The Arctic Dolphin ELUX kit was sent to me for review from HeavenGifts.com. This is a nice looking and basic kit designed for beginners, although I think some advanced users will appreciate it too.
In the kit you get:
- The ELUX device
- The ELUX tank
- Two pre-built coil heads
- USB charging cable
The ELUX Device
- Built-in 1300mAh battery
- Size: 60 x 35 x 21mm (2.25 inches tall, 1.4 in. wide, 0.8 in. thick)
- Watts: 5-30
- Resistance: 0.3 – 4.0 ohms
- USB rechargeable
- 9 Colors
- Price: $35.98
Design and Size
This really is a great looking device. I was really surprised when I opened the box with how nice it is. The design on the sides is a smooth matte surface with these little spots slightly raised.
I was also really surprised at the size. This thing is super-tiny. At about 2 inches tall and 1.5 inches wide, it’s really compact. You can hide the whole thing in your palm. I like the size. And the amount of battery life and power you get out of this size is great.
One issue that I’ve found with the shape though, is that It’s rounded on the bottom of the top-heavy end, so it tips very easily. It’s not as bad with the included ELUX tank, but if you’re using anything bigger, it can tip over really easy. And I’ve had this thing tip over on me a lot.
This is designed to be as simple as possible and it really is. There’s a firing button, three LED’s, a single power adjustment button, and a USB port.
Five clicks turns it on, Five clicks turns it off.
There are six power levels identified by three LED lights. When you click the power button you can cycle through the power levels. The bottom LED light indicates the first two lowest power levels. It’s lighter on power level one and the light gets brighter on the next power level. Then it moves up to the next LED as you move up.
The device pushes a max of 30 watts so it stands to reason that each power level is an increment of 5 watts, and that’s probably true for the most part, but I’m not sure it’s that simple. For one, the device is designed to sense the build of the atomizer and adjust the wattage to what it believes is best. I’ve set this at a power level of one on certain tanks and it was definitely pushing more than 5 watts.
For example, when I tested the 2.0-ohm coil included with the ELUX tank, it definitely felt like 5 watts, but when I tested the Geekvape Ammit with a 1.0-ohm coil, it felt like the lowest setting was pushing somewhere around 14 watts. I didn’t do any scientifically-accurate testing or anything, I just swapped the tanks back and forth between the ELUX device and my Lavabox device.
Battery and Charging
The battery in the ELUX device is an internal 1300mAh battery, which is a good size. I’ve been getting good battery life out of it, but obviously, if you run it at the higher power levels, you’ll drain the battery faster. But in my experience, the battery life is good.
The LED lights will also tell you how much battery life is left, but only while it’s plugged in. Basically, the more lights that are on, the more charge it has. It would’ve been nice if they included a way to tell battery life while it’s off the charger.
To charge it, just plug it into a USB cable.
We all expect most devices to have safety features these days, but I’ve seen that some of these smaller devices sometimes don’t. So I think it’s important to point out that this does have short circuit protection, over-temp protection, overcurrent protection, and low voltage protection.
Overall Thoughts of the Device
This is a very basic device, but it works really well and looks nice. I love the size and design, it’s really easy to operate, and even though you can’t see how much wattage you’re getting, the power levels work really well. And I think the ease of changing powers is perfect for a beginner.
The ELUX Tank
- 2ml juice capacity
- 18mm diameter
- 9mm diameter drip tip
This is about as basic of a tank as you can get. It’s a small tank with bottom adjustable airflow and a pre-built coil head. But it actually performs pretty well and is designed well too.
The drip tip is a tiny 9mm drip tip and it’s built into the tank. The plastic piece is just a cap that fits over a metal tip on the top cap. So you can’t change drip tips on here, but that makes sense since it’s so tiny anyway.
Top Cap and Filling
The top cap has some grooves to take it off and it screws directly into the coil head. It screws off easily and makes it simple to fill up the tank. With other tanks designed like this, I’ve had to be careful that the glass tube wouldn’t come off and spill e-juice, but the o-ring holding it place on the base is so big and tight that I don’t worry about it at all.
The base is where you’ll find the adjustable airflow. The ring moves left and right to give you as much airflow as you need for restricted draw vaping. With the airflow wide open, it’s a very restricted draw. You could probably do a lung draw, but for me, it’s too restricted. So I think this is perfectly designed to be an adjustable tight draw tank, which is great for anyone who likes that style of vaping. And obviously, you can close it down as much as you want.
Ok, now the coils. So they’re… ok. They’re 2.0-ohm coils designed to run between 8-15 watts. On the ELUX device, I have no idea what wattage I’m running because the device only indicates power with three lights, but I ran it at the full power and it seemed to burn the coil wick. All I could taste after that was a burnt taste.
I also tested the tank on my Lavabox DNA 75, which runs a DNA chip and is pretty accurate. So at 8 watts, the vape is very light. Hardly any vapor at all, but you do get some. I get the most satisfying vape at 15 watts. Good vapor production. So I do think they can provide a satisfying vape.
The flavor from the tank isn’t great. I just don’t get a whole lot of flavor. I get some flavor, but I would’ve liked it to be better. But for a tank like this, I wasn’t expecting much. The flavor is just okay.
Overall Thoughts of the Tank
I’ve tested a few different e-juices in here and I’ve found that this really performs best as a low-wattage, tight-draw, high-nicotine tank. This is very subjective and is probably very biased towards my own personal preferences, but I’m trying to be as unbiased as I can and in my experience, high nicotine is the key for this tank. I tried using 3mg e-juice and it just wasn’t satisfying. When I switched to 50mg salt Nic e-juice, it was much better. And if you don’t have salt Nic, 12mg or higher regular Nic e-juice is probably what you’ll like.
Okay, so that’s the ELUX kit. The tiny device is pretty nice. It’s basic, but great for beginners because it’s just not complicated to use. It pushes a max of 30 watts which is perfect for low-wattage vaping.
The tank is just okay. It’s super-simple and works fine, but the flavor isn’t great. I think if you buy this kit as a beginner, you’ll get by with everything included, but down the line, you’ll probably want a better tank. But for $35 for the entire kit, it’s a nice starter setup.