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VAPORESSO LUXE 80 Review: Is it the Best Option for GTX Coils?

Anthony Victor
July 26, 2021

Product intro and specs

The LUXE 80 is an AIO kit by VAPORESSO, a company that has become quite popular for their great mods like the GEN S and LUXE, but as of late has done well with pods and AIOs as well. Their latest product is an AIO system in a small package, made for low to mid-wattage DL vaping.

The device houses an internal battery rated at 2500 mAh, comes with a large color screen, and allows wattage adjustments as well as a selection of other functions courtesy of the latest edition of the AXON chipset. It comes with a proprietary pod tank that has a 5 mL capacity and takes the GTX line of coils, which I have tested in a number of VAPORESSO devices in the past.

Price: $47.99 (at Element Vape)
Colors: Blue, red, carbon fiber, wood grain, gorilla.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 111.1 mm x 39.4 mm x 28 mm
  • Display: 0.96-inch TFT Screen
  • Pod capacity: 5 mL (standard) / 2 mL (TPD)
  • Output wattage: 5-80 watts
  • Battery: 2500 mAh built-in
  • Charging: Type-C 5V/2A
  • Coils: GTX 0.2-ohm mesh (45-60 watts) / GTX 0.3-ohm mesh (32-45 watts)

Kit contents

  • 1 x LUXE 80 mod
  • 1 x GTX POD 26 (5 mL)
  • 1 x GTX 0.2-ohm mesh coil
  • 1 x GTX 0.3-ohm mesh coil
  • 1 x Type-C USB cable
  • 1 x User manual
  • 1 x Warranty card

Build quality and design

The LUXE 80 is a very small and pocketable AIO system. It’s similar in size to their SWAG PX80 kit but with an internal battery instead of an 18650. It’s got enough weight to feel solid and well-built, without feeling too heavy. At 111.1 mm x 39.4 mm x 28 mm it’s close in size to the PX80 but slightly smaller overall.

I received the “Gorilla” color of their options. They all have the same satin gunmetal frame and leather on one side, with the main difference between the color options being the panel on the other side. There is one exception for the gorilla color, where the leather is crocodile textured while on the other four options it’s smooth leather. The leather on mine is excellent—it feels nice and thick and looks great.

I’ve had no paint chipping or issues with the device at all. There are three buttons on the front: fire, up, and down. On the front of the device, you have the 0.96-inch color TFT rectangle screen which is nice and bright, and easy to see. The screen is excellent on this device.

Branding is kept very simple, with a VAPORESSO on the back and a small LUXE in the corner above the leather panel on the side. All in all, it’s really a good-looking AIO system with plenty of color options and nice features to it.

Getting started

The LUXE 80 is a pretty typical AIO system, that’s simple to use. Here’s a rundown of basic operations.

  • Click fire five times to turn it on or off.
  • Click fire three times to lock the adjustment buttons.
  • Use up or down to adjust wattage.
  • Holding up and down will enter the menu.

The menu is pretty basic but has a few modes. There is wattage, voltage, and smart wattage, but since it’s an AIO and coils are rated by watts, it’s best to keep it there. There is also a puff history by day over your last seven days and the ability to reset it, as well as a default reset and the ability to change the color of the screen between green, blue, and pink. The screen displays the wattage, a puff counter, battery meter, resistance, and the recommended watts for the coil installed—which is a great feature.

The LUXE 80 comes with the same pod tank as the GTX Go 80 kit, which is the GTX POD 26. The tank comes with a proprietary connection, making it the only tank that’s compatible with this device. It’s held in place by magnets and pops in and out. You rotate the whole tank to adjust the airflow which is made for different levels of DL vaping. MTL would be very tough to get on this device but is possible technically if you wanted to use the lower watt coils on it.

Coil replacement is mostly easy as well. It uses the same GTX plug-n-play coils like a few of their other devices. With the pod tank removed, just pull the coil out from the bottom and pop in a new one. Then put it back in and refill it. You do need to pretty much empty the pod before replacing the coil, but if you do it sideways, a little juice can stay in there.

My only complaint, and something I’ve seen on a lot of systems lately, is that the coils can be hard to pop out by hand unless you have long fingernails. Using a flathead screwdriver makes it much easier and there is an indent to help, but I do wish these new systems would make it easier to pull out a coil. VAPORESSO recently released the SWAG PX80, which featured a great mechanism for coil replacement—you just had to push down on the drip tip to eject the coil. Would have been nice to have that here as well.

Refilling the GTX 26 POD tank is easy. Like the GTX GO, the top cap screws off and there is one small hole with a flapper. But as was the case with the GTX go, the top cap can be a little slippery. It would have been nice if it had a little more grip to it. Overall, it is a pretty easy to use pod system as it should be, but could use some minor improvements.

Performance

The most important part of any pod device is going to be the coils—lots of nice systems have been ruined by poor coils. The LUXE 80 Uses the GTX coils from VAPORESSO which I’ve used and reviewed in many devices so I’m no stranger to them. It comes with two coil options.

  • A 0.2-ohm mesh coil rated for 45-60 watts
  • A 0.3-ohm mesh coil rated 32-45 watts

You can also buy the other options separately, which are a 0.8-ohm mesh coil rated 12-20 watts, a 0.6-ohm mesh coil rated 20-30 watts, and an RBA deck. They also list two options as “coming soon” on their site.

As I’ve stated above, I’ve used quite a few of these coils over time actually when I reviewed previous GTX-powered VAPORESSO devices, so I was pretty familiar with them going into it. You can read into the PM40 review for the optional coils not included in this kit. This kit does have the same coils as the PX80 and PM80 though, so I got to see if my experience was the same and if the coils were consistent.

I did wind up getting the same experience. The 0.3-ohm coil is best around 35 watts and it’s solid but not as good as the 0.2-ohm one. The 0.2-ohm coil is best around 40-45 watts and a really good coil for flavor and life. Both coils are fine to use with the kit, but when you buy replacements, it’s best to go for the 0.2-ohm coil if you want a DL vape. For MTL, you can give the higher resistance options a go. Overall, the coils are good and they’ve been around for a while so they are very easy to find.

Battery life and charging

VAPORESSO list the device at 2A charging with an internal battery rated at 2500 mAh. The max charge rate I got during my testing was 1.86A which is more than good enough to earn a 2A rating. Anything higher than a 1.8 is suitable to be rated at 2A so no complaints there.

The device allows passthrough vaping as well so you can vape while it charges. Charge time is 1 hour and 11 mins which is good. For battery size, however, I got a usable 1890 mAh. Now it’s not uncommon for companies to overrate battery sizes. It’s to the point where I expect them to be overstated by 20% every time, but this one is about 24-25% overstated so I’ll ding them for that. Inflated battery capacity has been a bit of a recurring theme for VAPORESSO, and I hope they look into the mod settings and the battery manufacturer they use to have more accurate listings in the future.

I recently discussed in my IJOY AirGo review that companies are not the only ones to blame for overrated batteries. Battery manufacturers often state higher capacity in their spec sheets, and not all of the listed capacity ends up being usable due to soft cell cut-off. But in any case, I would have preferred a 2000 mAh rating here, which would have been fair and close enough.

Pros / Cons

  • Solid build quality
  • Lightweight and durable
  • Very small and pocketable
  • Nice leather panels
  • Large and bright color screen
  • Pods are held in firmly
  • Two coil options included
  • Three other coil options usable in this kit
  • Good flavor and coil life from 0.2-ohm coil
  • Good tank capacity (5 mL)
  • Clear tank (easy to check juice levels)
  • Adjustable airflow
  • Passthrough vaping
  • Fast charging (1.86A / 1 hour 11 minutes)
  • Coils can be hard to pull out
  • Top cap is hard to twist off at times
  • Overstated battery capacity

Verdict

Overall, VAPORESSO did a good job with this device. In many ways, it’s like a crossover between the PX80 and the GTX GO kits. The PX80 was a great kit, and if you don’t want to deal with batteries, this is a perfect option. I wish they would have used the SWAG pod tank instead though, as it’s just better than the GTX tank when it comes to filling and replacing coils. Still, the cons are pretty minor, and it’s a great option for DL vaping on an AIO kit.

We’d like to hear from you. Have you tried the VAPORESSO LUXE 80? How was your experience with the device? Let us know in the comments below.

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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ADE YUSUF YULIANTO
ADE YUSUF YULIANTO
1 month ago

Beautiful device

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