This review takes a look at the latest sub ohm tank by Eleaf, known as the Melo. With tanks such as the Aspire Atlantis, Joyetech Detla 2, and the Subtank by Kanger all heading up the market, we thought it would be interesting to discover how the Melo staked up against this range of leading sub ohm tanks.
If you’re not already familiar with Eleaf, they are a Chinese e-cigarette manufacturer, made famous by their iStick mini box mods which were a huge success. After seeing how popular their other products were, we were really excited to try out their clearomiser. In the review, we’ll be highlighting what makes the Eleaf Melo stand out from the crowd, and why you should definitely consider it if you’re looking to buy a new sub ohm tank.
Key Features and Specifications
When you buy the full Eleaf Melo kit, you get the Melo atomiser tube and atomiser base, a pyrex glass mouthpiece, and two 0.5ohm coils.
The Eleaf Melo is 22.3mm wide and 67.3mm long, with a tank capable of holding up to 3.5ml of e-liquid. It comes in a stylish silver colour and has a resistance level of 0.5 ohm. It’s made with organic cotton wicking material with a thread type of 510. It works best with batteries with a wattage level of 20-30W.
With a 5ml high capacity tank and the ability to adjust the airflow, the Eleaf Melo is an affordable product that doesn’t make any sacrifices when it comes to ability, performance or appearance. The stainless steel design includes knurled accents that add a stylish touch as well as provide additional grip support, and the high quality, glass tank comes with a drip tip that’s practical, functional, but also looks stylish and cool. The vertical coil structure and sizing is perfectly optimized for performance, wicking, and durability. With the recommended usage being at 20-30W, the Eleaf Melo is capable of producing flavour and vapour quality of the highest standard.
When we tried the Eleaf Melo, the one thing that really, really impressed us was the price. At just £19.99, the Eleaf Melo is considerably cheaper than the competing sub ohm tanks which are priced at around £35-£40. So far, it doesn’t look like the Melo has sacrificed any quality aspects in order to be so cheaply priced, making it an excellent choice for those wishing to purchase a good quality sub ohm tank on a budget.
When it comes to the type of coil used in the Eleaf Melo, we found that they’re very similar to those used in the Aspire Atlantis, meaning that it’s quite easy to interchange coils between the two. This comes in handy if you’re already an Atlantis user looking to purchase a cheaper sub ohm tank as a spare or back up. However, if you do decide to use Atlantis coils in the Melo tank, you’ll need to be careful and make sure that the air holes remain uncovered, as if they’re covered you’ll only get dry hits.
Giving it a Test Run
The recommended wattage range for use with the Eleaf Melo is at around 20-30W, so we tried it at 28W, which we found worked well. It produces an excellent, intense flavour, which in our opinion was better than the Aspire Atlantis, but not as good as the Subtank – although this is purely down to personal preference. It has an immense level of vapour production.
We used a 75% VG e-liquid and it worked perfectly at 28W, without any dry hits at all. We decided to try it with a 35W battery to see how it would respond but we were met with a series of dry hits, so it’s not advisable to go over the 30W limit.
We did find a few negatives with the Eleaf Melo, but nothing too drastic, and definitely nothing that would put us off buying it. Firstly, the airflow adjuster was quite stiff when turning, and we found that occasionally the whole tank could become untwisted if we tried to adjust the airflow when on a device simply because of how stiff it was.
Although there was a bit of a plastic taste to begin with which disappeared after a few vapes, the Eleaf Melo is an excellent quality sub ohm tank at a brilliant price. It’s handy to note that e-liquid can build up quite quickly in the drip tip, so it may require more cleaning than most, but it’s worth it for the excellent, intense flavour and great cloud production.