Atom Vapes gClapton Coil Intro
We take a look at the Atom Vapes gClapton coils, which are plated in 24ct Gold. These coils have been causing quite the stir recently, so we take a look to see what the hype is about.
The gClapton gold coils come in three different variations: ones for the Kanger Subtank series, ones for the Aspire Atlantis (also fit the Aspire Triton, Aspire Atlantis 2, Atlantis Mega, Herakles & Silo Beast) and lastly coils for the Horizon Tech Arctic (note these don’t fit the Horizon Phantom).
The gold coils coils feature a Clapton build, which is renowned for its awesome flavor and clouds. Apparently the gClapton coils from Atom Vapes also last a lot longer than the standard stock coils and are meant to last you 3-4 weeks.
Each pack of 4 gold coils costs $21.99, which is more expensive than the standard stock coils for these tanks.
Let’s take a look to see how they vape below.
E-Juices used: Fa-Q Funky Monkey (75% VG) and Finlys e-juice (100% VG)
Device used: SMOK X-Cube II
Note: I’d make sure to follow instructions and really make sure to prime these coils well before vaping them, otherwise you risk burning the coil.
gClapton 0.3 Ohm Aspire/Herakles Coil (25-45W)
Wattage: The recommended wattage on these goes up to 45W, but in the instruction leaflet Atom Vapes state the optimal wattage is around 35W. My sweet spot was between 40-45W as this brought out more flavor than at 35W. Anything below 35W, is too low for this coil. Don’t go above the 45W recommendation as it will then start verging on a burnt hit with max VG e-juice.
Clouds: These gClapton coils absolutely chuck clouds and are definitely one for the cloud chasers amongst you. They destroy the original coils in this department and also destroy your e-juice!
Flavor: You really need to make sure you prime these coils well before using. Please follow the instructions that come with the coils to make sure this is done right. Is the flavor better than the original coils? Well this depends on which coil we are talking about. I’d say the flavor from the original Herakles coils is better than the gClapton version. The gClapton is roundabouts on par with the Aspire coils. I would be interested to see what others think about the flavor from these coils, so let me know below. The Aspire gClaptons are a very solid vape, but I had hoped that these coils, being Claptons would be absolutely mind blowing in terms of flavor, which wasn’t quite the case.
Verdict: The Atlantis gClaptons were my least favorite from the three we tried. The flavor wasn’t bad, but I was expecting a lot more from these.
gClapton 0.3 Ohm Arctic Coil (25-45W)
Wattage: For me these vaped best at 45W. A nice warm vape with gorgeous flavor and huge plumes of vapor! To get the most out of this coil in terms of flavor I’d recommend vaping it between 35-45W.
Clouds: As with the other gClapton gold coils, these chuck huge clouds. They produce a lot more vapor than the original coils.
Flavor: The Arctic gClapton coils in my opinion are better than the Aspire/Herakles gClapton ones in terms of flavor. Right away after priming the coils the flavor was present and provided a really enjoyable vape. I was never a fan of the original Arctic coils (I know loads of people loved them) and I think the gClapton coils for the Arctic are better in terms of flavor.
Verdict: In my opinion the gClaptons are better than the original Arctic coils and certainly produce more vapor.
gClapton 0.3 Ohm Kanger Coil (25-40W)
Wattage: Due to the slightly more restrictive air flow on the Kanger Subtank Mini the vapor gets quite warm at 45W. It isn’t unbearable, but you can vape these coils slightly lower than the other two. I’d vape these Gold Kanger coils at 40W, but they well from 35W upwards.
Clouds: Again as with all of these gClaptons, the Kanger gClapton produces much bigger vapor than the original Kanger coils.
Flavor: Again just like the Arctic gClaptons the Kanger gClaptons had great flavor straight after priming. I did however get the odd bit of spit-back from vaping these ones. Compared with the original Kanger coils, these were around the same in terms of flavor.
Verdict: I have to say the Gold gClaptons look awesome in the Kanger Subtank Mini as the Gold coil is clearly visible in the centre of the tank. The clouds were bigger and the flavor was up there with the originals, but I don’t think the flavor was any better. One thing I did notice was that my Kanger tanks didn’t leak when using the gClaptons. I think this is because they feature an additional o-ring at the bottom of the coil and it seems to stem any leaking. If you had a leaky Kanger, these might be worth a try. Anyone else notice this as well?
Atom Vapes claim that the gClapton coils of theirs last 30% longer and should last around 3-4 weeks, which would be an impressive improvement. We have been vaping the Kanger gClapton for around 1 week now on and off and it is still going. We will carry on vaping it over the next two/three weeks and report back on how it performs over a longer period of time. If anyone has had any long term experience with these, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
The Atom Vapes gold plated Clapton coils are more expensive than the original coils, so should you give them a try? I think it depends what you are looking for. If you just want cool looking Gold coils, then it doesn’t what I write, as you will probably purchase them anyway. If you are looking for massive clouds from your replaceable coils then the gClaptons will blow the original coils out of the water!
However, in terms of pure flavor, I was expecting a little bit more, given these were Clapton builds, which are renowned for flavor. Perhaps it is due to the very high gauge wire being used for Clapton build and the fairly low wattages, I don’t know. In terms of flavor, the Arctic gClaptons were the best of the three I tried and I thought they were better than the originals. However the others, whilst being good, did not quite blow me away as much I had expected to be blown away.
In terms of the longevity/lifespan of the coils and the claim that they last 30% longer, only time will tell and I will update this review again in a few weeks to let you know how I get on, as that could be a big selling point.
This review was based on my personal opinion having tried several of each type of the Atom Vapes gClapton coils. I’d love to know what others think about these coils in the comments section below. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and hope you enjoyed this review!