Published on July 13th, 2013 | by Trick7
Review: The Kanger Mini ProTank
Kanger Mini ProTank
Summary: The ProTank's little sibling brings a glass tank, ease of use and good performance in a smaller form factor that's ideal for eGo-style batteries.
Kanger’s ProTank has been an extremely popular addition to their line of clearomizers, loved by many for its glass tank, ease of use, and performance — though it also seems to be despised by almost as many for problems with the base, flooding, and super-airy draw. All told, though, the ratio of love to hate seems to fall far enough on the love side that people have been snapping them up, and the ProTank has also recently inspired several clones from other vendors, which is a sure sign of a hit.
Kanger’s started branching out with the ProTank, recently announcing a Version 2 of the clearomizer, in addition to the new Mini ProTank, which we just received from Sun Vapers. It is, as expected, essentially a shrunk-down version of the standard ProTank, with a smaller glass tank that holds 1.2ml of liquid. In most other respects, it’s very similar to the standard ProTank in looks and performance.
The Mini ProTank has the same airy draw familiar to users of the full-sized version. We really like the draw, but it may not please people who are used to a tighter draw. It also uses the same coils as the standard-sized ProTank, so vapor production and flavor are very similar between the Mini ProTank and its big brother — while, on the whole, that’s probably a good thing, we’ve noticed quite a bit of inconsistency in ProTank coils previously, which would make the Mini ProTank susceptible to the same unpredictability from coil to coil. The two 2.2-ohm coils that came with our test unit, however, performed very well, with minimal flavor muting and none of the flooding we’ve frequently experienced with out larger ProTanks.
The Mini ProTank is designed to look good on eGo-sized batteries, and is available in two styles: One with a 510 connector, and another — the model we tested — with an eGo-style connector. One bit of aesthetic strangeness with the eGo version: while the tank is a silver-chrome color, the base is a much darker gun-metal shade of gray. Some may like the two-toned look, though we would have preferred a more uniform look.
After a few hours of vaping with the Mini ProTank, we’re feeling pretty positive about it overall. Good-looking options with eGo-style batteries are limited, and the Mini ProTank gives users of those very popular batteries an easy-to-use option with a tank, albeit a very small one, that has performed very well. We took it out with us un errands today, in the summer heat, and when even our normally leakproof EVODs were leaking all over the place due to heat expansion, not a drop left the Mini ProTank.
Most vendors shipping the Mini ProTank or taking pre-orders are charging just under $15.00 for them — Sun Vapers, where we bought ours, currently has them for $14.99, with an additional 7% off if you use the coupon code SAVE7. This price includes the ProTank Mini, base, and two coils of approximately 2.2 ohms. While that may be a bit pricy for a typical clearomizer, the Mini ProTank is priced most places at slightly below the cost of a full-sized ProTank, and with ProTank replacement coils available for under $1.00 the Mini’s long-term cost could easily be lower than more disposable options.
If you’re a frequent user of eGo-style batteries and looking for new clearomizer options, we think there’s a good chance you’ll be very pleased by the new Mini ProTank.