Verision 2 of the Tank Kit by Halo – An Improvement on the Original?
Today we are looking at the Halo Tank kit 02 from the lovely guys and girls over at Ecigarette Direct.
The vape pen kit is an update to their original halo tank kit. Nice to see they are keeping the name nice and simple, no confusion there!
While there are a few great vape pen starter kits for new users they fall way behind in terms of numbers when compared to sub ohm devices.
So definitely a good thing to see a new kit come to market for UK vapers.
So.. Lets see how the Halo Tank 02 kit performs…
As always my opinions are honest and my own.
What’s In The Box
The Halo e cigarette comes in standard but tidy and nicely designed sleeve that contains the following:
- Halo Tank 02 vape pen (battery)
- Halo 02 tank
- 1 X 1.0 Ohm coil (installed in tank)
- Tank 02 User Manual
- 1 x Bottle of Halo E-Liquid
- 1 x Micro usb charger cable
- Compatible with 3 Coils (1.0Ohm MTL / 1.0Oh DTL / 0.5Ohm DTL) for different performance levels
- Single button operation
- Auto adjusts the power for different coils
- Vape while you charge
- 1.8 ml Tank capacity
Build Quality & Design
First impressions are great straight out of the box. The Halo battery and tank look and feel superb. The matte black rubberised finish is a big plus for me, in the hand it feels great.
Ever picked something up that you just like to handle because of the texture? It has that effect on me, I’ve rarely put it down in between vapes!
Apart from the finish the battery is super simple. It features tasteful branding to the side and base. A micro USB for charging at the bottom of the battery, meaning you can keep your e cig upright when on charge as well as vape while charging without the cable being too bothersome.
The fire button is also well designed with the same rubberised finish and slight oversizing making it comfortable for a thumb press. The ‘click’ of the button, while subtle, also has that satisfying sound.
On either side of the fire button are two opaque strips. These are the battery light indicators. More on which we will cover below.
Lastly, on top of the device we have the 510 threaded connection. The threads are smooth for connection to the tank.
Halo 02 Tank
The bottom fill tank, again, has been designed well matching the battery to a tee.
The clear windows are a feature here that allows you to easily see how much e-liquid you have remaining.
The base of the tank has a dual cyclops airflow that while firm, is easy to adjust. The top of the tank houses the removable drip tip/mouth piece.
The coils I received for review were the 0.5 Ohm DTL and the 1.0Ohm MTL coil. There is also a 1.0Ohm DTL coil.
The kit to buy on the Ecigarette Direct website only includes one coil, the 1.0Ohm MTL.
This is the only downside for me, I always like to see at least 2 coils included, in this case the inclusion of a 0.5Ohm coil as a spare would be great to give a sub ohm taster to new vapers.
That aside, the Halo Tank 02 kit is a simple setup that oozes quality.
Halo Tank 02 Kit Quick Start User Guide
If you are new to e cigs or have limited experience with this type of device I highly recommend taking 5 minutes to get to know your setup before filling with your choice of e-liquid.
Simply take everything apart and put it back together a couple of times. Have a look at where the e-liquid goes (see below) and generally just get comfortable with the ‘mechanics’ of the tank. Once happy then you can fill up and get ready to vape!
How To Fill The Halo Tank 02
- Can be done with tank on mod but recommended to remove first
- Unscrew top section from the base of the tank
- Ensure coil is firmly in place but don’t over-tighten
- Turn top section of tank upside down
- Drip/squeeze juice onto the inside wall of the tank avoiding center hole
- Don’t fill past the top of the center tube.
- Look through the window to see the e-liquid level
- With tank still upside down, screw the base back on
- Leave for 10-15 minutes to allow the juice to soak into the coils
- Screw the tank onto the battery
- Close the airflow and take a couple of ‘dry draws’. Don’t press the fire button! This is to help the e-liquid draw itself through the cotton
- Open the airflow back up and vape away
All very simple. Just remember, you must allow time for the e-liquid to saturate the cotton in the coils. Failure to do this could result in burning the cotton.
- 5 quick clicks in succession of the fire button to turn on and off
- Green light indicates full charge
- Blue light = 50% charge
- Red light = Low charge
How Does The Halo Tank 02 Kit Perform?
As touched on this e cig has been designed for a hands off vape experience. No changing wattage or any user changes needed.
Simply press the button to vape and depending on what coil you are using the battery will self adjust the power output ensuring it delivers the correct power to the coil.
The only real thing you need to decide on is what coil you want to use (If you have different coils of course).
Flavour & Cloud Production
1.0 Ohm MTL (Mouth to Lung) Coil
The 1.0ohm MTL coil and the holes that the e-liquid feeds through are small. This means that this particular coil will be best suited to a 50/50 or 40/60 PG/VG e-liquid and a mouth to lung vaping style. Similar to how most would smoke a cigarette.
Unsure the difference between PG and VG? Read our guide here.
Although, I have also used 70PG and while it still worked OK the flavour was lacking. I actually expected this with a higher VG juice though so no real surprise. I’d recommend a max 60% VG for this coil
The 50VG/50PG Black Note tobacco e-juice I was using provided very good flavour and closing up the airflow half way also helped to give that little bit tighter draw.
Overall, no complaints whatsoever.
0.5 Ohm DTL (Direct to Lung) Coil
This coil offers something that little bit different than the above in that it is a sub ohm coil and can be used for direct to lung style vaping.
The Halo coil surprised the hell out of me and really made the device. The flavour was spot on. A little cooler than what I know from using the Cleito but the caramel in the juice came through really well and tasted delicious! Bang on flavour for such a small coil.
I also topped up with Mangabeys by Twelve Monkeys, which is an 80VG / 20PG e-liquid, and again, very good results although not quite on par with the 70% VG juice.
The coil also had no issues keeping up with 4 or 5 drags on the run either so more positives there.
This coil does go through e-liquid a little quicker than the 1.0Ohm but that’s just the nature of the beast when sub ohm vaping and something you should expect if trying this coil.
The base of the tank can get a little hot when chain vaping but this isn’t anything to worry about. A little break and it’s good to go again.
This coil is actually a great way to try sub ohm vaping. You can just about take a mouth to lung hit but it comes into it’s own when direct to lung inhaling.
Vapour volume on both was also very good with the 0.5Ohm coil for a tank this size.
The battery has a 900 mAh capacity which isn’t the biggest but still respectable. With the 1.0Ohm coil I was getting pretty much a full day moderate vaping. The 0.5Ohm coil drains the battery quicker giving me around 4-5 hours before a recharge is needed.
Charging onlt takes around 1.5 hours but you can vape this whilst charging which is always a good thing.
I would suggest, however, that once you are happy with the kit that you but a spare battery as a back up and to use in rotation. At the time of writing these were £11.99 which is good value.
What I Like
For a vape pen style e cig the look and feel is great. The Halo Tank 02 looks classy, without being over the top on the design front. In the hand, the black device with it’s rubberised finish is a pleasure to hold.
While the MTL vape is good it was the flavour from the 0.5ohm coil that impressed. It could handle the 80VG juice I tried as well with no dry hits but it was the 70VG that scored top marks. Add no leaking to this as well.
Most of all this is just a plug and play simple e cig to use and a great introduction for new vapers or the more experienced that just want a portable vape that does what it’s supposed to do.
What I Dislike
There really isn’t a lot to dislike. The only thing would be that there is only one coil head in the starter kit.
Final Review Verdict
The Halo Tank 02 kit is a cracking little vape pen. Not only does it look great but it performs as you would expect although I did find the 0.5Ohm DTL coil delivered that little bit extra.
For new users or vapers looking for a little reliable device you can chuck in your pocket then this is very good choice.
Would I buy the Halo Tank 02 kit again if I lost or damaged it? Yup.. I definitely would.
- Very good build quality and feel in the hand (black version)
- New user friendly
- Good for both mouth to lung and direct to lung (coil dependant)
- Excellent flavour on the 0.5Ohm coil
- Can be used with a variety of PG/VG ratio’s (Again, coil dependent)
- Kit comes with everything you need to get started. E-liquid of your choice included.
- I experienced no leaking
- Chance to try sub ohm vaping without changing tank
- Just the one coil in the kit
Have you used the Halo tank 02 Kit? Let us know what you thought in the comments below!