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Kanger Aero Tank – A Follow Up

Kanger Aero Tank – A Follow Up
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KangerTech Aero Tank Followup Review

Spinfuel eMagazine Kanger Aero Tank Follow Up ReviewWhen I first undertook to review the Kanger Aero Tank, I never expected to be as blown away as I was by the device. A few weeks on, revelations have continued to wash over me regarding this amazing clearomizer, and I’d like to take a few moments to share those revelations with you. Welcome to the Kanger Aero Tank Follow-up!

What It Signifies

Summarizing from my earlier review, the Kanger Aero Tank brings Kanger’s clearomizers into an entirely new class of clearomizer; joined by competitors such as the Aspire Nautilus, clearomizers with adjustable airflow have arrived.

In the case of the Aero Tank, this is simply a game-changing feature. What does it mean for vapers, though? What does it say on behalf of Kanger that they’ve taken this step? Well, here’s what it says to me: They’re listening. And, moreover, they’re acting on what they heard.

Three guesses as to the most widely heard complaint about the Protank series of clearomizers. If you guessed “draw is too airy” you got it in one. That was the single most prevalent complaint I saw in reviews of the device, and the biggest complaint I myself had. The draw was just way too airy.

And then, lo and behold! Here comes a clearomizer that lets you adjust the airflow so that it’s exactly as tight or as loose as the individual user wants it to be! Somebody was listening. The second most common complaint I’ve heard about the Protank series, and here’s another one I share when it comes to a head that’s more than a day or two old — severe loss of flavor fidelity.Spinfuel eMagazine Kanger Aero Tank Follow Up Review

I’ve had cherry flavors that are so obnoxiously extreme that the nose is more ‘Cherry Cough Syrup’ than you could shake a medicine cabinet at. But load it up into a Protank with a head that’s seen a few days’ use, and you’d better hope you don’t forget what you put in there, because the flavor reproduction on that head might or might not remind you.

And somebody at Kanger heard that, too, because load up your liquid in an Aero Tank, dial the airflow in right, and BLAM-O! That flavor’s comin’ at ya and gaining speed, all full and rich and vivid, and we’re talking about right up to the end of that head’s lifespan. My thinking is that it’s the dual coils; I’m still not rightly equipped to perform teardowns on hardware, but there’s my educated guess as to the nature of the change in the heads’ internal structure.

And these grumbles were taken notice of. Improvements were made accordingly. That, to me, is the really beautiful thing about the Aero Tank, in the abstract; it’s tangible, material proof that the voices of vapers matter to the industry. It’s evidence that what we say is heard, and better yet, acted upon for our benefit, because the manufacturers know that there is, let’s be cynical just for one brief moment here, profit to be made in offering us the features and performance we’re looking for. There is great reward in making us happy. That’s how an industry should work.

Price Vs. Value

The other major revelation that came to me, looking back on my initial experience with the Aero Tank, was two-fold. It really can be summed up with two thoughts I had, on scoping out the retail price range this beauty commands in the market.

The first thought was, “Wow, this thing is spendy!” But, taking a good, long, amazingly satisfying drag from it, the coin flipped to, “But it is so worth every single penny.”

Our own Julia Hartley-Barnes brought us a piece the other day discussing this, and while I absolutely agree with her that there are some pieces of hardware that exist in a sphere of ‘status symbols’ with commensurately status-symbol-appropriate price tags, the real question is Price versus Value.

If I can do with a $50 mechanical mod like the SMOKTech Magneto, the only real purpose in throwing down $175-200 for an NZonic is… to specifically have an NZonic. I don’t really need to spend 4 times the money; it’s not as if I’m going to get 4 times the performance out of the more expensive device.

Spinfuel eMagazine Kanger Aero Tank Follow Up ReviewOn the other hand, there are some devices that, due to the superior performance they provide, actually can reasonably and legitimately command a higher price. There is a reason why Vicious Ant, for example, can ask more for a Cyclone than SMOKTech asks for the Octopus.

There’s a reason why Innokin can ask more for the iTaste 134 than Joyetech asks for an eGo Spinner, to use a couple of really obvious examples.

When price exceeds value by too wide a margin, you have ‘status symbol’ territory. Where value exceeds price by… well, no, never mind that, that just about never happens. But the question as it relates to the Aero Tank is this: Are price and value balanced?

It’s my opinion that, yes, they are. The Aero Tank delivers so handsomely on all of the things that a good clearomizer must do, and at least one breakout thing that not many clearomizers do yet, that it is well worth its asking price. Its value is that high.

Conclusion

So, looking back on my time with the Aero Tank, incorporating these revelations that have come to me about it — usually while using it, probably not coincidentally — I can think of only a single deficiency regarding this device. And it is this:

I need to get mine a couple brothers.

Happy vaping, folks.

John Castle

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Team Spinfuel is a group of passionate vapers that bring you honest, in-depth reviews and commentary on products, services, and the legal and political ramifications on vaping and ecigarettes. Julia Hartely-Barnes, Tom McBride, Jason Little, Tony Brittan, Nick Bessette and Keira Hartley-Barnes make up the editorial team (video and written) , along with John Manzione, our Publisher, and talented contributors like Mark Benson. Email any of the writers at admin AT spinfuel.com, or just ask for their email address.

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10 Comments

  1. Sam

    Hi guys,
    Just to back up some of the other Aero Tank complaints; I bought mine brand new with an Innokin SVD two months ago.
    The AeroTank was faulty from the word go; brilliant at times but so unreliable you’d be better with a disposable from a supermarket.
    Problems ranging from the SVD not reading an Atomizer at all (not a mod problem, it runs perfectly with my ProTank1), to spitting huge amounts of e liquid straight out of the drip tip.
    The new Kanger Atomizers (the universal enclosed dual coils which work with Protank 3s etc) seem to have reinforced the problems, causing even less function in the AeroTank and causing large pools of e liquid to gather in the base, resulting at times in liquid actually spilling from the adjustable air flow holes.
    I contacted Kanger to make them aware and the reply was along the lines of ‘Your problem, not ours’, no refund or replacement offered whatsoever.
    DO NOT BUY THE AEROTANK, sure some models seem flawless, but for nearly £30 is it really worth the gamble? May try the Nautilus instead.

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    1. Team Spinfuel

      Sam, it is unfortunate, the experiences you’ve had with the Aerotank. You’re not alone, we’ve heard from others. Sometimes I wish we could hold off at least a month or two before publishing our reviews with hardware but its just not practical. That said, to date we’ve yet to have a serious leaking problem and the publisher purchased a few dozen of them in varying sizes and handed them out to the staff, and no one has reported any serious issues. Now, I am currently working a review for the new Aerotank Giant, a massive Aerotank with a completely different coil head and airflow slots. It feels like it weighs a couple of pounds but it doesn’t of course, and it holds 4.5ML of juice at a minimum. To be perfectly transparent about it, once I filled it up and fired it up on my new Sigelei 30W, I’ve not stopped using it. It’s heavy, and very “top heavy” for constant use, but the design of the components shows me that Kanger has learned from their previous designs. I am hoping that Kanger brings these new designs to the smaller Aerotanks, and soon. I like the Nautilus as well, but when it comes to “flavor” fidelity I prefer the Aerotank Giant to anything out there right now. Try the Giant, its on sale right now at MyVaporStore. Big, but oh-so-nice. :) – Tom

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  2. Freda Philbeck

    So, read the review and bought the Aero tank. Opened the package slapped it on my Provari and started putting it through it’s paces. Beautiful tank, seemed well built, produced huge amounts of vaper and suddenly I was a believer. This thing worked great, ordered one for my twin sister who has a problem with her equipment never working…which is a story for another day. This love affair went on for at least 5 days. Then on day 6 picked it up to start vaping and nothing…didn’t fire and my provari started reading OP, what the heck…. tried to find some info on the internet…nothing…placed the tank on my other devices still nothing. Changed out the atomizer head two or three times…(because I just couldn’t believe it was the tank, had to be a package of bad heads right?) so I sent an email to the vendor. Didn’t get a quick response but finally received a response instructing me to take it apart, apparently there are two springs in the area where you control the airiness and this section will separate from the body given any opportunity. The instructions actually instructed me to press these parts back together with a vise if I had one. At the end of this whitepaper the vendor said, read what these people did to fix the issue and let us know if that solves the problem. What? It’s brand new! Why should I place a brand new tank in a vise and attempt to press the parts back together? This ranks right up there with the new treadmill I bought last year, when it wouldn’t function correctly they sent instructions on how to disassemble the motor and/or ship it back to them in it’s original packaging. Vendors, in case you are wondering, THIS type of reply is not customer service. I, like many of you, own hundreds of dollars of vaping equipment and no matter what the cost, I expect these items to work correctly longer than 5 days. Kanger, you had a potentially fantastic product here, it looks and feels well built and I’m sorry to say that you blew it as far as I’m concerned.

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    1. Staff

      I’m sorry to hear about your problems with the aero tank. This seems to me to be an ongoing issue the several products from China, the lack of quality control. My aero tank continues to work flawlessly, as others I know as well, but that’s not to say that entires “runs” of products don’t slip through shoddy QC departments. Of course, as customers we have to lean on vendors to make it right, but I can tell you that even the biggest vendors have problems that the manufacturers do not care about. They are sent wrong items, broken items, DOA items and are left hanging. And there is no such thing as credit when you buy from China in this industry. Something needs to be done, but customers and US/UK vendors need to work together. And of course, we need more US/UK manufacturers as well. There is no such thing as recourse with China’s manufacturers. They don’t care. -

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    2. Karen Kohler

      I ordered two, one worked and the other didn’t budge. The base was one solid unit. The one that worked for a couple of days was fine until I started to adjust the air flow and it popped open with one of the springs never to be seen again. I have always liked Kanger products but I must say that the Aero Tank has been a great disappointment.

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      1. Staff

        We are getting more than a few emails similar to your comment. That’s worrisome. At first I suspected it might be a bad ‘run’ at the factory, or bad QC on the factory floor. Now, I’m no longer feeling confident about the Aero Tank. I have a couple and so far they’re still fine, but I’ve moved on to the XJets and Apsire Vivi Novas, but to be honest after 2 weeks of fairly steady use my Vivi Nova Aspire started leaking like a seize for no reason that I can see. Perhaps we need some American innovation here. Then again, it’s tough to invest large sums of money to do that when crooked politicians are looking to ban them to protect big tobacco. – Julia

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  3. jarneskegge

    Hey, John. (censored) sells just the Aero Tank air flow control base alone. Edward, the owner, says that you can put it on a protank one or two, and it will work as long as you are using the single coil protank heads. In other words- using the Aero control on your Protank 1 does not allow you to use a Protank 3 head on the Protank 1, but you CAN use the single coil Protank head along with the added benefit of the air controler. You can also just buy the Aero Tank Airflow Control base and turn your existing PT3 intop an Aero tank without shelling out the 25 bucks. The bases alone sell for under 4 bucks.
    Great article by the way. Thanks for all that you contribute to the vape community.

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  4. niicole mccathy

    I need help I have tried every mod I have a mutiple Protanks the BCCS and the one thats in a box thats says new and the other in the flip black case the is a Kanger Protank 1 for both, well why is it that they get so hot unless your on a setting of 3.0 on a variable voltage or if I change the coils same thing I tried differnt ones too in the coils ohms, and still harsh . Also i just bought an istaste 134 in black and silver and the tank it comes with with the moveable mouth piece wel they say its regulated no matter what tank or its tank especially you can set it to anything and the unit wont burn the juice well i have itonm the lowest click setting and still it gets so hot and burnt after three or more hits why? I am doing every thing right? Pleae help, I keep waiting money never getting a satidfying vape even it happens withnthe Vamo 5 withe Kanger Protank s I the two I told you before about? I need help ?

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    1. John Castle

      Hi, Nicole. The first step to diagnosing the problem is to figure out what all those devices have in common. The two things that come immediately to my mind that they all have in common is the eliquid you’re using, and the batteries you’re using. Can you give me some specifics on the eliquid and batteries?

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