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Horizon Krixus Ceramic Tank

The Horizon Krixus Ceramic Tank Review

Prepare to spend a lot more on e-liquid if you plan to buy the new Horizon Krixus Ceramic Tank. It is definitely innovative, has plenty of terrific features, but with a wattage output rating of 40-80-watts it vaporizes e-liquid faster than any tank I’ve used to date, and that’s a fairly large number of tanks. In addition, this is the first tank I recommend for 18650/26650 batteries only, because internal LiPo battery packs do not last long. The Krixus just may turn out to be the fantasy tank you’ve been looking for, but its definitely a “stay at home” tank for most of us.

Before I reveal my week long adventure with the Horizon Krixus, let’s go over some of the features this tank offers up.

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RCC – Rewickable Ceramic Coil

The Horizon Krixus Ceramic Tank Review by Tom McBride for Spinfuel eMagazineA Rewickable Ceramic Coil (RCC) System allows the user the opportunity to swap out the cotton exterior of the tank, which greatly increases the lifespan of each coil head “core”. This is a great idea, and supposedly the Horizon RCC system is “new”, but it does take nimble fingers and a fine tool to accomplish the task.

The RCC Coil System rates approximately 0.3 ohms, plus or minus 0.1-ohms. That’s not a negative by the way, as you probably very well know, a slip in the resistance of nearly all coils is normal. That said, using the Volcano Lavabox that ohm reading was 0.67-ohms. The Lavabox lasted 30 minutes before the battery needed a recharge. After that I switched to the WISMEC Reuleaux DNA 200.

The ceramic core is very porous, exactly what you want in ceramic material in a coil, and when used with Tungsten heating element it affords an amazing range of wattage, 40w to 80w to be exact. The ramp up of the coil system is nearly instant, and noticeable. I would have never guessed that tungsten wire would deliver such great flavor, but there is one drawback to this treasure trove of flavor production…The need to at least 80 watts of power hitting the coil.

As I do with all tank reviews, I did a quick read through of the manual that you get with the Krixus. I followed all the instructions, and decided that I would spend considerable time in Variable Wattage mode before trying out the Temperature Control mode. Using the Krixus in TC mode is not a matter of taking your mod into TC mode, and I’ll cover some tips to optimize the vape experience in TC mode shortly.

The Horizon Krixus in Variable Wattage Mode

After allowing the Krixus an hour to fully saturate with e-juice I set the wattage to 20w, way to low but a The Horizon Krixus Ceramic Tank Review by Tom McBride for Spinfuel eMagazinegood start for a ceramic tank break in. 20 watts doesn’t light the tank at all. In fact, because I always unseat the coil and reseat it before use, I thought I did something wrong so I took it apart to check the coil. It was nice and secure so I put it back together and started again. After a second failed attempt to get the tank moving at 20 watts I bumped it immediately to 40 watts. It was here that I got a little something. Not much, but something. This is supposed to be the minimum acceptable wattage, but it isn’t.  At 40 watts the flavor was completely tasteless. I climbed the wattage ladder and it wasn’t until I hit the 80-watt mark that the flavor hit well. Here’s brief rundown of the wattage ladder:

  1. 20 Watts – Nothing. Nada, Zilch. No vapor at all.
  2. 40 Watts – Some vapor, not much, zero flavor
  3. 50 watts – More vapor, no flavor.
  4. 60 watts – Very nice vapor production, very little flavor
  5. 70 watts – Enormous vapor, good flavor
  6. 80 watts – I thought I hit the jackpot here. Ungodly vapor, great flavor… 80 watts produced the same vape experience as the Goliath at 31 watts.

Going Above and Beyond

  1. . 90 watts – MY sweet spot. Vapor of the Gods and Nectar of the Gods.
  2. 100 watts – Same as 90 watts, but now the drip tip got just a little warm.
  3. 110 watts – Somehow the flavor is decreasing now, but vapor is the same as 90 watts.
  4. 120 watts – Drip tip a little too hot. Not interested at this level. Flavor decreases again.

Obviously the acceptable wattage exceeds the official rating by a lot. I’m not sure why this is, but I’ll take it. If you own this tank, I would love to read your thoughts on this below in the comments.

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Vaping the Krixus in TC Mode

The Horizon Krixus Ceramic Tank Review by Tom McBride for Spinfuel eMagazineBefore attempting to use the Horizon Krixus Tank, your vaping device needs to support manual TCR values. Temperature control mode works better when manually inputting the TCR values for tungsten, which is T0.00450 for the DNA200 and YiHi chips. For Joyetech, some eLeaf, and WISMEC devices, set the manual TCR value in a memory slot to 0450.

Not every device out there has the ability to manually input TCR values, but many devices that include upgradable firmware have been updating their devices to allow for manual TCR settings. If you’re not sure, check the manufacturers website to see if you’re using the current firmware or if there is one available. You should do that in any case, but you might also want to look at the changelog.txt file to see exactly what is being updated.

Personally, I enjoy the Krixus in variable wattage mode more so than TC mode. I found it difficult, even after setting the TCR value, to find the right wattage/temperature setting to get the same flavor and warmth from the vapor. Your mileage may differ or course.

The Horizon Krixus Up Close

This, quite frankly, incredible tank from Horizon may be an e-liquid sucking, power hungry tank, but The Horizon Krixus Ceramic Tank Review by Tom McBride for Spinfuel eMagazineman, if you can spare the juice have plenty of spare batteries around, this is a tank you need to add to your arsenal, even if you don’t plan on using it full time. (I don’t use it full time)

The Krixus Ceramic tank is a Coil-Less Tank, much like the Gigue Dolphin we reviewed last week. The porous ceramic composite core is embedded with a pure Tungsten heating element, which is what creates the longevity, and the phenomenal flavor output. I was surprised by the size of this core. For the amount of vapor and the incredible flavor at 80-watts I would have thought it would take a much larger core. The small size makes rewicking the core tedious.

Feature Highlights

The Horizon Krixus is Rewickable – The ceramic core lasts a long time, and all you really need to do is replace the small amount of cotton (included) and you’re ready to vape like it’s a brand new tank.

The Krixus holds 4mL e-juice – This juice is going to vaporize fast at 80-90 watts. But most importantly, when vaping at that wattage you must refill the tank before it reaches the top of the e-liquid port inside the tank. If you don’t, you’ll immediately begin to taste a scorched flavor. Take the time to top off the tank.

Top-Fill Design – Speaking of topping off the tank, the Krixus has a fantastic top-fill design, featuring a Spiral Splash Proof Vent. But what really makes the top-fill system great is that it is a simple twist off the top cap and reveal two really wide fill slots. The slots are large enough to tilt the bottle over one slot and pour slowly.

 Krixus Airflow – The Krixus has a four adjustable Cyclops style airflow slots for massive air coming into the tank from under the coil system. With 80-90 watts of power you’re going to need these slots to keep the vapor cool(er), as well as the ceramics and tungsten core. The slots are 7mm by 2mm – each.

Removable 510 Drip Tip – I purchased a few of the black tanks, so my drip tip is black, wide-bore, Delphin plastic. Stainless Steel tanks feature Stainless Steel drip tips, with an interior of heat dissipation Delphin plastic.

E-Liquid Ports – The Ceramic Coil exterior shows 4 eliquid ports, and the inside chimney component has several holes. Although it isn’t mentioned, you can maximize the e-liquid access to the coil by moving the glass-to-top-cap portion of the tank slightly to line up all 4 inside e-liquid ports to outside ports. You can’t close the ports off because there are too many holes in the chimney component, but you can minimize it some by careful alignment.

Lifespan of the Core – Horizon says the ceramic center has a lifespan of six-month, and if it winds up being substantially shorter I’ll update this review.

Real World Impressions

The Horizon Krixus Ceramic Tank Review by Tom McBride for Spinfuel eMagazineHonestly, I’m at a loss as to why the flavor production at 40 watts is so bland. Using my favorite, flavorful e-liquid, 40 watts tasted like I was vaping vegetable glycerin with no flavoring at all. At first I was very disappointed in the tank as a whole.

Although you can enjoy temperature control vaping with the Krixus if the device you use will let you manually input the TCR value, I find it vapes better in variable wattage mode, so most of the time I was vaping the Krixus in VW mode at 80 watts. Using a LiPo-equipped device you’ll tear though the battery life quickly, but if you want The Horizon Krixus Ceramic Tank Review by Tom McBride for Spinfuel eMagazineto use your DNA 200 or YiHi device hook it up to your computer while you work and you’ll be fine. Otherwise, stay with a dual-18650 100W device or the 3x 18650 WISMEC Reuleaux. Some of the 100w devices I use include the eLeaf iStick 100w TC and the WISMEC Presa 100W with a 26650 battery. In actuality I suppose you could vape the Krixus with a 75w device as well, but with a single 18650, have a few spares ready to go.

Recommended for advanced Vapers with newer 100w devices. In TC mode I recommend a 100w-200w device with manual TCR input capability.

A marvelous ceramic tank that you can pick up at Element Vape for just $24.95. The MSRP is twice that at $49.95. Perhaps the wattage demand, or the manual input of the TCR values have made users shy away from the Krixus. That’s disappointing as well because if you have the wattage you won’t get much better than the Krixus.

Grade: A+

Tom McBride

Horizon Krixus Ceramic Coil-Less Tank Features:

  • 22mm Diameter
  • 4mL Juice Capacity
  • Superior Stainless Steel Construction
  • Pyrex Glass Reinforcement
  • Tungsten Heating Core – 0.3ohm +/- 0.1
  • Ceramic Composite Material in Outer Layer 
  • Incredible Durability – Expected to Last About 6 Months
  • Vertical Cylinder Structure
  • Simple Rewick with Cotton Replacement
  • Quad Auxiliary Adjustable Airflow
  • Spiral Splash-Proof Vent
  • Unique Anti-Leak Design
  • Convenient Top-Fill Method
  • Heat-Insulated Stainless Steel Drip Tip
  • 510 Drip Tip Adapter 
  • Stainless Steel Plated 510 Connection

Box Includes:

  • 1 Krixus Tank
  • 1 Extra Ceramic Tungsten Atomizer Core
  • 1 Small Container of Japanese Cotton
  • 1 Replacement Pyrex Tube
  • Extra Set of O-Rings
  • Instruction Manual
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All original content is written and produced for our readers by the Spinfuel Staff. The writing staff includes Julia Hartley-Barnes, Keira Hartley-Barnes, Tom McBride, Jason Little, Melanie Hendrix, and Dave Foster. Spinfuel also publishes guest contributors on occasion. All original content is protected by US copyright laws.

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36 thoughts on “Horizon Krixus Ceramic Tank”

  1. This tank sounds amazing!! The thing that really grabbed my attention was the ceramic coils and the ability to rework them yourself thus the longevity of the coil…that’s simply genius!!! I know i am a chain caper and go thru atleast 5 occ coiks a week 😕 This tank is something I woukd DEFINATLY purchase!!!

  2. Yeah, I’m liking the theory behind ceramics. THis tank looks pretty cool, but I’m living off a 60W mod right now so doesn’t look like I have enough power to drive it.

  3. Very Impressed with this tank. I agree it’s probably better as a stay at home tank. My only concern would be accidently breaking the ceramic coil, in which case I would need to replace

  4. Looking forward to trying something like this ive pretty much been using subtank mini forever my kinda daily tank,but this looks and sounds sweeet.

  5. I got this tank and immediately loved the flavor it produced but what I didn’t like was the fact that I had both coils quit firing on me and a reading on rx 200 saying atomizer short. the coils lasted about 30 minutes each the first one I was running 100 watts 2nd one at 80. don’t know if I just got bad coils or if I did something wrong as its my first ceramic coil I have ever used.

  6. I remember years back, folks experimenting with some kind of ceramic core. They just couldn’t get ceramic to perform. It looks like the Krixus tank has a good start. The mass of the whole heating element is what is sucking up all the amperage. However, the reward is more surface area exposed to the ejuice, translating into overwhelming clouds and taste.
    The tank is without a doubt for hobbyists. Even tho’ I “wind my own”, this is a tank I would not be interested in sparking up. For me, I’m chasing taste and clouds in the most efficient way possible. This tank does not fit into my criteria but, I’m sure there are many that would love to take this thing as far as it can go.

  7. This tank sounds like a beast! I like the thought of rewickable coils. This could be a very interesting purchase. Thanks Spinfuel for helping me spend my money,again Lol. Seriously thanks for the great reviews!

  8. This sounds like it maybe worth trying.After spending much more on the altus and being disappointed i am leary of ceramic cores.

  9. I feel that I’ll have to buy this tank! I’m interested to see how it will work differently in, say, my Reulaeux DNA200 or my Cuboid. Sounds like fun!

  10. I am almost exclusively a rebuild guy, but this review has made me consider getting this tank. Thanks for the review!

  11. Ok. So I own the krixus. Its great for taste and ok for vapor. But te taste is different on it. Something maybe when ur tired of using certain juices on a certain tank. Put it on the krixus to get another experience. The biggest downfall is when you vape more than 10 hits the tank is unbearably hot so invest in a good derlin drip tip kinda longer than usual. Second is the spit back could be annoying at times.
    Like article says it’s definitely a stay at home tank. Thought i would almost throw tank in unused vape stuff like horizons brother phantom tank but ive dealt with it. Now the phantom sits alone. Piece of crap.

  12. This looks awesome! I not only love the look and style of this tank, but think it’s really great that you can change out the cotton on the coils to increase the lifespan of each coil too!!! I definitely want to try this tank out and will be keeping my eyes peeled for when they go on sale or are discounted. Great review!

  13. I’ve yet to try a ceramic coil tank but I’m very interested. 80 watts though! Wow, that’s high. I’m usually around 50-60 watts on two 18650’s at around 0.3-0.5 ohms and the battery drain is bad, so I could only imagine how fast the batteries would die at a regular 80 watts. Still sounds like a fairly good tank though.

  14. Great review I really have to try some ceramic coils.
    Seen more and more brands are using them so it might be the future

  15. this sounds like an amazing tank but would really be overkill for my vaping. I do mouth to lung hits and enjoy thick vapor and rich flavor but don’t need to leave a fog trail behind me. Having to mess around with rewrapping the cotton wick sounds bothersome too.
    The idea of ceramic coils and the flavor and extended life of them sounds great, but not this one.

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