On the contrary to a common belief, mouth to lung (MTL) vaping is getting competitive. I will be talking about the Ares RTA MTL from Platform series of Innokin. A tank designed for smoker and starters, 2 famous YouTubers (Dimitris Agrafitos (VapingGreek) and Phil Busardo (a renowned MTLer) worked together to bring it into existence.
Marked as 5mL, the 24 mm diameter tank actually carries 4mL. Let’s talk about the performance as it was designed for builds of single-coil and has great qualities which are present in many top RTA products.
Kit Content & Specifications
|Innokin Ares RTA||Gold plated 510 pin|
|User manual||Delrin drip tip (with 5mm bore)|
|Spare partpack||Airflow holes (2mm, 1.5mm, 1mm, 0.5mm)|
|Pre-built coils (2)||Bottom slots for air (Adjustable)|
|Wire meter||9 separate airflow holes|
|Hex key||Single internal airtube on build deck|
|Drip tip set||PEEK-insulated positive post|
|Smoked tank section||Dual wicking ports|
|3 mL glass section||Side-mounted screws|
|Two-post single0terminal build deck|
|4mL e-juice capacity|
|Push to fill system|
|24 mm in diameter|
The Ares RTA has a very simple look and its design has no crazy looking features. The thing that makes it stand out is its chamber design which is bell-shaped and conical.
Looking like the old tanks of SMOK TCT with the new modern looking 24 mm tank, Innokin has introduced o-rings on green and clear shades which go perfectly with tinted glass-section. The color combination is what I really like about it.
Looking at the unit, the bromance between Dimitris and Phil has been shown at the lower inside of the top-fill cap. A good looking logo of Platform and Ares has also been added which overall adds to the look.
Compatible with any 510 drip tip, one among black Delrin drip-tip is straight whereas the other one mimics the curved mouthpiece of Nautilus.
Adjusted with a 1 ohm coil and 15-20 watts, I got quite a good vape from the Ares RTA. Going low at 0.5 ohm might not be that good. Oh, and by the way, they are working on a DL version as you read this.
I tried vaping with the cotton hanging to the tank’s bottom and the result was good. Later I found that if you cut the flush of the wicks with a build-deck’s bottom, you would still get a good vape until the end.
Compared with the Aspire Nautilus 2 (review here), I found no leaks, no burnt tasting hits, and the flavor was consistent. I even vaped 50/50 juices and moved up to 75% VG. From my experience, my suggestion would be to use more cotton with juices of high-VG and go with lesser cotton for thinner blends.
The airflow reducer in the showerhead causes the unit to whistle when you use any of the two smallest holes for puffing. Other than that, it provides minimal turbulence of airflow with smooth draws.
If you want to get the hit in the throat, I would recommend you use nicotine salt here. The unit provides a very smooth experience and has a good balance between hits of high and low intensity.
|Version available for TPD||Little whistle while using the smaller holes|
|Easily cleaned||The draw could have been tighter|
|No gurgling and leaking||Non-removable top-fill insulator|
|Coils are easily installed|
|Consistent and smooth flavor|
|Many options for airflow|
|Awesome top fill|
|Easy deck to build on|
This unit is definitely for fans of normal draws like Nautilus or series of Digiflavor Siren. Dimitris and Phil did great by coming up with this tank that is rebuildable accommodating both the beginners and seasoned vapers. Although if you are a fan of tight draws, then you probably should go for Beserker or Kayfun Prime. If you are a starter, the Ares is going to be just fine for you. Let me know how you feel about the unit. Leave a comment. Enjoy vaping.