FreeMax Maxus 200W kit, a dual 18650 battery mod with the M Pro 2 tank. Let's delve into this review of the FreeMax Maxus 200W kit to find out more.
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Without a doubt the FreeMax Maxus 200W mod has a unique look with its very different non-matching resin panels. But aesthetics aside what does the FreeMax Maxus 200W kit bring to the world of vaping. Furthermore the Maxus 200W kit features the M Pro 2 mesh tank an update of the popular M Pro from FreeMax. While the flavour should be good with the use of the new COILTECH 4.0 coils. However can the extra bearings solve the sliding top cap issue? Or is it all balls? Let's delve deeper into this review of the FreeMax Maxus 200W kit.
Below is a quick breakdown of what you may expect to see included with the FreeMax Maxus 200W kit.
|FreeMax Maxus 200W|
|1x FreeMax Maxus 200W Mod|
|1x FreeMax M Pro 2 Resin Edition Tank 5ml (2ml TPD)|
|1x Spare Glass 5ml (TPD 2ml)|
|1x Freemax 904L M2 Mesh Coil 0.2Ω|
|1x Freemax 904L M1 Mesh Coil 0.15Ω|
|1x Spare O-Rings|
|1x USB-C cable|
|1x User Manual|
Packaging for the FreeMax Maxus 200W kit is clean and informative. Moreover the front features a laminated image of the Maxus 200W kit from FreeMax. While icons indicate key features of the device. Additionally on the sides are the governmental compliance and warning logos, and the authenticity checker. Furthermore on the back are the specifications which is good to see, and the box contents.
Removing the outer sleeving and cover, reveals the Maxus 200W sat neatly within its inlay. While underneath lays the M Pro 2 tank and while not supplied with the review sample the spare glass. Additionally alongside the M Pro 2 lays a box housing the spare coil, USB-C cable and guides.
Despite the heavier M Pro 2 tank, the Maxus 200W kit weighs in at 255g, saving 14.53g over the Maxus 100W kit. Despite the weight difference the Maxus 200W feels reassuringly sturdy in the hand. But! because of the rounded side panels of the mod, the Maxus 200W sits uncomfortably in the crease of the thumb.
Personally I am not a fan of the aesthetics of the FreeMax Maxus 200W. Without a doubt the non-matching resin battery panel is unique. But the resin lacks any visual depth and are not particularly inspiring. However the whole design of the Maxus 200W feels we have stepped back three years. Moreover the Maxus 200W still feels and looks like a fattened version of the original Voopoo Drag.
Featuring the SmartLoad Tech for battery polarity, the Maxus 200W will automatically alter the polarity to match the inserted batteries. Similar to the Maxus 100W mod, the battery compartment is tight. But thankfully not as tight as the 100W variant. Nonetheless if not careful battery wraps can be damage when inserting the 18650 batteries positive down.
While the battery door is held in place with some very strong magnets. However the battery door at times is awkward to re-seat. Nonetheless there is no movement from the doors. But just like the Maxus 100W, with two weeks of use, the the paint on the corners of the door and mod has already been removed.
Undoubtedly many will be glad to see a USB-C port on the FreeMax Maxus 200W. But as always, I highly recommend not to use the FreeMax Maxus 200W for charging.
Naturally as the mod is formed from one larger section the from fascia is nice and clean. Yet with its chamfered edging it is boringly reminiscent of the original Voopoo Drag from 2017. Nonetheless all the audible buttons are a nice size and well spaced, making selection easy for those with slightly larger thumbs.
Additionally the layout of the LCD on the Maxus 200W is a nice feature. Moreover all the readouts are crisp and clean and much larger then most mods, making it great for those with difficult eyesight. However it is disappointing the brightness is non-adjustable, especially as it is not the brightest of screens.
Thankfully the FreeMax Maxus 200W will seat a 28mm tank without an overlap. However there are a few issues with the 510 plate on the Maxus 200W. Moreover the screws are not fully recessed and scratch the bottom of any tank. Additionally the silicone seal for the 510 has been left out, leaving plenty of room for e-liquid to run into the device. Furthermore while the 510 pin has a good throw, the spring feels even weaker than the Maxus 100W. Possibly has a result of the non-existing silicone insert. Yet again the 510 pin used on the FreeMax Maxus range doesn't give confidence in there long term use.
While not directly related to the 510 connector, when carefully measuring the width of the mod at the top, the paint work was easily removed. Moreover I now suspect that not only is the paint extremely thin. But also appears to lack any form of protective coating.
M Pro 2 Resin Addition
Similar the Fireluke 3.0 enclosed with the Maxus 100W, the resin elements of the M Pro 2 match the colour option of the FreeMax Maxus 200W kit well. But the resin on the tank has a glossy finish where as the mod is matt. Which is noticeable but not too badly. However I am not a fan of the PCTG tank, not that there is anything wrong with it, I personally just don't like them.
Nonetheless the threading for the base and top cap glide on smoothly. Additionally the airflow control ring with its cleanly cut airflow inlet operates effortlessly. While removing the top cap reveals the drip tips housing is angled downwards. Allowing in theory any condensed e-liquid to run back into the coil. However condensed e-liquid can still build up. But not to the level one would expect, so to some degree it must be working.
Featuring a push back top cap method for refilling, the refilling hole on the M Pro 2 has the same undersized hole issue as the Fireluke 3.0 tank. Moreover even small nibbed bottles can not reach all the way in. However it does feature an air relief hole when pushed back. Which if the refilling hole was larger would speed up the refilling process.
Dimensionally the FreeMax Maxus 200W mod with the M Pro 2 tank fitted stands 135mm tall from the base of the mod to the top of the drip tip. Furthermore the Maxus 200W mod is 28mm wide and 52.4mm deep from front to back.
Turning on the FreeMax Maxus 200W is via the customary 5 clicks of the fire button. Additionally pressing the fire button quickly three times locks the Maxus 200W. Preventing accidental changes to the settings. To unlock repeat the process.
Furthermore clicking the fire button three times opens the settings menu. Allowing the user to change the vape mode of the Maxus 200W.
As previously mentioned access to the various modes is via clicking the fire button three times. Once inside the settings menu, you have access to the various vape modes and settings available on the FreeMax Maxus 200W.
Power - Default
VW mode allows the user to select the desired power output in wattage and is adjustable in 1 watt increments.
Similar to wattage, however with the use of time, custom adjustments of the wattage output can be set. Moreover each wattage bar within the curve lasts for 1s and the wattage for each is user determined. Allowing for a more tailored vape experience. However I always prefer a VPC with 0.5S between each step as it allows for a smoother curve.
A form of protected mech mod mode. Moreover the coil receives the power output from the remaining battery voltage.
TC TI / TC SS / TI NI
While the different TC modes are listed separately within the menu, once selected the method remains the same. Moreover once the coil metal is selected holding the fire and up buttons together allows for wattage adjustments. But frustratingly not before the coil fires for a period of time.
TCR (Temperature Coefficient of Resistance)
TCR allows the value of a given wire to be manually entered. Thus an unsupported TC material can still be used by the FreeMax Maxus 200W. For example Ni200 has a TCR value of 0.00620 and that's the value that would be set within the TCR mode.
Importantly some wire types from manufactures may have a slightly different TCR, and this is where the TCR mode comes in, allowing for a more stable Temperature Controlled vape.
Within the set menu on the FreeMax Maxus 200W are some options to change or monitor certain aspects of the device. But the biggest feature left out is the most useful. Moreover there is no option to change the LCD brightness.
While the FreeMax Maxus 200W is a dual battery mod, it can however be used with a single 18650 battery if the need arises. Furthermore battery economy is good and as expected for a series dual 18650 mod. However I would have preferred a 100W dual parallel battery setup as the battery capacity would then be doubled. But that's personal preference. Importantly if the Maxus 200W is used at higher wattages, ensure the batteries are capable of the amperage being pulled from them.
Specified as having a charging rate of 5V 2A the Maxus 200W charged at 5.19V 1.79A, which isn't too bad. Nonetheless I will always highly recommend not to a mod for charging, regardless of the manufacturer. Importantly a dedicated battery charger from a trusted manufacturer will always be the safer option.
Nonetheless while charging the FreeMax Maxus 200W displays the charging sequence with the use of two animated icons. But sadly there is no percentage readout for the current level of charge nor an estimated charge time. Yet if the need arises the Maxus 200W will stop charging if you require a quick vape. Then once the fire button is released the charge will continue.
Without a doubt the refilling method on the M Pro 2 tank should make the refilling process both easy and clean. Moreover with the push back top cap, combined with a non sealed gasket and air relief hole, refilling from nibbed bottles should be easy. However the refilling hole isn't wide enough for even thin nibbed bottles. Additionally the top cap doesn't slide back enough and the drip tip hampers refilling. Consequentially the refilling process is a little more awkward than it should be. Nonetheless the improvements to the top cap remaining sealed works well, and is a considerable improvement over the original M Pro.
Without a doubt the M Pro 2 tank doesn't suffer with the same stiffness of the airflow control ring as the Fireluke 3 tank. Instead the control rings glides effortlessly and the vape remains smooth with no turbulence. While the noise does increase when the airflow is closed down, it is less noticeable than the Fireluke 3 tank.
Undoubtedly changing the coils on the FreeMax M Pro 2 tank is an easy task. However as the coil screws into the base it is not the cleanest. Moreover you need to grip the soaked coil in order to replace it. Furthermore coils can not be changed with too much e-liquid remaining.
Nonetheless 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.
904L M2 Mesh Coil 0.2Ω 60-90W
Flavour and wicking from the M2 0.2Ω mesh coil is very good with fruit profiles coming through cleanly. Furthermore the M2 coil produces a wonderful mellow lemon curd. While a strawberry milkshake comes through without the sickly taste some coils can produce. Moreover for 70W is a good starting point for the M2 0.2Ω coil.
904L M1 Mesh Coil 0.15Ω 40-80W
Similar to the X1 0.15Ω coil for the Fireluke 3, the M1 on the M Pro 2 brings an ok flavour range with fruits and creams coming through adequately. But it doesn't match the M2 for flavour and is slightly washed out in comparison.
Chipset and Protection
Powered by an unspecified chipset, the FreeMax Maxus 100W mod offers the following levels of protection.
- Low Resistance Protection – Prevents firing when no coil or damaged attached.
- Overtime Protection 10s – Protects against continued accidental firing.
- Open Circuit - Prevents firing when no atomiser is detected.
- Over Charge Protection - Prevents damage to batteries and mod.
- High Temp Protection - Protects the device when temperature is above 70˚C.
- Low Voltage Protection – Prevents the battery levels dropping to a point of no return.
- Short-circuit protection – A form of over current protection.
|FreeMax Maxus 200w Kit|||
|Dimensions||52.4mm (D) x 28mm (W) x 135 (T) mm (Including Drip Tip)|
|Output Power Range||5-200W / 100–315℃ / 200–600℉|
|Resistance Range||0.1Ω - 3Ω|
|Battery type, and quantity||2 x 18650|
|Available Modes||VW,VPC,TC, TCR, Bypass|
|Material - Maxus 200W Mod||Undocumented - Zinc Alloy ?, Resin|
|Material - M Pro 2 Tank||Stainless Steel, Resin, PCTG|
Without a doubt the build quality of the FreeMax Maxus 200W is disappointing. In particular the 510 plate, with it retaining raised screws that damage the base of tanks, its weak 510 spring, and no silicone seal fitted. Coupled with a tightly fitting battery compartment that can damage batteries and the extremely weak finish of the paint. All in all would leave a purchaser very unhappy.
Additionally the Temperature Control mode on the FreeMax Maxus 200W has as issue. Moreover to change the wattage the Maxus 200W fires the coil for too long before entering the adjustment menu.
Despite an array of features and options, the lack of LCD brightness adjustment is disappointing.
On a personal view the use of non-matching resin panels may be a terrible mistake that may hit sales hard.
Without a doubt the FreeMax Maxus 200W kit is full of features. But lacks in the simplest of details. Moreover with weak paintwork, a troublesome 510, and a battery compartment that can damage batteries, the Maxus 200W is both disappointing and uncomfortable to hold.
But it I not all doom and gloom. Especially when it comes to flavour from the M Pro 2 tank. Additionally the top cap issue of the original M Pro appears to have been fixed.