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Kanger ProTank vs. iClear30 – The Clearomizer Wars

Kanger ProTank vs. iClear30 – The Clearomizer Wars
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Two new clearomizer tanks have the vape community’s attention these days. They are, if you didn’t know, the Kanger ProTank and the Innokin iClear 30. Both are designed as ‘tanks’ rather than a normal clearomizer. Both are 510-threaded and can be used on just about any battery. Larger batteries like ProVari, VAMO, ZMAX, Lambo, and so on can use either of them without an adapter. They are the “talk of the town”. But are they as good as the ‘buzz’ you’re hearing?

 

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Nope.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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34 thoughts on “Kanger ProTank vs. iClear30 – The Clearomizer Wars

  1. John

    I have a 30s and haven’t experienced any problems with it (Haven’t tried the ProTank – I just don’t care for bottom fillers). I haven’t had any leaks or gurgles, and the vapor is plenty warm enough for me at 4.2 – 4.4 volts on a Smok Tech Winder 1300. On the down side, it is definitely a juice hog.

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  2. Dominykas

    I have the iClear 30 for about 1.5 months. Didnt change the head yet ( i dont think its bad really), but it leaks A LOT. Not that mutch on the battery, but more in my mouth, atleast 5 times a day. Im considering buying a new tank, but have no idea which, because my budged is ~27$, and i dont really think i can get a decent device for that price. Any suggestions?

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  3. Miakoda

    My thoughts on the Kanger mini are about the same as what you said about the full sized one. Anyway… I found a cheapy glassomizer, an RGM2, that will take kanger heads and I found them to be almost as good. The best part… glass at just over $3. I’d love to see you do an in depth review on the $3 and change RGM2 vs the Kanger Protank Mini. The difference between them is so small vs the huge price gap (the Kangers are more durable though, by a lot. But the RGM2 price is less than the mini tank’s replacement glass)

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  4. Nathan

    I also have to disagree with this review. I have owned 4 Pro Tank 2’s and all of them have had notable leaking and gurgling despite the fill level being kept high. Beyond that, Kanger seems to have been having some issues with quality control on the wicks.

    I switched exclusively to the iClear 30s a few weeks back and have had very little trouble across 3 different tanks. My biggest complaint is the non glass tank since that limits some of my flavors but overall I have found the consistent level, ease of use and better flavor to be more than worth the trade. It is also nice that the wick life on the iClear 30s is sooo much longer than the wicks for the PT2.

    I am not a iClear fanboi – I just chase a good vape and so far the iClear 30s is the best mix of qualities I have put my hands on.

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  5. Jeff

    My wife and I decided to jump into vaping with both feet and ended up getting a varity of clearomizers to test between us including these two. Perhaps its because we are new to vaping perhaps we got a bad batch but both of the iclear 30’s leaked like a sive and my iclear 30 ended up cracking within the first three weeks. I am a recreational vapor and so my itaste rarely leaves my bedside (read I did not drop it nor kick it or throw it into a bag to travel). However with the protanks we found not only did it burn the juice but to maintain ‘optimal’ vaping we had to replace the coil about every week. Still looking for the right clearomizer.

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  6. AndyK

    I currently own both of these tanks I disagree on the conclusion of this, both the protank and protank 2 that I own leak and gurgle like a sieve.

    The Iclears are my go to tank I get next to no leakage as long as I fill to 2.5ml or below however the dry hits are an issue when below a mil.

    The wicks take a while to break in and swell 2/3 tanks maybe and they do leak a little while this happens, u will also need to dry burn them if u vape thicker juices to keep them at there best

    I’ve recently invested in the 30s and have to say it’s amazing all the issues with the 30 have been solved.

    I’m waiting on stock of the protank 3 so i can try there attempt at dual coil.

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  7. vapnstuff

    I have both on Vision Spinners. Well not exactly both … 1 is an iClear 30 and the other is a Pro tank II. I had read comments about the airy draw with the Protank so that’s why I went with the 2. I do have to agree with most of the article; it”s pretty much spot on. The first thing I did when I got them was give them a good cleaning with water then alcohol, filled them with juice and let them set for a few. I’ve not had any bad taste at all in either.

    I really haven’t had much leakage out of the iClear, just a little at the bottom where it contacts the battery but not a big deal for me. I run 50-50 PG/VG tobacco flavored and get plenty of vapor and flavor. I did notice that it works better when filled at about the 250 mark.

    The PT II is great for 100% VG … the only thing that I’m leery of is the glass tank … I can be such a klutz at times so it stays home. Both have the chrome drip cap, with the iClear being proprietary, but that didn’t bother me. I did discover, however, that if I put on the plastic/rubber testing caps, it does feel more comfortable and gets rid of the slight metallic taste. I run both at about 3.8 V and vape all day … so much better than analogue.

    One other thing I did was to put some Noalox Anti-Oxidant Thread Lubricant on the threads. I don’t know if it will help but sounds good in theory.

    Vape on!

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  8. Saad Alfouzan

    I bought both and I see your judgment is very fair. I wish new buyers will take your review into their considerations. I hate to see a frustrated vaper!

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  9. Chris

    Frankly, I’m baffled by the review and many of the comments regarding the iClear 30. At this point, after nearly three months of use, the iClear is my go-to tank/clearo – relatively insignificant leakage, excellent vapor production, and the best flavor of all my dozen or so tanks/clearos. The two Protanks I own are hit and miss, at best. An airflow controller is necessary to tighten the pull, otherwise it would be unusable for me. Vapor production is reasonably good, for a while, but the flavor never really kicks in. Despite the fact that the iClear coil is nearly twice the cost, when I consider that it also last about twice as long it really balances out. I’m a heavy vaper and during the last four years, I’ve never had a coil – any coil – last more than a week.

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  10. tom

    I bought a t 30, about 3 months ago. No leaking and great vape. So I ordered 2 more, and they suuuuuuuuck. I think the fittings arent manufactured to print. They DO leak, like a faucet. Then I bought the protank, and I am still impressed. Very nice. Have vaped 2-3 ounces of 100 vg so far through the very first resistor. Still great, even greater now even.

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  11. Sandy

    I bought 3 IClear 30 tanks and two of them stopped working after one day!! So disappointed as they are not cheap. Everytime I go to my local smoke shop to purchase replacement heads, they are sold out!! I have reverted back to my trusty CE4 clearomizer. Any idea why the IClear 30s would stop working after only 1 day?

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  12. PeteC2

    I recently purchased both the iClear 30 and Pro Tank, my observations:

    iClear – Vaped well right away with plenty of vapor/flavor. Personally, I do not find the drip tip feeling “cheap” at all, absolutely like the rotating tip on my large mod…no biggie on a vv twist. Only minor complaint is that for me, the tip is too wide at the end. Lots of vapor and flavor, a little fussy if you come even close to over-filling. No major leaking issues but it does leave a little ejuice at the battery post. Replacement coils pretty pricey.

    Pro Tank – Built very well. Easy-peasy to replace a coil even with a full tank. It does need “break in” before getting full performance. Not even a hint of leakage, not even at the battery post. Once broke in, very good vapor/flavor…to me, noticeably a clean flavor of the ejuice. Draw is definitely airy and I amy either block one of the air holes (there are 3 compared to 2 on Vivi Novas and iClear 30), or try an evod coil. Pro tank is pricey, but should last a long time and the low cost of replacement coils (and it is very rebuildable) should ameliorate the cost over time of ownership.

    I like both of these, but neither is “perfect”…still waiting to find one that is.

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  13. Dylan

    I am really disappointed in the iclear 30 maybe i got a bad on but it was the worst clearomizer tank i have ever owned very tight draw, little to no vapor, very bad taste (even after cleaning 3 times) just awful. If you have any tips on fixing these problems let me know if not im probaly just going to throw it away.

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    1. Spinfuel Staff

      The only thing I can offer is to change out the head, but I imagine you’ve already done that. I’m not all that impressed with it either. – John

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    2. John

      I use the generic eGo batteries and found I had the same issue with my iClear. Well I used a home made fix and filed the edges of my battery fitting down to the treads. Now I have a nice fluid draw from mine.
      As for the leaking, well, we bought 3 at the same time and one leaks like crazy and the other two don’t. Tomorrow I’m going to try some plumbers tape around the top and bottom threads to see if that slows/stops it so I can continue using my tank. I have the eVods but they weren’t strong enough for me, so by the review I wouldn’t care for the pro tank that I was going to buy this week.

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  14. Kyle Butcher

    Ive read so much, including here, about how great the Protank is. Yet, I still am skeptical. I bottom feeder.. like the evod… how can it be so popular? all because its rebuildable? I Just don’t get it.

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  15. Shawn

    I was going to buy a kanger pro tank this week, since the local vape shop just got them in. Thank you for writing this review….it just saved me 20 bucks! I am now 3 weeks analog free, new to the vape world and in search of the perfect setup. From the ads I had seen, I thought the pro tank would make a huge difference. After reading this I think I would have been disappointed. Please post more reviews to help people like me spend our money on equipment we will actually be happy we bought :)

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  16. Gregg

    I recently purchased a pro tank for my vamo650 vv v2 and did notice a airy draw and less of a taste than with my V2CIG and lquimax. another issue is leakage when tank was at half full. I have read several places to replace with evod coils and change out center tube with kanger protanks coil tube which is longer and larger diameter.Mistake!! leaks even worse. So if I can’t find a solution I will be placing the kanger pro tank on top of one of my sons rockets

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  17. Katzi

    All I can say is…thank you!!! for saying that the Pro tank LACKS in the taste department. Yes, it produces a lot of vapor. But what good is that if I don’t taste anything!! I’ve been using the Pro tank for a couple of weeks and all I taste is metal. Yes, I have cleaned it, blocked air holes, try to take long drags, and still metallic cold air vapor. I put the same juice in a Vision 2 clearomizer and it tastes great. I’m using an Ego 900 battery and it was suggested to me to try a 2.2 coil for better taste. Same problem-no taste, maybe less? Now it’s been suggested that using 1.5 ohms is what should be used for my Ego battery. If the taste issue is not resolved, it will be stress tested on my driveway.

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  18. Mistaree

    I am currently using & testing the iClear 30 & the Vape Only Mega BCC. The iClear 30 has never leaked & in my 4 yrs vaping, I find it to be the best vape yet. I didn’t particularly like CE2 type cartos but since it was a dual coil I had to try it. Very happy I did & will continue to use the iClears. Newbies beware, bootleg cartos are everywhere. I believe a lot the vendors don’t even know what they have & coming from China, once it here in the states what can the vendors really do ? Send it back & wait another month for a shipment or sell what they got & buy from another company next time around. Of course most do the latter. Checkout my reviews on youtube & have a Vapetastic Day !!!

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  19. Doug H.

    For clarification, the iClear 30 uses 304 alloy stainless steel in its assembly which is far from cheap. Much more durable than chrome plated steel. My iClear 30 has worked just fine for me since I started using it over a month ago. No leakage, good vapor production, nice flavors. No complaints.

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    1. Spinfuel Staff

      You are correct Doug, it does not leak. Not from my own experience anyway. But he has a point, the metal drip tip feels cheap. “Feels” is the key word here. Despite the material its made with, if it feels cheap nothing can change that. Again, on a personal level had the iClear drip tip been made of plastic it would feel a whole lot better to me. Everyone is entitled to vape whatever they choose, and if the iClear 30 had a plastic drip tip it would probably be my clearomizer of choice. – Julia

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  20. kristi

    I’m new the vaping (2mths), but I quite like the protank. I get tons of vapor and no leaking. Mine came in the jewel case from vaporalley. I use it with the ego twist and was happy to see a ring to make it one cohesive unit.

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  21. Perry F

    @John – I just ordered a 2nd protank from sure vapes. I stillhave not received it but on their site they do show the cardboard packaging instead of the jewlery box.

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  22. John Dearing

    I have watched several reviews on both these devices and I really like the pro tank. I guess if you take a wick out of the pro tank it really comes to life check Phil brusardo’s video. This mod has been a T3 mod that seems to help vapor production wicking flavor and break in time.

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  23. Perry

    I have both and have used both. I found the pro tank to suffer from the occassional dry hit. Not so with the iclear. As far as metal taste in the mouth, they both have metal mouth pieces, I prefer the iclear. On the protank it felt like I was toking on a bullet! My iclear hasn’t leaked once and I’ve used it quite a bit. Yet my buddy reports lots of leaking. Go figure. I do find that the iclear produces better vapor and flavor than the protank. I guess those 16 longs wicks deliver more juice to the coils than the micro wicks used by the protank. And you’re spot on, both tanks drink juice like a thirsty sailor. I’ve never experienced the need to break in either device. Just let it sit for a few, take a few non powered drags and vape away.

    I like both devices. The protank does look more high end and to some that matters. Not to me though. Both perform good although I find the iclear works just a tad better. I used both with juices from the plume room; lemon chiffon on the protank and banana pudding in the iclear.

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  24. Amanda

    Very well said!! :) Thanks for your thorough & honest comparison review! ps: just got a “pro-tank” to try. Pfffft, no fancy-dancy box here. (only shocked cuz, well.. Kanger led me to expect one. LOL) Nope, not even a hard plastic case like the iClear, either. It’s genuine Kanger, yet my Pro-tank arrived in a plain ‘ol cardboard box similar to the Vape-Only BCC (happy 2 take/share a pic to benefit your article & viewers, if you’d like. Np..just let me know) Thx again

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    1. Spinfuel Staff

      Amanda, where did you buy the protank? I can’t find any vendor that has protanks without the deluxe packaging. – John Manzione

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      1. Amanda

        Hi John. :) I’m sure there are many more, but I know ivape, surevapes & gotvapes.. all currently sell the Protank in a cardboard box instead. (ivape(dot)net for $14.95, I might add) Hope that helps. -Amanda-

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