VAPORESSO GEN PT60 & PT80S: Two Great AIOs
Product intro and specs
In this review, I’ll be testing two kits that are very similar, with the main difference being the battery type. The VAPORESSO GEN PT60, which comes with an internal battery listed at 2500 mAh, and the GEN PT80S, which takes a single 18650 battery.
Both devices are AIOs and they are using the new xTANK, a pod tank with top airflow for maximum leak protection. The tank takes the familiar GTX coil line and is fully compatible with all of them—instead of semi-compatible as we’ve seen in some of their other devices.
VAPORESSO have been on a roll during the last couple of years, coming out with well-built devices that are great performers. Keep reading to find out if the GEN PT60 and the PT80S continue VAPORESSO’s tradition of solid beginner-friendly AIOs.
Price: PT60 – $49.99 (at Element Vape) / PT80S – $47.99 (at Element Vape)
Colors: Dark black, light silver, matte gray, Aegean blue, earth brown, and Alpine green.
·Tank capacity: 4.5mL / 2mL (TPD)
·PT60 dimensions: 112 mm x 35 mm x 28 mm
·PT80S dimensions: 132 mm x 30 mm x 29 mm
·Battery: PT60 2500 mAh internal / PT80S 1x18650 battery
·Output power: PT60 5-60 watts / PT80S 5-80 watts
·Charging current: DC 5V/2A / Type-C
·Display: 0.91 inch OLED screen
·1 x Device (PT60 or PT80S)
·1 x xTANK Pod
·2 x Coils
·1 x Type-C cable
·1 x User Manual
·1 x Warranty card
Build quality and design
The PT60 and PT80S are small box-style AIO pod systems. Both devices are very lightweight and portable. They have a similar sleek design, with the PT60 being the more compact of the two, and the PT80S being a bit taller to accommodate the external battery. The battery fits great, and the device has a nice magnetic battery door on the back.
The names of the two devices come from the wattage; the PT80S can do a max of 80 watts while the PT60 is 60 watts max. They both feel great in the hand and are ribbed for grip (and your hand-feel pleasure.) They are offered in six colors. All the colors are full-body, so each color stands out in its own way. I got the light silver versions for this review. They are all silver, and even the xTANK has a matching metal top. However, all the other colors have a black top for the xTANK.
There are three buttons on the device: a fire button on the top front above the screen, and the up and down buttons below the screen. They both have the same screen which, disappointingly, is black and white. I’m guessing they wanted to keep costs down and price them competitively since they are beginner-friendly devices, but VAPORESSO makes some of the nicest color screens out there and some color would have made the devices even better. They are bright and easy to see though.
All in all, they are pretty standard AIOs, but they are well-built, very lightweight, and done right.
Both devices work the exact same way and are pretty typical AIO systems that are simple to use. I like how they don’t overwhelm users, as I recently reviewed a similar device that had way more modes than it really needed.
Here’s a rundown of basic operations:
·Press the fire button five times to turn the device on or off.
·Use the up and down buttons to adjust the wattage.
·Click fire three times to lock the device.
·Press fire and down to reset the puff counter.
·Press fire and up to flip the screen.
·Hold up and down to access the menu.
The menu lets you switch to VV mode or smart VW mode, but you won’t really need to use those on these devices. You can stay in the VW mode they come in out of the box.
This pod also has adjustable airflow by sliding the top cap, and offers from a restricted DL vape to a wide-open DL vape—these devices are not for MTL vapers. The pod itself is magnetic and pops in and out of the body very easily. When putting it in though, you have to rotate it to lock it into place, and it’ll catch and stay stationary in the right spot. This makes adjusting the air and filling easier since the pod won’t rotate. To remove the pod, just grab it and pull it out. No special tricks needed.
Filling is very easy as well with the design of the xTANK. The fill cap is located under the airflow ring, so just slide the air off to expose the rubber plug, and from there on it’s straightforward. Nice design to protect the plug as well. The pod is fully exposed, but monitoring juice levels can be hard because it’s very darkly tinted. As I’ve repeatedly said in the past, I wish all companies would just make clear pods and then offer a tinted version separately. Overall though, I’m very happy with the usage of the device.
The most important part of any pod device is going to be the coils. VAPORESSO’s latest pod systems have had really good coils, so we’ll see how this stacks up.
These devices use the GTX line of coils which I’ve used quite a bit on various other devices and find it to be a good line of coils overall. When I recently reviewed the GEN AIR 40, it was only compatible with some coils of the GTX line. The xTANK, however, is fully compatible, which is awesome.
Each device comes with two coils in the package:
·A 0.2-ohm coil rated for 45-60 watts
·A 0.4-ohm coil rated for 26-32 watts
·A 0.15-ohm coil rated for 60-75 watts
·A 0.3-ohm coil rated for 32-45 watts
All the included coils fit well with the power of the devices. There are seven coils in total in the GTX line, but I’d stick to the DL ones only due to the large airflow. So, in the end, the four coils listed above are the best options.
Overall, all four coils were at least good, but I found the best balance is the 0.2-ohm one as it works well around 50 watts and gave me great coil life and solid flavor. The other three are good options as well, and it’s a proven line of coils that should be easy to find so you know you’ll have an accessible good vape for a long time.
Battery life and charging
The GEN PT60 comes with an internal battery listed at 2500 mAh, the charge rate is listed at 2A, and the Type-C port is located under the up and down buttons. I tested all this and for the charge rate I got a max of 1.83A, so their rating is solid. For charge time, I got 56 minutes. Again, great rating, and a quick charging time for a pod system. Most pods like this charge up in about an hour to 90 mins. For battery size, it’s a little over 1650 mAh, so I consider it quite overrated.
However, to be fair across the board, most devices are rated about 20% higher than what you actually get. When this device shows that the battery is low and it won’t fire, plugging it in shows that charging starts at 25%. So the battery can’t handle the wattage well when it’s under 25%, which takes away a lot of its usable battery life. On a lower watt device, this battery would have had more usable capacity, so I can see the reason behind its rating. But a 1800-2000 mAh rating would have been fairer. You won’t get near the life of a good 2500 mAh battery.
I chose to test the PT80S with a 2500 mAh 18650 battery (in order to compare the life I got from the PT60 with an 18650 that’s listed at the same capacity,) and I got much more battery life out of it. As far as the PT80S testing goes, I got a max charge rate of 1.87A, so solid rating at 2A as well. Both have passthrough vaping which is standard these days.
Pros / Cons
·Solid build quality
·Lightweight and durable
·Very small and pocketable (especially the PT60)
·Simple but sleek looking devices
·Six color options
·Easy to use
·Excellent fill method
·Pods are held in firmly
·Great capacity (4.5 mL)
·Uses existing proven coil line (GTX line)
·Good coils choices for the type of device
·Good rating on charge rate (1.83-1.87A)
·Pods are tinted too dark
·PT60 specific - usable battery life is well short of 2500 mAh advertised
·Old-school black and white screens feel outdated
Overall, VAPORESSO did a solid job with these devices. I really like the PT60 for a beginner DL device due to its size and weight, but just know battery life is closer to what you’d get from a 2000 mAh advertised device. Outside of that though, it makes for a great little AIO. The PT80S is a little bigger, but the ability to swap out batteries and not wait for a charge is a big bonus for intermediate vapers. It just depends on your needs. Both are good carry-around DL devices that are easy to use.