Clearing Up The Confusion About The Kanger Subtank Mini-C and Protank 5
Posted on Nov 23, 2016. 3 comments

Clearing Up The Confusion About The Kanger Subtank Mini-C and Protank 5

Inasmuch as the vaping community has enjoyed an endless array of state-of-the-art hardware and technologically-advanced products from China over the years, the industry has also endured some perplexing occurrences and confusing decisions as well. Matters, such as terminology, verbiage, references, and compatibility questions have produced a level of mystery and uncertainty as to some of the articles released by our beloved industry leaders.    

One of the most infamous examples of this sort of puzzlement relates to Kangertech’s SSOCC Atomizer Coil line, which had vapers across the globe scratching their heads wondering what the acronym actually represented. With a multitude of variations to select from and decipher between, determining which atomizer coil was the right one for the user’s needs became a frustrating and baffling task indeed.

In line with this oddly confounding tendency, Kangertech has once again surrounded the subtank_mini_c-Protank-5-smallrelease of their latest tank with an aura of mystification specifically related to the name of the new device. Although exceptionally well-made, powerful, and capable of providing for a great vaping experience, its designation has never been officially solidified. This is wholly due to the fact that Kangertech has bestowed two separate individual titles for the new tank: “The Subtank Mini-C” as well as “The Protank 5.”   Although this decision is befuddling in a multitude ways in isolation, what makes this particular circumstance even more of a conundrum is the fact that each of the names stems from a separate and distinct collection of Kanger’s tanks. Kangertech offers a multitude of devices under the Subtank line (i.e. Subtank Plus, Subtank Mini, and Subtank Nano), while also maintaining an assortment of tanks within the Protank series (i.e. Protank 2, Protank 3, Mini Protank 2, Mini Protank 3, and Protank 4 Evolved). These two collections have remained completely unconnected to one another since their inception, which further begs the question: why on earth is this new tank referred to by both of these unrelated terms?

To hopefully help shed some light on this matter, here is what it boils down to. When
coupled with the KBOX Mini-C Box MOD within the Subox Mini-C Kit, Kanger refers to the tank as the “Protank 5.” However, when it is purchased individually, the name is then changed to the "Subtank Mini-C." Nevertheless, the fact remains that both of these products are identical in every form and fashion. There is absolutely no difference or variation between the two other than what they are referred to on the box.  
The reasoning behind this decision is an absolute enigma, and one that we have not been able to obtain an answer to. Nonetheless, rest assured that both of these tanks are one in the same, and are entirely indistinguishable.


Quick Reference Guide:

Kanger Subtank Mini-C / Protank 5

When Included in Subox Mini-C Kit:

Protank 5

When Purchased Individually:

Subtank Mini-C



  • Posted by Sxochile Lucas on Feb 04, 2018

    I have the kangertech mini c that was given to me by a friend. I don’t know if I need to replace the whole tank or just the coil. Please help

  • Posted by Robert on Jul 09, 2017

    I bought the mini c starter kit and the box says subtank mini. When I looked up some vids, everyone said the tank was all o rings no screwing involved, but my top has to be screwed on and off also my coil that came with it does not have adjustable juice capabilities. Not quite sure what’s going on. I did check to make sure that it was real so…

  • Posted by Vaibhav on Jun 12, 2017

    Well, I just got Subox Mini-C Starter kit, and on the box it says Subtank mini-c! When I was expecting it to be a Protank-5. While Protank 5 sounds little better. Thanks for clearing the confusion as they both are identical like you said!

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