Since the Freemax Starre PURE (review here) found its way into my Sub-Ohm collection a couple years back, I’ve been a fan of Freemax tanks in general. Not every model has been homerun for me, but for the most part, each tank they offer performs well, and are built with quality materials. The new FireLuke Mesh tank may be the best one yet.
It’s been a while since I’ve put a Freemax tank into everyday use. As a Reviewer it’s hard to keep even the best devices in play for very long. But the new FireLuke Mesh just might change that. Sitting atop my new VGOD Elite 200W mod, the FireLuke Mesh is a massive “Bringer of Clouds” …. And flavor as well.
I’m not thrilled with the limited 3mL juice capacity, not after using the 8mL TFV12 Prince (review here) for the past couple of months, but the new FireLuke Mesh, despite the huge clouds, isn’t a thirsty tank to begin with, so the 3mL lasts longer than I imagined.
The FireLuke Mesh is a short, 24mm wide sub-ohm that makes use of mesh coil heads. There are three styles for the Mesh; Steel, Resin, and Carbon Fiber, and each of the styles comes in various colors.
The FireLuke Mesh Metal style uses a ‘checkered pattern’ design and is as handsome as it is effective. The steel version has a unique knurled design that matches the metal casing of the coil head.
This Tank is one handsome tank. While the looks of a tank or mod doesn’t affect its performance, it never hurts to be attractive. Oh, let’s face it, the attractiveness of anything is vital to its initial success or failure.
We received a batch of the Metal version of the tank in each color; black, gold, silver, blue, rainbow, and gun metal. I grabbed a blue one and a gun metal for this review.
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The FireLuke Mesh Coil Heads feature a checkerboard design and, with the tanks we received, also match the color of the tank. This might turn into a logistical nightmare for Freemax, we’ll just have to wait and see. Element Vape, our supplier, doesn’t stock the coil heads at the time of the review.
The tank is equipped with a short, wide-bore 810-drip tip. The Steel tank’s drip tip matches the rest of the tank’s checkered pattern. This stubby wide-bore drip tip helps emulate the true RDA quality of the vape. I should note that other 810-drip tips will work, but I haven’t tried it, and see no reason to.
The FireLuke Mesh uses a bottom airflow design with 2 large air slots that adjust easily and can stop down enough for an MTL experience or wide open for a wicked Direct Lung experience.
The deep top cap uses two well-sized top-fill ports that are accessed by unscrewing the top cap. The ports leave plenty of room for filling with almost any kind of bottle, though I did have some issues with the glass dropper of my 60mL KILO Moo Series Almond Milk bottle. It worked fine as long as I filled it at an angle to catch the very bottom of the dropper on the edge of the fill port.
The FireLuke Mesh comes apart into four sections; the top cap, the fill cap, the glass and the bottom base.
The tank has a traditional design, top fill, bottom airflow slots, etc., so in order to swap out the coil head the tank must be empty, or risk losing what remains in the tank.
Like most tanks today, the coil head screws into the base of the tank, and when screwed back together the coils works to secure the top cap and the base.
Vaping with the FireLuke Mesh
For whatever reason, there is a single coil option currently available for the Freemax FireLuke Mesh. This coil head is a 0.15-ohm Kanthal Mesh coil with high-quality organic cotton. I’m fine with this single resistance option, but we’ll see if Freemax decides to add others at a later date.
While I believe the flavor fidelity of this tank is spot on, the amount of vapor production from it is startling. I certainly didn’t expect this kind of performance after looking at the size of the coil head. But when considering the low resistance of the Kanthal wire, I did expect good flavor. So, why the massive clouds? Cotton. Plenty of cotton…
Inside the small-ish coil head is a huge amount of organic cotton. In fact, because the cotton is so tightly packed, I would suggest a good 10 minutes between filling and vaping, and a slow break in period. A good prime will extend the life of any coil head, but especially this mesh head.
Priming the FireLuke Mesh Coil Head
After unscrewing the tank, place a few drops of your favorite eliquid directly into the coil. Once the tank is reassembled, fill up the tank through the top cap fill slots, wait 10 minutes to let it saturate. You may want to attach the tank to your mod, turn the mod off, and take several long pulls on the drip tip to force the cotton to absorb the juice.
When it’s time to set the tank to heat, start off with a low wattage, no more than 40 Watts for this 0.15-ohm resistance wire, then work your way up with 5-10W increments. Using a 70/30 VG/PG blend, I found 65 Watts to be about perfect for this coil head. I’m sure some will find a sweet spot a little higher, but remember the fastest way to ruin a coil is throwing too much heat at it too quickly. 65 Watts gives me enormous pleasure with both flavor and vapor.
The performance of the Freemax FireLuke Mesh is truly amazing. I am really enjoying these new innovations that provide plenty of flavor and massive clouds with lower and lower wattages. Even the TFV12 Prince maxes out at 110 Watts, which means longer battery life with each charge, and less thirsty coils. The 65W for the FireLuke Mesh means the 3mL capacity is going to last longer than you might think.
The mesh coil heads that make the FireLuke Mesh a standout sub-ohm tank is caused by the surface area. Mesh means a tremendous amount of surface area, and with a good mod underneath, the clean wattage will cause the coils to create better flavor from your ejuice, and bigger clouds of vapor.
During my review period I used my VGOD Elite 200W mod, as well as my 80W stab-wood Asvape Gabriel. Because I only need 65 Watts for maximum performance from the tank, it leaves the number of mods I could use wide open. Anything more than 70 Watts will be fine.
Now, as far as coil life goes; I’ve spent 8 days so far with both tanks, and I am a very heavy Vaper. After many, many hours, I found the coil life to be way above average…with one caveat. Vaping any tank, including the FireLuke Mesh, a coil killer eliquid, heavy on the cheap VG and super-heavy on the sweeteners, the coil life is going to be shorter, probably half the life of a good 70/30 semi-sweet eliquid like the KILO Black, White, and Moo Series. With a price for replacement in the neighborhood of $15 for a pack of 5, getting as much life as you can from each coil head is important.
Bottom Line and Score
Freemax continues to be an excellent source for good sub-ohm tanks. I haven’t seen such good performance from a Freemax tank since the PURE, though the other FireLuke tanks are considered “good” tanks. In a way, I’m hoping Freemax takes this Mesh technology to larger capacity tanks, but it they don’t, I’ll think I’ll be okay. As will you. I highly recommend this incredibly performing sub-ohm. For under $30, it’s a bargain.
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FireLuke Mesh Specs and Contents
FreeMax FireLuke Mesh Sub-Ohm Tank Features:
- 24mm Diameter
- 3mL Maximum Juice Capacity
- Superior Stainless Steel Construction
- Unique Mesh-Inspired Design
- Pyrex Glass Reinforcement
- FireLuke Mesh Coil System
- 0.15ohm Mesh Coil – rated for 40-90W
- Convenient Threaded Top-Fill Design
- Dual Bottom Airflow Control – 16mm by 2.5mm Airslots
- 13mm Widebore Drip Tip
- Gold-Plated 510 Connection
- Available in Stainless Steel, Black, Gunmetal, Blue, Gold, Rainbow
- 1 FireLuke Mesh Tank
- 2 0.15ohm FireLuke Mesh Coils
- 1 Spare Glass Tube
- Spare Parts & O-Rings
- Instructional Manual