Kanger T2 Clearomizer: Impressions

The Kanger T2 Clearomizer is another entry in the increasingly crowded field of eGo style clearomizers.  While it’s not curvy like the Vision or Bauway CE4 versions, Kanger’s entry can trace its roots back along the same lines. In this review we’ll see if there is room at the table for yet another take on the eGo sized clear cartomizer.

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Design

Unlike the latest clearomizer offerings from the likes of Vision and Bauway, Kanger’s T2 is straight as an arrow.  The design queues are there however, complete with graduated markings (up to 2.4ml) on the outside of the tube (available with clear, blue or red tinting).

Kanger T2 threading 300x218 imageAt the bottom of the carto is the now-familiar skirt that covers the outer threads on an eGo-style e-cigarette. However, unlike many of the designs, this one is eGo threaded as opposed to just eGo skirted.

That means that the threads are on the skirt itself instead of the battery connector.  If you are going to use this device on an eGo you’re set.  If not, you’ll want to make sure you have a 510-eGo adapter handy.

You’ll also find two vent holes on the skirt as well since air wouldn’t be able to flow through the battery connector as is the case on more standard cartomizers.

Over at the other end of the T2, you’ll find a combination cap and drip tip. Essentially, it’s a black plastic cap that screws on a metal sleeve at the top of the clearomizer and then tapers into a drip tip.  That means that it should reduce leaking caused by poor fit.  It also means you’re stuck with that tip.

The oddball tip design is important to the way the Kanger works.  The heating coil perched atop a thick steel inner tube isn’t anything novel, but the gasket that sits on the coil certainly is.  It’s in a word, huge.

Kanger T2 Gasket 280x300 imageThe gasket fills nearly the entire diameter of the top of the cartomizer with a couple of slots to allow e-liquid to pass through.  There is a thinner part of the gasket that extends past the top of the clearomizer itself.

This is where the madness starts to make sense.  With the airway opening to the coil safely extended past the top, there’s no issues with accidentally dripping e-liquid down the center tube.

This design also helps for unscrewing the head for replacement.

The T2 can be filled without a syringe.  The thing to be careful with here is that you fill slowly and be mindful to not dribble e-liquid down the outside of the cartomizer.

Another plus to the design is that top piece extends into the drip tip ensuring a tight seal. The seal ensures that no e-liquid will sneak into the airway when your e-cigarette is on its side (or even upside down.)

Speaking of tipping, the Kanger T2 is a beast of the stubby-wick variety.  Therefore, it relies on tipping to make sure there is plenty of e-liquid hitting the heating element.

As for the rest of the device, the heating element is replaceable and the  metal parts are steel, and the exterior tube is a fairly thick plastic.  This cartomizer feels solid.  However, the vendor has seen fit to put a warning against over tightening the cap to avoid cracking the clearomizer.

 

Performance

The Kanger T2 is available in 1.8 and 2.4 ohm resistance level.  An awesome co-worker gave me the model I’m reviewing, which is the higher resistance version.

Kanger T2 on ProVari 300x194 imageAccording to the resistance meter on my ProVari, this Kanger comes in at almost 3.0 ohm, which is a considerable variance from the rated 2.4. Since I only have the one cartomizer, I wasn’t able to tell if this was a fluke or not. Fortunately, variable voltage is awesome, so I just adjusted the voltage higher to compensate.

I didn’t bother doing any testing on an eGo because 2.4 ohm is a little high in my book, and 3.0 would definitely produce less than stellar results.  If you’re an eGo fan, go with the low resistance version.

I found that despite the claims on the vendor’s website, this cartomizer started performing at its best on the second fill-up. I wasn’t terribly optimistic to be honest because of the resistance.

I’ve always felt that top coil devices work best at lower voltages.  Even the higher resistance versions.  For some reason, the wicks never seem to be able to keep up with the vapor production when the heat is on.

However, I found the comfort zone of these cartomizers to be right around 5 volts.  In fact, I could even run them well above that, almost 6 volts.  At that level there certainly was a ton of very warm vaper.  The problem was that I had to be very diligent at keeping my ecig tilted to make sure the coils stayed wet.

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5 volts seemed like a better compromise.  The coils stayed wicked without having to pay much attention to the orientation of things. Vapor production was still very good and there was a decent amount of warmth in that vapor as well.

Flavor reproduction is not bad either.  Although to be fair, I find most of these new style clearomizers to work pretty well in terms of providing flavor.

I did find the cartomizer had a hard time wicking once you got down to about a quarter tank.  This seems to be fairly typical, especially with short wick clearomizers.  Frequent tipping to the side will help move things along.

I only wish I had a clearomizer closer to the factory specs to give a more correct impression of what sort of voltages are ideal for this device.

 

Too Long; Didn’t Read

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Kanger’s T2 is a higher volume clearomizer akin to the new generation of large clearomizers, but without the soda bottle taper. The Kangers feel solid, and the proprietary cap/drip tip combo allow syringe-less filling. The model I tested fell outside factory specs for resistance, and the vendor warns the tank can crack if you over tighten the cap. Despite these shortcomings, the Kanger is a solid performer and might be worth a closer look.  You can do just that at Vapor Alley.

Pros:

  • Excellent performance
  • Solid feel
  • Can be filled without a syringe
  • Good capacity
  • Flood resistant
  • Replaceable coil assembly

Cons:

  • Proprietary drip tip
  • Sample unit resistance was out of spec
  • Over tightening may crack tube

Details:

Product: Kanger T2 (eGo CC) Clearomizer
Available at: Vapor Alley
Price: $4.99
Threading: eGo
Resistance: 1.8 or 2.4

Disclosure: I feature affiliate links for Vapor Alley; I received this unit free from a co-worker (who probably didn’t know I was going to write a review and mention her).

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10 thoughts on “Kanger T2 Clearomizer: Impressions

  1. I am using this clearomisers almost two months now. They are best in the department of clearomisers, to my opinion.

    Problem with the tip is solved about month ago. First series of this product were with poor quality tips and they all gone broke after 2-3 days tops. It was like they needed extra milimetar space at the joint mark, that was the place where all of them broke. Now they are coming with the new tip, you can feel under your fingers that the plastic is more solid and higher quality. Also they put four little stubs inside the tip, to make it aditionaly more solid. And that works for now.

    New two major negative things:

    1. In lot of cases, when you unscrew the tip for purpose of refiling, it is possible that you at the same time unscrew the heating head. It's like the tip "catches" the head and unscrews it. If you don't see this than you will 100% get eliquid inside your tube, which means that you need to blow through the tube and clean the clearomiser before you can use it normally again. This is something that gives the biggest headache to new usaers, they constantly have problems with the juice in the tube (bad vape, gargling sound, liquid in mouth or no vape and taste at all), and they can not figure out the problem.

    2. The biggest problem are new Joyetech ego bateries (T/C, doesn't make the difference). All new series of batteries have deeper threading. English is not my first language, so I can not find best words to explain this. Old bateries have five screwing lines but tne new ones have eight screving lines, so the clearomiser is going much more tighter and deeper on threading. As you wrote, the air vent holes are at the bottom of the tub, so deeper thread is now covering the whole vent. The result is less vape (and also harder taking of vape) than on the same battery with old thread. The best way to compare is this: Joyetech ego-C twist (VV) 659 mAh battery with deeper thread gives at the 3.7-3.8v same performanse as the Joyetech eGo-T/C 650 mAh classic 3.3v battery.

    Also, they have changeable heating heads with 1.5, 1.8, 2.2 and 2.5 ohm (specs say +-0.2 ohm). And about 15 days ago they put in to sale heating heads with longer wick, with slightly different design. They are on my way, so I will wright if there is any difference.

    • that is an excellent analysis, thank you. I didn't know that Joye changed the eGo's threading, I'm not sure I like that move, it's like they are trying to make things a little more proprietary.

      • Thank you. ;)

        I also do not understand that move by their side, as the performance goes there's no difference in old and new baterries. Kanger solved this problem by selling two kinds of clearomisers, one for ego threading (before this stund by Joye) and also their starter kit called T2, which comes with their T2 batteries and with visually same clearomiser but with threading which can go only on those batteries. I prefer Joye batteries so I am not so keen to try Kanger batteries.

        And this is the difference between old (left) and new (right) Joyetech batteries. Both are eGo-C twist.
        http://i50.tinypic.com/wsv5ef.jpg

  2. By the way here in the Philippines we call this CE5 rebuildable what i did was when the tip had cracked i used the tip of a Vision Tank mini, and i rebuild the replaceable heating element into 1.3 ohms running on my iTube Denkat unit, hey steve i have a request can you do a review on the Bulli tank/drip atomizer.

    • I'm not sure I'm quite coordinated enough for a rebuildable :) I did, however order the Phoenix rebuildable yesterday, so we'll see how that goes.

    • Are you sure that we are talking about the same clearomiser? The main problem in the clearomiser industry is that we have few different names for same producst, so we have a confusion.

      CE5 is one of the names for Vision V3 clearomiser, which is updated version of CE4 clearomiser, also called Vision V2. Both are visually identical, but the difference is that CE5 is coil changeable and CE4 is not.

      CE5 and T2 are totally different clearomisers.

      • The Clearomizer market is so completely muddied now, and its getting worse. Basically, all I can do is call it whatever the vendor I got it from calls it, so at least it will match if someone goes to look for one.

        • Sorry Steve, I wasn't specific in my comment. I was answering/asking Lei about his comment. ;)

  3. @Ivan i would agree with steve naming conventions for clear tanks are little muddied because we have here a stardust look with a replaceable center like T2 they call it also CE5 and a vivi nova tank look they call it CE6

    CE5 is changeable and easy to rebuild into an LR like the stardust ver 2

  4. I have been using these for some time now.

    The flavor and vapor are most definitely there and I have never had an issue with the top cracking with the version 2 units.

    The heads are very easy to replace and can be cleaned and re-used (to a certain extent) and the prices are most reasonable.

    The best place I have found to purchase is at..

    http://www.vapingme.com/brands/Kanger.html

    $4.49 for the complete unit and $0.99 for the replacement heads. Free S&H for orders over $25