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February 12, 2019

Freemax Twister 80W Review | A Graffiti Styled VW Tube Kit

Product intro and specs

The Freemax Twister kit is a rare breed. It’s a regulated variable wattage internal battery tube mod paired with a mesh-powered sub ohm tank. What makes it even rarer is the design it adopts. There is no solid color option, and all six come in some funky graffiti designs. With no black or stainless steel edition available (at least for now) it seems like Freemax decided to take a gamble with the Twister kit. Let’s see if it paid off and if the kit is a worthwhile purchase.

This product was sent to me free of charge from Freemax for the purposes of this review.

Price: $44.95 (at MyVpro)
Colors: space black, black, red, blue, green, orange

Specifications

  • Fireluke 2
  • Modified X2 mesh coil & X3 mesh coil
  • Dimensions: 24 mm x 47.8 mm
  • Capacity: 5 mL
  • Material: steel/Pyrex
  • Working wattage: X1 coil: 0.15 ohm 40-90W / X2 coil: 0.2 Ohm 40-80W / X3 coil 0.15 ohm 50-90W
  • Thread: 510
  • Drip tip: 810
  • Twister mod
  • Size: 24.7 mm x 101.6 mm
  • Built-in battery: 2300mAh
  • Output wattage range: 5 - 80 watts
  • Output voltage range: 0.5 - 9 volts
  • Output current range: 1.0 - 30 amps
  • Resistance range: 0.1 - 3.0 ohm
  • Power efficiency: 95%
  • Wattage adjustment method: bottom dial

Kit Content

  • Freemax Twister 80W VW mod
  • Fireluke 2 Tank (X2 mesh coil pre-installed)
  • Extra X1 mesh coil
  • Bubble Pyrex tube (5 mL)
  • Replacement O-rings
  • USB charger
  • User manual
  • Warning card
  • Warranty card

Build quality and design

Freemax Twister 80W Kit Review

The kit feels like a solid metal construction and Freemax is calling the graffiti design a “color water transfer printing”. I have no idea what this is about, but the paint job feels like it’s going to last for a long time. There are six color options available at the moment, and the complexity of the design varies between them.

The simplest one is the “space black” Twister, which will probably be the choice of anyone trying to avoid attention. It is not solid black, but it’s close enough. The “black” one is more white than black and has a “Dia de Los Muertos” skull design, and the other four are colorful and bright – maybe a bit too bright. I hope Freemax releases solid colors in the future, as pairing each of the pieces of the kit with anything other than each other can be very challenging.

The mod is around 10 cm long and has a diameter of approximately 24 mm. It’s not a short mod, but given that it houses a chip as well as a 2300 mAh battery, it feels like it’s properly sized. The power button is large and clicky and the charge port is placed directly behind it. That’s good to know, as I had some difficulties tracking the mini-USB port on the white Twister (it looks like it’s part of the drawing). Last but not least, the dial on the bottom feels solid and provides a very satisfying clicky feedback every 5 watts.

Freemax Twister 80W Kit Review

The tank also adopts the graphic design of the mod, which makes sense, as a solid color tank on top of a funky mod would feel a bit out of place.

There are O-rings on the drip tip, but it is also compatible with Goon-style 810s. The tank features an updated slide-filling mechanism, same as the Mesh Pro tank, with an interesting design to release air pressure when filling: the drip tip slides on top of an additional hole which releases the air, preventing leaking and flooding. It also adopts some of the looks of the Mesh Pro tank and comes with a bubble glass, making it a 5 mL tank instead of the 3 mL of the Fireluke Mesh. I love the extra capacity, but not the biggest fan of bubble glasses in tube style kits for obvious reasons — mine has fallen on my desk a couple of times already. Freemax includes a spare bubble glass though, which sweetens the deal a bit.

Performance

Freemax Twister 80W Kit Review

From a performance perspective, there is not much to discuss about the Twister mod. It feels very responsive, the wattages seem accurate and it fires rapidly, as most devices do nowadays. There’s nothing to complain about performance-wise; it works as a power mode regulated variable wattage tube should. In fact, the only topic I feel that I have to elaborate on is the battery.

The 2300 mAh battery of the Freemax Twister lasts for approximately two tanks on the 0.2 coil and a tad under one and a half tank on the 0.15 coil – tested both with the power set at 70 watts. Freemax claims 150 puffs per charge; there’s no way I am counting my puffs manually, and there are too many parameters for them to come out with a number that covers all usage scenarios. In any case, it sounds like a good estimation for using it with the included coils at the recommended wattage ranges.

The light is green between 100% and 65% and gets a yellow hue between 65% and 30%. The red light appears at 30%, and if you are using the mod with the Fireluke 2 tank you should find a charger at that point — a 30% charge at around 70 watts won’t get you too far. Expect a bit of an underwhelming vape for the last puffs as the battery approaches full depletion, but I found the vape to be consistent up to that point.

And here’s where it starts to get problematic. I timed the Twister’s charging, and it takes more than three hours to fully charge. That’s right, more than three hours! I actually had to repeat the whole process, because frankly, after two hours I forgot to check back. I don’t know why Freemax chose to not include quick-charging to the chipset, but it is a glaring omission in my opinion.

I think that the mod’s battery is the weakest point of the Freemax Twister kit. I wish it lasted a bit longer and I certainly wish it charged a lot faster. Thankfully it supports pass-thru charging, so you can vape while it’s plugged in.

Coils

Freemax Twister 80W Kit Review

The Fireluke 2 tank is compatible with the original Fireluke coils:

  • X1 single-mesh 0.15-ohm coil, rated for 40-90 watts (included)
  • X2 dual-mesh 0.2-ohm coil, rated for 40-80 watts (included)
  • X3 triple-mesh 0.15-ohm coil, rated for 50-90 watts (not included)
  • NX1 single-mesh SS316L 0.15-ohm coil, rated for 400-550 F in TC (not included)

The updated coils incorporate a wood pulp formula (90% flax cotton, 10% cotton), which is known to help with flavor and coil longevity. The coils are very flavorful indeed, and I only had minor leaking (a drop here and there) and no other inconveniences.

The airflow is a bit more restricted on the dual mesh coil, and I found it performed better with the airflow two-thirds of the way open at around 70 watts. I liked the single-mesh coil at around 75 watts with the airflow cut halfway. Out of the two, the dual-mesh is a clear winner for me. It has better flavor and a smoother vape across the board. But if you like a very airy draw you might prefer the single-mesh coil. I would have loved to have the X3 coil included, although it does require a bit more power than the other two and it might not be the best pair for the Twister from a battery life perspective. What I’d suggest is coming out with a coil that performs well around 40 watts — a coil in the 0.3-0.5 ohm range would make much more sense in a kit like this.

As for coil life, I really tried to burn them down but they are both going strong after ten refills or so each. Your mileage may vary, and I am using relatively clear juice, but these coils will last more than average — especially if you prime them properly before use.

Pros / Cons

  • Mod is variable wattage
  • Solid build quality
  • Dial is easy to use and stays in place
  • Lightweight
  • Good performance
  • High-quality paint job
  • Tank comes with very good coils
  • Very good flavor and smooth airflow (X2 coil)
  • Good flavor and vapor production (X1 coil)
  • Easy top-fill
  • Battery life not enough for vaping at 70 watts
  • No coil is good for ~50 watts or lower
  • More than three hours to fully charge
  • Bubble glass may break if the kit drops
  • No solid color options

Verdict

The Freemax Twister is an excellent performer with some glaring flaws. On the one hand, I love the form factor and the fact that it comes with a variable wattage tube mod. It is very easy to use, and I enjoyed using the dial to adjust wattage. On top of that, the Fireluke 2 is one of the best sub ohm tanks around and its coils are excellent both for flavor and vapor production.

On the other hand, you have its battery. The capacity is lackluster and it doesn’t support quick-charging. I’d also speak of the colorful designs, but that’s obviously subjective; you either like graffiti on your mod or you don’t.

Do I recommend it? I do, but only if you are planning on using it as a backup vape, or if you are planning on using it mainly at home (or at least near a power outlet). Another option is to do what I am doing: I am using my black Twister mod with an MTL tank and the Fireluke 2 on a dual-18650 mod. This way, I am getting the best out of both of them.

What do you think of the Freemax Twister? Let me know in the comment section.

My first attempt at vaping came back in 2009 on some of the first cigalikes to ever reach Europe. A couple of attempts -- and vaping tech generations later -- I managed to quit smoking in 2016, and have since then developed somewhat of an obsession with all things vaping. When I am not consuming vape reviews I am either tinkering my NBA fantasy teams or playing board games with friends.

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Hi Spyros,for the cons of the Freemax Twister kit,here are the solutions would be help.
1.No coil is good for ~50 watts or lower—the NX2 mesh coil is released this week,0.5ohm and support 20-50W,perfect for the beginners.
2.Bubble glass may break if the kit drops–Freemax has the Silicon Protection Cover,for both the 3ml and 5ml glass.
3.No solid color options–Freemax is going to released the solid color kit in the next month.
The Freemax Twister 80W is the best vape pens and tube mods in the market now.

Spyros Papamichail
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Spyros Papamichail

Thanks Apollo. I will update the review as soon as the new coil and solid colors are released.

The silicon protection cover is a nice accessory, but it is not included in the package unfortunately (at least not in the samples we received).

But yeah, this can certainly protect the bubble glass.

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Hey Spyros,
Sorry to write on your post, but I have to tell this dumb thing I did. The berserker tank was leaking a little so I put it up on eBay and bought a KangerTech top tank mini because it had cheap coils and an RBA tank included. Then I got it and it leaks all over everything so I can’t even use it. And the tank sold for like $16 so I had to send it out. So I ended up going to the local vape store and I ask the guy for mtl rta tank with top airflow intake and the guy looks at me with a blank look. The other guy doesn’t speak English. I ended up buying an ego pen and 15ml juice for $20. And now I still have to buy a tank. So…yeah smart move .

Spyros Papamichail
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Spyros Papamichail

Hi Avi,
The eGo pen will do the trick for now, but I still suggest getting yourself a Zenith tank. Even if you end up using rebuildables on a daily basis, you will appreciate having the Zenith as a backup vape.
If you want to try another rebuildable, the Ammit MTL RTA has top airflow and is leak resistant. Just make sure you get the MTL one, as the rest of the tanks of the Ammit line are much airier.

5

I got the zenith too. I found a great deal on it yesterday

6

Alright, thanks. I just got the Ammit. I think I’ll get the zenith if I see it on sale because Im into the building thing now. It’s fun.

7

so the slide-open fill likes to slide open by itself and spill juice :/

Spyros Papamichail
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Spyros Papamichail

Hi Kenzie,
Sorry to hear that. I checked the three Twisters I have here and all of them require some force to open. If yours is too loose maybe you’ll be able to return it.

9

This tank is not compatible with baby beast coils, it is, however, compatible with Voopoo Uforce coils.

Spyros Papamichail
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Spyros Papamichail

Hi Z, thanks for your comment. I was pretty sure that the original Fireluke was compatible with Baby Beast coils, and the Fireluke 2 uses the same coils. It’s been a while since I last used Baby Beast coils so I’ll remove this part until I double check.

I tried a Uforce coil on the tank and it is indeed compatible, thanks for that.

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Here to help, well done on your reviews, you have tremendous insight.

Spyros Papamichail
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Spyros Papamichail

Thanks Z, I appreciate it!

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