Introduction – Tornado 150 RTA by iJoy
Well, I think it’s fair to say I’ve had a mixed bag with some of the iJoy/Limitless items recently.
So, when I heard this was on its way I must confess I was a bit apprehensive.
The iJoy Tornado 150 is, as its name suggests, capable of handling 150W. It is a dual prebuilt/RTA 25 mm device.
The packaging will be immediately familiar to anyone who’s bought an iJoy produced tank or RDA recently, with a carboard sleeve over a plastic inner case.
The sleeve is a pleasant shade of blue with gold printing. On the front, we have a stylised tornado image above the product name and social media links.
One side bears the iJoy logo, the other a US inspired “health warning”. On the rear, we find the product description, contents list, authenticity scratch panel and contact details for iJoy.
Inside The Box
Removing the sleeve and lid we find the contents laid out in a black, flocked foam tray. Lifting out the tray we have a warranty card underneath.
Removing the contents, we have:
- iJoy Tornado 150 Tank
- Spare 0.25 Ohm SS316 coil head
- RTA head
- Spare tank glass
- Delrin 510 drip tip
- Spare O-rings and screws for the RTA.
- Also included are two pre-made coils and cotton for the RTA along with a black screwdriver.
Design & Build Quality
The tank looks deceptively small, sitting only 44 mm high. The body is 25 mm in diameter and holds 4.2 ml of e-liquid.
On top, we have the removable black Delrin cap with a 510 drip tip hole.
It is swept upwards into a slight cone shape which allows it to be used as a chuff cap, at a push.
The drip tip supplied fits snugly and has a good airflow with thin walls.
Removing the cap, we find the top fill slots, easily wide enough for most bottle tips or drippers. Unscrewing this allows us to remove the quartz glass tank body.
The seals for the tank body are good, nice and snug without being awkward.
The coil heads/RTAs are combined chimney types, one of the reasons for the Tornado 150 being petite as less space is used.
The coils are well made with good sized liquid slots and gold flashed contact points at the base.
The Tornado 150 comes pre-fitted with a 0.3 Ohm SS316 coil head rated for 80-150W along with a spare 0.25 Ohm coil head rated for 40-80W.
At the bottom, we find a smooth but nicely resistant air flow control, with two good sized slots opposite each other. The airflow ring can be removed for cleaning.
On the base of the tank we have a nicely engraved logo and company name circling a well-constructed 510 connector. The adjustable centre pin is reasonably proud of the thread and is not plated.
The RTA has a large chimney with approximately 18mm between the walls. The base has a Kennedy style airflow with two good sized inlets.
The juice slots are a good size, allowing easy wicking. The posts sit approximately 12 mm apart at their centres, with 3mm long coil holes allowing thicker builds to be easily used.
How Does The iJoy Tornado 150 RTA Perform?
The Tornado 150 looked rather slick atop the iJoy Maxo (review of which is coming soon).
Filling it was simple, the slots easily big enough for even the most ham-fisted user.
The coils primed quickly which bodes well for the vaping experience! All the threads are smooth and well machined.
0.3 Ohm Coils
The 0.3 Ohm coils performed well, with good vapour and flavour production.
The vape was not too hot, until you hit the 150W point at which things warm up a little but not uncomfortably.
I reached 170W but flavour production dropped off, still a good testament to the airflow design and the coil head construction.
The 0.25 Ohm 40-80W coil performed well, very good flavour production indeed.
Sadly, 80W seems a bit ambitious and the vape started to become too hot. I’d say the range of the coil is closer to 30-70W as even at 30W the flavour was good.
The RTA deck was easy to coil and wick and there were no juice flow or leak issues even at 1st attempt.
The pre-made coils fitted neatly with plenty of room to spare.
Vapour and flavour are good and power wise it easily exceeded 100W.
The down side is the size of the RTA itself, taking up so much room the liquid capacity drops to a smidge over 2 ml.
A side effect of this is the tank also feels hotter as the walls of the chimney are much closer to the glass.
Having used the tank for a few weeks it’s done really well, although there are a couple of minor niggles.
The top cap knurling is rather smooth and flush with the fill ring below, making opening the filling awkward.
As with some other large slotted coil heads some significant leakage occurred with both the 0.3 and 0.25 Ohm coils when the tank was nearly empty, resulting in a trail of juice over the mod.
Final Review Verdict
The iJoy Tornado 150 is a well-proportioned and well-constructed prebuilt/RTA tank.
It performs well in both modes and produces good amounts of vapour and flavour.
I liked the fact that this is a 25mm tank that doesn’t stand out too much and having the RTA option means this is an ideal tank for someone becoming more experienced at vaping.
The niggles really are minor and the leakage is something I’ve seen with many RTA and prebuilt tanks that have larger juice flows.
Would I replace it? Yes, it’s a great example of a dual mode tank and it’s already in my rotation of regular use!
Well done iJoy, can we have a bigger tank modification for it? ☺
- Well proportioned
- Good construction
- Spacious RTA deck
- Great flavour and vapour production
- Awkward knurling on top cap
- Leakage from coils when tank low