Vaporesso Target PM80 SE Review


Vaporesso Target PM80 SE, a single 18650 battery remix of the popular Target PM80 sub-ohm pod kit. But what else has changed? Let’s delve into this review of the Target PM80 SE 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

Vaporesso’s latest remix of the popular Target PM80 comes in the form of a replaceable single 18650 battery device. But what else has changed? Is it for the better ? Or has the Target PM80 SE lost some of it’s original charm ? Let’s delve into this review of the Vaporesso Target PM80 SE and find out more.

Box Contents

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

Vaporesso Target PM80 SE Standard Packaging
1x Vaporesso Target PM80 SE Battery
1x Vaporesso Target PM80 Pod 4ml (TPD 2ml)
1x GTX 0.2Ω Mesh Coil
1x GTX 0.6Ω Mesh Coil
Airflow Gaskets
1x Warranty Card
1x Micro Type B USB cable
1x User Manual

Packaging

Typical of the packaging style of Vaporesso, the Target PM80 SE’s colour and imagery reflects the chosen colour option. Moreover on the front the laminated image of the PM80 SE takes up most of the space. While the sides show key elements of the Vaporesso Target PM80 SE in icon form. Additionally on the back is the specifications, contents, governmental compliance logos, health warnings and authenticity checker.

Removing the lid reveals the Vaporesso Target PM80 SE with one of the pods attached sat within its plastic inlay. While sat alongside is an additional pod, and both of the enclosed vacuum sealed coils. Additionally underneath the inlay are the Micro Type B USB cable and manual.

Build quality

For the most part the Vaporesso Target PM80 SE has retained much of the well loved style of the original PM80. Moreover the body remains sturdy with its Zinc-Alloy body and even retains a little of the fingerprint attracting finish. Importantly due to the increase in height, there is less chance of covering the airflow inlets with your hand.

Furthermore on the green version the Target PM80 SE is covered with the same style of nylon thread wrap. Which again retains a silky feel, yet grips well. Despite the similarities the Target PM80 SE doesn’t feel as comfortable to hold as the original.

While the front fascia sits for the most part nice and flush. However due to a suspected manufacturing error, there are gaps on either side of the surround. Consequentially this traps dirt and debris, with sellotape serving as the only method of removal. Nonetheless the responsive and audible buttons are perfectly placed for ease of use.

As the Vaporesso Target PM80 SE uses a removable 18650 battery, the inserting and removing of batteries with ease is essential. Thankfully the inserting and removing of batteries on the PM80 SE is indeed painless. However while the build quality of the battery door itself is good. However the hinge and pin feels a little precarious and extra care is required when handling.

LCD

However for me the LCD is a disappointment. Moreover I loved the correctly orientated colour screen on the original. But sadly this has been replaced with a non-colour side orientated LCD. Although sharp its just boring and looks dated in comparison.

Original Vaporesso Target PM80 Screen

While not a fan of the new LCD, nonetheless the layout and various readouts are crisp and clean. Furthermore it is nice too see the screen continues to show the recommended wattage or voltage for the inserted GTX coil.

Pods

While the pods haven’t changed from the original PM80, it is nice to see that they are still well formed and moulded. While the drip tip is integrated, the black finish and curved lines match the Target PM80 SE 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 remains a good size, with a snug fitting gasket.

Dimensions

Dimensionally from the base to the top of the drip tip, the Vaporesso Target PM80 SE stands 19mm taller then the original at 121.3mm tall. Furthermore the Target PM80 SE has the same width of 24.8mm. But is 0.4mm deeper at 33.8mm from the front to the back.

Functionality

Turning on the Vaporesso Target PM80 SE is via the customary 5 clicks of the fire button. Additionally pressing the fire button quickly three times locks the Target PM80 SE. 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 to change the vape mode of the Target PM80 SE. However unlike the original Target PM80, the puff counter is only viewable from the main screen.

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 vape modes available on the Vaporesso Target PM80 SE.

Smart VW – Smart Variable Wattage

Without a doubt 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.

VW – Variable Wattage

Set as default, when you first turn on the Target PM80 SE the VW mode allows the user to select the desired power output. Allowing for refinement of the vape experience. Furthermore a welcome feature on the PM80 SE is the removal of restricting power output to 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.

Default

Selecting the default menu option allows the Target PM80 SE to be reset to factory settings, if the need arises.

Battery Use

As always battery life is dependent on capacity of the battery and the vaped wattage. But it is also dependent on the efficiency of the onboard chip and its programming. Without a doubt the Target PM80 SE battery efficiency is good. Additionally on the main screen the battery levels are indicated on the LCD screen in the form of an icon, with a percentage read out. Similar to that of a mobile phone. However as expected, battery life is shorter when using the GTX 0.2Ω coil at around 50W. But this is expected of any single 18650 battery device.

While you can charge an 18650 battery within the Vaporesso Target PM80 SE. However I will always recommend using a reputable external battery charger instead. Nonetheless while charging not only is an animated battery icon displayed with the percentage of charge. But also an estimate of the length of charge time remains, which is good to see. Additionally if the need arises the Target PM80 SE will stop charging if you require a quick vape, and will continue to charge after the fire button has been released.

Furthermore charging is via the Micro Type B USB connecter with a specified charging rate of 5V 2A. Despite this, I could not get the Target PM80 SE to charge at more than 4.99V 1.47A. Which is disappointing.

Importantly a reminder is needed to take care of the battery door when replacing batteries in the Target PM80 SE.

Refilling

Refilling the pod on the Vaporesso Target PM80SE 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

Similar to the PM80 the Vaporesso Target PM80 SE doesn’t have an adjustable airflow. Instead the use of silicone gaskets are used to restrict the airflow from one side of the Target PM80 SE. Unsurprisingly I still prefer the GTX 0.2Ω Mesh coil without any gaskets attached. But using the gaskets in one of the airflow inlets, does slightly improve the flavour of the GTX 0.6Ω Mesh coil. Despite the airflow on the Target PM80 SE remaining a little noisy, it is far from the noisiest on the market.

Coil Replacement

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

Undoubtedly replacing GTX coil’s on the Vaporesso Target PM80 SE remains a simple affair with the “Plug ‘N’ Play” method of inserting and removing coils from the pod. But remember to use or empty most of the e-liquid before pulling out the old coil. Moreover with the old coil removed, 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

Without a doubt vaping the GTX 0.2Ω Mesh coil on the Vaporesso Target PM80 SE is exactly the same as the original PM80. Even down to the included coil having intermittent flooding issues. While you may expect an odd coil to have an issue, it is a little odd to experience it again with another kit. Nonetheless the flavour from these coils remain 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 0.6Ω Mesh Coil – DTL 20-30W

Vaporesso GTX 0.6 Mesh Coil 20 - 30W

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. Especially Mango flavoured e-liquids, making this coil perfect for those new to vaping and wanting to try Direct to Lung Vaping (DTL). Unlike the Vaporesso Target PM30 the Target PM80 SE can up the power that little bit more which certainly makes a difference.

Chipset and Protection

While powered by the AXON chipset, the Vaporesso Target PM80 SE has a reported firing delay of 0.001s. Furthermore the Target PM80 SE 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.

Specifications

Vaporesso Target PM80 SE
Dimensions33.8 (D) x 24.8 (W) x 121.3 (T) mm
Output Power Range5 W – 80 W
Output Voltage0.0- 4.0 V
Battery type, and quantitySingle 18650
MaterialZinc-Alloy, PCTG
Resistance RangeUndocumented

Niggles

While this particular niggle may only be found with the Vaporesso Target PM80 SE that I received. Nonetheless the manufacturing error on the Zinc-Alloy body where it sits with the front fascia is below expected for Vaporesso. Secondly the battery door hinge feels a little flimsy and is something that needs to be worked on. Additionally and similar to the original, the pod can rock forward slightly. But only if intentionally pushed.

However for me the biggest disappointment is with the screen. While it is crisp and clean and technically nothing wrong with it. Nonetheless the original LCD on Vaporesso Target PM80 still remains one of the best screens to-date.

Summary

With the disappointment of the screen out of the way the Vaporesso Target PM80 SE still remains a good vape device. However it would have been nice to have seen some innovation of the airflow. Nonetheless it is great to see the wattage limitations have been removed from the firmware. Additionally with the slight increase of height, there is now less chance of accidentally covering the airflow inlets.

In summary if you loved the original Vaporesso Target PM80. But wished you could swap out the batteries then the Target PM80 SE is for you. Moreover with the same flavourful coil choices, which version you choose comes down to battery choice.


Vaporesso's Target PM80 SE

$39.90
9.4

BUILD QUALITY

8.6/10

BATTERY LIFE

9.4/10

EASE OF USE

9.8/10

FLAVOUR

9.8/10

Pros

  • Powered by 18650
  • Spare Pod
  • Wonderful Flavour 0.2Ω Mesh

Cons

  • Battery Door Hinge
  • Intermittent Flooding 0.2Ω
  • LCD Not as Good as Original

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