Good Vapor Production
Large Airflow is Good for "Lung Hits"
Smaller Airflow Settings for Mouth-to-Lung Draws
Lots of Included Extras
Included Coils Allow for Relatively High Wattages
Decent Build Quality
Small 2ml Capacity
No RBA Option
Requires a Regulated Device
Won't Produce as Much Vapor as the Original Herakles w/ Sub-Ohm Coils
The Hydra by Sense
The Hydra by Sense
The Herakles by Sense was one of my favorite sub-ohm tanks. I gave it the highest rating in the Sub-Ohm Tank Shootout video. Now they’ve just released what they call the Herakles-Hydra. This is a smaller 20mm tank. My guess is that Sense made this to compete with the Kanger Subtank Nano and the popular Aspire Nautilus Mini. This tank fits well on smaller devices such as the VaporShark DNA30 and the iStick 30. Based on my initial testing, the Herakles Hydra outperforms them both and vapes well even up to 50 watts. Did I mention that it uses a top-fill design?
Included in the box is the tank itself, and extra replacement glass, a 1.8 ohm kanthal coil and a 0.2 ohm Ni200 coil for temperature controlled devices. It also comes with a wide bore drip tip with delrin to keep it from transferring heat.
Coils (ohms and power range)
The 1.8 ohm coil was a surprise. I would have been happy if it vaped without a dry hit up to 30 watts. What amazed me was that it vaped well up to 50 watts. I have not tested the 0.2 ohm nickel coil yet, but I will update this once I do.
The build quality is on par with the previous Herakles tank. It is above average, but you won’t mistake it with some of the more expensive rebuildable tanks. If it is anything like my Herakles tank, it should be able to take a fall. I’ve dropped my Herakles countless times and it still works. I even have the extra replacement glass in the box.
The entire tank is stainless steel, the pin is copper and the glass is pyrex. They even have 3 different color options to choose from: full stainless steel, red accent rings, and black accent rings.
Ease of Use
One of my favorite things about this tank is that it you can fill it from the top. It’s so convenient not having to turn the tank upside down to fill it.
The tank also comes apart completely so that you can clean all the parts. Should you ever have to replace the glass, it will only take a few seconds.
This has 3 settings: Two 1.8mm holes, dual 3.0mm x 2.30mm holes, or dual 5.50mm x 2.30mm holes. I am currently using the largest setting and it has just the right amount of airflow for 50 watts. It’s a warm vape, but not too hot. I prefer to take lung hits. For those who take mouth-to-lung drags, the airflow is adjustable. Just remember to reduce the wattage to compensate.
Wicking Material & Ability
The box says that the replacement heads use 100% organic cotton. I am currently using a 90 VG / 10 PG juice and vaping it at 50 watts on my iStick. There is no problem wicking, no dry hits, just flavor and vapor. I am actually amazed at how well it wicks considering how small the coil heads are.
Flavor & Vapor Production
Flavor I loved the flavor I got from the original Herakles. I would have to say I get even better flavor from this tank. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s a smaller tank making the drip tip closer to the coil or the coil design itself. Perhaps it’s the airflow or a combination of all those things. All I know is that I am happy with the flavor this produces. Vapor Production I am currently using the 1.8 ohm coil. This should not blow clouds. And yet it does. It’s less than the original Herakles, but that was using a much larger 0.6 ohm coil. At 9.4 volts, 50 watts, this thing produces enough vapor for most people. You won’t be winning any cloud competitions with the Hydra, but it’s convenience makes up for any shortcomings.
This is the only area where this tank is lacking. Both this tank and the Nautilus Mini are 2ml tanks. That’s not much if you plan to vape it at high wattages, but it might be ok if you vape at lower wattages. The Kanger Subtank Nano is approximately the same size but can hold 3ml’s of juice.
I think this is a great tank for someone who prefers to have the smallest setup possible. Someone who is not willing to sacrifice vapor production. Someone who wants an easy to use tank. The top fill design makes it one of the easiest tanks to fill. This tank might even replace my Herakles as my favorite tank.
MSRP for the Herakles-Hydra by Sense is $34.99
I was not paid to do this review. Sense did send me 3 Hydra tanks to review (all 3 colors), a 5 pack of 1.8 ohm replacement coils, a 5 pack of Ni200 nickel replacement coils, and a t-shirt.
I have tried the Ni200 nickel coil on an IPV4 with the temperature max at 400 degrees fahrenheit and 50 joules. It vaped as expected, but I prefer using the 1.8 ohm kanthal coil. It just seemed to have better flavor and vapor production.
The coils also don’t seem to last as long as the original Herakles coil. It probably has to do with the fact that the coils are smaller. The coils lasted around a week for me as opposed to 2 weeks with the original.
You can buy the Herakles Hydra at StudioVapor.com.