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Disappointed in iclear 30s

Discussion in 'Tanks, clearomizers and drop-in coils' started by Dustbuster, Dec 12, 2013.

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  1. Dustbuster

    Dustbuster Full Member

    Sep 21, 2013
    Let me preface this by saying that I own several of the original style iclear 30, and I am a huge fan of how they perform. Granted, I go through juice at an alarming rate when I'm using the iclear, but the flavor, throat hit, and giant clouds of vapour make it worth the extra juice.
    Anyways, picked up an itaste vtr last week, which comes with the new style of iclear, the 30s (or is it s30? Doesn't matter really) I don't know if I got a bum unit, but this thing doesn't even come close to the original iclear performance wise. It gurgles, it leaks juice out the bottom, and worst of all, the flavor of my blueberry tobacco is muted to the point of almost being completely tasteless.
    I don't know what they changed in there, there's a metal post in the middle that contains the wicks, not sure if the coil is the same or not. Anyways, it sucks. I'm super happy with the vtr itself, it is a powerful little device, it looks cool as hell, and at just under one pound of solid steel, it doubles as a blunt object. I am using one of my older iclears in it right now and it delivers one hell of a vape. Has anyone else found the new iclear s30 to be subpar? Did I just get a bum unit that slipped through the gaping cracks that are chineses quality control? Also, I haven't taken it apart yet and it's full of juice so I don't plan to just yet, so can someone tell me, are the replacement coils the same as the ones in the original iclear 30?
  2. Fulgurant

    Fulgurant Super Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 21, 2013
    Philadelphia, PA, USA
    As far as I know, the coils are the same in the newer S model of the iClear 30. The casing on the outside of the head is the only notable difference in the design.

    That said, most people on the forum (based on a casual reading of it) seem to prefer the new style of head. It's possible you just got a dud head. Happens.
  3. VaporClouds

    VaporClouds Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 4, 2013
    Bethel Island, CA
    Yeah i dont like it either, different strokes for different folks i guess.
  4. djtonyb

    djtonyb Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 19, 2010
    Big Pine Key
    I was not impressed with the 30S that came with my VTR. You can crank them up a lot higher than the Protank 2 or Davide, but the flavor is very muted for me. Glad I didn't spend a bunch of $$$ on replacement heads.
  5. wonner

    wonner Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 13, 2013
    After trying to love the iClear 30, Protank 3, and then the iClear 30S, they are now all cleaned and packed away.

    IMHO, a good cartomizer is superior in almost every respect. It seemed convenient to have a tank of juice always ready, but taste trumps convenience and switching a cargo is hardly an inconvenience.

  6. Dustbuster

    Dustbuster Full Member

    Sep 21, 2013
    I enjoy cartos too, carto tanks even more, but I find the flavor in the iclear to be great when I crank it up to 7 or 8 watts. Burns through juice like crazy but I like big lungfuls of vapor and the iclear delivers on that.
    Not the 30s though. I don't know why putting the wicks inside that center post has such a dramatic effect on flavor, but it does. I thought it might just be the juice as it was a fresh bottle that just arrived in the mail, but I tried the same juice in an old model iclear and it's got plenty of flavor. Blueberry tobacco by Juicy Clear. Mmmmmmm......
  7. dwarfcat

    dwarfcat Super Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 15, 2013
    Grand Rapids MI
    Picked up an itaste 30s today. I have never used the regular Itaste 30 so I cannot comment on difference. However, as of right now im enjoying the 30s. I seem to be getting good vape and flavor out of it. My protank lately has seemed to gum up a coil within 30 min of cleaning and dry burning. Im sure ill run into issues at some point but for right now no complaints.
  8. Slots

    Slots Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 20, 2012
    Eastern Wa.
    I found that my Ibtanked fit in it just as good as the iClear30S or ProTank.
    So you can use clearo's or carto's ... your choice
  9. Maka

    Maka Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 19, 2012
    High on Vaping
    I was a huge fan of the iClear 30 and couldn't get anything else which I liked.
    Then came the iClear 30S, tried it as soon as I got it i wasn't that impressed, took me a few weeks on and off it till it started to impress me a lot.
    Now all I use are 2 of them, but they do leak a very little out of the bottom, usually once a day I have to un-screw it from my device and just give it a clean with some tissue.

    So for me, I am loving it....
  10. rynelson85

    rynelson85 Full Member

    Sep 17, 2013
    Wichita KS
    I enjoy both the 30 and 30s... That said I predominantly use the 30s with MBV banana cream pie. All day vape flavor in a great vapor producing reliable package. I also have a cartotank and a few evod with me to switch flavors around but go through at least 2.5ml a day out of the 30s. I'm on my second coil in just over a month which is pretty reasonable life too IMO.
  11. bmilt

    bmilt Full Member Verified Member

    Jul 30, 2013
    winston-salem, nc
    ive used an iclear 30S EXCLUSIVELY for almost 2 months, vaping about 5 ML a day and never leaked a drop out of guys letting that very bottom ring get loose or something? sometimes it does that
  12. Dustbuster

    Dustbuster Full Member

    Sep 21, 2013
    After breaking in the 30s for a little over a week it seems to be performing much better. This seems to be the case with both the 30 and the 30s, as now that I think about it, I remember being underwhelmed by the 30 when I first got it. It also got better once I broke it in.
    I have yet to find a better clearo than the iclear 30. Does it ever chug the juice though
  13. Johnny Popular

    Johnny Popular Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 4, 2013
    New Mexico
    My first iClear 30s head leaked and gurgled as well, so I got another. it looked cheap-o unmarked, bad casting, but let me tell you I've had it in there almost two months now and it has performed beautifully. No leaks or gurgles, huge clouds. They do seem to consume more juice than the original iC30. I then went back and bought that entire box of iC30s heads for spares. When I do have to switch it out I hope the rest are as good as this one.
  14. ycromo

    ycromo Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 3, 2013
    Menlo Park, CA, USA
    i find it hard to clean the gunk out of the i30s coils.
    but when it is clean, it vapes like a champ.
  15. Johnny Popular

    Johnny Popular Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 4, 2013
    New Mexico

    Very hard to clean, I have yet to try. I just keep one flavor (It is my dedicated RY4 tank) in it and leave it that way.
  16. Muggs

    Muggs Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 8, 2013
    I couldn't agree more. Between me and 3 of my vaping employees I think I have tried every tank setup there is including the 30s and my carto tanks are superior by far.
  17. Truetopath

    Truetopath Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 30, 2013
    Lake View, NY
    I've been using mine for 3 days now and haven't had any issues...I do enjoy my carto tanks though!

    CASAA member 2013

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  18. gerrymi

    gerrymi Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Jul 12, 2013
    The 'Burgh, PA.
    JUST got my iClear 30s. I am SO disappointed in it...OK taste, minimal throat hit and minimal vapor...even at 10.5 Watts on my VV V3.

    But your post gives me "hope" I won't throw it out the window quite yet.
  19. Jay-dub

    Jay-dub Moved On

    Oct 10, 2013
    Kansas City, MO
    Mine works great! I had one and liked it so much I bought a second. The second had a bad head so I ordered a pack and it works fine now. The 30S works for months on a single head for me. I get good flavor and a fulfilling lung full of vapor. I just clean them every week or two by soaking them for 24hrs in 91%+ alcohol in an ultrasonic cleaner that I run periodically throughout that time. I started off on a PT2 so the low maintenance and quality of vape is a godsend in contrast.
  20. Recycled Roadkill

    Recycled Roadkill Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 13, 2013
    Garland, TX
    I also love the iClear30s. The 30 gives me a tight vape but I prefer the more airy draw of the 30s. Overfilling will cause it to flood and when I'm 1 ml down on the juice I've found I need to roll the juice around to keep the coil wet. Great flavor but I can easily go thru 3 ml of juice at the rate of 1 ml per hour. A fully charged battery 2000 mAh battery will last me about 3 hours at 10 watts. BTW, the replacement of coils for the 30 are not the same as the 30s and one won't work in the other.

    That's the good and bad of it for me.
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