Saturday , 22 September 2018
Apollo OHM Go Kit Review

Apollo OHM Go Kit Review

Hey, vapers, how’s your day going? I’ve been working on this review for what feels like a lifetime. It’s time now, I think, to finally share it with you. After a bazillion hours of video recording and editing, and a whole bunch of note-taking too, I think I’m finally done with it — the Apollo OHM Go Kit review. Here’s a little spoiler for you: I didn't have the easiest time with it. You can probably tell that from the star rating. Apollo Vapes (UK) sent me this device along with a whole bunch of eliquids. I'm pretty sure…

Review Overview

My Score

Duff tank? Leaky tank!

Summary : I had high hopes for this pen-like device, but the Apollo OHM Go Kit was NOT as positive as I'd hoped. Duff tank? Dodgy device? I can't decide ...

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Hey, vapers, how’s your day going? I’ve been working on this review for what feels like a lifetime. It’s time now, I think, to finally share it with you. After a bazillion hours of video recording and editing, and a whole bunch of note-taking too, I think I’m finally done with it — the Apollo OHM Go Kit review. Here’s a little spoiler for you: I didn’t have the easiest time with it. You can probably tell that from the star rating.

Apollo Vapes (UK) sent me this device along with a whole bunch of eliquids. I’m pretty sure I received the Starter Kit MEGA Pack 10x10ml E-Liquids ALL Flavours + OHM GO, a package that gives you the Ohm Go Kit plus ten bottles of eliquid for around £85.

The Ohm Go Kit by Apollo is around £45 if you buy it on its own.

Discount tip: You can subscribe to the website with your email address for a 20% discount code.

Anyway, no more fluffing about, I’ll get right to the point:

Apollo OHM Go Kit Review 

A self-adjusting vape pen that can be used for both sub-ohm and mouth-to-lung vaping, this device looks like it should be perfect for new vapers — those that are just trying things out for the first time and perhaps aren’t sure which way they should go. I know a few people that jumped straight in with sub-ohm vaping to get off the cigs, but many vapers tend to start with something MTL-based, before moving on to a sub ohm device once they feel braver, later on down the line.

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This device gives you the opportunity to do both of those things, with a mouth-to-lung coil and sub-ohm coil in the box.

Speaking of the box, you get the following included:

  • Apollo OHM battery
  • Apollo Portal Top Filling Sub-Ohm Vape Tank
  • 1.0-ohm coil – 10-20 watts
  • 0.5-ohm coil – 20-30 watts
  • Spare o-rings
  • USB charger
  • Instruction manual
  • Test certificate

(*Also compatible with a 0.3-ohm coil – 30-50 watts. This doesn’t come in the box, but can be bought separately HERE.)

Apollo Portal Top Filling Sub-Ohm Vape Tank 

  • 2ml capacity
  • Adjustable airflow
  • 510 threading
  • Coil range: 0.3-ohm, 0.5-ohm, 1.0-ohm
  • Top-fill (the name gives it away really)
  • Materials: Pyrex glass, stainless steel, brass

Let me tell you something. I really tried with this tank. I tried over and over and over again. Repeatedly. I first tried it as a sub-ohm tank, using it with a number of different devices, starting with the pen-like OHM battery that came in the box, before moving on to the Wismec Predator 228. Then, I tried the Portal tank with the MTL coil, giving it a shot on the Jac Vapour Series-B DNA 75W device, and the Jac Vapour Series-S17 battery too. I just had zero luck with it.

Here’s what happened:

With the sub-ohm coil in place to start with, the tank worked really well on the battery that came in the Apollo OHM Go Kit box for about half an hour. Just enough time for me to record the first part of my video (the unboxing) and say something along the lines of, “Yeah, I’m impressed with this so far. As long as nothing goes wrong with it, I can’t think of a single reason why I *wouldn’t* recommend it!”

And then everything went horribly wrong, in true me-style. I picked up the device (it had been lying on its side, admittedly) and there was liquid along the side of the tank. Like, a considerable amount of liquid too, not just a little bit. This was not a little leak that could have been caused by overzealous refilling.

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I cleaned the greasy liquid off and started vaping with it again. No longer was I faced with the almost-too-easy vaping motion I had experienced on the video, but rather a gurgling, hissing, spitting mess. I took a look at it and everything seemed fine, but I emptied the tank, pulled everything apart, checked it was all put back together properly and then started again.

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The same thing happened — I had half an hour or so of awesome vaping, and then gurgling, hissing, spitting mess.

Humph. 

I pulled the tank apart a second time, changed the o-rings, and then tried with a different type of liquid. The first liquid was one of the ones sent by Apollo with the OHM Go Kit — Snickerdoodle Cookie. I thought the problem could have been caused by a liquid-tank issue, seeing as I couldn’t figure out anything else wrong with it to make it leak, gurgle, and hiss. The same thing happened with a second liquid, and that was even after I’d made sure I pulled it through the coil too. I tried for about two or three hours, but the same thing kept happening. The hissing, gurgling, spitting, and now getting really hot too. The more I used it, the hotter it got. At one point I could barely hold it in my hands. I know I’m a wuss and all, but still. That’s too hot.

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I found that the mouthpiece repeatedly filled up with eliquid and that, in turn, always ended up in my mouth … by the bucketload. It was disgusting. I’m pretty persistent, and when I say I tried with this vape device, I mean I really tried with it. Repeatedly. I had to give up.

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A combination of lots of heat + spitting + no vapour + liquid in my mouth = one very unhappy Kim.

I emailed the chap that got in touch with me to send the kit. He offered a few solutions, most of which I’d already tried, but I figured it could be a busted coil. I didn’t have another sub ohm coil to use in the tank — you only get one of each, sub ohm and mouth-to-lung — so I changed the sub ohm one for the MTL one and kept my fingers crossed it would work …

It didn’t. 

With the MTL coil installed, I attempted to use it with the Jac Vapour Series-S DNA 75W. To start with, I realised that the main part of the tank wasn’t flush with the bottom part that connects the tank to the battery, and the same could be said for the top too — where you unscrew the mouthpiece-section to refill, etc., there was a teeny-tiny gap that *could be* the cause of my leak. So, once again, I pulled the damn thing apart, checked the o-rings, replaced the o-ring with a spare I had from another tank (same size, etc. I checked), and then tried again.

Again, nothing good happened. I got a great big spillage on my bed though. Twice.

 

“Don’t lay your vape down, Kim, it’s bound to leak that way.”

I know, I know, but I lay my tanks and vape devices down all the time and they don’t all leak on me like this one did. I put the device on my bed for three or four minutes so that I could find the TV remote. It should not have leaked that much liquid in three or four minutes, especially when I had pulled the damn thing apart twice, replaced o-rings a bunch of times, and wasted almost an entire bottle of eliquid in the process. (Drake’s Kentucky MTL liquid, review coming soon.)

Honestly, by this point, I was kinda annoyed. In fact, there was no kinda about it. I was pissed off.

I took a peek online and found a couple of other people saying that their Apollo OHM Go Kit had leaked. The majority of the reviews I read on the device were super positive though, so I’m guessing maybe I just had a dud tank? Why do I always get the dud ones? And, for the record, I had another vaper check the damn thing over to make sure I wasn’t just being a total dunce, so I know it’s not just me fluffing things up this time. I also watched some videos on the ol’ YouTube too. I’d be the first to admit it if it was my fault. I’m all for the learning and making myself look like a twat so you lot don’t need to make the same mistakes! 😋

So, in regards to the Portal tank, I really don’t have many positive things to say. I have no clue what went wrong with mine, but the metal bits didn’t sit flush with the tank no matter how many times I pulled it apart, changed bits, and stuck them back together again. Still the same old gurgling, hissing, and leaking all over the place. I hate it when the liquid leaks all over a smooth device (like the Jac Vapour DNA75W). Makes everything so slimy. Ew. I hate it.

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Crikey, I should have done a review for the tank on its own. 1,100 words of tank-ranting right there. That’s a moany-word-count record, even by my standards.

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Moving on.

The Portal tank itself looked great. It seemed to be made from durable materials, and that’s why the leak and malfunction came as such a shock. This doesn’t feel or look like a cheapie little device, and it’s made from half-decent materials too, as well as having a slightly higher-than-average price tag attached. I expected so much more from it, and I’m honestly keeping my fingers crossed that this *isn’t* a regular fault (like with the Aspire PockeX) and just the one duff tank instead.

  • Get the Portal Top Filling Sub-Ohm Vape Tank (without the battery, etc.) HERE.

OHM Battery

  • 5 – 50 watts
  • Minimum resistance: 0.3 ohm
  • Maximum firing time: 15 seconds
  • Pass-through charging capable
  • 510 threading

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Right, this is a self-adjusting battery. It knows the difference between a sub-ohm coil and a mouth-to-lung coil, and it will change the power accordingly. Offering 5-50 watts, it’s actually not that powerful when compared to other devices, but when I used it with the sub-ohm coil + Snickerdoodle Cookie sub-ohm eliquid, it was pretty impressive for the first half an hour that I managed to get it working for the video. You’ve already learned what happened beyond that point so I won’t go repeating myself, but, for that first half an hour, I was actually very happy with the amount of vapour it produced. I didn’t expect so much for something that only maxes out at 50W.

Switching to the mouth-to-lung coil in the Apollo Portal tank, and the device DID adjust itself. I’m not sure that I agree with “accordingly”. It almost felt like it didn’t quite pack enough power for the MTL coil. It was almost there, but not quite. We do need to remember that it appears I had a dud tank or two dud coils … or both. That could be the reason why the battery just seemed a bit ‘wimpy’ for the MTL coil. Bizarrely, when it did work with the sub-ohm tank, it packed some pretty awesome clouds. It didn’t seem ‘wimpy’ at all. I’m really pissed off that it didn’t work beyond that point. I’d have really liked the device if it’d just played by the rules and done what it was supposed to do.

I just wanted it to vape properly. I don’t think that’s too much to ask … 😢

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Trying the battery with a different tank, just to see what happens, I chose the Jac Vapour Series-S17. I’d rather not to give too much away because I have a full review coming soon, but the Series-S17 is fast becoming the standard that all other MTL tanks must live up to. Sad or not, I was beyond devastated when they stopped selling the Series-E (with what I’m sure is the Kangertech Geni Aero tank), but this has filled the spot perfectly.

When the Apollo battery was fully-charged, the Jac Vapour Series S17 tank worked beautifully on it. I found it to be a powerful battery, delivering the great taste that I would have expected from my Red Vape Havana Gold (tobacco MTL). In fact, I actually think the Apollo OHM Go Kit battery seemed (in terms of throat hit, flavour, and vapour production) to deliver more power than the battery that comes with the Series-S17 tank.

This leads me to believe that the PORTAL TANK was a duff, and not the battery or the coils. Other MTL tanks that I tried on the OHM battery worked really well. It was just the Portal tank that it didn’t seem to get along with. I have continued to use the battery with other tanks successfully.

I estimated that the 1900mAh battery would give me about 17-20 hours worth of pretty regular use before it would need recharging. It wouldn’t last anywhere near that long with a sub-ohm tank/coil attached. Those use much more of the battery’s power per puff. I actually used the Apollo battery with the Jac Vapour Series-S17 tank for close to three days before it needed recharging. I began using it on day one at about 11 am, using it pretty regularly as I tapped away at my laptop, on and off, until about 10 pm. Day two – same pattern. Day three, I used it a little less because I was busy and running around, but I still carried on using it until about 5/6 pm, when it finally flashed red at me and needed recharging.

Despite the really dodgy start, with the whole Portal tank drama, this Apollo OHM Go Kit Review doesn’t actually work out so bad.

  • Get a replacement Apollo OHM 50W Battery HERE.

Apollo OHM Go Kit Review – Conclusion

I believe that I had a faulty Apollo Portal tank in my Kit. The tank DID NOT perform well after that initial unboxing video start. It didn’t matter what I tried — changing the coil, pulling it apart and putting it back together again, replacing the o-rings, juicing, emptying, wiping, device-changing — the end result was always the same. It gurgled, spat, hissed, became too hot to use, and royally peed me off.

I had a good look around the Internet, and I didn’t see that many negative reviews for the Apollo OHM Go Kit or the Apollo Portal tank. All of the reviews were pretty positive ones. With the way that this tank initially worked (brilliantly), I think I had a busted tank. I would imagine that this device is actually very pleasant to vape on, in both an MTL and sub-ohm style. I enjoyed that first half hour of Snickerdoodle Cookie vaping if that’s any help?

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The battery/device itself worked like a dream on everything BUT the Apollo Portal tank. Again, that’s what leads me to believe I had a duff tank. I actually found the Apollo battery and Jac Vapour Series-S17 to be a cracking combination for a pen-style vape. It’s not the most aesthetically pleasing combination, but it vapes great.

I think I’ll need to give the Portal tank another shot. What do you think? Do you have it? Do you love it? Should I buy the tank and try again? I’ve been trying this thing on and off for two months now. I’m pretty much done with it, especially getting spoonfuls of eliquid in my mouth each time.

Humph. Again.

Would I buy the Apollo OHM Go Kit again? I’m really not sure at this point. I liked the way the battery worked, but the tank was a total letdown. I’d be really annoyed if a second tank did the same thing.

Would I recommend the Apollo OHM Go Kit to you? After my experience? Probably not. It’s not exactly the best review, is it? Read and watch a whole bunch of reviews before you make your decision, that’s all I’m saying.

I’m giving it 2 stars out of 5. The battery was awesome. The tank … not so much.

Get the OHM GO Vaping Kit by Apollo HERE on Apollo Cigs (UK)

Get the Starter Kit MEGA Pack 10x10ml E-Liquids ALL Flavours + OHM GO HERE on Apollo Cigs (UK)

Also to come: 

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Honesty Policy: Apollo Cigs (UK) sent me the Starter Kit MEGA Pack 10x10ml E-Liquids ALL Flavours + OHM GO. I did not pay for these vape products. I have not been paid for my HONEST review. All opinions are mine and in no way swayed by the brand or manufacturer.

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