Well my new Kanger Double Bottom Coil Pro Tank 3 arrived last week. I have been raving about my Aspire Bottom Double Coil Vivi Nova for a couple of weeks now and I thought I’d compare Kanger’s equivalent model which does at first sight look like the Vivi Nova.
First impressions … well it arrived and it was packaged beautifully. It came with two spare coils and even its own beauty ring which is a definite bonus. The packet even has a code so you can check that it is a genuine product (it is). I duly unwrapped it and it really is a beautiful looking tank but alas after using it for a week it has now been retired to my spares draw. Why?
Firstly it is heavy. The stainless steel tank casing and drip tip may look nice but it weighs a ton. Don’t try to use one of your rubber stands to put it in. It is too heavy and will fall over. A metal stand does work though.
Secondly the drip tip. This is the mouth piece that you vape through. Again it looks lovely but again it is metal which means it can be very cold on your lips if you have your air-con on. I can imagine it getting very hot too if you are outside on a sunny day.
Thirdly. The coils look very similar to the eVod single coils. They may be doubles but they just don’t have the oomph of Aspire’s Vivi Nova double coils. I found myself drawing hard for minimal taste. At least I didn’t run into any leak problems that the eVod tanks are notorious for.
Fourthly. The Kanger is a lot easier to clean and refill than the eVods but it is still a mile behind the Vivi Nova in this respect. It also does not have the Vivi Nova’s 3.5ml capacity. Despite its hefty size it only holds about 2-2.5 ml of juice. Both types have easily changed coils. You can also change coils without emptying your juice first.
To sum up. I was very disappointed with the Kanger Protank 3. Its only good points are its looks and being packaged with a free beauty ring. Other than that? Well stick with the Aspire Vivi Nova BDC. A far better tank by far.
One final note. Coils are your main consumable in vaping next to your juice. The Aspire and Kanger double coils look very different but are almost identical in price running at about $10 for a pack of five. My Aspire coils seem to last for about a week each. And lastly make sure you get the Kanger Protank 3 if you do decide to buy one. The earlier ones had only single coils although they look very similar.
The next item I have been trying out is e juices. Normally I use Vista Vapors juices and find them to be very good. As I said before you can even boost your juice flavours for a small price. I find them to be mostly good but of course juices are flavours and peoples tastes differ. I like their Green Apple and Vanilla Ice Cream flavours but that is my taste.
Anyway I thought I’d try out some different juices last week. I chose Madvapes who actually stock several different ranges. I went for a selection of 5 of their TOP VAPES range. Boy was I disappointed.
These were the ones I tried by flavour.
1) Coconut Twist. This was probably the best of a sorry tasting selection. It is supposed to be Coconut with a twist of Lime. It wasn’t that bad but I could only really taste the lime. It should be called Lime Twist. I give it 3 out of 5
2) Key Lime Freeze. Nice and limey but tastes suspiciously like toilet descaler. I give it 2 out of 5.
3) Double Vanilla. I honestly cannot see what the Double refers to as it isn’t Vanilla. Pretty tasteless apart from a slight muskiness. Avoid. Horrible. I give it 0 out of 5.
4) Blueberry with Lemon. Actually not too unpleasant. It did remind me of something. I think it was dish washing liquid. I give it 2 out of 5.
5) Very Berry. The only berry this tastes of is rub-berry. No fruit flavour at all. It also looked horrible and cloudy. Nasty. I give it -1 out of 5.
So there you go. I probably will not try Madvapes again and certainly not their Top Vapor range. And in case you think I am just pushing Vista Vapors range I have actually had an awful juice from them too. I tried their Banana Nutbread flavour a couple of months back. It tasted like burnt toast. Awful.
Catch you all soon. I’m off for a puff of my Aspire Vivi Nova with a nice mix of Green Apple and Vanilla Ice Cream.
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