Kanger Pangu Introduction
According to Chinese mythology Pangu was the being that came before anything and created pretty much everything – heaven and earth and of course people.
By naming a vaping device after this mythical God like creature manufacturers Kangertech must hold the Pangu Starter Kit in high regard.
In a nutshell it’s a chunky vape pen hybrid device which means it has both sub-ohm and DTL (direct to lung) capabilities.
It’s probably aimed at the beginners and intermediate vaping market as it would give ‘newbies’ the option of DTL and MTL (mouth to lung).
OK let’s have a closer look and see if the Kanger Pangu Starter kit lives up to its billing.
In the Box
- 1x PANGU Kit
- 1x PGOCC heating head SUS316L 0.5Ω
- 1x PGOCC heating head NiCr 1.0Ω
- 1x spare Pyrex glass
- 1x set of sealing rings
- 1x micro USB cable
Pangu Starter Kit Specs
- Dimensions: 22 mm in diameter 128 mm [without drip tip]
- Weight: 117g
- Battery Capacity: 2500mAh – built in
- Tank Capacity: 3.5 ml
- Charging: micro USB port
The packaging is sturdy with a nice slide out to the side opening. On the back is the list of contents and the all-important QR code.
Nothing to write home about but it’s fit for purpose.
The unique selling point of the Pangu Starter Kit has to be the tank.
However given this is the full all in one kit – as in the tank is fixed to the battery – I was unable to put the tank through its paces on other mods.
Given the Pangu Tank as a standalone is getting mixed reviews – I would have liked to have had a closer look.
The main features of the tank are a ‘condensation reclamation system and “clean hand” coil replacement system.’
In the Pangu the coil is also the chimney and it’s also the drip tip as it protrudes out of the top of the device.
You cover the exposed stainless steel end of the chimney with a Delrin (plastic) cover – so you can’t use your own drip-tip.
The “clean hand” coil removal actually works quite well.
You simply pull off the drip tip and unscrew the chimney/coil and it pulls out easily. Obviously to swap out your coils you do that in reverse 🙂
As for the ‘condensation reclamation system’ that appears to be what looks like an adjustable airflow ring – but isn’t – at the base of the tank. Not sure if this works or is just a gimmick if I’m honest.
Whilst there’s no adjustable airflow Kangertech says the coil decides how much vapor is to be produced with the sub-ohm 0.5 Ω coil producing more whilst the 1.0Ω produces less.
There’s also an adjustable ‘juice-hole’.
Design and Build Quality
I’ve only had my hands on one other Kangertech product before – the CUPTI – and I loved it.
It’s a very cool design nicely made and great for both Mouth to lung and sub-ohm vaping.
The Pangu Starter kit is what it is – an all in one device that we’ve all seen a zillion times before.
If I’m honest my initial impression on opening the box was favourable.
The instruction manual was a little confusing and given the Pangu Starter kit isn’t the most intuitive device I’ve come across for filling – and in particular remembering to close the juice holes off before you fill – is fiddly.
The chimney coil is an interesting design but I can’t help but think the opening and closing of the juice holes is a little backward step?
Aesthetically it’s not a ‘looker’ if I’m honest.
The company logo and a bit of Asian style writing and that’s it – all the rest is black – very black.
How Does the Pangu Starter Kit Perform?
OK let’s get this out of the way first.
Clean the tank as soon as you get it – mine tasted of manufacturing oil – YUK!
Secondly close the juice holes BEFORE filling it.
I had a quick look at it – already knew it was a top-fill design – so merrily poured in the last of my favourite e-liquid.
The e juice poured out of the ‘condensation reclamation system’ as I took my first gurgling draw on the device and so a mix of manufacturing oil – e-liquid all over my hands and mouth meant I immediately thought it was a dud!
After much spitting – tongue scraping and cleaning the whole thing I did what I should have done and read the instructions where I found the magic words:
Ensure to close the juice holes before filling juice…
OK a school boy error maybe but I still think that open and close juice hole ‘design feature’ is a backward step – maybe that’s just me 😉
Operating the Pangu Starter Kit
- 5 clicks on and off
- LED flashes x3 when resistance is less than 0.15Ω
- LED flashes x15 times when battery is drained
- LED glows red whilst charging and green when fully charged
- LED flashes x6 times when the battery temp is too high
- Device cuts out after 10 seconds of ‘over use’
Vaping the KANGER Pangu Starter Kit
OK once I’d cleaned the whole thing out – left it for a day and then filled it properly I have to say vaping on the Pangu wasn’t as bad as I’d first thought.
To be honest I’d have liked to have had a look at this new vape tank on another device because I’m not sure the battery is doing it justice.
The flavour was just OK and the vapor production was reasonable but you ain’t gonna win any cloud chucking comps with this all in one anyway!
With the 0.5Ω coil the draw is airy – which I like – however you do seem to have to really work to get any vapor into your lungs which can after a few goes make your head spin lol.
Like I said I’m not sure the fixed battery is giving the tank the service it deserves.
Popping in the 1.0Ω coil for a MTL vape – like a normal cigarette – the draw is much tighter as you would expect but again it felt like I was sucking a golf-ball through a hosepipe 😉
What I Like
Unlike many pen style all in one vape devices the Pangu is chunky and fits nicely in the hand.
It’s a fast charger and has pass through capabilities.
One click to vape.
What I Don’t Like
The juice hole opening and closing design.
And I’m not just saying that because I screwed up with my first fill but because as a starter kit it’s in my opinion a little ‘over complicated’.
And to be honest I don’t understand why anyone would want to reduce the amount of e-liquid going to the wick – or am I missing something here?
I have the black version and to be honest apart from the Kangertech logo and the wording ‘Pangu Kit’ written in snazzy writing – it’s all black [even the fire button] and just looks boring.
It’s certainly not going to jump out at you in a shop window 😉
I don’t think the battery is doing the tank justice.
Also and this might have been just a one off but after leaving it overnight [not plugged in] the first vape gave me a hell of a fright!
I’m used to that lovely firing sound you get when the coil fires but this one sounded like a firecracker and seriously made me jump lol!
Final Review Verdict
The Pangu Starter kit is what it is yet another all in one tube shaped vaping device.
Sure the battery seems to just about have enough power in it to fire up a 0.5Ω coil but oh boy do you have to work on getting that vapour into your lungs.
I vape around 50 to 75 watts so for me the coils were not heating up enough to get the flavour profile I enjoy – though it’s a personal thing and beginners might prefer this.
I’ve watched a few reviews centred around just the Pangu tank and despite that annoying opening and closing of the juice fill holes most vapers seem to like it – especially the “clean hand” coil swap system.
I’d like to be a bit more positive but to be honest I’m not blown away and would point beginners or indeed more experienced vapers looking for a Kangertech AIO device to the Kanger Cupti.
- One click to vape
- Larger than many pen shaped vaping devices
- Charges fast
- Pass through vaping
- Filling can be annoying
- Battery not powerful enough for tank IMHO
- No adjustable airflow
- You have to work hard to vape it!
- Uninspired outer design – if that’s important to you 😉
If I dropped the Pangu Starter Kit into a nearby abyss would I replace it?