The Apollo CE4 is the latest generation of refillable clearomizers and having used one for a while I can confirm it blows previous versions out of the water!
In my experience using clearomizers has always been a bit of a disaster. In fact the last time I tried a CE3 more than three out of the five I purchased had major leaking and wicking issues. So I was really interested to see how the Apollo CE4 (sometimes referred to as the Stardust) would perform.
Visually it’s a really nicely designed bit of kit. Its almost a shame it’s a “disposable” item – no time for sentimentality though! Lets take a closer look.
The unit measures up at 67mm (L) and about 13mm in diameter at the base. The plastic tank attaches to the base using the familiar clearomizer style press fit (which used to cause all the leaking issues on previous models), however inspecting the joint its clear that this shouldn’t cause any issues as its sealed with an o-ring and the plastic tank itself seems to be made of a slightly more flexible material which isn’t prone to cracking. Measurements (in ml) are etched onto the side of the tank so that you can err… measure your e-liquid (increments from 0-1.6ml).
Inside the tank is a hollow steel tube which extend to just below the mouthpiece assembly. It’s a very ingenious system – when you take a puff, air is sucked from and through the base air vents and travels up the tube and over the top situated atomizer coil. The coil has a section of long (and fat!) nylon wick (this isn’t a short wick model) which extends into the tank (filled with e-liquid) and provides the fuel for the atomizer coil to produce vapour.
Filling the CE4 with e-liquid is now extremely easy and mess free. Simply unscrew the o-ring equipped hard mouthpiece (which is very comfortable to use not like those small rubber ones on the CE3), tilt and drip (or inject) liquid to the sides of the centre post until full (1.6ml). Avoid dripping directly into the air/atomizer hole. Its not the end of the world if a drop goes down the hole, its just a safe guard against flooding the atomizer and/or getting a mouthful of juice on your first puff. The atomizer coil is described as being of “thicker design” for durability – I take this as meaning its rated in the mid to high 2 ohms bracket.
Out came the multimeter. Sure enough 2.7 Ohms (taking in consideration the internal resistance of my meter which is 0.4 Ohms) we can safely say the resistance is around the 2.3 Ohms mark (give or take an Ohm or two!).
When the tank is full, screw down the mouthpiece to finger tightness (no more) which ensures a perfect seal with the silicone cap that sits on top of the air hole. Once its safely attached to an eGo battery its advisable to turn the device upside down and rotate the liquid so that the wick absorbs and feeds the atomizer coil with a decent supply of e-liquid. And that is that. Fire up and you should be in business.
I must say I am very impressed with the Apollo CE4. Zero leakage issues, good clean vapour production and excellent wicking properties. I can imagine with usage wicking will become weaker, but that can be overcome by using a paper clip and separating the nylon strands and tweaking the silicone cap to allow more liquid to flow.
The Apollo CE4 was specifically designed for the eGo model but if you’d like to try it on an Apollo VTube you’ll need a 510 adaptor which Apollo carries as an accessory.
Summing up… this is a huge improvement in the world of clearomizers. It’s well made, durable and pretty much guaranteed not to leak. As a rule, I drip with standard atomizers, but even I’m reconsidering as its such a convenient system to use when out and about – totally fuss free – especially with nigh on a days worth of e-liquid on board. The cost per unit is double that of a standard atomizer but well worth it for the performance enhancements.
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