The Artemas locking cartomizer tank from MadVapes was built to solve a specific problem If you’re a fan of cartomizer tanks, you’ve probably run into problems with the tank unintentionally sliding up the cartomizer. More commonly, sometimes when you try to unscrew the tank from your e-cigarette, the tank just spins but the cartomizer stays stubbornly in place. That’s what the Artemas aims to fix.
Let’s face it. Cartomizer tank technology isn’t exactly that complicated. You got a basic tank body and some water tight end caps to hold a cartomizer with a hole in it. Sure, there are things like the Texas Tuff Tank with its neat filling port, and there’s Pyrex tanks, but the design is basically the same. The Artemas tank sticks with the basics but adds a little something extra.
The Artemas tank was designed for use with Smoktech pre-punched cartomizers that have a flange built into the bottom of the cartomizer. However, the tank doesn’t much resemble the Smoktech DCT other than in general appearance. The end caps are the main difference (not much you can do with a tank body). The end caps essentially sit above the tank itself and don’t appear to use the same O-ring configuration to keep liquid in.
This does look like the tube can’t easily be replaced as it can in the Smok versions. There is a slightly different shape to the top cap as well, but, the bottom cap is where the magic happens.
There are two features that make the locking part of the Artemas tank built into that bottom cap. First, there are two raised areas on the bottom of the tank. These bumps hold the flange of a pre-punched cartomizer in place by the two flat sides of the flange.
The second feature is the threading on the bottom end cap. Why threading? Because, that’s used for a custom bottom plate to be screwed on the end cap. The plate covers the remainder of the flange preventing the tank from sliding up when pulled.
Together these features mean that your tank isn’t going everywhere. The cartomizer won’t twist, nor will the tank lift up.
There are a couple of natural drawbacks to this design of course. First, these features will only work with the pre-punched Smoktech cartomizers that have the flange for the tank to grab. Second, I found that the bottom plate tends to decrease the thread depth of the cartomizer.
This can be more of an issue. I found that some cartomizers couldn’t make adequate contact with my ProVari with that plate attached. The cartomizers simply wouldn’t fire. However, it fit just fine on the VMAX.
That problem can be solved by using a 510-510 adapter to get a little more clearance between the body of the e-cigarette and the tank base. What I ended up doing was simply not using the bottom plate. That sort of defeats the purpose, however.
Naturally, how well the tank will fit on your device will depend on the device itself, and possibly even the cartomizer. Engineering tolerances tend to vary even with compatible hardware.
If you are a cartomizer tank user, and are plagued with travelling cartomizers, the Artemas Locking DCT might be just what’s needed to keep everything from spinning around. The tanks work as well as other tanks so if you’re a prepunched user, this is probably worth a look. Depending on which device you use, you might want to have a 510-510 adapter handy to give the tank enough room to work. You can pick one of these tanks up at MadVapes.
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