IBTanked is a relatively new vendor offering pyrex glass tanks for a few months now. These tanks have been becoming increasingly popular. I noticed that there are no indepth reviews for these tanks here so since I have had a couple for some time and now own a total of five of them, I decided to make a review.
Vendor and Website
This is a family run operation. OCD is the glass expert and handles all the material aspects of the business. His daughter is the actual owner of the business and is the artist for the custom paint applications. His wife handles orders and the business end. Their business offers fast and complete customer service and delivery.
The recently updated website is user-friendly and guides potential buyers step by step to order their pyrex tube of choice and choice of either stainless steel or acrylic endcaps. The website also has a wide variety of drip tips and pre-punched cartomizers in a variety of resistances and carto lengths.
OCD is also providing pyrex tube replacements for some of the newer RBA tanks and is in the process of collecting a variety of tube diameters to replace the polycarbonate tubes of the older-style tanks of other manufacturers. Just provide him with precise measurements of the inner diameter and length of tube you require and he can let you know if he can set you up. The website also is loaded with high quality images of all of their products.
When ready to order, choose which of two diameter of tanks you wish to buy. You are given a choice to order between a slim 19 inch tube in a standard length (35mm cartos) or XL (45mm cartos). My tanks are this diameter and are the perfect diameter for my Provari. The other size is the 25mm diameter tube also available in standard and XL. The slim tubes are the nominal price of only $5; the wider tubes are also inexpensive at $7. Custom paints raise the price upwards to $10 or more more, but many of these are quite beautiful and unique. The slim tanks hold a capacity between 1.5ml to 2ml depending upon tube length. The wider tanks hold a capacity between 5ml to 8ml, depending upon length.
After ordering your tube, next choose from a large selection of either acrylic or stainless steel endcaps. The acrylic caps are only available for the slim tanks at the moment, and the price for them is $12.50. Price for stainless steel caps run between $17.50 to $22.50 for the slim, additional $3 for the wide tanks.
The Tank Review
I now have five of the slim tanks with the acrylic caps. These are fine quality tanks even before considering how inexpensive they are. The glass appears to be of a high quality with professionally finished edges. They appear to be durable, mine have fallen from rolling off of a chair without breakage, unlike a couple of tanks from another vendor whose glass shattered. The acrylic end caps that I have on my tanks are well-machined and polished with properly fitting o-rings. Cartomizers and tube fit the the endcaps snuggly, no slippy-slidey.
Acompanying each tank are extra o-rings and a "Thingy". This is a clear plastic bottle and cap that can be used after filling your tank to encourage movement of the juice in the tank to saturate the cartomizer. Just place the filled tank into the bottle and open and close the cap several times. I've not tried this manuever, but I've read that it really works.
What else is there to say? These are high quality pyrex tanks that are extremely affordable with a wild variety of tubes and end caps to choose from. They appear to be durable and come in two sizes to fit any device you own. Customer service and delivery is second to none. You can easily get two of these tanks for the same price of a Phiniac tank. I highly recommend these tanks for beginner and experienced cartotankers alike.
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