Vaporesso Target PM80 Kit Review


Vaporesso Target PM80 a sub-ohm pod kit that promises great flavour in a pod. But how does the the Target PM80 perform ? Let's find out.

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Introduction

The Vaporesso Target PM80, a latest edition to the popular Target range. Continuing with the Target range ethos of small and compact vape devices, the PM80 enters the fray as a "Pod Mod". Moreover with an updated 0.96” TFT Screen and a power output of up to 80W. Has the PM80 done enough to stand apart from the crowd ? Let's delve into this review and find out.

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Box Contents

Below is a quick breakdown of what you may expect to see included with the Vaporesso Target PM80 Kit.

Vaporesso Target PM80 Standard PackagingVaporesso Target PM80 TPD Packaging
1x Vaporesso Target PM80 Battery1x Vaporesso Target PM80 Battery
1x Vaporesso Target PM80 Pod 4ml1x Vaporesso Target PM80 Pod 2ml
1x GTX 0.2Ω Mesh Coil1x GTX 0.2Ω Mesh Coil
1x GTX 0.3Ω Mesh Coil1x GTX 0.3Ω Mesh Coil
Airflow GasketsAirflow Gaskets
1x Warranty Card 1x Warranty Card
1x USB cable1x USB cable
1x User Manual 1x User Manual

Packaging

Packaging for the Vaporesso Target PM80 is in the usual style of Vaporesso products, simple effective and eye catching. Moreover on the front of the packaging is a image of the inclosed Target PM80. Additionally overlaid onto the image is the wording "A SUB-OHM POD MOD". While the Vaporesso logo and model is placed at the bottom of the packaging. While on the sides are some key features of the Target PM80, and contact details for Vaporesso.

On the back of the packaging is a list of the box contents, and a list of specifications, which is always good to see. Further down the back are the usual compliance logos, and scratch and check authenticity.

Upon removing the packaging lid, the Target PM80 is directly to hand and sat tidily in its inlay, with an empty pod already attached. However sat next to the PM80 is an additional pod which is awesome to see. Allowing the user to either have more than one GTX coil on the go, or to use while the other pod is drying out from cleaning.

Sat below the additional pod are the inclosed 0.2Ω and 0.3Ω Mesh GTX coils. While removing the plastic and cardboard inlays reveals the airflow plugs, and publications.

Build quality

Without a doubt the Vaporesso Target PM80 is a particularly stylish "Pod Mod". Moreover the refined ergonomics makes the Target PM80 comfortable in the hand. Furthermore the Zinc-Alloy body, while a little bit of a fingerprint magnet, gives a reassuringly sturdy feel.

While on the red version of the Target PM80, the back is covered with what I presume is a stick on cover made possibly with nylon threads. Giving the Target PM80 a silky feel in the hand. Nonetheless it remains perfectly steadfast whilst vaping.

Moreover the fascia on the front of the Target PM80 sits wonderfully flush, with leading lines and a gentle curvature leading from the sides to the centre. Positioned perfectly for thumb firing, the fire button is particularly responsive. Additionally the control buttons while small are perfectly spaced for ease of use.

Furthermore upon turning on the Vaporesso Target PM 80, you are instantly struck with the quality of the screen. Featuring a 0.96” TFT Screen, the Target PM80's display is both bright and sharp. All-in-all making for a amazing display. However a super nice touch is displaying on screen the recommended wattage or voltage for the inserted GTX coil. I have to say, so far the Vaporesso Target PM80 keeps on impressing.

Turning our gaze to the pods, they are perfectly formed and extremely well moulded. While the drip tip is integrated, the black finish and curved lines match the Target PM80 aesthetics perfectly. Additionally it is great to see a clear pod, making refilling in all light levels as easy as possible. Furthermore the refilling hole is a very good size, with a very snug fitting gasket. So a big thumbs up on the pods so far.

Dimensions

Dimensionally from the base to the top of the drip tip, the Vaporesso Target PM80 stands 102mm tall, has a width of 24.8mm and is 33.4mm deep from the front to the back.

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Functionality

While it is normal to expect "Pod Mods" to have little in the way of user functionality. However the Vaporesso Target PM80 offers a little more than some.

Turning on the Vaporesso Target PM80 is via the customary 5 clicks of the fire button. Additionally pressing the fire button quickly three times locks the Target PM80. Preventing the settings from being accidentally changed. To unlock repeat the process.

Furthermore holding both the up and down buttons simultaneously opens the settings menu. Allowing the user not only to see the weekly puff counter but also to change the vape mode of the Target PM80.

Modes

As previously mentioned access to the various modes is via holding the up and down buttons simultaneously. Once inside the settings menu, you have access to the various modes available on the Vaporesso Target PM80.

VW - Variable Wattage

Set as default, when you first turn on the Target PM80 the VW mode allows the user to select the desired power output. Allowing for refinement of the vape experience. A point of note, the available max wattage is restricted by the recommended limits of the inserted Vaporesso GTX coil.

VV - Variable Voltage

Similar in methodology of the VW mode, whereas wattage is used in controlling the output. Instead voltage is used as the method of controlling the power output. Additionally max limits are restricted by recommended coil output.

Smart VW - Smart Variable Wattage

When first initialised the Smart VW mode sets the initial wattage to a recommended value of 55W with the 0.2Ω coil. The Smart VW mode appears to produce a slightly warmer vape regardless of setting. Moreover I suspect that it is upping the wattage at the beginning of the vape, then lowering that wattage back down slightly. However it is very subtle and difficult to say for sure.

PUFF - Puff Counter

Displayed in the form of bar graphs, the 7 day puff counter is neatly laid out. Furthermore each days puff total is shown above each days bar when scrolled through using the up and down buttons.

Theme

In the theme menu option, the user is able to select from Green, Blue, and Pink colours to be displayed on the Vaporesso Target PM80's screen. However it would have been nice to have had more options.

Additionally it would have really hit the mark if the user could customise the colours completely by selecting the Red Green and Blue output. In essence allowing the user to choose from a total of 16,777,216 colours. An easy task for the Target PM80.

Battery Use

Battery life expectancy is always difficult with internal batteries when powering at relatively high wattages. The Vaporesso Target PM80 features an internal 2000 mAh battery. Moreover while it may seem that you are charging regularly, the battery economy on the Target PM80 is actually reasonably good. Moreover with regular use the battery can last most of the day when vaping at 50W on the GTX 0.2Ω mesh coil. With a little improvement on GTX 0.3Ω coil.

While it would have been nice to have had a larger battery. There is always the balancing act of battery size especially when trying to keep size and weight down. Personally, I think Vaporesso have got it about right with the balance of battery size.

Charging is via the USB port which is sat close to the bottom of the "Pod Mod" on its side. Ultimately making the Target PM80 less prone to falling over. However the stiffness of the USB cable still can pull it over. Over time this will get better as the USB cable straightens back out.

A particularly nice touch is the estimated remaining charge time displayed on the screen, which is great to see. Furthermore the charging will pause if you decide you need an urgent vape whilst charging, and continue the moment the fire button is released.

While specified with 5V 2A charging capabilities, however I could not get the Target PM80 to charge above 1.51A, regardless off charger or cable including 5V 3A QC3 chargers and cable combinations. Nonetheless, in the sense of the battery life span, this is not a bad thing.

Refilling

Refilling the pod on the Vaporesso Target PM80 is super easy, simply swivel the silicone gasket to one side and fill. A nice quick affair. Furthermore with a very nice sized refilling hole, even some of the thicker nibed bottles can be used. Just tilt the pod at about 30 degrees when refilling. Thus you won't have a problem with the e-liquid blocking the refilling hole and spilling.

Airflow

While the Vaporesso Target PM80 doesn't have a controllable airflow. Nonetheless Vaporesso have come up with a simple solution for those that prefer a slightly more restricted airflow. Namely in the form of gaskets that are simply pushed into place on the side of the "Pod Mod". However I personally feel the airflow is perfect for the GTX 0.2Ω coil without any gaskets.

It is fair to say the airflow when inhaling is a little noisy. However it is far from the noisiest pod kit, and soon forgotten when you experience the flavour.

While I prefer the airflow open without the use of the enclosed plugs. Nonetheless adding a single plug on one side, improves the flavour on the GTX 0.3Ω Mesh coil.

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Coil Replacement

Please note, the wet marks are from alcohol wipe when removing fluff.

GTX coil replacement on the Vaporesso Target PM80 is a simple affair with the "Plug 'N' Play" method of inserting and removing coils from the pod. Moreover, simply pull out the old coil. Prime the new coil by placing a little e-liquid down into the coil, and a drop onto each wicking hole. Now pop the new coil into the pod and refill if need be. Additionally leave the coil to sit for a while to ensure it becomes suitably saturated. Typically I like to leave it 10 - 15 minutes, then vape.

GTX 0.2Ω Mesh Coil - DTL 45-60W

Wicking is not an issue for the Vaporesso GTX 0.2Ω Mesh coils. Despite chain vaping the 0.2Ω coils just kept up, and showed no sign of drying out. However after the 2nd fill, I started to get an intermittent flooding issue, not just at the start of vaping but randomly during a vape. Furthermore it began to slightly leak, this and the intermittent flooding continued until the coil died at 386 puffs.

Fortunately Vaporesso supplied a pack of spare 0.2Ω coils and I am glad they did. Moreover the first replacement coil is still going strong, has no flooding or leaking issues and is about to break the 1000 puff mark, with no loss of flavour. When you get a good coil the longevity on these coils is amazing.

But how does the GTX 0.2Ω coils vape? The flavour from these coils are superb, with a wide range of tonality. Moreover Lemon Meringue comes out beautifully with a nice mellow after taste. While a Custard Slice comes through rich and creamy. All while vaping between 48.5-50W.

GTX 0.3Ω Mesh Coil - DTL 32-45W

Wicking again on the Vaporesso GTX 0.3Ω Mesh coil is more than able to compete with chain vaping. While the flavour profile produced by the coil isn't to the same level of the GTX 0.2Ω coil. Nonetheless the nicotine hit from Nic Salts is very good at 35W, without any harshness coming through, even with 50PG. Although no flooding was experienced with 50PG e-liquids, nonetheless the 0.3Ω coil is best suited to a higher VG vape.

Chipset and Protection

Powered by the AXON chipset, the Vaporesso Target PM80 has a reported firing delay of 0.001s, while I can't say that's true it is none the less a very fast and responsive device. Furthermore the Target PM80 offers six levels of protection for both the device and the user.

  • USB Input Protection - Prevents high voltage damage.
  • Low Battery Protection - Prevents the battery levels dropping to a point of no return.
  • No Load Protection - Prevents firing when no coil attached.
  • Short-Circuit Protection - Safety cut out.
  • Overtime Protection 10s - Protects against continued accidental firing.
  • Overheat Protection - Prevents overheating of PM80 that would cause damage to circuits.

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Specifications

Vaporesso Target PM80
Dimensions33.4 (D) x 24.8 (W) x 102 (T) mm
Output Power Range5 W – 80 W
Output Voltage3.2 - 4.2 V
Battery type, and quantityInternal 2000 mAh
MaterialZinc-Alloy, PCTG
Resistance RangeUnknown

Niggles

The Vaporesso Target PM80 is a hard device to find fault with. However there is only one niggle and two very, very minor niggles.

Firstly is the fact the wattage is limited by the coil, personally I would prefer the wattage mode restriction unlocked, for personal preferences.

Second, if you are not careful you can sometimes cover the airflow inlets with your hand. However reverting to thumb firing avoid this.

Next there is a very slight lump on the back of the mod where the hand sits. While this feels curved as if part of the design, it sometimes bothers me. Hey I did say they were very minor niggles.

Additionally while the pod can rock forward when sat in the Target PM80 "Pod Mod". However it is relatively hard to do so without deliberately pushing the pod. While it is worth mentioning, I wouldn't call it a niggle nor a problem. Moreover the pod remains resolute in remaining in situ.

Summary

I have falling in love with the Vaporesso Target PM80, the screen is awesome being nicely bright and crisp, while firing is very fast reacting. The flavour and longevity of the GTX 0.2Ω Mesh coils is unparalleled to anything I have experienced before from any pod stock coil. Moreover the Vaporesso Target PM80 should definitely be on your wish list, you won't be disappointed.



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