The Innokin GoMax Tube is from a brand that is well known for starter kits, but with the GoMax Tube we have a starter kit of a slightly different nature.
There’s the disposable GoMax tank, set up for Direct to Lung (DTL) vaping. And the battery tube that is about as simple as you can get.
There’s still an ongoing debate about how much we really need disposable tanks, and whether they’re a good idea or not. So I’m not going to pass any value judgements on that side of things in this review, other than to say that I think they have their place.
What Can We Expect From The GoMax Tube by Innokin?
Innokin are definitely one of the heavyweights in the Vape world, they’ve been around for what seems like forever (2011) and have a huge range of kits on offer.
The GoMax Tube is a bit of an interesting beast, not a pod for getting off the ciggies, but some of the DNA is the same.
It’s a disposable tank, on top of a rechargeable battery. You can fill the tank with your preferred e-liquid, and when the coil eventually burns out, you chuck the tank and get a new one (you get two in the box).
But it’s not a “starter kit”, it’s more of a starter sub-ohm kit. With a 0.19Ω coil and bags of airflow, this is not going to replace a smokers roll up. But for someone that has moved away from lit tobacco with the help of a pod system, and is wanting to see what DTL has to offer? This could be just the ticket!
This was sent over free of charge for the purposes of this review (thank you). As always, my thoughts are my own, and I am not influenced by freebies.
In The Box
- GoMax Tube Mod
- 2x GoMax Tank
- Micro USB Charging Cable
- Quick Start Guide
- Warning Booklet
- Dimensions – 135mm x 24mm
- Battery Capacity – 3000mAh
- Tank Capacity – 5.5ml (non TPD)
- Coil – 0.19Ω Plex3D-Matrix
- Wicking Material – Cotton and Wood-Pulp
- Output – 60-80W
Design and Build Quality
One of the first things you will probably notice is how light the whole setup is, I weighed the kit as 102g. This is definitely an easy thing to carry around with you all day, and you’ll probably forget it’s even there!
The body is a really simple tube design, finished in a nice high gloss paint it’s available in Black (which I received), Yellow Jacket, which is yellow at the bottom fading up to black, and Green, Pink and Blue which all are black at the bottom and fade up to the colour.
One side has the GoMax Tube branding at the bottom, and the faceted fire button at the top surrounded by a tri-colour LED. On the other side the USB charge port is level with this button.
The disposable tank is made of PCTG, on the Black and Yellow kits it’s smoked. The Green, Pink and Blue kits have a colour matched tank. As with other disposables you can refill with your preferred e-liquid, but when the coil has burnt out you throw away the whole tank.
You have a wide (9mm) bore mouthpiece, though it is only 5mm wide above the coil. There’s a slide top fill with silicone membrane covering the fill port.
Airflow adjustment is via a cyclops style airflow ring on the bottom. When I first received this I thought it wasn’t adjustable as it’s quite stiff, and is made of the same PCTG as the rest of the tank so it really blends in.
How To Fill The Innokin GoMax Tank
- Locate the Arrow on the top cap (same side as the GoMax branding)
- Slide the top cap to open
- Push your bottle tip through the silicone membrane and fill up
- Slide the top cap closed
- Leave to stand for 5-10 minutes to fully saturate your coil
The single button is 3 clicks on, 3 clicks off. The LED flashes Red, Blue, Green when you switch on, and this order is reversed when you switch it off.
It illuminates when you vape to let you know your battery percentage
- Green (100-40%)
- Blue (40-10%)
- Red (10-1%)
Similarly when it’s charging it will light up
- Red (Charging, below 90%)
- Green (Charging, over 90%)
- LED Off (fully charged)
The LED is nice a bright, and I’m glad that Innokin included a useful charge level display based on the colour. This is one of those simple things that so many kits seem to ignore, but it saves you from having any irritating out of battery moments.
How Does the Innokin GoMax Tube perform?
I’ve spent my time testing this with a couple of different e-liquids, Maui and Aruba by Forbidden Island at 70/30 VG/PG.
It’s been giving me a consistently good vape, but I do have a couple of niggles.
A Few Niggles
The fire switch, although nice and clicky, seems like sometimes it stops firing for a split second when you’re vaping.
Having tested this further, it appears that if you’re not applying much pressure, and you let up slightly, you’ll get tiny interruptions in it firing.
This mostly happened when I was finger firing it, switching to thumb firing and making sure I was really pushing down eliminated this problem.
Filling is pretty easy, and the resistance on the slide fill is still nice and tight even after using it for a while.
However that silicone seal can be a pain, although it’s true that it stops e-liquid escaping if you knock it over whilst filling, I did often find that e-liquid would get trapped and bubble at the top when I was filling it because of the silicone sealing around the end of my bottle.
Nothing major, but something to be aware of when you fill.
Finally the charging port being located so far up the tube, coupled with the light weight of the battery, means it is a bit top heavy. I never like leaving my vapes on their side when they charge, but with this one it does become very easy to knock over if you have it stood upright.
Those out of the way, onto the good stuff!
Once I’d worked out that you can actually adjust the airflow, I was really pleased by the variety that it gives you.
Fully open really is fully open, this is a very loose DTL vape. If you don’t fancy quite that much airflow you can progressively shut it down to find your sweet spot, for DTL I found that about halfway shut gave me the best combination of flavour of clouds.
The AFC ring is pretty stiff, which I quite like. You’re unlikely to accidentally adjust it. But it does mean that I often found myself having to hold the top of the tank to slide it round.
For what is essentially a stock coil, I found that the cloud production was pretty impressive.
Not quite as dense or as creamy as you can pull out of a rebuildable, but if you’re wanting to chuck some clouds, this thing performs pretty well!
However if you want to it’s possible to shut this off a lot further, and closed all the way down you can actually manage a fairly loose mouth to lung (MTL) vape.
The Plex 3D Mesh coils from Innokin are definitely little flavour bangers. It’s a relatively cool vape, but really accurate and great at separating out the different flavour notes in your e-liquid.
I put about 100ml of e-liquid through my first tank, and I’m only just starting to notice a drop in flavour.
Innokin say that you can refill 15 times, which with the 5.5ml capacity comes out to 82.5ml of e-liquid. I’d say that if anything they’re being a little conservative here!
Obviously the type of e-liquid you use will affect this, and ones with lots of sweetener will result in a shorter lifespan.
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I haven’t been able to find out whether it’s regulated, giving a constant output, or unregulated, with less power as you drain the battery.
The tank is rated at 60-80W, and that seems about bang on for the tube being unregulated.
Having said that, I wasn’t able to notice an appreciable difference between a fully charged battery and one that’s almost dead.
So they get a plus point for a consistent vape, regardless whether the battery has a constant output.
Although 3000mAh sounds like a lot compared to a lot of other starter kits on the market, because it’s supplying enough power to do a Direct to Lung (DTL) draw, it does drain fairly quickly and I found myself having to recharge before the end of the day most days.
- Great flavour
- Good cloud production
- Really easy to use kit
- Filling can sometimes be a pain
- Stiff AFC (subjective)
Final Review Verdict
So who would I recommend the Innokin GoMax Tube kit to?
And it should be clear by now that I rate it pretty highly. Personally I’d say this fits the needs of about 3 different types of people.
- Those that switched from cigarettes to a pod system and want to try DTL whilst keeping all the ease of use
- Mouth to Lung (MTL) vapers that want to try a Direct to Lung (DTL) sub ohm vape without necessarily investing in a whole new tank if they don’t like (maybe just get the tank rather than the kit though)
- People that want a decent backup vape if they’re going on holiday, or are out and about somewhere they don’t want to take their more expensive kit
That’s not a bad cross section of vapers there, and I think that Innokin have produced a cracking little kit.
It’s good enough that I was happily able to use it as my primary DTL device, gives great flavour, and is really easy to use and get on with.
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