Review: Triton by Aspire

IMG_2204-EditFilling your tank has to be one of the top annoyances for sub-ohm vapers. It’s messy, tedious, and generally a pain. You’re either flipping the mod and unscrewing it from the tank, or removing the tank, flipping it over, removing the base and performing a balancing act to keep it from falling over. Either way, you always end up the same; Juice on your hands, on the sides of the tank, and probably on your table too.

The Triton is Aspire’s first attempt at filling that gap. A 3ml tank with dual sets of adjustable airflow at the top and bottom of the device. It supports pre-made coils that go as low as .3 ohms, as well as an optional RTA deck that will allow you to build your own coils as low as your battery will support.

Available Coils

There’s currently 4 types of pre-made coils being offered under the Triton brand, but the coils made specifically for the Atlantis tank seem to fit as well. The 4 coils are color coded for easy identification.

The first two coils use a stainless steel tube filament instead of the traditional kanthal. This allows you to lower your resistance without having to pump a ton of wattage into them. Those two coils are available in both 0.3 ohms (rated at 45-55 watts) and 0.4 ohms (rated at 25-30 watts)

The third coil is your standard 1.8 ohms coil. It’s rated at 10-13 watts and uses traditional kanthal.

The last one is actually pretty interesting, though I didn’t get to try it. It’s a 0.15 ohms nickel coil used for temperature controlled mods.

Aspire also offers an optional RTA deck to build your own coils. While it’s nice that they are offering this option, it would be even nicer if it came standard with the tank. It does come with everything you’d need to get started though, including a screw driver and pre-coiled wire.

Resistance Rating (in watts) Material Color
0.3 ohms 45-55 stainless steel black
0.4 ohms 25-30 stainless steel black
1.8 ohms 10-13 kanthal blue
0.15 ohms n/a – Ni200 nickel red
Set to vape mode

Set to vape mode

Features

As intimidating as it might seem, filling the tank is actually quite simple. At the top there’s a knob with two settings, “fill” and “vape”. When turned to fill mode, the holes under the drip tip open up, and the holes by the atomizer close. This allows you then take off the drip tip and fill the tank. Once done, just twist the knob back to “vape” and the holes switch back and you could start vaping away.

One thing you’ll want to pay close attention to is draining all the liquid out of the top before putting the tank back into vape mode. If there is any excess juice in there, when you put the drip tip back in, it’s airtight seal can push the juice out the top airflow holes.

The Triton sports two adjustable airflow controls to help dial in the exact airflow you desire. There’s a set at the top, above the tank, and a set at the bottom, below the tank.

What’s really nice about it’s design is whether you are a mouth to lung type of vaper, or a straight to lung type, you’ll be able to find a setting that’s right for you. Personally, I’m a straight to the lung type of guy, so closing the top vent and making sure the bottom is completely open is my preference.

 

Drip tip taken apart

Drip tip taken apart

The drip tip actually comprises of two pieces. The traditional drip tip-top that you’d see on any tank (bonus points for it being a standard size, meaning you could easily buy third-party drip tips and stick it on this thing), but then a second piece that houses the top airflow. That second piece gives juice an extra area to pool up in when taking a hit, and after a while, if you don’t “blow it out”, will start to leak out of the top airflow hole when putting on or taking off the drip tip.

All the pieces come with pretty well made rubber o-rings. These things are what keeps the juice inside the tank, and not all over your fingers. Take care of them, clean them regularly, and make sure not to damage or lose them. If you don’t take proper care of those 0-rings, the tank can and will leak from the bottom. On several occasions, I neglected to properly clean the tank (specifically the bottom section that you can remove to replace the coil), and I found it slightly leaking from the bottom airflow holes. A good rinse and dry at least once a week should keep that issue from happening.

Summary

While the Triton stacks up really well with other tanks on the market, I have a few issues with it that I don’t believe can be overcome without a complete redesign.

Firstly, this may be confirmation bias, but I believe it’s wicking ability is less than stellar. Because of it’s design, there’s only 4 holes that feed liquid to the atomizer. While that might be fine for juices that don’t have a high VG content, some of my more VG heavy juices just doesn’t seem to wick well. I have a bottle of Jolly Rogers’ Captains Custard here that I just can’t vape with it. Whenever I try, I start getting dry hits after just a couple pulls.

Less importantly (or more depending on who you are), is the tank size. In order to keep the tank to about the same size as most standard tanks while still fitting in the top fill mechanism, they had to use a 3 ml reservoir. That might be fine for some, but heavy vapers like myself can blow through that in a couple of hours. My last tank was 4.5ml, and that missing 1.5ml is definitely noticeable.

Cleaning the tank is also a pain. The tank itself doesn’t come apart aside for the aforementioned drip tip, as well as the bottom to remove the coil. That means, cleaning inside the tank is difficult. Since you can’t actually get at the inside of the tank (due to its design), your only option is to fill it with water (maybe a bit of mild detergent) shake vigorously, and then empty it. You won’t be able to dry the tank in any way other than letting it air dry. It might not seem like a big deal, but if this is your only tank, leaving it to air dry for a few hours might not be an option, especially if you are the type of person who likes to clean their tank every time you change flavors.

That all said, the pure convenience of the top fill definitely makes up for it’s shortcomings. Being able to quickly fill my tank without having to worry about accidentally making a mess (which has happen to me on more than one occasion) is very much welcomed. I could thin my juice, and make do with an extra refill once or twice a day if I don’t have to worry about taking my tank apart every time I want to fill it.

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Author: John

I've always been a huge tech junky. If there's a battery and some kind of silicon, I love tinkering with it. When it comes to my vapes, I prefer the hands off approach for my every day device. A nice tank, pre-made coil, and mod with battery built in is just too convenient. One day I'll build a coil. One day.

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