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Freemax Maxus Solo 100W Kit Review: Is It Worth the Purchase?

Freemax Maxus Solo 100W Kit

4.8/5

9.6

Design — 9.0
Build Quality — 9.5
Performance — 10.0
Features — 10.0
Flavor (Fireluke Solo) — 9.5

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Our Verdict

If I did not receive this kit for review but I knew what I know now about the performance, I would definitely go out and buy one. It’s a solid kit that checks all of the right boxes for a single battery mod and tank. Being able to use a 21700 battery is huge and gets you better battery life — something that is always welcomed with a single battery mod. 

It’s also just an attractive mod and the LEDs are nice without being over the top. You get all of the modes you could want, and TC mode performance is good enough that I don’t mind using it over my DNA mods. That’s not something that I say often.

The Fireluke Solo has really good flavor with either coil and performs as good as other top subohm tanks on the market. As a whole, this is a really good kit and definitely one of the best kits to come out this year.

This kit is good as a whole and the tank and mod are both worth purchasing separately too. Whether you’re looking for an entire kit, or just a tank or just a mod, you can’t go wrong with the Maxus Solo and Fireluke Solo.

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The Maxus Solo is a brand-new kit by Freemax and it’s sure to light up your world. Well, maybe not your world, but it will definitely light up your immediate area. That’s because the Maxus Solo mod features LED mood lighting on the front and back of the device. These LEDs can be set to glow in a few different modes and can be set to many different colors.

The Maxus Solo is a single battery mod and it can take a 21700, 20700, or 18650 battery. It can fire at up to 100W in power mode and also features VPC, bypass, TC, and TCR modes. The Maxus Solo can also output up to 7.5V so there’s a boost circuit present which is not only nice, but necessary for a single battery mod.

The Maxus Solo Kit comes with the new Fireluke Solo tank. This tank takes Freemax’s new FM COILTECH 5.0 coils which use full-surround SS904L mesh and tea fiber cotton. Two coils come included with the kit: an FL1-D 0.15Ω mesh coil and an FL2 0.20Ω double mesh coil. The Fireluke Solo tank has a 5ml tank capacity and dual slot, adjustable airflow.


Box Contents

  • 1 x Freemax Maxus Solo 100W Mod
  • 1 x Freemax Fireluke Solo Tank
  • 1 x Pre-installed FL1-D Mesh Coil 0.15ohm
  • 1 x FL2 Mesh Coil 0.2ohm
  • 1 x Glass Tube
  • 1 x USB Type-C Cable
  • 1 x 18650 Battery Adapter
  • 1 x Extra Silicone Ring
  • 1 x Warning Card
  • 1 x Warranty Card
  • 1 x User Manual 

Specifications

 

 

Fireluke Solo Tank (FL Platform Compatible)

  • Size: 28mm Base Diameter
  • Capacity: 5mL
  • Drip Tip: 810

Freemax Maxus Solo 100W Mod

  • Size: 28.8mm x 42.8mm x 90mm
  • Output Voltage: 0.7-7.5V
  • Input Voltage: 3.3-4.2V
  • Output Wattage: 5-100W
  • Output Modes: Power (Normal, Sport, ECO)/VPC/Bypass/TC-NI/TC-TI/TC-SS316/TCR
  • Resistance Range: 0.1-3ohm
  • Battery: External Single 18650/20700/21700
  • Charger Specification: 5V/2A

Design & Build Quality: Maxus Solo 100W Mod

  • Freemax Maxus Solo 100W Kit 2

A lot of mods these days are nothing more than carbon copies of other popular mods, with companies hoping to cash in on the successful design of the moment, but I’m happy to see that Freemax is paving their own path with this mod.

The Maxus Solo has a design that is distinctly different from other mods on the market; something that is refreshing to see. The most obvious design feature that sets the Maxus Solo apart is its transparent faceplate. It’s a huge, perfectly clear pane of plastic that takes up almost the entire front face of the mod. Nestled in this plastic pane is the fire button and adjustment buttons, along with a display that sits underneath. 

You can see the circuit board of the mod, which is pretty cool, and you can also see the FM Chipset that controls the entire device. The screen looks particularly neat sitting underneath this transparent pane and it almost has a 3D look to it. You can’t see the entire inner-workings of the device but you can see enough. What you can see of the internals is very neat and, if you ask me, appealing to look at.

The main purpose of this transparent plastic though is to allow the LED mood lighting to shine through. When you press any of the buttons the LEDs light up the interior edges of the transparent plastic, and the lighting also shines through the back panel of the mod which is partially translucent. 

You can set the lighting to solid, breathing, or flashing and you can also choose the color (including DIY colors). I’ll touch more on the lighting in my ‘Features & Functions’ section but from a design standpoint, it’s really cool and adds some flair to the mod without being obnoxious or too in-your-face.

With the cool stuff out of the way, let’s talk about the more standard stuff. The Maxus Solo is about the size you would expect for a single battery mod that can take a 21700/20700/18650. It’s 90mm tall, 28.8mm wide, and 42.8mm deep. A little tall and chunky for a single battery mod, but still a nice size (and still not nearly as large as a dual battery mod). The 28.8mm width is perfect for the 28mm Fireluke Solo tank that comes in the kit.

  • Freemax Maxus Solo 100W Mod 5

The body appears to be made of aluminum, while the decorative back panel appears to be made of plastic. This mod comes in 6 different colors and each one has a different appearance; the color of the body comes in different colors and you also get a different design for the back panel with each color.

Design elements are minimal but give the Maxus Solo a nice look without being too over the top. Each side of the mod has 4 thick diagonal lines cut into the frame. One side has the Freemax logo printed vertically.

On the other side of the mod there is a physical lock/unlock switch. Sliding this switch down will lock the entire device, including the fire button. You can hold both adjustment buttons if you want to just lock the adjustment buttons but still be able to vape.

The battery compartment slides out and then opens on a hinge. The door feels sturdy and I have no concerns about it failing over time. The battery compartment is clearly marked inside for the positive terminal so good job to Freemax here. 

The compartment isn’t as snug as it could be though and so there’s battery rattle with a 21700, but only if you give the mod a good shake. In day to day use there’s no obvious rattling. The packaging comes with an 18650 battery adapter so you can use a single 18650 battery as well.

The buttons on the Maxus Solo feel really great. The fire button is a tad bit stiff and takes some effort to press but I rather the button be a little too firm than too easily activated. The adjustment buttons on the other hand take the perfect amount of pressure to activate. All of the buttons feel awesome and it’s neat that you can see the switches through the clear plastic pane.


Fireluke Solo Tank

  • Freemax Fireluke Solo Tank 1

I think that one of the biggest selling points for this kit is that it comes with the Fireluke Solo tank, the latest tank in Freemax’s Fireluke series. I’ve had the chance to use the Fireluke Solo before this review so I am already familiar with the performance. Let me just say that it’s good. Really good. But I’ll talk about that more in the ‘Performance’ section of this review.

The Fireluke Solo has a 28mm base diameter and it fits perfectly atop the Maxus Solo. From what I’ve gathered, the tank will always be black if you purchase it with the kit, regardless of the color that you select for the mod. That’s disappointing to me, however it’s not a deal breaker.

This tank comes with a bubble glass preinstalled that will hold up to 5ml of ejuice. You also get a replacement bubble glass in the box, just in case you break the first one. 

At the top of the tank there’s an 810 drip tip. The drip tip holds the o-rings and there are none in the actual top cap. If you want to replace the drip tip, just make sure that it has o-rings so that it will be a good fit.

The top cap lifts up and then slides back to access the fill port. This is a good design and much more secure than simple, slide-to-open top caps. I’ve carried around the Maxus Solo a bunch and I’ve never had it accidentally open in my pocket.

The fill port is a single kidney shaped fill port with a silicone gasket around it to prevent leaking. It’s easy enough to fill, as it should be, and I had no trouble using 60ml or 100ml bottles to fill.

This tank feels well built and all of the threading is super smooth. This tank uses Freemax’s new FL line of coils which are made with mesh that spans 360° inside the cotton for maximum contact. The coils also use Freemax’s new formula of tea fiber cotton for wicking.

You get two coils included in the package and there is a third available for purchase separately:

  • FL-1D mesh 0.15Ω rated for 50-80W (best at 80W) (included)
  • FL2 mesh 0.2Ω rated for 50-80W (best at 80W) (included)
  • FL3 mesh 0.15Ω rated for 50-90 (best at 90W) (sold separately)

The FL-1D coil is a single large mesh coil and the FL2 is a dual mesh coil. Both coils are rated for 50-80W and in my testing I found that they perform nearly identically. More on the performance in the ‘Performance’ section later on.


Features & Functions: Maxus Solo 100W Mod

  • Freemax Maxus Solo Screen and LEDs

The Maxus Solo comes with a whole bunch of modes — basically every mode that vapers would want or need. It has power mode (with soft, normal, and hard preheat settings), variable power curves, bypass, temperature control for stainless steel, titanium, and nickel, and TCR modes. As the name of the mod implies, it can fire at up to 100W and from 200-600°F in TC modes. It will also fire at up to 7.5V which is good for a single battery mod.

The menu system and features of the Maxus Solo are great. The menu can be accessed by pressing the fire button 3 times and then scrolling down with the adjustment buttons and selecting the menu by pressing the fire button. It can also be more easily accessed by holding the left adjustment button and fire button together.

The menu gives you the following options:

  • Coil test
  • Screen timeout
  • Theme color
  • LED on/off
  • LED controls
  • C°/F°
  • Puff reset
  • Time reset
  • Reset

Most of these are self explanatory but I want to dive deeper into a few of these. Coil test can be turned on or off and checks the coil to see if you’re in the correct mode for the coil. Neat. Theme color lets you pick one of 5 colors or a random color for the text on the screen. Boring right?

Well ‘LED controls’ is where it gets fun. Here you can change the LED to always on, breath, or flashing. You can also pick the color of the LED from one of 9 preset colors, or change the RGB values to set a color of your own. My only complaint with the LED settings is that flashing will cycle through colors, while breathe will only breathe a single color. My ideal setting here is the slow breathing LEDs that cycle through colors but that’s not possible with the current settings. I don’t like how quickly the ‘Flashing’ setting goes through the colors — it makes me feel like I’m at a rave or something. Maybe I’m nitpicking but this is a con for me.

In TC mode you can lock the resistance of your coil, as well as set the wattage. Both plusses for this mod. There are also 3 different TCR settings which are convenient for if you vape on different coil materials. 


Performance

Freemax Maxus Solo 100W Kit 1

If you’re purchasing the Maxus Solo kit then you’re likely looking for a mod that is smaller than a dual battery mod, but which still delivers in the performance department. If that’s what you’re looking for then you won’t be disappointed with this kit.

The Maxus Solo mod works like a dream. Wattage mode performance is excellent and works exactly how you would expect. It fires reliably at up to 100W and has worked flawlessly without any issues whatsoever. I also played around with VPC mode a bit and enjoyed setting a ramp up in wattage. It actually vaped pretty well with a setting of 55W,65W,60W,55W, but you can play around with it and see what you like best.

Temperature control mode performance is surprisingly good too. The included coils are SS904L so you can vape these in TCR mode with a TCR value of 077. At 70W and 380°F the vape is very good and throttles like it should, cutting off power to ensure no dry hits. I also used a SS316L coil but had to set the TCR to the correct value of 092 for it to perform correctly — by default the SS316 TCR value is 096 on the Maxus Solo, which is incorrect. With the correct value set I got a good vape at 420°F that was reliable and consistent, just as TC mode vaping should be. Great TC performance overall.

An equally important part of any kit is the tank that it comes with and the Fireluke Solo does not disappoint. This is one of the best tanks that I’ve used from any kit and also one of the best tanks that I’ve used recently. 

These new FL coils are flavorful and provide accurate flavor from my ejuices. Both coils perform very similarly to one another so it’s hard to say which one is better, but I think that the 0.15Ω FL-1D single mesh coil is slightly more flavorful, although not by much. Both of these coils have the same recommended wattage range of 50-80W and Freemax says that they’re best at 80W, but I preferred vaping them around 65-70W for a good amount of warmth and long drags without burning my lips off.

I have left the kit sitting for a day or two without vaping on it and while other tanks might leak, this one did not. I also had absolutely no leaking during my time using this tank and that’s more than I can say about a lot of tanks.


Verdict

If I did not receive this kit for review but I knew what I know now about the performance, I would definitely go out and buy one. It’s a solid kit that checks all of the right boxes for a single battery mod and tank. Being able to use a 21700 battery is huge and gets you better battery life — something that is always welcomed with a single battery mod. 

It’s also just an attractive mod and the LEDs are nice without being over the top. You get all of the modes you could want, and TC mode performance is good enough that I don’t mind using it over my DNA mods. That’s not something that I say often.

The Fireluke Solo has really good flavor with either coil and performs as good as other top subohm tanks on the market. As a whole, this is a really good kit and definitely one of the best kits to come out this year.

This kit is good as a whole and the tank and mod are both worth purchasing separately too. Whether you’re looking for an entire kit, or just a tank or just a mod, you can’t go wrong with the Maxus Solo and Fireluke Solo.

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Robert Barnes

For both health and financial reasons, I knew I had to quit smoking cigarettes. At a certain point I felt as if I had tried everything and it was too difficult to quit cold-turkey. That's when I found vaping and I've been off the stinkies ever since! I love testing and reviewing the latest vaping gadgets, marathoning television series and playing with my awesome dog Lupa.

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