iJOY Tornado 150 Sub-Ohm RTA Tank
iJOY has been killing it lately with a blast of new products getting major praise from every angle. The iJOY Tornado 150 Sub-Ohm RTA Tank ($26.95 at Element Vape) is the evolution of the iJOY Tornado Nano ($22.95 at Element Vape), the slightly smaller Sub-Ohm RTA Tank by iJOY. While this is the third Tornado iteration in the lineup (the first being the Tornado 300W RDTA), it not only looks the part but performs equally as well. Every atomizer released by iJOY proves to be a top notch tank and I was expecting nothing less with the Tornado 150 Sub-Ohm RTA Tank!
The iJOY Tornado 150 is referred to as the Sub-Ohm RTA Tank because of its dual capabilities of running either Sub-Ohm coil heads or the included two-post RTA build deck. Measuring 25mm around and crafted out of 304 Stainless Steel, the chassis represents a shorter but fatter (or should I say stout) construction. The Tornado 150 is available in either Black or Stainless Steel and both look fantastic especially on the iJOY MAXO 315W TC Box Mod. Since I received a Tornado 150 from Spinfuel HQ, it’s been attached to the MAXO and hasn’t been removed unless I’m cleaning or rebuilding the RTA section.
The iJOY Tornado 150 has a 4.2ml capacity reservoir but is only accurate with the two included coil heads. With the RTA build deck installed, capacity takes a major cut to 2ml; a disappointing decrease. The threaded top-fill reveals large crescent shaped fill slots but removing the top cap is challenging at times. Since the section that holds the glass in place tightens down separately than the top cap, grabbing the thin top section without unscrewing the top of the tank is tedious. I tend to leave the top cap slightly loose to make grabbing the knurled top cap easier. When it comes to filling the Tornado 150, it’s really easy and straightforward when coil heads are installed. But the RTA is much taller and wider so if you fill too quickly, the eJuice will kick back and waterfall over the sides; just fill slow and you’ll be fine.
The dual 15mm x 2mm adjustable airflow slots at the base provides more than enough air to produce award-winning clouds. Adjusting it about a third of the way closed gives me the perfect flavor/vapor balance I’m constantly after. The airflow control ring (when it stays attached) is definitely restrictive, especially when attached to mods, but the deep knurling makes things a little easier. The airflow ring can be removed (by simply sliding it off) for more efficient cleaning. There’s a small protruding notch on the ring that needs to hook up with the base properly or the ring will constantly fall off. It’s tricky because it will install either way but if the ring keeps popping off, you know you need to flip it around the other way.
The iJOY Tornado 150 Sub-Ohm RTA Tank has an 8.5mm ID sloped Delrin mouthpiece that serves as the top cap as well. While I do enjoy the flavor experience being closer to the coils, it was a little too short for my style. I was getting some spit back and the top cap did heat up (to a manageable level) especially at wattages nearing the 150W mark. Luckily for me, iJOY made the top cap compatible with 510 drip tips. Even though the 12mm Delrin 510 drip tip that comes included didn’t get much action, I preferred my tension-fit DotMod drip tip which not only fits great but looks the part too. It will extend the overall height of the tank but the performance and concentrated flavor I get is worth the visual sacrifice. The Pyrex glass, even at 150W, never got hot. It amazed me at how well the base and glass dissipates heat (maybe Joyetech should call iJOY on how to keep the glass cool). The Gold-plated 510 connection gave me constant conductivity and never posed a problem.
iJOY’s new Tornado Sub-Ohm System is definitely up there in the big leagues! The preinstalled 0.3Ω SS316L coil head with an enormous 6.2mm ID triple parallel coil and two 7mm x 2mm wicking slots steals the show for me! A power range of 80-150W (it can handle the full 150W), airflow comes from underneath through a 6.3mm hole, providing more than enough to combat higher wattages. The range is dead on accurate since I had no flavor at anything lower than 80W. Once I reached 100W, the vapor was warm and my favorite eJuice tasted better than ever. Slowly progressing to 150W to see if it can deliver, it shocked me how smooth the pull was at 150W! The vapor was comfortably warm and nowhere near too hot to vape with no dry hits or cotton taste whatsoever. I could’ve easily pushed it past the upper limit probably close to 200W (but I didn’t have any extra coils in case I fried this one at that wattage) so maybe another day. My sweet spot was 125W and I’m so impressed with the flavor and vapor from these coils I’ll be purchasing a couple 5-packs from Element Vape for $11.95. This has become my new favorite 100W+ coil head!
The other included coil head is a midrange 0.25Ω SS316L coil head with a 4.5mm ID dual parallel coil and two 7mm x 2mm wicking slots. The cotton stayed saturated through plenty of 75W chain-vaping sessions (40-80W range). Right at the 75W setting with the airflow closed halfway was where I found vaping satisfaction. Wide open airflow was too much for 80W but halfway open the flavor was great and rivals its competitors. The coil head lasted me over a week with no change in flavor properties or vapor production but I had to change it out to test the other included coil (the 0.3Ω above) as I could’ve pushed it longer. Both coil heads impressed me with instantaneous flavor, no break-in time and solid construction. At only $2.39 per coil, I’d have a hard time not recommending the iJOY Tornado 150 solely as a Sub-Ohm Tank (with the RTA being extra credit).
Having an RTA deck included with the Tornado 150 rather than making it a separate purchase was excellent (thanks iJOY)! With an outside diameter of 18.4mm, you have ample amount of space to install and manipulate your coils. The two-post Velocity-style deck has humongous 3.5mm x 2.5mm post holes, one on each post, allowing a variety of different build configurations. The deck-milled Negative and PEEK insulated Positive post should last for hundreds of builds. The Philips head screws tighten from the top down and clamp your coil leads in place securely. The 7mm x 4mm oval holes underneath your coils are fed from an 8.5mm airflow hole on the bottom. The Gold-plated center pin can be removed which releases the Positive post for more efficient maintenance. The four 7mm x 2mm wicking slots surrounding the base ensures your cotton stays saturated.
iJOY included a pair of NiChrome 80 Fused Clapton coils that after some adjusting read 0.18Ω (your results could be different). The large wicking channels leaves plenty of room to place your wicks but without anything to contain the ends, wicking successfully takes some practice. After I cut my cotton, dripping some eJuice on the cotton allowed me to mold them anyway I needed to. Once I got the right amount of cotton in place, screwing the cap onto the RTA deck is frustrating. You have to line it up perfectly and have zero cotton caught on the sharp corners (it took me several tries to get it on correctly). While I did get a good vape around 80W, was it worth the effort? I’d say probably not as I’d rather buy a pack of the 0.3Ω coil heads and run with those moving forward.
Final Grade – B+
“While I thoroughly enjoyed the 0.3Ω 150W coil head, the repetitiveness of wicking the RTA mixed with the 2ml juice capacity dropped it below an A-rating. It’s still an inexpensive ($26.95 at Element Vape) Sub-Ohm RTA Tank if you enjoy high powered vaping and the wicking style of the RTA base.”