I must tread carefully here... I know the TFV4 is loved by many..
I personally do not care for it as a whole, but that doesn't necessarily mean I hate it. I'm just happy that I won it and not bought it.
For me I don't care for the design and how clunky it is. Even filling it can be a chore, unless you have a needle tip bottle and everything seems so..loose?
I personally don't think the flavor I get from the uber expensive stock coils is all that great. Sure you can pull down some huge clouds but it has that slight off taste to it that dare I say, I think is from the fact they are kanthal. This is my first sub ohm tank I have used that has kanthal and I can more than taste the difference! For the insane prices they ask for these things, they could at the very least use stainless steal. My first triple coil didn't even last a week before it started to turn...at $5 a coil that is unacceptable I'm sorry.
Before I get pounced on, yes I know that using the rba is the way to go with this tank but I have already explained why I do not.
The thing is a bear to break down and clean and put back together...I am an insanely busy guy this time of the year and the next 8 months, so simplicity is something I look for in a tank and the TFV4 is not it.
Thankfully my hinge on the top doesn't pop open on me...yet...but I can't imagine having to use the band on it everyday and I hope to God I won't have to.
You ask me what I prefer and I prefer my crowns. I don't want this to turn into a crown vs tfv4 debate, because that is a endless battle.
For me the crown is literally everything I want...need..out of a tank. It is ridiculously simple, built solid, easy to clean and the stock coils are hands down the best I have ever seen. I spend $7 for 5 .25 SS coils that last me 1-2 months easily and I can recycle them.
The top fill feature is spacious, allowing for quick and easy refills. Again....simple.
For the price of 1 tfv4 I can buy 2 crowns and still have $ left to buy a pack of coils.
For me it is more than just clouds and flavor I look for in a tank and as much as I love big, complex pieces of tech, I need something easy, simple and solid.
Again this is only my opinion and what I personally prefer for my needs. I am not saying that the crown is the best tank for everyone or that the tfv4 is bad, just simply not for me.
Even if I had the time to build I still wouldn't use it , because it is more than just the clouds.
I have seen a lot of talk about how people can taste the kanthal in their tanks and I never understood this until I used the tfv4. I don't necessarily taste the metal, it is something I can't really explain...almost a slight harshness or something.
Personally I don't believe there will be another tank that checks all the boxes for me. There may be new tanks that produce bigger, more flavorful clouds in the future but I can't see it being as simple and well crafted as the 3 easy parts the crown is made of.
More power to you if you are in love with the tfv4! Absolutely nothing wrong with that at all! We all have our own needs and expectations when it comes to equipment and there isn't a right or wrong.
So in a nut shell that's about it....I do love my 2 xcubes and I haven't had issues, but there isn't anything else that smok has that interests me. I believe they need to slow the hell down, take a few steps back and revaluate their products before shoveling out more. The cube has the potential to be their flagship mod if they would take the time to improve upon the issues, but they are already throwing out another mini?? With all the issues people are having, they make another cube instead of working on the one that is already out...this makes no sense to me.