Apollo Reliant 60W Temperature Control Mod
The Apollo Reliant is a 60W temperature control box mod designed by Apollo who are an American manufacturer.
In recent years they have expanded outward into the UK and Europe.
The Reliant was designed in California and manufactured in China and is a very well made and compact little device that offers great appeal.
Lets take a closer look with our Apollo Reliant review.
Apollo Reliant Specifications
- Intuitive user interface.
- Temperature Control Mode, Wattage Mode and Mechanical Mode.
- Wattage Range: 5-60W.
- Temperature Control Range: 200-600°F (100-300°C).
- Real Power Display (Shows the true max capable wattage output of your battery).
- Low Battery Indicator.
- Spring Loaded 510 Connector.
- USB Charging.
- Firing and adjustment lock.
- Built in short circuit protection. Low voltage protection.
- Wide battery vent channels.
- Adjustable display orientation.
- Requires a single 18650 battery (not included).
- Stealth Mode.
- Available in black or red.
- 1x Apollo Reliant 60W Temperature Control Mod.
- 1x Micro USB Cable.
- User Manual.
Apollo Reliant styling and build quality
Everything about this device seems very well made and it feels quite durable. The buttons have a good “click” to them and are rattle free.
The spring loaded 510 connector seems very good and all my atomizers sit flush with this device.
The display is excellent being large, bright and very clear. It features all the typical information you would expect such as wattage, temperature, battery life, coil resistance and voltage.
The styling of the device is aesthetically pleasing and it feels comfortable to use in the hand. The battery compartment has one of those lids that requires a coin to open very much like the one on the SX Mini M Class.
I am not a fan of this type of lid but it seems to fit well and it features two holes for venting.
Apollo Reliant operating procedure
The Reliant includes a well written user manual so rather than cover everything I will just mention the main functions.
- Upon inserting a battery the device will switch on.
- 5 clicks to lock and unlock the device.
- Hold fire button and minus button to bring up the mode menu. Minus button cycles options: wattage mode, temperature mode and mechanical mode. The fire button confirms an option.
- When in temperature control the fire button and the plus button need to be held together to select the wattage. Then adjust the wattage to suit with the plus and minus buttons before finally confirming with the fire button.
- When in the relevant mode wattage or temperature can be locked/unlocked by holding down the plus and minus buttons together.
- When the device is locked the screen can be flipped between right and left handed display mode by holding down the fire button and the plus button.
- When the device is locked holding down the fire button and minus button swaps between normal and stealth mode.
- When screwing on an atomizer the device will ask “New Coil Up, Same Down.” If this is a new atomizer then press the plus button and if it is the same tank you have used previously hit the minus button.
- Do make sure to only screw on cool atomizers when using temperature control or the device will not be able to make accurate readings.
It is important to note that this device never truly switches off unless you remove the battery.
It does go into sleep mode but do make sure if you are putting it in your pocket that you lock the device.
How does the Apollo Reliant perform?
The Reliant works extremely well and I can’t fault its performance. When screwing on a sub ohm tank or RDA the device does perform the typical “new coil up, same down” check that we must all have got used to by now.
Unlike some earlier devices that were somewhat flaky at performing that check the Reliant does it every single time.
If the device goes into sleep mode for a long period of time it will ask you to confirm if the atomizer has been changed.
Offering up to 60W of power this device is capable of running most typical atomizers but I don’t need all that power for my RTA’s these days since I tend to do higher resistance builds.
If I feel like using an RDA such as the Wotofo Troll on the Reliant at 35-40W I can but it does mean I will end up running the battery down faster.
I set the temperature to 240°C and then set the wattage to 40W. The tank gave me exactly the same type of vape I get on my other mods such as the SMOK Alien.
You can adjust the wattage to suit but it takes a little bit longer because you have to hold the main fire button and the plus button together, then adjust the wattage before finally confirming it by pressing the fire button again.
Of course if you are someone who isn’t going to alter the wattage a lot then it won’t be a big deal.
While the wattage and temperature can be locked I didn’t see any function to lock the coil resistance.
While it would be a useful feature for this mod to have it isn’t hugely necessary since the Reliant seems very accurate at checking the coil resistance.
Battery life is very typical of a single 18650 device. It will depend entirely on your wattage and how much you use the device.
I can get about a day and a half out of it when running an RTA with a 1.5ohm coil at 14W but if you are planning to chain vape your temperature control tank running at 40W at 240°C or above then you might only get about four hours.
It will vary heavily between users.
Is it worth it?
If you want a conveniently sized mod that is very well put together and you require no more than 60W of power then this device is definitely worth it.
Personally I like to use my RTA’s on this mod and most of them don’t require more than 16W so the battery lasts ages.
The Reliant is more expensive than other mods out there and for less money you could certainly pick up something like the Cool Fire 4 TC100 from Innokin which would offer you 75W of power.
However the Reliant feels very durable and I cannot fault its construction so perhaps it may be worth your while paying a bit more for the excellent quality this offers. At the end of the day the decision is yours to make.
Ecigclick do have an Apollo E Cig discount code for UK readers that will offer 10% off so this will of course go some way to reducing the cost.
Final Apollo Reliant Review Verdict
I must admit I really do like this vape mod because it is very well made and has an excellent form factor.
It feels good in the hand and seems to be very reliable.
My only gripe is the battery compartment lid but you do get used to it in time and my issue with it is simply the inconvenience it causes.
While the Apollo Reliant is more expensive than other comparable devices on the market if you were to buy one of these I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
- Well-made and durable.
- Large, bright display.
- Good form factor.
- Very durable spring-loaded 510 connection.
- Very accurate resistance readings.
- Works well in temperature control mode.
The Not So Good
- Battery compartment lid is slightly annoying when replacing batteries.
- More expensive than other comparable devices.