FreeMax Twister 80W Starter Kit review by Antony Lord

Review Date: 
09.04.2019

FreeMax Twister 80W Starter Kit

Tube style mods with built in batteries are incredibly popular with new vapers who like their simplicity and compact size - and the Twister 80W Starter Kit is the latest offering from FreeMax. The kit includes the 80W Twister mod coupled with a Fireluke 2 subohm mesh tank. The two products come nicely presented in a slip case with two separate boxes held inside, the first contains the Twister mod and the second holds the Fireluke 2 tank.

The kit comes in a variety of colors (black, white, yellow, red , green and blue) with a bold graffiti theme on both the mod and tank which I suspect is intended to appeal more to the twenty-something’s out there rather than a middle aged man like myself. The decoration is completed by using a water transfer process which should hopefully prove to be durable in long term use. The designs certainly stand out from the crowd although I would have liked to see a couple of more sober offerings, perhaps in plain carbon fiber for example, I must admit that I found the blue kit sent in for review rather fetching and the design grew on me over the time I used it for the purposes of this review.

Also included in the boxes are the usual assortment of paperwork, a USB lead and and some spare o-rings for the tank.

Twister 80W mod

Now onto the star of the show, the Twister 80w mod.

  • Size: 24.7mm x 101.6mm
  • Battery capacity: 2300mAh
  • Output wattage: 5 to 80W
  • Output voltage: 0.5 to 9 volts
  • Output current: 1 to 30 amps
  • Resistance range: 0.1 to 3 ohms
  • Power efficiency: 95%
  • Firing speed: 0.01 seconds

This is a fairly compact mod at just 102mm tall thanks to the built in 2300mAh 20600 battery.

Up top is a nicely spring loaded 510 connector in a 24mm platform. Anything up to 24mm will look good on here but you will have overhang with anything larger.

On the front you have the fire button with an led surround to give you status indicators and on the back you have a micro USB connector for charging. On the bottom there's a large twister logo and holes for battery venting should anything go wrong.

Most of these stick style mods are simple regulated bypass mods, in other words they simply dump the voltage available in the battery to your atty which means as the battery drains your vape will get weaker. On the bottom of the Twister mod there's an adjustment wheel which gives this mod it's name. Wattage can be adjusted from 5w to 80w and the wheel has click stops every 5w. You can adjust the wattage in 1w steps but it really wants to stop at those 5w intervals. This is definitely a welcome addition to this style of mod giving you the power adjustment you want without adding screens a buttons which would detract from the appearance of the kit.

The usual 5 clicks will turn the mod on and off. The surrounding status led gives you indicators of the battery status and error states etc. The indicator also lights up red for charging and will go off once fully charged.

  • White flash: on/off
  • Green: 65 to 100%
  • Yellow: 30 to 65%
  • Red: 0 to 30%
  • Red flash: various protection messages

I found the fire button to be a little “mushy” although I've had no problems in use. The surrounding led is fine indoors but I found it virtually impossible to see outdoors in bright light.

Charging seemed a little on the slow side at 0.75 amps which meant long (over 3 hours) charging times, and there doesn't appear to be vape whilst charging ability.

 

Fireluke 2 Tank and coils

The Fireluke 2 tank is a fairly straightforward sub ohm stock coil tank made from steel. It's been water transferred in this edition to match the Twister mod in your chosen colour with a matching 810 drip tip. The drip tip has o-rings but there's also an o-ring in the catch cup so all your 810 drip tips should work on here as well.

The version sent in for review is the international version with two 5ml Pyrex bubble glass in the box. For the TPD edition I believe it comes with a 2ml straight glass and you should be offered a 5ml bubble glass in separate box for TPD compliance, most vendors should offer this as a free “upgrade”.

The supplied o-rings are clear, including the spares, which is disappointing as I'm sure these will discolour and take on that characteristic awful yellow stain over time. The o-rings are tight, so tight I have so far been unable to remove the bubble glass for fear of breaking it! I'm sure this will loosen over time though.

On the top you'll find a red dot, push here to reveal the fill port. If you look under the drip tip in this position you'll see a small hole which is supposed to allow air to escape whilst filling and reduce this risk of things backing up which is common in this style of filler. My experience suggests it's possibly not all that successful though especially if using a bottle with a larger nozzle. Once closed the top cap also seems to have quite a bit of play from side to side but I've not had any issues with it coming open in my jacket pocket. This appears to be a press fit assembly so no adjustments are possible to rectify this or to change the top gasket either should that become damaged.

Down below are two large cyclops airflow holes with hard stops at the fully open and closed positions. As with most modern sub ohm tanks there's absolutely bags of airflow, too much in my opinion so I've been using it about half to two thirds open. The airflow is nice and smooth with no nasty whistles either.

There are two coils included in the package, a 0.15ohm single coil and a 0.2 ohm dual coil, both are mesh coils. When fitting the coils make sure to pay particular attention to the o-ring at the base of the coil as these become easily dislodged as you can see in the second picture below.

So how do the coils perform?

X1 0.15 ohm single coil:
40W - muted flavor, cold
50W - starts to come alive
60-70W - best performance and flavor
Kept up at 80W, no dry hits

X2 0.2 ohm dual coil:
40w muted flavor, cold
50w starts to come alive
60-70w best performance and flavor
Kept up at 80w, no dry hits

All the coils in the Fireluke line use kanthal mesh, with the exception of one which is done in ss316, with a mix of cotton and wood pulp wicking. Both the included coils had bags of flavour with little or no break in time, they wick exceptionally well and I've had no leaks or dry hits from them either. Several other coil heads are available (2 single coil, 2 dual coil, a triple coil and a quad coil) if the included if the two included ones don't float your boat, details can be found on the FreeMax Twister page.

Conclusion

This kit has really grown on me, however whilst the Fireluke 2 tank and Twister mod make a great combination I feel the supplied coils are possibly mismatched to the kit. Don't get me wrong, the coils produce great flavour, and the mod is more than capable of supplying the required power, but with just a single 2300mah battery your pushing things at the required wattage ranges and battery life suffers as a result, I was barely able to make it past lunchtime so frequent recharging between vapes or carrying a second setup were a must!

One option to address the battery life would obviously be the NX2 mesh coil listed on the Twister kit page which is rated at a much lower 20 to 50w but I haven't been able find this for sale anywhere, not even overseas vendors, so I'm not sure if it's a pre-release item? I've tried contacting FreeMax about this but haven't had a response.

As it stands I will probably continue to use both, just not necessarily together.

Looking around UK vendors, the FreeMax Twister kit is typically available from around the £35-40 at the time of writing which represents good value for money.

 

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 Antony Lord
Article by Antony Lord
I was a twenty a day smoker for 25 years and like most smokers I was always going to quit "next week". Having hit my mid forties and having the usual smokers cough and difficulty with anything more than moderate exercise it was obviously time to give up the cancer sticks. I tried vaping in 2013 but it wasn't until 2016 that I fully made the switch and gave up cigarettes completely.