Gigue Dolphin Intro
If you are like me then you saw a few reviewers touting the Dolphin as a really good tank, and not just by any ol’ reviewers—some of it’s coming from those that are widely respected.
So let’s take a quick dive into this tank and see if the Dolphin performs swimmingly…
Gigue Dolphin Specs and Features
- Dimensions: 62.5mm x 22mm
- Capacity: 4ml
- Innovative top-fill mechanism
- Resistance: 30-90w
- Japanese Organic Cotton
- Anti-leakage, top-fill design
- Food-grade ceramic coil tank
- No need to change out the coil: just dry burn to clean the coil-head, change the cotton by wrapping it around the ceramic… and you’re good to go.
[Specs copied and pasted from OriginVape]
- The tank is thoughtfully designed
- Top-fill that doesn’t require totally removing the top cap
- No gurgle (IMO, due in some part from the top-fill isolating the fill-hole from the chimney)
- No spitback
- Able to dry burn the ceramic clean
- Cost effective; not having to buy a bunch of replaceable coil heads
- Three pre-fab cotton wicks (that look like miniature toilet paper rolls)
- Large liquid-feed holes
- Relatively simple and convenient system to re-wick
- Substantial airflow
- No leaking
- Good looking tank
- A solid performing Ni200 coil head
- Ceramic is too delicate (and if you break it, you’re SOL until you buy another)
- Ceramic gets dirty rather quickly (and my liquid is virtually clear!)
- Not a lot of room in the top-fill
- Far too slow of a ramp on the ceramic heating element
- Fluctuating resistance on the ceramic heating element (between 0.32-0.45Ω)
- Inconsistent vapor and hits (due in large part to the slow ramp and fluctuating resistance)
- Really weak flavor!
Whoa! The pros outnumber the cons . . . but if you look, most of the aspects of a device that we all really care about are in the ‘cons’ section. Weak flavor, weak vapor, inconsistent hits, fluctuating resistance, and a heating element that gets dirty too quickly? What is going on here?!?!?
I tried to ‘break-in’ that coil for over two days and continued to get lackluster performance (from its lowest to its highest range on my SXMini ML-Class). After the coil got heated up a bit from several drags in succession, it finally began to ramp up after a couple seconds (which is still too long), but that flavor never did improve.
This is just as disappointing for flavor as the Cubis Tank by Joyetech! Another VERY cool tank with loads of promise that did NOT deliver for me in the least bit.
I tried re-wicking the Dolphin, but the performance did not change; then I realized that the issue could not have been the wick since the coil was so damned slow to ramp and the resistance fluctuated. That is not a symptom of poor wicking!
I was sent this tank free of charge for a review, but if I had purchased it with my own money I’d be pissed. Hell, I am pissed now and I didn’t even buy it! At least the Ni200 coil works decently enough, but I have a sensitivity to nickel and after a few vapes my throat was sore (not the fault of Gigue or this tank though).
But let’s be honest here: this tank is supposed to be special because of the ceramic coil, not a Ni200 regular ‘TC’ coil head!
I do think this tank is extremely cool, well designed and with a lot of positive attributes, but not when it comes to the actual vape quality. I know all of this is supposedly subjective, and I may have gotten a bad coil, but I can only speak on what I have and the experiences I got.
If you have a Dolphin Ceramic Tank by Gigue and you think it works well, I am sincerely thrilled you got your money’s worth! But if you are on the fence and want to buy it, just know that one reviewer said this tank is well-below average for the performance that we’ve come to expect from ‘subohm’ tanks. Maybe wait for a v2.