Starre PURE by Freemax
The Freemax Starre PURE is not the first sub-ohm tank I’ve proudly called the “best tank ever”, although it could be the last. As technology improves, products improve, including sub-ohm tanks. And while I still love the hell out of my other high-end tanks, today I’m all about the Starre PURE.
The Freemax Starre PURE is, without a doubt, one of the finest tanks I have ever used. In fact, it could very well be the best tank ever. It’s difficult to be that definitive about it because I’ve vaped with so many sub-ohm tanks over the last couple of years, many of which have been incredible flavor and vapor producing tanks, but, right now, today, I put the Starre PURE at the top of my list of the best tanks available.
Vapor production is enormous and effortless. Even a light-touch pull on the drip tip produces more clouds of vapor than most tanks do with a heavy hitting Direct Lung pull. Flavor is crazy good, producing the most accurate flavor profiles I’ve tasted yet, and I’m discovering nuances in several complex eliquids I never knew were there. Best of all, despite its size, width, and performance, I’ve found the Freemax Starre Pure an easy tank to use all day long… unlike the current top-selling sub-ohm tank, the SMOK TFV8, which I find intimidating as an all-day tank, despite its wonderful qualities.
The Freemax Starre Pure at a Glance
Freemax Starre Pure tank places an emphasis on pure flavor, hence the name. However, Freemax did not sacrifice cloud production to obtain the remarkable flavor fidelity. (see video)
The Starre Pure is a top-fill tank with a top airflow design fashioned to never leak. (so far so good). In addition, the Starre Pure uses a ceramic jacket over the outside of its Kanthal A1 coils. The ceramic shield works as thermal insulation, produces less heat to the outside of the tank. This is a feature I was unaware of when I began studying the technology of the Starre Pure, and how I was drawn into discovering this feature before finishing my research shows how effective the shield is.
I am helping the Spinfuel eLiquid Review Team with a review for an as yet unreleased eLiquid line. The eliquid line is a 70% VG, 30% PG formula, with intense flavor profiles. Using the 0.25-ohm coil head I found the optimal wattage output for these eliquids to be 90+ watts. This 90+ watts produced a nice, warm vapor, and I was able to enjoy vaping through an entire tank full of ejuice. During, and after, this vape “session” (for lack of better word) I noticed that the tank and the drip tip stayed as cool as cucumber.
Now, this alone did not cause me to pull the tank away, look at it and mumble “Wow, this tank sure has great insulation!”, LOL. What did force my attention toward the outside temperature of the Starre Pure was that earlier in the day I was vaping with the Joyetech Ultimo tank equipped with the MG Clapton 0.5-ohm coil head.
With a wattage output of just 34W, the outside of the Ultimo got blisteringly hot within a couple of minutes of vaping. This amount of heat was memorable because the Ultimo comes from a company that knows how to build
good tanks and how this massive heat problem was allowed to make it into production was shocking.
With the excessively hot Ultimo in recent memory it wasn’t hard to notice that the Starre Pure, at more than twice the wattage, produced no discernible heat at all.
The Freemax Starre Pure is made with 304 Stainless Steel and high-quality glass. The diameter of the tank is a fat 25mm, so using it with a mod that accommodates 22mm tanks will have some overhang. During the review period I used a Lost Vape Triade DNA200 which can accommodate the widest tanks imaginable. Because of the size of the tank I was surprised to see that the capacity was just 4mL. Which brings me to my next point…
Battery Life and eLiquid Consumption
The .25-ohm Kanthal/Ceramic coil head needs a lot of power fire. This in turn means that users can practically watch their eliquid drain from the tank with each pull on the drip tip. It also means that batteries will drain faster. Be prepared by keeping extra batteries fully charged and have ample amount of eliquid at the ready. That said, once the users vape with the Starre Pure I’m sure that no one will be complaining.
The Freemax Starre Pure Coil Heads
When you purchase the Starre Pure you’ll get two coil heads, one preinstalled in the tank and an extra in the box. Preinstalled is the CCC .25-ohm coil head. The spare coil is a 20w-50w range .5-ohm coil head.
Both coil heads use a medical grade ceramic shield and Kanthal A1 wire coil and Japanese Organic Cotton. The outside of the coil heads is 304 Stainless Steel with a Silver contact pin.
Top-Fill and Top Airflow
Its top-fill design is fairly basic, nothing really new here. The top cap however, features some light knurling in a couple of places, making the task of unscrewing the cap a simple process. The two fill slots under the cap could be a bit wider, but I can’t consider that as a negative, just an observation.
The top airflow design makes leaking virtually impossible. The air is drawn in from two sides and moved up into the
drip tip when taking a pull. The glass tube and tank (top) base are permanently attached, creating a sealed cup for the eliquid. While the bottom base is removed for coil replacement, the glass tube never touches the bottom base.
Below this review is a list of the specs and features of the Freemax Starre Pure. As you’ll see, Freemax has certainly created the best sub-ohm tank in their short history. If the FDA Deeming Regulations continue to stay in place as is, the Starre Pure may be the end of the line for sub-ohm tanks in the United States, but at least it is a sub-ohm tank we can be very happy with.
What I love about the Starre Pure, and why I recommend it so strongly, is as follows:
Even the lightest pull from the drip tip produces tons of vapor and enormous flavor.
Despite the incredible performance the Starre Pure uses a coil head that does not require any special treatment.
The Starre Pure is truly leak proof, providing the vaping public will a bottom-up coil structure and leak proof design.
Flavor and vapor production is unsurpassed.
The only real negative with the Freemax Starre Pure is the price; you can expect to pay about $45 when it arrives on vendor shelves in the next couple of days. However, if you are serious about wanting a sub-ohm tank that produces phenomenal flavor and unmatched clouds of thick vapor and will not ever leak, then $45 is definitely worth the investment.
I am building a list of vape gear just in case the FDA orders 99% of the current gear off the market in 2018, and although I certainly expect that list to change as we go through time, I know that the Freemax Starre Pure and plenty of replacement coils will stay on the list. If the worst happens I should have enough to last a decade, and at my age, that’s all I’ll need.
“Despite recent sub-ohm tanks like the Crown 2, the Herakles Honor, the SMOK TFV8 and Baby TFV8, the Freemax Starre Pure leads the pack. I’ve never been more impressed by a Freemax product, and as of today, I’ve never been more impressed by ANY sub-ohm tank. If you can work with a 25mm tank, buy the Starre Pure.”
Freemax Starre PURE
- The first ceramic cover coil(ccc) in the world
- Tip Airflow Control Design Top AFC – No- leak design
- Short Ramp Time, quick start time
- Big airflow, sample airflow increments
- Pure Taste
- Size: 64.3mm*25mm
- Capacity: 4ml
- Sub ohm resistance: 0.25ohm/ 0.5ohm (Ceramic Cover Coil)
- Main Materials: 304 Stainless Steel + Ceramic
In The Box:
- 1 x Freemax Starre Pure
- 2 x ceramic cover coil
- 1 x Glass Tube
- 1 x User Manual
- Spare Parts (O-rings