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Kanger response to subtank insulator (going to PEEK)

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  1. drunkenbatman

    drunkenbatman Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 26, 2014
    It's windy, USA
    Hey mates!

    If you hadn't heard, a guy on youtube posted a video of the insulator on the subtanks RTA module (not the coils) slowly being dissolved by his pluid eliquid:

    http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/general-vaping-discussion/640420-so-have-aspire-kanger-dropped-ball.html

    Long story short, the insulator was having issues with at least one caustic eliquid., and while pluid is known to dissolve o-rings and delrin drip tips, people were concerned about what might be going on with less-caustic, yet still pretty-caustic eliquids.

    I contacted Kanger about it, and got this back this evening:

    So, looks like in a bit the new tanks will come with a PEEK insulator, and you can get a replacement in the mail if you already picked one up. I'll admit I'm surprised they spent the money on PEEK, as delrin in $70+ RTAs isn't exactly rare.

    *gives the horns*
     
  2. Str8vision

    Str8vision Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 26, 2013
    Sallisaw, Oklahoma USA
    The sub tank problem doesn't involve all sub tanks, just what appears to be a certain production batch. The block insulators on the "problem" batch likely weren't made of silicone as silicone is impervious to any of the chemicals found in e-liquids, the supplier must have provided Kanger with something else by mistake. Most O-rings used in attys are silicone due to their chemical resistance and suitability for use in food service applications. PTFE, Polyimide and PEEK are good choices for block insulators as they are di-electric, chemical resistant and tolerate high temperatures. Most attys and modding kits that claim to be sub-ohm capable use PEEK as it is easier (less expensive), to manufacture with. I'm still waiting for ceramic insulator kits that are coated with Polyimide or PTFE on the stem section to achieve a liquid tight seal. :)
     
  3. drunkenbatman

    drunkenbatman Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 26, 2014
    It's windy, USA
    Good catch on the silicone; edited, as that muddies the waters. My understanding was that silicone isn't what was spec'd to be used, and that it wasn't a problem batch -- they went a cheaper route and pluid claimed another victim. If I'm off on that and you can point me to something, please do.
     
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