The Target PM80 was sent to me for review from Vaporesso. This is a sub-ohm pod device designed for high power in a small package. They call it a PODMOD and for good reason – it’s a cross between a pod device and mod.
In The Box
- The Target PM80
- Two reusable pods
- Two different coil heads
- Micro USB charging cable
- Sub-ohm vaping
- 80-watt max
- 2000mAh battery
- Colors: Red, Green, Black, Blue, Brown, and Silver
- $39.99 MSRP
I really like the style and design of the PM80. It really just looks like a small mod-style device – like a full-size device sliced in half. And it has all the features of the regular device too, just in a smaller form-factor.
It has some heft to it, which makes it feel really durable. And the style of the grip along with the metal accents around it just makes it look nice.
It’s 102mm (or 4 inches) tall, 24.8mm (or about 1 inch) wide, and 22.4mm (or 0.8 inches) in depth.
The LED Screen
The LED screen is bright and colorful.
The screen shows your battery life, the setting you’re in, the wattage or voltage you’re set at, the best wattage settings for your pod, the resistance of your atomizer, the voltage, how many puffs you’ve taken, and the seconds of your hit.
They’ve fit so many things on this screen. Pretty much everything you would want to know while you’re vaping. And I don’t know if you caught one of the features I just mentioned, but the screen tells you a range of the best wattage for the pod you have installed. I absolutely love this idea because you don’t have to try to remember what type of coil you have installed. Just look at the screen and you’ll know whether or not you’re too low or too high for that coil. It’s such a great idea.
The AXON Chip
This device also uses Vaporesso’s newer Axon chip, which I’ve talked about before with the Vaporesso Gen device. It’s an awesome chip. It has a lot of features, and the biggest benefit of it is that it fires extremely fast. As soon as you hit that firing button, it hits.
Features and Modes
The PM80 can push 80 watts, which is nuts for a little device like this. It’s not often we see pod devices that have this kind of power.
- Fire x 5 = Turn the device on and off
- Fire x 3 = Lock the adjustment buttons
- Fire + Down = Firmware Version
To get into the menu, hold the up and down adjustment buttons at the same time.
Variable Wattage – This is your normal variable wattage mode. You can go from 5 watts to 80 watts and it scrolls fast, so it won’t be a long frustrating process of changing your wattage. It moves in 1 watt increments if you hold the button, but you can also move in 0.5 increments if you click the button.
Variable Voltage – You can go from 0 volts to 4 volts and you can set it in 0.1 increments. So you can really fine-tune voltage if you like to use that setting.
Smart VW– This mode automatically sets your wattage based on the coil you have installed. It basically just sets the wattage right in the middle of the suggested range it shows on the screen. To get it to set, you need to pull the pod out and put it back in. Then it’ll automatically adjust. I’ve been using two different coils at a time and I actually find this mode pretty useful, so I leave it on.
Puff – If you go in here, you’ll see seven dots and a graph below it. This will tell you how many puffs you’ve taken over the last 7 days that you’ve used it. You can also reset the counter if you’d like.
Theme – You can change the screen colors to either green, blue, or pink.
Default – This resets all of the settings to the default.
The pod holds 4ml of liquid, which is a lot for a pod, but that’s because this pushes a lot of wattage for a pod system, so you need that capacity. You can get a 2ml TPD version too if you live in the UK.
The pod is held in place with magnets and it holds nice and strong. It’s not loose or wobbly or anything and it’s also not tight and hard to get out.
The tip on the top is slim and comfortable to use too, so no complaints there.
To fill the pod, you pull a plug on the bottom. It’s a big fill port and easy enough to fill.
Now here’s one of my favorite things about the PM80 – the pod uses removable coil heads. So rather than having to buy expensive pods that have coils built-in, you can reuse the pod forever and simply buy cheap coil heads for it, which I’ve seen online for about $16 for a pack of five. That’s pretty good!
When putting the coil in, make sure you have it lined it in the right way that it seats all the way in, otherwise you’ll get e-liquid everywhere when you fill it. The flat ends of the coil go up against the two walls where the coil head sits.
There are two types of coils that are currently available for the PM80, both of which are sub-ohm mesh coils. So that’ll really give you a good idea of who this device is made for; vapors using low or zero nicotine e-liquids and bigger clouds.
GTX 0.3 ohm – This coil head is rated for 32-45 watts. It’s a slightly cool to warm vape. The flavor is very good and it performs really well too.
GTX 0.2 ohm – This coil head is rated for 45-60 watts and the flavor is also really good in this one, even better than the 0.3-ohm coil. The vape is a little warmer here since you can take it up to 60 watts. If you use this coilhead, you’re probably using more wattage, so you’ll drain your battery much faster with this one.
While I like the 0.2-ohm coil, the performance of the 0.3 version is excellent and I can use it at lower wattages, which conserves battery life, so that’s the one I prefer to stick with.
The airflow comes in from the three slots on each side of the device and there’s no way to adjust it, so you can only do direct lung hits on here. It has quite a bit of airflow and is really comfortable in my opinion. I like the airflow and it seems perfectly designed for the coils.
The PM80 has a 2000mAh battery inside, which is awesome. That’s pretty much a single 18650 battery, so if you have a device that uses a single 18650, that’s what type of battery life you can expect here. The battery life is really pretty good, although of course, that depends on how high you set the wattage.
If you’re vaping this at its max of 80 watts, the battery is going to die fast. Even at around 40 watts, it’ll run through the battery a little fast. I’ve been vaping it mostly around 40 watts and it needs to be charged in a few hours. But that’s the limitation of battery technology, not really the device. So that’s something you’ll need to keep in mind if you buy one of these.
To charge the device, just plug the micro USB into the port on the side of the device. They picked a good location of the port, so I like that. And you can vape it while it’s charging.
The PM80 looks awesome, it uses new GTX mesh coils, it has a new chip that Vaporesso says fires instantly, and it’s a variable wattage device.
I think there are a lot of different people who would like this device. For me personally, I like having a sub-ohm device with lots of flavor in a very portable form. I also think that it’s a great intro to sub-ohm vaping for newer vapers, especially because the device is so easy to use and has features to set the best wattages automatically based on the coil installed.
That’s it for the PM80. This was sent to me for review from Vaporesso and you can get it for around $40.