Revolver Talon Tank System Review
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The Talon tank system from Revolver Electronic Cigarettes is basically a variation of the popular eGo-T model. You can find many of them online, under various names and with minor differences from the original. Revolver’s version comes with two eGo type batteries, one 650 mAh, and one 1000 mAh, and low resistance tank atomizers (tankomizers) to give users more vaping freedom and better vapor production. But is the Talon really an improved version of the eGo tank system, or just an inferior copy? Let’s find out:
Revolver only offers one starter kit variant for its Talon e-cigarette. It comes in a standard magnetic cardboard box with the red Talon logo on it. It’s not much different from all the other e-cigarette kits on the market, but I have to say I’m digging the red and black combination, it’s in tune with the brand’s rock-star theme. You might find yourself overwhelmed by the contents of the kit, but you’ll soon realize everything connects pretty easily, so there’s no need to panic. I could have also explained how to assemble the Revolver Talon here, but you’re better off just watching me do it in the video review at the bottom of the page. Here’s what you can expect to find when you open your kit:
- 650 mAh Manual USB Passthrough Battery
- 1000 mAh Manual Battery
- 2 Tank Atomizers
- 5 Blank Tank Cartridges
- 1 USB Charger
- 1 Wall Charger
- 1 USB Cable
- 1 Carrying Pouch
- 2 Tank Cartridge Covers
- 1 5ml Bottle of E-Liquid of Your Choice
The Talon kit looks ok, but Revolver clearly doesn’t put as much emphasis on presentation as other e-cig brands do, which is quite understandable since this tank system doesn’t need any sugar coating. There is still room for improvement as far as the packaging is concerned, but the unit itself looks awesome. The vaporizers I received had a stainless finish, and the Talon and Revolver logos etched on them.
So far I’ve only reviewed cigarette-like devices because I’ve always believed their shape and size are a factor in helping people switch from analogs. I still believe that, but trying to replicate tobacco cigs is a double-edged sword, because while the psychological factor of using something that looks and works almost like a real cigarette helps many new vapers, battery life is often an issue. There’s just no way to store a lot of power into such a small package, so recharging the batteries can be a pain, especially for heavy vapers. Luckily, there are alternatives, and the eGo is without a doubt the most popular of all. While considerably bigger than a mini or pen-style battery, it also allows users to vape for longer periods of time, without having to worry about recharging their device.
As I mentioned above, the Talon comes with a standard 650 mAh battery, and an extra-large 1000 mAh battery, both regulated at 3.7 volts. There’s really no point in going into detail over eGo batteries, they’ve been around for a very long time, they’re tried and true, so if there’s one thing you don’t have to worry when getting the Revolver Talon kit, it’s battery life. It depends a lot on how much you use the unit, but for the average vaper the small battery alone might be enough to get them through the day. It’s definitely enough for me, but as I’ve mentioned in some of my other reviews, I’ve never really been a heavy smoker, nor am I a heavy vaper. The 1000 mAh battery is even better, I get around three days of regular use out of it, which is just amazing.
They’re both manual batteries, so there’s no need to worry about leaking juice making its way inside and causing damage, although I’ve never had any problems with the e-liquid leaking from the tankomizers anyway. Another nice feature is the on/off mechanism that allows you to switch the batteries on and off by pressing the LED button five times in 2 seconds time. This eliminates the risk of accidentally firing the battery when you put it in your pocket or purse. It’s also worth mentioning the 650 mAh battery doubles as a USB passthrough, by unscrewing the end cap and hooking it up to a USB port.
Apart from their size, I can’t think of anything negative to say about the Talon’s batteries. They just work great.
There are smaller e-cigarettes out there that produce impressive amounts of vapor – the Smokeless Image Volt and Green Smoke are two of the best in that department – but the Revolver Talon simply blows them out of the water. Some might say it produces too much “smoke” compared to tobacco cigarettes, but I personally like a lot of vapor. The classic eGo is also known for its high vapor production, but Revolver’s tank system is even better, delivering satisfying plumes with every drag, once the atomizer has been broken-in and the juice is wicked properly. More impressive still is that I only used 100% PG juice with the Talon, and the vapor production has been better than I could have ever hoped for.
I was very pleased with how the Talon performed, but I also read a lot of forum threads where people complained about their eGo-Ts. I did some digging around, watched some video reviews and I think I’ve identified the source of their problem. The original model came with standard resistance atomizers, which produced only average vapor, but the Talon uses low-resistance atomizers, which work much better. You’re probably not going to get this kind of thick vapor unless you’re using more advanced mods or dripping directly on the atomizer, but that stuff is way too complicated for inexperienced vapers, so the Revolver Talon is a perfect compromise.
One of the downsides of using a tank-style vaporizer like the Talon is the weak throat hit. I don’t know what it is about these special tankomizers, but they have a way of reducing the intensity of the throat hit, regardless of nicotine strength. For example, I got the 24mg nicotine tobacco e-liquid from Revolver, but the first time I used it it felt like 0 nicotine juice. After vaping half a tank, it improved greatly, but it still felt slightly weaker than the hit I usually get when using cartomizers. It’s not a huge fault, but it’s just something to keep in mind if you’re considering getting the Talon tank system.
With over 100 available flavors, both PG and VG-based, Revolver E-Cigs has little competition on the market today, in terms of flavor variety. The only other e-cigarette supplier I know that can compete with them in this sector is Vapor4Life, but not even they have this many e-liquids. Tobacco fans will be thrilled to discover 21 different varieties, from Cuban Cigar to Blackened Blend. I tested one of their best sellers, the Tobacco Red, and I can say it literally left a good taste in my mouth. As the name suggests, it’s a rugged blend, but it also has a sweet and wall-nut undertone that makes it quite pleasant.
One thing I feel I have to warn you about is that the Revolver Talon, like all other eGo-T type vaporizers, tends to slightly mute the flavor of e-liquids. I don’t know exactly why that is, but again, it might have something to do with the special atomizers it uses. That hasn’t really been a huge problem for me, because the taste difference between this unit and a regular eGo or any other similar e-cigarette isn’t that big, but it’s definitely noticeable. Some users claim that although there’s less flavor, it’s much cleaner than what you get from vaping with polyfill cartridges or cartomizers. I’ve been using the Revolver Talon for over three weeks now, and I still haven’t made my mind up about that. You’ll just have to try it and see for yourself.
Since we’re talking about e-liquid, I have to tell you the tank system uses a lot of it, fast. As I mentioned, you get a lot of vapor from it, but you’ll also see the level of juice in the tank starting to drop after just a few puffs. I don’t mind it one bit, I’d rather have fewer more pleasurable drags than many bad ones, but I just wanted to warn you that there’s nothing wrong with your device, that’s just the way it eats up juice.
Ease of Use
I don’t usually cover ease of use in my e-cigarette reviews, but considering the Talon is different than all the e-cigs I’ve reviewed so far, I felt I needed to discuss this factor. I love Revolver’s tank system, because it gives less experienced vapers the chance to try dripping without the complications usually associated with this technique. That said, it is slightly harder to use than your standard cartomizer and battery setup. The tanks need to be refilled constantly, which can get a little messy at times, the atomizers have to be cleaned and eventually replaced and just assembling the unit for the first time can be a little complicated for uninitiated vapers.
But if you’ve had previous experience with electronic cigarettes and feel the need to explore other options, the Revolver Talon is perfect. The company has a nice selection of instructional videos on their site and on YouTube, which show you everything you need to know about using and maintaining your tank setup in working order.
Price vs Value
The Revolver Talon is priced at $74.99, a pretty average price for an eGo tank system. The original Joye eGo may be cheaper at some online e-cig shops, but you have to make sure you get the low-resistance tankomizers the Talon comes with for the same level of performance I described. Plus, while many other suppliers offer two 650 mAh batteries, Revolver throws in an awesome 1000 mAh beast that will keep you vaping for much longer. Overall, I believe the Talon is fairly priced, and totally worth the expenditure, provided you’re ready to get your hands a little dirty from time to time. Battery life is fantastic, it produces lots of thick vapor and while it suffers a bit in the throat hit and flavor strength departments, it’s still a very solid unit.