So, when I had to order some more eJuice the other day, I decided it was time to get some new hardware. Well, some might say that I went a little crazy and bought more stuff than I needed. I wouldn’t disagree, there was really only one item that I needed as I’ll explain…
So, first up is the KangerTech Mini ProTank II. In the photo to the right I have it attached to a simple 400 mAh battery. And, that’s what I bought it for. I wanted to have something small that fit well in my hand, and would be easily hidden in a pocket. The major reason for this is that I like to have something smaller, closer to a cigarette in size for when I am driving. I have to drive about 20-30 minutes twice a day, and while I had adjusted okay to using the SiD in the car, I always felt like there was a chance that something could go wrong. Oh, did I explain that I drive a manual (stick shift) car? And that I typically vape with my right hand, which I also have to use for shifting? Yeah, that makes larger devices a bit more difficult to handle while driving, and trying to shift gears. I’ve gotten used to smoking while driving many years ago, so something like this just feels more natural to me.
I also said that I wanted something that would hide more easily in a pocket. I have a situation where I have to go between buildings at work, frequently. It’s nice because I can get outside and have a quick vape while I am on my way to a meeting. However, with the SiD or larger eGo batteries, they were more difficult to put in a pocket. At least they were more noticeable. I didn’t like that, so the smaller setup is better.
Before this I had a dual-coil cartomizer that I kept attached to a 400 mAh battery. It vaped well, but it was more fussy about refilling with fluid, and occasionally I would get one that would leak in my pocket. The Mini ProTank is an improvement in that it is better sealed, and more convenient when it comes to telling how much fluid is in it.
There is only a couple of annoyances that I have with the Mini ProTank II. First: drip tips. For some reason quite a few of the drip tips that I have don’t seem to fit it all that well. And these are drip tips that I’ve had for quite a while (almost a year now), and I haven’t had any fit problems with them on any other tanks. So, that’s my only draw back. Fortunately, there are some that fit well enough that I do have some to choose from.
Second: the gun-metal ring. It’s really un-attractive to have a different color integrated into the tank. I understand why the piece is there, and why they made the piece a different color (to make it easier for dis-assembly while filling the tank, or replacing the coil unit). But still, I wish it was more like the rest of the silver color of the rest of the unit. Putting it on my brushed aluminum 400 mAh batteries just looks a little odd.
Next up is a pair of items: the Innokin iTazte MVP 2, and KangerTech ProTank II. So, here we get to the “not strictly needed” part of my purchase. Obviously with my SmokTech SiD I didn’t really need another Mod device. The SiD has worked well for me. But, when I saw Pete Busardo’s review of the iTazte I knew that I wanted one, despite his complaint about the button pressure. The reason that I wanted it (although I didn’t really need it) is because (a) it is now a variable wattage and variable voltage device, and (b) for its ability to charge other devices.
Now, the way I see it is that the recharging feature does have its limitation(s). As Pete has pointed out, it is inconvenient to have to carry the cable with you to recharge another device. However, I live in the mid-west, and it’s not unusual for there to be ice storms in the winter where we lose power for hours at a time. If I am in one of those types of situations, and I need to have to my cell phone working having something like the iTazte have the ability to charge the phone is a better option than using my car to recharge it. (Although, admittedly, at least with the car i could also possibly get some heat, but it would still be a real waste of fuel.)
So, I didn’t need the iTazte, but I thought it was a good, multi-use device. Now, that being said, I have used it for a few days, and I have a few thoughts on it. First, the battery life would appear to be phenomenal. Pete thought it would go about 1.5-2 days on a single charge. I’ve vaped mine all day today, and it still reports that it has 4.0 volts of power. That should be enough to get me all the way through a second day.
The one oddity I noticed: charging it. I have a two USB connector wall adapter. I thought it would be perfect to charge both my phone and iTazte using both the USB ports on the adapter. Turned out it was a bad idea. I don’t know if it was the adapter, or the iTazte, but when I had both of them plugged in, my phone only got a partial charge. So, today I had to grab the phone cable and take it to work with me so I could finish charging my phone. So far that’s the only problem I’ve found. Pete also mentioned the button press. I don’t know if Innokin took his feed back and adjusted the button, or if I just have strong thumbs from all of the typing that I do, but it doesn’t seem to bother me all that much. I’ve used the device for several days, and I don’t feel like it’s bothered me all that much.
The other thing that i will say about the iTazte, as I mentioned before I don’t like using my SiD while driving. If I don’t like using the SiD, I despise using the iTazte. It’s even more cumbersome and difficult to handle while driving. It is possible to use it, like when I’m at a stoplight, but I don’t recommend using it while trying to actually keep control of your vehicle.
So, now let’s talk about the last item, the ProTank II. So, this was the one item that I actually needed, and was the item that precipitated my whole hardware order. The reason I needed to replace my original (beloved) ProTank goes back to an incident with the Green Leaf eJuice. I said after I had that stuff in my ProTank that I needed to clean it thoroughly, even going so far as to sterilize it in boiling water.
When I was going to sterilize the ProTank, I thought my biggest concern would be potentially over-heating the glue and have it drip out and mess up the tank. That didn’t happen. I thought I was careful about how long I kept the tank in the water to avoid such a problem. However, I noticed later that I had caused a different problem: there was a crack in the Pyrex Glass. It was on the inside of the glass, and no fluid was getting to it, and it wasn’t anywhere that I could feel it, but it was definitely visible. (I tried to take a picture with my phone, but they turned out like crap…)
So knowing that there was a flaw in the glass of my ProTank made me a bit uneasy. Once a flaw like that occurs, it’s an indication that there was a structural weakness in the glass. And that kind of a weakness could lead to it breaking eventually. And that was something that I wanted to avoid, so I ordered the new ProTank II.
Which is something that I had wanted to get for some time. I like the ideal that this one completely dis-assembles, all the parts – including the glass tube, are replaceable. I loved the fact that the same coil unit works with both the ProTank II and the Mini ProTank II. I also really liked the fact that this fixed my only issue with the original ProTank: having a removable drip tip. In fact, in the picture above I have a black nylon drip tip on the ProTank II that I think looks nice with the black body of the iTazte MVP.
My only issue with the ProTank II is the same as I mentioned with the Mini ProTank II: not all drip tips seem to fit in it. I don’t know what the deal is. In fact, what’s more annoying about this problem is that it isn’t consistent between the two. Some drip tips will fit the ProTank II just fine, but no in the Mini. Some that fit in the Mini won’t fit in the ProTank II. It’s just really, really odd.
But, the drip tips that come with the devices are nice, and I am quite used to the having used my original ProTank for quite some time. So, if anything, the drip tip issue is just an annoyance, and not something that puts me off either of these tanks. Which is good, because ultimately, the KangerTech ProTanks are the best devices for me to use.
So, that’s wraps up this article. It’s quite a long one, but with three devices to talk about, it was well worth writing.
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