Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Review: Freemax Starre Pure

Freemax sub-ohm tanks have been known for good performance and good flavour for quite a while now. From my experience the different Starre tanks tend to come up as suggestions whenever someone asks for recommendations on great tasting sub-ohm tanks so they do have quite a fan-base. Ease of use is also something that is often mentioned when I see people recommend these. Personally, as you might have guessed by now, I haven't had the opportunity to try these out, so I'll just have to go by what I see other people say about them. The newest addition to the Starre line, the Starre Pure, of tanks however, just dumped down in my mailbox so now I finally get to try it myself. This tank comes with Freemax's new Ceramic Cover Coils (CCC) that, according to Freemax, is designed to improve the thermal insulation effect which leads to less heat transmission to the outside of the tank... something they claim will improve the flavour. Let's see if they're right about that...


In the box
    • Starre Pure Sub-ohm tank
    • 0.25 ohm CCC Pure coil head
    • 0.5 ohm CCC Pure coil head
    • Extra o-rings
    • Extra glass tube
    • User manual

    Specifications
    • Diameter 25 mm
    • Capacity: 4 mL
    • Top filling
    • Top adjustable airflow
    • Ceramic Cover Coils (CCC)
    • Stainless steel covered teflon driptip 

    Look and feel


    The Starre Pure is a pretty big tank considering a juice capacity of "only" 4 mL. The reason for this is of course the way it is built (have a look at the drawing). Having the air coming in from the top this way means the chamber walls have to be hollow so it will take up quite a lot of space inside the tank. It looks and feels quite well built thought. Threading is nice and smooth and so is the airflow control ring on top. The Freemax logo is properly engraved, not just printed on the tank. I like that. It's available in black and SS. I've the SS version and it looks quite nice if you don't mind the size of it.

    In use

    Using the Starre Pure is pretty straight forward. It's easy to take apart, change coil-heads and clean. The user manual isn't actually a user manual, but more of a list of it's features. There are some nice figures in there thought, and that is actually more than you need to understand how to use it. The top airflow ring is nice and smooth and the design seems pretty leak-free to me. I've had no leaking whatsoever. The kidney shaped fill holes on the top are nice and big and can be filled with just about any kind of bottle on the market without making a mess.

    For the 0.25 Ohm head I think it works best around 50-55 watts, while the 0.5 head works best a little lower, like 45 watts. Given the size of the tank it will look pretty stupid on a really small mod so you'd probably end up putting it on something like a Reuleaux which means at these wattages you'll have plenty of vape-time.

    Also worth mentioning is that the drip-tip does not get hot at all. Neither does the tank itself actually, so the ceramic insulation and the drip-tip design seems to work like a charm. All in all this tank is pretty hassle free in use.



    Performance

    I was quite impressed with the performance of the Starre Pure. It's got plenty of airflow when it's fully open and chunks out quite a bit of vapor. The flavour is really nice and clean as well. I'd say Freemax delivers what they promise. I mean I have RTAs that both taste better and gives me more vapor but it's not this tank is not that far behind. Definitely one of the better sub-ohm tanks I've used and I suspect it will become a trusted travel companion because it's so easy to use and tastes so good. I'm especially impressed with the consistency of the flavour. I guess I've vaped close to 50 mL through it by now and haven't noticed any difference in flavour. Freemax claims that each coil-head is good for 60-80 full tanks which I of course can't verify but that would indeed make this a great choice economically as well.

    Pros and cons

    + Great flavour and vapor
    + Leak free (so far at least)
    + Good adjustable airflow
    + Easy to use and clean
    - Size vs. juice capacity
    - Could have had more options when it comes to coil-heads

    Conclusion

    I have no problems recommending this tank to people looking for a hassle free, great tasting sub-ohm tank. That is if you don't mind bringing a bottle of juice around... which I guess most of us are used to anyway. It won't win you any cloud-chasing contests, but it will give you a lot of nice, clean and yeah... pure flavour. The Starre Pure isn't the cheapest tank around at around $45 (at the moment), but I'd say it's well worth the money. Coils are around $13 for a pack of five which isn't bad at all if they really last as long as FreeMax claims. All in all, a great sub-ohm tank that I'd recommend for vapers with focus on flavour, both experienced ones looking for a hassle free, leak free tank to bring around (I had the chance to put it through the ultimate test yet... airplanes), and for newbies looking to try out sub-ohm tanks for the first time.

    Thanks a lot to Abby at heavengifts.com for sending this device for review.

      
    Disclosure:
    • All my reviews are my honest opinion even if I am affiliated with the company manufacturing or selling the product.
    • This product was sent to me free of charge for the purpose of this review
    • This review contains affiliate links.



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