The Vaporesso Gen is a brand-new, dual-18650 vape mod with the new Axon chipset. The device can power up to 220W and features over eight different vaping modes. Users can choose from standard TC and VW modes to Super Eco, Pulse Mode, and DIY mode (more about them later).
The Vaporesso Gen also features a lightweight, textured exterior for a secure grip. The Gen has a small, 0.91″ OLED on its side for enhanced user control. The mod also features a four-button user interface to adjust the unit’s various settings.
Can the Axon chip continue the legacy of the Vaporesso Omni? Find out if the new chip holds up by reading more.
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Vaporesso Gen Kit Review: The First Look
The Vaporesso Gen has a familiar look and design, but with a high-quality finish. The Gen stands at 93.5mm (3.68”) or 146mm with the tank attached and weighs about 107g (3.7oz). It has a back battery door that connects via a magnetic connection. The connection is secure, so vapers need to pull hard to get it off. It also stays on securely, so vapers need not worry that it will come off during use.
The outer chassis is a zinc-aluminum alloy that mimics a soft-rubber coating, which gives the Gen a unique tactile feel. Despite being a dual-18650 device, the Gen feels more like a single-cell, AIO. While the device itself is light, attaching the accompanying SKRR tank to the 510-connection up top gives the unit a little more heft. Both sides of the device are dimpled, which adds to the device’s unique presentation.
The mod comes in seven different color combinations, three of which are completely solid (black, silver, gold) while the rest (green, purple, red, blue) are gradient, so they have a touch of black to them, at the base. There is a small OLED – 0.91” – along the side of the device, where the control panel is also located.
Like most Vaporesso devices, the Gen uses a four-button interface (two up/down buttons, one mode button, and the power/firing button), making the user experience that much more straightforward.
Up top, the unit has a gold-colored, 510-connection – the power button is also gold-plated – that sits in the center of the device, but it is not entirely flush with the top section. When the 25mm in diameter SKRR-R tank attached, there was no overhang at all, and the 27mm full unit can handle any tank up to 26 or even 27mm.
What’s in the Box?
The Vaporesso Gen comes packaged like a lot of recent Vaproesso releases like the PodStick or the Renova Zero. It comes encased in a hard-shell box with a lift-up top. The top lid has an image of the device behind the tagline “Power Isn’t Just for the Pros.” The mod comes with the SKRR-R tank attached with the bubble glass extender installed.
The rest of the kit includes everything to keep the mod working in good condition for a while.
- 1 Vaporesso GEN 220W Box Mod
- 1 Vaporesso SKRR-S 26mm Sub-Ohm Tank
- One 0.2ohm QF Meshed Coil
- One 0.15ohm QF Strip Coil
- One 8mL Bubble Glass (pre-installed)
- One 5mL Replacement Glass
- 2 O-Ring
- 1 MicroUSB Cable
- 1 User Guide
- 1 Warranty Card
The New Axon Chip
The Omni board, and its many iterations, has been Vaporesso flagship chipset for as long as I can remember. The debut of a new chipset is a big deal then, as the Omni board has always been what set Vaporesso devices apart from other units.
The Axon adds different features that the Omni did not have. However, it still retains some of the favorite settings that the Vaporesso Omni made famous, like Custom Curve mode for wattage and temperature control.
The Axon organizes all of the device’s features under different headings in the menu display:
- Pulse Mode: the unit’s default mode that activates the boost feature and keeps it working
- Power Eco: a power-saving feature that prompts users when it detects low battery levels
- Smart TC: the temperature control feature that automatically detects the coil in your atomizer
- DIY Mode: the mode that lets users input their preferred temperature, voltage, wattage, or lets them vape in bypass, curve or SuperPlayer mode
- System Set: the menu allows users to adjust aspects of the vape like the screen brightness, the puff counter, etc.
The Vaporesso Gen uses two external 18650 batteries as its power source. Two fully-charged batteries could power the device for at least a day of vaping. Of course, other factors are essential in determining how long the device continues like vaping mode, style, the wattage, temperature control, etc.
One Smart feature of the new Axon chipset is when the chip detects battery levels at 40%. It asks users if they want to switch to Power Eco mode to conserve the remaining battery power.
SKRR-R Tanks and Coils
The Vaporesso Gen kit comes with the SKRR-R sub-ohm tank that features two coil options, as well as two glass pieces. The two coils are rated for either 0.2ohms and 0.15ohms, respectively, but they use different coil styles. The 0.2ohm coil is a QF (Quad Flow) mesh-style atomizer, while the second one uses a Strip style. The two atomizers also have organic wick material, namely, cotton and flaxseed.
The SKRR-R comes pre-installed with the 8mL bubble glass piece, with the 5mL piece located underneath the main unit. The tank uses a wide-bore, 810 Delrin drip-tip that is press-fitted into the top of the tank. The mouthpiece is black, and it is kept in place with two o-rings with replacements in the kit. The tank uses a quad-flow airflow system. It features two bottom airflow slots that are fully adjustable.
The SKRR-R is a sub-ohm tank, as both coils have sub-ohm ratings. While both coils are best vaped between either 65W and 80W, users who want ultimate performance from the mod can also attach their builds and RDAs. The Axon chip supports all major coil types – stainless steel, nickel, titanium. The chip can also scan any attached coil and set the right resistance, depending on the wire material.
How to Use the Vaporesso Gen
The Vaporesso Gen has a different kind of menu system than other Vaporesso mods, thanks to the Axon chip. Users accustomed to the top-down menu systems of Vaporesso mods past will have to contend with a horizontal selector menu, which, in reality, is not that difficult to navigate.
The small, albeit visible OLED side-screen, is also a departure for Vaporesso that used to favor larger displays, even on its more compact devices. Users can access all the device’s features via the main menu display, as each selection has a sub-menu within it.
The DIY icon, for example, leads vapers to the Gen’s user-controlled vaping styles, like wattage and temperature control. Users can also let the Axon work its magic by selecting one of the Smart Modes – like Smart Temperature Control – that takes most of the guesswork out of inputting the right settings.
The button configuration is also new, as the all-important “Mode” button is in between the up/down buttons. It is not the last button on the panel, as people might suspect that’s what it is. There is also a USB port for charging and installing firmware upgrades.
- To get the device started: press the power/firing button five times
- To lock the device: press the power/firing button three times
- To enter the menu options: press the “mode” button three times
From the main menu, users can select their preferred vaping modes, as well as adjust the vape’s non-vaping settings, like the screen brightness or the puff counter.
The Vape-Off: The Gen vs. the Aegis X vs. the Luxe vs. the Aegis Legend
The Aegis X
The Aegis X is a dual-18650 device with a nearly indestructible outer chassis. The device comes with the A.S. 2.0 chipset that guarantees stable and consistent performance, as well as several safety features, but the Axon chip also comes loaded with many safety features.
The Aegis X is water-proof, shock-proof, and dust-proof, which gives it an edge over the Vaporesso Gen, but over many mods as well. The Aegis X has a 2.4” TFT color display, which is more colorful and dynamic than the tiny, black-and-white OLED on the Gen.
The Vaporesso Luxe
The Luxe is another dual-18650 device that comes with the SKRR-R tank. The Luxe does feature Vaporesso’s flagship chipset, the Omni 4.2, which provides for faster ramp-up times as well as many safety features. The Omni 4.2 lets the Luxe reach a high power output of 220W, similar to the Gen’s maximum power capacity.
The Lux has a front-facing TFT screen that measures 2.0” and uses touch buttons for its control interface. There is only a single regular button – the power/firing button – on the device’s side.
The Aegis Legend
The Aegis Legend continues the trend of sturdy, dual-18650 devices with uncomparable builds and designs. The Legend has a maximum power output of 200W, thanks to the internal AS 2.0 chipset. The device has a blended, zinc/aluminum alloy exterior that makes it durable, while the rubberized bumpers give users a comfortable grip.
The Leged has a tiny 0.91” OLED screen on its front, with a rocker-style power/firing button. The Legend also has the same durable exterior, which protects it from falls, water, and dust.
Vaporesso Gen Kit Specifications
Pros and Cons
- Excellent build quality
- Lightweight and portable
- A phenomenal amount of vaping styles
- The new Axon chip outperforms most other chipsets
- Excellent vapor production and quality
- Easy to maneuver between the menu options
- The tank is difficult to disassemble
- Monochrome screen
Conclusion: Vaporesso Gen Kit Review: Once in a Generation
The Vaporesso Gen is a new style for Vaporesso. As they have been experimenting with different types of mods and products lately, their innovation streak has led them to craft a new mod with a brand new chipset inside, the Axon.
From the Axon, users have several new features to play with, like Smart Control, Pulse Mode, and even, a power-saving mode. The Gen has a very smooth operation-style, although changing the variables in only .1 increments is an unnecessary headache.
The look and feel of the mod are also note-worthy, as the surface has a rubberized feel, without actually being rubber. The battery door is also amazingly steady, and users will have to pull on it quite hard to even get it loose. With that said, there is no battery rattle in the device, and its craftsmanship is second to none.
Have you ever used a Vaporesso device? What do you think of their performance and build quality? Let us know in the comments section down below.