The Krixus Ceramic Rewickable Tank by Horizon is a 22mm, topfill tank that uses a unique style of coils: Tungsten wire that is covered in Ceramic. According to Horizon, the Ceramic coils for the Krixus tank will last roughly 6 months of use if taken care of and dry fired to clean them periodically, with only the cotton needing to be changed. And since the Krixus comes with two of the rewickable Ceramic coils, this baby should last you a year of use without any extra purchases for coil heads, only a small of cotton. After using and testing out this tank for a few weeks, I am extremely pleased with how this tank performs. So lets get into the review, shall we?
The Krixus tank comes in a plastic box that many vapers will be familiar with. The tank itself comes with a Ceramic coil head already pre-installed, so with that and the extra one that comes with it, you have two Ceramic coils in all. Horizon says that each should last roughly 6 months, so you potentially have a year’s worth of coils for this tank starting out fresh from the box. Pretty awesome, I have to say. Not having to buy a pack of coil heads every month is a huge plus for this tank. However, the Ceramic coils, in and of themselves, are pretty fragile. You don’t want to squeeze them too hard nor do you want to drop them as they can and will crack or break. Think of them like really thin ceramic flooring tiles and treat them right. You also get a box of pre-cut Japanese Organic Cotton strips, cut to the right size that the Ceramic coils require. I find them to be a tad bit too long, so I tend to snip off a sliver at one end, but otherwise, they work great. I did save one strip, as well as made an outline of it, so that I can use it as a template for cutting out new strips when the box that came with the Krixus runs out. But you have quite a few so I am betting that I could rewick twice a week and should last a good 3-4 months just on the amount that came with the box.
Also, you get an additional glass tank that has the usual extra parts and pieces wrapped up inside it, such as all your o-rings. I like to change out all my o-rings first thing before using any tank as I find that during the manufacturing process, the o-rings can be damaged, even fractionally, and can cause a bit of juice seepage or even leakage. Changing the o-rings first thing does tend to use up the supply provided, but it also means that I get to test out the brand new tank that I just got without having any feelings of regrets or needing to break it back down to see what I did wrong if it should happen to leak. Leaky tanks are NOT fun. The Krixus comes with more than enough o-rings to replace them all, which is nice as not all tanks come with enough extra o-rings to do this.
The Krixus comes with a small, folded card that explains how to rewick the Ceramic coil head which is pretty nice. It also explains how to clean the coil, which is mainly just dry firing it until it glows and burns off anything that might have gunked or caked to it, which if you vape sugary juices, you will need to this probably every time you rewick the Ceramic coil. On the reverse side of the card, on the bottom half, Horizon explains the process of how the Ceramic coils for the Krixus are made and what it is rated for. The Krixus’ Ceramic coils are rated for 60W to 120W and has a resistance of 0.3ohms, +/- 0.01.
The Krixus tank looks and feels great. Easy to use, easy to take apart. Simple, but classic lines. The tank capacity on the Krixus is around 4mL so you can get a decent amount of juice in this to vape from. From the top down, you have your drip tip, which is 510 compatible so you can use any drip tip that you might prefer, though the stock drip tip is pretty nice and is made out of Delrin. I gotta say, Delrin is my preferred drip tip material as it does not catch and build up lip gunk like plastic will, or even metal, and doesn’t heat up like metal will.
Unlike other tanks that you may have seen where the top cap has a hinge for refilling, the top cap for the Krixus screws off to reveal the chimney hole and the fins. Filling the tank works great with a glass dripper or a bottle, nice wide juice slot placement makes it easy to refill. The chimney, where it fits over the Ceramic coil head, has 5 holes for juice absorption which is awesome in my view. Too often I feel like my cotton isn’t saturated enough when I use tanks due to the small juice channels built into their coil heads.
The Ceramic coil head has 4 holes cut around the side, which line up with the holes cut out of the chimney, so, again, you don’t have to worry about juice absorption when it comes to your cotton. The coil itself is a Ceramic coating of a Tungsten wire core. The cotton is wrapped around the outside of the Ceramic coil and then the top of the coil head is placed over the cotton wicking and is screwed into the base.
The Ceramic coil head fits into the base which has a huge airflow chamber. The Krixus is a bottom-fed airflow designed tank and it works great. The airflow ring has 4 wide oblong holes and the ring itself is a bit tight, meaning that you don’t have to worry about it spinning on you during use. Most of the base is hollow, so you have nice, cool air being delivered to your Ceramic coil as the bottom part where the Ceramic coil head is screwed into has 5 large holes, same size as the ones on the chimney and the ones cut into the cap for the Ceramic coil head, for the best airflow on a tank that I have ever seen.
The 510 pin for the Krixus is a set, flushed pin so you do not want to use the Krixus tank on any hybrid mech mods. Know your safety when it comes to hybrids and do not use this tank. The 510 pin is silver-plated, instead of the normal copper, and it works extremely well.
The Ceramic Coil
The Ceramic coil for the Krixus, as I said earlier, has a resistance of 0.3ohms, +/- 0.01ohms, and is rated for use between 60W and 120W. The Ceramic coil head has 4 juice holes around the outside of the top cap for quick and complete juice saturation. The Ceramic coil head is fitted into a bottom cap which is where the airflow holes are located as well as where it completed the circuit by resting on the 510 contact when it is screwed into the base of the Krixus.
Taking off the Ceramic coil head assembly from the base, you want to be sure to grip the correct piece. Hold onto the wider metal lip with the grooves cut around it for better grip as if you hold onto just the Ceramic coil head cap, you will just unscrew the cap and not the whole assembly. There really isn’t a need to unscrew the entire assembly each and every time, but I do find that doing so gives greater leverage when rewicking the Ceramic coil, more room to hold onto it for the most part.
Krixus’ Ceramic coil head has a top cap which unscrews from the assembly, which you can do to reveal the Ceramic coil itself. If you haven’t use the coil yet, I have found that the cotton will stick with the top cap whereas when the wicking is saturated, it will stick to the Ceramic coil. In the picture above, you can see that this is a brand new, unused coil, as well as the bottom half of the assembly where the airflow holes are located.
Rewicking the Ceramic Coil for the Krixus
Rewicking the Ceramic coil for the Krixus can be a bit of a hassle at first. Mainly due to two reasons: The cotton doesn’t like to stick to itself while being wrapped around the smooth Ceramic coil and when you do get the cotton wrapped around the Ceramic coil, the top cap for the coil head can be hard to fit around the cotton without bunching to pinching the cotton. Personally, the best way to get around this is to wet the inside of one end of the cotton strip with juice and then wet the inside of the other end of the cotton strip with juice down to around the center of the strip. The juice lets the cotton strip stick to the Ceramic coil better and then when wrapping, the juice on the cotton strip helps the cotton stick to itself as Horizon recommend that you wrap the Ceramic coil twice with the cotton strip. Once the cotton strip is secure, I saturate the cotton strip a bit, which helps keep the cotton in place when screwing the top cap of the coil head into place. I also sip off a sliver from one end of the strip as I feel that they are a bit too long and the reduced length also helps in placing the top of the coil head into place without the cotton getting bunched up or pinched when screwing it down.
Not that bad, to be honest, but it does take a bit of finagling the first few times you rewick the coil.
Juicing, Flavor, and Conclusion
Horizon says that the Krixus Ceramic Rewickable Tank can handle a range of 60W to 120W. Personally, I find that 55W to 65W, maybe up to 70W, is the Krixus’ sweet spot. Anything over 75W and I find that you get a bit of dryness on the tail end of each vape. Airflow on the tank is great and if you are looking for a tank with serious airflow, this is it. If you prefer the tighter airflow that is found in tanks such as the Kanger Subtank, then the Krixus may be too much airflow for you. The flavor is pretty great, on par with some of the better flavor tanks. Not the best flavor like you find in RDAs, but a good second, especially for those who want a tank. The ramp up time is a bit slower than when compared to a regular kanthal or SS coil, but it isnt bad, just a second or two before it hits the right temp. Cleaning the Ceramic coil is easy, just dry fire it until it fully heats up and just let it cool back down to white. I do not recommend dry firing at wattages over 30W, and prefer to dry fire at around 25W just to be safe, as it could damage and break the Ceramic coil. Refilling the tank is pretty damn easy, just unscrew the top cap and you are good to go. And I haven’t found it leaking from laying it on its side nor when refilling. Probably has to do with how the Ceramic coil is more of a solid piece, which keeps the juice from getting through. Same thing with spitting back or gurgling, no issues with either of those. Rewicking the coil is the biggest con that the Krixus has, so do expect to take a bit of time the first 2 or 3 times you rewick it, but its not horrible. I do wish that in the future, if these Ceramic coils are the new wave of styles that manufacturers are going to be using, that they sent along a jig or a tube or something to make wrapping the coil a bit easier.
All in all, the Krixus is a pretty kick ass tank. Great flavor, decent cloud production, zero leaking, no spit back or gurgling, and each of the Ceramic coils will last you 6 months! What’s not to love? I whole-heartedly suggest that you go out and pick up one of these tanks now as with all these great features, I don’t think that many stores will be able to keep it in stock.