The Vaporesso GTX One Starter Kit in this review was provided by our friends over at Vaporesso (thank you!). Feel free to refer to their site if you would like additional info on this device or any of their other products.
The Starter’s Starter Kit
What is a starter kit in the world of vaping? I don’t necessarily think we all have a different definition of what a starter kit is, because after all, the industry kind of decided that for us. Unless there is too much nicotine in my vape, a starter kit is a mod, a tank or pod, a coil or two, sometimes a spare glass, O-rings, and a charging cable. I suppose it’s fair to use the word “kit,” but what I often get hung up on is calling it a “starter.”
Just so you don’t think I am completely out of my tree, I get it. I understand they are referring to the kit having everything you need to start vaping, sans e-liquid, and replaceable batteries. If I’m new to vaping, just starting on this life-saving journey, a device called a starter kit is where I am starting! Although, given my luck coupled with a misleading description, I’m opening a package with a 300-watt mod, a tank that uses 0.15Ω coils, and some e-liquid I picked up at the gas station called Red Cowboy with 24mg nicotine. I don’t know if that’s where I want to start. Thank goodness for brick and mortar stores. I bet they have saved more lips and lives than we could count.
I’m not saying no one has ever entered into vaping starting with a sub-ohm device. I have a few friends that kicked cigarettes by direct-lung vaping. To me, it seems an odd way to start. First, a high-powered device and direct-lung vaping don’t resemble the experience of a cigarette at all. Secondly, that’s a lot of power and room for error in those devices. It would seem similar to giving a 16-year-old a Ferrari for their first car. Work up to that.
It is most important that you just start. By any means necessary, quit the cigarettes. Ask for help if you need to. Try all the methods and devices. If one way doesn’t seem to be cutting it for you then switch to the other. What worked for me might not work for you. This vaping thing works though. If you’re still smoking and not vaping, you should start!
This is an odd way to start a review on what could be my favorite kit that is actually a true starter kit. The Vaporesso GTX One Starter Kit offers a mouth-to-lung vaping experience with some capacity for a restricted direct-lung experience. Let’s see what’s inside:
Starter Kit Contents:
- Vaporesso GTX One Box Mod
- GTX Tank 18mm
- 0.8Ω GTX Mesh Coil (pre-installed, 12-20W)
- 1.2Ω GTX Mesh Coil (7-11W)
- Spare Glass Tube (straight, 2ml capacity)
- 4 x Spare O-rings
- USB Type-C Charging Cable
- User Manual
- Warranty Card
Vaporesso GTX One Specs
- Dimensions: 127.5mm x 29.3mm x 22.7mm
- Tank Capacity: 3mL
- Output Power: 5-40W
- Output Voltage: 0-4v
- Resistance Range: 0.15Ω – 5.0Ω
- Battery Capacity: Built-In 2000mAh
- Display: 0.69” OLED Screen
- Charging Current: DC 5V/2A, Type-C
- Colorways: Black, Silver, Blue, Red, Pink, Green
- Adjustable Airflow and Power
Out of the Box
My last review, on the Vaporesso Swag II Kit, was my first in-depth experience with anything from Vaporesso. They have been around for quite some time and produce a lot of quality items. For whatever reason, I had yet to try them out. The Swag II was a nice mod coupled with a good tank and it was a pleasure to review. Fortunately for me, they have asked us to review the Vaporesso GTX One Kit and if it’s half as good as the Swag, it will be a pleasure as well.
Like the Swag, the GTX One is packaged inside a box of matching color. Opening the box reveals the mod, the GTX Tank, and the spare glass. Neatly boxed below are the Type-C charging cable, spare coil, manual, and warranty card. I was happy to see the spare glass. I don’t think there is a tank I own that I haven’t broken the glass. There is a tank or two that I have broken both and what a treat it is to find replacements. Some popular tanks are easy to replace. The ones I decide to break are never popular.
At first glance, this is what I imagine a starter kit to be. It’s small and sleek, feels like quality in the hand, and it is very attractive to the eye. With an internal battery, all you would need is some e-liquid and a power source for charging. The included coils and drip tip make it apparent this is focused on mouth-to-lung vaping with the possible option for direct to lung if you like it a bit restricted.
The Vaporesso GTX Tank
The tank is 18mm in size with a 3ml bubble glass installed. The 0.8Ω mesh coil is pre-installed. The drip tip is curved nicely with a narrow bore that tends to tighten the airflow. It is very comfortable, but if you decide it’s not for you, it is a standard 510 fitting so you can easily swap it for your preferred style. I like the drip tip. I like it so much that I will probably use it on other tanks when I’m not vaping the GTX.
The airflow adjustment is a ring around the base of the tank that turns to reveal five small airflow holes. You can dial it down to a single hole if you like it very restricted or have all five holes open for a looser draw. The airflow ring comes to full stops at either end of the five holes, and with some notching on the ring, it is easy to turn even while on the mod. Unscrew the airflow ring and you can see where your coils are easily pressed fit into the chamber.
[Top Fill System]
To fill the tank simply unscrew the top cap. It does come completely off so be careful to set it aside. Some people prefer a top cap that just slides or pushes to one side, but I don’t have a preference. There are pros and cons to any system. This way allows for plenty of room for the tip of your bottle and the amount of e-liquid you are dispensing is clearly visible.
The Vaporesso GTX One Mod
The mod is super sleek and sexy! I received the black colorway for the review. It fits nicely in the hand, and without the tank, it would disappear into my paw completely. The curve around the backside appears to be the same material as the Gen series mod and the Swag II. I know it is a textured plastic of some sort, but when it comes off the alloy from the front of the mod and curves around the back, it almost feels like leather. The mod is easily cradled in the fingers allowing for a natural feeling thumb fire. The alloy front side is polished and shiny. A bit of a fingerprint magnet but that has never bothered me. The mod feels as good as it looks, very impressive!
The display is small but easily read. It gives you all your necessary information; the watts or volts, resistance, puff timer, battery life, and mode. Pressing and holding the up and down buttons gives you access to the menu. Here you can choose Smart Variable Wattage which automatically reads the resistance of the coil and powers the device accordingly, normal variable wattage, variable voltage, or reset to default settings. The device is very simple to use but has many of the features of the more advanced and high powered mods.
The charging of the mod was very fast. From totally dead to 100% took less than an hour. Granted I don’t spend every minute of the day vaping, unfortunately, but the 2000mAh battery easily lasted me an entire day and into the next. The way I use it, I had to recharge it at the end of the second day. As they say, results may vary, but the amount of time I got off a single charge, and how quickly it was to get there, was very impressive. Keep in mind, you can use your own atomizer with this device (up to 22mm without overhang), but I wasn’t vaping any higher than 20 watts for long periods of time.
Because I like a more restricted mouth-to-lung vape, to start with, I pulled out the pre-installed 0.8Ω mesh coil and pressed in the 1.2Ω mesh coil. To get the airflow resistance I prefer, I dialed it down to a single hole. For some, if not most people, this would be a little too tight. For me it was perfect. Because the mod offers the Smart Wattage feature I let it do its thing and it put me at 7 watts. The vape was perfect, warm, and flavorful. At 7 watts I could have probably vaped for most of the week without charging. I was impressed with the Smart Wattage feature. I’ve seen it done on other devices and I always end up adjusting it anyway. I did not have to readjust the Vaporesso GTX One.
Next, I went back to the 0.8Ω mesh coil. I was afraid it would be too airy for me. Yes, it was slightly looser but still a satisfying vape. I was curious about what a direct to lung vape would be like with it wide open. Very impressive. Not only can I dial it down to get a nice MTL draw but I can also DL vape. That covers a lot of ground with one device.
Although it was not included in the package, Vaporesso sent me a 0.6Ω mesh coil. For the sake of being thorough, I thought I should mention it. With this coil, I juiced up the Vaporesso GTX One with some high VG e-liquid and fully opened the airflow. It was a full direct to lung experience. The coil wicked quickly and provided plenty of vapor and flavor. It was a restricted draw, but not so tight to not be enjoyable. If you pick up this kit I would recommend grabbing a pack of 0.6Ω coils. I think you will be more than pleased.
- Slim and Compact
- Looks Good
- Long Battery life
- Fast Charging
- Accepts other Atomizers
- Easy to Use
- Good Power for the Size
- Lots of Color Options
This is where I try to come up with shortcomings of the device, but I’m having a hard time thinking of any. Maybe a couple of subjective cons and suggestions…
- Some people like a removable battery, but for this device, it just works so well with an internal.
- I mentioned it will fit up to a 22mm atomizer without overhang, and it will, but there is a small gap from the bevel on top.
- The kit did not come with the GTX RBA coil so I cannot confirm that it fits.
Vaporesso GTX One – Final Thoughts
The moment I took the Vaporesso GTX One Kit out of the box I sent Jeremy an email saying it is going to be hard for me to come up with any negatives on this one. After using it for a while, I am still thoroughly impressed. When I think of a “starter kit” this will be what comes to mind. It lives up to the industry’s definition and it exemplifies what I think a starter kit should be.
If you are a “starter” in the vaping lifestyle, looking to get off cigarettes, I cannot recommend this kit enough. The coils are outstanding and will be easy to get a hold of. The GTX Tank delivers both MTL and DL styles with a quality vape. The mod is easy to use, yet advanced enough to keep it current and competitive with anything on the market. And finally, Vaporesso keeps proving why they are a leader in the industry and will be around for a long time.
Shane is a former smoker turned vaper, and now a hobbyist in financial turmoil. His get rich slow scheme involves sharing his opinions, educated or not, on anything vape related. But first and foremost, his belief is vaping will save your life. Shane is an outdoor government employee and fully expects the crackdown to begin with him, since he vapes freely and openly, albeit politely, and often uses city property for the backdrop of his vape photos. In his free time, he enjoys stressing about being more productive and regretting every terrible decision he has ever made. He feels switching to vaping is one of the best decisions he’s ever made.