To do that, I had to grab a pack of Smok cartomizers at the store last weekend. I was out of them. Have been for quite a while. And I've once again fallen in love with one of the oldest vaping technologies out there. I LOVE LOVE LOVE a good carto tank. Since I grabbed a pack of cartomizers, I went ahead and installed one in my Smok UDCT tank as well. It's the pyrex version with the screw on base that prevents it from leaking and coming apart.
So I've kind of gone full circle with my vaping. The carto tank was one of the first tanks that I owned, along with el cheapo clearomizers. And I didn't like it. There are so many things that can go wrong with a carto tank, it's a little bit crazy. But once you get the hang of them, I just think they are fantastic. I want to write up a how-to blog post on using them. They are fiddly and tricky and you have to correctly "prime" a carto before it can be slid into a tank. You have to be careful how you insert it as to not create pressure inside the tank that pushes the liquid into the carto and all out the air holes.
But on the good side, I think the flavor I get out of a carto tank is the best that I get out of any vaping technology. That's pretty crazy considering the number of guys I know who swear by dripping atomizers. I've got five different dripping atomizers here running silica in two and cotton in three of them. And I really do love my drippers. But here's the thing. The flavor in the drippers is almost too good, if that's possible. The dripping atomizer seems to showcase the flaws in e-liquid. And I've found that, almost without fail, the only juice that I can stand in a dripping atomizer is Five Pawns. I have five of their flavors and they are all very good in the dripper. I have some flavors from other companies that I literally adore. I mean my favorite juice, bar none, is Glazed Pecan from Artisan Vapor. I think it's a near perfect flavor. But it SUCKS in the dripper. I mean it's not good at all. It's dull and bland and I just don't like it. Put it in an Aspire tank and it's good. Put it in a carto tank and it's my favorite juice made. It's warm and sweet and tastes exactly as it should.
The carto tank never puts out much vapor. That is its big weakness. My Nautilus tank can cloud up a room almost as well as a dripper. The carto tank...nope. Very little vapor. But it's just such good flavor that I don't really care. I know there are some folks that don't like the flavor of a carto. They claim they can taste it where they can't in a cotton wicked dripper. I can taste something different in my flavors in the carto too, but I like it. In my blue tank, I have a juice called Blue Razzle that is a blueberry - raspberry blend. And the carto does impart an added flavor that isn't present in the Aspire tank. It is the faintest gauzy flavor. But it doesn't for a second bother me in the Blue Razzle, and I can't taste it at all in my Glazed Pecan. I think it actually warms that flavor up some.
So do I have a point in this rambling post tonight? Yes. If you've gotten into vaping in just the past few months, you are likely WAY past the point of ever having needed to try this old technology. But I'd recommend you do so. Find a shop that sells them and ask the folks there to teach you how to prime a carto and use a carto tank. YES! You need to do this. You NEED to get a lesson. Once you've done it a few times, it's not that hard, but even I had half a tank of juice down my shirt tonight refilling my tank and accidentally pulling the carto out just a taddddddd too far. They can be tricky. Oh, and make sure you buy good quality cartomizers. The ones I bought from Smok had a hologram sticker on them and a serial number that you can scratch off. Buy real branded cartos. A cheap carto is crap. Period. And will ruin you on the whole experience. A good carto, to me, is an incredibly enjoyable vape.