Coil Art Mage GTA review by VapeMaster

Review Date: 
09.01.2017

Coil Art Mage GTA

New from Coil Art is the Mage GTA (Genesis Tank Atomizer) which very much like the Digiflavor Fuji GTA is not a Genesis tank in the traditional sense but is instead some unique form of Genesis/RTA hybrid.

The Mage GTA is 24mm in diameter, holds 3.5ml of E-Liquid and has fully adjustable airflow. We seem to be seeing quite a few of these new GTA hybrid style tanks lately so let’s take a good look at the Mage GTA and see what it has to offer!

Coil Art Mage GTA features

  • 24mm Diameter
  • 47mm Height
  • 3.5ml Capacity
  • 24K Gold-Plated Deck
  • Convenient Top-Fill
  • 304 Stainless Steel Construction
  • Adjustable Airflow
  • Food Grade Pyrex Glass
  • Gold-Plated 510 Contact
  • Black Derlin drip tip

What’s in the box?

  • 1x Mage GTA
  • 1x Spare Glass Tube
  • Two Sets of Coloured O-rings
  • Spare Screws
  • 1x Screwdriver
  • Instruction Card
  • 1x Vape Band

Coil Art Mage GTA styling and build quality

Using Stainless Steel and Pyrex glass, the Mage GTA is an extremely well made product. The machining on the whole is excellent and all of the parts fit together well. The Mage GTA is 47mm tall so is fairly compact and is 24mm in diameter which does mean it may slightly overhang on some mods.

The top cap and drip tip are machined entirely out of Delrin and are unfortunately a single piece so you won’t be able to use your own drip tips which is a shame. I am not a huge fan of the top cap being made from Delrin and screwing into Stainless Steel because there is the possibility that you could cross thread it when fitting and ruin the threads. Since that piece is vital to the tank as a whole it effectively renders the whole product ruined if you don’t take care. Of course it seems decent enough as long as you use a light touch.

The deck is especially nice with its lovely gold-plated finish. The screws are decent and trap the wire well but due to the design fitting thinner wire can be little more troublesome. The 510 pin is also gold-plated to ensure you get excellent conductivity.

Just like other GTA’s like the Fuji the Mage GTA chamber does not screw down to the base of the tank is suspended part of the way up which means the whole bottom part of it is exposed for the juice to reach your wick and as such the Mage does not require any form of juice flow control. However in my opinion and after spending some time with this tank I do feel the main chamber is far too close to the glass and this can cause a lot of air pockets to form when filling. Even when using 70VG/30PG juice it takes a long time for that juice to travel down to where the wicks protrude from the base of the deck. The Mage GTA has a reasonable E-Liquid capacity and holds 3.5ml of juice.

Airflow

The Mage GTA features dual slot adjustable airflow. There is a nice amount of resistance there so it won’t turn by itself but it can be quite problematic to adjust it when the tank is fitted to your mod. The airflow caters to a restricted lung inhale style of vaping when fully opened up. Due to the wide bore cap I would be somewhat hesitant to recommend it to mouth to lung users.

Ease of build

The Mage GTA deck is very similar to the Serpent Mini only in this case it is completely gold-plated. The posts use Philips head grub screws and weirdly enough they are kind of shallow so many of your typical Philips screwdrivers don’t work well with them.  The supplied screwdriver is reasonable but I never found I could get that much leverage with it without a lot of effort but in the end I found another screwdriver in my collection which was more suitable.

It is a little bit tricky to trap your wire since there are no cut out sections in the post like the Fuji GTA. Thinner wire, 28 gauge and even 26 gauge can be a bit of a hassle to trap so in the end I decided to use thicker wire and made a 0.5ohm coil with a 3mm diameter using 24 gauge Kanthal. Wicking was easy and you simply fill up the two grooves on the side of the deck and have the cotton dangling slightly beneath it.

To fill the tank you unscrew the top cap/drip tip and squeeze in your juice. There is more than enough room for your juice bottle nozzles or droppers. One slight issue with the top cap is that because it is recessed it does often get covered in juice and this can occasionally run down the main air hole so always have a tissue handy to wipe it. Also take care not to overfill the tank because the pressure caused by the top cap will cause juice to get forced out of the air holes.

Filling does take a little time because due to the nature of the design the juice has to rise up inside the chamber section first before filling up the rest of the tank as such it can be a little deceptive as to how far you have filled it.

How does it vape?

Using my 0.5ohm build I got an absolutely cracking vape out of the Mage GTA when using Bunkr Toffee Cream. The flavour was really quite amazing with very rich and tasty notes coming through and it reminded me a lot of the Wotofo Mini Serpent but since I reviewed that a while ago - I would hate to say which one was more enjoyable.

In comparison to the Fuji GTA that I was sent at the same time for review the Mage GTA outclasses it in terms of strength of flavour but I think that when vaping the Fuji you tend to get far more subtle notes in some juices coming through. Nevertheless as far as flavour is concerned the Mage GTA is excellent to the point where it even starts to approach dripper quality!

Vapour production was pretty generous given the quite small airflow slots. I think personally I would have liked a bit more airflow but that is purely personal taste. The 3.5ml capacity lets the Mage GTA down a little because it does drain the juice seriously fast but since the top fill system is convenient enough to use it isn’t that big a deal.

Conclusion

The Mage GTA, despite delivering the goods in the vape department, unfortunately suffers from quite a few issues which may hamper your enjoyment. The top filling can be somewhat messy and the pressure caused by fitting the recessed top cap/drip tip can on occasion force juice out of the air holes even when not filling the tank to its maximum capacity. The main chamber is in my opinion far too large and too close to the glass and this actually impedes the flow of E-Liquid when filling which leads to noticeable air pockets forming. To be fair I did not personally encounter a dry hit at any point even when I had pockets of air right at the bottom of the tank but the possibility exists that it may cause you wicking issues with very thick juices.

Other problems are the fact that it is difficult to adjust the airflow when the tank is fitted to your mod and you also can’t really tweak your build without draining the tank unless you are extremely careful as to make sure that the glass does not come loose. The deck may also be a little fiddly for some users and especially rebuildable newcomers if you aren’t using particularly thick wire.

Yet despite all of these issues I found myself absolutely loving the vape the Mage GTA offered. The flavour was truly impressive and it approaches RDA quality in many respects! Having the chamber centrally positioned and so very close to the drip tip is the key reason for this superb flavour and despite the three air flow slots being quite small the Mage GTA certainly puts out a generous amount of vapour.

I find myself a little torn when it comes to this product because while it could certainly benefit from a number of improvements I found the actual vape to be excellent and due to the amount of times I filled and quickly vaped it I’m almost tempted to say that it’s worth putting up with all of the issues but certain problems may bother some users and I suspect it will end up at the back of the shelf which would be a shame.

In my opinion if Coil Art make a few revisions of this product it will be truly superb. Let’s face it no product is completely perfect and it’s always a trade-off between pros and cons and how much you are personally prepared to put up with. As I said it has some notable issues but the vape it offers is really superb so depending on your point of view and the price you can find it at it may even be well worth picking up!