Sense Herakles Intro
In this article we review the Herakles sub ohm tank by Sense. The Herakles sub ohm tank comes with a 0.6ohm dual coil which works best at around 40-75W, but can go all the way up to 100W.
The Herakles costs around $30 and comes with a spare pyrex glass, two 0.6ohm coils and the tank itself. The coil heads are 100% cotton and look similar to those of the Atlantis and in fact you can use the Atlantis coils on the Herakles as well. The coils are dual vertical coils and parallel wrapped, providing fantastic flavor and vapor production at higher wattages.
This is our first review of the higher wattage range (50-100W) sub ohm tanks and reviews for the Artic, Vapeston Meganus/Freemax Starre (similar devices) will be coming over the next few days, so stay tuned for those! I will compare those to this tank, but for this review I will compare the Herakles to the other sub ohm tanks we have tried so far. Check out our best sub ohm tanks page for info and links to all the reviews we have done so far on the sub ohm tanks.
Sense Herakles Specs and Features
- One Herakles Sub-Ohm BVC Tank by Sense
- One additional Herakles BVC (Bottom Virticle Coil) Sense Coil Head
- One spare Pyrex Tank section
- Price: $29.99
- Wattage Range: 30-100W (0.6ohm coil) 30-75W (0.2ohm coil)
- Tank Capacity: 3ml
- Coils Available:6ohm dual coils or 0.2ohm
- Wicking Material: 100% Organic Cotton
- RBA: No RBA available as yet
- Diameter: 22mm
Higher Wattage Range
So the Herakles sub ohm tank by Sense, fires best on the 0.6ohm coils from 30W all the way up to 100W. I went up to 110W but the vape for me at that wattage becomes too hot and the drip tip becomes very warm. My brother and I enjoyed the Herakles 0.6ohm coil, best at around 50-60W. You really need more than 30W for this sub ohm tank, as below that, the coil doesn’t t work that well. Even an iStick 50W will be on the lighter side for this tank and I would recommend a device that can go up to 100W. We were using the Cloupor T8 which fires up to 150W and it was a great match for this tank.
The vapor for me gets a bit too warm beyond 60W for my liking, if vaped heavily. On the longer inhales the drip tip will start to get a touch warm, but overall it does a pretty good job of keeping cool with that delrin material.
Price and Low-Cost Replacement Coils
Pricewise the Herakles seems to be priced right in the middle of the market. It is cheaper than the Delta 2 and Kanger Subtanks and slightly more expensive than the SMOK VCT and Eleaf Melo. However compared to the Artic by Horizon Tech, which is also a similarly high powered device, it is the same sort of price.
One big plus is that spare coils for the Herakles cost around $13.99 for a pack of 5! This is a lot cheaper than the other sub ohm tank replacement coils which mostly retail around $22 for a pack of 5 replacement coils. This is a big selling point for the Herakles, for the heavier vapers who will be using a lot of coils.
Delrin Drip Tip
So the drip tip is built quite solidly and sits really securely in the tank, without wobbling around, as we found to be the case on some other sub ohm tanks in previous reviews. The bottom of the drip tip features a delrin material, which is a thermo plastic material, that helps keep the drip tip cool. As mentioned above it does a good job of this and you can fire up to 100W without the drip tip getting unbearably hot. I still found the vape at these levels too warm for my liking, but that’s just my personal preference.
Flavor and Vapor
We were pretty wowed by the flavor on the Herakles at the higher wattages. For the flavor to really shine we liked it at 50W, but it was amazing all the way up to 110W, just the vape became too warm for our liking at the higher levels. I have heard some people enjoying their vape at around 75W, so it really comes down to personal preference.
How does the flavor compare to the other sub ohm tanks we have tried? Well I’d say the flavor on the Herakles is up there with the Subtank Mini, albeit you are firing at a higher wattage than on the Mini. The coil build is a dual wrapped vertical coil with 100% cotton wicking and it seems to be doing a good job of bringing out the flavor and wicks well with a high VG e-juice! Both my brother and I really enjoyed the flavor on this tank.
The vapor production on the Herakles is probably the best I have comes across so far on the sub ohm tanks and really chucks out huge clouds, comparable to that from RDAs.
So as mentioned above the 0.6ohm coils are dual wrapped vertical coils with 100% cotton wicking. I have checked the wicking material inside the coils and they do seem to be cotton. There are 0.2ohm coils available, but we didn’t get to try these. Apparently they work best around 30-75W, but I am unsure if these are dual coils or not.
When using the 0.6ohm coils around 50W, we didn’t get any dry hits at all. Firing a lot higher and heavier you might get the odd dry hit, but at 50W we never got one using an 80% VG e-liquid.
The coils are similar to the Aspire heads and apparently the Aspire heads will also work on the Herakles. The Herakles coils themselves feature 4 juice holes the same size as the ones on the Aspire Atlantis ones. The airflow at the bottom of the coil head is however a lot larger on the Herakles, allowing for more airflow through the bottom.
The Herakles is 100% stainless steel with a copper 510 connection. The tank itself, I think looks really nice and the airflow has a grill type look to it. Overall it isn’t anything radically different looking to the other sub ohm tanks, but it does look good in my opinion.
As mentioned above the air flow has a slight grill over it. The air flow has 4 different settings and the ring can be easily moved. It clicks nicely into place for each setting. Each setting will have two air flow holes open and has differing sizes. The widest option, which is our preferred setting, has two quite big holes open, which allows for plenty of airflow. There is no tight setting, so no real chance of a mouth to lung hit on the Herakles (not that many people I know mouth to lung on a sub ohm tank anyway!).
Overall I was very impressed with the build quality on the Herakles by Sense. Being 100% stainless steel, it feels very sturdy and feels well built. The air flow system can be moved easily and clicks nicely into place and the drip tip sits securely in the top of the tank. The Herakles comes apart easily and we did not experience any leaking, so overall a very well built sub ohm tank.
The Herakles doesn’t yet have an RBA section, which might be a slight downside for some people who like to make their own coils. I have heard that Anyvape do an RBA for their Sega tank which fits on the Atlantis, so perhaps this one fits on this, however I am not sure. Let me know if you have tried this.
So the Herakles comes with the 0.6ohm coils as standard, which work really well from 30W up to 100W and the 0.2ohm (haven’t tired them) work well from 30-75W, apparently. I know the Herakles’ selling point is that it fires at higher wattages than the Atlantis or Subtank by Kanger, but perhaps it would be good to see a horizontal coil that can be used at around 25-30W for those with 30W or 50W devices. I think to really enjoy the Herakles you will need at least a 100W device, which not every vaper might have. It isn’t really a negative, as the Herakles is clearly targeting the higher wattage vapers, but perhaps another coil option for other lower wattage devices would be a good addition.
I haven’t heard from anyone who has tried the 0.2ohm coil heads, so if you have tried them do let us know what you think of them in the comments below please.
Tricky to Fill the Tank Up Full
Just a little tip when filling the tank up: If you fill it up normally with the coil in the base you won’t be able to fill the tank up full, as is the case with most bottom filling sub ohm tanks. My tip is to keep the coil in the chimney when filling it up, as it will allow you to get more e-liquid in the tank and get it near full!
So this is the first really high wattage sub ohm tank we have tried so far, but overall we were very impressed with the Herakles. The flavor really stood out as a big positive and the overall build quality of the device seems really good and it comes at a good price point. The Herakles vapes well at those higher wattages (50-100W), so for those who want that type of sub ohming experience, you should definitely consider the Herakles. I was very impressed with the cheap price of the replacement coils, which I think is a big positive for this tank. I will be able to say more once we have reviewed other similar high wattage sub ohm tanks like the Arctic and the Vapeston Maganus, which we will be doing over the next few days!