Introduction – Ultex T80 with CUBIS Max Tank by Joyetech
The Joyetech Ultex T80 is one of the latest releases from this vaping giant. It feels silly doing this intro as to most of us Joyetech will need no introduction.
For the new vapers amongst us, let’s just say that the Joyetech back catalogue is so extensive that since joining the vaping game in 2007 they have been one of the major players in the business. A new mod seems to be released every couple of months so if you’re a beginner or more advanced vaper, they have you covered.
Opening the box on this kit left me scratching my head. I’ve always been one for clean lines and simplicity in my tech, but holding the Ultex in my hand left me feeling like Dr Who clutching onto his/her sonic screwdriver. And that gave me a smile.
There’s a sense of playfulness in the design, an almost futuristic impression of how vaping would evolve if a vaper was asked in 2008 to design the mod of the future and I like that. It’s a million miles away from the clean lines of a mod like the Freemax Twister.
Ok.. Lets get stuck in and see how this performs.
This device was sent for the purposes of review. As always my views are my own.
In the Box
- 1 x ULTEX T80 (no battery)
- 1 x CUBIS Max atomiser (including 1 NCFilm heater)
- 1 x USB cable
- 1 x Spare glass tube
- 2 x Manual (Mod and Tank)
- 1 x Warranty card
- 2 x Warning cards
- Spare parts (including and extra NC Film)
Features and specs
ULTEX T80 Mod
- Size: 28 x 138.5mm (approx)
- Battery: 18650 (not included)
- Screen: 0.49 inch OLED display
- Output modes: POWER / BYPASS / TEMP (NI/TI/SS) / TCR
- Wattage Range: 1W-80W
- Resistance range: 0.05 – 1.5 Ohms (TEMP/TCR mode)
- Resistance range: 0.05 – 3.5 Ohms (POWER mode)
- Continuous firing time: 10s
- Charging: via micro USB cable
- 510 connection: spring loaded, gold plated 510 pin
CUBIS Max Atomiser
- Height: 50mm (approx)
- Diameter: 28mm (approx)
- Heater: Joyetech NCFilm heater (Kanthal)
- Adjustable top airflow
- Threaded removable top fill
- Drip tip height: 10mm (approx
- Drip tip outer diameter: 14mm (approx)
- Capacity: 5.0ml
- Threading: gold-plated 510 pin
- Available colours: Matte Black / Silver / Gold / Sky Blue / Dazzling
Design and Build Quality
On first impression the build quality seems good on the Joyetech ULTEX T80 kit. It’s a solid build with very good weight to it. After a few days with this kit my opinion changed from solid to rugged. The machining on the mod gave a good tactile feel in the hand and I kept finding myself moving it around in my hand to feel all of the different textures.
The weight of the material gives a feeling of quality that is reassuring given it’s a little more expensive than mods in this bracket.
I love the rustic/futuristic/industrial look the whole kit has, but compared to the rest of the materials the metal button has a contrasting texture. It feels almost plastic.
The battery charging port is on the back is directly behind the fire button. It isn’t covered, so this could allow for a build up of pocket lint over time. The addition of a blue plug would have complimented the overall look.
The CUBIS Max tank comes in a colour that compliments the mod and has the same sturdy look and feel.
Stripping it down takes me into unknown territory and I was a bit wary of the rather flimsy looking strip heater that promised “huge but flavoured clouds”. The 2 airflow slots on the top of the tank moved with ease. However closing the airflow loses you the sees silver metal shining through the AFC holes. I wonder how much extra effort it would have been to coat the inside of the AFC ring with the same colour as the outside?
I loved how this mod felt in my hand and it’s probably the closest I’m going to get to feeling the luxury of a mech mod in the near future. The coating gives a gorgeous tactile feel and the etching looks like something straight out of a light sabre design manual. The weight is nice and balanced. You certainly know it’s there, but that doesn’t make it uncomfortable.
How Does The Joyetech Ultex T80 Kit Perform
I’ve used the ULTEX T80 kit every day on my commute for the last 2 weeks and I’ve been more than happy with it. The flavour is great and the battery life is amazing. Although I was only running the tank at 40W (the recommended max), so this may have had a lot to do with it.
For the price I would definitely say that this is not aimed at the new vaper and the fiddly, tiny screws keeping the NC Film in place might also put off some people who are looking for simplicity.
The firing time was bang on and I got a full flavoured hit from the 0.29Ohm element each time I hit that button. The little pad of cotton kept the NC Film fed with e-liquid even when chain vaping.
Considering there are only 2 small holes feeding the cotton pad, this is very impressive.
Cleaning the NCFilm was the simplest thing in the world. Damp cloth…wipe…boom, your back in the game.
Being a bit cautious, I cleaned it every few days just to keep it going for as long as I could.
It’s been 3 weeks now and I might get another week out of it before I need to replace it.
The top level menu is accessed by 3 quick presses of the fire button.
Being top level, it’s a simple press of the up/down buttons to select your options, a quick tap on the fire button and your selection is confirmed.
It’s a good job the menu is so simple as the screen is tiny. Saying that, everything you need it clearly laid out. Joyetech have definitely made good use of the screen real-estate here.
Holding the fire button sees the screen change to show the fire time, which has a cool progress bar and second counter.
The AFC allows you close of the air flow with an unnecessary quarter turn, long after the holes have been completely covered. It doesn’t impede performance, but you have to ask the question, why?
Fill Me Up
Filling the tank is simple and smooth. The machining of the top of the CUBIS Max tank provides a mechanical click when you push at the red arrow to reveal the small kidney shaped hole. I noticed a fair bit of eliquid under the top cap.
It looks as though there is no O-ring to provide a seal, instead the CUBIS Max appears to rely on pressure to keep the seal. This got a little sticky after a while.
The claim that the CUBIS Max gives huge clouds is well…a lie. The NC Film, which I assume is short for Notch Coil, is only rated to around 40W, so the clouds cannot compete with other sub ohm tanks rated to much higher wattages.
The flavour is there, yes. But not the clouds.
What Did I Use?
When I was testing the Joyetech Ultex T80 I used a Twelve Monkeys vape juice.
With a 70:30, VG/PG mix I wanted to see if the CUBIS Max could feed the cotton pad as quickly as the wicks in my dripper could feed my complex coils.
Not quite, but it’s definitely an improvement on some of the stock coils I’ve used in the past.
With the CUBIS Max atomiser being top airflow I wasn’t expecting any leaking. And even though the kit found itself rolling around in the passenger footwell of my car from time to time, the tank stayed leak free…..awesome!
- Stunning design
- Interesting heating element
- Good wicking
- Price is a bit steep
- NC Film wattage is a bit low
I can’t find anything to really knock the Joyetech Ultex T80 kit. It looks cool AF. The flavour is good for a “stock coiler” even if the max wattage is a little low. If I’m being picky, give me a matchy matchy drip tip and a bottom fire button and it would be perfect for me with a single coil dripper on top.
I won’t be letting this one go far very soon.