Vapefly TGO (Touch to Go)
Big thanks to Vapefly for supplying their latest release, the Vapefly TGO. The Vapefly brand have been in existence since 2017 and have established themselves as purveyors of quality vaping equipment with their own R and D unit plus the experience of the highly rated German103 team. With the TGO, they have introduced fingerprint technology to a mod, bringing security, child safety and also preventing accidental misfires. Please read on to see if this indeed innovative or a pain in the backside.
In The Box
The TGO comes well packaged with a picture of the mod on the front with company branding. On the rear is the contents list, company details and a scratch and check sticker next to the mod/colour information. The outer sleeve and box lid removed reveals the TGO pod, and removing the top tray leaves you with a USB C charge lead, two coils, a fold out manual and fingerprint set up instruction card.
Setting Up Fingerprint Lock
On first start up out the box you are prompted to set up the fingerprint recognition.
- Power device on by clicking five times
- Press fire button to access fingerprint screen
- You will need two ‘admin’ or user fingerprints
- Choose fingerprint number with + and – button
- Press fire button to begin fingerprint capture
- Repeat six times until green light flashes
- To add other users fingerprints, press fire button and + and repeat
- To delete fingerprint press fire and –
I was pleasantly surprised how faff free this was having nearly thrown a phone through a window over its inability to recognise one fingerprint. As I tend to thumb fire right handed or index finger left handed, that’s what I set up. In use, there were very few missed fires and it helps that the fire button needs a firm press to actually activate. What is really impressive is that it can’t be fired by inanimate objects like keys/change in a pocket without having to put the mod into a locked mode. It locks the fire button after three minutes. The +/- buttons are locked by default requiring a simultaneous +/- press to unlock, so no pulling the mod out of a pocket/bag and vaping on a volcano because the power has been set to max. The fingerprint lock can be switched off for 24hrs by three presses on the fire button to put it in Communication mode. Three presses will re-enable the lock.
Once the fingerprints are set, it’s time to get to the important stuff and see how it vapes. The pod is held in place by four strong magnets, and there’s zero movement once in place. The coil is push fit taking note of the squared sides to line up correctly. A few drops of e-juice to begin priming the coil, push it in and then it is time to fill. The pod has a clever top fill opened by pushing down on the raised arrow and pushing towards the airflow control (AFC). This is easier to do with the pod in situ as it’s quite stiff at first. The pod has a black top, so it’s better to remove the pod to see how much juice is in otherwise you risk overfilling and ending up with juice squirting out of the fill hole. There are cut outs in the mod body and by tilting it forward, it’s possible to see the juice level rising, but is difficult to see in a dark environment. The AFC is knurled and easy to rotate without being loose. The fire button is quite large to accommodate the fingerprint technology, and it has a solid feel when pressed but no clicking. Around the fire button is an LED that shines red if it doesn’t recognise the fingerprint and green when it does. Fortunately for battery life, it only does this from a locked state along with haptic feedback. Below the fire button is a clear, well presented 0.96” TFT screen. At the top is mode and battery level. Below is a speedo style power meter which increases/decreases as you set the watts. Below that is the watts, oHms and Volts, and at the bottom are puff/time counters and a fingerprint symbol to show it’s set to FP lock and is greyed out when in communication mode (24hr unlock). A padlock symbol next to power shows when the +/- buttons are locked.
When fitting the pod, you get the haptic feedback and it auto selects the power, 30W for the 0.3ohm and 20W for the 0.6ohm coil. To adjust power, simultaneously press both +/- and use either to go up/down. Both coils worked well at the pre-set and up to the max for my tastes, and both are quite happy with 70/30 juice. AFC is a little vague until halfway closed, and then the vape becomes a bit more condensed without feeling restricted. The two extra airflow holes in the body under the juice windows meant this doesn’t shut down tight although this would also be determined by using MTL coils with a narrow bore. Flavour on both coils was good using my standard testing juice, a dessert Butter 03, and the fruity Pear Fizz was very good. As I’ve found out trying various pod/low ohm systems, most are better with lighter fruity flavours, but a shade dull on desserts/custards, but these coils are in the top 2/3 I’ve tried.
To sum up, is the FP technology a positive or negative? It worked without issue unless I wasn’t contacting the fire button right so that’s user error not a mod problem. Once set up, which is not difficult to do, it worked as well as any other mod. Firing is quick and positive, and the display has all the info you need. Pods don’t leak (yeah) and the top fill works well if a little small/tight. It would be nice to have the option to swap drip tips but the built in one isn’t bad. The menu system is easy as there’s few options to actually change. You can select one of four modes from std, sport, eco and vpc plus puff reset after hitting the fire button four times and using +/- to scroll through. Runtime is decent on the 0.6 coil but unexpectedly lower on the 0.3, although charging wasn’t the quickest given it’s USB C. Tested at around 1.5A, charge current took 1.5hrs to charge from 20% to full. The finish on the mod is top quality. The paintwork is exceptionally good with a white pearlescent main colour and the GT sports car stripes in black on the review mod. Logos are subtle without detracting the look, and the buttons are all responsive with no rattling. It’s not the lightest pod mod for it’s size, but it looks and feels solid.
To be honest the only gripe I have with this is every time I plugged in to charge, the mod said it was fully charged until I unplugged/plugged the USB C lead. This happened on the supplied lead as well as two other leads.
Thanks again to Vapefly for providing the TGO pod kit. More info here