Today I’m taking a look at the new Vaporesso GEN PT80S Pod kit.
Since 2015 Vaporesso have been maintaining their goal for a smoke free world. Judging by some of the sales of their products I’d say they’re having an impact. The Zero pod kit has sold over 10 million units globally and more recently the XROS series with 3 million.
The advent of plug and play coils and overall ease of use mean pod kits have generally replaced the humble pen starter kit.
Vaporesso continue to offer joy, love and hope through every product release, something their new brand logo instils.
Many folk will be familiar with the GEN 80S/GEN 200 tank mod. Now the series evolves further to enter the pod kit market.
Let’s take a look at this new member of the GEN Family.
This was released at the same time as the internal battery version – the PT60.
What Can We Expect From The Vaporesso GEN PT80S Pod Kit?
A brand new pod kit and a brand new tank – or tank pod. I get confused in my old age! lol
This is the xTank and it features an innovative double top system. Put simply, the pod is top fill – nothing particularly special there but the top cap spins to seal the fill gasket before exposing the airflow ports.
It’s all part of the seal, saturate and store (SSS) technology that Vaporesso apply to their products.
This ‘Quadra’ leak resistance is said to be an improvement over glass sub ohm tanks.
The tank, designed to be future proof uses the now familiar GTX range of coils and the resistances vary from 0.15ohm to 1.2ohm.
The mesh coils use a Morph structure which basically means heat is distributed across the mesh in a more even, faster and stronger manner. This should mean a boost in flavour.
The COREX inside tech is designed to increase flavour while prolonging the life of any GTX coil.
Vaporesso are using Cumulus cotton, manufactured lighter and fluffier for better e-liquid absorption. Expect this to lead to a more consistent vape that holds flavour for longer.
Smart mode has been included so the chip automatically detects the best setting for the installed coil.
The GEN PT80S is available with a 4.5ml capacity xTank and 2ml for those tied to current TPD regulations.
It’s available in a range of colours and these are: Alphine Green, Dark Black, Light Silver, Matte Grey, Aegean Blue and the one I’m reviewing which is Earth Brown.
What’s In The Box?
I’ve received the 4.5ml xTank but the only difference between this and the TPD version is of course, the 2ml juice capacity. As is want with early release products, the instruction manual was missing but a warranty card was sill included.
- GEN PT80S Mod
- xTank pod (4.5ml)
- GTX 0.15ohm mesh coil
- GTX 0.3ohm mesh coil
- Type C USB cable
- User manual
- Warranty card
Vaporesso GEN PT80S Pod Kit – Specifications
- Dimensions: 132 x 30 x 29mm
- Tank capacity: 4.5ml (standard) / 2ml (TPD)
- Coils: GTX 0.15ohm mesh (60-75W) – GTX 0.3ohm mesh (32-45W)
- Battery capacity: 1 x 18650 battery (not included)
- Output power: 5-80W
- Modes: VW, Smart mode
- Twist top fill port
- Top adjustable airflow
- SSS Leak resistant technology
- Corex – flavour boosting technology
- Charging current: DC 5V/2A type C
- Display: 0.91″ OLED screen
Vaporesso GEN PT80S Pod Kit – Design And Build Quality
From top to base the pod measures 43.8mm and has a diameter of 24.8mm. The fixed mouthpiece is comprised of a clear PCTG and has an opening of 8.4mm, designed for a direct to lung vape.
The juice viewing window is also clear and sports two glass panels with a new logo that Vaporesso adopted in March this year.
There are four circular magnets on the base of the pod and they connect to the Mod section with a reassuring ‘snap’. It’s not designed to rotate within the Mod and I’ll explain why.
It’s due to the double top system. By rotating the top cap on the xTank clockwise the silicone stopper of the fill port becomes exposed.
Rotating anti-clockwise opens the dual airflow ports. I’ve not seen this before on a pod and we’re assured by Vaporesso it’s a world first.
The turning tolerance of the top cap is spot on and has enough resistance to ensure fine tuning of the airflow. As always, whatever adjustment is made on one side is reflected on the other.
Fitting A Coil And Filling The Pod
The GTX range of mesh coils are plug and play. Simply push one up inside the pod and make sure the O rings provide a good seal and you’re done.
To fill the pod twist the top cap clockwise until the silicone gasket is visible.
Lift the seal and gently administer e-liquid into the fill chamber, making sure not to overfill but also that the wicking ports are fully submerged in juice.
Leave the juice to soak into the cotton for around five minutes before vaping.
The Mod Section
The GEN PT80S relies on a single 18650 battery which means of course the need for a battery door. It’s removed by simply pulling it away from the main body of the Mod and as with the pod, works with magnets.
The battery door is strong and doesn’t yield when pressure is applied with fingers. Removing it from the Mod is easy enough by gripping the panel etching but there’s a finger nail recess incorporated for those with less dexterity.
Insert an 18650 battery with the positive down and the negative up. The battery tray has markings in case you’re uncertain.
The device automatically fires into life once installed and we’re presented with this screen..
It’s an OLED monochrome display which some may think a bit outdated but gets the job done. The power output is clear and easy to read although you’re going to struggle in direct sunlight.
The fire button is clicky and responsive sitting above the 0.91″ screen and below are the up and down menu buttons. The type C USB charging port is at the base so charging in a vertical position won’t be a problem.
Five rapid clicks of the fire button will turn the device on or off.
- Press the fire button three times to lock/unlock the device. Vaping is still possible when in lock mode.
- Hold the fire and up menu button to flip the screen orientation
- Hold the fire and down menu button to reset the puff counter
- Press the up and down buttons together to enter the mode select screen
- Press the up or down button to increase/decrease wattage or voltage
The mode select screen allows you to choose between Variable Wattage (VW), Variable Voltage (VV), Smart wattage, system default or exit.
Press the fire button to activate the selected mode.
I’m sure Vaporesso have included all the usual safety precautions such as overtime protection, short circuit and low resistance. Expect to find this info in the instruction manual of the official release.
How Does The Vaporesso Gen PT80S Pod Kit Perform?
GTX 0.3ohm Mesh Coil
I used a familiar, old flavour to test the coil in the form of Cosmic Fog Milk and Honey. It’s a 70VG/30PG juice ratio and I applied enough nicotine to make up a 3mg freebase strength.
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Smart wattage mode was enabled which determined a power output of 40W for the coil.
With the airflow slider wide open I would suggest there’s still some restriction to the vape. It’s only in the region of 10% though so a very effective direct lung vape can be achieved.
The coil wasn’t producing any signs of turbulence and the inhale was a very smooth experience. A fair degree of noise is generated but it’s never going to set off any alarms.
Even with so little restriction the flavour popped and all the characteristic tones of the Cosmic Fog e-liquid were there. The sweetness of the creamy notes was a highlight.
Semi Restricted Airflow
Closing the airflow slider to mid position doesn’t seem to have a great deal of effect on the direct lung vape. There’s probably an increase in restriction of around 20% but still feels negligible.
There’s an increase to the warmth of the inhale and flavour quality does intensify but at the expense of the a little wetness seeping through onto the palate. It’s not a big deal and doesn’t ruin the vaping experience but it’s something worth mentioning.
It’s a very smooth vape on the inhale as well as on the way out and the Milk and Honey combination gathers more depth, texture and complexity again primarily to the milky, dairy notes.
Further Airflow Restriction
I can close the airflow off entirely and still won’t have the merest hint of anything approaching a Mouth To Lung (MTL) vape. Totally understandable given Vaporesso are pushing the kit to a direct to lung (DTL) vaper but worth a punt, nonetheless!
With airflow cut right back how does it affect the vape? The restriction isn’t as much as I’d expected – in fact I would consider this a semi restrictive lung vape because as I mentioned the pod isn’t designed for anything other than direct lung vaping.
For this reason it remains a comfortable and smooth inhale and the warmth generated remains the same. On this setting I noticed more of the Honey pulling through, combined with a pleasant level of sweetness.
Overall this coil will be ideally suited to fruit, beverage or sweet inspired vapes.
It’s absolutely fantastic! Taking longer pulls will result in clouds to rival any self respecting sub ohm tank! I would add that they do dissipate quicker but I think that’s the general theme with most pod kits on the market.
It really adds to the pleasure and enjoyment of the vape although you still won’t get that throaty build up of a sub ohm tank.
The xTank isn’t bothered by airflow restriction either. Cloud production is immense regardless of the setting applied.
I was very impressed.
GTX 0.15ohm Mesh Coil
For this test I used Cuttwood Passionfruit, mixed to an 80VG/20PG juice ratio with 3mg freebase nicotine applied. As before I used the chips Smart wattage mode with a recommended power setting of 55W.
With the airflow wide open, flavour quality was off the scale and to be honest I wasn’t expecting such an accurate representation. The Grapefruit, Orange and Pineapple blend was as I’d expect from an RDA. That’s no exaggeration on my part – it really was that impressive in my opinion.
The fruity flavour was strong and intense with plenty of punch after longer inhales. The sweetness of the vape left a sugary lining on the tongue adding to the pleasurable experience.
Flavour never waned either. It was consistently good from the beginning to the end, leaving an impression on the palate afterwards.
This setting does introduce a little more warmth to the vape, unlike the 0.3ohm GTX coil.
Semi Restricted Airflow
Again, there wasn’t a great deal of difference to the airflow and I would hazard a guess at around a further 10% restriction. This means it’s really only a border line semi restrictive vape.
It’s still enough to intensify flavour further and really bring the sweetness of the vape into sharp focus. The fruits are as bold as ever with all the subtle nuances intact.
With airflow closed half way the vape is definitely more saturated and will leave a slight feeling of wetness on the palate. That’s not to say I was tasting warm e-liquid on the tongue – it was more of a sensation.
Be aware that the xTank begins to warm up quite considerably on this setting. It will transfer to the lips on longer inhales but I never experienced a single sign of dry hitting.
Further Airflow Restriction
It’s possible to practically stifle airflow and yet still get a restrictive vape. Proof if ever of the GTX coils direct lung heritage. I wasn’t able to vape for longer than a few seconds before the mouthpiece became too hot to continue.
Meanwhile the flavour just kept on pumping out during the exhale but now the sweetness was becoming too much of a distraction. The fruity notes were still there and vape continued to be a smooth and consistent experience.
I never noticed any turbulence from the coil under any airflow setting and never any sign of dry hitting.
On hindsight I would suggest this coil to fans of dessert or bakery style vapes because the coil will provide more than enough warmth to replicate them.
What can I say that I haven’t already? It’s fantastic! Probably a little denser than the GTX 0.3ohm coil but there’s really not a lot in it. As before the only tell tale sign that this is a pod tank is in dissipation rate. It’s quite fast.
It doesn’t matter what airflow restriction is placed, vapour production is equally as impressive as the flavour quality. Put simply there’s nothing to fault here.
- Very lightweight and pocket friendly even with an 18650 battery
- Ease of use. The double top system works a treat
- No leaking from the base of the coils
- Excellent flavour and cloud production from both coils
- Good battery performance
- Condensate or e-juice can build up around the adjustable ring on the top cap
- Condensate visible on the inside of mouthpiece (subjective)
- Difficult to read the screen in direct sunlight
- Occasional dropping of coil resistance affects Smart wattage mode
- Mouthpiece and xTank warm up under airflow restriction (subjective)
Final Review Verdict
I’m in love with the Vaporesso GEN PT80S! There – I said it. Why though?
Believe it or not for all the fantastic flavour and cloud production, the lack of leaking and a double top system that oozes convenience it’s actually the weight that impresses me the most.
It has to be one of the lightest pod kits I’ve used to date and one that’s got aesthetics and ergonomics written all over it. It’s just so comfortable in the hand and won’t bog down a trouser or even shirt pocket.
The magnetised battery door works a treat. There’s no inadvertent springing open of hinged bottom doors and even the way it’s held keeps everything in check.
Yes the screen is a basic monochrome job but it gets the job done and the mode select screen is easy enough even for newer vapers. Heck, even Smart wattage takes all the hard work out for those still finding their vaping feet.
A Note On Battery Performance
I think the single 18650 battery done me proud, especially when using the 0.3ohm GTX coil. After 7.5 hrs the puff counter was reading 256 hits and it needed replacing. The pod was refilled twice and I’d vaped a total of 9.5 ml of e-liquid.
I got 6 hrs use from the 0.15ohm GTX coil and 159 puffs. I refilled the pod once and ended up vaping just under 9ml of e-liquid.
Of course the beauty of swapping batteries means no down time between charging although that’s still possible via USB type C with the Gen PT80S.
Its little sibling, the Vaporesso Gen PT60 does rely entirely on Type C charging with its integrated 2500mAh battery. Maxing out at 60W will no doubt harvest a similar performance from its lower powered 0.4ohm GTX mesh coil.
I’ve got no hesitation in recommending the Vaporesso GEN PT80S pod kit. Although not so much for a new vaper but to any self respecting sub ohm vaper who loves chucking ‘dem clouds, Bro!
I’m sure fans of RTA’s and RDA’s will appreciate how well it replicates flavour too.
I’m seriously impressed. Seriously..