Vandy Vape Apollo AP Kit Review - A Rugged MTL Kit
Vandyvape is back with a cool little kit. The Apollo AP kit is a rugged but lightweight tube-style starter kit with a 2 mL MTL tank. The AP tank takes BSKR MTL coils, both nichrome horizontal coils at 1.5-ohm and 1.8-ohm coil. What immediately makes this kit stand out, besides its looks, is the IP66 rating of the mod making it shock, water, and dust resistant. The AP mod comes with a 900 mAh battery, and it’s adjusted in 0.2-voltage increments, from 3.2 volts to 4.0 volts (with a max output of 20 watts).
This kit was sent to me free of charge by MyVpro, where it’s currently available at a discounted price.
Price: $37.95 (at MyVPro)
Colors: Frosted red, frosted cyan, frosted green, frosted amber, frosted black
Build quality and design
The build quality and design of the Apollo kit is what makes it special, particularly because of the mod. The tank is nicely made, but it’s more standard fare and it uses the same coils from the BSKR MTL tank.
It’s such a cool device despite being so simple. It’s built to last being water, dust, and shock resistant – but it’s not one to try and destroy. You probably can. But for your typical blunders, you’ll be more-than protected. I tossed mine around – without the tank – and it takes a typical drop with ease.
It has a tactical and rugged look, and it’s a treat to hold, and especially to grip, with its majority-rubber finish made from TPE. That external rubber is laid over a colored and translucent hard plastic, which houses the battery – and also gives it a distinctive design.
The dimensions of the AP mod are mod are 76 mm x 28 mm, and it weighs only 54 grams, making it pocket friendly. The square buttons are a pleasure to use, and they’re shaped and placed well for ease of use. They’re clicky and responsive. Lastly, the front-bottom micro USB port is covered and sealed with its own little rubber door.
The mod turns on like virtually all mods. A quick-five-click. Then, it’s simply a matter of selecting your voltage with the up and down buttons. There are two perpendicular rows of white LEDs that correspond to the voltage setting and battery life. The top row is battery life and the bottom row is for voltage.
The Apollo AP tank is a bonafide MTL tank, just like the BSKR MTL tank also from Vandyvape. And the Apollo uses those same coils, both horizontal nichrome coils (1.5 ohm and a 1.8 ohm). The AP tank goes from an open MTL all the way down to an incredibly tight draw with almost no airflow, making it ideal for nic salts. The air holes are adjustable from 2.5 mm, 2.0 mm, 1.0 mm, 0.8 mm, 0.6 mm via an airflow ring that has enough resistance to it to not spin freely. The 0.6 mm air hole is like a pin hole, and it’s tighter than the tightest setting on the BSKR MTL.
The tank comes with a spare glass, and a tool for disassembling (if you misplace the tool, you can dissemble the tank with needle nose pliers or the like by inserting into the wide dual-slotted fill ports and twisting). Unfortunately, the tank uses a proprietary drip tip, so you won’t be able to swap for 510 tips. But, the bore on the AP tip is narrow and appropriately restrictive for the type of draw this thing delivers – and it’s an overall nice drip tip with thick walls to help reduce heat transfer.
The performance of the Apollo AP kit is solid for what it’s meant to do: provide a MTL hit of varying degrees of tightness while being easy to use. I’ve had zero mishaps with the mod or the tank. The mod performs as it should, and the battery lasts a long time (at least a day of continuous usage). Charging the mod fully took 88 minutes. Vandyvape says you can get two days out of one charge, but that’s obviously going to depend on how much you vape. I can make it last a month if I don’t vape it often.
I use the AP tank with either the 0.8 mm hole or the tightest 0.6 mm hole and, surprisingly, I like the flavor most with those two super tight holes. Although the draw is nice with all the holes, I find the flavor to be a tad metallic with the AP’s most open settings — likely because I have a nickel sensitivity. My cousin tried my kit and said the flavor is good with the most open settings. If you don’t have an issue with nickel, it’s likely not going to be an issue for you.
More about the coils
While it’s a bit of a mystery why these coils are horizontal, I haven’t had any issues with them in terms of spitting or popping from VG/PG ratios of 30/70 to 50/50 to 70/30. The 1.5-ohm is the warmest vape and the 1.8-ohm is cooler, even at the 4.0 V setting. But even at 3.2 V, I still get a good throat hit and decent sized puff on either coil (but obviously this isn’t meant to pump out a lot of vapor).
The coils have generous size wick holes and they wick fast! The break-in period took less than a tank full. They’ve each lasted me over five refills, and the tank hasn’t had a drop of leakage. It’s pretty efficient. And I’ve had no dry hits as long as I follow the advice of the minimum liquid mark inside the tank indicating when it’s time to refill. But, if you want to refill with another liquid, you’re going to have to mix it in or empty it out. It’s not the worst issue, but I’d like to be able to vape a tank almost dry if possible.
Pros / Cons
- Feels rugged
- Water / Shock / and dust resistant
- Nice buttons
- Decent flavor for MTL tank
- Easy voltage readout and selections
- Front/bottom placed USB with sealed door
- Long-lasting battery
- Good throat hit
- Quick wicking coils
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- Proprietary drip tip
- Minimum liquid mark is a tad high
The Vandyvape Apollo is good MTL kit. Plain and simple! As long as you don’t have a sensitivity or an allergy to nickel, this kit is an easy recommendation for fans of MTL vaping that want something durable. I would like to see more coil options, like some Kanthal coils, but that’s about a personal issue. The highlight for me with this kit is easily the mod. I think the entire kit is good enough to get even if the mod is the main attraction. If you were considering the BSKR MTL kit already, I’d recommend this one instead.
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