I absolutely love the feel of the Protank. It is heavy. It is solid. Made entirely of glass and stainless steel, there is nothing about it that ever feels cheap or poorly made. That said, it is an entirely different vaping experience compared to the little plastic clearomizer.
I've not to this day vaped anything that had a tighter draw than the el cheapo disposable clearos. And I didn't realize at the time that I had just stepped into probably the loosest most "airy" draw of any tank solution on the market. What I've found is that I'm a guy who really likes the looser draw. So this aspect of the Protank really did hit a sweet spot with me. After months of vaping now, I can also say that I am a guy who likes a cooler vape temperature. Most of the forums that I've dug around in seem to be filled with folks who prefer a warmer vape that is closer to the temperature of an old-fashioned cigarette. Not me. I like it cool. And the Protank keeps its cool. With the thick glass and all that steel, the ambient temperature of my juice is considerably cooler than some of my other tanks. Add this to a bottom-coil design and the vapor has quite a bit further to travel up that stainless steel center tube before it gets into my mouth.
That is not to say that the Protank is a perfect design. It certainly has its flaws. Of all of the tanks I've tried, it is by far the most fussy. I now have a Protank 1, a Mini-Protank 1, and a Protank 2 in my mix of gear and I've run the gamut from getting the best vape i've ever had to uttering the most swear words in a 10 minute period all from this one silly tank. These are the things that I figured out the hard way:
Juice Thickness and Flooding
The Protank is stupidly picky about the viscosity of your juice. If your juice is too thick, it won't wick properly and results in burnt hits, bad flavor, and a harsh throat hit. If your juice is too thin, the whole thing floods like the Titanic. I've found that my favorite vape, a cinnamon red hot at 80 VG / 20 PG is just ideal in the stock atomizer head that comes with the tank.
There are a couple of ways of dealing with these issues. First of all, don't just trust everything you see on YouTube. I've watched a handful of guys swear that removing one of the flavor wicks makes the Protank perfect. None of these guys seem to express the fact that they are likely using a really high VG blend (meaning really thick juice.) Trust me. I took one of those flavor wick thingies out. And I got a ton of flooding. In fact, I've found the opposite technique to be true at times. I have a high PG blend (thin stuff) that I actually added a small piece of silicon wick into the head in order to get it to wick properly. If all this adding and removing of wicks seems over your head, do a YouTube search on the Protank and you'll find a ton of guys showing you how to break them down. It's super easy and extra silicon wick is available from a ton of online vaping vendors.
Another important tip. I got so used to vaping my cinnamon red hots that when I put a different juice into the Protank, I totally forgot to adjust the voltage. The red hot juice really vapes best for me at a pretty low voltage (often 3.7, but sometimes as low as 3.5). I filled a Protank full of 50/50 blend watermelon juice and simply could not figure out for the life of me why it was flooding so badly. I knew the 50/50 was a thinner juice, but it wasn't THAT much thinner. I literally put the tank away in frustration and it hit me the next day that I needed to try adjusting my voltage. Sure enough, I turned it up to 4.5 and SHAZAM, the whole thing was working like a champ and not flooding. Apparently, the problem was that I just wasn't getting enough heat to this juice to vaporize it as fast as it was wicking into the atomizer.
Bottom line on this problem: You can control how much juice is wicking by how much wick you have. More importantly, if you have flooding on the Protank, the first thing to do is to remember to start by turning up your voltage. Any time you are vaping a new flavor in a new tank, you should start low and turn it up. Keep going until you start to get that burnt taste. You'll know when you've gone too far. Some of my flavors like to stay cool (red hots and root beer) and some of my flavors seem to like it hot (green apple and watermelon).
This is one of the most common complaints I hear guys talking about in reviews of the Protank. They say that the flavor is muted compared to other tanks. I actually would have to agree with them. Compared to other tanks that I've used, the Protanks have the lightest flavor. This seems to work well for me because my three Protanks are pretty much dedicated to strong flavors. The red hot is the strongest I vape but black licorice isn't too far behind. If you are looking for a tank with stronger flavor, wait for my thoughts on the new Aspire series of tanks. I think the flavor is much better on them than the Protanks, but I still would pick the Protank over them due to the temperature of the vape. (That said, I need to order a stainless steel drip tip for my Aspire tanks to see if it cools things down any over the plastic standard drip tip.)
My little Protank 1 is dedicated now. I'll never likely run any other juice through it than my 80/20 cinnamon. It works. For me, it's perfect. But maybe that's the real point of these thoughts. It took me a good deal of trial and error (and a lot of stupid luck) to find a combination that made it perfect for me. If I could offer any advice to the new vaper, it'd be: don't be afraid to experiment. Don't get discouraged when things don't work out perfectly on the first try. There is quite a bit of fiddling required in this hobby at times. If you want quick and easy, buy yourself a cig-a-like or stay with the simple eGo and plastic clearomizer. They are consistent. But that's not you. No. You are reading the blog of a complete nube here and at this point, you've read quite a bit. You are looking for a more satisfactory vaping experience because you are into it. It's fun.
Would I recommend the Protank? Absolutely. Like I said, when it works, for me, it is downright unbeatable. When it doesn't, it makes you want to kill things. But the more I use it, the more I am figuring out its little quirks. And if I could afford it, I'd buy at least a couple more of them.