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HorizonTech Aquila Tank Review: A Flavor Chaser’s Dream

HorizonTech Aquila Tank

4.8/5

9.6

Design — 8.5
Build Quality — 9.5
Coils — 10.0
Performance — 10.0
Flavor — 10.0

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Our Verdict

HorizonTech has once again delivered an incredible tank for subohm vapers. Before this review, I personally felt that the maximum flavor you could eek out of a tank had been reached with the Sakerz Master and nexMESH Pro tanks, but the Aquila somehow delivers slightly better flavor. Slightly is the keyword here, because it’s not a drastic difference. Still, it’s something, and for those maximum flavor chasers, this should be your new go-to subohm tank. 

There really aren’t many bad things to say about the Aquila. The airflow is loud, the coils drink a ton of ejuice, and I would have liked if the spring-loaded button top cap was threaded, but otherwise it’s all positive. If you’re after the most flavor from your vape, I can easily recommend checking out the Aquila; it’s without a doubt one of the best subohm tanks that I’ve tried.

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The Aquila is the latest tank from a manufacturer that is known to produce some of the best subohm tanks in the industry, HorizonTech. The Aquila tank is available in 5 colors and uses mesh coils built with what HorizonTech calls their “Encircle” and “Quadruple” mesh structures. These coils also use organic bamboo pulp cotton for the wicking material. The Aquila is a bottom airflow tank that will hold up to 5ml of ejuice.

HorizonTech are responsible for some of the most popular and best performing subohm tanks ever. Their Falcon 2 and Falcon King tanks are still some of the most flavorful tanks that you can get and most recently, their Sakerz Master tank blew us away with the excellent all-around vaping experience that it delivered.

Is the Aquila another great tank to add to your subohm collection, or should you skip on purchasing it? Find out in this in-depth HorizonTech Aquila review.


Box Contents

  • 1 x HorizonTech Aquila Sub-Ohm Tank
  • 1 x 3.5ml Straight Glass
  • 1 x E2 0.16Ω Dual Mesh Coil
  • 1 x P4 0.14Ω Quad Mesh Coil
  • 1 x Bag of O-Rings
  • 1 x User Manual

Specifications

  • 5ml Capacity
  • Spring-Loaded Button Top Cap
  • Bottom Airflow
  • Uses E2 & P4 Mesh Coils
  • 810 Drip Tip
  • 5 Colors Available

Design & Build Quality

  • HorizonTech Aquila Tank - 1

Just like with their Sakerz Master tank, HorizonTech has gone with a completely different design for the Aquila. It reminds me a bit of the Falcon 2, but the Aquila is a taller and slimmer looking tank overall. I say “slimmer looking” because they are actually the same base diameter, but because the Aquila is taller it looks more slender when compared to the shorter and chubbier looking Falcon 2.

Overall, the Aquila is a nice tank. It has a series of wide hexagon shapes around the base of the top cap, as well as around the airflow control ring. The edges around these hexagons are beveled, which takes away from what would otherwise be very sharp lines on this tank.

This tank comes with a bubble glass pre-installed, which will hold up to 5ml of ejuice. You also get a spare straight glass in the package which can hold up to 3.5ml of ejuice. The Aquila looks even slimmer with the straight glass installed and I actually like the look of it better. However, I just couldn’t give up the 5ml ejuice capacity of the bubble glass so it’s what I’ve been using for the majority of my time with this tank.

The drip tip is a standard 810 drip tip in black. No matter which of the 5 Aquila colors you get, the drip tip is always black. I was a bit disappointed to see that HorizonTech is no longer doing resin drip tips for their tanks like they did for their Falcon series, but the drip tip is still comfortable even if it doesn’t look as pretty. You can also use your own 810 drip tip with the Aquila.

The top cap on this tank opens up just like the Falcon King. There’s a button on the side of the top cap which you press, and then the spring-loaded top cap will pop open and swivel to the side. It takes a fair amount of pressure to push the button and pop open the top cap, so I haven’t had it open on me while it was in my pocket or bag. However, this doesn’t mean that it won’t, and I honestly would have preferred if it was a quarter turn to remove, just for a little extra security.

HorizonTech Aquila Tank - Fill Port

With the top cap popped open, there’s a single kidney shaped fill port that is quite large and which can be filled with even 100ml chubby gorilla bottles. Because of the top cap hanging off the side, the bottle nozzle has to go to the far side of the fill port, but it’s still easy to fill.

Unlike HorizonTech’s recent Sakerz Master subohm tank, the Aquila is a bottom airflow tank. There are three medium-sized airflow slots and the airflow is fully adjustable from wide open to completely shut, with the AFC ring working on a stopper. Adjusting the airflow feels smooth but firm, and the airflow will stay wherever it is set.

Unscrewing the tank from the airflow control ring is how you gain access to install or remove the coils. The threading here is smooth and perfectly machined. There’s also an o-ring to prevent any leaking from the seam.

Before I get to the coils though, there’s a very practical and useful feature in the bottom of the airflow control ring that I want to mention. There’s a gold plated pin which contacts the bottom of the coil, and surrounding this pin is a rubber “bowl” of sorts, which makes contact with the outer edge of the coil and seals the whole thing up. 

This bowl design in the bottom of the airflow control ring prevents any ejuice from leaking down the center of the coil and then into the airflow control ring, which is really neat. Of course, ejuice could still possibly leak out the airflow slots on the coil, but I haven’t experienced any of that myself. So far, a couple hundred puffs in with each coil, I haven’t had the Aquila leak any ejuice out of the AFC ring or from anywhere else on the tank.


Coils

HorizonTech Aquila Tank - E2 and P4 Coils

The Aquila tank uses new coils by HorizonTech and these coils are unique to the Aquila. They are not backwards compatible with any other tanks, and none of the Falcon series coils or Sakerz Master coils are compatible with the Aquila. Two coils come with this tank: 

  • 1 x E2 0.16Ω Dual Mesh Coil
  • 1 x P4 0.14Ω Quad Mesh Coil

The E2 coil has large hexagon patterned mesh strips that encircle the entire inside of the wick. HorizonTech calls this coil the “first encircle structure dual mesh coil”. This, combined with the use of organic bamboo pulp cotton, makes for what should be a pretty flavorful coil. This coil has a recommended wattage range of 60-70W.

The P4 coil has a finer pattern than the E2. There are four mesh strips on the inside of the wick, each of which takes up a quarter of the wick. If you ask me, this isn’t truly a quad mesh coil, which I think of as having four separate mesh strips that each make a full circle. This coil basically looks like the E2, but with a finer pattern and a gap in the middle of the mesh. This coil also uses organic bamboo pulp cotton as the wicking material. Like the E2 coil, this coil also has a recommended wattage range of 60-70W.

These coils push and pull out of the bottom of the tank and are much easier to install or remove than the coils on the Sakerz Master tank. There are small notches on the bottom of each coil that need to be lined up with the cutouts on the bottom of the tank, but overall they are easy to install.


Performance

HorizonTech Aquila Tank - 4

This is a tank from HorizonTech, so I would be lying if I said that I didn’t have high expectations of this tank. I used a few ejuices with each coil, with most of them being 70VG, but I also used an 80VG ejuice as well. All ejuices were 6mg regular nicotine strength.

The E2 coil, a dual mesh coil, is super flavorful and delivers great clouds all throughout the recommended wattage range of 60-70W. Taking long draws with this coil isn’t a problem at all, and it delivers huge clouds and slightly ‘wet’ vapor. Comparing the flavor to the Sakerz Master, I would say that the flavor is even better. I think that this can be attributed to the bottom airflow arrangement and full mesh contacting the wick. Vaping this coil at 65W with the airflow open is a nice balance of flavor, warmth, and draw strength, however I pushed this coil as high as 75W without any hint of a burnt draw, although the vapor does start to get quite warm.

I didn’t find the P4 coil to be quite as flavorful as the E2 coil, despite this being a “quad mesh” coil. As I mentioned in the coil section, it’s not what I would truly define as a quad mesh coil, and because of the large void in the center of the strip, it actually seems to have less surface area contacting the cotton than the E2 coil. Still, it’s a good vape at 65W and can similarly be pushed to 75W without any issues.

Both of these coils drink ejuice like crazy, so you better have your ejuice bottle (and your wallet) handy! The airflow is also a bit noisy from this tank, so that’s something to keep in mind if you’re conscious about the sound that your tanks make. No whistling or turbulence, but it does get loud when you’re hauling on it.


Verdict

HorizonTech has once again delivered an incredible tank for subohm vapers. Before this review, I personally felt that the maximum flavor you could eek out of a tank had been reached with the Sakerz Master and nexMESH Pro tanks, but the Aquila somehow delivers slightly better flavor. Slightly is the keyword here, because it’s not a drastic difference. Still, it’s something, and for those maximum flavor chasers, this should be your new go-to subohm tank. 

There really aren’t many bad things to say about the Aquila. The airflow is loud, the coils drink a ton of ejuice, and I would have liked if the spring-loaded button top cap was threaded, but otherwise it’s all positive. If you’re after the most flavor from your vape, I can easily recommend checking out the Aquila; it’s without a doubt one of the best subohm tanks that I’ve tried.

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Robert Barnes

For both health and financial reasons, I knew I had to quit smoking cigarettes. At a certain point I felt as if I had tried everything and it was too difficult to quit cold-turkey. That's when I found vaping and I've been off the stinkies ever since! I love testing and reviewing the latest vaping gadgets, marathoning television series and playing with my awesome dog Lupa.

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