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Moving on to a carto tank

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  1. jackthoma

    jackthoma Full Member

    Oct 9, 2013
    Savage, MN
    Hey, I've decided to finally give up on clearomizers and move on to a carto tank. I'm planning to buy one in a few days at a nearby store instead of dealing with a website and waiting for shipping but I just wanted an idea of what to look for and how much I should spend for good quality equipment?
  2. Asbestos4004

    Asbestos4004 Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 11, 2013
    Welcome to ECF! I'm not sure what your b&m has to offer but I don't see many QUALITY carto tanks in the stores near me. Lots of plastic smoktek stuff. I can tell you this...IBTanked is very hard to beat as far as quality. price for that quality and their shipping is lightning fast. Maybe 3 days? Unless you have local access to something like that, maybe go with a cheaper tank from the locals to tide you over. I mainly use cartos (boge LR) and tanks (IBTanked). I've used AGR in the past and had good luck with them but they're not in the same league.
  3. Asbestos4004

    Asbestos4004 Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 11, 2013
    sorry...IBTanked tanks are roughly 30 bucks or so.
  4. MattKlahn33

    MattKlahn33 New Member

    Oct 17, 2013
    Upstate New York
    My first carto tank was the smoktech dct tabk. It works really well and Its nice and easy to use
  5. Asbestos4004

    Asbestos4004 Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 11, 2013
  6. Sugar_and_Spice

    Sugar_and_Spice Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Sep 11, 2010
    between here and there
    Welcome to ecf. I love carto tanks. For me, that is the best of all worlds. I do have other tanks, like the I clear 16 and 30 and a protank 2. But for flavor and longevity carto tanks are the way to go. Phiniac tanks are a good glass product. Google them to look at website.

    Good luck and happy vaping.

  7. pepperman18

    pepperman18 Full Member

    Jun 30, 2013
    I switched from clearomizers to cartos a couple of months ago. first things first you do get what you pay for! I started out with a cheap one and hated it went back to a clearo but a friend told me to go invest in a good one. the issue I had was the O-rings slipping .. not holding on to the carto so it would slide off and dump juice.. or slip and not unscrew from the battery. also look for one that has a glass tank so you do not have to worrie about what kind of juice you use.. expect to spend about 40 to 60 bucks for a great carto tank with glass tank.. they are worth every penny.. here is just a example of a good tank Your Online Electronic Cigarette Store this is not a ad for altsmoke
  8. Kandicat

    Kandicat Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 18, 2013
    Phoenix, AZ
    So you would pick ibtanked over kanger protank II?
  9. wv2win

    wv2win ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Feb 10, 2009
    GA by way of WV
    I would get either the Phiniac or the IBtanked. My Phiniac is over a year old and has never leaked and still has the original rubber seals plus they send you an extra set of seals with each tank:

    Phiniac Rugged Pyrex Glass Tanks
  10. wv2win

    wv2win ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Feb 10, 2009
    GA by way of WV
    The Protank is a clearo. 1. Phiniac, 2. Ibtanked
  11. Asbestos4004

    Asbestos4004 Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 11, 2013
    Protanks aren't carto tanks. A carto tank is simply an empty you slide over a punched or slotted cartomizer so you don't have to refill as often. A Protank has an atomizer in the bottom of it.
  12. hopefulpoet

    hopefulpoet Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 15, 2013
    Champaign, IL
    The fact that you can throw those jokers against a garage door, have it land on a concrete floor, and still be in pristine condition speaks volumes of their quality. Wow. I'm impressed.

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  13. BardicDruid

    BardicDruid Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 25, 2009
    Central Texas
    Definitely read through Baditude's blog first, it'll help you get started.
    I started with the Smok DCT's, you're better off getting some pre punched with 2 holes, it stops a lot of problems with wicking, if you're using more than 50% VG, then you may need the 3 hole. The locking carto tanks aren't worth messing with in my opinion, I've never been able to get one to work right. Now I have the IBTanked tanks and love them and all their tanks are under $30 for Pyrex tanks.
  14. vernhall

    vernhall Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 5, 2013
    United States
    Picked up a Smoktech DCT tank and some Boge slotted cartos a month or so ago and love the combo... Still use my T3s a lot, but old habits are hard to break I guess... :)
  15. Sthur

    Sthur Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 14, 2013
  16. docp1620

    docp1620 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    agree check out baditudes blog's GREAT STUFF! learned and still learn lots from them! spend the money for a good one though cheap ones are worse then clearo's in my experience.
  17. Baditude

    Baditude ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Apr 8, 2012
    Ridgeway, Ohio
    Glass is still glass and CAN be broken. I managed to put a hairline crack in my Phiniac; now it leaks and can not be used. (And I didn't throw mine against the garage door or drop it on a concrete floor.)

    Bella_Phin_1.jpg Bella-Phin-Frog.jpg Bella_Phin3.jpg

    In all fairness to Phiniac, I was not using their endcaps on their pyrex tube. I was using the caps from Hoosier Vapes for their Bella/Elegance tanks which are a perfect fit with the clear Phiniac tubes.
  18. madqatter

    madqatter Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 14, 2013
    +Great looking. It almost sways me. :)
  19. SoCalMichelle

    SoCalMichelle Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Hey bad, I didn't realize your blogs were so popular! :eek:

    What makes Phiniac better than IBTanked?
  20. Baditude

    Baditude ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Apr 8, 2012
    Ridgeway, Ohio
    Well, I would argue that they aren't "better". I'll likely ruffle some feathers with that statement...

    The Phiniac's glass is a slightly thicker than IBTanked's, but according to OCD (IBTanked) that doesn't mean it's more shatter proof. This depends upon how the glass is anealed (heat process) in a firing kiln to make it more durable. Both manufacturers aneal their own glass tubes. My one Phiniac cracked, none of my 12 IBTanked's have cracked.

    IBTanked offers more tank size variations than Phiniac. IBTanked offers three tank lengths: halfling (shorty), standard, & XL. Phiniac only offers standard and XL. IBTanked has four diameters: 15, 19, 22, & 25 mm. Phiniac only has two diameter sizes: 22 mm & the skinny phinny (? diameter).

    Phiniac's default end caps are made of black delrin (plastic); titanium metal caps (silver or anodized colors) are extra ($19). IBTanked offers stainless steel for all tank sizes, and anodized aluminum (in several colors) for the all sizes except the 25 mm diameter.

    IBTanked offers custom hand-painted designs for their pyrex tubes which are fire annealed for durability. Phiniac offers textured glass tubes, custom sand-blasted designs in color, frosted glass, custom hand-blown 3D designs, and colored glass.

    IBTanked's cheapest tank is $16 (tiny tank) and $22.50 and up (other tanks). Phiniac's cheapest tank is $32 (Skinny Phinny) and $38 and up (other tanks). Customized tanks for both vendors have additional costs.

    For the money, IBTanked offers the same quality for less cost than Phiniac, IMHO. Both tanks are high quality tanks, and represent the top pyrex tanks on the market.
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