Rev GTS 230 Watt Mod Review

Rev GTS 230 Watt Mod Review

Rev GTS 230 Watt Mod

The screen of the Rev GTS 230 Watt Mod is absolutely massive. The mod seems to do well with single coil atomizers in TC mode. Click the Buy Now button to get this great price.

$74.99

First Impression Out Of The Box:

This is the first time I ever received anything from this company and I have to say that the packaging is very impressive. Your mod comes in a box with a cardboard sleeve. The cardboard box has a flap that opens up. Inside the box, you will find your mod along with a Rev keychain. Underneath the plastic insert, you have a high quality USB cable.

My first impression when I opened this box was, ‘Wow, this thing really looks nice.’ It probably has one of the biggest screens I have ever seen on a mod. The screen is absolutely massive. It basically takes up the whole front face of the mod. The paint looks extremely impressive as well. I’m going to load some batteries into the GTS, slap a tank on it, and see how it actually vapes.

What’s In The Box:

  • One REV GTS 230W TC Box Mod
  • One QC Card
  • One Rev Rubber Keychain
  • One Micro USB Cable
  • One Warranty Card
  • User Manual

Rev GTS 230 Watt Mod Review

From Top To Bottom:

The first thing that I noticed on this mod was that the 510 connection is offset. It really is a shame that they did not center that 510 connection. This mod is so big, that it would have looked really nice with a centered 510. The other problem with the 510 connection is the stainless steel ring around it is sort of raised off the top plate of the mod. This is a problem because almost every atomizer that you put on this mod is going to have a slight gap. In fact, I have yet to put an atomizer on this mod that does not gap, at least a little. The threading around the 510 is actually really nice and pretty smooth. 510 is gold-plated, it also has a really nice spring and throw to it. It’s really a shame that they took such a nice 510 connection and did not center it or mount it flush to the top plate.

Rev GTS 230 Watt Mod Review

With the screen facing you, on the right side of the mod is where you will find the fire button, up and down button, and the menu button. On the same side towards the bottom of the mod, there is a USB port that is capable of internal charging and updates. I’m not sure at what rate this mod internally charges at, I will assume that it is 1 amp. When I don’t see it listed as a feature, I just go with 1 amp for the purposes of this review.

Rev GTS 230 Watt Mod Review

The fire button on this mod is really nice. It has a squarish kind of shape that tapers down towards the bottom. The corners of it are rounded off and there are a bunch of raised dimples on it that give the fire button some nice texture. I like the location of it and that it is located towards the top of the mod. The fire button does have some Rev branding on it.

Rev GTS 230 Watt Mod Review

Below the fire button, there are three oval shaped buttons, stacked one on top of the other. The first button is the plus button, the second is the minus button, and the third is the menu button. All three buttons have the same type of click and feel to them. I do like that Rev decided to go with a menu button. I wish more manufacturers would go with this type of button in order to get rid of all of those silly menu clicks that you have to do on most 3-button mods. All the buttons are solid and there is no button rattle or battery rattle on this mod.

Rev GTS 230 Watt Mod Review

On the left side of the mod, there really is nothing but paint. On the bottom side of the mod, you will find a lot of venting holes as well as some more paint. The battery door is located on the backside of the mod. It is a really nice battery door that is done in an almost black chrome-like finish. The door also has some really nice texture to it. It has a bunch of dimples that are similar to the ones found on the fire button. It gives the door a really nice grip.

The interior of the battery door has three strong magnets. Two of the magnets are located on the top of the interior and one of them is located on the bottom of the interior. I don’t see any type of rubberized coating on the interior. There is some type of glossy finish that might help against shorts if one of your battery wraps has a tear but I would have rather seen some sort of sticker or insulation. The door battery magnets coincide with 3 battery magnets on the battery tray.

Rev GTS 230 Watt Mod Review

The battery tray is held in place by 4 recessed screws. There is also a battery strap in the tray. The battery strap is nice and long, it is mounted on the left side of the battery tray. The contacts in the battery tray are all gold plated. The bottom battery contacts are spring loaded and the top battery contacts are button style. There are clear battery indicator markings in the tray. Overall it’s a very clean battery tray that is very well done.

The GTS has got to be the biggest screen that I’ve ever seen on a mod. The screen basically takes up the whole front face of the mod and it is absolutely massive. It is very colorful but it is definitely on the dim side. You will have no problem viewing the screen when you are indoors but once you take this thing outside, it is really tough to read. It’s something that I really don’t understand because there is a brightness setting but even at full brightness, the screen really isn’t that bright. Hopefully, they can fix this with a software update because it really is a shame that such a beautiful screen is so dim. It’s like it is dim to the point of being unreadable inside but it is unreadable in bright outdoor conditions.

Rev GTS 230 Watt Mod Review

Another nice feature about the screen is, if you quickly press the menu button, you can change the coloring of the screen. It has a bunch of different colors that include red, blue, purple, dark blue, lime green, yellow, gray, white, and orange. The screen is also very customizable and it allows you to swap around some of the features on the screen for a different user interface and look. Even though the screen has some brightness issues, I do really like the way it’s laid out. There is also a clock feature for when the mod goes into sleep mode.

There is a ton of information available on the GTS screen. The first thing it has is a gauge that looks like a speedometer or tachometer. It seems this type of screen has become all the rage lately. Below the speedometer type of screen, you will be able to see your temperature, wattage, mode, volts, amps, resistance, total number of puffs, battery meter, and duration of puffs. One annoying feature is that the puff counter actually resets when you pull the batteries. I really hate when companies do that on their screens. A puff counter is only useful if I can see the total amount of puffs without it resetting automatically. Towards the top of the screen, you also have that black chrome type of frame. Even with all its faults, the screen is one of the nicer ones you will find on any mod out on the market today.

The Look, Feel, and General Aesthetics Of The Mod:

For a dual 18650 mod, this is actually pretty big. It’s not heavy at all but it definitely has some size to it. I love the paint job on it. I think the paint on it is fantastic. I have had this mod for quite some time now and so far, the paint has held up beautifully. Even the bottom of the mod where the paint is has not chipped, faded, or scratched. It’s just a very durable paint job.

Rev GTS 230 Watt Mod Review

I really like the way they put those black chrome accents against the color paint of the mod. They also did a great job contrasting the buttons with the color of the mod. The overall look of it is just fantastic and people that are into cars are definitely going to be attracted to the look of this mod. It does have that sexy kind of sports car look to it. If that’s what Rev was going for, then they definitely nailed it in the looks department. The GTS is available in red, green, and blue.

The Board:

Rev decided to go with their proprietary Venom chipset in this mod. I really like that they did go with a 4-button interface on this mod. The mod is supposed to be capable of 230 watts and it has a temperature control range of 212 to 572 degrees Fahrenheit. It can fire down as low as .08 ohms. In TC mode, in has presets for Ni, Ti, SS304, SS316, and SS317. It also has a TCR and preheat functions available as well.

The Menu System:

Because of the 4-button interface on the GTS, the menu system is quite simple. Basically, everything happens through the menu button. You hold the menu button in order to access the main menu. Once inside the main menu, you use the up and down button to scroll through your choices. Once you land on one of your choices, all you do is hit the fire button to confirm your choice. You can then use the up and down button to scroll through the choices in that particular submenu. Three clicks of the fire button will lock and unlock the mod. Pretty straightforward, and pretty simple.

Rev GTS 230 Watt Mod Review

How Does It Vape?

Fortunately, I did not find this chipset to be particularly accurate. It is definitely more accurate in power mode as opposed to TC mode. However, I did still find it to be slightly underpowered in power mode and I really don’t think it’s hitting the full 230 watts. When I vaped it next to my DNA mod at 230 watts, it really felt closer to 180 or 185 watts. The vape on my triple battery DNA was definitely much hotter, especially at the higher wattages. I would say that in power mode, it’s probably about 10 or 15 watts underpowered, depending on how high on the spectrum you go in power mode.

TC mode was another story altogether. The GTS seems to do well with single coil atomizers in TC mode. With those types of atomizers, I had absolutely no issues. The vape seem to be pretty on point and fairly accurate when compared to a DNA or Yihi chipset. The problem with the GTS is when you start running bigger, dual coil builds in TC mode, it has a really tough time ramping them up. That’s probably because this is one of those chips that does not allow you to adjust the wattage in TC mode.

These types of chips are always a problem because it takes away one of your aspects of control in TC mode. Anyone who vapes in TC mode knows that doing so is all about control. To take one of those control aspects away really limits the ability of a chipset. It will vape in TC mode on dual coils but it is severely underpowered and you really will not get a very satisfying vape. It’s actually very anemic with dual coils in TC mode. Hopefully, Rev can address this in a software update.

Another annoying feature about this mod is the fact that sometimes, you get a delay when it comes out of sleep mode. This is definitely a con and it can’t get very frustrating after the mod has been sitting for a while and you go to vape it. You pick up the mod, you go to vape it and nothing happens. I don’t know why manufacturers can’t get rid of that feature in sleep mode. When I pick up a mod, I want it to produce vapor as soon as I hit that fire button.

What Would Make It better:

  • Centered 510
  • Brighter Screen
  • Wattage Adjustment In TC Mode

Such a shame that they made such a big, beautiful, mod and Rev decided not to center the 510. Had they centered the 510 on this mod, it would have gone a long way in making it a lot better and a lot more attractive. It’s already a great looking mod but centering the 510 would have really made it a tough mod to pass by.

This is another case of getting a lot of things right but dropping the ball on the little things. What a beautiful screen that Rev decided to use, yet they made it so dim that it is almost useless in outdoor, direct sunlight conditions.

I don’t know how many times manufacturers are going to have to be told that if you want to do good TC, you need to have some sort of wattage adjustment available. There’s a reason why most of the mods that do bad TC do not have a wattage adjustment. It’s a common denominator that mod makers have not been able to see yet. Mod makers need to wake up when it comes to TC and realize that TC is all about control. To get rid of one of those control pieces in the TC formula is a huge mistake.

Conclusion:

I almost hate doing these types of reviews. I really like the look and feel of this mod but it has so many little things wrong with it that it definitely lessens the pleasure of using this mod. It’s the equivalent of dying by a thousand cuts instead of one fatal blow. The shame of it is, there’s not anything wrong with this mod that jumps out at you. It’s just a bunch of little things that add up and become very annoying. This mod does have a lot going for it especially in the looks department. There are definitely going to be a lot of people that will be attracted to the looks of this mod.

Unfortunately, the performance just does not match the looks. It’s all show and no go. If I had to explain it in car terms, it’s like pulling up to the light with a fast looking car but under the hood, you really have a hamster on a treadmill. They got the look down, they just need to use a better engine. It’s not a bad performing mod but if it performed half as good as it looked, it would be a really tough mod to beat.

Rev GTS 230 Watt Mod

The screen of the Rev GTS 230 Watt Mod is absolutely massive. The mod seems to do well with single coil atomizers in TC mode. Click the Buy Now button to get this great price.

$74.99

Pros & Cons:

A note about Pros and Cons. These are my Pros and Cons. They are very subjective. What may be a pro to me could be a con to you and vice versa.

Pros:
  • Looks
  • Paint
  • Big Screen
  • Customizable Screen
  • Build Quality
  • Nice Battery Door
  • 4 Button Interface
  • Different UI’s
  • Firmware Upgradeable
  • Light For Its Size
  • Quality 510
  • No Rattles
  • Easy Menu System

Cons:
  • Performance
  • Underpowered
  • Screen Is Dim
  • TC Is Underpowered
  • 510 Is Not Centered
  • Delay In Sleep Mode
  • No Wattage Adjustment In TC Mode
  • Every Atomizer Gaps
  • Dim Screen
  • Puff Counter Resets
  • Big

  • Venom Chip Set
    • 5 to 230W
    • 0 to 8.5V
    • 0.08 to 3.0 ohm Atomizer Resistance Range
  • Temperature Control
    • Ni200 Nickel Support
    • Titanium Support
    • Stainless Steel Support
      • 304
      • 316
      • 317
    • TCR Functionality
      • Temperature Coefficient of Resistivity
    • Resistance Read and Lock
    • 212 to 572 Degrees Fahrenheit
  • Customizable Dashboard
  • System Restore
    • Hold Down Fire Button While Batteries are not Installed and Reinstall Batteries While Holding Down Fire Button
      • Make sure Atomizer is not on the Device
  • Stacked Four Button Control Face
    • Oversized Side Grip Firing Button
    • Three Convenient Buttons
      • Adjustment Buttons
      • Menu Button
  • Multi Format Colored HD Display
    • Switch Between Various Display Arrangements
      • Class Leading Options and Support
      • Quickly Switch Between Alternative Views and Arrangements
    • Output Wattage
    • Output Voltage
    • Output Temperature
    • Battery Life Indicator
    • Battery Voltage
    • Atomizer Resistance
    • Work Mode
    • Colored Background
    • Puff Counter
    • Puff Timer
  • Micro USB Charging and Update Port
  • Magnetic Battery Access Door
    • Accepts Two High Amperage 18650 Batteries
    • Sold Separately
  • Zinc Alloy and Aluminum Alloy Construction
    • High Quality Luxury Finish Options
  • 15mm Stainless Steel 510
    • Spring Loaded Gold Plated 510 Connection
  • 94mm by 55mm by 32mm

Deuces Jack is a well-known member of the VapingUnderground forums where he quickly became respected for his honest opinions and willingness to help other members. He is now a regular content contributor for Vaping Insider. When he’s not vaping or unboxing the latest products for review, he can be found riding motorcycles close to his home in New York.

1 Comment
  1. Reply Aie August 15, 2019 at 3:56 am

    Hey jack
    Rev gts now come with ni80 for tc mode on v3.0 firmware update.i have tried that feature in tc node and it work well i think.anyway ni80 is easier to find than other tc support wire here at my places.it also deliver better flavour than the ss wire.
    Sorry for my bad english

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