When I think about ultra-durable mods, there’s only two options that come to mind: the Geekvape Aegis mods and Vandy Vape’s Jackaroo Dual. Currently, these are the go-to mods for water-resistance, shock-resistance, and dust-resistance. Now, Vaporesso is looking to change that with the FORZ TX80 kit.
The FORZ TX80 is a water, dust, and shock resistant mod that takes a single 18650 battery. It can fire at up to 80W and features a Type-C port that can be used for firmware updates or emergency charging.
It uses the AXON chip 2.0 and comes with a new F(t) mode that “changes the output voltage and heating rate within a certain time, covering a wider temperature range to ensure that e-liquid is highly resolved”.
The FORZ TX80 kit comes with the FORZ Tank 25 which has a protective frame that surrounds the glass made of fiberglass plastics and soft-rubber. So not only do you get a durable mod with this kit, you also get a tank that is built to be durable and withstand drops too.
This all sounds pretty good on paper. But how is it in reality?
I was sent this kit free of charge by Vaporesso for the purpose of this review.
- 1 x FORZ TX80 MOD
- 1 x FORZ TANK 25 (4.5ml)
- 1 x GTR 0.15Ω MESH Coil (pre-installed)
- 1 x GTR 0.4Ω MESH Coil (in box)
- 1 x Screwdriver
- 1 x USB Silicone Plug
- 1 x Silicone Drip Tip Cover
- 1 x FORZ Badge
- 4 x O-rings
- 1 x Extra Glass
- 1 x Type-C USB Cable
- 1 x User Manual
- 1 x Warranty Card
- AXON 2.0 Chip
- H:133mm x W:30mm x D:41.7mm (Kit)
- Water, Dust, and Shock Resistant
- Takes a Single 18650 Battery
- 80W Max Output
- Power, Voltage, TC, & More
- Adjustable Wattage
- 0.69” OLED Screen
- Type-C Port
FORZ Tank 25
- 25mm Base Diameter
- Uses GTR Coils
- PnP Coil Installation
- Rugged Construction
- Soft-Rubber Protective Frame
- Top Filled
- Triple Airflow Slots
- 810 Drip Tip
Design & Build Quality: FORZ TX80 Mod
One look at the FORZ TX80 and you’re instantly reminded of another ultra-durable, single battery mod: the Aegis Solo. The general shape, leather grip, and charge port location are unmistakably Aegis, but I’m perfectly fine with it. I’ve always liked this look and design and Vaporesso generally make good mods so I’m not complaining. It’s just funny how similar they are. I’m also sure that it was intentional. I mean come on, how could it not be?
The FORZ TX80 is advertised as being an all-round rugged mod that is water-proof, shock-proof, and dust-proof. But unlike the Aegis Solo and Jackaroo mods, it doesn’t have an IP rating listed anywhere. Should we just take Vaporesso’s word for it? Don’t worry, I’ll test out the veracity of these claims and the durability of the entire kit a little later on in this review.
Most of the body is encased in a flexible rubber shell for durability. The back of the FORZ TX80 has a leather grip that varies in color depending on the color of the kit that you choose. FORZ is embossed into the leather grip and, aside from a small “Vaporesso” in the rubber, there’s no other visible branding on the body.
The rubber body and leather grip make the FORZ TX80 feel very nice in the hand. It’s an average sized single battery mod, maybe a bit on the smaller end of things. It’s a lightweight and comfortable mod to use that feels solid to hold. Overall, it’s a well made mod that looks really nice.
The front of the mod features a machine-finished face-plate. The screen is recessed a bit into the mod to protect it from damage if dropped. The screen is small and black and white but it’s clear and more than bright enough.
The fire and adjustment buttons are like a hybrid of a regular button and a rocker button; they’re flat but one edge of the button sticks out more than the other. In addition to the adjustment buttons, there’s a third menu button used specifically to enter the modes and settings menu. Overall, the buttons feel a little cheap due to being made out of plastic, but they work well and there’s no button rattle whatsoever.
The battery compartment is sealed by a threaded cap with a handle, just like the one on the Aegis Solo. There’s a rubber o-ring on the cap for waterproofing. The threading is smooth and I had no problems with the cap at all. Make sure to seal it tightly to retain the waterproofing.
Features & Functions
Similar to the Vaporesso Gen S, the FORZ TX80 is loaded with a ton of modes and features. It’s powered by the AXON 2.0 chip, Vaporesso’s latest chipset.
The modes that you get with the FORZ TX80 are F(t) mode, Pulse mode, Power Eco mode, Smart TC, Power mode (Soft, Normal, Hard preheat settings), TC modes (SS, Ni200, Ti and a Manual mode), Variable Voltage mode, Bypass mode, and Super Player mode. In the TC Modes you can adjust the TCR for each individual material.
F(t) mode is a new one that Vaporesso have just released with the FORZ TX80. It’s supposed to change the output voltage while you vape to better vaporize your ejuice and thus produce better flavor. I didn’t actually notice much of a difference, if any, from the regular power modes which is a bit disappointing, especially since it’s the default mode on the device.
Pulse mode was first seen on the Vaporesso Gen and pulses the wattage very rapidly while you vape. Similar to F(t) mode, this pulsing doesn’t make much of a noticeable difference from the regular wattage modes.
Smart TC attempts to automatically detect your coil material and throttle the power accordingly.
Super Play Mode is just like the regular wattage modes, except it allows you to use very low resistance coils.
In the system settings you can turn on or off Smart VW and Auto Eco which will automatically put the mod into eco mode when the battery gets low.
FORZ TX80 Button Combinations
- To turn the device on or off, press the fire button five times.
- Press the mode button three times to enter the modes and settings menu.
- Press the fire button 3 times to lock the adjustment buttons
- Hold the menu and fire button to display the software and chip version
FORZ Tank 25
The FORZ Tank 25 is super interesting because it’s the first “durable” tank that I’ve seen or heard of. We have plenty of durable mods so a durable tank is the obvious next step.
The FORZ Tank 25 is a 25mm tank that takes Vaporesso’s new GTR coils. These are brand new coils and they aren’t compatible with other Vaporesso tanks. The FORZ Tank 25 is also not compatible with any of Vaporesso’s other coils. These GTR coils are massive — much bigger than your average coil.
This tank has a protective frame that surrounds the glass which is made of fiberglass plastics and soft-rubber. You can feel that the rubber is flexible when you touch the tank but you wouldn’t know from just looking at it. This fiberglass plastic and rubber form a cage around the glass and there are four cutouts that allow you to see your ejuice level.
The top cap is threaded and unscrews to reveal two kidney shaped fill ports. The ports are large and wide enough to fit any size of ejuice bottle. The tank uses an 810 drip tip with o-rings built into it. If you want to use another drip tip, it will have to be one that has o-rings as well.
The kit comes with a key that can be used to disassemble the tank. Remove the top cap and you’ll see a large locking piece in the center of the tank. Using the key, undo the lock. The only reason you’ll have to do this is to replace the glass if it breaks.
You get two GTR coils with the FORZ Tank 25:
- 1 x GTR 0.15ohm Mesh Coil (Rated for 60-80W)
- 1 x GTR 0.4ohm Mesh Coil (Rated for 40-60W)
These coils are plug and play and easy to install or remove. You have to undo the base of the tank to do so, which has very crunchy threading. This threading is the only weak point of the tank. It’s not terrible, but it’s audibly crunchy and isn’t smooth like it should be.
My number one concern with this kit is that it’s not IP rated, but still claims to be waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof. So of course, I had to test out these claims for myself. I left the TX80 mod underwater for about 25 minutes with the battery intact and it still functioned properly afterwards.
Then I dropped the entire kit, with the tank attached to the mod, from standing height a few times onto my kitchen tiles as well as onto my hardwood floors. Apart from the drip tip popping off, the entire thing remained intact and nothing broke. I’m especially impressed by the durability of the tank but my verdict is that the entire kit will be able to withstand some abuse without breaking.
The GTR 0.15ohm coil is the coil that comes pre-installed in the FORZ Tank 25. This coil is rated for 60-80W and I found it best at the high end of that range around 75-80W. If the FORZ TX80 could fire a little higher I would probably even use this coil at 85W. It’s a good coil that can take high wattages without being overwhelmed. Flavor from this coil is very good and coil life is superb. I refilled the tank more times than I can count and the coil was still going strong.
The GTR 0.4ohm coil is rated for 40-60W and I found that it performed best at 55W. Flavor on this coil is also very good and battery life is slightly better than using the 0.15ohm coil. This coil has also lasted through many refills, at least 10 at this point, and it’s still performing as well as ever. Coil longevity is definitely a standout point with these two coils.
As mentioned in the features section, F(t) mode and Pulse mode on the TX80 are not too noticeably different from the regular power modes so I tended to stick with Power Mode on the normal preheat setting. It fires instantly and outputs steady power until, of course, the battery gets close to dying. The battery tends to die quite quickly when using the 0.15ohm coil but lasts for a little longer with the 0.4ohm coil at lower wattages.
Temperature Control on this mod is pretty good. I used a single coil, SS316L build and set the TCR value for SS to 92 (the default is 105). The TX80 gives a nice, warm vape around 450°F and throttles perfectly. It doesn’t interfere too much but I didn’t get anywhere close to a dry hit while using it. Overall, very good TC mode on this device.
Although it isn’t IP rated like the Aegis line of mods or the Vandy Vape Jackaroo, the FORZ TX80 kit passed water and drop tests with flying colors. It’s a durable little kit that can survive falls and other day-to-day accidents and I’m satisfied with how it performed. A durable tank is certainly new, but Vaporesso have done it right with the FORZ Tank 25.
There are a few cons to this kit, but they’re nothing major that would stop me from recommending this kit. Overall, the FORZ TX80 is a good kit that performs excellently in power mode and TC mode alike. If you’re looking to purchase a new kit, take a look at this one.