Sense Cyclone Intro
Today we review the Sense Cyclone a high wattage sub ohm tank by Sense the makers of the Herakles and Hydra.
The Sense Cyclone uses completely different coils to the Herakles so these cannot be interchanged. The Cyclone comes with a 0.6ohm Kanthal (installed) and a spare 0.2ohm stainless steel coil. You can also purchase 0.15ohm Ni200 coils separately, for temperature control vaping. The 0.6ohm Kanthal coils are capable of 150W and this time are supposedly actually vapeable at that wattage.
According to Sense, the Cyclone is a mythical creation created by the Mayan gods and is extremely powerful. So powerful and “charming” in fact, that it “may” have been the reason the Dinosaurs became extinct! No one can stop it! (Adapted from the Cyclone packaging).
We take a look below to see if the Cyclone is really as “powerful and charming” as Sense say it is!
Sense Cyclone Specs and Features
- 1x Sense Cyclone
- 1x Spare Pyrex Glass
- 1x 0.6 ohm (Kanthal) Coil
- 1x 0.2 316L (Stainless Steel) Coil
- Price: $39.99
- Wattage Range: 50-150W
- Tank Capacity: 5ml
- Coils Available: 0.6ohm Kanthal (50-150W), 0.2ohm Stainless Steel (50-100W) & 0.2ohm Ni200 Coil
- Wicking material: 100% Japanese Organic Cotton
- RBA: No RBA
- Diameter: 22mm
Vaping the 0.6ohm Kanthal Coil (50-150W)
50W – Good vapor, but little flavor.
70W – Massive vapor, but flavor is muted.
90W – The vapor is a bit warmer now at 90W, but again not getting much on the flavor front. The tank is also getting really warm when chain vaping it.
100W – Flavor is a bit better now, but again still not great. The vapor is still very much vapeable, unlike a lot of the previous sub ohm tanks at this wattage.
We could not go any higher than 110W due to the Voltage limit on the xCube II.
Vaping the 0.2ohm Stainless Steel 316L Coil
50W – Decent vapor little flavor.
60W – Good vapor, and the flavor is starting to come through a bit.
70W – This coil isn’t chucking out as much vapor as the 0.6ohm coil head. The tank itself is getting rather hot, but the vapor is still vapeable. The flavor is ok, but not great.
80W – The tank is again getting very hot and the flavor is decent, maybe marginally better than on the Kanthal coil, althought it was difficult to tell on the Kanthal because of the spitback. However, I still feel the flavor is somewhat subdued on not quite like like those Herakles coils.
90W – The vapor is still not hot and only luke warm. The clouds are huge and the flavor is again not bad, but not crazy good.
100W – These coils can really vape at 100W with no issues. The vapor production is as big as you would expect. The vapor production is warm and gets hotter on longer inhales, but isn’t unvapeable by any means. However, the bottom of the tank does get exceedingly hot, so be careful when touching it! The flavor seems to be peaking on this coil at 100W and it was considerably better at his wattage.
The 0.2ohm stainless steel coil head does what it says on the tin and can vape well at 100W. Again why would you need to vape at 100W? I don’t know, but if you want to then this is a good coil to do so on.
Vaping the 0.2ohm Ni200 Coil
Please note to those not familiar with Ni200 coils, that they need to be vaped on a temperature control box mod like the Cloupor GT, DNA 200s or the SMOK X-Cube II.
The 0.2ohm vaped best for us around 260 degrees Celsius (500 Fahrenheit). The temperature control vape was solid on the Ni200 coils. However, I didn’t think the flavor was quite as good as the SMOK TCT Ni200 coils or the Freemax Starre Pro Ni200 for instance.
The top fill system on the Sense Cyclone works a bit like the system on the Aspire Triton. You have to twist the tank into a filling position and then once finished with filling you then turn it back to vaping mode. It is extremely important that you follow the instructions and do this properly, otherwise you will have some massive leaking!
How to re-fill the Sense Cyclone without leaking:
- Turn the tank upside down before refilling
- Then turn the tank into re-fill mode
- Then turn back upright and remove the lid
- Re-fill the tank
- Screw on the top lid firmly
- Set the tank back into vaping mode and you are good to go
I think it’s crucial to follow these steps otherwise you will get some leakage. We didn’t follow these steps precisely the first few times and were subjected to huge leaks through the air flow holes. Hopefully you won’t get any leaking by following those steps.
5ml Tank Capacity
The Sense Cyclone comes with a decent 5ml capacity. This thing at high wattages does chuck a lot of clouds, so you will get through that 5ml pretty quickly. Fortunately the Cyclonehas top fill.
The Sense Cyclone has both a bottom air flow and additional air flow in the drip tip. This means you can adjust both to the setting you enjoy. I recommend having the top air flow partly open when vaping at higher wattages to help keep the drip tip cool.
This Tank really can Vape at 150W!
The 0.6ohm coil heads can vape at 150W with no issues. The vapor isn’t too scorching hot that you can’t vape it. In this respect the Cyclone really does what it says it can do. The tank does however get really hot when chain vaping at this wattage, so be careful with that. A lot of sub ohm tanks have claimed to be able to vape at really high wattages, but haven’t really been able to deliver. The Sense Cyclone really can and you can also vape the 0.2ohm stainless steel coils well at 100W.
Please be careful to use the right box mods and batteries if you are going to be vaping this tank at 150W!
Coils Not as Good as the Herakles Coils in Terms of Flavor
I didn’t think any of the Cyclone coils we tried quite lived up to the Herakles coils in terms of flavor. It was sometimes hard to tell how good the flavor was due to some spit back, but that was our underlying feeling with the coils when it came to flavor. They aren’t bad for flavor, but I would say slightly muted when compared to the original Herakles coils which in my opinion were superb.
I am not sure what Sense have done with the Cyclone quite makes sense! To me the Cyclone feels overly complicated, which results in it not quite working as well as it should. The top re-filling system should be something which makes life easier, but instead it is quite a complicated procedure to do without getting leaks. I think this ruins the whole point of having a top fill.
Leaking and Gurgling
Like I said above, make sure to follow the instructions carefully on how to re-fill the Sense Cyclone. We did and even so, we still had some little leaking issues. For instance, we got some minor leaking out the top of the drip tip air flow. We also got some leakages through the bottom of the coil into the bottom well.
There was also a sense of gurgling when vaping and it felt like there was e-juice where it shouldn’t be. This was confirmed when exhaling on the tank when the e-liquid shot out of the air flow slots!
We got a lot of spit back from the 0.6ohm Kanthal coils in particular and there was considerable gurgling. We tried two tanks and re-filling the tanks many times following the instructions and it came to the same result. There are little metal leaves in the chimney to prevent spit back and there is little room for any e-liquid to get through. I can’t understand how it was even possible for spit back to happen, but it did.
The gurgling and the tiny metal leaves in the chimney to stop spit back, made for a quite a loud vape.
Is 150W Necessary?
This isn’t a criticism of the Cyclone itself, but more the thinking behind high wattage vaping. Do we really need to be vaping at 150W?! I am quite happy to vape at 30W and don’t see the whole appeal of this 100W + vaping. This is just my personal opinion and if you disagree, be sure to let me know why, in the comments below.
Who is this tank for? Probably not for me, but if you want to vape at over 100W on a sub ohm tank, then the Cyclone is worth trying. However, if you are not interested in those sort of wattage levels, then I would recommend sticking with the Herakles or other sub ohm tanks. This is also no sub ohm tank for anyone new to sub ohm vaping.
I felt the tank itself was slightly overcomplicated and the flavor was slightly muted. However, the Cyclone does do what it says it can do and vapes well at 100-150W (once the leaking subsides). Because of the constant gurgling and leaking, I can’t really recommend this sub ohm tank and it seems as though it wasn’t just my Cyclone that had these issues (from reading other reviews it seems to be a recurring theme).
If you have tried the Sense Cyclone I would be really interested to hear your thoughts below!