Do We Have Lift Off With the V Tube 5.0 from Apollo?
After vaping on more than a few Nano mods recently getting my hands on the Apollo VTube 5.0 was a bit of a shock to my vaping system – this tube mod is a monster!
California based Apollo has the ‘space and exploration’ theme running through their website describing themselves as based on a spaceship and at the cutting edge of vaping technology.
With the Phazer sub ohm tank attached the VTube 5.0 does indeed have the profile of one of those early space rockets – so does vaping on the kit send me into a happy orbit or is the whole thing a bit of a damp squib?
Let’s blast off with the review.
In The Box
OK my first impressions when hitting the Apollo website to take a look at the VTube 5.0 was ‘bloody hell that’s expensive’.
However and once my virtual wallet fell back to earth I took another look and can see they’ve added a few extras.
So whilst I received just the VTube 5.0 and Phazer sub ohm tank – proper shoppers receive:
- X1 Apollo VTube V5.0
- X1 Apollo Phazer V2 top filling Sub-Ohm Tank [Coil heads in the tank and spare one are for Wattage mod]
- X1 Apollo Carry Case
- X1 18650 High Drain Battery (model may vary based on availability)
- X1 Trustfire Dual 18650 Charger
- X1 16ml bottle of MAX VG E-liquid of your choice
So for the price – for me still a little high – you do get a decent amount of kit. I did receive half a dozen sample e-liquids which I intend to review separately at a later date.
The VTube 5.0 comes in a choice of black [which I received] or silver. Given the Phazer sub ohm tank only comes in stainless steel it does look a bit weird on the black tube mod – just my opinion of course 😉
And whilst this is both a Wattage and Temp Control mod – the stock coils are both wattage – kanthal 0.2 ohm and 0.5 ohm.
NI200 coils are available to buy separately and come in 0.2 and 1.2 ohms respectively.
Given I didn’t receive those I haven’t been able to test the VTube 5.0 in temp mode – however the VTube 5.0 is capable of operating between 212F and 512F and will switch to centigrade if required.
However every single time you add a new coil in temp control mode – even if it’s the same as the last one used – you must let the mod calibrate it.
You’ll need to hold down the + and – button until the screen flashes ‘Hold to Reset Res’ – it will then display ‘Set Res’ showing you the resistance. Once happy remove your fingers.
Key Features of the Apollo VTube 5.0
The main feature has to be the VTube 5.0’s ability to operate in both wattage and temp control mode.
The menu allows you the most precise settings moving as it does in 0.1 increments.
Speaking of the menu – it’s a bright if a little small screen – the choosing of your preferred mode is refreshingly simple with x3 quick clicks on the fire button switching modes.
As for the rest:
- x5 quick clicks on and off
- + & – increases or decreases wattage and temp – simple!
Given the tube mod has a 510 connection and at about 23mm wide it will take a larger tank including drippers with hardly any overhang.
Design and Build Quality – Apollo VTube 5.0
My first impression on handling the tube mod was it was all a bit plasticcy and light.
However once I added a battery it suddenly felt like a solid piece of kit.
It is a monster though and without the tank it still towers above all the other mods and vaping pens in my collection – it is humongous!!!
The build is good with all the connections fitting well.
The tube comes apart in four pieces:
- The top cap (allowing you to use eGo threaded tanks)
- The control section of the body
- The battery tube
- Battery cap
I’d guess the two center piece sections of the mod come apart for the main reason that Apollo may offer different sized battery compartments in the future to fit 18350 and 18500’s possibly?
Not totally sure on this as they don’t actually have the different size bodies available separately. If anything it’s great for cleaning and maintenance!
Design wise it’s ok – I mean as I’ve said many times before there’s not a lot you can do with a tube mod.
However Apollo designers have added a series of semi-punched hole indentations around the body which act as a sort of grip – I say sort of as I found it to be quite slippery in the hand [ahem].
Also – and I think an important point is the battery ventilation holes. What I thought were slits on the body are again just semi-punched design features.
However there are x6 quite reasonably sized holes in the battery compartment cap.
There’s a ton of built in safety features including short circuit protection and reverse polarity protection – there’s no overheat auto cut-out – that I can see any way – so something to bare in mind.
How Does Apollo VTube 5.0 Perform?
It’s always hard to rate how just a mod performs – after all for many of us it’s the tank that we’re more interested in – well I am any way lol.
What I can say is the Apollo VTube 5.0 is a solid intuitive to use piece of kit. It’s actually grown on me the week I’ve used it.
I can’t comment on Temp Control as I’ve already explained I didn’t get any coils – but in wattage mode everything functions as it should and increasing and decreasing in 0.01 watts means you can tailor your vape settings.
I’ve tried it with numerous vape tanks and obviously the black ones [on my black tube] look better from an aesthetic point of view and all fired in an instant with no lag.
The Phazer Sub Ohm Tank
Set your phazers to stunning [one for the Trekkies] because this is without doubt one of the best sub ohm tanks I’ve had the pleasure to use – it is awesome.
It’s a simple top fill tank that holds 3.5ml e-liquid if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on an American version – Apollo has brought out a 2ml European one in strict adherence with the ridiculous TPD ‘laws’.
I received the 3.5ml and it’s again a big bugger but is quite beautiful to look at. I have to say for the record I wasn’t too convinced by the Pyrex clear drip-tip at first but that too has grown on me.
The whole thing comes apart for easy cleaning and spare parts can bought on the website.
The coils are re-buildable – but NOT in the normal sense which I’ll explain in a moment.
In the box you get:
- X1 Phazer sub ohm 3.5ml or 2ml tank
- X1 0.2ohm coil – 30w to 70w
- X1 0.5 ohm coil 15w to 50w
- X1 instruction manual
Sadly – and for the relative hefty price – there’s no spare ‘O’ rings – nor replaceable glass – which I feel is a little stingy 😉
Phazer Sub Ohm Tank Specs
- 22mm diameter
- Stainless steel and Pyrex
- Coil resistance: 0.2 & 0.5 ohm and Ni200 1.2ohm to 0.2ohm
- Adjustable liquid flow control
- Adjustable airflow
How Does the Phazer Sub Ohm Tank Perform?
It blew me away to be honest – this is a flavoursome cloud chucking monster and I love it!
But first onto those coils.
The spare baffled me for a moment as all you see is exposed organic cotton.
It was only once I’d took the whole thing apart that I realized the coil comes with like a stainless steel screw on sheath. This of course means for those of you with nimble fingers – the coils can be rebuilt.
Simply take off the dirty cotton – and add your own.
I haven’t tried it yet but this can only add to the longevity of the coil saving you a few quid into the bargain – Apollo of course sells replacement coils too.
This steel sheath also acts as your juice flow holes – a simple turn opens them up fully or as closed as you like – handy for those gloopier e-liquids.
Swapping out your coils can be done without draining out your e-liquid and is relatively clean too.
The two airflow holes are at the base and move around easily – but are tight enough not to come loose.
I have used the Phazer Sub Ohm tank for over a week and had no leakage whatsoever.
It’s a solid performer.
Vaping on the Phazer Sub Ohm Tank
I’ve already said this is one of the best sub ohm tanks I’ve had the pleasure to use – it really is.
The flavour profile on both coils through a variety of wattage is extraordinary – I mean truly extraordinary!
And don’t get me started on the clouds – from its lowest setting of 30 watts to trying it at 70watts on another mod of mine – this is a beast of a tank – we’re talking thick pungent clouds that linger!
Open the airflow holes fully and you really are looking at creating a cloudy sub-climate wherever you vape this monster 😉
The Pyrex drip-tip dissipates the heat extremely well even whilst I was chain vaping Mrs Baker e-liquids at 70watts.
Filling is a cinch – just screw off the top cap – and despite the flavour and clouds it ain’t a juice guzzler either. Certainly not with the 3.5ml tank any way.
What I Like
Despite its size – did I say it was huge? – I’ve found the Apollo VTube 5.0 to be a fun and refreshing change from box mods and other sub ohm pens I’ve used.
It has just enough functions to be perfect for a beginner or even ‘enthusiast’ and it does its job extremely well.
As to the Phazer Sub Ohm Tank – one word – WOW!!!
The flavour is amazing and the clouds just keep on coming – this is a little beauty!!!
What I Don’t Like
For the tube mod I was going to say I don’t like its size – but I now think that’s part of its appeal.
It is impractical for out and about vaping – and DO NOT stuff it into your jeans front pocket – trust me on that – you will get some very strange looks if you catch my drift [no mate you hadn’t aroused me lol].
In all seriousness – what’s NOT to like with this mod – it is almost 9inches of pure vaping power [enough Neil] and is certainly a conversation starter lol.
As to the tank – there is absolutely NOTHING to dislike about it.
But at a push I’d say there is the merest gap between the tube and the tank once assembled – it’s tiny for sure but enough to catch my eye.
Price wise the kit seems expensive – but it does include everything you need to get started, charger, juice, battery, mod and tank.
Both the Apollo V Tube 5.0 and Phazer tank can of course be purchased separately as well.
Final Review Verdict
Given the whole kit once assembled looks like one of those Police extendable batons – or a small clarinet – if I was arrested whilst heckling a woodwind quartet for not playing any James Last would I hold onto my Apollo V Tube 5.0 and tank as the cuffs were slapped on?
I most definitely would 😉
Complete Kit Pros
- Temp and Wattage Modes
- Easy to Use
- Mod and tank comes completely apart for cleaning
- One of the best sub ohm tanks I’ve ever used
- Proper shoppers get extras including a battery and charger
- None for the tank it is indeed awesome.
- Mod is bloody big and looks ‘wrong’ in front jeans pockets
- Pricey, but it does offer a complete vaping setup with nothing else to buy.