Freemax Twister Kit Review – Everything old is new again. After a few years where all we dealt with was box mods of ever-increasing wattage outputs, we’ve come full circle. Pod mods, MTL vaping, and now tube mods are all back in force. But you know what? They’ve gotten better… and the Freemax Twister Kit is a shining example of how a few years away made a difference.
Don’t get me wrong – the Twister isn’t going to revolutionize vaping or bring a lot of new things to the table. Hell, with its garish “love it or hate it” design, you might not even give it a chance. But that would be a shame, because the Twister is an example of how strong design and construction can make for an immensely satisfying vape experience. Let’s see what it’s made of…
According to the official description, the FreeMaX Twister 80W Starter Kit has an integrated 2,300mAh rechargeable battery, a wattage adjustment dial knob, and comes with the damn good Fireluke 2 Mesh Tank (okay, maybe we added the “damn good” part). This screen-free device is made that way to extend battery life, relying on a wattage adjustment dial at the base for adjustments.
But don’t worry, the Twister comes with a slew of protections and optimizations, thanks to the namesake chipset. As a result, the integrated battery can last longer between charges.
Freemax Twister Mod Specs:
- Dimensions – 101.5mm by 24mm
- Twister Chipset
- Integrated 2,300mAh Rechargeable Battery
- Battery Efficiency: 95%
- Wattage Output Range: 5-80W
- Voltage Output Range: 0.5-9.0V
- Resistance Range: 0.1-3.0ohm
- Zinc Alloy Chassis Construction
- Single Button Operation
- Oversized Intuitive Firing Button
- Bottom Wattage Adjustment Dial
- Ultra Fast Firing Speed: 0.01s
- Overtime Protection
- Over-Heat Protection
- Overload Protection
- Over-Charge Protection
- Battery Virtual High Protection
- Short Circuit Protection
- Micro-USB Port
- Centered 510 Connection
Fireluke 2 Sub-Ohm Tank Specs:
- 24mm Diameter
- 3mL Juice Capacity
- 5mL Bubble Juice Capacity
- Superior Stainless Steel Chassis Construction
- Slide-to-Open Top-Fill Design – 8.5mm by 2.8mm Fill Port
- Fill Port Vent Hole – Prevents Positive Pressure Build-Up
- Dual Slotted Bottom Airflow Control
- FreeMaX Fireluke Mesh Coil Family
- 15ohm X1 Mesh Coil – rated for 40-90W
- 2ohm X2 Mesh Coil – rated for 40-80W
- 15ohm X3 Mesh Coil – rated for 50-90W
- Anti-Spitback Widebore 810 Drip Tip
- Gold-Plated 510 Connection
Freemax Twister Kit Contents:
- 1 FreeMaX Twister 80W VW Mod
- 1 FreeMaX Fireluke 2 Tank
- 1 0.2ohm X2 Mesh Coil – rated for 40-80W
- 1 0.15ohm X1 Mesh Coil – rated for 40-90W
- 1 5mL Bubble Glass Replacement
- 1 O-Ring Replacement
- 1 Micro-USB Charging Cable
- 1 User Manual
- 1 Warning Card
- 1 Warranty Card
Good GOD, the Twister is something to look at. Coming in one of six ridiculously loud designs (mostly multicolor, with two gray/black varieties to mix things up) there is absolutely nothing subtle about this device. My graffiti-like test model is one of the loudest, and is probably visible from space, assuming there’s no cloud cover.
Because there’s no display screen or adjustment buttons, there’s very little else to describe – the Twister comes off as a simple, single-button device. And that’s because it is – the wattage adjustment dial at the bottom of the mod is simple, well-machined, and does its job well, provided you’re comfortable with no visual input other than a small wattage marking within the mechanism.
Likewise, there’s no temperature control or other vape style options – this is solely a wattage mod, with arguably the most straightforward interface available.
Overall, the Twister feels good in the hand, with a nice hefty weight, but without taking up too much real estate in the pocket. It’s a basic tube mod, but there’s just enough texture on the painted exterior to give it a confident feeling in the palm.
If I had to name the most underrated vape tank series of this (or any) year, it’s the Fireluke. Not only does the original version remain in HEAVY rotation in my collection, but the new Fireluke 2 is poised to join it. Yeah, I absolutely love this tank.
The 5mL Fireluke 2 is a perfect compliment for the 80-watt Twister device, since both of the included coil heads aren’t rated to go much past that mark. These mesh X1 and X2 beauties (0.2 and 0.15-ohm, respectively) have endured an unbelievable amount of use since the kit arrived on my desk, and neither is even close to calling it a day.
Using a hybrid 90/10, flax paper/cotton blend, the wicking is fast, smooth and never-ending – even at max wattage, there wasn’t anything close to a dry hit or foul draw. These coils are among the best I’ve ever used, giving me rich, nuanced flavor right from the outset, and enough vapor to change weather patterns.
While the exterior color scheme will gather most of the initial attention, it’s the amazing performance that will keep people paying attention after they try it. An absolute must-own tank, with or without the Twister mod.
I’ve been pretty candid that tube/pen-style mods aren’t really my cup of tea. But you know what? I found myself enjoying the Twister more than expected. Sure, a lot of that had to do with the Fireluke 2. But there was also something special about this seemingly simple mod, too.
For starters, even without a display, there was enough immediate feedback (in power, warmth, etc.) that I felt like each turn of the dial “meant something” for the ensuing vape. That, plus a nice, responsive fire key and rapid ramp-up times meant near-instant satisfaction from the kit.
My only complaint is that this proprietary chipset is probably capable of more than the Twister allows for. I’m a fan of “downthrottling” vape chipsets to make things more efficient and less likely to misfire. But here, I feel like the Twister could have easily gone to 100 watts, allowing more headway, and making better use of the Fireluke coils. Don’t get me wrong, there isn’t much you can enjoy at 100 watts that you can’t enjoy at 80, but I’m always a fan of not “maxing out” a vape device, even one this well-made.
Aside from that, using the Freemax Twister was smooth sailing from start to finish. Each puff of this companion set produced effortless, satisfying clouds of goodness. And when I was done, the device fit well in my front pocket without much fuss.
The year is still young, but consider the Freemax Twister Kit to be 2019’s biggest surprise so far. The gaudy, purposely loud exterior disguises the fact that this is about as simple as good, controllable vaping can be. And probably about as simple as it needsto be.
If you like loud colors and patterns, you’ve probably made up your mind already. But if you’re on the fence about the looks, consider the Twister anyway. Because its no-nonsense, streamlined, powerful performance delivers nothing but straightforward enjoyment, time and time again. Highly recommended.