Of all the developments in the e-cigarette world probably the most significant is the all-in-one atomizer tank or clearomizer as they are known. Long term vapers will recall the hit and miss days 5 years ago. If short battery life wasn’t enough to pull your hair out, getting a consistent “hit” proved more than tedious.
The vaping scene has come along way since the wool filled mouthpiece which tended to be either too wet or too dry. Most hardcore users ditched the wool and dripped instead and this provided the best solution. The “CE” range of clearomizers were a real breakthrough and carto style tanks even better – fill up the tank and merrily vape away with no need to take a bottle of juice when out and about.
Further enhancements led to the systems such as the KangerTech Mini Protank II which we’ll be looking at today.
The Apollo Vtube 3.0 is the latest incarnation of the ever popular Vtube (also known as the Lavatube or Lambo to you and me). As the version number indicates this is the third revision of the Apollo Vtube. The original Lavatube design was pretty much an overnight success – the first low cost variable voltage device meant vapers on a budget could experience the delights of Variable Voltage (VV) without spending a small fortune. I had one, still do. The product was let down by the plastic end caps, but overall a decent introduction to advanced PV’s and ground breaking to a certain extent.
With numerous complaints about the cheap feel, the v1.0 tube quickly got a face lift. A couple of years back Apollo commissioned a unique limited edition stainless steel Vtube. This would be known as the v2.0 and while the previous example (v1.0) and the v2.0 had identical performance (they both utilised the same on-board electronics) significant external modifications such as a floating (spring loaded) centre pin, built-in ego cone threading, all metal end caps and a choice of chrome or stainless steel bodies added to a growing pedigree.
Its been a while since I reviewed an e-liquid – when I find something I like, I stick with it and Apollo’s Tobacco flavour has been doing it for me recently! That said I was curious about their “Classic Tobacco”, so picked up a 24mg, 30ml bottle to try (30ml was a bit adventurous – should have tried a 10ml sampler first). I also ordered a 30ml bottle of their regular “Tobacco” just in case I didn’t like it.
In direct comparison the two bottles couldn’t be more different. While the regular tobacco e-liquid had a familiar lemony shade the classic version was distinct – a vibrant, if not artificial pinkish orange. Unscrewing the childproof cap it was evident this was going to be a flavourful e-liquid. Apollo describes this as a classic full bodied American tobacco blend, but to my nose it has a soapiness to it with a touch of coffee and I didn’t get any tobacco nuances at all. When I think of classic American tobacco my mind conjures up Virginia’s and Burleys, rich earthy Kentucky tones, but not here.
With the latest developments in cartomizer and clearomizer technology, I have gradually weaned myself off direct atomizer dripping and moved into the tank scene! Dripping (as its known) is the old school approach – “dripping” a few drops of eliquid directly into a waiting atomizer, rather than filling a tank. As a vaping purist, there really is no better way to experience e-liquid flavour. This method has its drawbacks. While it is fine lounging around in front of the TV, when out and about or driving its not so convenient.
Regular readers will recall that I generally use a couple of devices. Namely an Apollo Vtube and eGo topped with a CE4 – my go to clearomizer solution. I hadn’t really considered “proper” tank options as I was happy enough with the CE4’s. To cut a long story short, I decided to purchase a couple of Dual Coil Tank (DCT) cartomizers from Apollo just to see what they are like and these are my impressions.
Since I road tested the Apollo Superior eGo Kit late last year I have become hooked on CE4 clearomizer’s, so much so that I haven’t used a regular atomizer since then. Anyway, I thought I better get my hands on an adaptor so that I can use them with my stainless steel Vtube. So I headed off to Apollo and ordered one.
The CE4 has a recessed 510 connector and a metal skirt, which means their use is limited to standard eGo style devices, but an eGo adaptor opens up a whole new world of opportunities enabling this popular clearomizer to be used on just about anything, including of course the Vtube variable voltage mod.
The Apollo disposable electronic cigarette is not something I use on a regular basis as I have a fair amount of vaping kit that fulfils my personal needs (see other reviews). However, I’ve been meaning to review one for a while but never got around to it. So today, I’ll explain what these are all about.
If you are new to the world of electronic cigarettes and the vaping scene in general lets get down to basics. Most ecig users start out on something fairly basic. I know I did. 5 years ago, ecigs were extremely primitive and most, if not all, replicated a real cigarette in looks if not performance. Over the years, and thanks to the personal innovation of a number of ecig users, various “mods” started to appear. Chinese manufacturers quickly picked up on these and started mass producing more durable and longer lasting products.
You see the problem with the earliest ecigs was size. After all, these things were nigh on identical to a cigarette dimensionally, thus battery capacity and ultimately life was limited to say the least – a typical battery lasting anywhere between 30 mins to 2 hours (the latter, if lucky). In addition, they didn’t hold a decent charge after a few months, so a hefty battery arsenal was always needed.
The Apollo Variable Voltage (VV) eGo battery is the latest incarnation of the ever popular eGo electronic cigarette. At first glance, you maybe mistaken for thinking its just a pimped up eGo Twist, but I’m happy to say, you’d be wrong! Visually, yes, they have a lot in common, both are eGo’s after all, and both feature variable voltage, however when you delve deeper into the spec, the eGo VV is an entirely different beast. Its been refined, improved upon and honed to a level that is much more user friendly than the eGo Twist ever was.
The Apollo eGo VV simply caters to the needs of users in a way no other eGo has done previously. Its a revelation.
I’ve been using an Apollo Stainless Steel VV Vtube and Apollo eGo Superior kit for the past ten months and been more than happy with their performance, but as a gadget freak, I was intrigued by the eGo VV – its a best of both worlds device – variable voltage and eGo sleekness rolled into one. I had to get one!
Personally speaking of all the Apollo tobacco flavour e-liquids I’ve tried recently its somewhat ironic that my favourite is the one left till last! And funnily enough its just the regular “Tobacco” at that.
All the juices reviewed so far have been 24mg (extra high) strength and no change here. It ticks all the boxes not too strong, nor too weak and the ideal choice for throat hit and average nicotine needs.
Opening up the childproof cap, the aroma is less striking than RY4 and definitely less pungent than Sahara. Its decidedly tobacco (sounds stupid I know considering it is tobacco flavour), but it really does have a whiff of fresh tobacco leaves. There is a sweet edge to it, but not overpowering from a scent perspective.
Visually, it has a lemony hue and is slightly thinner than both the RY4 and Sahara e-liquids. Again it’s a Propylene Glycol (PG) based juice with added Glycerin. Its very well suited for use in a clearomizer as thicker juices tend to restrict the internal wicks absorption rate. This juice seems to flow effortlessly and produces plenty of thick vapour as a result.
When I received a bottle of 24mg strength Sahara e-liquid from Apollo Ecigs the first thing that struck me was the colour. Its significantly darker than most tobacco juices – a deep earthy reddish orange. And even before I opened the childproof cap I could smell the contents quite easily. This is what I would describe as a “robust” e-liquid. It conjures up a middle eastern cafe – strong espresso and flavourful tobacco pipes. Its aptly named.
Prior to vaping I like to give new juices the “sniff” test (don’t we all?!). This is, as Apollo rightly describes it: “bold”. It has a hint of burnt caramel, somewhat spicy on the nose and characteristically cigar-like – more so than a regular tobacco e-liquid. Prior to testing I actually thought Sahara would be akin to Camel but it isn’t – there is no nuttiness whatsoever.
What can be said about the eGo e-cigarette that hasn’t been said before? When the eGo was launched it quickly revolutionized the vaping scene much in the same way as the 510 atomizer destroyed the good old 910. The eGo pretty much swept away all other conventional e-cig designs and still dominates the starter segment of the market. No wonder really – up till this point ecigs were unreliable, inconsistent and often frustrating.
This was the e-cigarette to be seen with. Its sleek lines, cool manual button and long life battery made it an overnight success perfectly at home in the hands of veterans and beginners alike. Its small dimensions meant you could slip it in a pocket, head out for the day with no worries. With the advent of cartomizers, tank systems and clearomizers things just kept getting better (no need to even carry a bottle of juice anymore).