The vape that I get off the Ares RTA has been solid and dependable. I found it works best with a 1.0-ohm coil at around 15-20 watts before the mouthpiece gets too hot. You can get away with as low as a 0.5-ohm coil, but it’s not ideal for that. Good news: a DL version is in the works.
I tried a few different wicking methods. First, I tried it with the cotton hanging almost to the bottom of the tank, which worked out fine. Then I realized that you can cut the wicks flush with the bottom of the build deck, and it still has no problems wicking down to the last drop.
No dry or burnt-tasting hits to be found, and I have had no issues so far with leaking. The flavor is consistent and comparable to the Aspire Nautilus 2. I was able to vape anything from 50/50 to thicker juices containing up to 75 percent VG. It wasn’t a struggle to find the perfect balance of cotton (like the Zeus RTA), but I highly recommend using less cotton with thinner blends, and a bit more with the higher-VG juices.
I enjoy using this tank on the largest single airflow setting or rocking it wide open. The only issue I found is that it makes a slight whistle, especially when taking hard puffs on the two smallest holes. Other than that, the draw is smooth and enjoyable with minimal airflow turbulence. I think the whistling is caused when the airflow gets restricted by the “showerhead” airflow reducer.
The throat hit is there, especially with higher-nicotine juices. It’s not as defined as a tank with tighter airflow, but I think Innokin achieved a nice balance between a sharp hit and a smooth one. If you’re looking for that extra kick, I’d recommend chucking some nic salt in this bad boy. Overall the performance is smooth and quiet, aside from the faint whistling that I previously mentioned.