Freemax Starre Intro
In this article we review the Freemax Starre sub ohm tank. The Freemax Starre is a sub ohm tank capable at firing up to 100W. It features 0.25 ohm dual vertical coils (DVC) as well as 0.5ohm ones with “medical grade cotton” wicking and has a 5ml tank capacity.
The Freemax Starre is made by Freemax Tech Co. based in Shenzen China. This is actually the first product I have tried by them, as I hadn’t heard of them before this review.
The Freemax Starre is one of the higher voltage sub ohm tanks around and can fire in the range of 20-100W. The 0.5ohm coils are suggested to be used at 20-60W. On the 0.5ohm coils it really starts to shine between 40-60W in my opinion. The 0.25ohm are suggested to be used from 20-100W. We found they worked well above 30W and our sweet spot was around 60-80W.
For more sub ohm tank reviews, check out our “best sub ohm tank” article, which is a summary of all the sub ohm tank reviews we have done so far.
Freemax Starre Specs and Features
- 1 x Freemax Starre Tank
- 1 x Wide Bore Stainless Steel Drip Tip
- 1 x Spare Pyrex Glass
- 2 x Organic Cotton 0.25 Ohm Coil Heads at Vaperoyalty. Ours came with 1 x 0.25 ohm and 1 x 0.5ohm
- Price: $39.95 (vaporizerchief.com)
- Wattage Range: 20-60W (0.5ohm) 20-150W (0.25ohm)
- Tank Capacity: 5ml
- Coils Available:25 ohm and 0.5 ohm DVCs (dual vertical coils)
- Wicking material: “Medical grade” cotton
- RBA: RBA deck being designed (coming soon)
- Diameter: 22mm
The build quality on the Freemax Starre is really top notch. The whole tank feels sturdy and well built. The tank comes apart really easily and the airflow is one of the best airflow systems I have yet come across on any of the sub ohm tanks. The wide bore drip tip has good insulation that keeps it relatively cool at higher wattages and sits very securely in the top of the tank (unlike the wobbly SMOK Gimlet and VCT). The threads are all super smooth and the SUS304 grade stainless steel really looks classy.
The tank glass is apparently something called “borosilicate glass”, which is less subject to thermal stress than other types of glass. Freemax tell me that this glass is different to the normal pyrex glass used on other tanks. I thought borosilicate glass was a more technical name for Pyrex glass, but having read a bit more into it, it seems most pyrex glass is no longer made from the costlier borosilicate material (correct me if I am wrong here!). Whether this rings true for the Pyrex in the other sub ohm tanks I cannot say for sure, but the Freemax Starre tank defineitely uses the borosilicate material which is more costly and thermally stable. I have no way of checking this, but it feels and looks good to me and makes for a nice additional feature for the Freemax Starre.
The bottom part of the coils is made from silver, which I haven’t seen on any of the other sub ohm coils so far. Silver is stronger, more expensive and conducts electricity better, so this seems like a nice addition. The coils also feature high grade “medical grade” cotton wicking, which apparently means that the coils will last a lot longer than other coils. Freemax state that the coils can be used for 80 000 inhales and can re-filled 60-80 times, which sounds absolutely nuts! I can say we have been vaping the 0.25 ohm coil for 3 days now and it is showing no signs of slowing down, which is already very impressive. I’ll report back once it has packed in!
Overall it seems Freemax has put a big emphasis on quality materials, which I think is a big positive for this tank.
High Wattage Range
The Freemax Starre tank is competing with the other higher wattage sub ohm tanks like the Herakles and the Arctic. We recently tried the Herakles and were very impressed with that tank.
To vape the Freemax we were using Miss Samoa e-liquid by Fa-Q (formerly called Driptonic). We used 3mg of Nicotine and the e-liquid is a 75-80% VG base.
The Freemax Starre comes with a 0.5ohm coil head installed. The recommended range for this coil is 20-60W, however ours didn’t start firing really well until it was above 30W. For me it really started vaping best around 40-60W, where the vape gets a little warmer and the flavor becomes really pronounced. The flavor is absolutely outstanding and possibly even the best we have tried so far on any sub ohm tank.
On the 0.25ohm coils the vape doesn’t start hitting nicely until above 30W in my opinion. Everything below this is a little meek.
- 40-50W the vapor is already impressive and the flavor fantastic, with a nice cool vape.
- 60W the vapor is now getting a little warm, right about what my brother and I enjoy and the flavor is exquisite.
- 70W is still pretty amazing, with the vapor just getting a little warmer. The drip tip is still staying relatively cool and the flavor is great.
- 80W-90W the vape is actually still vapeable and not unbearably hot, which surprised me a lot. The wicking seems to be holding up with the 80% e-juice we are using and no dry hits as yet.
- 100W and the flavor seems to have dropped off a bit, but the vapor is still a nice warm vape and not too hot. Maybe a bit too warm when you inhale for longer, but with short inhales, it is quite nice.
- 120W! Now I’m starting to get a little dizzy from too much nicotine, but unbelievably this thing is still vaping well, with no dry hits, albeit the drags we are taking are getting a lot shorter due to the heat and amount of vapor being produced.
So apparently the Freemax Starre can go up to 150W, but isn’t recommended by Freemax to be vaped at this range. We give it a go! Wow the flavor has now seemed to have come back and no burnt hits on 5-6 consecutive short hits at 150W!! The drip tip stayed warm without getting get scolding hot, unlike some drip tips on other tanks which were already getting hot around 80W. I wouldn’t vape at this range normally, but the tank and 0.25ohm coil can definitely handle it. We don’t have a device that goes higher, so that is as far as we will go.
Our sweet spot was anywhere from 60-80W, but even above that was pretty dam good. If you want a high wattage sub ohm tank, then the Freemax Starre is an amazing choice. My brother and I are pretty amazed with this tank. The vape at the 60-80W wasn’t as hot as we experienced on the Herakles sub ohm tank or the Artic. We both prefer a warm vape, without the feeling of the drip tip or vapor getting uncomfortably hot, so the Freemax Starre at 60-80W was just right what what we like.
High Capacity Tank
The tank comes with a 5ml e-liquid capacity, which makes it slightly taller than the Subtank Mini or Artic for example. For me the 5ml capacity is a big positive, as those heavier vapers can use a full tank for a good few hours of heavy vaping without having to refill. If you don’t mind the extra height the extra capacity gives the tank, then this is another stand out feature for this tank. Again this is personal preference, as some might be happy with a smaller 3ml tank, but we really liked the 5ml capacity and this will compete with the larger Atlantis Mega (5ml) and Subtank Plus (7ml) sub ohm tanks.
The tank is also quite easy to fill, with plenty of space on the sides of the tank. Another positive was that the tank did not leak over the 2-3days we tested it. No leakages out of the airflow holes or anything, as some people had an issue with on their Subtanks.
So the airflow on the Freemax Starre was my favourite air flow system so far on the sub ohm tanks we have tried. Firstly it clicks really nicely and features 6 different settings. You have two different airflow holes with each setting and on the widest setting it is probably the biggest airflow setting I have seen thus far. The setting half closed is probably the same sort of air flow as the Kanger Subtank for instance. The airflow works really well and it has the biggest range we have yet to come across, which we absolutely loved!
Flavor and Vapor
I talked about this in the wattage section, but just to re-iterate, I thought the flavor was immense on this tank and also with immense air flow. They say that this tank is “competition ready” and it really isn’t far off to be honest.
The parallel wrapped vertical dual coils, really do bring out the great flavor. I was always under the impression that the horizontal coils had the edge for flavor, but these parallel vertical wrapped ones are really really good. The coils look similar to the Atlantis ones, but feature more airflow holes at the bottom and also bigger juice holes.
I think the flavor edges the Herakles that we tried the other day in our last review. The Kanger Subtank seems to the tank that everyone quotes as being the best for flavor, but I think this one might just beat it. Again this will come down to personal taste, but that is our opinion having tried them both. For me the Freemax Starre just performs a bit better than the Subtank, with less gurgling and no leaking issues, but it operates at a higher wattage. Not everyone will have a high wattage device that they can use for the Freemax Starre, as you will ideally need a 100W or 150W box mod for this to use the 0.25ohm coils effectively.
The Freemax Starre isn’t the cheapest of the sub ohm tanks at $45, but it is made from some very high grade materials and this seems to have been a focus of theirs. Extra coils cost around $16 for a pack of 5. I would say that this tank has a very high build quality and it feels really durable and sturdy, therefore vindicating its slightly higher price tag. It would be good if Freemax could perhaps include an RBA base in the kit, as this would then be make this the best sub ohm tank on the market for higher wattage sub ohm vaping! Having spoken to Freemax, they say that there is an RBA section in the works!
This is probably the only thing I can think of as an area for improvement, as I mentioned above. A nice RBA deck for the Freemax Starre included in the price, would cap off a really high end sub ohm tank, that in my opinion is really competing at the top end for the higher wattage sub ohm tanks.
Perhaps also a coil that will work well on the lower wattage devices like the iStick 30W at around 20-30W would also be a nice addition, as an additional purchase. This would be good for those who want this tank, but don’t have the higher wattage devices. We used our trusty Cloupor T8 150W device on the Freemax Starre and they worked wonderfully well together.
The best sub ohm tank we have tried so far? As a high wattage sub ohm tank, this is definitely the number 1 sub ohm tank we have tested to date. The build quality is fantastic, the flavor and vapor were immense all the way up to 150W and the airflow is beautifully crafted and the best we have tried so far. The 5ml tank capacity was also a big positive, as was the fact that the coil material was 100% medical grade cotton and last for ages. I am not sure how, but the cotton wicked amazingly well all the way up to 150W using 80% VG e-liquid and the coils last an insanely long time.
I wouldn’t recommend this tank for those with an iStick 30W/50W and would recommend you have a 150W box mod for this type of high wattage sub ohm tank. Although the 0.5ohm coil will work well around 40-60W, we preferred the flavor on the 0.25ohm coil. For us we would vape the Freemax Starre around 60-80W on the 0.25ohm coil on something like a Sigelei 150W or Cloupor T8.
Overall it isn’t the cheapest sub ohm tank out there, but we can highly recommend this tank for those who want some high wattage sub ohm vaping for big flavor and clouds all from an easy to use clearomizer!
A big thank you to Emma and Maggie at Freemax for sending us some samples to review!
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