There isn't any sort of math that I can do to make my purchase of the Surric Vapes 6mL Carto Tank make sense from a practicality standpoint. It was an insanely impractical purchase. My total for tank, drip tip, and shipping was a little under $75, and that was without a single cartomizer. But quite frankly, this is just one of those purchases that I've made that I really don't care.
This is the first piece of vape gear that I've bought that I could just sit and stare at. Not exactly sure what it is, but I'm pretty sure it's the matching drip tip that carries the color of the tank all the way up to it's very top. Not only that, but the tip was designed to integrate so perfectly into the design of the tank that when it's in place, the small ridge at its base becomes the forth ridge in the tank top design and the seam disappears. So the whole tank has the gorgeous, seamless look to it. I love that the blue continues down into the tank. The designer didn't have to extend the metal portion as far past the O-ring as they did, but the effect turns the O-ring into an actual part of the design of the tank. The bottom design of the tank has the same ridges that the top does. This design makes the tank look great on pretty much every device I've put it on this morning. And the tiny gap between the tank and the device is less obtrusive because of those ridges.
These tanks are available in an entire range of colors. And in addition to this, the standard 6mL carto tank, Surric also makes smaller 3.5mL carto tanks, a massive tank they call the B.A.T., which stands for Big Ass Tank, and a series of tanks they call R.A.T. tanks, which stands for Replaceable Atomizer Tank. The R.A.T. tanks use Kanger ProTank coil heads in them and come in the same range of colors as the carto tanks. I hate pro tank heads or I'd likely be buying one of those too if you could fit an Aspire head into it.
Production quality is exactly what you'd expect from a U.S.-made $75 product. The glass is thick and the edges are nicely beveled. The metal is aluminum, I think, and the color on it is perfectly applied with not a single blemish. The fit of the parts together was a little stiff at first, but that's to be expected with an unused product that is well made. If you buy this, or any new carto tank that uses O-rings to hold the pieces together, it is always smart to put just a dab of e-liquid on your finger and run that around each of the O-rings. For the inside O-rings, I did that by rubbing my e-juice'd finger all around the cartomizer. After doing so, the whole tank slid together perfectly. And I have not had a single moment using it last night night and this morning where I felt like it was going to slip apart. The drip tip holds the whole unit together nice and snug.
Performance is exactly what I'd expect from any carto tank. I mean, let's face it. It's the same cartomizer whether it's put into a $6 Smok plastic carto tank or this, the Rolls Royce of tanks. It's hard to put a value or price on the experience of using a product that you love. In general, is it worth the price? Probably not. Is it to me? Absolutely. And I'd do it over again in a heartbeat.
I've had trouble finding these tanks for sale. The Surric Vapes website is kind of crummy and doesn't give you any sort of reasonable history of the company and certainly doesn't provide any e-commerce solution for ordering direct without contacting them. According to some messages I've seen them reply to on their FB page, they will sell direct, but there is no pricing publicly available that I've found. From what I can tell, this is a really small company and sells primarily through a couple of brick & mortar stores in Southern California. I bought mine from Vape Industry. The folks there shipped it out within 24 hours and it was well packaged and quickly shipped.
One thing to note if you'd like to do further research on this tank and the other products made by Surric Vapes: at some point in the last year, they changed their name to Surric Vapes from Cirrus Vapes. Most of what I've found online I found by searching "Cirrus Tank." No clue what drove the name change. But it did. As clever as "Cirrus" was (clouds, I get it), I speculate that someone else already had a DBA under that name and they were forced to change. But that's literally just a guess on my part.
Bottom line: I had to have this. I love it. To me it was worth it. Now I just need an authentic blue Nemesis mod to put it on. Gah. It sucks having expensive tastes.