SmokeTank Personal Vaporizer Review

Posted by Chris | Electronic Cigarette Reviews | Friday 5 September 2014 12:36 pm

The Verdict SmokeTip has released their first offering in the personal vaporizer category. The SmokeTank is a vaporizer that was built specifically for lovers of huge clouds of vapor. We took one for a spin to see if it lived up to the sales pitch. After logging over a week of dedicated vaping we have our official SmokeTank review to help you decide if this is the electronic cigarette for you.

The Hardware

The SmokeTank employs sturdy metal pieces that screw together tightly and did not leak during our review. Interestingly the SmokeTank is a 3 piece device instead of a 2 piece. The third section is a transition piece that connects the atomizer and tank to the battery. This piece is necessary because the tank and attie have a larger circumference than the battery. This takes away some sleekness as the device is not a uniform width, but it still looks great and is easy to tote around.

It has several features included in the initial design which were put into place specifically to increase the overall production. These additions are what defines the SmokeTank. Specifically speaking they are: the dual core atomizer, the airflow control and oversized tank/clearomizer, and the “Flavor Boost” spring tip.SmokeTank Personal Vaporizer Review

*Dual Core Attie- Dual core atomizers utilize 2 pieces of metal to heat e juice instead of just one. Double the heating area means that more juice is heated faster, resulting in a larger amount of vapor with minimal draw. Dual core atties are a go-to for manufacturers and modders who want devices that pack a punch. Their downside is that they burn through both juice and the battery’s charge significantly more quickly.

SmokeTank Personal Vaporizer Review*Airflow Control and Tank/Clearomizer- The increased size of the tank on the SmokeTank allows for more air flow. While more air flow can lead to lighter, more “airy” drags this feature works in tandem with the dual core atomizer to produce more vapor. The large atomizer delivers more vapor, and the increased air flow allows you to draw it in easily. The airflow control lets you choose the amount of air that is let into the tank and atomizer, thus giving you complete control over how the device draws. You can tighten it up for conservative drags or loosen it all the way allowing for lighter pulls.

SmokeTank Personal Vaporizer Review*Flavor Boost Spring Tip- The SmokeTank’s tip is spring loaded. Pressing the tip straight down injects a large dose of juice directly into the atomizer, which is instantly vaporized producing a dense draw of vapor that really lets the flavor of your chosen juice shine. If you are into using drip tips then this feature is for you. You can drip without unsealing your tank or loading juice every time that you want to take a drag. The SmokeTank works just fine even if you don’t use this feature. The only downsides are that you will run through juice much more quickly, and that when you wear the spring out you will be buying another tip. Otherwise this is a pretty handy feature for a vaporizer to have.

SmokeTank Personal Vaporizer Review

The Battery

SmokeTip went for a standard lithium ion battery. It is a 3 inch long metal encased manual battery, meaning that you have to push a button to fire it up when you want to take a drag. With a rating of 650 mAh the battery lasts all day without needing a charge, even for heavy vapers. Some vaporizers out there use batteries with more charging capacity, but 650mAh has become the standard for basic, yet highly effective batteries. There is no official rating on the voltage of the battery (higher voltage helps to deliver larger drags), but during our review the battery put out enough power to deliver more than satisfactory amounts of vapor. The extras discussed above are what really contribute to the SmokeTank’s generous vapor delivery, but the battery plays a part as well. All in all the battery is of good quality and does its job, but is nothing special. We are okay with that considering the additions that SmokeTip put into the rest of the device. 

The Verdict

The SmokeTank is an excellent device. It  is suitable for a first time electronic cigarette or for an upgrade from a more basic personal vaporizer. It delivers clouds of vapor and has some really unique built in functionality that gives you extra control over the entire vaping experience. We really think that SmokeTip is on to something with the SmokeTank. While many other personal vaporizers are sufficient, the SmokeTank stands out for its ability to produce vapor. If clouds and control over the device are your thing then this is the straight-forward, everyday e cigarette for you. If you just want something basic you can save a few bucks and opt for a more basic eGo-style PV. Right now the SmokeTank starter kit is going for around $80, which is about $20 more than a basic device costs. On the up and up SmokeTip does include an extra battery and a 12ml bottle of juice with the kit, along with the standard charger, wall adapter and 1 replacement atomizer. With extra pieces to account for in the transition piece and spring tip, replacement parts will also run you a few extra bucks down the road. All in all that is well worth it to us. If other devices aren’t doing it for you then the SmokeTank may be just what you are looking for. Find out more on SmokeTip.com.

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Mark Ten Electronic Cigarette Review

Posted by Chris | Electronic Cigarette Reviews | Friday 22 August 2014 3:37 pm

The Altria Group has released their introductory electronic cigarette in select markets across the United States. We were able to get a hold of one for our Mark Ten e cigarette review. As they are backed by Big Tobacco it should be pretty easy to find one if you live in any of the test markets. They are readily available at gas stations and supermarkets near us for under $10 for the basic starter kit.

Mark Ten Electronic Cigarette ReviewMark Ten Electronic Cigarette ReviewPros

*Four Draw technology produces an noticeably even drag every time

*Affordable pricing

Cons

*Some may be turned off by the small size of the device

*Product of Big Tobacco (only a con for a select set of vapers)

*Not available for sale online

The Hardware

Mark Ten Electronic Cigarette Review

The Mark Ten next to a standard disposable V2.

This new device is a cig-a-like- style e cigarette; your basic two-piece design with a battery that screws onto replaceable cartomizers. The first thing that you notice when opening the Mark Ten is its size. It’s tiny, even for a cig-a-like. With a cartomizer attached to the battery the device is just a hair longer than 3.25 inches. That’s a good inch shorter than most cig-a-likes on the market. The diameter is also less than your average device. The second thing that we noticed was that although the device is small, it is sturdy. The device is all metal with a smooth to the touch finish and a glowing plastic tip. With the majority of the device being metal, not plastic, it should hold up well to being carried around on a daily basis. Durability was not an issue during our test which lasted 6 days and numerous cartomizer replacements.

Four Draw Technology

Mark Ten’s claim to fame is the “four draw technology” built into the tips of the cartomizers. In essence the draw tip has 4 evenly spaced holes that divide and deliver the vapor, as opposed to one large hole in the center of the draw tip. There are more elaborate design changes to the inside of the carto which are in place to further improve upon how the device delivers vapor, but Mark Ten is keeping those details under their hat for now. This all sounded like a gimmick at first but it really did make a difference. The Mark Ten delivers a very nice, even draw of vapor with each drag. The delivery is noticeably different than other cig-a-likes, so Mark Ten really is on to something here. Again, they are Big Tobacco so this is an example of R&D dollars being spent to improve functionality.

The Battery

When we first saw how small the Mark Ten is we immediately questioned the battery. As per the stats in the owner’s manual the device can deliver vapor with 3.7 volts and hold a 90 mAh charge. Both of these figures are on the low side for the cig-a-like market. The 3.7 volts does deliver a solid drag. However the Mark Ten is not on par with PVs or even smaller devices with higher voltage batteries when it comes to the amount of vapor that it delivers. The draw tip is exquisite, but if you demand huge amounts of vapor then you may want to look elsewhere. It wasn’t as if the Mark Ten was entirely inadequate, but the amount of vapor delivered seemed to be average at best, even for a cig-a-like. At only 90mAh heavy vapers may worry about running out of charge. We can honestly say that the battery lasted all day and night for us without any issues. It must be recharged nightly, yet the smaller capacity still held up for daily activities. Again, if you are a heavy vaper, or heavy smoker looking to try vapor, you may want to keep a car charger around. The starter kit comes with a USB charger that is also conveniently portable.

Mark Ten does not offer refillable cartomizers, and although they claim to use 510 threading to connect the battery and cartomizers the device is not easily compatible with other hardware that uses 510 threading. We tried to use the battery with a refillable clearomizer and another brand’s cartomizer. Both attempts resulted in a shaky connection and poor vapor delivery. Like everyone else Mark Ten would prefer that you use their cartos with their batteries. Overall the Mark Ten delivers a respectable drag for a cig-alike. Yes, there are certainly more powerful devices but the user experience was pleasant, largely due to the draw tip.

Mark Ten Electronic Cigarette Review

Flavor and Vapor

Right now Mark Ten users are limited to refillable cartridges that come in either traditional tobacco or menthol. The traditional tobacco was good. We give it 4/5 stars for overall flavor. It has a significant tobacco flavor without being overbearing, and packs just a touch of sweetness. The menthol was a run of the mill mint flavor in our opinion. Nothing made the menthol stand out from any other brand out there, it wasn’t bad, just not special in any way. We give the menthol 3/5 stars which makes it about average. We would like to see more flavor options from Mark Ten in the future. Two flavor options is simply not enough when we all know what is really out there. As for throat hit Mark Ten’s blend is also very average in our opinion. You can feel a tingle when you vape but it isn’t significant. Throat hit isn’t a deciding factor in our book, but it does matter to a lot of vapers and smokers in search of a cig-a-like. All in all we rate Mark Ten’s flavor and overall vapor as “satisfactory.” It provides everything that you need from a basic device, but nothing to write home about.

The Verdict

The Mark Ten is a good, but not great, starter e cig or backup for a more advanced vaper who normally depends on a larger device. As cig-a-likes go it is well built, and we did love the Four Draw technology. It won’t be a surprise to us if other brands mimic this in the very near future as it was a noticeable improvement. The basic starter kit cost us less than $10 and included: a battery, 1 cartomizer, a USB charger, an owner’s manual and a “carrying case”. The carrying case is really just a cheap plastic tube, so we don’t see ourselves getting much use out of it. That’s okay though, as you can’t complain about a kit that costs so little while delivering a solid product. Price-wise Mark Ten has put themselves in a position to be a dollar or two cheaper than many of their competitors (in retail stores in our market), and they are not afraid to sell rechargeable kits right next to their disposbales. From a value standpoint Mark Ten delivers a slightly above average product for slightly below average cost. We’ll have see if they raise prices once they get to be a little more popular. We recommend the Mark Ten for those new to vaping or those who want a reliable backup device for the car or office. It is a respectable choice for those in the market for a cig-a-like.

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V2 Series 3 Personal Vaporizer Review

Posted by Chris | Electronic Cigarette Reviews | Wednesday 30 July 2014 5:06 pm

V2 Series 3 Personal Vaporizer Review

With the race to create the best electronic cigarette well on its way we are starting to see a ton of improvement in the products that are available. V2 recently announced their Pro Series which will consist of three personal vaporizers. They have released the first of the line, the V2 Pro Series 3. We recently got our hands on one and took it for a spin for our latest e cigarette review.

Pros

*Sleek modern design

*Your choice of three tanks (most modern vaporizer technology of any large scale manufacturer currently on the market)

*Magnetic connections

*Above average vapor output

Cons

*Battery output tops out at 4.2 volts (many PV’s in this size and price range deliver up to 4.8 allowing for slightly more vapor output)

*Battery capacity of 650mAh (some PV’s in this size and price range are capable of 1,000 mAh which results in a longer lasting battery)

*Must buy extra tanks separately

Full V2 Series 3 Review

The Hardware

The Series 3 is finished with stainless steel (which is available brushed in your choice of silver, black or blue) and has a uniform diameter amongst all of the connecting pieces. Each piece is sturdy, our test made us the confident that the Series 3 would be durable overtime. V2 even opted for a glass clearomizer for the liquid tank, which is a plus because plastic tanks crack and discolor more easily and just feel cheaper. Better materials almost always equate to a better device, V2 definitely nailed it here. Measuring in at just shy of six inches, this persona vaporizer is a pretty standard size and is entirely portable.

The tank options are the most intriguing thing (to us) about this device. As of the writing of this review we don’t know of any other major manufacturer with such a device, and believe us we did web and telephone research to confirm. Users select one of three tanks: one for e liquids, one for dried leaves, and one for oils. Yes, you have to purchase extra tanks but the potential options are more than worth it. The tanks are all good size (the e liquid tank holds 1.6 ml, more than enough to get you through the day) and seamlessly attach to the battery. The magnets create a strong connecting force as the device never came apart in our pocket. We have definitely broken devices that screw together while on the go, so the ability for the device to simply detach if put under enough pressure, as opposed to breaking, is a huge plus. Speaking to technology the tanks each contain a microchip that, when connected to the battery, automatically communicate the temperature setting that is needed to vaporize any of the three materials that the tank may contain. While we do like variable voltage devices that allow you to select battery output (which the Series 3 does not), this feature represents a huge advancement in e cigarette technology. The battery held its charge and lasted through the day with ease even when used heavily, we do recommend charging nightly.

 

V2 Series 3 Personal Vaporizer Review

Use and Vapor Output

V2 states that the Pro Series 3 is by design ideal for vaporizing liquids (the upcoming Series 7 is “optimized” for vaporizing loose leaves and yet to be released Series 9 is said to be the techie’s dream vape). Thus the liquid tank was our go-to for this review. The tank loads easily. It is a standard bottom coil tank system that you load by unscrewing the top cap and pouring in your juice of choice. V2 would prefer that you use theirs but we used multiple brands in our test and the device delivered vapor as it should have. The magnetic attachment feature made putting the device together and breaking it down a breeze.

Vaping Liquids

Vapor output was above average in our opinion. There are certainly devices out there that deliver larger quantities of vapor than the Series 3, however this device easily performed  well enough to be used daily. The vapor output bested any disposable e cig, cig-a-like or any of the hundreds of cheap corner store variety personal vaporizers that are out there on the market. You can pick a juice with more VG if you prefer clouds of vapor, but unless you absolutely must exhale enough vapor to fog out a room then V2’s Series 3 will certainly do the trick.

Vaping Dried Leaves

We also took the dry leaf tank for a spin. We chose a rolling tobacco that was recommended at a local smoke shop. We advise choosing a rolling tobacco over a pipe tobacco as it is cut smaller and thus is easier to vaporize. It does take a few minutes for the battery to heat up enough to vaporize dry leaves, but when it is ready it worked perfectly. This was the first experience with vaporizing tobacco leaves for most of us so we can’t tell you if there is a better device out there. We can tell that it was a very interesting vape and we enjoyed the flavor. We did not test the oil tank, hopefully we will have that opportunity in the future, if so we will update this review.

The Verdict

The price is very fair; a starter kit that includes the battery, a liquid tank, and a charger is $59.00 right now. You can add on the loose leaf cartridge for $24.99 which isn’t too bad when compared to similar devices. We would go with V2 over some of the other brands out there due to the fact that we know V2 is established and not a fly by night manufacturer. Aside from price the V2 represents a step forward in e cigarette technology. Like we said, no other established manufacturer that we know of has such a device. If you are an early adopter then this is definitely the PV for you. Lastly the myriad of options: juice, loose leaf or wax, makes the Series 3 one of, if not the most, versatile portable vaporizer on the market right now. You can check out the rest of the Pro Series line and pick up a Series 3 for yourself on V2’s website.

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South Beach Smoke Air Personal Vaporizer Reviewed

Posted by Chris | Electronic Cigarette Reviews | Monday 19 May 2014 2:14 pm

It seems that the electronic cigarette has all but officially gone the way of the personal vaporizer. South Beach Smoke, one of the first companies to bring cig-a-like- style electronic cigarettes to the mainstream, has just released their very own personal vaporizer. They are calling their it the South Beach Smoke Air. We took one for a test drive over the past week, and are ready to share what we found out about one of the newest PVs on the market.

The Hardware

South Beach Smoke Air Personal Vaporizer ReviewedSize is the first factor that you will notice. The Air is about as compact as a personal vaporizer gets. With a battery that measures in at just 4” and a tank that falls in at around 2” it slides easily into a shirt or pant pocket while you are on the go. The battery delivers 350mAh, which isn’t too shabby for a compact. It produces enough vapor to satisfy, but is not the battery that you want if your goal is to spew enormous clouds of vapor. The Air did just fine to get me through the day and even an evening out for cocktails. If you are set on a larger battery you do have options. The starter kit comes with the Mini battery, however South Beach Smoke does offer both a Standard 650mAh battery and a High Capacity 900mAh option. Both of these batteries are larger which takes away some of the compactness, but that is the trade-off with pretty much every e cig out there.

The tank is sturdy and sleek. Based in stainless steel and glass it is technically a clearomizer and holds up to 1 ml of juice. The tip is plastic, but it is well designed and seals tightly when screwed on to the tank and even comes with a stainles stell cap to seal your device when you aren’t vaping. One thing that makes the Air a bit different is that you don’t replace the atomizer when it wears out; rather you replace the entire tank. The “hidden wick” atomizer is built right into the tank itself.  That might sound like a negative, but the tanks are priced at just $10 which is about the amount that many PV manufacturers would charge you for a replacement atomizer alone.

South Beach Smoke Air Personal Vaporizer Reviewed

Compatibility

South Beach Smoke does warn you to only use their e juices in the Air. While this is something that we hear from every manufacturer, the atomizer will perform differently if you use other liquids. It really boils down to the fact that South Beach Smoke uses a 70/30 PG/VG mix. This ratio gives you more throat hit and less of the cloud effect. If you were to use a mix with the same or very similar ratio you should be just fine. Be cautious of using mixes that favor vegetable glycerin (VG), as they will probably gunk up the atomizer and make vaping considerably more difficult and less satisfying. With the popularity of custom e liquid you won’t have any trouble at all finding another juice to vape with the Air. On the up and up South Beach Smoke does have a solid selection of very tasty juices.

In the spirit of compatibility the Air features “eGo-like” manufacturing. The battery has outward facing 510 threading. As this is one of the most standard threading sizes on the market you are open to switching out tanks down the road if you prefer. The compact battery will definitely come in handy with other tanks for use when you are out and about.

Overall the South Beach Smoke Air is a good device for intermediary and casual vapers. The performance and battery life are both more than ample. The Air delivers smooth, consistent doses of vapor and is easy to travel with. The best part is the price. Starter Kits are at $29.99 right now. That’s about as inexpensive as a PV gets, and you still get South Beach Smoke quality. Not a bad purchase at all if you are in need of an everyday device that you can enjoy both at home and on the go. You can get your hands on one in no time by visiting South Beach Smoke online.

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Do You Really Need an RBA; Kanger Protank and Aerotank Reviewed

Posted by Chris | Electronic Cigarette Reviews | Friday 9 May 2014 12:48 pm

When it comes to delivering a satisfying vape experience, there are two main mechanical considerations. Certainly your battery plays a large role in the overall experience. Many people swear by mechanical mods, while others claim that variable voltage or wattage mods deliver the best experience. More power and higher amperage translates into the ability to produce larger clouds of vapor. The second consideration is your tank. The mods and clearomizers I first purchased when I began vaping are things I’ve long ago thrown away or handed down to new vapers, with one notable exception: the Kanger Protank.

Do You Really Need an RBA; Kanger Protank and Aerotank Reviewed

Kanger’s Protank

When Kanger first introduced its bottom-coil Protank several years ago, it completely changed the vaping experience for a good many vapers. Gone were the dreaded “dry hits” and neon plastic tanks, replaced now with the stainless steel and Pyrex Protank that didn’t suffer from the cracking and leaks that previous tanks were prone to developing.  Though the Protank 1 didn’t use a drip tip, vapers like myself found ourselves abandoning our carefully curated drip tip collection. The Protank really was just that good.

Kanger also distinguishes itself by constantly innovating their Protank design. The original Protank was replaced last year by the Protank 2. It featured a reinforced base, replaceable Pyrex tank, and customizable drip tip. The latest version of the Protank is the Kanger Aerotank, which has added an airflow control ring and the ability to accommodate dual coil heads. Kanger will soon release the Aerotank-Mega to this already stellar lineup, which provides all the improvements of the Aerotank as well as a massive 3.8ml capacity.

Do You Really Need an RBA; Kanger Protank and Aerotank Reviewed

Kanger’s Aerotank

In a vaping culture that has come to be dominated by rebuildable atomizers, it’s all too easy to dismiss tanks that use replaceable coil heads. However, this is due in large part to the fact that vapers favor rebuildable atomizers on the perception that pre-built coil heads deliver an inferior experience. While this may be true of some pre-built coil heads, Kanger coil heads consistently deliver an amazing vaping experience.  It certainly doesn’t hurt that many Kanger coil-heads are compatible with multiple Kanger models. In addition, Protank heads come in resistances from 1.7-2.6ohms, which allows for a level of customization that vapers simply can’t achieve with most pre-built heads.

The 510 threading that Kanger tanks feature means that they are easily compatible with many mods. Even vapers who prefer to use the eGo style batteries can utilize certain Protanks. Kanger makes “mini” versions of the Protank 2 and Aerotank that feature eGo threading. This is especially attractive for beginning vapers who don’t want to spend the money on a large mod, but don’t want to sacrifice vaping quality. It’s amazing how much using a quality mini-tank on an eGo style battery can improve the experience. The difference is so dramatic that I’ve seen users that regularly prefer big battery mods carry an eGo battery with a Aerotank-mini on it for when they are on the go.

Simply put, if you want consistent quality, superior construction, affordable price, and convenience, then the Protank is for you. For several years now, Kanger has been proving that you don’t need to buy complicated tanks and mods to get a top quality vaping experience. While Kanger does have a website, they aren’t currently selling their products there. Not to worry, they wholesale and you can pick up a Kanger Protank from a huge variety of vendors both online and at brick and mortar shops near you.

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Personal Vaporizer Review; iGreenVape’s Dragon

Posted by Chris | Electronic Cigarette Reviews | Wednesday 19 March 2014 11:35 am

As vaping continues to grow we are seeing more and more manufacturers release personal vaporizers, in addition to disposables and cig-a-likes. This seems to be the natural progression, as many experienced vapers prefer PVs. We got ahold of iGreenVape’s Dragon Premium Vaporizer for our latest review.

The Hardware

Personal Vaporizer Review; iGreenVapes DragonThe Dragon is a straight forward vaporizer. You get a 900 mAh manual battery, and a 1.6 ml clearomizer that transfers liquid to a 3 ml bottom-coil atomizer. The battery itself has a black finish; stainless steel, pink and more colorful batteries are also available. iGreenVape quotes 15-20 hours of vaping per charge. Our testing found this claim to be accurate, which really adds to the value of The Dragon. Constantly having to charge, or constantly running out of charge is just plain annoying.

The clearomizer is built onto a metal frame which is another selling point for this device. Avoid buying plastic based tanks or clearomizers, they are generally cheap and will break or wear out quickly. The tank on the clearomizer holds 1.6 ml of juice. Even a heavy vaper can get through several days with a tank this size. The clearomizer is wicked with string. Switching out wicks is easy with this particular clearomizer. At most you may want to grab a pair of tweezers, but even less experienced users will find maintenance to be simple. The atomizer itself really does deliver. A solid vape produces a cloud of vapor. While we do agree with their claims on throat hit, keep in mind that throat hit is as also a factor of how they mix their e liquid. Not to say that hardware doesn’t play a necessary role, but it’s still important to think about when factoring throat hit into the criteria for your next personal vaporizer purchase. The tip provided with The Dragon is plastic. We would prefer a different material here; however plastic tips are pretty standard with PVs, especially devices that are as affordably priced as The Dragon. Overall the design, functionality and sturdiness of The Dragon itself make it a solid choice for anyone in the market for a new electronic cigarette. Some may refer to PVs like The Dragon as being entry level, but we still use PVs like this on a daily basis. The Dragon will enter the rotation and become a mainstay. Its sturdiness alone makes it a good device to use when out and about.

Personal Vaporizer Review; iGreenVapes Dragon

The Liquid

iGreenVape offers over 20 different flavors of e liquid. They go with an 80/20 PG to VG (propylene glycol to vegetable glycerin) mix. The fact that their liquids are heavy on propylene glycol mean that you get a noticeable throat hit, and a thinner juice that is less likely to dry and clog up your atomizer and wicking system. We put their Red Tobacco (you can guess which analog they were going for with this one), Vanilla and Vitamin C flavors to the test. For a traditional tobacco flavored offering iGreenVape’s Red Tobacco is very much worth checking out. Not overbearingly sweet like the offerings from some others, it provided a satisfying vape even when used three days in a row. The vanilla was good, but honestly not that much different than most of the vanilla options out there. Realistically everyone is using vanilla extract and sweeteners, so it isn’t that surprising that we haven’t found a vanilla that really sticks out. The Vitamin C was very interesting. It seemed to be a true mix of several citrus flavors. Very satisfying and a little sweet, we were glad that we got to try this one. Aside from what we tried iGreenVape has at least three other flavors geared towards those who want something in a traditional tobacco flavor. They also have two offerings that will satisfy vapers who want menthol. On top of that they have some creative flavorings like Ginseng (no word yet on whether you are supposed to get a mental boost from vaping it). They do recommend sticking to their juice when using The Dragon, but part of that is just marketing. We used another label in The Dragon and had no issues.

Overall The Dragon is a great personal vaporizer. Right now starter kits sit at $50, and come with a bottle of juice and everything that you need to vape. That’s a pretty good deal these days. You can find cheaper kits online but most of those are on the extremely low end of the vapor totem pole. The quality of the device makes $50 fair in our minds. It’s certainly less than some of the competition who have similar PVs for sale. Our test leads us to believe that The Dragon will hold up well, it really is a product of sound engineering. This device is easy enough for a beginner to use, yet delivers enough vapor to satisfy an experienced vaper. Experienced vapers who want a beefier device will have to spend considerably more money, or break into modding and piece together their own e cig. iGreenVape also has cig-a-likes and disposables. We haven’t had the opportunity to try them yet, but will be sure to update you when we do!

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5 Tanks That Will Change Your Life

Posted by Chris | Electronic Cigarette Reviews | Wednesday 12 March 2014 4:11 pm

If the most important part of an e-cigarette is the e-liquid, then an e-cig’s tank doesn’t rank that far behind. It’s not just because the tank is what holds e-liquid, either. Depending on your unit, it’s what determines your tip. For any unit, coupled with your atomizer it’s what determines vapor production and maximizes – or can ruin – your flavor experience and throat hit. (While the flavor and throat hit are normally determined by the e-liquid itself, by the ingredient options and the PG/VG ratio respectively, if you put a high quality e-juice in a poor quality tank, you’re not going to get the full impact of your juice.)

So what tanks should you be considering to top your latest mod? Take a look at our top tanks list, and springboard into a new experience.

5 Tanks That Will Change Your LifeRussian 91%

Distributed by Kebo, the Russian 91% is a clone of they Kayfun Lite, featuring solid 316 stainless steel tank that features a clear plastic window, an adjustable 510 center pin, an Underpressure DIY Atomizer, and (unlike the Kayfun original) air-flow control. All components are compatible to the original Kayfun Lite, of course. The kit comes with a 510 drip tip adapter, a needle bottle, and one wick with heating wire.

 Unlike most “clones,” the Russian has become a force in its own right, with clones of the Russian 91% popping up for sale online. The Russian might be based on the Kayfun, but unlike most clones, it’s not just a copy. The air-flow control and other minor improvements set the Russian apart from other “clones.” It’s become so popular that the price of the Russian is close to the original Kayfun.

 List Price: $99

 

5 Tanks That Will Change Your LifeKayfun Lite Plus

A clone is good, but sometimes you just want to enjoy the original. By SvoëMesto and machined in Germany, this newer, better Kayfun also features air-flow control with a screw on bottom cap, not to mention a redesigned and removeable drip tip and top cap. Featuring a stainless steel and Makrolon center tube, this 4.5 mL tank features a 510 connector, ProVari Cone, RBA, and drip tip bender.

 Replacement Makrolon will be available in colors in the near future. Vapers should note that this tank is considered a “fit flavor,” which means it isn’t meant for billowy vapor creation.

 List Price: $112

5 Tanks That Will Change Your LifeFogger v3.5

The Fogger is a tank unlike any other. Created by YiLoong, vapers have loved every version of this tank despite the quirks associated with earlier models. The plumes of vapor you’ll get with every draw let this tank live up to its name. Made of pure 316 stainless steel and tiered Pyrex view window with a removable metal tank sleeve, this 6 mL tank features an Air Flow Control ring at the base which controls airflow over four 1 mm side holes, an adjustable 510 center pin, and a 510 drip tip. It also comes pre-coiled with either silica or mesh.

 Vapers should be aware that previous versions of this tank were prone to cracking. This tank uses an RBA, and 0.5ohm to 3ohm coil builds are recommended.

 5 Tanks That Will Change Your LifeList Price: $50

TI Steam Turbine

The Steam Turbine is another singular tank, and since it’s crafted by Doc Dave (making this tank U.S.-made by one of the legends of vapor), it’s no wonder. You can pick one up in either stainless steel or titanium, with intricate and sophisticated designs that protect a Pyrex center. This 3 mL tank features three wick holes, two pairs of air holes, a Genesis atomizer, and a reduced atomizing chamber for the single best flavor a tank can offer. It also offers the flexibility of operating with a single, dual, or U-wick.

 This tank is a hefty 21 mm in diameter. Vapers should note that this tank does not come preassembled.

 List Price: $190

Aspire Nautilus – Adjustable Airflow Tank

5 Tanks That Will Change Your LifeJust because a tank has great airflow and a high e-liquid capacity doesn’t mean a tank has to be RBA, complicated, and expensive. The Nautilus is well liked and dependable, thanks in no small part to the lower ring that offers four air hole sizes with just a twist: .9mm, 1.1mm, 1.4mm, 1.8mm. That means you can control the airflow, vapor temperature, and maximize or minimize vapor as desired. This 5 mL tank features stainless steel and Pyrex, a bottom dual coil, and an eGo threaded cone. The unit comes with a replacement atomizer, as well, so if you can’t put the Nautilus down, you don’t have to run to your brick-and-mortar right off the bat.

This tank is made of glass, and while Pyrex is a little more sturdy than most glass, it can shatter. Vapers should be aware that the Nautilus can only accept Aspire Nautilus coils. Cleaning and refilling are also very particular, so vapers new to the Nautilus should read the manual.

List Price: $36

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Vaperzone Banks on Personal Vaporizers Over Cig-a-Likes

Posted by Chris | Electronic Cigarette Reviews | Monday 10 February 2014 2:39 pm

When comparing what are commonly called cig-a-like e-cigarettes and personal vaporizers you will find a significant number of differences. It’s basically like using two different types of vehicles to get to the same location. They both use batteries to vaporize e-liquid, allowing the user to have an experience similar to smoking, only without tobacco. Aside from these basic connections, the two types of devices are quite different.

Vaperzone Banks on Personal Vaporizers Over Cig a LikesE-cigs look and feel similar to traditional cigarettes, but they have considerably less battery power, and can only do so much. While two piece e-cigarettes may be the standard that most people associate with e-smoking right now, vaporizers have become massively popular among new and more mainstream vapers recently and they are changing the way people vape. Vaporizers generally do not look like typical e-cigarettes. In fact they often resemble electronic wands or oversized pens more than a tobacco cigarettes They also present a much greater amount of power, allowing for more vapor with each and every drag. These batteries work with different tanks, cartomizers and clearomizers, as well as various other types of accessories such as atomizer heads, collars, and drip tips. It’s all about the experience with these devices. Users get to tailor them to their preferences; which is one of the most important reasons e-smokers, and even regular cigarette smokers are switching to them.

Basic 2-piece e-cigs, such as GreenSmoke or V2, are straight forward devices that do not offer many frills or options. Batteries are not much different from one device to the next, and there tend to be fewer flavor options. The throat hit that the smaller 2-piece e cigs deliver is almost never on par with what one can get out of a personal vaporizer. Yes, they have the familiar cigarette look and feel, but the overall experience is not quite the same. For those who want a more intense performance, more flavor options, and the ability to get their e cig to do more for them, the answer has become personal vaporizers.

Vaperzone Banks on Personal Vaporizers Over Cig a Likes One company that has embraced the personal vaporizer over the 2-piece e cig is VaporZone. They have been getting a lot of attention for their PVs lately. Currently they offer a line of five different personal vaporizers. Their selection gives you everything from an entry level option up to their Rebel, which allows you to switch out tanks and even choose between different batteries so that you get the exact vaping experience that you are after. Of course, they do still offer a line of 2-piece electronic cigarettes to round out their offerings

In addition to devices VaporZone makes incredibly potent e-liquids right here in the United States.  To date they have developed more than 50 flavors. If you are in the mood for something a little different you can mix and blend their flavor offerings at will, and they will send you your own personalized e liquid cocktail. One thing that is defineitley worth noting about VaporZone is that they are looking ahead and have already registered their lab and recipes with the FDA. In a time when some are skeptical about the ingredients in electronic cigarettes, VaporZone is making the statement that they have nothing to hide. To learn more about the difference between devices that use cartomizers verse tanks take a moment to read this article.

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