Forz TX80 by Vaporesso
Review by BFG Hodson
Looking for a mod that’s more rugged than Bear Grylls? Survives underwater, and doesn’t shatter after falls from a height? Dustproof and that looks good? We look at Vaporesso’s latest offering the Forz TX80.
Ok before we get going let us address the elephant in the room, yes… it does resemble another very sturdy mod. The design and concept have been done before but be honest what hasn’t these days.
Vaporesso has grown rapidly over the last 5 years and has delivered a range of great hardware, and more recently chips. The Forz TX80 boasts the latest version of the Axon chip, the v1 version was found in the Gen mod. There’s no arguing the fact Vaporesso has drawn inspiration from other manufacturers, often mimicking form factor though.
In this case, they’ve improved it too! Not only is the device IP67 rated (dust, shock, and waterproof) but the tank is a rugged little devil too, with encased glass, rubber coating, and a dust cap (although I know I’ll lose this shortly). Don’t expect any mouth to lung action though, this rugged tank and its coils are designed for direct to lung.
I can forgive them the similarities to the Aegis easily as everything you get with the Forz TX80 from the packaging to the device is well presented, and for the most part easy to use (ah you noticed for the most part, well more on that later)
What’s in the box?
- 1 x FORZ TX80 Box Mod
- 1 x FORZ 25 Tank
- 1 x GTR Coil 0.15Ω MESH (pre-installed)
- 1 x GTR Coil 0.4Ω MESH
- 1 x Type-C USB Cable
- 1 x User Manual
- 1 x Warranty Card
- 1 x Glass Tube
- 4 x O-ring
- 1 x Screwdriver
- 1 x USB Silicone Plug
- 1 x FORZ Badge
Vaporesso FORZ TX80 Mod Specs
- Size: 84.6×30.1×41.7mm (Including tank)
- Output: 5-80W
- Battery: 1×18650 (not included)
- Display: 0.69in OLED screen (White on Black)
- Resistance limits: 0.03-5ohm
- Type C USB – 2.A charging rate
- Axon chip 2.0
- Waterproof, Shockproof, and dustproof
Vaporesso FORZ Tank 25 Specs
- Size: 30x56mm (8ml version) / 22×47.5mm (Mini TPD version)
- E-liquid capacity: 4.5ml (standard) / 2ml (TPD)
- Adjustable airflow
- Screw top fill cap
- Pull/push coil replacement
- Coil options: GTR coil range
So, what’s all the fuss about the Axon chip?
Ok, so the AXON V2 what’s this little beauty bring to the party? Are we talking a bucket full of Peroni or your uncle Sid’s homebrew? Well, let’s look at the features….
The new F(t) mode is the default mode and after attaching a new atomizer the device will switch to this mode, it adjusts the temp, ramp up and duration automatically to try and deliver a perfect balance. A smart mode for non-TC coils but with some control for the user. To be honest this didn’t seem to work. It scanned but the wattage remained at what I had it set to previously. When I dialled it in manually the power delivery was good and it produced a decent vape.
Pulse mode a faux PWM like power delivery but they don’t specify in the manual so it’s kind of hard to confirm. I had real problems feeling the difference from VW in DIY mode.
When the battery reaches 40% it will prompt to enter Power Eco mode which attempts to save the remaining battery by automatically adjusting power.
Smart TC is basically temp control on autopilot, it detects the attached atomizer and attempts to set the best settings for it. If you select this and attach a non-TC coil it will flip to F(t).
The DIY mode is the one I tended to use the most. This mode has several sub-options allowing you to choose
- VW (variable wattage) but with a High, Normal, or Soft setting,
- VV (variable voltage) my personal preference,
- VT (temp control but manual settings),
- SP (Super player mode) is the recommended mode for coils from 0.03-0.05ohm which they suggest is for RDA/RBAs. Your battery is not going to last, trust me you better have lots of spares.
Other than the issues I had with the F(t) mode this is a solid little heart to the mod. Variable Voltage gave a smooth and very pleasing vape.
Personally, I’d have preferred fewer options, it all just gets a little…. well overwhelming, but then again, I am old and simple. I don’t TC so I couldn’t test this mode, and I didn’t test the Super Player mode (coils that low…. I say, nay sir, my inner mech head was screaming in abject terror!!)
Navigating the Menu
It’s the standard five clicks to power on, five clicks to power off.
- Press the fire button three times to lock or unlock the menu and select buttons. It’s still possible to vape while the buttons are locked.
- Press the select button three times (or hold it down) to enter the mode select screen
- Use the menu rocker to scroll through the different options. You can also look at the system settings before reaching the exit screen.
- Choose an option by pressing the select button.
The TX80 experience
This is probably one of the most comfortable mods I’ve used… there I said it…. yes, I did.
The ergonomic design is great even with my spade like appendages, the rubber coating is grippy and extremely comfortable, with the fire button being in an intuitive position even for my sausage fingers. I found the main screen easy to see, and thanks to the easy user interface, changing things were straight forward.
The buttons are responsive and you’re flying through the menus easily, and the only grumble I’d have was that there are too many modes, but would it be Vaporesso without a range of features? If you’ve owned one of their mods before, you’ll know they do like their innovations.
The mod fires well with no noticeable delay, but as I expected if you run the TX80 above 55 watts your batteries aren’t going to last. It is only a single 18650, a 21700 version would have in my opinion been a much better starting point but I’d be very surprised if we don’t see one (or a dual 18650 version) in the near future.
Looks-wise, the available colour trims are frankly stunning, and functional. The grip pieces are so comfortable it’s ridiculous and even non-vaping friends have admired the Imperial red and brushed steel finish on the kit I tested. The faux leather/faux carbon fibre material (it’s an option) has the name FORZ stamped into it which is subtle but a nice distinction from others. The device even has some zinc alloy frames that hold the material in place and the entire thing is put together using reinforced Torx screws.
The Forz TX80 tank does seem a little top-heavy but given its durability, you can forgive this and to be frank, after a while you don’t notice it.
The battery door is a little stiff to screw in but that is due to the waterproofing o ring but other than that I had no issue with the threads.
The USB is a type C port offering 2 amp quick charge but as always I’d strongly advise purchasing a battery charger rather than in mod charging (stay safe folks, you don’t want Uncle BFG’s inner mech head screaming again do you…. Because it makes him grumpy…. yes, it does)
The Forz TX80 tank
The tank comes in the same rubber coating as the mod, and the glass is protected inside a cage with 4 x 14mm x 9 mm windows. To be honest it just screams safety for your glass.
The top of the tank just screws off anticlockwise to reveal 2 kidney-shaped ports, to be honest, I’d have liked them a little bigger. You’re going to struggle to fill from anything with a larger spout.
There are three 10mm wide adjustable airflow slots on the base of the tank and the tolerances are good, and the airflow control is exceptionally smooth.
In order to change the coil you just unscrew the base of the tank, sounds easy doesn’t it… oh it crunched, on my test tank it crunched like rover on a marrowbone, I’m hoping this will get better over time and was the one major niggle I had.
The coils are plug and play (after they’ve primed obviously), and I had no leaking issues.
The 0.15Ω GTR coil that was pre-installed gave a little more vapour than the 0.4Ω coil but the flavour was respectable, it did seem a bit muddy on one of my more complex juices. The cream seemed to be dulled down. The 0.4Ω coil was a quite cool vape but again the flavour was good.
The vape was slightly noisy, but wasn’t turbulent at all, although I did find if you partially closed the airflow it made the flavour muted.
Both coils gave a solid performance with good flavour, they’re a solid performing coil but don’t expect them to help you find notes in more complex flavours. A little airy for my taste but if you’re looking for a good all-round flavour / vaping experience you could do worse.
In a nutshell
This kit is a looker, its ergonomic in its design and the AXON chip performs well in some areas. The ease of use is great, and the display is clear and crisp. It’s a great device but there are caveats…
The F(t) mode auto-scan just didn’t seem to work. Dial it in manually and it’s great, but that just took the shine off. The pulse mode also seemed a bit redundant. On the other side of the coin, the VV mode was superb and a real treat to discover especially for an old dog like me.
The battery life means your going to need spares, I vape heavily and using it at 65 watts I got 3 – 3 ½ hours from the battery before the performance was noticeably dulled on the 0.15 coil, using the 0.4 coil I got around an extra hour at 55.
The threads on the base of the tank were just so crunchy, why they weren’t as buttery as the top cap I just can’t understand, but they are truly jarring and an issue I hope gets fixed.
My other niggle with the tank being that the coils work best with the airflow fully open, for me that’s just too loose, but if you like an unrestricted vape then that’s a moot point.
Overall, it’s a great device but the flaws may hamper it standing out in a pod filled marketplace unless your shopping specifically for an IP67 device.
I’d give the Forz TX80 Kit a solid 7.5 out of 10 and if you work in the construction industry or out of doors, I’d give it a look.
Today’s review was by BFG Hodson, you can catch him over on The Soul Ohm Blog.
He also co-hosts a live show and podcast over on the Soul Ohm reviews channel, one of which is on a Thursday evening at 7:30pm and is well worth a watch!