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zarfy
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Overall   (5.0)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
PROS
glass bottom coil fair vapour production and reasonable taste excellent price works well - it's a good clone of a popular atomiser accepts pretty much all BCC coil heads: Kanger, Evod, MTS3, etc. easily rebuilt, if so inclined
CONS
originally listed here as being made of stainless steel - these are brass, but with good plating. standard BC "gurgle" with a few coils/builds
TL:DR If you like protanks, you'll probably like this one too - at half the price of the genuine article. This atomiser works very well and accepts all bottom-coiled clearomiser (BCC) coil heads I've tried. Easy to refill, with minimal fuss. Excellent price. Very nice. The two I have are workhorses, in daily use alongside the genuine articles, at home, work or out and about. Strongly recommended. --- This was originally listed here as being made of stainless steel - but I've checked, and my two are made of brass, but with good plating, which should last well. (I've not observed any discernible deterioration in the 3 months I've used these, but I am aware that some people are concerned with brass being used in something that holds e-juice, so this point is noted.) The vape experience of this atomiser depends on the details of the coil built, or used, and I found it to be the same as that of the genuine Kanger Protank-II. These protanks have coil heads that can easily be rebuilt - in varied formats, and reasonably priced replacement heads are available here too. Authentic Kanger coil heads, along with heads for evod, mts3, GS-H5, and others, do fit. (Note: the central shaft of this protank is slightly tapered, and the larger side should be screwed onto the base. Failure to do this will result in the stems of authentic Kanger Protank heads not fitting.) In general, this has a tighter draw than a protank-I, the draw of which I prefer. However, for me, that gets trumped by my preferring the ability to completely disassemble this for cleaning and rebuilding (also ensures that no glue is used or needed), and my preference for being able to use any other 510 drip-tip with it ... Strongly recommended.
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Overall   (4.7)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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looks price variable airflow control - single coil or dual coil simple effective it's a genesis ... xD
In the forum threads discussing this "Kraken" atomiser some have noted the poor construction in many of these, resulting in dead shorts because of the positive post shorting against poorly machined internal cavity wall in the central cylinder (negative pathway). I lucked out, as mine was perfect - but I hope FastTech manages to secure more of the properly-machined ones, as I need to get a few more... :) (It would be appreciated if FastTech could get the manufacturer to produce some in a brushed finish,too ...xD ) The airflow control in the "Kraken" atomiser is amazingly simple, and effective. Genesis-style atomisers are my preferred atomisers for vapour production and taste. This "Kraken" just rules the roost in my collection. Some points to note: As with all machined vaping gear, this needs to be well cleaned before use. Full disassembly is required so as to clean every single part to eliminate any vestiges of machining oils used in manufacture. The o-ring securing the airflow control is extremely tight and some substantial force is needed to carefully prise the airflow control section apart from the top cap, to fully expose it for proper cleaning. Pay attention in lightly lubricating the o-ring just below the build deck with some ejuice occasionally, and take care when replacing the top cap as this o-ring on mine is showing some signs of wear after just a month's use. The internal chamber's edge presses very tightly against it, and can shear bits off if the top cap is replaced too roughly. FastTech stocks very affordable replacement tanks for this "Kraken". Get some. ---> SKU1577901 . This "Kraken" is a monster. xD Very Highly Recommended. Get one. Get a few.
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Overall   (4.5)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
PROS
looks works well
CONS
driptip tarnished very quickly
TL,DR: this T-protank itself vapes well, no matter its inexpensive pricetag - and there's no need to qualify it with statements like "for such a device" either... Its driptip seem to be made of different material (or different chrome-palating process) and discoloured very quickly, unlike the rest of this atomiser, which looks fine. --- I finally received my T-protank about 6 weeks ago, and although I had "retired" my protanks (retaining only their "mini-" formats for use when driving), I used the T-protank to finish off some unwanted custard-flavour ejuice, and then used it to vape some of my more usual ejuices. I am pleased to note that the coil head with which it came did not develop the dreaded "Bottom-Coil gurgle" so common with protanks. I am also pleased that the coil heads it uses work well,too - good vapour production, fair taste and -as already mentioned- no sign yet of the "BC gurgle" after 6 weeks of light use with at least five coil head changes (I'm using the evod 2 coil heads as replacement for this T-Protank). I was able to vape tanks dry, without any gurgle arising. (I know that the "BC gurgle" is not a definite thing, and that it seems to be dependent on a wick's consistency and the draw effort exceeding a wick's ability to transport, or hold, ejuice.) It is early days still, but it may be that these new-fangled, increased "shoulder-height" (from platform to top of silicone cap) dual-coil coil-heads may have nailed the "BC-gurgle" problem. I have not yet rebuilt one of these dual-coil coil heads, with the increased "shoulder-height", but am interested seeing whether the "BC gurgle" has been eliminated. (and hopefully, understand why) I doubt that the Aerotank, at 3 times its price, will vape much better, as they can both use the same coil heads. (Where the the two may begin to differ is in the materials each uses). One worry: I did stop using the standard T-protank driptip by the third day, when I noticed how it discoloured after a few days' use... Overall, I am pleased, if surprised, by this T-Protank, and can recommend it . (Just replace the driptip.)
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Overall   (3.7)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
PROS
continues the Fogger standard, albeit subdued...
CONS
price (even at newly revised,reduced price)
I like this Fogger v4, even with all the known variants (4 at this time), but its impact on me was less than that which I experienced with its older brother, the V2. The version I have is revision 1 - unthreaded AFC, steel 510 connecting pin - and it works well, the AFC staying in place, where positioned, and its dual-coiled vapour production doesn't disappoint. While the V4 improved in some regards (no glass-metal direct abutment, simpler tank, dual-coiled, better airflow), I still prefer the V2, and I consider this move to kayfun-like juice channels as retrograde. Vaping a V4, depending on how wicking is set up, is also like vaping a dripper, so I can't fault the v4 on that, but I can't really see how it merits costing 50 percent more than the V2. (initially, this V4 was priced at $32. Even with its price reduced to $29, this may still make kayfuns (which the V4 outperforms in both taste and vapour) seem a viable, more affordable, option - and they're not even in the same class. This Fogger V4 is a good atomiser, but while I'd consider getting another v2, I doubt I'd get another v4...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Glass Bottom-coiled (BC) Large capacity
TL,DR: If you're fortunate enough to have found an ejuice that is your all-day vape, then this atomiser is a very good, inexpensive alternative to protanks, as it holds a substantially greater amount of ejuice. So, if you're happy with protanks, but want to refill less often, get this. Recommended. --- Its draw is between that of a protank 1 and protank 2, and vape experience will depend on exact setup and how coils are built/rebuilt but is broadly similar to that of the protanks. I found it very easy to adapt to its draw and vape with it all day long. Vapour production is similar to that of protanks, and will depend mostly on details of coil and ejuice used. The best vape taste experiences were on rebuilt 1.5ohm coil heads using SS mesh wicks resting on cotton stubs in the juice-ports, but standard coil heads worked fine, too. It looks fine on a SS Nemesis - and even better when on a brass version. :) This RG500 atomiser needs air to be supplied to it from underneath, so use only such mods. --- My original intent for getting this was to explore the "BC gurgle", as I did not believe that it was solely the mass of the volume of liquid in a tank that, under gravity, weighed on the juice ports into the coil housing, flooding the coils. I used some ten different coil heads for testing over a month or so. Some were rebuilt, some stock-standard (kangertech) yet , sadly -for the purposes of my testing- , none developed any serious BC gurgle. I did manage to induce some gurgle by dry-drawing 5 or 6 times before a vape, but this cleared quickly. It seems that increased incidence of the BC gurgle is more related to how much air is in the tank, rather than volume of liquid, as it was easier to recreate a gurgle when the tank is below a quarter-full. Inconclusive perhaps, but I suspect it is the force of a draw that may result in the gurgle, drawing ejuice by force at the juice ports at a rate higher than the wick can propagate by capillary action alone through to the coils. More air (compressible) in the tank may result in allowing too much ejuice to be drawn through/around the juice-ports into the coil housing during draws... Mesh wicks resting on cotton stubs in the juice-ports seemed to show the lowest tendency to develop the gurgle, but I can't discount my bias for such wicks.
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