The latest sub ohm tank from Smok.
It seems like everyone is coming out with sub ohm tanks these days, and this is the latest one from the folks over at Smoktech. The great thing about these devices is that they offer new vapers the ability to to get a high quality vape like the seasoned veterans get without having to go through the process of learning how to wrap coils and rebuild atomizers. While there are some safety concerns that require the user to be properly informed before using these devices, they are pretty much a plug-and-go solution for cloud chasing while still keeping a focus on the flavor of the vape. This particular device was sent to me free of charge for the purposes of this review by the folks over at GearBest.
As with any battery powered devices, one first has to be aware of how to use these devices safely. In the event that you are unsure of how to properly use any vaping device, ask questions before preceding. Here are some basic safety precautions that should be followed with this particular device.
- Never use this tank on a hybrid top cap mechanical mod. The positive pin is not adjustable, and this could lead to a dead short and battery failure on this type of device.
- Use high amp (minimum 25 amp rating) high drain batteries with this device.
- If using this tank on a mechanical mod, pay close attention to the condition and charge levels of your batteries. This tank can produce good clouds even on a low charge, and vaping the batteries too low can lead to battery stress and eventually failure.
The Smok VCT Pro is the follow up to the original VCT tank. It features reparable dual coil heads in .2 and .6 ohm resistances. The tank is constructed of stainless steel and Pyrex, and features dual adjustable airflow at the base of the tank, and also an adjustable airflow hole on the drip tip. The top of the device has 3 heat sink fins for cooling purposes, and the Pyrex tube is held onto the tank by 4 O rings. This is a bottom fill tank, so you will have to unscrew the deck from the bottom of the device to fill it, but this gives you the added advantage of being able to access the coil without having to drain the juice from the tank. The coils are wicked with organic cotton.
This tank appears to have been designed to give you cooler vape from a sub ohm tank. The airflow slots at the bottom of the tank are very long, and on both sides. This brings air in across the entire bottom of the tank (when fully opened) to aid with cooling. The air flow hole at the bottom of the replaceable head is very wide, allowing again for more cooling of the vape. If all of this isn't enough, the drip tip can be opened to bring cooler air from above in to mix with the heated vapor coming from the chimney to cool it to the desired temperature before inhaling.
How does it vape?
The vape is largely subjective to how you have it setup. From my experiences with it, 60 watts is just about the perfect setting for both resistances, but there is a lot of flexibility to fine tune this to your personal taste. Here is what I found with the heads individually.
- Flavor is muted below 50 watts. Vapor production is low but sufficient at 40 watts, but the flavor isn't right until you get up to 50.
- From 50-90 watts, you get a good vape with no burnt hits at all. Flavor is solid at all settings in between, but it really shines in the 60-80 watt range.
- At around 95 watts you will begin to get a hint of a burnt flavor. I did not vape it above this level.
The temperature of the vape is surprisingly cool, even at 90 watts, with this particular head.
- Again, the flavor is muted and vapor production is light on this head at 30 watts. However, I had to get up to 50 watts on this one until I was satisfied with the flavor.
- The sweet spot on this head seemed to be in the 55-70 watt range, with my preferred setting at 60 watts.
- While I went as high as 90 watts on this head, I have to point out that over 80 watts the tank itself begins to heat up pretty hot, especially when chain vaping with this head installed. Also, despite all the efforts of the designers to cool the vape, I had to open the air flow on the drip tip all the way to keep this one cool enough for my liking at 90 watts. However, I did not once get a burnt hit, even when chain vaping at this high setting.
To be honest, I prefer the .6 ohm head on this device but the ,2 ohm head does work well also.
The drip tip on this device is rather loose. In order to adjust the airflow on the drip tip you will have to remove it from the tank, which will lead to getting juice on your hands. No biggie, but a flaw.
The O rings at the base, while necessary, make it a tight squeeze to get the tank back on. This makes it difficult to to screw the base back on to the device. It is a task that is certainly manageable, but those with arthritis or some similar problem in the wrists or fingers might find it to be uncomfortable to fill.
The wicking on this tank is incredible. Large, rectangular wick holes allow this thing to just gulp in the juice (see video below). It takes in so much liquid so fast that I expected to have issues leaking, but I had none.
This tank really shines at high wattage. It performs very well to the advertised specs at 90 watts, and can even exceed those specs depending on personal taste.
When the airflow is completely closed off, the device allows almost no air to flow. This is great for those of you that like a tight draw. You can really close this one off and make it a very tight draw while it also opens up wide for those cloud chasers.
The coolness of the vape on this one is great, and I'm not a guy that really looks for a cool vape. What it does do, however, is allow a vaper like myself to go really high in the watts without getting an uncomfortably hot vape, and that is an excellent feature.
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In my opinion, the Smok VCT is a winner. While this device is not likely to satisfy those with 30 watt mods, if you have a 50 watt (minimum) or a 100 watt (or higher) mod this is probably going to be a very good tank for you. If you like a sub ohm vape, but find them to often be a little hot for your liking, this is a must have. Even if you don't mind a hot vape, why not have a tank that lets you turn up the power even more before getting to that level of heat? The flavor is good, the vapor production is solid, and this seems to be a well built little tank.
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