The Updated V Tube From Apollo
UPDATE: Updated Version Of This Tube Mod Now Available – Read Our Full Apollo VTube 5.0 Review Here
Apollo are an American manufacturer who have been ever present in the market, they are one of the longest established manufacturers, they have been around pretty much since the vaping scene took off!
Not only responsible for manufacturing hardware, but they also manufacture juices too, such as the very good high VG FaQ range.
Today we will look at their latest hardware release, the Apollo V-Tube 4.0.
A tube shaped device that takes one 18650 battery and is capable of putting out a more than respectable 50w, and can fire builds as low as 0.2ohm!
It’s priced at the higher end of the market, with a basic kit containing the V-Tube, a bottle of juice, with a more comprehensive kit also available.
The Variable Wattage tube mod end of the market has been a little quiet recently, can the VTube 4.0 spark a mini revival?
The kit contents can vary with the V-Tube 4.0, depending on which kit you pick up.I received a kit containing the Apollo VTube 4.0, a handy carry case and a bottle of Apollo FaQ American Pie, however you can also purchase a kit containing the VTube 4.0, a carry case, a bottle of Apollo FaQ juice, the Apollo Phazer tank, an 18650 battery and charger- all you need to get going!
Apollo V-Tube 4.0 Battery / Body / Build
It’s a very classy design, manufactured from stainless steel with a real high class brushed finish. Some people may be uncomfortable with the size however, as the VTube 4.0 measures in at 140mm in length, without an atomizer attached, which is quite a substantial size! Certainly not the most pocket friendly mod you are going to use.
There is a spring loaded copper 510 connector present, and eGo threading, so you can use pretty much atomizer on this device. The width of the VTube 4.0 measures in at 23mm.
The spring loaded 510 does mean that you should get a flush fit with your atomizers, however I have noticed an unsightly gap between mod and atomizer when using atomizers with a long pin, which means that the 510 is quite shallow. The threading is very good, extremely smooth, and I’ve not had any issues with it.
Buttons on the Apollo VTube 4.0 are constructed of plastic, rather than stainless steel like the rest of the unit, but pleasingly these are responsive and free of any rattle.
The screen is easy to read in both daylight and low light conditions, displaying information on the current power setting, battery life, voltage, and there is also a puff counter displayed. All operations for the Apollo VTube 4.0 are done from this screen. The unit can also be locked to guard against accidental button presses.
The Apollo VTube 4.0 takes a single 18650 battery and this is inserted via the twist off battery cap present at the bottom of the unit, Threading on this again is very smooth, and there is a copper negative pin present inside the cap for conductivity.
- Variable wattage from 5-50 Watts
- Can fire an atomizer as low as 0.2 ohms
- Spring-loaded pin to prevent connection problem with atomizers/clearomizers
- Made of Stainless Steel
- Removable top cap
- 510 and eGo threading
- Lock feature prevents accidental activation
- Simple 3 button setup
- Re-settable puff counter
- Real time display showing battery life, wattage setting, voltage output, atomizer resistance, and your current puff count
- Simple and easy to use interface
- Vented removable battery bottom cap with a spring loaded solid copper contact for battery tension
- Uses 18650 batteries to provide maximum battery life In between each charge
How Does The Apollo V Tube 4 Perform?
No temperature control present here, the Apollo VTube 4.0 is a straight forward variable wattage tube mod. It’s also one of the most powerful variable wattage tube mods available, with he ability to fire resistance down to 0.2ohm and fire wattage up to 50w.
That means the most popular sub ohm tanks of today are compatible with the VTube 4.0, so if you have dream of running your Subtank / Atlantis etc on a VW tube then the VTube 4.0 will make those dreams come true!
I tested this out with the Youde Mini Goblin, with a 0.3ohm build and a tank full of Apollo FaQ American Pie, and it worked very well at 45-50w.
It runs off a single 18650 battery, there is no micro USB charging port present, so if you run out of battery you will need to recharge externally.
You will benefit from getting a full day’s use out of an 18650 battery running the VTube 4.0 at 20-30w, however when running it at 40-50w depending on how heavily you vape you will need a couple of battery swaps a day.
Final Apollo V Tube 4 Review Verdict
I’m not sure about a VW tube mini revival being staged, but there are still those out there that prefer a tube shaped mod, and the VTube 4.0 is definitely one that will appeal to them.
There isn’t much else out there in the way of high power regulated tube mods, but the VTube 4.0 is more than capable of firing whatever you put on it.
Yes it’s a little on the long side, but it’s crafted very well, it’s definitely the most robust VW tube mod I’ve laid hands on for sure!
If you are a fan of no-frills VW tube mods, the VTube 4.0 will definitely appeal to you!
UPDATE: Apollo have now release the V 5.0 version of this mod. It now has temperature control functionality! Click to read the review, link at top of this page.
- 50w output
- Easy to swap batteries
- Nice clear screen
- Very well constructed
- Spring loaded 510 connector
- Looks great!
The Not So Good
- The size- 140mm length means it isn’t the most pocket friendly!
- Pretty pricey
- Gap between atomizers with a long pin will put the OCD crowd off
- As will the 23mm width too!
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