The Tance Max by Eleaf is their newest pod system. It’s also the big brother of the Tance Pod System, with several notable upgrades over its smaller relative, including adjustable airflow and a larger battery. One look at this kit and you’ll immediately be comparing it to the Smok Nord, so it’s clearly competing for that same market. With replaceable coils, an 0.6ohm/1.6ohm option for both MTL and DTL, and an 1100mAh battery, it stacks up pretty closely to the Nord on paper – but how does it perform when put to the test? Let’s kick it over to our elite team of reviewers for a closeup, hands-on experience with the all-new Tance Max.
- Dimensions: 31 x 20.5 x 101mm
- Juice Capacity:0mL
- Battery: 1100mAh Integrated
- Wattage Output: 15W
- Coil Ratings:6ohm GS Air Coil, 1.6ohm GS Air Coil
- USB Type-C Charging
- Adjustable Airflow
- Replaceable Coils
- Slide-To-Fill System
- Very good flavor
- Nice small form factor
- Satisfying throat hit at 12mg
- USB-C Charging
- Feels nice and solid in your hand
- Cool fill port
- Regulated at 15W
- Airflow has a pretty good range
- Battery life is good
- Flavor is a bit on the plasticky side until the pod breaks in
- Random rectangle item included with no explanation anywhere
- Doesn’t stand up on its own
Matt from SMM
- Feels heavy and solid
- No significant drop off
- Big 4.0mL capacity will last a long time
- Great fill method
- Good battery feedback
- Good firing button
- Comfortable mouthpiece
- Flavor is very good on mesh coil
- Airflow control
- No adjustable wattage settings
- Chrome finish is a fingerprint magnet
- Feels high-quality
- Super comfortable mouthpiece
- Look really nice
- USB-C charging
- Airflow control
- Swappable coils
The Tance Max by Eleaf seems to be holding its own pretty well. In the crowded pod system market, this is no small accomplishment. While this isn’t a perfect system, you may well find this $25 investment to be worth your while. Let’s break down exactly what makes this kit pretty good, but first let’s get into the cons.
Not a whole lot to complain about here, but the first issue we had with this guy is the plasticky taste on the pods. Right when you get this system, you’re going to have to contend with some mediocre flavor for a few tanks. Once your pods have broken in, however, that plastic aftertaste will fade and you’ll be left with some pretty tasty clouds.
You also don’t get any adjustable wattage settings. Even a few months ago, a gripe like this would seem silly, but it can hardly be considered nitpicking today, when so many pod systems are upping their game with all kinds of new features all the time. Finally, the Tance Max doesn’t stand up on its own and its chrome plating can be a bit of a fingerprint magnet. But that’s really all the bad stuff there is.
Starting off the list of pros – the flavor. The flavor on this system is really quite good. As we touched on in the cons section, you are going to have to put up with a bit of mediocre flavor at first, but once that waiting period is over, you’re going to love the way your juices taste in this thing. The fill-system is also quite cool. While they opted for a bottom-fill, you won’t have to worry about dealing with any annoying silicone plugs or finicky push-to-fill stuff. You get a really easy slide-away cover which rotates out from the pod to reveal its fill hole. It’s nice and secure without making a mess every time.
You also get adjustable airflow. Just like we dinged this kit for not including adjustable wattage, we’re going to have to give its airflow a thumbs up. It’s got a pretty good range, from restricted DTL to a fairly tight MTL, which is almost mandatory for a pod system like this which includes both MTL and DTL options. One airflow does not fit all!
While one reviewer referred to this device as a constant 15W output setup, there’s no evidence online that this is the case. However, it’s an easy mistake to make, as this device has almost zero drop-off in flavor or vapor production, even as you near the end of the battery life. This is great for a portable system, meaning that you can utilize all 1100mAh in the battery without having to recharge at 50% life every time because the vapor quality has disappeared.
The rest of the pros are a basic rundown of the entire kit. Firing button? Good and clicky. Design? Nice and stylish with lots of options. Swappable coils? Check. MTL and DTL options? Check. Build quality? Heavy and solid, especially in comparison to its peers. You get the idea. It’s a well-built AIO device which includes everything you need to enjoy vaping on the go.
Which brings us to the consensus. Sure, a lack of adjustable wattage and a medium-to-lengthy break-in period are not exactly ideal, for most vapers, the rest of this kit will more than compensate. This device is great for those vapers who prefer to stick with freebase while vaping on the go. At 12mg, you’re going to get plenty of throat hit with the 0.6ohm coil with all the portability and flavor you’re looking for. But the Tance Max will also work if you’re into more of a true MTL-style vape. If you’re considering a device in the “Smok Nord” category, the Tance Max makes a worthy consideration.