Vaporesso Luxe PM40
The following thoughts are all my own based on my experiences.
The first thing I noticed was way this came packaged, it’s all contained within a rather swish presentation box. It’s a simple yet elegant box which contains everything you need to get started with the device and even the box feels classy. I opened it to reveal the following contents:
- Luxe PM40 Mod/Battery
- 2 x Luxe PM40 pods
- GTX 0.6 ohm Mesh Coil
- GTX 0.8 ohm Mesh Coil
- Type C USB Charging Cable
- User Manual
- Warranty Card
The Luxe PM40 comes in a range of colours which are Jade, Carbon Fiber, Black, Silver and the one I received, the rather cool sounding “Lava”.
So, is this hot or not? Let’s check the specs….
It has ten protections which are – short-circuit protection, no load protection, low resistance protection, high resistance protection, low voltage protection, over voltage protection, over charge protection, over discharge protection, auto-shut off protection and PCBA overheat protection
- Size – 96.45 x 30.6 x 21.5mm
- Pod capacity – 4ml (2ml TPD)
- Battery Capacity – Built-in 1800mah
- Output Wattage – 5W–40W
- 0.69 OLED Screen
The coils supplied are:
GTX 0.6Ohm Mesh Coil (20-30W)
GTX 0.8Ohm Mesh Coil (12-20W)
That’s not all, they have what they are calling “Turbo Boosting Tech” utilising the Axon chip, and “Quad Protection – The Improved Leak-Proof System”, more on these later.
When you take the device out of the box, there are clear films over the panels and the screen which are easily removed. Remove these and you’ll notice just how nice this feels in the hand. The panels are lovely and smooth, it’s a good size, and it’s nice and light yet feels sturdy and very well made. On the front is a good sized fire button which clicks nice and smoothly although mine rattled somewhat, not a major issue, more of a minor annoyance. Five clicks to turn on the device, five clicks to turn off and three clicks will allow you to adjust the wattage, which I will cover later on. On the back is the airflow slider which is reminiscent of the slider on the XROS but to me is an improvement. The slider button is raised more than on the XROS and has enough resistance to it that it’s easy to move but you are not going to have to worry about it being adjusted accidentally whilst in your pocket.
On one side you have two airflow slots which are covered over when you use the adjustable airflow slider, and on the other side you have one airflow slot, the usb-C charging port and the 0.69” OLED Screen. The screen itself is somewhat basic and looks like the same one Vaporesso used on the GTX One. It displays everything you need – coil resistance, puff counter, wattage, battery level and battery %. It also shows a little padlock if the device is locked, and when you fire the device it replaces the puff counter with a puff timer. Each draw is cut off after five seconds. The screen is functional but, given the quality of the rest of the device, I feel it’s a little basic and uninspiring. I also found the screen to be upside down. What I mean by this is that I tend to thumb fire the majority of my devices. If I hold the mod in my dominant right hand, take a draw with the fire button facing down and then want to look at the screen, I will move my right arm away and look at the screen, or more often I will move my hand away from my mouth slightly and twist my wrist so that the mouthpiece is facing to the left. If I do this, the screen is upside down. Again, it’s not a major issue at all but something to note and as it’s personal preference, some may like the screen this way. Here’s what I mean (remember to look at the device and not get too distracted by my beautiful hands)
Clear plastic, hurrah! None of those pesky, dark, smoky pods here, I can actually see the liquid level nice and easily. There are touches of the XROS here again with the pod, the tip clicks off to reveal the fill port which has a membrane to stop any liquid squirting back out and also to help prevent any leaks. You’ll be able to fit most bottles nicely into the hole, and I didn’t have any issues when filling the pod.
Now, remember the “Quad Protection – Improved Leak Proof System”? This is where it comes in to play. If you look at the bottom of the pod there is a second reservoir here below where the liquid will be
This is to catch any condensation and any leaks to prevent it getting into the device itself. To go alongside that, there are the coils. The coils just push from the bottom and sit nicely in place, they sit flush and take a little tug to get them back out. The coils with this kit have second O-ring on them to seal the second reservoir. If you compare them to the original GTX coils you can see the difference.
The original GTX coils still fit the pod but you lose the leak protection if you use them. How this is going to work when ordering new coils is yet to be seen. According to Vaporesso, the new coils will have a different stock code but how this will translate when you come to buy coils from your favoured retailer is another matter. This is all somewhat confusing and although I really like that Vaporesso are trying to stop any leaks, but I can’t help wondering if there was a different way to implement this which would have caused less confusion for the customer.
So, it sure Luxe good but how does it perform? Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin….
Now this a story all about how, my life got flipped turned upside down, And I’d like to take a minute, you just sit right there, I tell you how vaping the Luxe PM40 doth compare.
With the device fully charged, I primed the 0.6Ohm coil (rated 20W-30W) with some Unicorn Shake by Prime Vapes, popped the coil in the pod, filled it and let it sit for a while to soak in the liquid. I inserted the pod into the device and it instantly recognised that it was the 0.6Ohm coil and set the wattage at 26W. I opened the airflow fully to begin and took a draw. This is definitely a restricted draw and I found that I favoured it with the airflow fully open as I found that gave me a nice restricted hit without feeling like my cheeks were going to implode. You can adjust it much tighter with the airflow adjuster, but I personally liked it all the way open, giving a nice balance between restriction and warmth. The flavour here with the 0.6Ohm coil is superb, absolutely spot on, so good it would make Carlton dance. I love how this vapes and can’t get enough of it, it’s damn delightful, absolutely spiffing indeed. I played about with the wattage and the airflow but for me, 26W with full airflow was spot on. I’m really impressed with the draw, the flavour is outstanding and it’s an absolutely top notch restricted direct lung hit. I’ve barely been able to put this device down since I got it, that’s how well this vapes. They promised Turbo Boosting Tech using the Axon Chip, which they claim means no drop off in flavour as the battery level reduces. I can gladly say I don’t know what they have done, but it definitely delivers.
When adjusting the wattage, you click the fire button three times then each subsequent click increases the wattage. Once it reaches 40W, it cycles back down to 5W. Unfortunately there is no way to decrease the wattage, so if you are at 26W and want to go down to say 24W, you have to keep clicking through to 40W then start at 5W and keep going back up until you hit 24W which can be a tad arduous.
As this kit came with two pods, I was easily able to try the 0.8Ohm coil (rated 12W-20W) as well, which the device set for me at 18W. In terms of the restriction, there isn’t much difference between this coil and the 0.6Ohm, and I changed the wattage up and down as well as toyed around with the airflow. The flavour here is decent, but it doesn’t hit the same heights as the 0.6Ohm. It’s still nice vape though. I tried 70VG/30PG with the 0.8Ohm, and I tried some 50/50 with the airflow fully closed to see if you could get an MTL draw out of it, but the airflow is still just too open for MTL. I tried a standard 1.2Ohm GTX coil as well (which the device set at 11W), and this does tighten the draw somewhat, but it’s still very loose MTL draw, passable and tighter than the 0.8Ohm coil, but still way too loose for me, like one of Jazzy Jeff’s shirts.
One question I always have with pods and AIOs is, does it leak? Well, the additional reservoir integrated into this pod sure does something as after vaping for a while, I can see this gathering condensation so it’s obviously working. I don’t know how long this would take to fully fill up with liquid, so it’s worth giving it a blow out when you can to stop it fully filling. However, it’s not entirely 100%. I still found some condensation drops underneath the pod, it tended to be towards the sides of the pod, but it was still there. It was never a major issue and there wasn’t much of it, but I’d still check and give it a wipe every now and again with a paper towel to stop this building up. With the 1.2Ohm coil I tried, I didn’t find that leaked either. There seemed to be a little bit more condensation under the pod than with the coils with the second O-ring, but not what I would call a leak.
The battery lasted longer than I thought it might and I got roughly 280 puffs out of a full charge. Charging from empty to 100% took less than an hour, and you can vape while it charges.
As soon as you get this device in your hand, you can feel it’s quality. It’s got a nice weight to it, the panels are gorgeous, lovely and smooth. I’m a big fan of the design of this device. The pods are well thought out, and that 0.6Ohm coil gives absolutely first rate flavour, and is an utter treat to vape.
It’s not without it’s flaws though, the screen to me is upside down. No matter which way I vaped, it just seemed the wrong way round. The screen is basic, there’s no easy way to decrease the wattage and above all there is definitely going to be some confusion when it comes to ordering coils, I could get my butler Geoffrey to do it of course, but I think even he’d struggle.
Having said all that, if you want a portable DL device then this is a superb option for new vapers and those more experienced. The adjustable airflow is great, the turbo boost tech really works, and I cannot emphasize enough just how good the vape is with that 0.6Ohm coil, I’m hooked. I will be using this device for a long time to come and Will definitely recommend that everyone try it.