I am like most of the vapers out there: in constant need of gear. When I first started vaping, I started with the Kanger T3 clearomizer and absolutely hated them. They leaked, gurgled, couldn't hold "killer" juices that I wanted to vape, but I liked the look of a tank. Luckily, the Protank was just hitting the market. After a week of much frustration with the T3, which almost drove me back to analogs, but I'm a bull-headed persistent one who borderlines obsessive, I got some Protanks.
I really like the durability and look of the Protank and thought I found the end-all....that is until I came across a thread on here mentioning the merits of the Tatroe Protank mod, or as they call it, the Tatroe Tank.
This tank is a stainless steel (SS) version of the Protank and works with the Protank base. I have discovered that I have an attraction to SS with my vape gear with black being a close second. Naturally, I was attracted to that look of an all SS tank. I eyeballed this thing at the CigTechs website for some time without taking the plunge because they were out of the base add on option. I didn't want an odd man out as the saying goes.
Impatient as I am, I just ordered it and figured to pick up a base at another time. C'mon, Discount Vapors...get your stock back up!
Now, we're on to the review...I got the grooved tank because I knew I would enjoy rubbing my thumb on the grooves from time to time (I can be rather fidgety).
- SOLID, SOLID, SOLID in construction. I feel like this tank would survive a nuclear blast. Okay, I'm exaggerating, but this thing will let you vape battery acid if you chose to do so (ATTENTION: DO NOT VAPE BATTERY ACID!!!!).
- Aesthetics: this thing looks awesome on my eVic and Vamo. I really like the design of the mod with good angles / lines, and I also am impressed with the curve of the barrel.
- Aesthetics Finish: This has what looks like the brushed finish rather than a satin finish. It has a bit of a sheen to it whereas a satin finish is less glossy. It is smooth to the touch. I thought the grooves might have a bit of sharpness to them, but they don't.
- Drip Tip: this is built to fit any 510 drip tip, so you can have a choose-your-own-adventure with drip tips: glass, metal, etc.... Some folks I know have complained about the metal tip of the Protank hitting their teeth.
- Capacity: this holds a bit more juice than the actual Protank (~2.5-ish vs. ~3.2-ish). I measured it out, and it's true that this does hold a bit more.
- Obvious: there's no window, so you can't see the juice level. But, a quick open to check is a simple fix (more on this below).
- Gurgling: I still get some of the half-way point negative pressure build up gurgling that the actual Protank suffers from, so this is a good indicator that your tank is half full. With this and the Protank, when the gurgling starts, I like to do a disassemble / clean: both shafts (tank and atty head), under the cup shaped gasket (that's on the center shaft), the wicks, the base (where the atty head screws into the base), the threads of the tank, etc. However, this half-way point gurgling isn't as "juicy" as with the actual Protank.
- Vision / View: if my lighting is a bit dim at fill up time, it's a little difficult to see how close my juice is to the top.
- I do wish they would offer other finishes than just brushed. A polished (high gloss) or satin (low gloss) would be interesting for sure.
- Drip Tip: This does not come with a drip tip, and that's not very clear in the description on the website. So, I could see someone who doesn't own a drip tip getting this and being frustrated that they have to hunt down a tip to use with their awesome new tank. CigTechs only offers one drip tip in their online store, and it doesn't look that interesting anyway.
- Airy draw: This has the same base as the Protank, so I still get the airy draw. It's a little better but still present. However, an air-flow control adapter fixed this airy draw quite nicely. You can see my adapter in the pic above.
*Note on airy draw* The center shaft in the tank is a little smaller than the Protank's, so this tightens the draw a bit. I can't get a cotton swab in the shaft of the Tatroe when I can with the Protank.
- Price: it is a chunk of change for a tank ($35 w/o base - $40 w/ base compared to a $16~$25 range for an actual Protank), but it's solid and vapes well.
What I like about the fine folks at CigTechs:
- Shipping was quick: IL to GA in a few days. It was packaged nicely in a Tatroe Mod custom cardboard box, and my second tank came in a nice felt-ish pouch.
- Customer Service: When I ordered my grooved edition, they were out of bases, and I liked the tank so much that I ordered the smooth one when they were back in stock of bases. I put a comment in the order instructions about them being out of bases and if they could toss me one if they had one to spare and, of course, offered for them to add on the $5 with my order. They sent me an extra base at no extra charge. From all of us here at ECF, I'm HippieAngst; you stay classy CigTechs.
Link to the Tatroe Mod page: Click me!
Bottom line: If you're on the market for a tank that can hold battery acid (REMINDER: DO NOT VAPE BATTERY ACID), this is the mod for you, 4/5 stars from me. They just added a blue version, and maybe they'll add more colors. Feel free to reply with thoughts, contradictions, compliments, bad jokes, good jokes, etc, etc..
As always, happy vaping