Introduction – The Illusion Mini By Geekvape
I’ve been lucky enough to try out the latest offering from GeekVape, the Illusion Mini Sub Ohm Tank, over the past couple of cloudy days.
Now, while GeekVape may not have been around for as long as some of the big names in vaping, they have been causing a stir since starting out in 2015.
Their very first product, the Griffin RTA, instantly rocketed them to success. I feel it was a good move opting for an RTA as first release, it’s given them a reputation as a budget brand that’s focused on the serious vaper.
The Illusion Mini Sub Ohm Tank (it has a big brother in the Illusion Sub Ohm Tank) continues to set GeekVape apart from the rest, taking compatibility to the next level with an innovative coil adapter on board so you’ll be able to use the tank with 2 styles of coil.
The longer style like the IM1 and the shorter style like the IM4 or those from the TFV8 Baby Beast and the Atlantis family of coils.
This product was purchased for the purposes of this review.
What’s In The Box
- 1 x GeekVape Illusion Mini Sub Ohm Tank
- 1 x IM1 Coil Head o.15 Ohm (Pre-installed): 50-120W
- 1 x IM2 Coil Head 0.5 Ohm, With Adapter Attached: 40-70W
- A Spare Pyrex Tube
- A Bag Of Colored Seals
- User manual
- 3ml Capacity
- 25mm Diameter
- Dual Adjustable Airflow Slots
- Top Fill System
- Gold Plated 510 Pin
- Stainless Steel and Pyrex
Build Quality & Design
First Up I’d like to mention that the packaging and User Manual might end up confusing you…while it claims to feature 2 different 0.15 Ohm coils, the IM1 and IM2, it actually features a 0.5 Ohm coil head, the IM1 and a 0.15 Ohm coil head, the IM4.
That said, let’s get on with business, shall we?
Opening up the snug and standard Geekvape plastic container (with which many of us are by now familiar) I’m instantly impressed by the solid looking design of the tank.
What’s a little unusual at first glance is the thickness of the topcap , a big shiny section of metal below that black, wide bore Delrin drip tip. While it may detract from the e-liquid capacity, it adds a sense of worth and weight to the aesthetic and also makes unscrewing of the top cap easy as a dream, I like!
The fixed support and chimney are wide and beautifully designed; as far as I can tell, it’s this section that gives the tank its unique name.
The illusion is created when you fill the tank with liquid…creating the ‘illusion’ that the tank is made of metal until the point where the liquid ends, so pretty.
The chimney includes 2 gaskets inside, that’s because the tank is compatible with 2 types of coil head design.
The adjustable ring at the base gives you control of those dual airflow slots and anything which can be turned or adjusted on this tank has a solid, well made feel.
Turning the airflow ring required a mild effort but the operation is nonetheless a smooth one.
We purchased the stainless steel variety and I can’t recommend a better aesthetic for any brushed metal finish, it’s a picture!
Also, you’ll want to run this tank on a high powered mod that can best allow you to explore it’s massive range.
Pre-installed IM4 Coil And The Included IM1
These two coils are examples of the different styles with which the tank is compatible, namely the Smok TFV style and the Atlantis style. It’s convenient and versatile.
- IM4 Pre-installed – quad vertical coil set up, 0.15 Ohm resistance with operating range of 50-120W, nice.
- IM1 Included- single vertical coil set up, 0.5 Ohm resistance with operating range of 40-70W.
- Special Coil Adapter for Aspire Atlantis style coils (the long ones).
How Does The GeekVape Illusion Mini Perform?
It’s fires up smooth at the recommended settings for these coils on both my Zenith and Alien mods and delivers a sweet, consistent vape.
No splutter no mess just a solid, cyborg like sound and feel of excellent airflow on the inhale: which translates into a very enjoyable vape.
I must admit that running the IM4 coils, although I’m very happy with the performance on the tank, as well as with vapour production and consistency… I feel that I wanted more flavour.
I’m impressed by the feel of tank, the airflow is so smooth and the sound it makes so agreeable and so consistent that it makes me feel like I’m an artificial vaping intelligence. Cool.
You will of course want to hit the ground running when you get your Illusion Mini. Here are a couple of steps to help you get set up quickly.
How To Fill The Geekvape Illusion Mini Tank
The thick top cap with its ample grip makes unscrewing the top cap to fill the tank dead simple.
- Unscrew the top cap.
- Pour your juice down either of the two openings, avoiding the central shaft.
- Let the coil soak up the juice for 5 minutes before vaping.
How To Change The Coil
- Hold onto the base and airflow grip.
- Screw the pyrex off by turning the glass counter-clockwise.
- Unscrew the coil from the base and replace. If using the IM1 coil be sure to screw on the supplied adapter first.
Stock Coil Performance
Okay, so the 2 coil heads included perform as follows:
The IM1 0.5Ohm – Recommended Wattage Range 40-70W
Sweet at 55 W and of the two coils, I prefer this one for flavour.
It may be that the wicking on the single coil allows for better flavour than the quad simply because it doesn’t seem as tightly packed.
Full vapour production for the 0.5 resistance, though this is far below my usual ballpark.
The IM4 0.15Ohm – Recommended Wattage Range 50-120W (Best between 60-80W)
This quad vertical coil head has an impressive range of 50 to 120W and while I’m happy with the consistency, I can tell by the smooth vape and consistent fogging that the wicking is very clean, I’m not 100% sold on the flavour.
Delivers a good vape at 75W, nonetheless.
Vapour volume is nice and full and like I said, a consistent vape throughout. It’s a little bit of a juice guzzler this one, so keep that bottle at the ready.
Ease of build
An RBA deck is available for this tank but I haven’t included it in this review.
- Smooth Disassemble
- Adjustable Airflow System
- A Very Pleasurable Vape
- Flavour Not As Full As You’d Expect, Especially On The IM4
- The Tank Empties Rapidly
Final Review Verdict
All in all I’m a fan of the design of the Geekvape Illusion Mini tank.
Its solid feel, easy disassembly and smooth consistent cloud production.
There’s not one hint of a splutter or a rattle or a cheap notion and the fact that GeekVape made it so inter-compatible… for me this sells the tank.
I’m impressed with with this latest addition to the GeekVape range and I will be waiting with baited breath for their next product.