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Vaporesso Target 200 Review: An Ultra-Compact Dual Battery Mod

Vaporesso Target 200 Kit

9
Design 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Performance 9.5
Features 8.0
Flavor (iTank) 9.5

Pros

  • Very compact for a dual battery mod
  • Water-resistant braided exterior is super nice
  • Cage structure is rigid and keeps the mod small and light
  • A whole bunch of modes
  • Really easy to operate
  • Flavor from iTank is excellent
  • iTank holds 8ml of ejuice
  • Leak free
  • Smooth airflow

Cons

  • 510 connector sticks up 4mm
  • Only 2 coils currently available
  • No TC mode
  • Have to remove drip tip to fill with large ejuice bottles

Vaporesso’s Target 200 is a new dual battery box mod. Vaporesso are no strangers to making great vaping hardware and some of their recent releases include the Vaporesso Zero 2, Vaporesso Xros 2, and Target 80 kit. Single battery mods, dual battery mods, and pod vapes, Vaporesso makes them all.

The Target 200 kit is capable of firing up to 220W and it takes dual 18650 batteries. It’s marketed as being an extremely compact and light mod and it features a shell with water-resistant braiding to make it more durable for outdoor use. 

Included with the kit is the iTank subohm tank which has an 8ml capacity. This tank comes with new GTi coils; a 0.2Ω mesh coil and a 0.4Ω mesh coil. Vaporesso claims that the iTank is constructed in such a way that it reduces airflow noise and leaking. We will see how it holds up in this review.


Box Contents

  • 1 x VAPORESSO TARGET 200 MOD
  • 1 x VAPORESSO iTank(8ml)
  • 1 x GTi 0.2Ω MESH Coil(60-75W)
  • 1 x GTi 0.4Ω MESH Coil(50-60W)
  • 1 x Extra Glass Tube• 3 x O-ring
  • 1 x TYPE-C Cable
  • 1 x User Manual
  • 1 x Warranty Card

Specifications

  • H:142.1mm x W:42.8mm x D:33.7mm (with tank)
  • Dual 18650 Batteries
  • 220W Max. Output
  • 0.96” TFT Screen
  • Replaceable Coils
  • 8ml Tank Capacity
  • Takes GTi Coils
  • Tri-Adjustable Airflow
  • Type-C Charging

Design & Build Quality

  • Vaporesso Target 200 Kit 1

The fit and finish of the Target 200 is really good. Vaporesso doesn’t usually have any problems with their build quality so this honestly isn’t a surprise. The design is unique for a dual battery mod. There’s water-resistant braiding around the back side of the mod and it serves a dual purpose. For one, it looks good and it compresses a little so it feels comfortable to hold. Secondly, the water-resistance means that it should survive minor splashes and you can take it out in the rain.

The Target 200 comes in 5 colors, all of which have a grey frame with a satin finish. The color of the water-resistant braiding is what changes with your color choice. The options are navy blue, carbon black, slate grey, forest green, and sunset red.

For a dual battery mod, the Target 200 is small, light, and compact. Including the tank it’s 142.1mm tall, 42.8mm wide, and 33.7mm deep. That’s unbelievably small for a dual battery mod. In the grand scheme of things, it’s of course still not as small or light as a pod vape, but as far as mods go they really don’t get much smaller than this.

According to Vaporesso, the reason that the Target 200 is so compact is due to the “cage-like structure”. The main shell of the mod is made from 3 pieces: the front plate and top, the back portion and bottom, and the battery door. These 3 pieces fit together to form a shell that maximizes space and also adds rigidity to the structure. 

Opening up the battery door and looking inside lets you really see the amount of space taken up by the internals and it’s not a lot. I don’t even know how Vaporesso managed to fit the chip and other wiring in there. It’s an impressive feat of engineering.

The frame on the back is just a single strip that runs vertically down the device. This is where you’ll find the only visible bit of branding on the device.  “VAPORESSO” is engraved and it’s not in a different color than the frame so it’s subtle and doesn’t stick out too much.

Vaporesso Target 200 Mod 3

The 510 connector is centered and raised quite a bit from the top of the device. It sticks out about 4mm so it’s very noticeable. The connector has a 25mm width so any tank up to 25mm will sit without overhanging the plate. If you don’t mind sitting over the plate, you can fit a tank up to 33mm without overhanging the top of the mod. It will look funny though! 

The iTank sits perfectly flush with the 510 plate and it’s 25mm wide so you don’t notice that the connector is raised unless you look closely. 

On the front of the Target 200 is a 0.96” full color TFT screen, a fire button, 3 adjustment buttons, and a Type-C charging port. All of the buttons feel good and activate with just the right amount of pressure. The fire button has a chrome accent ring around the edge while the adjustment buttons are all black. The screen is clear and relatively high definition. It’s bright and overall looks very good.


iTank & Coils

Vaporesso iTank

On Vaporesso’s website it says that the iTank is “inspired by the Spacecraft”. To me, the design and structure of the tank really don’t seem all that different from any other tank out there. At least, there’s nothing radically different about it. It’s a good looking tank though and with its 8ml capacity, it holds a lot of ejuice.

We’ll start from the top. The drip tip is all black and removable. It’s 510 sized, but gets wider near the top of the drip tip to end up the size of an 810. The drip tip features beveled edges around the top and it’s comfortable to use.

Pushing the top cap at the marked arrow will swivel the top cap backwards to give you access to the fill port. The fill port is covered by a  self-healing membrane with a single slit. Filling with smaller ejuice bottles is fine, but using a larger bottle like a 100ml will require you to remove the drip tip to fill because it gets in the way of being able to stick the nozzle in.

There are 3 airflow slots and the airflow control ring is on a stopper. The iTank combines airflow from the three airflow slots at the bottom, and according to Vaporesso this makes the airflow smoother and less noisy. In my testing, the airflow does feel smooth and there is indeed no whistling. However, the airflow is still quite loud.

Vaporesso iTank Coils

Two coils come with the kit. These are a GTi 0.2Ω mesh coil rated for 60-75W, and a GTi 0.4Ω mesh coil rated for 50-60W. Both are direct to lung coils. These are Vaporesso’s new GTi coils and these two are the only coils available for the iTank at the moment. In the near future Vaporesso says that they will be releasing a 0.15Ω mesh coil. These coils push into the bottom of the tank.


How to Use the Target 200

Vaporesso Target 200 Mod 2

The Target 200 is a high-power dual 18650 battery mod. It can fire up to 220W and it comes with all of the usual modes you would expect from a mod, as well as a few others that are exclusive to Vaporesso’s devices.

The UI is the same as the Target 80 mod that I reviewed a couple of months back. It’s a clean UI that is well-organized and easy to read. There are individual battery life indicators, an indicator to tell you if Smart Mode is on or off, a large wattage display, your mod, coil resistance, voltage, a puff counter, and a puff timer.

Smart Mode automatically adjusts the wattage based on the coil that you’re using. When you insert a pod, it will set the wattage accordingly. This is really the only setting that can be turned on or off.

As for modes, the Target 200 has a bunch. THere’s F(t) mode, Pulse mode, Variable Wattage mode in soft, normal, and hard, Variable Voltage mode, and Bypass mode. There is no TC mode.

F(t) mode was first seen on the FORZ TX80 and it’s meant to change the output voltage and heating rate while you vape to better vaporize your ejuice and thus produce better flavor. This covers a wider temperature range while you vape and therefore it’s claimed to better vaporize eliquids. I didn’t find F(t) mode to be too different from the regular plain ol’ wattage mode, but I did feel that it made the draws a little smoother. I can’t say that the flavor is any better though and if it is, I didn’t notice.

Pulse mode works like wattage mode, except it pulses the wattage every 0.02S. This pulsing isn’t noticeable when you’re vaping but, like F(t) mode, I found that the draws are smoother. The temperature of the draws are actually a bit cooler too.

In order to change modes you have to hold down the bottom-most adjustment button. Then you can use the other two adjustment buttons to cycle through the three default modes (F(t) mode, Pulse mode, and Variable Wattage Normal.

Pressing the bottom-most adjustment button three times opens up a menu where you can also change to one of the three above mentioned modes, but you can also access the DIY Mode menu and a System Settings menu. The DIY menu lets you use Variable Wattage soft, normal, or hard. It also lets you use Variable Voltage mode or Bypass modes.

The System settings menu is pretty bare. You can reset to system defaults, toggle Smart mode on or off, view and clear your puff counter, or view your software version.

Overall, there’s enough modes here that the average vaper will have everything they need and it’s also not too complicated to use. Noticeably absent are temperature control modes so if that’s your mode of choice then you’ll have to look at another mod.


Target 80 Button Combinations

  • Press the fire button five times to turn the power on or off.
  • Press the power button three times to lock the adjustment buttons.
  • Hold the bottom-most adjustment button to change modes.
  • Press the bottom-most adjustment button three times to enter the settings menu

Performance

Vaporesso Target 200 Kit 4

The performance of the Target 200 is similar to the Target 80 — very good. I tested the Target 200 using all of the available modes and with the 0.20Ω coil. Because I received a pre-production sample, it did not include the 0.40Ω coil that will be included in the production kit.

I had the best experience in Pulse mode, followed by normal wattage mode. My opinions on the flavor and performance of the coil is based on using it in Pulse mode.

The 0.20Ω GTi mesh coil is rated for 60-75W. The flavor is really good at 60W and gets better all the way up to 70W. Past 70W I did not notice a noticeable increase in the flavor, just warmer vapor. Leaving the airflow control ring about halfway closed is the best mix of flavor, vapor, and warmth and really where I liked to vape this coil. I’m not sure what Vaporesso changed with the GTi coils from the GTX, but the flavor is better. Their GTX coils already delivered excellent flavor so the GTi coils being a step up is incredible. There are some great subohm tanks out there, and I think the iTank with these GTi coils is one of them. What’s crazy is that it comes in a kit and that’s usually not the case for great subohm tanks.

I used a few 80VG ejuices with the iTank and did not have any issues with wicking, nor any leaking or spit back. The draw is smooth and flavorful with no performance problems at all.

It should go without saying, but this is not a tank/kit for MTL vaping. This is a direct lung setup through and through and it’s great no matter how you set the airflow. Plenty of air, but flavorful no matter what.


Verdict

Vaporesso has been on a roll lately. It just seems like they can do no wrong with their hardware. I think that kits are usually one-sided with either the mod or the tank being great, and the other being mediocre. However, in this case, both the Target 200 mod and iTank are equally good.

There’s no need to buy a mod and tank separately when you can purchase this kit and get a top level vaping experience straight out of the box. I really like the design and the use of the unique braided material. It’s something different that looks good and serves a functional purpose. 

One downside of this kit is that there aren’t many coils available. You don’t have the option of using GTX coils and that’s a bit of a bummer because they’re so good and so widely available. However, this might be Vaporesso’s next generation of coils and they say that there are more coil options on the way so we will just have to see.

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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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