SMOK VCT Pro – Another Sub Ohm Tank From The SMOKTECH Stable
For sub ohm tank users SMOK brings you the VCT Pro which is an upgrade of their existing VCT tank.
With redesigned rectangular shaped intake holes that serve to enlarge the surface area for e-liquid. This product features an adjustable airflow system with wider slots. It is designed for both beginners and advanced users.
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SMOK Technology Co Ltd I’m sure will be familiar with a great many people. Based in Shenzhen, China they are a company that seized on the inevitable need to provide a healthy alternative to traditional cigarettes.
Their vision is to ensure that e-cigarette users can enjoy a traditional style experience without any of the dangers.
New to Sub Ohm Tanks and Vaping?
Then please read our beginners guide to find out if these types of product fit your vaping needs, they are not a simple set it and forget it product!
The SMOK VCT PRO features:
- 22mm diameter
- 71.5mm tall
- 510 threaded
- 5ml Capacity
- Replaceable glass tube
- Stainless steel construction
- 100% Organic cotton coils
- Coil wire made in the U.S.A.
- Dual Vertical Coil Heads: 0.2 ohm and 0.6 ohm
- Upgraded adjustable airflow
- Drip tip cooling fan system
- Recommended wattage range 30-80w
Packaged in a well presented box:
- 1x SMOK VCT Pro Sub Ohm tank
- 1x 0.6 ohm dual vertical coil, which is already pre fitted
- 1x 0.2 ohm dual vertical coil
- 1x Replacement glass tube
- 4x Replacement Red O-Rings
- 1x User Manual
The packaging is very good being a sturdy cardboard box with an outer cardboard sleeve, very similar to the one for the Kanger Subtank. A good block of hard foam holds everything neatly in place and the manual and spares can be found underneath it. Top marks to SMOK for actually including a manual, some other companies should take note.
The Looks Of The SMOK VCT Pro Are A Mixed Bag:
As for it’s looks I do like some aspects of it. Parts of it have an almost futuristic theme. Other parts of look more basic and the overall ensemble is aesthetically something of a mixed bag.
The black O-rings, the top cap heat sink and the steel and pyrex drip tip make it appear more fancy than it actually is but that’s bundled with a rather utilitarian main body and a very standard looking base with a simple air flow control adjuster.
Personally I’m more concerned with how it functions but I am mindful of its hit and miss aesthetics. In all honesty it looks reasonable on most mods but it lacks the elegance of others. It is ever so slightly taller than both the Vision MK Tank and the Sense Herakles.
The O-rings are very strong and it can take a little effort to take it apart. In most cases this is a good thing just be very careful when disassembling to wash, since too much effort pulling and I could see the tank flying past you and smashing on the floor.
With proper care it shouldn’t be an issue and I’d personally rather have durable O-rings like this that do the job properly over a tank with merely adequate ones that leaks like a sieve.
The airflow control is of the cyclops style with a large slit on opposite sides of the airflow control ring. The advantage of this particular airflow is that it can be fully closed down for users who wish to perform primer hits.
The airflow is perhaps too easily adjusted I don’t feel like its going to move of its own accord but it is very loose to the touch, I think that overly smooth is the better way to describe it.
The drip tip also includes what SMOK refers to as a heat fan. It is nothing of the kind and is simply a airflow cyclops style vent that can be adjusted. Fully closed it tightens up the draw somewhat while fully opening up increases airflow slightly to make for a more effortless draw.
It will also help with cooling the drip tip when the tank is used at high wattage. So perhaps it should have been called an air vent? As for actually adjusting it its not really practical when fitted to the tank but is easily adjusted if you remove the drip tip.
Sadly the drip tip itself is of the slightly wobbly variety. Its not going to fall off or anything but I wouldn’t describe it as completely sturdy. An application of some dental floss wrapped around it near the O-ring may help to sort that. Alternatively find a thicker O-ring that fits it.
The tank did smell slightly of machine oil. I washed the tank thoroughly and advise you to do the same before using it.
In all the tank does feel somewhat lightweight, everything fits well apart from a wobbly drip tip and a too easily adjusted airflow control ring but I am left with the overall feeling that it isn’t quite as durable as some other sub ohm tanks.
Now without suggesting that this is going to drop to bits on you, which isn’t likely, it doesn’t feel like the solid, weighty construction of other tanks but as long as you are careful with it you should be fine.
New to these kind of tanks? Then read this first:Firstly with any of these sub ohm tanks make absolutely sure that you have a device that is capable of firing at the wattage needed. If you have device that can only put out the minimum needed then while the tank will work it simply will not give you the quality of vape that you will likely want.
So if a Sub Ohm Tank needs a minimum of 50 watts but its operating range is 50-75w then an iStick 50w will certainly fire it but you will likely drain the battery much faster with continued use and its only giving you the bear minimum level of performance.
Where did all my juice go?
Sub Ohm tanks by their very nature drain your juice very fast so keep that in mind if you are trying to stick to a budget.
Is The VCT Pro easy to use?
Absolutely no problems at all beyond the somewhat stiff fit due to the hefty O-rings. There is plenty of room between the main tube and the glass to get the nozzle of most types of e-liquid bottles in there. Coil installation and removal is easy.
Airflow is simple to adjust but as mentioned earlier it does adjust a little too easily.
The slightly wobbly drip tip never caused any issues in use but being partially made of pyrex you do get condensation build up.
The drip tip air vent definitely works and you can notice the difference by opening and closing it. Also it does work for cooling the drip tip at high wattage.
The SMOK VCT Pro Is A Very Good Vape:
I vaped JAC Vapour Originals vape juice in this. I wanted to use a juice that had a multitude of flavour layers so I could be sure the tank was picking them all up.
I found the quality of flavour excellent tasting the lime, the cream fondant and the sponge cake. The overall impression I was left with is that the VCT Pro is a very pleasing vape that will satisfy most users.
Vapour production is excellent and you will be putting out quite a few clouds with this. I can’t see anyone being dissatisfied with the amount of vapour.
The airflow is absolutely spot on for me. It’s an airy vape but can be closed down, the fully wide open setting was perfect for me.
With the 0.6 ohms coil I vaped this between 60-80 watts. 75 watts was my sweet spot and I was very satisfied.
As for coil life I have heavily chain vaped this for two days in a row at a consistent 70 watts and the coil has shown no issues so far. Coil life for the average user should in my estimate be at least a week.
Is the VCT Pro worth it?
Undoubtedly. Sure it has some minor issues but when you consider just what you are getting the whole package is very worthwhile.
Overall – Final Thoughts:
Despite its lightweight construction and some minor issues, the included extras and the quality of the flavour and the vapour produced means this is a great sub ohm tank which represents exceptional value for money.
- Well packaged with spare glass tank, two coils, spare O-rings and user manual
- Excellent vape, good flavour and very good vapour
- Easy to fill
- Exceptional value for money
- Easy to use
- Drip tip stays cool at high wattage due to the vent
- Airflow can be fully closed down for priming coils
- Absolutely no leaking so far
The Not So Good
- Wobbly drip tip which being partly pyrex leads to condensation
- Requires a little force to pull apart due to strong O-rings
- Airflow adjustment is a little loose, could do with being stiffer
- Construction despite the materials used feels a little lightweight
- Nothing amazing aesthetically but given the performance shouldn’t be an issue