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Kanger protank rebuild

Discussion in 'Tanks, clearomizers and drop-in coils' started by FACE MEAT, Mar 24, 2013.

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    FACE MEAT Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 1, 2013
    Costa Mesa, CA
    I never had the desire or need to delve into the world of atomizer head rebuilding until I got my two Protanks. I was so enamored with these glass and metal beauties that my wife began to get a bit jealous. Seeing as how the replacement heads, and anything Protank for that matter, are quite hard to come by at the moment, I started to wonder what would happen when my heads failed. Would I be relegated to the bleek, dismal world of Vivi Nova and Vape Only BCC use? Oh, the humanity.

    I decided that now was the time to learn to rebuild. Like my forefathers, I rolled up my shirt sleeves, cracked a beer and got to work. 'Merica.

    This is my first rebuild. As the photos below will indicate, I'm really, really good at it.

    Here's how I did it...

    This is the atomizer head that was used for a bit over a week. It's dark and grimy and produces some ungodly flavors.
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    Here's the tools I s#!t!
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    I used 3mm silica wick and 32 gauge Kanthal wire. A sewing needle is used to make wrapping the wick a but easier and avoid wrapping too tightly. Six wraps.
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    Here's the wrapped wick in the wick holder thingy after the remaining wire ends have been threaded through the wick holder thingy.
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    I screwed the base onto the wick holder thingy and screwed that onto my ProVari. It's showtime. Let's see how those coils look all glowy and orange.
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    I half expected red-hot wire shards to shoot into my eyeballs and boiling hot battery acid magma to flow out of the battery cap of the ProVari. Alas, the coils glow evenly and beautifully. Suck it, Bin Laden.

    ECF will only allow 5 amazing photos per post, so the rest of this epic journey is detailed below...

    FACE MEAT Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 1, 2013
    Costa Mesa, CA
    I separated the 3mm wick into thirds and used two of the thirds as flavor wicks. Here's the atomizer head after the rest of the thingies have been reattached. Sexy, aint she?
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    Let's saddle up and see what kind of Ohms she's giving...
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    Two Ohms. Booya.

    Rebuilding was way easier and funner than I thought it'd be. Plus, I get to use pliers and wire cutters so my wife thinks I'm tough and masculine.

    After reattaching the tank and filling with liquid, the rebuilt Protank is as good as new. Maybe a touch better. It's giving plenty of flavor and throat hit. The vapor production seems a bit better. I blew a massive cloud toward my cat and he scurried away like the little pansy he is.
  3. DesmondTheMoonbear

    DesmondTheMoonbear Super Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 27, 2012
    This is probably the best thread I've ever read in my life. I'm lawling all over my carpet.

    Sent from the MOON, using Tapatalk MOON™
  4. SirSteve

    SirSteve Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 10, 2012
    Northern Indiana
    Ha,ha, you had me interested until you started with the technical language, I don't even know if any of my devices have a wick holder thingy, but that won't stop me.
  5. LazyBulldogge

    LazyBulldogge Super Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 13, 2013
    Kalundborg, Denmark
    Looks like a simple coil to rebuild, a la Vivi Nova, good stuff :) Thanks for sharing.
  6. Gonefishing

    Gonefishing Senior Member ECF Veteran

    May 8, 2011
    Gamecock Country
    I've been vaping over 2 years and I haven't built one of those "thingys" yet. But I want to try with my Protank and Vivi Nova. Where do you get the wick and wire?
  7. EddardinWinter

    EddardinWinter The Philosopher Who Rides Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 13, 2012
    Richmond, Va
    Well I have several Protanks on the way. I suppose I will have to learn this skill. I did order some replacement heads, so I have a bit of time. Good form!
  8. Butters78

    Butters78 Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Face meat you are awesome bro.

    I was the one on the other pro tank thread saying I won't try one unless someone rebuilds it ha. Pure win.
  9. SAG

    SAG Super Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 27, 2011
    Face Meat, Awesome! Even though it looks easy, I won't do it with my 2 pro tanks UNLESS I can't find replacement heads for them! I feel like I've got so much time in fiddling with cleaning and charging and researching, I'll just buy the heads. If you're not a writer, you should at least consider it because I'ld follow it even if you wrote about carpentry

    FACE MEAT Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 1, 2013
    Costa Mesa, CA
    Amazon. I'm pretty sure I could have saved money buying elsewhere but Amazon's return policy is hassle-free.
  11. Irishred

    Irishred Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 14, 2012
    What size sewing needle did you use?
  12. Jjshbetz11

    Jjshbetz11 Super Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 15, 2013
    Where can you find this tank in stock? I'm coming up with nada

    FACE MEAT Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 1, 2013
    Costa Mesa, CA
    I'm not sure what gauge it was. I didn't have any paper clips so I just used one of my wife's sewing needles that looked about the same thickness as a sewing needle.

    FACE MEAT Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 1, 2013
    Costa Mesa, CA
    I got mine from Sun-Vapers. They're currently out of stock. They should be available through Sun-Vapers and other retailers in a week or so.
  15. nomorebutts4me

    nomorebutts4me Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 3, 2013
    Punta Gorda, Florida
    Thank you for a great thread! Since I make coiled wire jewelry, this on is a no-brainer for me! I am so going to amazon to try and find these supplies!

    edit: I found most of the answers I had myself and a supplier with the right stuff..the only thing that I think needed clarifying is that the needle is just used to stiffen the wick so it is easier to wrap, is this correct? It could sound like you wrap the needle, slide it out and then somehow stuff the wick in, which after looking at the pictures becomes obvious but some, (including me at first), were stymied by it, so the needle size is not important as long as it does not add too much diameter to the wrap but enough to keep you from wrapping too tightly and crookedly.

    Thanks again!

    FACE MEAT Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 1, 2013
    Costa Mesa, CA
    The needle is used only to create a rigid platform upon which to wrap the silica wick with the Kanthal wire. Both are wrapped together and the needle is slid out after the coils are wrapped.

    On my next rebuild, I'll probably use a smaller diameter needle to reduce any space between the coil and wick after wrapping.

    If you make coiled wire jewelry, rebuilding will be child's play.
  17. unloaded

    unloaded Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 2, 2011
    SW. Indiana
    Nice job. I got a few tips for you that might make it better. Instead of the unwrapped "flavor wick" double your wick before wrapping. It should vape better and you won't need the pin to stiffen for wrapping. Also if you torch your wick and wire before you do the wrapping you won't have that Off taste you get with a new coil. I haven't done these on a Protank yet but I've built tons of coils for other setups. One other thing about wrapping the doubled wicks, the diameter of the coils will be larger so if you do the same number of wraps you'll have higher resistance. It's not really a good or bad thing, just a fact. But it will give you the option of higher resistance, less wraps, thicker wire.....whatever you choose.
  18. DaveP

    DaveP PV Master & Musician ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    May 22, 2010
    Central GA
    Good thread, good pictures, and good information. I was impressed when Pbusardo showed the bottom coil design with the short wicks in his YouTube presentation of the Protank. It looks like a winner for alleviating dry hit problems. He also vapes Boba's Bounty in his and removed the top wick (of 3) to get the juice closer to the coil.

    BTW, thingy is short for Thingamabob, which is the correct technical term for parts with no readily available nomenclature.
  19. Dj tank

    Dj tank Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 13, 2013
    Ann Arbor michigan
    I ordered on through Myvaporstore - looks like there are still some in stock.

    Kanger Protank Pro Tank Glassomizer
  20. ejervjero

    ejervjero Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 16, 2012
    MtBakerVapor also just got them in stock and have coupon 10% off with vaporfrombaker.
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