Of all the developments in the e-cigarette world probably the most significant is the all-in-one atomizer tank or clearomizer as they are known. Long term vapers will recall the hit and miss days 5 years ago. If short battery life wasn’t enough to pull your hair out, getting a consistent “hit” proved more than tedious.
The vaping scene has come along way since the wool filled mouthpiece which tended to be either too wet or too dry. Most hardcore users ditched the wool and dripped instead and this provided the best solution. The “CE” range of clearomizers were a real breakthrough and carto style tanks even better – fill up the tank and merrily vape away with no need to take a bottle of juice when out and about.
Further enhancements led to the systems such as the KangerTech Mini Protank II which we’ll be looking at today.
I had seen videos on YouTube and read numerous forum posts – this little tank looked pretty good. Quite blingy too – what with its nicely polished up stainless steel bits! Having used RBA’s (re-buildable atomizers) for a long time I was slightly miffed at yet another device that requires an atomizer head instead of a DIY coil, nevertheless it appeared to be well made and worked as far as I could tell.
I received my first KangerTech Mini Protank II with the Apollo vTube 3.0 starter kit. Smartly packaged, the small box contains the tank itself, 1 drip tip, 2 atomizer heads (1.8 and 2.2Ohms), a couple of spare silicone o-rings and a brief, but to the point user guide.
The build quality is very good especially considering the very reasonable cost – the tank is made from Pryrex glass rather than plastic which is totally neutral and resilient to acidic liquids. The entire tank system can be stripped down (everything unscrews) for cleaning and general maintenance – all in a very good looking product. I get the impression most parts are stainless steel (the bits that come in direct contact with the ejuice) with the lower sections seemingly plated.
The version 2 mini Protank has a removable mouthpiece (the v1 didn’t it was part of the tank) so that any 510 sized drip tip can be used if preferred. I actually like the supplied tip – it follows the lines of the tank perfectly. The tip pushes into place and is neither too tight or too loose another sign of competent manufacture.
If you refer to the pictures you note there is a gunmetal coloured section. This is an ego skirt connector. In other words this tank was made for an eGo device (it fits seemlessly) or a PV such as the vTube 2.0/3.0 which has eGo threading built into the design. If your device doesn’t have one, a 510 eGo adaptor will be required to use this particular product.
Assembling the 4 main parts is easy simply take an atomizer head and screw it into the gunmetal eGo base and set it to one side. The KangerTech Mini Protank II is bottom fed so take the tank, tilt it to one side and carefully fill the tank with eliquid. Using a syringe is recommended, but not necessary if careful. The tank holds about 1.6ml of juice. Wipe down any excess and screw the gunmetal part (with atty attached) onto the tank. Screw onto device of choice and give it a quick priming puff or two to get the juice flowing. The supplied wicks are very short and made from glass fibre.
I was blown away with the performance, knocked proverbial spots off the older CE4’s I liked a couple of years back. This thing really gets through the juice. I was surprised it worked so efficiently as the juice I use on a regular basis is quite thick unlike most thinner liquids. Clouds of vaper and a decent throat hit (maybe not the strongest ever but good for me). Throat hit is probably a litle lighter as the coil is in the base as opposed the top on CE’s.
The best bit is the fact that the atomizer heads can be rebuilt with moderate ease. Sure its a bit fiddly, but nothing worse than some RBA’s! I have been rebuilding mine using cottonwool wicks and these are even better in my opinion especially for flavour as the coil can be fine tuned to suit individual preference. If you can’t be bothered with that replacement heads (compatiable with Kanger Evod/Protank/ProTank 2/Unitank) are readily available and not too costly in packs of 5 from Apollo (1.5-2.5Ohms).
I honestly rate this tank and have been using it exclusively for the last month or so. No leaks or anything untoward which is a huge bonus. All parts are replaceable including aftermarket coloured Pyrex glass tanks.
If you are still using CE clearomizers I’d highly recommend giving these a whirl.