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Vaporesso GEN Review: Test Results Are In

Anthony Victor
August 29, 2019

Product intro and specs

The Vaporesso GEN is the latest dual-18650 mod from popular vape manufacturer Vaporesso. The device is rated for 220 watts, comes equipped with the brand new Axon chip, and is designed to be lightweight and soft to the touch.

Vaporesso has established a tradition in making reliable and high-performing mods, like the Target Mini II (review coming soon), Luxe, Polar, and Armour Pro. They have quietly been one of the top mod makers in vaping for a while now. Can the GEN live up to the standards set by Vaporesso’s previous mods? Keep reading to find out.

Vaporesso sent me this mod free of charge for the purpose of this review.

Price: $65.90 (at Vaporesso)
Colors: Silver, black, red to black fade, blue to black fade

Specifications

  • Display: 0.91-inch OLED
  • Battery: 2 x 18650 (not included)  
  • Resistance range: 0.03-5.0 ohm
  • Power range: 5-220 watts 

Kit contents

  • 1 × GEN mod
  • 1 × USB cable
  • 1 × User manual
  • 1 × Warranty card

First impressions

When I first got this mod, I liked the design a lot. I know a lot of vapers have clamored for mods to go back to simple designs without looking like something out of a sci-fi movie, and Vaporesso delivers. The mod is basically rectangular, but still very comfy in the hands, and its edges are rounded off. It has a very soft feel to it as well. Their site claims that “the soft touch casing is made of 4 layers of coating, giving it a soft rubber-like feel, yet still making it smooth to the touch” and I have to say they aren’t lying there.

Only thing I didn’t personally care for was that they went back to a small 0.91-inch black and white screen. It makes it feel a little dated to me. I understand that the giant screen of the Luxe may have been a bit too much, but something similar to the screens of the Famovape Magma, Vandy’s Swell and Jackaroo, or the Geekvape Nova would have been nice.

Build quality and design

The Vaporesso Gen is a nicely built and designed mod. While it is not as small as some of its competition, it comes at a good size and it is very lightweight at only around 107 grams—pretty much the same weight as the Vandy Vape Swell. The mod comes in four color options with the red and blue ones fading into black at the bottom. I have the silver one which looks pretty sleek and clean, but the “red to black fade” is my favorite. Branding is discreet with a small “Vaporesso” in the middle of one side, and a small “V” logo on the bottom center of the other. The centered 510 pin is great and can handle a 26 mm atomizer without overhang.

The battery door is a standard magnetic side plate. Batteries fit nicely and are easy to remove using the ribbon that’s attached to the plastic tray. The door has a coating on it with a warning about not using batteries with broken wraps; well done there, and I’m always happy to see safety being a priority. There is no button rattle, the battery door has no play and the magnets are strong. There is also a little notch on the bottom of the mod to help you remove it.

I would like to address a few things I have seen online about this mod. One user reported issues with the 510 becoming loose. I stress tested mine and had no issue at all. It seems to be isolated to a few defective early samples. The other reported issue was a discoloration on the top of the mod, which was claimed to be due to heat. I tested this as well and heat did not cause discoloration. I dug deeper to find the source of it and (oddly enough) it comes from e-juice. If you have a leaking tank, the outer soft material of the mod will absorb the juice and get stained. They should have put a clear coating to prevent that, but I can see it being an oversight as it’s not a thing that happens often. I will ding them for that though.

They list 2.5-amp charging on this mod and while I don’t recommend charging mods internally, I did test that just for informational purposes. I found the max charge rate to be 1.94-amps, so while it is a little overrated it does charge really fast, and most people don’t have a charger capable of over 2 amps anyway. But still, it’s always best practice to use an external charger

Features and functions

The Vaporesso GEN is packed with features and modes like most of their mods. You have Pulse Mode, Power Eco, Smart TC, a DIY Mode which is where you can pick the standard mode for Power (with normal, hard and soft preheats), Temp Control (SS, Ni200, Ti, and one memory slot), Voltage Mode, Watt Curve Mode, Bypass Mode, and Super Player Mode. In the settings menu, there is also their Smart and Auto Modes. The mod uses a standard TCR system, which is fully adjustable across all modes.

To sum it up, the GEN has pretty much every mode out there and then some, to the point where it’s overbearing. It’s cool to have the features, but everything you need is in the DIY mode menu and that’s where I stick around personally. Not sure what’s the point of having a Pulse mode, and Super Player is just Power mode with lower minimum resistance.

Using the Vaporesso Gen

As far as the menu goes, it’s the typical Vaporesso menu with a dedicated mode button between the plus and minus. It’s very simple and easy to navigate. Here is a quick rundown:

  • 5 clicks of the fire button to turn on and off
  • 3 clicks of mode button to enter the menu
  • Use up and down to scroll the menu and mode to accept.
  • Use the fire button to exit the menu
  • 3 clicks of the fire button to lock adjustment buttons (can still fire)
  • TCR and power adjustments are made after selecting the mode

Navigation is pretty straightforward and easy, especially if you have been using a Vaporesso mod in the past.

Power mode performance

The GEN features their new Axon chip. Their older mods used the Omni chip which was one of the best chips in vaping, despite not getting the recognition it deserves, and much better than the more popular Gene chip of the Voopoo mods. Let’s see if the Axon can continue the tradition.

Testing on this mod was done with Sony VTC5A Batteries. They list the specs at 220 watts, but no volt or amp limit listed anywhere. I wish they listed all three on their site. During my testing, the max achieved wattage was 219, so their 220-watt rating is excellent. The amp limit I got was 44, which is above average for a dual-battery mod. The volt limit with a 0.67-ohm coil was 9.257, which is higher than most dual battery mods on the market and shows there is a boost circuit—that’s a nice plus, since most dual battery mods don’t have one. I’m glad they kept that in as it’s only been Vaporesso, Geekvape, Innokin, and Aspire doing that consistently on their chips over the past few years.

The mod adjusts in 0.1-watt increments under 100 watts and full-watt increments at 100 or more. You can also hold the button to scroll quickly by one watt. Overall it works well, but I don’t see a point in using 0.1-watt increments for anything over 20 watts.

During my testing, the mod did a great job of not getting hot. It is also a pretty accurate mod, as you can see in the full test results above. It struggled a little with the 0.1-ohm build, but other than that, it performed great. I was also happy to see that they listened and removed the forced hard preheat.

Temperature control performance

Using SS316L Wire in SS mode with the TCR set to 92, I tested 4 builds.

  • One simple round single coil
  • One simple round dual coil
  • Two fancy wire single-coil builds
  • One fancy wire dual-coil build

The Gen has the full 220-watt limit available in TC. I was able to get a warm vape around the 420 F range, so it hits around 30 F higher—which is fine as you can adjust for taste with plenty of wiggle room. It throttles smoothly and has good dry hit protection. I get a consistent vape every time and the power lets you adjust the ramp up. It has no issues powering big builds either. Overall, and as I’ve come to expect from Vaporesso, it is a very good performer in TC mode.

Pros / Cons

  • Great build quality (outside of the stains)
  • Nice soft feel
  • Red to black faded color looks great
  • Handles 26mm atomizers without overhang
  • Battery door is easy to open and ribbon helps removing batteries
  • Very lightweight
  • Accurately rated for watts
  • Good power mode performance
  • Voltage and Watt Curve modes available
  • High amp limit
  • Good TC performance
  • Boost Circuit
  • Nicely laid out and easy to use menu system
  • Affordably priced
  • Close to 2-amp charging
  • Screen is small and black and white
  • Mod is susceptible to being stained by juice
  • No listing for amp and volt limits on site or manual

Verdict

Vaporesso did a great job with this mod and the Axon chip has lived up to the legacy of the Omni. You get good performance and a ton of modes in a nice, simple, and classy looking mod. It’s hard to complain about that. But I would have liked a bigger screen with some colors, and the juice staining can be a concern if you get a lot of leaks. It didn’t really matter for me but could be a deal breaker for some.

If you are in the market for a lightweight and accurate mod, and aren’t worried about the staining, the Vaporesso GEN is a great performer and certainly one to consider. Let me know what you think in the comments and thanks for reading!

I started doing reviews at the end of 2016 bringing a unique amount of data and fair points that has made them grow in popularity. I’m an avid temp control vaper but will vape pretty much any style of vaping. My goal is to bring as much good, fair, and unbiased information to the forefront as I can to aid vapers in making informed decisions to get the best vape for their style. I enjoy helping people really get the most out of their vape and finding their “aha” moment when it all clicks into place.

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Thank you, Anthony!
As you are well aware, I’ve been following your hardware reviews for quite awhile now, and I cannot overstate the inherent value in your unbiased, technically proficient and wholy professional contributions to OUR vaping industry. That said, I was never a fan of Vaping360 or their previous “product reviews”. However, their decision to employ and empower your critical expertise is nothing short of revelatory.
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Hi Phillip, Thanks for your honest feedback. As editor-in-chief of Vaping360, I’d like to respond to your comment. I’ll explain a little bit about how Anthony came to write for us, and about our editorial standards. We love Anthony Victor and what he brings to the table. Professionally and personally. I approached him in June of 2017 and asked him if he’d write for us. That dude was already doing so much in vaping; it wasn’t like he was emailing us looking for a job! Luckily, he offered us some of his time to join our writing team. I only… Read more »

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I second what Phillip has said above. All but the not a fan of vaping360, I have no opinion of vaping360 one way or another. Anthony’s reviews are excellent, no nonsense, and fact based which is what I care about.

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Im still stuck on using my 2 Geekvape Nova mods! I also recently acquired an AsMODus Minikin 3 but I still prefer my Nova’s over even the Minikin 3.

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I love the Mod. I have over 15 mods and I like this one the best. I love the feel and look of it. And it performs well as good as any normal person needs. I highly recommend the Vaporesso GEN

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I like mine, but I really wish the manual were more complete. Like, somehow I managed to change the temp unit display from F to C in STC mode, and I don’t have a damn clue how to switch it back!

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Tony Glock

Nice review Anthony it seems maybe you were not aware of how the pulse mode works on this MOD supposedly it’s supposed to lead to a more pleasant vape but I’m not sure how true that is or not? I just put in my order for a Red/Black Gen for the unbeatable price of $22. I had a $15 credit that helped bring the price down some which always helps and with shipping the Final cost is about $28 and you can’t beat that. Ive wanted the Gen since the day I laid eyes on it and here lately within… Read more »

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