After I bought my ProTank 2, I mixed up some green apple from Mt. Baker Vapor. Green apple is one of those flavors that will bust out a plastic tank literally on contact. So it was a non-option to put it into any of the lesser tanks that I own. I mixed the juice at 50/50 and the ProTank flooded. I put an extra piece of wick into the head. And it flooded. I turned the voltage up. And it flooded. What the Hell? None of my tricks were working. And I'd just spent an entire evening not a week before talking about all the things to do to keep the ProTank from flooding.
So I decided to head in another direction. My ProTank 1 works like a champ. I mean every single night, I vape my cinnamon redhots and it works just fine. Why was this one giving me such fits. I tried another flavor: Mt. Baker's Rocky Road (a freebie with my last order). No bueno. Flooding. Crap. And so I decided to experiment a little.
I mixed up one small batch (5mL) of the green apple using less nicotine. By dropping down from 12mg to 9mg, I was able to push the VG% of my juice up to 70%. I let the juice sit and steep for a couple of days and tonight, I put it into my empty ProTank 2. Voila. I've been vaping green apple all evening and not only is it not flooding, but I haven't had a single gurgle.
So without further ado, I am prepared to make a bold statement. I don't think the ProTank is suitable for any juice that is less than a 70VG/30PG mix. My cinnamon is at 80/20 and this apple is at 70/30. Both work fine. Now I have certainly had a few flavors that are thicker at 50/50. I'm running a 50/50 black licorice in my ProTank Mini and it works awesome. So this may not be necessary for every liquid. But it sure seems to be a consistent trend for me. I think that my ProTanks will just have to be dedicated to the thicker juices.
The moral of the story is a bit disturbing though: It's very hard to trust reviews of tanks. I've got 8 different tank technologies represented in my collection and each of them has its pros and cons. The most problematic aspect of it all is that if I have two different tanks and the same juice in both, it's obvious that there would be differences...but those differences aren't necessarily consistent if I switch to another juice. It just seems that there is a sort of perfect marriage that is sometimes achieved between a juice and a tank. My cinnamon works great in my ProTank 1. My MBV Hawk Sauce is incredible in the Aspire tank. And for whatever stupid reason, I like the MBV wintergreen the best in a little green plastic CE5 clearomizer. Go figure. It makes me scratch my head.
I suppose most folks probably will never go to the trouble of comparing. I'd like to just find something that works and stick with it. In my case, I guess as time moves on and the occasional flavor gets promoted into the ranks of an everyday flavor, it will simply get dedicated to the tank that it works best in and spend its days forever resident in it. I feel a bit like Mr. Olivander helping the students of Hogwarts find the right wand. Okay. Nevermind. I think I've been sucking on the green apple too much tonight. Until tomorrow...