I feel it is important to reiterate again that I am on what promises to be a very long journey, moving away from cigarettes and into the world of vapor. I am learning as I go, and am sharing as I learn. So, be sure to take what you read here in the right context: I am no pro. I am just sharing my experiences, along with my observations and personal thoughts which can easily change over time.
I have been using a KangerTech Pro Tank II for 38 days as of this writing. I have indicated that I have had some problems with atomizer head life and problems with some juices. I have also indicated some dissatisfaction with ecig juices from STL Vapor Store which may have been premature.
Find a Friend in the Vapor Business
I can’t stress enough how important it is to have someone KNOWLEDGEABLE about vapor and vapor technology to guide you on your path. Other vapers (your friends and coworkers that vape, for example) may not be the best source of information: they may have limited experience, like me, and unlike me they may not treat problems they have with vaping with a troubleshooting and observational approach. In other words, there are people out there that should be able to tell you exactly how your vapor hardware should work, and should be able to help you identify and fix any actual problems you may be having.
I decided to spend a little money and do a little experimentation. I had labelled my Pro Tank II as “inconsistent.” I had trouble with atomizer heads, leaking and poor flavor. So, I talked to the owner of my local vape shop (510 Vapers in Imperial, MO) about my problems, and he recommended I spend $10 on a “carto tank” (short for “cartomizer tank”) for comparison purposes. While admitting to some drawbacks to carto tanks when compared to clearomizer tanks, Mike labelled carto tanks in general as “consistent”, and therefore possibly the clearomizer-alternative I was looking for.
I will get into the details of my carto tank experience in another post. I want to stay on the topic of Pro Tank II for a minute.
Do it Right
Mike wanted to see how my battery and Pro Tank II were working, so I let him give it a try. Here’s what happened:
1. He noticed that my battery was way over tightened and recommended backing it off a bit, which he did.
2. He looked at the voltage setting on my battery and explained that, with the 2.5 ohm coil I had in my Pro Tank II, I should be running my battery closer to 4.0-4.1 watts. He explained that if you’re not running your battery at a high enough voltage for the atomizer head in the tank, the coil can’t burn off all the ejuice when you take a hit. After several hits with the battery too low, the Pro Tank II will start to leak. Amazingly, this described my experience with the Pro Tank II very well: inconsistent burn, regular leaking, and atomizer heads that appear to die after a day or two of use rather than a week or more.
Still Experimenting But Doing it Right
I decided to go ahead and buy a carto tank, obviously. It’s not a short story, so I’ll save it for later. The thing is, I did this experimentation on Wednesday night before Thanksgiving. Things didn’t go so well with the carto tank that night or Thanksgiving morning, so I started off Turkey Day by cleaning the Pro Tank II and putting in a new atomizer head. I put the voltage on my battery to 4.1 and made a commitment to leave it that way.
Today is day 6 (SIX!) with the atomizer head I installed last Thursday. This is the longest I have gone with a single atomizer head. I have not had any leaking. From time to time I get what I THINK is a “burnt taste”, but a little bit of agitation on the tank, and a little bit of cleanup in the atomizer head area, puts things back in order with good flavor. For the last 6 days my KangerTech Pro Tank II has been super consistent.
I am still switching to the carto tank from time to time: it has juice in it I still want to use, plus having two good vapor delivery systems gives me instant variety on ejuice flavor. Mike was right… the carto tank is super easy to use and so far is very consistent. I’ll tell you about that later.
Find someone knowledgeable to talk to, other than friends and online forums, if you are having difficulty in your vapor experience. A little guidance and understanding can go a long way to making it a good experience and saving you money. The KangerTech Pro Tank II is an awesome bottom coil clearomizer tank that can produce very consistent results if you use it properly and give it a little TLC when you start getting near the end of the life expectancy of an atomizer head.