Horizontech Arctic Intro
In this article we review the Arctic sub ohm tank by Horizon Tech. The Arctic features a range of different BTDCs (bottom turbine dual coils) and BTCs (bottom turbine coils) and fires between 10 and 100W. It was the first of the higher wattage sub ohm tanks, so we were excited to give it a try.
In this review we will be testing both the 0.5ohm and 0.2ohm BTDC coils on the Arctic. We will be using our Cloupor T8 box mod for this review and Vaporfi’s new Artisan e-liquid range. Check out our Vaporfi Artisan e-liquid review for more info on these great tasting e-liquids.
Also be sure to check out our comprehensive best sub ohm tank guide, featuring a summary of all the tanks on the market.
Horizontech Arctic Specs and Features
- 1 x Arctic Sub-Ohm Tank
- 1 x 0.2ohm Bottom Turbine Dual Coil head (30W – 100W)
- 1 x 0.5ohm Bottom Turbine Dual Coil head (30W – 80W)
- Price: $30
- Wattage Range: 10-100W
- Tank Capacity: 2.5ml
- Coils Available: BTC: 0.2, 0.5, 1.2ohm BTDC: 0.2 and 0.5ohm
- Wicking material: 100% Organic Cotton and USA Kanthal Wire
- RBA: No RBA available
- Diameter: 22mm
Arctic Sub Ohm Coils and Wattage Ranges
- BTC 0.2 ohm: 20W to 50W
- BTC 0.5 ohm: 20W to 40W
- BTC 1.2 ohm: 10W to 25W
- BTDC 0.2 ohm: 30W to 100W (comes with standard kit)
- BTDC 0.5 ohm: 30W to 80W (comes with standard kit)
I really like the range of coils that the Arctic offers. We have only been able to try the BTDC coils, but we like that they offer BTC ones, for slightly lower wattage sub ohm vaping. This makes for a very wide-range of wattages at which you can vape the Arctic tank. This means it is suited to a wide range of different wattage box mods, from the iStick 30W to the iStick 50W all the way up to the Sigelei 150W or Cloupor T8. There should be a range there for every vaper, which is great!
One thing I think some of the higher wattage tanks miss is coils for the lower wattage devices. As many people now have a 30W or 50W box mod, having coils for the Arctic that can fire at these ranges is a good move. Other tanks like the Herakles and Freemax Starre, will require much more powerful devices to perform well and do not yet have the same choice of coils. I think this is a stand out feature for the Arctic as there should be a coil there for everyone. The only other tank that has a similar range is the SMOK VCT and Gimlet, who also offer a wide range of coils.
Note: The coils take a while to break in. The first few tanks full didn’t taste that great, but afterwards the flavor improved quite a bit.
Vaping the Arctic 0.5ohm and 0.2ohm BTDC coils
0.5ohm BTDC on full air flow and using a 60% VG e-liquid (Vaporfi Artisan – Monkey Business)
- 20W – Nothing much happening.
- 30W – Cool vape with ok clouds, but not much flavor.
- 40W – More clouds and a luke warm vape with decent flavor.
- 50W – Good flavor with a nice warm vape. On longer intense inhales the drip tip is already getting slightly warm.
- 60W – Best flavor for me at this range and I would probably vape the 0.5 ohm BTDC coil at this range as my go to “sweet spot”.
- 70W – More vapor but on longer inhales the drip tip gets a little warm. Not bad for short big puffs though.
- 80W – Great amounts of very dense vapor.
- 100W – I tried the 0.5ohm at 100W for 4-5 big inhales and didn’t get a burnt hit. I wouldn’t vape it at this level, but it seems it can handle it for short period of time.
0.2ohm BTDC coil on full air flow using a 60% VG e-liquid (Vaporfi Artisan – Northern Lights)
- 20W – 40W – Nothing really happening at this range at all.
- 40W- 50W – A bit of vapor and a little flavor.
- 60W – Slightly warmer now and taste coming through a bit.
- 70W – Better flavor and a warm vape. Drip tip getting warm on longer inhales.
- 80W – Good dense clouds now and a nice warm vape. Flavor is good, but not up there with some of the other sub ohm tanks I have tried. This is probably what I would vape the 0.2ohm Arctic coil at.
- 90W – Even better clouds, but a little too warm now for my liking. Drip tip also gets quite hot now when vaping heavily.
- 100W – Very warm vape, for me uncomfortably so, but no dry hits yet. Clouds perhaps not as impressive, as with the Freemax Starre or Herakles.
- 110W – Still no dry hits at all and getting even hotter (wouldn’t really recommend vaping at this wattage)
- 120W – This thing is now getting through a shit tonne of juice. I have just gone through a whole tank in about 15mins, whilst testing the different ranges. The tank is now getting too hot, but it won’t dry hit at all which is a positive.
Many Different Coils and Good Wicking
So as mentioned earlier, we were impressed with the great range of coils and the different BTC and BTDC coils. This means that for most box mods there should be something there for everyone to vape with the Arctic tank.
The juice holes on the BTDC are massive. Unlike other sub ohm tanks they are not circular, but instead rectangular (see pic below) allowing of plenty of juice flow onto the cotton wicking.
The wicking material is 100% cotton, which is good (no mystery materials!). The wicking on them was very efficient and there were no dry hits at all, even when I vaped with very little e-liquid left in the tank, which was impressive.
The build quality seems good and the device is made from stainless steel. The tank is easy to take apart and the air flow system works well.
The airflow system on the Arctic has 4 holes, which provides plenty of air to the coils. The airflow system is easy to change and slides smoothly into place. However when fully open, which is what we prefer, the airflow makes a lot of noise and whistles quite a bit, which was a little bit annoying. You can reduce the noise slightly by closing the airflow somewhat.
It felt like the coils took a while to start producing some decent flavor. I’d say at least a full tanks worth of vaping before the flavor becomes its best. This is slightly annoying as other tank and coils were tasting amazing on their first tank full.
The 0.2ohm coil didn’t really do it for us, flavor wise. It is still very good, but compared to other high wattage sub ohm tanks like the Herakles and the Freemax Starre, it doesn’t compete at all in my opinion. We have had the luxury of vaping some amazing sub ohm tanks now and the Arctic for me just isn’t cutting it compared with those other two I just mentioned.
The 0.5ohm coil, for whatever reason, for us produced better flavor. It seemed a somewhat cleaner flavor than the 0.2ohm one (can’t quite explain it in writing). It is a shame we don’t have the BTC single coils, to see what the flavor is like on those, but perhaps someone has tried them and get let us know in the comments section below.
I really like the elegant simple design on the Arctic tank. Its small 2.5ml capacity means that the whole tank is quite small compared to some of the other sub ohm tanks. It is 22mm in diameter, as with the majority of the sub ohm clearomizers.
This is neither a negative nor a positive in my opinion, as the Arctic is priced right in the middle of the market. It is roughly the same price as the Herakles and less expensive the Kanger Subtanks, but therefore doesn’t feature an RBA.
So there is no RBA section on the Arctic, which might be seen as a negative for some people.
For me the 2.5ml tank capacity was not big enough. When vaping heavily on the 0.2 ohm BTDC, you can get through a 2.5ml tank in no time at all. When testing the Arctic we got through a whole tank in literally 15 minutes. It would be good to have a bigger tank or perhaps an extension to 5ml as Aspire did with the Atlantis.
It isn’t really a negative, as the flavor was still quite good, but I didn’t feel it was as good as some of the other sub ohm tanks (Herakles & Freemax Starre). The 0.2ohm coils were slightly disappointing given they were “dual turbine” and I didn’t really enjoy the flavor from it as much as the 0.5 BTDC.
Loud Air Flow
As mentioned above, the airflow was very loud when fully open, which was slightly annoying. It wasn’t anything major, but it might annoy some people. Close the airflow slightly to reduce the noise levels.
The Arctic is a well built, doesn’t leak, wicks very well, features 100% cotton wicking and looks pretty good. It vapes pretty well and chucks out a lot of clouds, as is to be expected from a sub ohm tank. We really liked the big range of coils you can get for the Arctic, which means it is suitable for a lot of different wattage box mods and will therefore appeal to a lot of different vapers.
However, we were slightly disappointed with the flavor, specifically on the 0.2ohm coil heads. The tank was also a bit on the small side at only 2.5ml. There is no RBA section either, which might also be a negative for some people.
I like the fact that you have the different coil options for the Arctic, so if you want a sub ohm tank that has a wide range of coils, then the Arctic is definitely a good choice alongside the SMOK VCT or Gimlet.
However if you are looking for pure flavor and higher wattage vaping, I would consider looking at the Freemax Starre or the Herakles. These two for me, produced better flavor than the Arctic, which slightly disappointed me after hearing so many good things about it.
I hope our Arctic sub ohm tank review was helpful and if you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to drop us a comment below.