Starter Kit Reviews

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.

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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

Reviewer at POTV
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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 bought my first e-cigarette in 2013 when they were expensive, difficult to find and quite frankly... crap. I used it for about a week then went back to the roll ups, mark up another failed quit attempt. The fact that I had just changed jobs and was under quite a lot of stress probably didn't help. Move on to 2016 and whilst I was browsing eBay I noticed that one of the suggested items that would occasionally pop up was for a cheap e-cigarette. It looked similar to the one I'd bought 3 years earlier but it was only £5 (about 8 times cheaper than before) so I decided to give it another go on a whim. Once the kit arrived I managed to gradually replace the cigarettes with my new kit over a two month period and got into watching YouTube reviews for newer kit. My cheap and cheerful kit was replaced by a more upmarket affair, and being a noob I made a mistake once it arrived... I put in the supplied direct lung coil, this was of course a complete revelation and I haven't touched a cigarette since. Oh and I no longer spend the first five minutes of every day having a coughing fit either.

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