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.
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).
At 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.
The 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.
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.
According 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.
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.
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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.
- Excellent performance
- Solid feel
- Can be filled without a syringe
- Good capacity
- Flood resistant
- Replaceable coil assembly
- Proprietary drip tip
- Sample unit resistance was out of spec
- Over tightening may crack tube
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).