Sense Herakles Plus Review

Chris Kendell
December 1, 2015

Sense Herakles Plus Intro

Today we take a look at the brand new sub ohm tank from Sense, called the Herakles Plus. Spoiler Alert: It’s a gooden!​

Sense are well known for their flagship tank called the Herakles, which currently sits in our “top 5 sub ohm tank ranking chart”. They also have two others, the Hydra and the Cyclone. The Cyclone which we reviewed recently, was a bit of a flop in my eyes, so I am hoping the Herakles Plus is better!

The Herakles Plus looks similar to the Sense Hydra and comes with a top fill function, unique top airflow system and a juice flow control feature. The tank capacity is about 3.5ml and the Herakles Plus comes in either Black or Stainless Steel.

Sense Herakles Plus Specs and Features

Kit Content

  • 1 x Herakles Plus 0.4 ohm Coil (Pre-Installed)
  • 1 x Herakles Plus Replacement 0.2 ohm 316L Coil (stainless steel)
  • 1 x Herakles Plus Replacement Glass Tube

Specifications

  • Price: $36
  • Wattage Range: 35-100W (0.4ohm) 20-80W (0.2ohm)
  • Tank Capacity: 3.5ml
  • Coils Available: 0.4ohm Kanthal
  • 0.2ohm SS & 0.2ohm Ni200
  • Wicking material: Cotton
  • RBA: None
  • Diameter: 22mm

Notable Remarks

Vaping the 0.4ohm Kanthal Coil (Wattage: 35-100W)

Sense Herakles Plus Coil Mesh
Sense Herakles Plus Coil Mesh

COMPATIBILITY NOTE: The coils on the Herakles Plus are not compatible with the original Herakles tank or the Sense Cyclone. This means you will therefore not be able to use your old coils on the Herakles Plus.

Vape setup: Sigelei 150W and Virgin Vapor Razzmatazz 0mg max VG e-juice.

  • 20-40W – Not much going on.
  • 40W – Decent vapor now and a cool vape.
  • 50W – Bigger vapor but still a cool vape and ok flavor.
  • 60W – Flavor starting to come through now and the vapor is warming up nicely.
  • 70W – Amazing clouds and a warmer vape now. The flavor is also very good at 70W and makes for a delightful vape!
  • 80W – Getting a little too warm for me now at this wattage, so I wouldn’t recommend taking the 0.4ohm Kanthal coil any higher than 80W.

My sweet spot for the Herakles Plus 0.4ohm Kanthal head was around 65-70W.

Vaping the 0.2ohm Stainless Steel (316L) Coil (Wattage: 20-80W)

Sense Herakles Plus Coil
Sense Herakles Plus Coil

Vape setup: Sigelei 150W and Virgin Vapor Razzmatazz 0mg max VG e-juice.

  • 40W – Nothing much happening before 40W. At 40W a cool vape with little clouds and little flavor.
  • 50W – Big clouds now and a slightly warmer vape. Flavor isn’t quite there yet imo.
  • 60W – Massive clouds and the flavor is coming through, but not as much as on the Kanthal coil.
  • 70W – Better flavor now and a warm vape that suits what I like.
  • 80W – Slightly too hot for me now, but the coil is wicking well. The flavor for me isn’t as good as the superb Kanthal coil.

My sweet spot for the Herakles Plus 0.2ohm 316L head was around 70W.

Likes

Unique Top Air Flow

Sense Herakles Plus Top Airflow/Delrin Drip-Tip
Sense Herakles Plus Top Airflow/Delrin Drip-Tip

The top air flow systems on most sub ohm tanks are built into the drip tips and as such the additional air flow does not touch the coil and at best helps keep the vapor cool. The additional air flow through the drip tip does however, have a detrimental effect on flavor. The new air flow system on the Herakles Plus promises not to hurt flavor, as the air taken in from the top actually goes down a separate chamber in the chimney and hits the top of the coil. It is a unique feature and makes for a very enjoyable vape. When vaping with the top air flow open, it didn’t feel like the extra air impacted flavor at all. It seems that the new top air flow system does it’s job well!

Juice Flow Control

Sense Herakles Plus Airflow/On-Off Switch for Top Fill
Sense Herakles Plus Airflow/On-Off Switch for Top Fill

The final version of the Herakles Plus features a juice flow control. This should be completely shut off when re-filling the tank from the top. This ensures the Herakles Plus does not leak. It also allows you to close off the juice flow slightly, should you be using higher PG e-juices or a 50/50 blend.

Flavor

For me the Herakles Plus 0.4ohm Kanthal coil head was exceptional and was right up there with the Uwell Crown and TFV4, our two favorite sub ohm tanks thus far for flavor. The 0.2ohm SS head, for me, wasn’t quite as good as the Kanthal head was, but was still made for an enjoyable vape.

Clouds

The Herakles Plus, like most sub ohm tanks chucks massive clouds. Even at 40-50W this things absolutely chucks clouds. If you are a cloud chaser you will not be disappointed by the Herakles Plus.

Top Fill

Sense Herakles Plus Top Fill
Sense Herakles Plus Top Fill

The top fill is easy to use on the Herakles Plus and is a must have feature given it’s rather limited 3.5ml tank capacity.

Dislikes

Spit-Back

We experienced some spit-back on both of the coils we tried when vaping them for the first ⅓ of a tank. The Kanthal coil seemed to spit-back more than the 0.2ohm SS coil. This was quite unpleasant, especially at higher wattages where the e-juice can get really hot and burn your tongue! The spit-back did stop after having vaped through the first ⅓ of a tank and the coils became fully primed and “vaped in”.

Tank Capacity

The tank capacity isn’t the biggest and at 3.5ml it is at the lower end of the sub ohm tank market when it comes to e-juice capacity. I would have liked to have seen an extra 1 – 1.5ml in the tank, given the amount of e-juice it gets through.

Verdict

This tank has been getting a lot of hype from quite a few Youtube reviewers and for good reason. The Herakles Plus has a unique top air flow system, which works well and the tank produces fantastic flavor and vapor. The vape is really smooth and the air flow provides you with a lovely wide open draw.​

The big question is how does it stack up against other sub ohm tanks and does it make our top 5? The original Herakles was outstanding and sits in 4th place on our top 5 list. The Herakles Plus, although it uses different coils, does what the Herakles does well and produces fantastic flavor and clouds. The Herakles Plus has three major improvements over the original, namely its top air flow system, top fill and juice flow control system. It is therefore a considerable improvement on the original and also provides more than the Silo Beast which we currently have in 3rd place. Does it top the TFV4 and Crown though? I think in terms of an affordable vape experience the Herakles Plus beats the TFV4, largely because the TFV4 coils are just so expensive (RBA is another story). Is the Herakles Plus better than the Crown? Because of the limited tank capacity, initial spit-back and lack of an RBA section, I can’t rate it higher than the Crown. In terms of the vape experience, it is right up there on the same level with the Crown, but overall I still feel the Crown does enough to beat the Herakles Plus to the number one spot.​

Overall the Herakles Plus is a fantastic sub ohm tank and I can highly recommend it to those looking for a sub ohm tank that produces great flavor and clouds. I also think it looks pretty awesome in black!

Chris Kendell is the co-founder of Vaping360. He started the website with his brother and co-founder Alex in 2014, after Alex introduced him to vaping. Chris was immediately won over by the revolutionary and potentially lifesaving impacts that vaping can have on our society. In his minuscule spare time, you can find Chris travelling and exploring new places from his base in Germany, eating delicious food and enjoying a range of different sports.

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Sylvain
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Sylvain

Great review guys! Keep it up! In your opinion, is it better than it’s predecessor?

Alex Kendell
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Alex Kendell

Yes! The features build into this tank make it just that much better. Thanks!

That Dude
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That Dude

I haven’t experienced leaking in mine either @Nick Melendez. I still use all my Sub Ohm tanks mainly for flavor variety but since I bought a Kanger Nebox kit it’s my go to. With a 10 ml tank, temp control, pretty much all the bells and whistles. At the same time it’s smaller than any of my other battery/tank combos even though it has 3 to 5 times the capacity. Only setback is that it will leak until it has been refilled multiple times. I see this type of setup being the future.

Bracholi
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Bracholi

I personally didn’t find the decreased capacity too diminishing to the overall package. With the top fill option, combined with how I pretty much change flavors each time I refill, I actually enjoy the slightly smaller capacity. With my Kanger Subtank I found myself often getting bored with the current flavor and taking the time to pull the old liquid out, a much more messy and time consuming task, and refilling from there. With this tank I don’t have the chance to get bored with a flavor, and the top fill takes well under a minute to get going again.

Alex Kendell
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Alex Kendell

Hey Bracholi, you are totally right. Seeming as we only use 1-2 different e-liquids to test our tanks to keep the reviews consistent, we like to have a higher liquid capacity on the tanks. I know that quite a few people complained about the capacity being slightly on the smaller side compared to other tanks on the market, but it definitely comes down to the way you use the tank.

Dana Hagemike
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Dana Hagemike

I think you shouldn’t include capacity on how you rate the tanks cuz that is preference and you can get the herakles plus on vapor dna for 29.99 and a pack of 5 coils for 14 and if you factor that in that you rated the flavor and clouds the same a crown and tfv4 and better build quality then tfv4 and its cheaper then technically it’s better then the tfv4

Alex Kendell
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Alex Kendell

Sadly, capacity is a big killer for sub ohm tanks. Having small juice capacities on tanks that drink as much e-juice as the TFV-4 and Herakles Plus do, is in our opinion a negative. I personally do not like to carry e-juice in my pocket when I am out and about. 3.5ml is about 30-40 puffs and does not suffice in the current market. The TFV-4 running at 5ml is barely enough, still a lot better than the 3.5ml on the plus thus the reason we think the TFV-4 has the upper hand when it comes to capacity. It all… Read more »

Dana Hagemike
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Dana Hagemike

I get what you are saying but at the same time ppl don’t want to carry around huge sub ohm tanks either. any tanks 5ml or bigger are close to if not bigger then the mod and a lot of ppl are into small set ups for ease of carrying in the pocket that’s y the ipv d2 is so popular or rdas where you only get mabe 10 puffs. most ppl prefer compact designs. And carrying a plastic 15ml unicorn bottle in your pocket is lighter and smaller then a 5ml tank especially the tfv4 and a lot less… Read more »

That Dude
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That Dude

Dana have you checked out the Kanger Nebox kit? It’s smaller than most batteries above 60-70 watts and it has a 10 ml tank built in. I highly recommend it. I was never a fan of Kanger until I got this before it was a pain in ass to fit my setup in my pocket and had to have juice on me too. If you are dedicated to Sub Ohm tanks for your battery I’d recommend the Tri Force. It’s the best I’ve used. The built in is so much easier to carry around I still use my other setups… Read more »

audiosabre
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audiosabre

I like the look of the mutank. Reminds me of the subtank mini (or even the Zephyrus) in looks, but under the hood it seems like a pure beast. I’ll keep an eye on that.

Alex Kendell
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Alex Kendell

Seems to be a lot of hype at the moment about it, we will try and get one asap.

Alex Kendell
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Alex Kendell

That is true, like I said before it comes down to personal preference. The Tuglyfe Tugboat DNA200 is on our list, once we have finished overhauling the new site we will upload it. The Mutank is also on our list! Thanks Dana.

Nick Melendez
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Nick Melendez

Hey Alex. Have you had any leaking issues even when juice control is closed. I seem to get droplets and even bubbles from between top of glass. I bought my plus based on all the reviews and no one seems to mention leaking. I googled leaking on this tank and Reddit had some post on leaking. Very frustrating I might just go back to my super tank mini and crown. I did absolutely everything to prevent leaking and still does.

Alex Kendell
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Alex Kendell

Hi Nick, we have not had any issues with leaking on the Herakles Plus. It might be worth sending or bringing it back to the shop you brought it from. Other than that I can only suggest things that you may have already done. Clean, dry (blow dryer or something similar), check if all o-rings are in place, place the coil firmly in the tank, screw tightly together and do not over-saturate. Have you tried a new coil?

Nick Melendez
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Nick Melendez

I have tried everythiny

Alex Kendell
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Alex Kendell

Then I would suggest bringing it back to the shop you brought it from.

Nick Melendez
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Nick Melendez

Pointless now today at work a coworker of mine knocked over my device onto the concrete floor and cracked the glass and damaged the finish. So I guess my luck with this tank is no good.

Alex Kendell
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Alex Kendell

I am sorry to hear that! I hope you have better luck with your next tank.

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