How often do we take for granted the material used to hold our E liquid?
There are three main categories and each can make a big difference in your final choice when purchasing.
How many of your tanks are made from glass? I’ll hazard a guess and say quite a lot. The fact is, the vast majority of tanks such as the popular Horizontech Falcon King use glass as their holding medium. Of course that same majority of vapers have probably broken theirs on occasion just as I have, usually through clumsiness.
The thing is, glass is not susceptible to corrosion and is able to withstand a high degree of heat without breaking. It can offer a reassuring weight when attached to a well balanced mod and juice levels are very easy to view helping to avoid those dreaded dry hits. Let’s also not forget that clear glass makes a vaping kit look very cool. Indeed there’s often class using glass!
These days it’s becoming increasingly easy to pick up replacement glass tubes such as the FreeMax Fireluke 4ml Bubble Glass for literally short change. The general consensus is that the more popular the tank, the easier it is to find a replacement.
Whereas glass is very resistant to all types of E liquid flavouring, poly-carbonate or plastic tanks are less forgiving. If you’re planning on using this type of material for its stronger more resilient tendencies it’s going to come with a caveat.
It’s quite a big one, especially if you’re into specific profiles such as lemon, lime, orange and other citrus flavours that are high in acidic content. Other abrasive juices that may contain cinnamon, for example all combine to make up what are known as “tank crackers”. A chemical reaction breaks down the material to literally crack the wall of the tank over a given period of time.
This kind of tank is made of softer material making it brittle and prone to damage. They are less tolerant to levels of heat so power settings on the MOD itself need to be taken into consideration.
As soon as you notice your tank becoming hazy in colour and developing micro like etches along the wall, replace it.. You’ve been warned! lol
Pyrex is very similar to glass and has the benefit of being stronger too. It’s able to handle any flavour you throw at it and provides a very clean taste from the juice as opposed to poly/plastic tanks.
There’s a school of thought that suggests a negligible difference in quality between pyrex and glass hence often being favoured for its increased durability. The manufacturing process does make it more expensive but sales alone will show how popular it is.
Don’t Go Crackers Over Your Choice Of Material
If you’re prepared to avoid citric types of E liquid such as aniseed and those mentioned above there’s no reason why a plastic or poly-carbon tank won’t last the course. In fact they are very well suited for new vapers opting for low powered devices because the material can handle the levels of heat emitted.
Glass and pyrex are much easier to maintain and unlike plastic or poly-carbon will not retain the juice when washed thoroughly and more often than not provide a cleaner, more authentic flavour from any type of juice. For this reason it is tailor made for the intermediate/advanced vaper.
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