The FreeMax Firelord 80W starter kit is a thing of beauty. It’s not the most powerful setup in my collection. It’s not the most compact. It’s not even the easiest to use. But the shiny resin Conqueror mod, and the matching Firelord tank, might be the single-most beautiful pairing in my collection.
As we know, looks only get you so far. Thankfully, the Firelord Kit has more than enough “go” to back up the “show.” Let’s dive in…
Initial impressions of the FreeMax Firelord 80W Starter Kit
For once, the promo photos don’t do a device justice. Because the Conqueror mod is a striking piece of technology. We say that a lot, but my test model is a heady mix of orange, green and yellow blended resin that looks and feels like pure marble. The Conqueror is extremely well-machined, with no odd gaps or blemishes on the finish. It’s just gorgeous, and even a bit distinguished, even with this bright blend of hues.
The rest of the Conqueror is accented with zinc alloy framing on the top and bottom plates, as well as around the control panel. The package is completed by a subtle, but classy engraved logo badge on the lower portion of the resin body.
Weighty and solid doesn’t begin to describe the single-18650 Conqueror. Again, the polished marble feel certainly lends an air of class to the design, but it also feels completely solid, as if it would survive hard drops and heavy use. Not that anyone should treat their vape devices in such a manner, but it’s nice to know this one could more than withstand the rigors of everyday wear and tear.
The kit’s namesake Firelord sub-ohm tank (not to be confused with the FreeMax FireLuke Tank) is made from the same resin as the mod, and has slick-looking, rounded top and bottom sections that protrude slightly around the 22mm body, creating a unique effect that complements the overall look to a tee.
The simplified controls are made from the same zinc alloy at the frame accents, with a basic, no-nonsense set of controls around a standard 0.96-inch OLED screen. The display itself is traditional stuff, with strong backlighting, allowing users to see the settings, even in bright daylight.
Operating the Freemax Firelord 80W Starter Kit
All the flash needed by the Conqueror mod and Firelord tank is provided by the bright, vibrant resin body. Because the proprietary chipset functionality couldn’t be simpler. Five quick clicks opens the proceedings, and then each setting – wattage, titanium, nickel and stainless steel – is accessed by rotating through the menu, three clicks at a time.
There are no bypass, TCR or preheat settings to be had on the Conqueror – simplicity is the order of the day, and to be honest, thanks to the performance of this kit combination, it wasn’t missed.
There are a handful of lock features accomplished through long presses, but the primary system is about as simple as it gets with current vape devices.
The Conqueror’s bright display shows the information needed, and nothing more. Without a slew of customization features and tweaks, there is little more to show than coil resistance, wattage/temperature, and voltage. It’s a classic design that works well for this slender, palm-friendly device.
Physically speaking, operating the Conqueror is a pleasure. I experienced no awkward reaches, or any discomfort, even after holding the mod in my hand for several hours. The only complaint I had was that the polished resin lacks any texture, making the mod slippery in warm hands. While it was undoubtedly a design/aesthetics decision, a little bit of grip would have gone a long way here.
The Firelord Sub-Ohm Tank
The included Firelord 22mm sub-ohm tank was a pleasant surprise to say the least. Not just for its matching appearance, but for its performance. The included FLK coil reads at 0.25 ohms, and is rated for 20-60 watts. I found the coil to work best right in the middle of this range, which seemed a little lightweight for such a low-resistance setup, but 40 watts offered a nice balance of flavor and vapor.
Make no mistake, the Firelord isn’t going to make you forget your cloud-chucking atomizers, but this diminutive tank also showed you don’t need three-digit wattages and uber-low resistances to produce a satisfying, flavorful vape.
The real gem of the Firelord tank is the included (!) RBA deck, which is a two-post arrangement designed for simple, straightforward, single-coil builds. I found the deck – using the included clapton coils – to work flawlessly, providing rich flavor that surpassed the stock coil. Subsequent TC builds only furthered my opinion of this sharp little tank.
There are only two knocks on the Firelord tank. First, the capacity – using the stock FLK coil allows the tank a maximum 2mL capacity. Using the RBA deck probably shaves another 0.2mL off that total. In other words, unless you vape VERY infrequently, you’re going to refill this tank a LOT over the course of the day.
Which would be fine, if it was slightly easier to open. Unfortunately, the smooth resin top cap and airflow control ring are difficult to grip and remove without a snug hold. I found myself using rubber jar openers more than once. And trying a workaround by leaving the top cap a little loose negatively affected performance by reducing the internal vacuum.
Don’t get me wrong – the Firelord is a great little tank that gives tremendous flavor at moderate wattages. But don’t forget the e-liquid when you take it out for the day.
Vaping the Conqueror Mod
I spent nearly all of my time with the Conqueror/Firelord combo intact, since this is how FreeMax intended the device to operate. However, the mod did perform admirably with a wide range of other tanks – the best performers being lower-powered, MTL setups.
The Conqueror’s 80-watt maximum was easily achieved and maintained on a single 18650, with surprisingly good battery life, even when maxed out. And the device never once warmed to uncomfortable levels, either in the hand or through the attached atomizers.
The easily adjusted temperature control settings worked well, with no resistance jumps or odd heat limit warnings. Very simple and user-friendly, even for sub-ohm/advanced vaping beginners – a group that would be well-served by the Firelord kit.
I enjoyed how easily the Conqueror ramped up, even at lower wattages, and even surprised myself several times with sudden bursts of flavor and vapor, having tested so many devices that take a little longer to get up to heat.
The only hiccup I experienced when vaping the Conqueror came from the slightly stiff 510 connection, which was firm enough to press one tank’s pin inward, creating a short inside that particular tank. It wasn’t a tremendous problem, but something to note if you plan on using the mod with other atomizers.
But, as I just mentioned, the Firelord kit is a pairing in the truest sense. Not only do the Conqueror and Firelord just look better together, but the combination also makes for a beautiful, high-performing, altogether potent vape device that will appeal to newcomers and veteran vapers alike.
Conqueror mod score: A
Firelord tank score: A-
Overall Firelord kit score: A
FreeMax Firelord Kit - Specs and Package Contents
FreeMax Conqueror 80W TC Box Mod specs:
- Wattage Output Range: 5-80W
- Minimum Atomizer Resistance: 0.05ohm
- Temperature Range: 200-600F
- Versatile Temperature Control Module
- Supports Ni200 Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless Steel Heating Elements
- Durable Zinc Alloy Frame
- Resin Structural Inlay
- 0.91″ OLED Display
- Two Adjustment Buttons
- Bottom-Loaded Latch Battery Door
- MicroUSB Port
- 510 Connection
FreeMax FireLord Sub-Ohm Tank specs:
- 22mm Diameter
- 2mL Maximum Juice Capacity
- Colorful Resin Construction – Resin Colorways
- FireLord FL Coil System
- 0.25ohm FLK Coil – rated for 20-60W
- FireLord RBA Section – Two-Post, Single Terminal Build Deck
- Convenient Threaded Top-Fill Design
- Dual Bottom Airflow Control – 15mm by 2mm Airslots
- 10mm Widebore Drip Tip
- Gold-Plated 510 Connection
FreeMax Firelord Kit contents:
- 1 Conqueror 80W Box Mod
- 1 FireLord Sub-Ohm Tank
- 1 0.25ohm FLK Coil head
- 1 Cotton Pad
- 1 Replacement Glass
- 2 Prebuilt Coils
- 1 MicroUSB Cable
- Spare Parts & O-Rings
- Instructional Manual