Simply The Best Carto-Tank Ever Made – The Texas Tuff Tank
by Tom McBride
I have a real weakness for Carto-Tank Systems. I buy a lot of them. I get them as gifts. People send them to me. Seriously. No matter how many I have, I always look for more. And… I use them all as well. Discovering a new Carto-Tank is like making a grand new discovery of a new species (I would imagine). Although you will find me on occasion with a clearomizer at the end of eGo battery, especially lately what with all the excitement about the Halo Triton, but for the most part it’s my VAMO and a carto-tank I’m using the most.
Of all the Clearomizers I have used, from long-wick to short-wick, top coil, bottom coil, short ones, longs, fat ones, skinny ones, they just cannot produce the same experience (for me) as a good old-fashioned Carto-Tank. I have always gotten the best vaping experience from cartomizers that have tanks around them.
Despite my current collection of more than 2 dozen styles of carto-based tank systems the best one I have ever used I discovered almost a year ago. I have a drawer full of them, more than 50, and several packs of blank cartomizers to go with them. I’m not the only one here that loves this particular tank either. My boss, John, loves the damn thing as much as I do, but he’s not nearly as crazy as I am so he has, at most, a dozen of them. I’m talking about the venerable Texas Tuff Tank. You might have seen us mention in Spinfuel once or twice ;-)
My Discovery Last June
While doing my weekly web surfing last year looking for new and unique vaping products we might want to review I happened along the Vape Dudes website. I was taking a break and had decided to buy a few bottles of eLiquid. On the site I saw a tank called The Texas Tuff Tank Pro3. After reading the details about this cool little tank I decided that if they were as good as they sounded they would make an excellent review. So, I bought a couple of them and never looked back. I did the review, published it, and then went about my time collecting others, trying new ones as they appeared on the market, even one that sells for $48, and not one of them has ever succeeded the vaping experience I get with the Texas Tuff Tank.
The thing is, these carto-tanks are not pretty, they aren’t some fancy precision steel with severe end caps, they aren’t Pyrex glass, they aren’t laser etched, there are no little designs on them or doo-dads hanging off them. They are simple; plastic tube/tank with rubber grommets and a metal screw on the side, up near the plastic drip tip. And, top it all off, the cartomizers are simple, standard resistance 3.o-ohm Boge single coil.
A tank is just a tank, a place to store eLiquid, so the thing that makes the Tuff Tank work so well is the SR single coil cartomizer, a double-punched cartomizer that, even though it’s a single coil cartomizer, it floods the coils with juice. After a half a dozen tank refills (at most) I pull out the cartomizer, slide another one in and I’m ready to go. The side screw makes filling and refilling so easy it’s almost fun to refill my tank.
The Texas Tuff Tank is American Made. I can’t find out who makes it though, but it is made in Texas by one guy. Mountain Oaks Vapor used to sell this tank, but another company made it (again, I think it was just one guy) but the essence of the tank is exactly the same. I cannot tell the difference between them. I had heard the no one ever patented the design so the original designer lost the rights to produce it exclusively. If that’s true I have no idea why there are not a hundred different variations of this excellent tank.
The tank is made of sturdy Polypropylene plastic, and they are built to last.
In the (almost) year that I have been using them I haven’t had a single one discolor on me, they don’t absorb juice flavors, and they clean up fast and easy. The 2 rubber grommets and O-ring complete the construction and create a nice tight seal that never gives out. You can’t run every eLiquid flavor through it though, so hold off running high citrus flavors or heavy cinnamon flavors. Other than that, I haven’t had any issues with any other flavor. Oh, I once tried to vape a strong cinnamon eLiquid through a Tuff Tank and it vaped great for a while. The tank itself held up fine, but the cartomizer was only good for the initial .7ml of eLiquid. The tank remains fine and I still use it.
The Texas Tuff Tank’s Boge 3.0 ohm 510 Standard Resistance Cartomizer has a solid reputation for quality and performance. With the 510-threaded cartomizer you can run the tank on just about any battery. If you have 808 batteries you can attach a 510-808 adapter and it will work fine.
You can really crank up the voltage in your choice of VV/VW APV (Variable Voltage/Variable Wattage). And if you don’t want to double punch them yourself you can pick them up at Vape Dudes for $8.99. They come as in packs of 5, pre-punched and built for the Texas Tuff Tanks specifically. They are popular so if you get the chance stock up on them.
The Best Feature
I have to mention the Texas Tuff Tanks best feature one more time; the tiny hold drilled into the tank and a small screw that seals the hole. This side-screw offers the easiest filling method I’ve ever seen. Filling the tank is as simple as removing the knob, inserting your choice of filling device, I use a syringe with a blunt needle, and fill. It take me less than 10 seconds to fill the tank with up to 3ML of eLiquid. Afterwards I screw the knob back on, squeeze about 10-15 drops (or the needle) into the cartomizer to saturate it, and I’m ready to go. (You only have to saturate the cartomizer the first time you use it)
When I first started buying Tuff Tanks I had worried about repeated screwing and unscrewing of the drilled hole with the screw but after a year I can tell you that none of them have ever stripped. The rubber grommets still seal both ends just as well as they did when they were new. I know many of you may want to believe I’m pulling your leg but its true. I’ve never had a single problem with them. Naturally, you may on occasion have a bad fit with a grommet on the tube, so I used to ask Vape Dudes to hand inspect them before sending them out, and they happily did so. When they ship to you they are unassembled, so having Vape Dudes look at them and make sure the gommets are fine and the tubes are cut straight and smooth you won’t have any problems.
The Texas Tuff Tank includes a swirl plastic drip tip (which is what I opted for) but you can upgrade to a stainless steel drip tip for just a $1 more. Personally, I don’t like metal to touch my teeth (shudder) so the swirled plastic is fine for me. I have a collection of drip tips that I use as well, including a few knucklehead tips and they all fit fine. As long as your drip tips fit Boge SR cartomizers you can use them.
The price of the Texas Tuff Tank Pro3 is $7.99, which is excellent in and of itself.
Vape Dudes used to offer a 6ML Texas Tuff Tank (the Pro6) and I picked up a couple of them several months ago. I haven’t seen it on their site for some time now; they might not carry them any longer. They do sell the longer double punched cartomizer for them though.
Vape Dudes is one of the first companies Spinfuel began working with when we launched early in 2012. We haven’t had much contact with them lately and I miss that, but they have grown so fast and so huge that I do understand they don’t have time to deal with us when we don’t order as much as we used to. Sometimes it can take a while to get your order with Vape Dudes but they have made a lot of improvements and shipping times have gotten much shorter. I’m planning on placing another order for more Cartomizers this evening, and some of their amazing eLiquids, we all love their pineapple upside down vape especially.
The Texas Tuff Tank really is an amazing carto-tank. The easiest to fill of all tanks, and they seem as though they will last forever. They are easy to clean, the e-juices leave no residue behind, and the price is right. I definitely recommend the Texas Tuff Tank. It’s become a classic, and despite all the new fangled gear that has come out in the past year, in my opinion it still offers the best vape experience.