For vapers that haven’t jumped on the Aerotank bandwagon because of the steep prices, Kanger has introduced a new, less costly, glassomizer series called GeniTank. In a couple of ways the Genitank series features debatable improvements over the Aerotank, and in other (most) ways it’s pretty much offers the same level of performance . If you’re looking for a very similar vape experience without having to spend as much, this is a review for you. – Tom
This Kanger Genitank Mega was provided by the generosity of Ave40. I would like to extend my thanks to Ave40 for providing this product without any promises to the outcome of this review.
No sooner than we get used to the AeroTank series by Kanger then they trip us up with a new series of lower-priced glassomizers called “Genitank”. (It’s getting hard to keep up.) With so many choices from Kanger alone, is it any wonder many vapers are confused as to where to spend their hard-earned money? In any case, the Genitank is here and I’ve been using one (the Mega) for a week now so sit back and let me tell you all about them.
What It Is
The new Genitank series (Mini, Regular, Mega, and Giant) is very similar to the Aerotank series in appearance and function, with some tweaks that, yet again, are supposed to improve the vape experience for glassomizer users, if only slightly. There are definitely a couple of new “improvements” to both the internal and external features over the Aerotank line, not the least of which is new counterfeiting counter-measures, making it so the likelihood of buying a fake GeniTank is somewhat less than buying an 1:1 counterfeit Aerotank. There are also a couple of differences that explain the lower cost.
Copper – While the AeroTank is all stainless steel the GeniTank is chrome-plated copper. At first glance you might mistake the Genitank for an Aerotank but upon closer inspection the chrome plating is quite evident. While I have no issues with stainless steel, especially stainless steel drip tips, the chrome-plated drip tip really bothers me. Fortunately the drip tip can be exchanged for just about any 510-drip tip you want to use. And although I haven’t seen any wear on the chrome plating I have to wonder how long it will be before tell tale signs of copper begin to show through on the edges of the glassomizer. The biggest giveaway that the Genitank is chrome-plated and not stainless steel is the very shiny exterior compared to the more subdued, almost matte-like finish of the stainless steel Aerotank.
The GeniTank is mid-range glassomizer designed to provide an excellent vape experience at a more affordable price. Performance wise, which I’ll get into below, is definitely not mid-range.
Airflow – An airflow change leads off the so-called improvements over the Aerotank. The new slots in the GeniTank allow for excellent control over the amount of air getting into the chamber, allowing you to adjust the draw to exactly what you want. With the GeniTank you have 5 holes (exposed) in the airflow slot and adjustments are made by sliding the dial to hide any number of holes. The Aerotank has a single hole exposed and a graduated slot behind it. Both methods are good, and although the GeniTank is talked about as an improvement over the Aerotank I think that’s best left up to each individual vaper. I like them both equally and its tough to say which one is better. Everybody that has written about the Genitank, or has done a video review talk about this new airflow design as an improvement, for me it’s a draw.
Coils – The coils in the Genitank and Aerotank look identical, but the Genitank’s Dual Coil 1.8ohm coil is a newer design. However, there seems to be a debate going on, whether or not you can use any other coil head replacement in the Genitank. Don’t expect your Protank/Aerotank coils to work in the Genitank, although the Genitank coils are supposed to work just fine in the Protank and EVOD. Unfortunately we don’t have either one to test that out.
Although the current package contains two 1.8ohm coils Kanger plans on making available a 1.2ohm coil available for the Genitank. For most vapers using this type of glassomizer a 1.8ohm coil will be more than fine.
What’s Not Different?
The list of similarities is long. Glue-free, changeable drip tips, Pyrex glass tubes, 3.8ML capacity (Mega to Mega) being the most significant.
The biggest negative of both the Genitank line and the Aerotank line is filling the tanks. It drives me crazy that I can inject almost 4ML of eliquid into these tanks, and when I turn it right side up all the eliquid seeps to the bottom chamber leaving the tank looking as though it was time for a refill. Aesthetically it just doesn’t work; otherwise I suppose it does. I just wish there was a design tweak that would allow the Pyrex glass tank to look full when it is full.
Real World Usage
For me, the vape experience compared to the Aerotank Mega was nearly identical once I changed out the chrome drip tip. Just the touch of a chrome-plated drip tip sends shivers down my spine, so I swapped out the drip tip for a wide-mouth TT Elite, the same one I use on all my Aerotanks.
Like the Aerotank, once you fill the tank and reattach the two halves you need to allow the eliquid to fully saturate the coils. If you don’t you’re liable to scald the coils and foul the flavor for the rest of the coils lifespan. I filled mine with Ginger’s eJuice Gingerbread Chai, 50/50 PG/VG and allowed it to sit for about 20 minutes.
After a 2-second pre-burn I took a long, deep drag from the Genitank and the flavor purity and vapor production was every bit as good as the Aerotank. Pure, clean flavor, tons of vapor, and a more than decent throat hit are indicative of both glassomizers. I sincerely doubt most, if not all, vapers could honestly tell the difference. So, if that’s the case, why would Kanger introduce a product that is essentially gives the same performance as their best-selling Aerotank?
The Aerotank Mega costs $39.99 at Ave40, the supplier of the Genitank I used in this review. While the Genitank Mega is priced at $25.99 at the same Ave40, a full $14 less than the Aerotank Mega. That, dear readers, is a big price difference. (Linked to their
That huge $14 price difference then leads to the question, ‘why continue buying the Aerotank at all’?
I’ll admit that during my review period of about a week the performance of the Genitank matched the performance of my Aerotanks, and I have used my Aerotanks for a long time now. The sole reason why I will continue to buy the Aerotank instead of the Genitank is the stainless steel versus chrome plating. I’m just not that big a fan of chrome. Otherwise, the Genitank is certainly the better deal.
My buying advice is simple; the vast majority of vapers won’t be able to tell the difference between the Genitank and Aerotank when it comes to flavor and vapor. The price difference is huge, in favor of the Genitank, so unless you’re like me and are willing to pay more for stainless steel the Genitank is the natural choice. Like the Aerotank, the Genitank is available as Mini, Mega, Giant, and a 2.4ML “regular”, or simply “Genitank” version. Each of the Genitanks are similarly less costly than their Aerotank counterparts.
Features include: (From Ave40)
- CE & ROHS
- BCC Tech, Pure Taste
- All parts can be removable and changeable.
- 3.8ml capacity, 1.8ohm resistance
- New dual Coils available for 1.2/1.8ohm, which can be interchange use of Protank 3, Aerotank, EVOD 2, and T3D.
- Stronger base
- Glass can be replace
- New airflow control valve
- You can change the drip tip, fit all 510 drip tips
- 1 x Kanger Genitank Mega (Pyrex tank, top cap, bottom cap and Airflow control 510 base)
- 1 x Pyrex Glass tube (installed)
- 1 x 510 drip tip
- 2 x dual coil 1.8 ohm atomizer heads (subject to change coil ohms are not guaranteed)
- 1 x Ego Cone