Intro – catchy title
The Captain is a new sub ohm tank from IJOY. This 25 mm offering features threadless coilheads that can be easily inserted and switched out. At present two coil types are available and one of each is included in the kit to get you started. The Captain comes with a wide bore 810 Delrin drip tip as well as a 510 drip tip adapter. The vape tank is available in three capacities – 4 mL as standard, an extended 6 mL, and the obligatory 2 mL for TPD-compliant EU customers.
Let’s check out the Captain and see how this sub ohm tank performs..
Straight out of the box, the tank is straightforward and easy to use. It breaks down easily into its separate parts for cleaning, and the threading feels well engineered and smooth throughout. The tank came clean out of the box, without any residual traces of machining oil.
You get two different coils with the kit: the CA2, a 0.3 ohm coil, and the CA8, a higher-wattage octuple coil performer at 0.15 ohm. The CA2 dual coil uses a kanthal Clapton and two stainless steel wires and is rated for performance between 60 – 80 W. The CA8 coil consists of four dual coils and is rated up to 100 W. The usual extras are also here – replacement glass tank, o-rings, a 510 drip tip adapter, and a colorful vape band.
There’s more than enough space to fill the tank from the top. The airflow control ring is buttery smooth and rotates the full 360° of the tank. The innovation of using threadless coils makes changing them out incredibly easy. They fit snug into the tank chassis snugly, but there’s still enough grip to remove them without yanking.
The Captain needs little more than a few priming drops of e-liquid to the coil, filling the tank, and dialing in the preferred wattage to start vaping.
Ergonomics and form
The Captain sub ohm will fit on any box mod with a 25 mm base without any overhang. Its most striking features are the chunky airflow control ring and the recessed heat reduction chassis. These features make the tank look solid and substantial.
Our 4 mL sample came with the stainless steel finish. It looks great on the Voopoo Drag mod(with minor overhang), but might look comical on a narrower or smaller box mod.
How it performs
Although the vapor intensity will vary depending on your VG/PG ratio, the Captain sub ohm tank is on the cloudy side. Vapor production matches the strength of the draw and the intensity of the flavor you experience with this tank.
Probably my favorite feature of the Captain sub ohm tank is the quality of the draw. Vapor on the intake is rich, dense and not too hot. It’s a direct lung hit without being aggressive. The strength of the draw is the same regardless of the wattage. What changes is the intensity of flavor.
And as flavor goes, it is above-par on the Captain. I’ve been vaping it with C Tobacco, a 70/30 VG/PG e-liquid from Master Blends, that we got as part of Zamplebox’s June menu. The Captain captures the dark, roasted notes of the Turkish tobacco admirably, while also hitting the mixture of bitter and slightly sweet in the juice. I’m vaping it nic-free, and still enjoying it.
Performance has been solid and reliable and the coils have needed very little break-in time. I’ve had no issues with dry hits, spitback or leaking so far.
All in all, I’m very happy with the Captain sub ohm tank. There’s not much to dislike here. So little, in fact, that the next section will be a short one…
One of the selling points of IJOY’s new sub ohm tank is that the CA coilheads are more suitable to wick high VG e-liquid. While C Tobacco is only a 70% VG blend, both the CA2 and CA8 coils wick it easily. However, I have noticed a slightly dry note coming on as the tank starts to empty. I’m not hitting the tank when empty – just where the chimney opens up to wick the coil.
Although the AFC is completely adjustable, closing it off doesn’t have much of an impact on flavor, in my opinion. While the temperature of the vape does increase, the intensity of the draw remains the same.
Finally, the groove separating the AFC from the glass tank. This is supposed to reduce heat distribution throughout the sub ohm tank. If you chain vape the Captain, it will get hot throughout. However, the 810 drip tip extends over 11 mm from the tank and is fairly thick, so you won’t notice it on your lips.
- Solid build quality
- Strong on flavor
- Consistent and dense draw
- Threadless coils are easy to insert and change out
- Gold plating in all the right places for better conductivity
- 510 drip tip adapter
- Only two coil types available (at present)
- AFC doesn’t affect vape quality (subjective)
The Captain sub ohm tank from IJOY offers a very decent entry point for vapers who want to sub ohm. There’s plenty to like here, from the robust stainless steel construction down to the threadless coilheads. The different capacity options (2/4/6 mL) is also a nice touch. I’d like to see IJOY expand the range of coils – since the draw is very rich and flavor has been on point so far. If you like to vape at over 100 watts, this might not be the tank for you. But for anyone looking for a new sub ohm tank with great flavor and decent vapor to boot, I’d recommend the Captain.
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