Altus T1: The Next Generation
Earlier this week, Guo Vape gave Vaping360 an exclusive look at a beta version of the Altus T1. The second-generation version of the company’s coil-less atomizer, the Altus T1 addresses the criticisms some vapers had with its forerunner. The result is a significantly improved vaping experience based on an improved version of the technology that attracted vapers to the first model. Check out my interview above with Guo Vape COO David Guo and read on for more details on the Altus T1.
Two Steps Forward
There were two main criticisms vapers had with the original Altus. First was the relatively slow ramp-up time. The Altus T1 has faster ramp-up time thanks to a new version of the Central Vaping Unit (CVU). The chip at the heart of the atomizer, the latest version of the CVU is thinner and reacts faster.
Additionally, the CVU v2 can be easily dry-burned. The chip is secured by metal clamps and rubber ears. You simply take off the ears and dry-burn in short bursts.
The second criticism of the original model was that it was awkward to refill. The Altus T1 has a new top-fill system that’s extremely easy to work with. Guo Vape has dubbed it the “Spin and Seal” system.
Since the Altus T1 uses a top-fill design, it’s able to hold a bit more e-liquid than its predecessor while also being smaller. The first version had a 23mm diameter and was 65.3mm tall, while being able to hold 3.5ml of e-liquid. The Altus T1 has a 22mm diameter and is 52mm tall, while being able to hold 4ml of e-liquid.
Naturally, the Altus T1 brings back everything that was unique about the original. The CVU v2 is a heating element that was designed to last for years. It potentially helps vapers save a lot of money on consumables. The only thing that needs to be replaced is the wicking material.
Speaking of wicking material, the Altus T1 is also easier to wick. I thought the original was very easy to work with, but the new model is even simpler. Thanks to the removal of a tricky O-ring and some threading, changing cotton on the Altus T1 is a snap. Experienced vapers will be able to change cotton in under a minute, while it shouldn’t take beginners that much longer.
Better, Faster, Cheaper
In addition to the numerous digital and mechanical improvements, the Altus T1 is also less expensive than the original model. Brick-and-mortar stores should have it for around $100, while online retailers will likely sell it for a bit less. The beta version I used earlier in the week was close to the final production model. Expect the Altus T1 to hit stores in late May or early June.
[Special thanks to Monster Vape Lounge for the filming location.]