Geek Vape Alpha Sub-Ohm Tank Review – At the time of this writing we’re into the 3rd week of 2019. And I’ve already reviewed two sub-ohm tanks that moved directly to the head of the line in my rotation. First, there was the surprising Eleaf MELO-4, and now this gem, the GeekVape Alpha Sub-Ohm Tank in stock at Element Vape.
I may have been skeptical when Geek Vape called its new coil system “MeshMellow” but man ALIVE was I glad to be wrong. These coils make the Alpha my new favorite cloud chucking sub-ohm tank. Yes, I’m saying it, and standing firmly behind it.
When you first open the box, you’ll be struck by the resin finish, which is beautifully integrated into the stainless steel to create a nice color contrast. I don’t usually even use brightly colored tanks, preferring to stick with neutral blacks and silvers. But the resin accents on my blue test model make it look good with a number of my mods, regardless of primary hues.
Beyond the eye candy, you’ll also notice how well-designed the Alpha tank really is. We use a lot of digital ink highlighting quality machining, but the Geek Vape Alpha really brings this front and center, with some of the nicest machining and seamless mechanics to date. From the spring-loaded top-fill cap, to the stiff but secure airflow control ring, there’s nothing on the Alpha that doesn’t scream quality. A big thumbs up to Geek Vape for continuing its tradition of top-flight products.
The Geek Vape Alpha, like most modern sub-ohm tanks, is best used with the included bubble glass section, which increases the capacity to 4mL. Sadly, it’s necessary, since the Alpha is a very thirsty monster, but we’ll get to that a little later. That said, I DO like that the bubble glass doesn’t turn the Alpha into a gumball machine like so many other competing products. Maybe it leads to less capacity, but it’s a much more attractive device as the result.
The drip tip – an item I rarely discuss in tank reviews – gets a special shout here, since it’s one of the few drip tips I’ve tested of late that doesn’t sear my lips at higher temperatures. Not only is it held in place securely, but it manages to dissipate heat far better than most in this category.
Moving a little lower, I was skeptical of the spring-loaded button release, since more moving parts usually means breakage a short time later. But the Alpha’s setup has only gotten better with use. Loose enough to open easily, but secure enough to hang in a pocket all afternoon, Geek Vape managed to take an existing design and make it better. At this point in vaping progress, this is exactly what we’re looking for in new products, and this couldn’t have been better implemented.
My only notable complaint about the top cap on the Geek Vape Alpha? The fairly limited fill port space, which led to a handful of messy refills during my three-week testing period. When using larger bottles and droppers, I learned to angle things “just right” but newcomers can expect some spillage. Paper towels will be your best friend – have them handy before starting, kids.
Thankfully, the leakage ends there, since the Geek Vape Alpha never once leaked or even had condensation buildup at any point during my testing. Even when purposely overfilling the tank, it never let me down. It’s rare that I get to write this, so please indulge me.
Geek Vape Alpha Specs:
- 25mm Base Diameter
- 4mL Maximum Juice Capacity
- Stainless Steel & Beautiful Resin Construction
- High-Grade Glass Reinforcement
- GeekVape MeshMellow Coil System
- 15ohm MM X1 Single Mesh Coil – Rated for 60-110W
- 4ohm MM X2 Dual Mesh Coil – Rated for 50-80W
- Premium Egyptian Cotton
- Top-Fill Rotary Design – Lock Button Mechanism
- Dual Adjustable Airflow Control at Base
- 810 18mm Wide Resin Drip Tip
- 510 Connection
- Available in Silver Ember, Silver Twilight, Silver Flare, Black Onyx, Blue Onyx
Geek Vape Alpha Tank Contents:
- 1 Alpha Sub-Ohm Tank
- 1 0.15ohm MM X1 Coil
- 1 0.4ohm MM X2 Coil
- 1 Spare Glass Tube
- 1 Instructional Manual
The Meshmellow Coil Heads
Unlike many vape reviewers, I rarely discuss cotton. But, like a good set of imported bed sheets, Geek Vape took the MeshMellows an extra mile and used Egyptian cotton in the two included coil heads.
Normally, I’d attribute this to cheesy marketing tactics, but the cotton offers instantly noticeable results. Not only does it wick ridiculously fast, but the clean flavor and vapor output is tremendous right from the start. No break-in, no waiting – just fill, soak and vape within a minute or two. Even better, the coils produce top-quality results right up until the end of their lifespan, when they degrade noticeably. But it will take you weeks to reach that point; even under testing conditions, both the MMX1 and MMX2 coils lasted an impressive 10-14 days, respectively, before starting to creak under heavy use.
MeshMellow Coil Testing
Considering how hard I used and abused them during testing, changing wattages, juice types and more on the regular, I anticipate they’ll give regular users 2-3 weeks of steady use before calling it a day. Find me another high-output coil that can claim (and prove) the same longevity, and I’d probably call you a liar. Geek Vape really went all out for this system, and the results are beyond impressive.
The ONLY downside to this performance? You’re going to go through e-liquid at a near-record rate. I mean, ridiculously fast. I watched the juice levels drop after every large draw, and realized I could never be without my bottles for very long. But I also didn’t mind much, since the flavor and vapor was exactly what I wanted from my vape, time and time again.
One final note before moving on, I would adhere to the recommended wattage levels for both included coils, since they’re pretty much spot-on determinants. I set my power right to the median of their recommended levels, and never touched the output again. In other words, this is about as effortless a vape experience as you can expect these days, and I loved every minute of it.
Bottom Lining the Geek Vape Alpha
No point in belaboring it – the Geek Vape Alpha sub-ohm tank is a new contender for top honors. And I highly recommend it to anyone tired of their current stash of tired tanks. Though it doesn’t necessarily bring anything “new” to the table, it does manage to take proven setups and make them all better. The coils are near-perfect, the mechanics are flawless, and the thing just looks great on any device.
I suppose the only knocks against the Geek Vape Alpha are ultimately very minor, so don’t be confused by the lack of a “+” next to the “A” grade. Our fingers are crossed that the Geek Vape Alpha 2 is coming, with slightly more capacity, and slightly less juice consumption. But again, if your only complaints center on having to refill a tank for more enjoyment, then it’s pretty safe to say this is a winner through and through.