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Vaporesso Target PM80 Review: A DTL Sub-Ohm Pod Mod

Vaporesso Target PM80

8.5
Design & Build Quality 8.5
Pods 8.5
Flavor 9.0
Performance 9.0
Battery Life 7.5

Pros

  • Nice design
  • Clear, 4ml pods
  • Outstanding flavor
  • Adjustable Wattage
  • 2A Charging

Cons

  • Average battery life
  • No adjustable airflow
  • 0.3ohm coil limited to a max 45W

Vaporesso are cranking out devices like no tomorrow and they show no signs of slowing down. We’ve recently reviewed their Swag II mod, Degree pod vape, Podstick, and Vaporesso Click just to name a few. 

The latest from Vaporesso is the Target PM80. It’s a pod device that uses low resistance sub-ohm coils and it’s targeted towards vapers who like an open, DL draw.

Because of the low resistance coils this isn’t a pod vape for nicotine salts but rather a device for regular nicotine ejuices. The coils are replaceable and the pod will hold up to 4ml of eliquid. The Target PM80 has a built-in 2000mAh battery, adjustable wattage up to 80W and a compact high-end design.

If you’re a direct lung vaper should you pick up the Target PM80? Read on for the answer.


Box ContentsVaporesso Target PM80 Box Contents

  • 1 x Target PM80 Pod Mod
  • 2 x Target PM80 4ml Pods
  • 1 x GTX 0.2ohm Mesh Coil
  • 1 x GTX 0.3ohm Mesh Coil
  • 1 x Micro USB Cable
  • 1 x User Manual
  • 1 x Warranty Card

Specifications

  • 102mm x 33.4mm x 24.8mm
  • 4ml Pod Capacity
  • Replaceable Coils
  • 2000mAh Battery
  • 80W Maximum Output
  • 2A Charging
  • 0.96” Display
  • Button Activated

Design & Build Quality

  • Vaporesso Target PM80 Side View

The Target PM80 is a mid-sized pod vape. It’s not as small as something like the Drag Nano or SMOK Novo 2 but it’s smaller than Voopoo’s Vinci X. It’s 102mm tall, 33.4mm deep and 24.8mm wide. It’s an easily pocketable mod that doesn’t take up a lot of room. It has a rectangular front with a curved back that is comfortable to hold and fits nicely in my hand. 

The body is made out of zinc-alloy that has been painted a gun metal color. The grip on the back is a carbon fiber-like material. This faux carbon fiber looks and feels good but it’s definitely not the real deal.

There are three buttons on the Target PM80: a rocker-style fire button and two small, square adjustment buttons. Like the rest of the mod, the buttons feel firm and solid. They have just the right amount of throw to them and are nice and clicky. 

The Target PM80 has a 0.96” full color display and I really like it. It has all the information you could need such as a battery indicator with percentage, wattage, coil resistance, voltage, a puff counter, and puff time. It even detects the coil and displays the recommended wattage range. The display has a green theme by default but this can be changed to blue or pink in the settings menu.


Target PM80 Pod & Coils

  • Vaporesso Target PM80 Pod

Included with the PM80 is not one, but two 4ml pods. Bonus points to Vaporesso here! This allows you to put a coil in each pod and switch between them whenever you like. You’re not restricted to vaping on only a single flavor because you can have a different flavor in each pod. Love it!

The pods for the PM80 are completely clear so more bonus points to Vaporesso. They way the pod sits in the battery doesn’t obscure the pod so it’s easy to see just how much ejuice is left without removing it. The pod attaches magnetically to the battery and the magnets are nice and strong. They hold the pod securely in place and there’s little to no wiggle.

The fill port is secured by a beefy rubber plug. It’s large and thick enough to grab without a hassle. The fill port itself is quite big and I had no trouble fitting my bottles and filling the pod. 

You get two sub-ohm coils with the Target PM80. Both are quite low resistance so this isn’t a pod vape for nicotine salts. This is a device made for regular nicotine ejuices. The coils that come in the package are:

1 x GTX 0.2ohm Mesh Coil (Suggested Wattage: 45-60W)

1 x GTX 0.3ohm Mesh Coil (Suggested Wattage: 32-45W)

These are plug n play coils that simply push fit into the bottom of the pod. The 0.3ohm coil has a suggested wattage of 32-45W but this is more than a suggestion — the PM80 won’t let you fire this coil higher than 45W. 

The 0.2ohm coil is a different story. It has a suggested wattage of 45-60W but it can be fired all the way up to the PM80’s maximum output of 80W.


How to Use The Target PM80Vaporesso Target PM80 Screen

The PM80 uses yet another iteration of Vaporesso’s AXON chipset and it has Variable Wattage mode and Variable Voltage mode. It can fire from 5-80W in variable wattage mode and from 0.1 – 4.0V in variable voltage mode.

The Target PM80 also has a few menu options. Hold both adjustment buttons to bring up the menu. Here you can switch modes between VW and VV. You can also turn “Smart VW” on or off. When you insert the pod, Smart VW automatically sets the wattage depending on the coil that you’re using. For the 0.3ohm pod it sets the wattage to 40W and for the 0.2ohm coil it sets the wattage to 55W.

There’s also a puff counter log in the menu settings that tracks your puffs each day. Lastly, you can change the theme color between green, blue or pink.

Target PM80 Button Combinations

Power On/Off: Press the fire button five times.

Lock adjustment buttons: Press the fire button three times.

Change Mode/ Enter Menu: Hold both adjustment buttons simultaneously.


Battery Life & ChargingVaporesso Target PM80 Laying Down

Built into the PM80 is a 2000mAh battery. Considering the size of the device that’s remarkably large. How long the battery will last is going to depend on which coil you use and at what wattage. I averaged a pod and a half at 45W using the 0.3ohm coil and about a pod full using the 0.2ohm coil at 65W. Not incredibly long battery life for the battery size but it’s decent.

Unfortunately, the PM80 doesn’t have Type-C charging but it does have 2A micro-USB charging. Because of the 2A charging it still charges quite quickly. I timed a full charge at 55 minutes. So even if it does die, it’s not going to be out of commission for too long.


PerformanceVaporesso Target PM80 Performance

The most important part of any device is its performance and, for the most part, the PM80 hasn’t let me down. I have a few minor gripes but nothing too serious. One con for me is that the airflow isn’t adjustable. Don’t get me wrong here, the draw is a nice and open DL vape but I wish there was a way to tweak it. I found that you can cover the airflow holes on the side of the device to restrict the airflow but that’s not a true solution. 

Another con has to be that the 0.3ohm coil won’t fire past 45W. This coil feels like it could take more power and there’s just no way to do it.

As for the pros, there are a lot of them. I loaded one coil into each pod and used a 6mg regular nicotine ejuice. The 0.3ohm coil vaped best for me at 45W. It’s a warm vape but cooler than I would like. 50-55W would make this coil better but as it stands, the flavor is good.

The 0.2ohm coil is the star of the show here. Perfectly warm vape at 60-65W and the flavor is outstanding. I’d compare this coil to a traditional sub ohm tank because that’s what it feels like I’m vaping on.

As far as leaking and wicking go, I’ve had no issues with the PM80. I used an 80VG ejuice with both coils and I’m able to take long draws without even the semblance of a dry hit. The bottom of the pod and battery have also remained completely dry during my entire testing.


Verdict

Vaporesso have done an impressive job with the PM80. It’s not a pod vape for nicotine salts but instead it’s in competition with sub ohm tanks and I think it gives them a run for their money. Instead of carrying around a box mod and tank, the PM80 is smaller and more portable with comparable flavor and cloud production. I just hope that the next iteration of the PM80 has adjustable airflow.

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Danielle

I started vaping a few years back to quit smoking cigarettes. Many tries later, and I've been smoke free since 2015. Going from being a pack a day smoker, vaping changed my life for the better. Now, I want to help other smokers make the switch.

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