The Cyclone is the latest Sub Ohm tank from Sense Technology Company Ltd. Their previous offerings include the Herakles which we found to be a great tank and the Hydra which is the smaller version of it.
According to the back of the packaging the force of a tremendous cyclone could have been the reason the “Dinosaurs became extinct!” As theories go it isn’t the most bonkers one I’ve ever heard and let’s be honest it’s just a tag line used for marketing this product.
What Can We Expect From The Cyclone by Sense?
The Sense Cyclone is a 22mm diameter sub ohm tank that is recommended for use between 50W-150W. It features top filling and comes complete with 2 coils to get you started.
I purchased the Cyclone for the purposes of review. Lets get stuck in and see how this tank performs.
- Stainless steel and glass construction.
- 22mm diameter.
- 5ml tank capacity.
- Top filling.
- Spit back protection guard.
- Adjustable airflow.
- Wattage Range: 50-150W.
- Coils available: 0.6ohm Kanthal (50-150W), 0.2ohm Stainless Steel (50-100W) and 0.2ohm Ni200 Coil (available but not included).
The Cyclone does not currently feature an RBA deck but one is rumoured to be coming soon.
- 1x Sense Cyclone.
- 1x Replacement glass tube.
- 1x 0.6ohm Kanthal coil (pre-fitted).
- 1x 0.2ohm Stainless Steel coil.
- Instructions on box interior.
The contents are well presented and the box itself is very similar to the Herakles. I do have one gripe and that’s the fact that the warning label on the side of the box is very hard to read.
Black text on a dark brown background never works well and I think Sense should have made this more obvious. The warning states that this tank should never be used with hybrid connectors so please don’t do it because it’s dangerous.
Sense Cyclone Styling and Overall Build Quality
In comparison to the Herakles the Cyclone is something of a beast. While still being 22mm in diameter this is not a small tank and it really does make the Herakles look like its smaller brother.
The build quality on the whole is pretty good but some of the threading is a little sharp in places so you should take care when unscrewing that you don’t cut yourself. The glass is durable and feels reasonably thick and it’s nice that Sense decided to include a spare glass tube as part of the overall package.
One issue that did irritate me was the fact that when I received the tank the pre-fitted coil had become detached from the 510 base and was stuck in the main body of the tank where the juice flow and airflow control are situate.
Since that part of the tank cannot be fully broken down it took a bit of effort with a pair of pliers to remove the coil.
I would suggest to you that if you buy this tank make sure you have the coil tightly screwed down in the base so you don’t run into the same problem.
My next gripe is the fact that the main body of the Cyclone cannot be taken apart and cleaned. The glass itself is removable as is the top and bottom of the tank but the centre section is machined as one piece.
You know I’m getting really tired of companies that are doing this, Aspire did it with the Triton and now Sense are at it with the Cyclone.
Sure it makes things more straightforward to a newcomer because it has less parts but we all know e-juice can create a mess and when you can’t actually give the tank a thorough clean it seems like a con. Thankfully the tank was free of machine oil but you did have some oil in that centre section you wouldn’t be able to do anything about it.
Moving on, the drip tip fits secure and is wobble free. It is made from stainless steel but has an inner Delrin section to cut down on the amount of heat that reaches your lips when vaping at high wattage.
Sadly the next con is the fact that you can’t use any of your other drip tips because the mounting hole is too wide likely on account of the spit back protection blades needing a large diameter.
At the top where the drip tip fits you an airflow adjuster and you will definitely need to have this open when vaping at the extreme wattage this tank requires.
I’m sure you’re now thinking that 50W isn’t high but bear in mind that is the absolute minimum for the Cyclone coils and you will need to apply way more power to get a satisfactory vape.
As mentioned already the tank features spit back protection in the form of six triangular shaped blades arranged in a circular pattern that are fixed at the top of the main air tube. I think this is an innovative idea since at high wattage the e-juice will spit a lot.
The top section of the tank unscrews to allow for top filling but is really quite stiff and it makes things far more of a pain than they need to be.
This problem is compounded by the fact that there is no knurling to make it easy to grip and half the time you just end up adjusting the top airflow instead. If you grip the top airflow adjustment and the section just above the glass it makes it a little easier.
Maybe it’s just me but if you design a tank to be top filling then at least make it convenient to get into so that is yet another particular gripe I have, they’re adding up aren’t they?
So let’s look at something positive shall we?
The middle of the tank features the main adjustable airflow ring and there is also a juice droplet and a vaping icon clearly marked very much like the Aspire Triton. You set the ring to the droplet indicator when you wish to fill and turn it to the vape icon when you want to use the tank. That at least is a very handy feature especially for a newcomer.
This tank has a 5ml capacity which I find to be quite decent the only problem with it is that due to the high levels of wattage you will need the juice will still drain very fast.
Filling the Sense Cyclone
The top fill system isn’t the most straightforward one I have come across so it’s important that I devote a small section of this review to it.
When you want to fill the tank you need to follow these steps:
- Firstly you have to turn the tank upside down.
- You then turn the centre adjustment ring to the juice droplet icon (fill mode).
- You then turn the tank the correct way up and remove the lid.
- Fill the tank.
- Screw on the top lid securely.
- Finally turn the centre adjustment ring to the vaping icon.
- You are now ready to vape.
It is a little long winded but it is really important you follow these steps because if you don’t the Cyclone will leak like a sieve and 5ml of e-juice all over your lap is not a nice thing. I did still get some leaking when I filled it due to the large airflow slots on the bottom of the tank.
I think the problem is due to the way the tank fits together because adjusting one section seems to have the knock on issue of affecting something else which I found was typically the fill/vape adjustment. Not making sure the top cap is completely secured is another issue and I think if it was easier to screw/unscrew then it would help with this problem.
How Does The Sense Cyclone Perform?
For the record I typically don’t run any of my Sub Ohm tanks higher than 65-75W and I didn’t particularly relish the idea of vaping at 150W. I know from my experience with other tanks and also my RDA’s (Drippers) that when I have vaped at 100W I get a serious nicotine rush that I personally find too much for me.
Once you combine the high wattage, increased heat and the massive airflow, nicotine really does start to hit you hard and feels far stronger than your typical strength. So on this occasion I dropped from my typical 6mg to 3mg strength.
I filled the tank with Element Watermelon.
0.6ohm Kanthal Coil
The first thing that strikes you when you take your first vape is the immense airflow because it really does “whoosh” truly like you would imagine a cyclone or tornado.
I started at 50W and flavour was very average but the sheer airflow and draw felt really nice. There was quite a lot of vapour produced just at 50W so I increased to 70W which improved the flavour a bit and the vapour production increased as you would expect.
Next I increased the wattage on my vape mod to 100W. At this point flavour was far better, well above average, much warmer (not unbearably so) with immense clouds being produced. At 125W there was a further improvement in flavour with cloud production once more increasing.
So finally can this coil truly handle 150W?
Yes without a doubt this tank can achieve its claim and you can vape at 150W. If you have to top airflow slot open it is actually much cooler than you expect. If you take very long draws then obviously it does start to get hot but it is still tolerable.
I did find the nicotine really hitting me at this point but this atomizer has so much airflow it seems like you can keep inhaling for ages. If you are the kind of user that wants to vape at this level often then do make sure you keep yourself hydrated.
Flavour at 150W was very good but it really didn’t start to come close to the flavour I get with the Herakles until I hit 100W.
It is important to note that I had absolutely no spit back with the 0.6ohm coil so the bladed spit back guard is definitely doing the job. I have read reviews where people have mentioned they had spit back issues with this coil but I did not find that the case for me.
O.2ohm Stainless Steel Coil
I’m not going to go into massive detail regarding this coil since the review is already quite long. Suffice to say vaping with this coil is a very similar experience to the 0.6ohm Kanthal one. I did find that up to 80W the cloud production weaker than the Kanthal coil but quite comparable when you reach 90W.
In my opinion at 100W the stainless steel coil offers better flavour than the Kanthal one at the same wattage.
If this coil is anything like the Uwell Crown stainless steel coils then it should last considerably longer than the Kanthal one.
Powerful but with some flaws
Like the very force of nature that is its namesake the Cyclone is indeed very powerful. It is unfortunately not without issues, it leaks when it comes to filling and I felt the whole design was a little bit too over engineered making it more awkward than it needs to be.
Sense Cyclone vs SMOK TFV4
At present it’s a toss-up whether you go with SMOK’s offering or this tank from Sense. Both are truly monstrous cloud chasing bad boys and both require large amounts of wattage. In addition they drain juice quickly but in my opinion the SMOK TFV4 gets through juice much faster. If you are one of those people that wants loads of clouds then neither tank will disappoint.
The advantage of SMOK’s tank is that it comes with a RBA deck so you can build your own coils and the rumoured Sense Cylone one will be a separate purchase.
As far as my personal opinion goes I think they both offer an extreme vape but if I had to choose one I think it would be the Cylone. I prefer the fact it is 22mm and I actually found the vape far more enjoyable than the TFV4 but by the same token SMOK’s tank is probably a better overall package for the money.
Is it worth it?
If extreme vaping is your thing then sure you’re going to love this tank. If you already have a TFV4 then it might not be worth it since two powerful tanks will cost you a fortune continually filling them with premium e-juice. Be prepared for the fact your batteries are going to drain way faster at the required wattage.
I think the Cyclone is worth the money, it has some faults mainly due to some of the design decisions but it is well made and capably achieves its aim in letting you vape at 150W.
For me it isn’t a tank I would use all day long because the nicotine rush would knock me on my back but it is very enjoyable in small does and does give you quite a fix. I advise you to consider dropping the nicotine strength of your e-juice if you plan to use this a lot.
Do I really need a tank like this?
Newer tanks like this are quite extreme and they aren’t for everyone. Any device that keeps you from smoking is the right one for you. The Cyclone is pretty much an ultimate “Cloud Chucker” tank clearly designed to compete with the TFV4 from SMOK.
If high wattage and storm front levels of clouds aren’t your thing then make sure to skip this.
Final Review Verdict
A good tank that has some flaws that make it not entirely hassle free nevertheless it does perform admirably. The main disadvantage is really the power required to get the best from this tank and at present Sense have potentially excluded a lot of vaper’s who really see no need for 100W plus devices.
- Top filling.
- Can handle 150W without issues.
- Vape is cooler at extreme wattages due to good ventilation.
- Nice flavour at 90-100W.
- Insane airflow which means monstrous cloud production.
- Spit back protection is a nice innovation.
- A bit more complicated than it needs to be.
- Top filling can be troublesome.
- Has its leaking moments, mainly when filling.
- Requires very high wattage for the best results.
- Drains juice quickly.
- You can’t use your own drip tips.
- No RBA deck included. (Rumoured to be coming as a separate purchase)