?, Pods – PCTG ?
Resistance RangeGTX 1.2Ω, GTX 0.6Ω.

Niggles

Without a doubt like most devices the Target PM30 has a few niggles. For instance, like the original Podstick from Vaporesso, the Target PM30 has the same refill method for refilling. Moreover for those who have difficulty with their hands, they may struggle with the push down and squeeze the bottle method of refilling. Furthermore when using the Target PM30 at less than full power, at times a pulsing of airflow / coil is felt when using the 1.2Ω coils. Additionally when battery levels drop less than 70%, the flavour drops sharply with both of the 1.2Ω coils. Finally there was the leak during testing of the GTX 0.6Ω mesh coil. While this only occurred once, it was a sizeable amount of e-liquid.

Summary

The Vaporesso Target PM30 is a starter kit perfect for those being introduced to vaping. While the flavour from the 0.6Ω Mesh coil is good, the regular MTL 1.2Ω coil is not the best on the market. Nonetheless Vaporesso have confirmed the Mesh 0.12Ω coil will be included in the production release. So a thumbs up there. Furthermore the Target PM30 is comfortable in the hand, and doesn’t take a lot of room in a jacket pocket or bag.

Vaporesso Target PM30

$29.90
8.8

BUILD QUALITY

9.2/10

BATTERY LIFE

8.6/10

EASE OF USE

8.6/10

FLAVOUR

8.9/10

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Feels sturdy
  • Good Flavour (0.6Ω Mesh)

Cons

  • Flavour Drops Quickly 1.2Ω coils.
  • No Airflow Control.
  • Pulsing on 1.2Ω coils.
  • Refilling Awkward for some users.

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