HorizonTech Arctic V8 Mini Review

We take a look at the Horizontech V8 Mini, the smaller brother to the standard V8, and test its unique Hive, Tiger and Snake coils!

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Horizontech Arctic V8 Mini
Horizontech Arctic V8 Mini

HorizonTech Arctic V8 Mini Intro

Today I am taking a look at the Arctic V8 Mini from HorizonTech! Another sub-ohm tank from Horizon; however, this bad boy uses some pretty awesome coils! Unlike the standard coils you see in most tanks, with this you get a selection of Tiger coils, Snake coils and Hive coils! Let’s see how well they, and this tank, vape!

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HorizonTech Arctic V8 Mini Specs and Features

Horizontech Arctic V8 Mini Kit Content
Horizontech Arctic V8 Mini Kit Content
  • 1x HorizonTech Arctic V8 Mini Tank
  • 1x Hive Coil 0.35Ω (80-120w)
  • 1x Tiger Coil 0.3Ω (60-80w)
  • 1x Spare Pyrex Glass
  • Spare O-Rings
Horizontech Arctic V8 Mini Taken Apart
Horizontech Arctic V8 Mini Taken Apart
  • 3ml Capacity
  • Top Fill System
  • Quad adjustable airflow
  • Spit back protection

Packaging

Horizontech Arctic V8 Mini Packaging
Horizontech Arctic V8 Mini Packaging

Like most HorizonTech products the Arctic V8 Mini came in a standard presentation box. Similar to that of the Krixus and other HorizonTech tanks. Nothing really special here, but it does the job well and looks clean.

Design and Aesthetics

Horizontech Arctic V8 Mini Aesthetics
Horizontech Arctic V8 Mini Aesthetics

I like the design of the Arctic V8 Mini. I think it looks very clean and crisp. A simple but effective style. It comes across that Horizon try to focus more on performance than the styling of their tanks.

I can’t fault the styling although some of you may feel it’s a little too simplistic and would want something extra. There are a few grooves and knurls to give it some shape, but apart from that this a very simple, straightforward looking tank.

Vaping the HorizonTech Arctic Mini V8

Horizontech Arctic V8 Mini Snake-Hive-Tiger Coils
Horizontech Arctic V8 Mini Snake-Hive-Tiger Coils

For this section I am going to take you through the 3 coils I was sent to test: the Hive coil, the Tiger coil and the Snake coil. Overall the device vapes really well. Plenty of airflow and it doesn’t get too hot a really nice tank to vape.

The Hive Coil

Hive Coil
Hive Coil

The Hive coil is made from ‘double dual twisted kanthal’ is 0.35Ω and rated between 80-120w.

The coil vapes really nice, quite a warm vape and very flavourful, but I definitely wouldn’t vape this at its recommended wattage. 80w is okay but a very, very warm vape. I much preferred vaping this coil at 60-65w.

The Tiger Coil

Tiger Coil
Tiger Coil

The Tiger coil is made from standard kanthal twisted with flattened kanthal, 0.3Ω and rated between 60-80w.

This coil again vapes very well, a cooler vape than the Hive coil and again very flavourful. I think this has the edge when it comes to cloud production too! The wattage range is better for this tank although I wouldn’t go near 80w.

I found that 60-65w was my sweet spot for this coil, at 75w the vape was very warm and the drip tip started getting unbearably hot, especially after consecutive hits.

The Snake Coil

Snake Coil
Snake Coil

The Snake Coil is made from flattened kanthal twisted around normal kanthal, essentially in a clapton style build. It is a 0.3Ω coil rated between 40-70w.

Whilst the wattage ranges were okay with this coil, I wouldn’t vape quite at 70w. I really liked this coil at 50-55w. The flavour was excellent off this coil, my favourite of the 3 however due to the lower wattage the cloud production wasn’t quite on par with the Hive or Tiger coils.

Likes

Coils

Horizontech Arctic V8 Mini Tiger Coil
Horizontech Arctic V8 Mini Tiger Coil

I like the fact the V8 Mini has different coils than most tanks. Instead of standard coils or clapton coils we have twisted builds, flatwire as well! My personal favourite is the Tiger coil.

Size

The tank is a perfect mix between capacity and compactness. This tank fits well on all my mods and doesn’t make any look stupid, whilst still having a decent capacity for eliquid. It does guzzle liquid though, but I’d rather refill a tank more than have one that’s stupidly big.

Dislikes

Airflow

Although I like the amount of airflow, I think I would prefer to have 2 larger slots than the 4 smaller slots. I tend to exhale before I inhale when I vape to give the coils time to heat up. When I do this sometimes hot vapour hits my throat because of the quad airflow.

For me, it would be better to have 2 slots either side than the 4 diagonal airflow slots.

Styling

The styling is very basic, I think the Arctic V8 Mini could benefit from some more outrageous styling points. Make it the Lamborghini of subtanks to go with the crazy coils!

Verdict

The Arctic V8 Mini is a fantastic small sub ohm tank. The coils are fantastic, whilst the wattage ranges are a little exaggerated, the coils vape really well! Plenty of flavour as well as good cloud production.

I think this is a great option if you don’t want the aspire Cleito, or another tank that’s on the smaller side.

The tank is a little boring aesthetically but that’s where it ends! Awesome coils, great performance just a tad simple on the styling. I think a bit of crazy styling would fit this tank perfectly but apart from that this is a winner in my books!

I know I got this tank for free, but as RIP Trippers would say, if I lost this tank today would I go out tomorrow and buy one? Hell Yes!

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Sam Bass-Cooper
Sam is a UK Based reviewer currently studying applied sports science at university. Vaping for over 2 years and with a passion to keep vaping alive his enthusiasm and desire to help others get the best experience comes across in his reviews. A sport loving aspiring athlete with a particular interest in Pole Vaulting.
  • I like the styling, Sam. Simplicity rules and knurling can go to vaping hell. :p The “chimney” section kind of looks like a cage, which fits in with the animal-themed coils.

    • Dave @ Vaping 360

      They should have called it the Zoo tank! lol

    • Taylor Wenslow

      I also really like the simple style. It looks AMAZING on a CoV MiniVolt!

  • William Basham

    Flavorless tank! Thats trying it with all coils

    • Sam Bass-Cooper

      Hi William,

      Sorry to hear you find it flavourless, I found it an awesome tank for flavour? What juices are you currently using?

      Sam

  • Taylor Wenslow

    I use this tank with the tiger coil or the hive coil on my Council of Vapor MiniVolt. Yes, I know that the low ohms drain the battery a lot faster, and the MiniVolt is only 40 watts, but it doesn’t get the battery even a bit warm enough to worry (it gets warmer when charging!) and it produces a nice amount of vapor (I got accused of cloud chasing at a bar). The flavor is very good, right on par with my Vaporesso Target and its tank!
    Plus the lower wattage should prolong my coils life.

  • Michael Abrams

    Overshadowed by Smok tanks, but a nice alternative if you find the tfv4 or 8 too airy. The Hive coil lasts and lasts, but the Tiger is prone to flooding. Not yet tried quad and octuple. Hope Horizon continues to support the V8 series of tanks. Much better than original Arctic.

    • Sam Bass-Cooper

      Definitely agree! Very underrated tank and the coils are brilliant. The snake coil is a good option as well!