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Product intro and specs
The Vaporesso GTX Go 80 and GTX Go 40 are the company's latest vape pen AIOs. The firm has been well-known for a number of excellent mods, such as the Gen S and Luxe, as well as several excellent pod systems, such as the Luxe Q and PM40. The GTX Go kits are pen-style vapes that come in a variety of sizes, each with its own wattage restriction and battery capacity.
Both devices include pod tanks that employ the GTX coils, which have been available for a long, and are meant for DL vaping. The 3.5 mL POD 22 on the Go 40 and the 5 mL POD 26 on the Go 80 come with one pod-style tank apiece.
Up until a few years ago, vape pens were extremely popular, but we haven't seen many new products in this area since. Will Vaporesso's GTX Go kits bring them back into style? Continue reading to learn more.
Build quality and design
Now let us begin by examining the commonalities between the two gadgets. Both are pen-style kits, harkening back to a bygone era. They're well-made and feel sturdy while being light. The design is really simple, but it has excellent coloring and five color possibilities.
Both devices have a textured square fire button, and the 40's had no rattle when shaken, whereas the 80's had some little vibration. The Vaporesso logo appears on the rear and a smaller version appears on the front.
It's a great touch that it's only minimally branded. They each come with a pod tank (different diameter but identical basic design) that attaches to the mod via magnets. Although both tanks are clearly designed for DL vaping, you must turn the entire tank to change the air. Finally, the same LED ring surrounding the fire button on both devices indicates the charge status.
The size differences are the only thing that separates them. The Go 80 is bigger, measuring 26 mm x 133.2 mm and capable of 80 watts, whilst the Go 40 is smaller, measuring 22 mm x 110.3 mm and capable of 40 watts. As a result, their batteries are available in a variety of capacities; however, I'll go into that in the battery section. Overall, they are really simple, long-lasting pen kits with a classic design and a variety of color possibilities.
The Go kits are standard pen systems that are easy to operate. They have a single button that controls everything. To turn it on or off, click it five times. There are no modes, features, changes, screens, or anything else to speak about. It's only a one-button process.
The GTX POD 26 and 22 are the two pod tanks. They feature GTX plug-and-play coils that link to the base via a patented magnetic connection, ensuring that the tanks can only be used with the devices they were designed for. (Because the two tanks are different sizes, they are not interchangeable.) Each kit only comes with one pod tank, which is good because it's more of a tank than a pod.
The airflow of the pen can be adjusted by rotating the entire tank and aligning it with the air holes cut into the pen. It's simple to refill the pod tank. It is not need to be removed, but I found it to be more convenient to do so.
The top cap twists off, and when you twist it back on, you can feel when it's "locked." In comparison to contemporary refill methods on pods and tanks, there isn't much to grab on and the top cap is quite slick, making it difficult to gain a hold to twist it off.
It's not a significant deal, but it's worth mentioning as a disadvantage. Once you've removed the cap, you'll see one enormous fill hole with a flapper into which you can simply slide your bottle tip and fill. The cap is then twisted back on. The pod tanks are completely exposed, and while they are tinted, it is only a very subtle shade. It's simple to monitor your juice level at all times, so that's a plus.
Simply pull out the pod tank to remove it. It's magnetic, but it slides right in with no wiggle or play, and it's simple to get in and out of. Coil replacement is also rather simple.
My one criticism, which I've noticed on a number of systems recently, is that the coils sit flush and can be difficult to remove by hand. It's much easier to use a flathead screwdriver, and there's an indent to assist you. However, I do wish that these new mechanisms made it easier to remove a coil.
In fact, Vaporesso did it with the Swag PX80, where you could eject the coil by pressing down on the drip tip. That would have been useful to have as well. Overall, it's still a simple-to-use pen system for beginners, which is exactly what it should be.
The coils are the most critical component of any pod device. Poor coils have wrecked a lot of good systems. Unfortunately, both systems only come with one coil, which I believe is incorrect—every kit should always include a spare coil.
The Go 40 has a 0.6-ohm mesh coil rated for 20-30 watts, which I used in my PM40 review, and the Go 80 has a 0.2-ohm mesh coil rated for 45-60 watts. This pod tank can accommodate seven coil alternatives, including an RBA deck. I wouldn't use the 0.2-ohm one included in the Go 40 kit because the battery will deplete quickly and the device won't go above 40 degrees.
Definitely wouldn't use the 0.2-ohm one included in the Go 40 kit because the battery will fast drain and the device won't go above 40 watts. In the Go 80 kit, all of the coils will operate fine.
I'd used a few of these coils in earlier Vaporesso devices, so I was familiar with them. In my PM40 review, I found that using the 0.6-ohm coil with 70/30 3 mg juice worked best on the low end (about 22 watts), and I received 28 mL of juice before it died. For a 20-watt coil, the flavor was excellent.
I used it with 50/50 24 mg nic salt juices in the Go 40 kit because it feels like it fires lower than 20 watts, and with the airflow as tight as I can get it—despite the fact that you can't MTL it. The 20-30 watt coils feel like they're in a "no man's land" for me, a touch high for MTL vaping but a little low for DL vaping. That is, however, my own preference.
In any case, the coil had decent flavor for a 20-watt coil, and it lasted 50 mL on this device. Thinner juice appears to last longer—or it could simply be coil consistency, which is always an issue, despite Vaporesso coils being fairly consistent. In any case, for a low-wattage coil, the coil life is excellent.
The Go 80's 0.2-ohm 45-60 watt coil performed admirably. Before it died, I got 50 mL, which is a little less than typical at this power range but not bad. The flavor was merely adequate. Overall, Vaporesso's coils are quite typical, with the higher power coils being acceptable and the lower power coils being excellent.
Battery life and charging
With the Go 40 and the 0.6-ohm coil, I found battery life to be excellent for a small device, and average with the Go 80 with the 0.2-ohm coil. Of course, for longer battery life, you can use the Go 80's higher-ohm coils. The internal battery capacity of the Go 80 is 3000 mAh. The charge rate is listed as 2A, and it is charged via a Type-C USB connector on the back.
I put their claims to the test, and I obtained a maximum charge rate of 1.87A, which is good enough for a 2A rating, so no complaints there. The charging duration is 1 hour and 25 minutes, which is quite enough. However, I was able to get a serviceable 2450 mAh battery.
Battery sizes are frequently inflated by firms, to the point that I expect them to be exaggerated by 20% every time. Even though this one is about that much overblown, I'll still give them a ding for it.
To be fair to manufacturers, I'd want to add one more point. They could utilize a 3000 mAh battery from a manufacturer, although such specs could be slightly exaggerated. Then there's the issue of when a gadget considers a battery dead, often known as soft cell cut-off.
A greater soft cell cut-off also means fewer useful mAh. These two variables are why you'll frequently see overblown battery specs on internal battery devices, and in my experience, they're usually around 15-20% exaggerated, as we see above. I would have preferred the Go 80 to have a 2500 mAh battery.
The internal battery capacity of the Go 40 is 1500 mAh. The charge rate is listed as 1A, and the back port is Type-C. I put it to the test and achieved a maximum charge rate of 0.92A, which is good enough for a 1A rating. The charging duration is 1 hour and 45 minutes, which is a little long but not horrible. However, I was able to get a serviceable 1325 mAh battery (about 12 percent off).
I'm not going to chastise them for it because it's close enough.
Passthrough vaping is supported by both devices, allowing you to vape while they charge. Finally, the meter is an LED ring around the fire button that only illuminates when the item is fired. When it's high (70-100 percent), blue when it's medium (30-70 percent), and red when it's low (less than 70 percent), it's green (0-30 percent).
On gadgets like these, I'd love to see companies add a fourth step and do it in 25 percent increments, but the three-level battery indication is very widespread, so that's not a significant disadvantage.
Pros / Cons+ Solid build quality
- Passthrough vaping
Ultimately, Vaporesso did a nice job with the system, but not spectacular. I don't have any major issues about the product; instead, I have a few minor ones. The Go 80's battery capacity is exaggerated, as is unfortunately true of many pod systems from many manufacturers, but the rest of the specs I checked were satisfactory.
Although I believe Vaporesso has created better overall products using these coils, like as the PM40, these starting kits are straightforward and straightforward to use, and they are also quite reasonable.
These devices will get the job done if you need something easy to get by; nevertheless, they're not anything I'd go out of my way for. My best conclusion is that they are decent products at a cheap price, and if you can live with the drawbacks I described, you will not be disappointed.
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