By: Nicholas King.
7.7 Final Score
Hotcig Centaur RTA Tank Review Bottom Line
The Centaur RTA Tank from Hotcig is a single coil rebuildable tank atomizer that produces some really lovely and smooth flavors. If your a single coil lover then this tank is really going to impress. With 2 gold-plated posts on the build deck, and a nice selection of varies airflow controls this tank is a beauty. Overall an amazing RTA that fits well in anyone's collection of tanks!
We have a new entry into the RTA tank market, which may come as a shock to some people when they stop to consider how oversaturated that market sometimes seems to be. The new entry comes courtesy of HotCig and is called the Centaur. As with any new product, the Centaur will be competing against many more established manufacturers within the vaping community. In this Hotcig Centaur RTA Tank review, we will take a look at this product in depth and see whether we think it’s something worthy of your attention.
Coupled with a decent box mod, is this tank one of the best vape products on the market right now? Let’s take a look:
The HotCig Centaur RTA is a new single-coil device (24mm) that offers a host of benefits for builders. If your unsure about RDA’s and RTA’s be sure to read our guide to help. The Centaur offers a single coil build deck that is large and easy to build on. That deck comes with gold-plated posts (two) that each has a 3mm terminal post. The wicking slots are oversized, clocking it a 4mm by 6mm, so builders should have no problem navigating the terrain.
You also get an innovative airflow system that includes dual-sized, 5-slot capability. You can adjust that to get the airflow needed to match your vaping preferences, making this a great customizable device. We tried a variety of different airflow settings to analyze the system’s potential benefits and were pleased with their spot-on results. We think you’ll like it too – especially if you’re one of those vapers who have very specific vapor needs. Remember to check out our list of vape deals as this tank and many like it often come up in the sales.
The tank section is also customizable and allows you to use an extension piece to increase liquid capacity from 2 to 4 ml. That’s a tremendous benefit since most of us go through 2ml so fast that the smaller tank would be impractical. 4ml seems to be about right for most ordinary daily use since it’s enough to avoid multiple refills throughout any individual vaping session. The extension piece can be added with a minimal effort, so that’s a real boon as well. Of course, the top-fill capability is always welcome, since it minimizes spill and leak potential. You just remove the top cap and pour the juice down through the slots.
The tank with its single coil system doesn’t require huge amounts of power, but it is recommended to use one of the best vape mods to get the most out of it!
Flavor is not a problem either. The device has a number of airflow channels that help to preserve the juice’s original flavor in a way that many tanks do not. We tried out many of our testing favorites and were impressed with how well the natural taste was maintained in each instance. We even ran taste tests using several different devices, and the Centaur handily matched or bested each competitor.
Of course, many vapers have their preference in using either stainless steel or nickel coils and each will give you a slightly different flavor, but this tank can support both, so it’s up to you. We use the standard clapton coils as we love them and really think they bring the most flavor out of a tank!
We pored over the tank with a fine-tooth comb and was incredibly impressed with the craftsmanship. The device uses quality materials and appears to have been designed and manufactured with the highest level of care and attention. Everything is solid and durable, and seamless from top to bottom. Add to that the ease with which the deck permits customization for builders, and you have all the makings of a great RTA offering.
The company also sent along with everything you need to get started. That includes the Hotcig Centaur RT, one high-quality 4ml Glass Segment, a handy Chimney Extension, and the spare parts and o-rings needed to get things done. There’s also a tool to assist you with construction, and the usual user manual that every buyer has come to expect. All in all, that’s quite a bit of value for the price.
The device sells for about $45, but you can find it for less than $40 if you shop around online.
From an aesthetic standpoint, there is much to love about the Centaur. It is a gorgeous piece of craftsmanship, with sleek lines and just the right amount of design accents to enhance its appeal. The gold top and crystal-clear glass give it a high-tech yet elegant look that should make it a popular choice for those who place a premium on appearance.
From a performance standpoint, the device is equally as attractive. That large deck is perfect for building, and the sturdy construction makes it a great option for those who are tired of tanks that leak. Simply put, that was not a problem during our tests.
For a first entry, the Centaur does its makers proud. For a single coil RTA, this is definitely worth considering. Hotcig deserves credit for getting so much right in this initial venture, and we can all hope that this is a sign of even better things to come. If you’re in the market for a new RTA and haven’t settled on an option yet, we recommend that you take a closer look at the Centaur. We think you’ll like what you see.