As much as innovative ideas in the vaping world are to be applauded and encouraged, not all of them are executed in the form of a viable product. The Tritank by Xedis introduces a truly novel feature to the otherwise pedestrian clearomizer landscape. Three flavors? One tank? That’s what the Tritank brings to the table. Should it be allowed to stay at the table? Let’s find out.
The Tritank used for this review was provided by VaporDNA for review.
The Tritank triple threat
The Xedis Tritank is certainly a unique product. With three separate reservoirs in the tank, users can load up three of their favorite e-liquids in the Tritank and change flavors on the fly. Sounds pretty awesome, right?
The Tritank is constructed of stainless steel (mostly) and features a 3 chambered plastic e-liquid tank. Each chamber holds up to 1.5ml of juice for a total capacity of 4.5ml. The rotating base is used to select the active chamber. The 22mm Tritank has a stainless steel, adjustable 510 pin which should allow it to sit flush on the device of your choosing.
The Packaging and Included Stuff
The Tritank shows up in a sturdy, professionally presented cardboard tube featuring all the relevant product information and a scratch off security code. Contents are the Tritank with three pre-installed 1.8Ω coil heads, an eGo cone adapter, a coil head tool, and a user manual. Well, I guess that’s what the contents are supposed to include. My review unit arrived minus the user manual and eGo cone adapter. Not a huge deal, but worth mentioning, I suppose. It also included a mystery tool – the purpose of which I have been unable to ascertain.
Xedis Tritank features:
- Three isolated tanks utilizing three independent coils
- Patented rotating system designed in the UK
- 3 Dual Coil 1.8 ohm BDC Coils
- Stainless Steel Construction
- 22mm in diameter
- Each tank holds 1.5ml for 4.5ml total capacity
- Stainless Steel Drip Tip
And here’s where the wheels start coming off. What’s the expression? If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all? If I held to that standard, this would be a pretty short review.
The Tritank just feels cheap. The materials used don’t give me a sense of quality. I’m not sure of the exact composition of the plastic tank but I’m guessing the threads on the bottom of the tank won’t live a long, healthy life. The stainless steel bits are fairly well machined but do show some tool marks. The plastic tank and base fit together nicely but the threading is anything but smooth. As far as I can tell, the top cap of the tank is not removable which may make a thorough cleaning reasonably difficult unless you have an ultrasonic cleaner. I tried several times to remove the top cap but felt like I was going to break the plastic, so I gave up.
The base is engraved with “TRITANK XEDIS” and is nicely done. A very small (1mm?) single non-adjustable air hole with chamber indicator are also found on the base. Inside the base are two nylon stops/seals. These seal the unused chambers in the tank. I’m not sure how well these will hold up to repeated rotations. I suspect the material will wear down over time, causing leakage. I will say that in my short time with the Tritank, it hasn’t leaked a drop of liquid from anywhere. The 510 pin is easy to adjust and seems pretty stable.
The coil deck appears to be made of something other than stainless steel – it looks to be chrome plated. Not my first choice of materials for a part which is in constant contact with my juice. Why this bit couldn’t have been machined from stainless steel is beyond me.
I will say that the Tritank is not a bad looking atomizer. It’s not a show stopper but it is far from being aesthetically displeasing.
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Using the Tritank
This is where things turn ugly. To be frank, using the Tritank is a pretty miserable experience.
Preparing the device for use is a straightforward affair. Simply unscrew the base from the tank, remove the coil base, invert the tank, and fill each liquid chamber. You’ll likely want to use a needle tip bottle to avoid putting juice into the chimneys. Be sure not to fill the chambers past the edge of the chimneys or a mess will ensue. Once the tanks are full, insert the coil base and screw the tank base back on. Pretty simple stuff. You’ll probably want to either prime the coil heads with a bit juice or let them sit in the full tank for a while to absorb some liquid before using the Tritank.
The coil heads are removed and installed using one of the included tools. I’m not entirely sure of the purpose of each tool but they will both work for manipulating the coil heads. The fact a tool is required isn’t a positive attribute. Fortunately, it’s not particularly specialized so when you eventually lose it a suitable replacement should be easy to source.
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Now we get to actually vaping with the Tritank. Before I expound further, I’d like to draw your attention to the claims made by Xedis on the Tritank packaging:
Folks, nothing could be further from the truth. Vapor production is anemic, at best. I used the Tritank at 10W – things began getting a little toasty north of 10W – and it produces very little vapor. It’s been quite some time since I’ve used a non-subohm clearomizer but I’m willing to bet one of my old iClear 16 clearos would produce more vapor. The problem is clearly the tiny airflow hole and diminutive coil heads. You simply can’t make “huge vapor” with the Tritank’s super constricted airflow.
So, you say, I’m not into making “huge vapor”, I’m a flavor chaser!. It makes great flavor then, right? Um, no… it certainly does not. I put three very different juices in the Tritank – and I mean very different. All three are juices I vape regularly and often use to compare the flavor delivery of various devices. I can barely tell them apart in the Tritank when switching between the juice chambers. The flavor delivery from the Tritank is incredibly weak. I’m not sure I’ve used an atomizer which delivers so little flavor (other than strong burnt coil head flavor from trying to run this thing at 13W).
The coil heads are very small and, subsequently, have tiny juice openings and almost non-existent airflow. If you do opt to buy a Tritank, you’ll want to use very thin juice. I’d guess any juice having a VG content of higher than 50% will present severe wicking issues and result in burnt hits.
The base is marked with an indicator located directly above the air hole which is used to line up the air hole with the chimney of your selected chamber. The base doesn’t exactly turn smoothly but there is a slight “click” feeling as the each chamber is selected. You’ll want to be sure to rotate the Tritank clockwise to select the different chambers once it is on your device. Otherwise, you’ll just unscrew the atomizer… or worse, unscrew the tank from the base.
The box mod I used for testing (which will be the subject of my next review) steps down the voltage so I wasn’t unintentionally overpowering the Tritank. It just doesn’t work very well.
And, as you can see in the picture below, that’s what the Tritank looks like at full liquid capacity. So, for those that are OCD about a tank looking full after filling, the Tritank isn’t your huckleberry.
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Well, this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone having read this far – I’m not a fan of the Tritank. I feel like the build quality and materials used are sub-par and the performance is abysmal. I do applaud Xedis for introducing a truly unique atomizer design. However, the theory is solid, the execution is not. The minuscule amount of airflow combined with the tiny coil heads result in an atomizer which delivers neither vapor quantity nor flavor.
I’m not sure if Xedis really thinks this thing is a performer or if they are simply trying to cash in on the Tritank’s novelty. Which brings us to the price – $58.99. FIFTY EIGHT NINETY NINE, people! This leads me to believe Xedis is out for nothing more than a quick buck. I hope I’m wrong – I’d love to see them, or someone else, take the design back to the drawing board and put something on the market with the quality and performance to match the great design. As is stands, I simply can’t recommend the Tritank at the $58.99 price point… or, well, at any price point, really. It’s just not a good atomizer.