As someone who started their vaping journey using the KangerTech SUBVOD Starter Kit, I thought it prudent to write a comprehensive review on the quality, value, and price of this entry-level set-up.
If you are browsing our site searching for a place to start, then look no further than this review. As someone who researched endlessly before committing to this vaporizer, the KangerTech SUBVOD won out among all of the rest and became my first vape kit.
Design / Materials
The KangerTech (we just call it Kanger) SUBVOD Starter Kit is available in the U.S. and Europe. Luckily, here in the U.S., our version is the same except we get a 3.2ml size liquid capacity, while in Europe, they only have 1.9ml! But we’ll get to that later.
Before we get into the details, you should know what SUBVOD means. SUBVOD is a term used to describe the battery, which is a mod style with a fixed voltage and wattage. This provides a device that is easy to use without a ton of dials to figure out or settings to use.
This device is great for vapers who want a sub-ohm experience (in this case, the SUBVOD is fixed at 0.5 ohms and fires up the atomizer at 3.7 volts). Many vaporizer pens allow you to adjust the voltage, but the SUBVOD is a starter kit, so the output is fixed at 3.7 volts, which is perfect for a sub ohm experience for beginners who don’t want to fiddle around with settings before knowing how to do it.
This SUBVOD is constructed of aluminum alloy and stainless steel, just like the EVOD is, so you don’t have to worry about it rolling off your desk on accident. The body will withstand the shock.
The measurements are as follows: 18.5mm in diameter, 90mm in length, and 57g in weight. This is a nice portable size that is thicker than an E-Cig but still slim and not at all bulky.
The KangerTech SUBVOD comes in the following colors:
- Stainless Steel
The design of this vaporizer is quite simple. The KangerTech SUBVOD is made up of 5 main parts (listed from bottom to top):
- 1300mAh built-in battery
- Airflow control base
- SSOCC Coil
- Kanger Toptank Nano & Atomizer Tube
- Drip Tip (the mouthpiece)
Your KangerTech SUBVOD kit will arrive with the following contents:
- 1 x Kanger 1300mAh SUBVOD battery
- 1 x Kanger 3.2ml Toptank Nano Clearomizer
- 1 x 0.5 ohm stainless steel organic cotton coil
- 1 x Extra Pyrex glass (for the Toptank)
- 1 x Micro USB Cable for Charging
- User Manual
KangerTech SUBVOD Features
- 1300mAh Built-In Battery
- Single Button Operation
- 3.7 Volts — Fixed Output
- SSOCC Coil: 0.5 ohm
- Airflow Control
- Minimum resistance is 0.4 ohm
- Short Circuit Protection
- Low Resistance Protection
- Overcharge Protection
- 10 Second Cut-Off
- Spring Loaded 510 Connector
- LED Charging Capable
- Passthrough Capable
- Battery and Body: Aluminum Alloy and Stainless Steel
- 510 Threaded
- 18.5mm Diameter
- 90mm Length
- 57g Weight
The battery of the Kanger is one of the best parts of this starter kit. Made of aluminum alloy and stainless steel, this battery features a 1300mAh built-in battery. This is an impressive size battery in such a compact pen-style vaporizer and is one of many selling points of this model.
It is also very easy to use. No experience? No problem. This SUBVOD has a single button operation. To turn on, simply press the button 5 times in a row — the light around the button will flash to indicate that it is on. You can immediately start vaping once you have filled up the tank with your choice of E-Juice (and have primed the cotton in your coil). We will go into that in a bit.
To turn off the vape pen, simply press the button again 5 times — it will flash and turn off.
If you ever forget if you have turned it off or not (I have about a million times), simply press the button once to see if it lights up. If not, it is completely off, if it lights up (as it does when you press the button to vape), then you need to turn it off.
There are a few great safety features included in this model that make it easier and safer to user for beginners. For example, there is a 10 second cut-off that will stop the vaping process after the button is held down for more than 10 seconds. This ensures that the coil isn’t damaged and that there will not be any shorts. In addition, there is low resistance protection and short circuit protection so that you can feel quite safe trying out this SUBVOD even as a complete novice.
Charging is also very simple. When your SUBVOD is ready for a charge, the button LED will flash suddenly when you press the button. This means it is dead. When you hook up the Micro USB cable to charge it, you will get a red LED charging indicator. When charging is complete, the LED will turn green. Simple!
Included in your starter kit is a Micro USB charging cable. You can charge it by connecting one end to the bottom of the battery like you would your cell phone or tablet, and insert the USB end into a USB port (from your computer, TV, or in-wall charger). You can purchase an in-wall USB charger adapter, but it is not necessary in most cases.
One of the great parts about this battery is it is passthrough capable. This means that you can vape as you charge it. A lot of vape pens do not allow this and waiting hours can be inconvenient. You’re kept safe vaping while charging with the short circuit protection and other safety features that will keep you safe.
Kanger Toptank Nano
The Toptank Nano is personally, my favorite part of this device, When choosing my first vape pen, I wanted something that was durable and would last. This meant that the tank needed to be Pyrex glass rather than plastics that are often used in vaporizers.
Here are the specs of the Toptank Nano included in the SUBVOD:
- Constructed out of Aluminum Alloy
- Pyrex Glass with 3.2ml Liquid Capacity
- Top and Bottom Filling Design Options
- Coil: 0.5 ohm Stainless Steel OCC (also referred to as SSOCC)
- 1 Kanger SSOCC 0.5 ohm Atomizer Head included
- Four Wide-Slotted Airflow Options
- Direct-Lung Inhale from 15W to 60W
- Easily Replaceable Drip Tip (the mouthpiece)
- 18.5mm Diameter
- Length of the Toptank Nano: 42mm (not including the 510 threading and drip tip)
- Weight: 41g
- 510 Drip Tip Compatible
Coil: Kanger SSOCC Atomizer Head
The coil used in this SUBVOD is called an SSOCC atomizer head. Using genuine organic japanese cotton, this coil is what heats up the liquid and vaporizes it as you inhale. It is the heart of the vape pen.
What I didn’t know prior to vaping was that the coil (the atomizer head) would need replacing semi-often. Depending on how much you vape, how you vape (E-Juice for this product), and the consistency of the E-Juice/E-Liquid you use (based on the VG/PG content), your coil could need replacing in as little as every 3 days for heavy users to a couple of weeks with light users using a certain E-Juice. This is because the Genuine Organic Japanese Cotton that is used can burn out quickly or slowly depending on use.
Below, you will find the information I was not aware of that will hopefully help you prepare for replacing the coils, such as buying them with your initial order and knowing exactly which kind to purchase for replacement.
Replacing Your Coil
Replacing your coil is easier than you think. You can purchase replacement coils online or in your local vape store. For this model, simply get a 0.5 ohm SSOCC or OCC coil by Kangertech. The only difference between the two is “SS” stands for stainless steel.
The OCC coil will have the same red seal ring on it for easy identification and will be square rather than cylindrical. That is perfectly fine and it will fit perfectly in your SUBVOD. You also have the choice to purchase what is called a Clapton coil. Personally, I would recommend sticking with the SSOCC or OCC coil replacements made by Kangertech.
Priming Your Coil Before Use!
Before you use your KangerTech SUBVOD for the first time, and before using it after every coil replacement, it is extremely important that you prime it correctly first. It’s quite simple.
- Soak your new coil
Take your coil and put a drop of your E-Juice/E-Liquid into the holes where the cotton can be seen. Do this on both sides. Be sure no excess juice gets into the air hole, otherwise you will get E-Liquid spit into your mouth when you do vape.
- Fill Toptank Nano
Next, fill your tank with E-Juice and screw back the coil base. Wait at least 30 seconds before vaping in order to give the coil enough time to absorb the E-Liquid into the cotton. Not giving it enough time will end up burning the dry cotton when you fire up the atomizer.
And that’s it! With every new coil, simply make sure you place a drop of liquid into the cotton and after filling your tank up, wait at least 30 seconds (10 minutes is really preferred, especially if it is the first time using this device) so the cotton can absorb the E-Juice nicely. This will make sure your coil will last as long as possible.
The KangerTech SUBVOD has a huge following among new vapers and for good reason — this is an excellent quality vape pen that has a very decent battery life for the size, an easy to use experience, safeguards, build and material quality, vapor production, aesthetic look, and excellent value.
For those starting out, this is the perfect vaporizer to start with. I, myself, started out with the KangerTech SUBVOD (I got the stainless steel color) and this easy to use sub-ohm vape pen was extremely smooth and easy to operate.
I liked that it used a Pyrex glass tank and included an extra replacement tank just in case. The Pyrex was important to me, because after a lot of research, I found that many vaporizers used plastic or inferior tank materials that allowed the E-Juice to ruin it, stick to it, or burn the flavor into it. So far, my tank has held up perfectly being made of Pyrex glass, and even after cleaning it out, it looks brand new.
You can purchase the KangerTech SUBVOD in a ton of places online and in-store at your local vape shop. Another attractive aspect of this vape pen is the price.
KangerTech’s online website sells this starter kit for $40.90, but you can find it cheaper online.
Vaporhq.com sells it for only $28.95 and includes an optional discounted 30ml Max VG E-Liquid add-on that you can include in your purchase for only $9.99. You can also choose from their “flavors of the month” and add-on an E-Liquid for between $4.99 and $4.99 on top of that.
BuyVaporizerPen.com sells this SUBVOD kit for $29.98 and ships from Boca Raton, FL. This is where I purchased my SUBVOD as I live in Florida and received it quickly. Excellent shipping and product.
Some websites will only have certain color options available and some may be sold out due to popularity, so do some looking around and price-checking before buying.