Vape tanks and atomizer coils are what create the clouds and flavors that vapers love. Depending on the type of tank along with the coil types, users can fine-tune their vaping style based on their preferences. Vape tank designs play a large role in determining what kind of vaping style it offers. They are mostly divided into either mouth-to-lung tanks or direct-lung tanks each with their own specifications and features.
Jeffrey BuckleyUpdated: April 7, 2021
Mig Vapor WTF
510 Thread Compatible
The Mig Vapor WTF vape tank is one of those hidden gems of vaping. It is basically a classic design re-envisioned. You have the compact s...
The Mig Vapor WTF vape tank is one of those hidden gems of vaping. It is basically a classic design re-envisioned. You have the compact size with smaller coils but with big e-juice ports and more airflow that is drawn right through the heart of the coil. The WTF (WTF!) has a large base to accommodate the huge and smooth airflow. The big base also makes it easier to attach to your favorite mods.
One more than one occasion have unsuspecting vapers thought they were unthreading their tank from a mod only to discover they were actually detaching the base of the tank! Suddenly, a gush of escaping e-juice flows anywhere and everywhere. It can be a mess. This usually happens with vape tanks with a small base. That is why I really like the large base of the Mig Vapor WTF tank. No leaks and no messes.
With a 3.7 ml vape juice capacity, the WTF tank enjoys a nice sweet spot between compact portability and capacity. The drip tip is attached to the top cap and makes for an easy grip top-fill access for juice refills.
WTF coils come in a 0.2 ohm and 0.5 ohm option. The 0.5 ohm is perfect for everyday vaping. The 0.2 ohm coil is for when you want to let your hair down and make some bigger clouds. WTF coils are Kanthal with organic cotton. The vapor production is outstanding. The larger juice ports on the coils make a big difference for both vapor and flavor.
Beginner sub-ohm tank
Top-fill e-juice holes
Removable drip tip
Organic cotton and Kanthal wire coils
Durable stainless steel, and Pyrex glass construction
The Uwell Crown 4 Sub Ohm Vape Tank has a glass canister to see the juice inside. Easily screw it to the kit that you’re using and watch as it helps deliver unsurpassed quality with each and every pull you take.
Made from the highest-grade materials such as 904 stainless steel and offering the strongest glass for the tube, Uwell Crown is built with safety in mind. The self-cleaning technology makes sure that no residue is left in the tank. It provides a clean heat up every time you push the bottom to disperse the best-tasting vapor.
Seamless performance is what you’ll get with the use of the vape tank. In addition to this, the dual coils providing 60 to 80W of power grants a clean stream of vapor every puff.
The Uwell Crown 4 holds up to 5mL of liquid in the standard glass tank. And one of the larger sized tanks — a bubble glass tank that offers 6mL of space can become a great addition to the kit. It easily holds all of the liquid you need for various outings. The nice look makes Uwell Crown 4 an ideal choice to add to any of the mods.
Wicking materials include flax, wood pulp, and cotton elements
Two different coils included in the kit
Might be too big for some users
Inconsistent coil performance
The Falcon Tank offers excellent flavor and top-notch performance. Plus, it also looks very neat and clean. The tank may appear to be compact, but it can hold 5ml juice with a base diameter of 0.99 inches (25.2mm).
Another highlight of the tank is its look. Its smooth curves and glossy finish give it a classic touch. Moreover, it is also easy to use thanks to the top-fill design that makes it a breeze to fill the tank.
Some other incredible features of the beauty include a resin drip tip and a bottom design with three slots to take care of the airflow. This ensures the device is safe to use without compromising on the flavor.
The Freemax Fireluke 2 is an update to the original Fireluke tank that also comes with two mesh coils. The Fireluke 2 continues the quality craftsmanship with its all-stainless steel and Pyrex glass construction. The tank features a top-fill method that uses a push-back top cap so users can easily access the fill ports of this 5ml-capacity tank. The Fireluke 2 also features a dual-slotted, bottom airflow control ring for superior air intake control. Users will find two sub-ohm mesh coils in the kit. The coils use unique wick material, which has become a Freemax trademark. Users can choose from a 0.2ohm or a 0.15ohm coil that both features tea fiber and organic cotton wicks.
The SMOK TFV8 Baby V2 Sub Ohm Vape Tank grants the user with an unsurpassed performance with every puff. The gold plated 510 connection provides the best way to make the liquid into vapor easily and efficiently.
Heats up the liquid in seconds, passing through the dual or single coils that are rated for between 50 and 140W. The high-temperature resistant make-up helps to reduce the heat that comes through the product so that it can easily cool off when necessary.
Position the vape tank at the base and the airflow control will take care of the rest. With 5mL juice capacity, SMOK TFV8 Baby V2 is one of the larger tanks that a vaper can purchase, offering a long-lasting way to keep juice with them without having to refill.
This easily moves the vapor through the kit with ease, while also ensuring that it keeps the flavor during the pass through. Easily place the liquid into the canister and heat it for the best results when using the system to your advantage.
The 16mm wide Delrin Widebore drip tip provides an easy open and a superior fit and production of the vape, offering smoother flavors from mouth to lung.
The Kanger Top Tank Mini is a pared-down version of Kangertech’s innovative SubTank Mini. The new version of the tank features a 4ml e-juice capacity and a large, but slim build profile. The atomizer features an all-stainless steel and glass build while employing SSOCC coils inside the tank. The Top Tank Mini uses gold-plated 510-connection that can easily attach to many different sized mods. The unit also has a slim 22m form factor so users can pair it with single-cell or tube mod devices. The tank comes with a 0.5ohm coil that vapes best between 15-60W.
The UWELL Valyrian 2 sub-ohm tank is a vast improvement on the original Valyrian tank as it employs unique wicking material to maximize vaping efficiency. The Valyrian 2 features the same sturdy, stainless steel design along with a reinforced Pyrex glass piece. The V2 can hold up to 6ml of e-liquid and there is a spare glass piece in the kit. The design of the tank also features UWELL’s innovative Pro-FOCS cleaning technology that burns off e-juice residue inside the tank to improve the flavor profile of any e-juice. The tank comes with a variety of coil options, all of which use mesh-coils. Users will find a 0.32ohm Single-Mesh coil pre-installed, but they can swap it with the 0.14ohm dual-mesh coil.
The Wotofo Faris RDTA is a 24mm in diameter (0.94 inches) device with a stainless steel and Pyrex glass construction. The Faris kit includes two mouthpieces, both of them 810-colored resin drip tips. The RDTA can also transform into a simple RDA device by removing the glass tank section.
The sloping, post-less build deck inside the device has four lead terminals. Users can insert either their single or dual coil into any one of the four terminals. The leads can be then fastened with side-secured Philips screws.
The kit includes blockers to insert into the terminals if a user wishes only to vape a single coil build. In RDTA mode, the unit has side fill ports for easy refilling of the 3ml glass tank section. Airflow control on the Faris consists of a knurled top cap with dual airflow slots. There are also side and bottom airflow vents, which are also adjustable.
The Aspire Nautilus tank is the original vape tank that offered a superb mouth-to-lung vaping experience. The Nautilus features a simple, easy-to-navigate configuration that uses BVC coils (bottom vertical coils) that absorb e-juice much better than typical stock coils. The tank can hold up to 5ml of e-liquid and uses a graduated airflow control ring with many-sized airflow holes along the bottom. Users can expose any one of the holes to better control the air intake. There are two coil types included in the kit. There is a 1.8ohm coil pre-installed into the tank but there is also a spare. The kit also includes a 510-threaded adapter to pair the tank with any 510-mod.
The Innokin Zlide tank is a 2ml capacity, sub-ohm atomizer that is compatible with all Zenith-style coils. The Slide has an easy-to-use, slide-back top-fill cap that lets users fill and refill the tank with ease. The tank divides into five parts: the coil base, the Pyrex glass section, the coil, the stainless steel sleeve, and the mouthpiece.
The Zlide tank comes with two-styles of coil. Users can choose from a 0.38ohm, mesh-style, Plex-3D coil with a rating between 13-16W and a Kanthal wire. The second style of coil is also a Kanthal wire rated at 1.6ohms, with a wattage recommendation of 10W. The tank has a child-proof cap and uses a 510-threaded base so it can attach to any similarly threaded mod.
Rebuildable tank atomzier, rebuildable dripping atomizer
Works as RTA and RDA
Little to no spitback
The Fancier RTA/RDA by Uwell is a high performing tank that has unique aesthetics. It has geometric designs on the top cap and airflow base ring and a pointillistic design on the glass. This is a great tank for those looking for something that is beautifully crafted. Not only does it look nice, but it has outstanding features, too. The Fancier is a 24mm tank that can hold up to 4 ml of e-liquid, and it can work as an RTA and an RDA. There are few problems with spit back because of the cross plate guard above the coil. The airflow can be adjusted thanks to its four adjustable airflow holes. The threads are compatible with all 510 drip tips.
The Brain Fogger Tank provides affordability at its finest. Turn your vape into a useful rig when adding the tank that takes wax, burns it down, and creates a fine mist that is easy to breathe in.
The wax tank is smaller in size, providing a way not to overdo the amount of wax put into the tank. The temperatures are controlled so that the vapor is thick yet satisfying with each pull. With a classic look, it can complete any pen that you’re using for your wax. Have the coils work together in perfect harmony to melt the wax down.
The definition of a vape tank could be said to be a vaping device that contains both the e-liquid and atomizer and connects to an e-cig or mod to create vapor.
Vape tanks are made up of several components. Let’s take it from the top:
Tube (usually Pyrex or quartz glass)
Atomizer / coil
Now we will take a quick look at each of these components one by one.
Drip Tip – the drip tip is the mouthpiece that you puff on. It may be a narrow drip tip for MTL vaping or a wide-bore drip tip for MTL vaping. Drip tips can come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Delrin drip tips are designed to be heat resistant and remain cool when vaping and high power settings. The most common size of drip tip is the 510. If you see a tank that has a 510 drip tip, then any 510 drip tip will be compatible.
Top Cap – the top cap is the top piece of the vape tank assembly. The top cap may thread into the chimney or may be permanently attached to the chimney depending on the specific model. Today’s top-fill vape tanks typically use a removable cap, a rotating, or sliding feature to give access to the tank for quick refills.
Tube – the tube is simply the glass or metal tank that contains the e-liquid.
Chimney – the chimney is the section of the vape tank that connects the cap to the base and where the produced vapor is drawn through the drip tip.
Atomizer / Coil – the atomizer coil is the heart of the vape tank. The atomizer coil contains the heating coil and wick material, ideally organic Japanese cotton. The resistance level of the coil determines how much power is drawn from the battery and how much heat is generated. Coils generally last one to three weeks before requiring replacement. A reduction in performance or a burnt taste are indicators that it is time for a new atomizer coil.
Understanding a bit about electrical resistance, measured in ohms, is not essential but it will help find the right atomizer for whatever type of vaping that might be the most interesting. For example, sub ohm vaping is very popular.
Tank Base – the tank base typically houses the atomizer coil and securely holds the glass tube in place to contain the e-juice. O-rings prevent leakage. The tank base is where you will most often find the adjustable airflow valve.
510 Connection – the 510 connection is the part of the vape tank that connects to the vaping device. 510 is the most common, almost universal, connection in the vaping industry.
Mouth-to-lung, or MTL, refers to a style of vaping that is similar to smoking a traditional cigarette, complete with the familiar throat hit of regular smoking. Draw the vapor into your mouth and then inhale.
MTL tanks enable this style by using above-ohm coils, higher than 1.0ohms in resistance, which is different from sub-ohm tanks that use coils with resistances lower than 1.0,ohm.
MTL tanks and coils work best with e-juices that have a high PG ratio, 50/50, or 70/30 PG VG, for example or even nicotine salt e-juices that have a high nicotine content. As mouth-to-lung coils have higher resistances, they produce less vapor, but they also produce better-tasting clouds than sub-ohm tanks.
Direct to Lung Sub Ohm Vape Tanks
Sub Ohm vape tanks are designed for sub-ohm vaping, which is vaping with an atomizer that has a resistance less than 1.0 ohms. The idea behind sub ohm vaping is to generate more vapor production. The lower resistance coils draw more power from the batteries which vaporize more e-liquid creating more vapor than an MTL tank.
Sub ohm tanks might also be called direct lung vape tanks. Direct Lung means that instead of drawing vapor into your mouth before inhaling, you inhale the vapor directly into your lungs. Generally, DL tanks have a wider bore drip tip to draw more vapor from coils. Designed for use with VG e-liquids. Nicotine content does not need to exceed 6 mg.
DL Sub Ohm Tanks
Use atomizers with resistance less than 1.0 ohms
Draw the vapor directly into the lungs
For use with VG e-liquids
Temperature Control Vape Tanks
Temperature control vape tanks, or TC tanks, is a bit of a misnomer. Any tank can be a temp control vaping tank as long as you use an appropriate coil and a vape mod that has TC capability. It is the coil material used in the atomizer coil the determines whether or not you can use any given vapor tank in TC mode.
The three main types of coil wire used in temperature control vaping are nickel, stainless steel, and titanium.
Stainless steel coils are the only ones that can be vaped in both variable wattage mode and temperature control mode.
Many of the top-rated vape tanks offer coils with temperature control capable wire. If you are interested in TC vaping, look for tanks that offer coils with Ni, SS, or Ti options.
Vape Tanks For Building Coils
Many vapers enjoy building their own vape coils. It can be difficult to make your own coils and certainly takes some practice and experience. Not long ago, cloud chasers had to build their own custom coils to get the huge vape clouds they were looking for. With today’s vape tanks and advanced sub ohm coils, the art of coil building is no longer necessary.
Though no longer necessary, many vapers simply enjoy the process of building their own atomizers. Some say it saves money vs buying replacement coils all the time. That is true. Whatever the reason, there is still a strong and thriving contingent of very skilled coil builders in the vaping community.
While some vape tanks do some with the option of a rebuildable coil called an RBA, both RDAs and RTAs are specifically designed for coil builders.
An RDA is a rebuildable drip atomizer. The best RDAs offer a large atomizer deck that makes the building and installation of DIY coils easier. RDAs do not typically have a reservoir of e-liquid to keep the wick saturated. Instead, you drip e-liquid directly onto the coils as needed. This is called dripping. An RDA is not really a vape tank.
RDA – rebuildable drip atomizer
Atomizer deck designed for building your own coils
No tank or vape juice reservoir
Vape juice dripped onto atomizer as needed
Used for the “dripping” vaping method
An RTA is essentially a combination of RDA and vaping tank. RTA stands for rebuildable tank atomizer. Tank, as is in there is indeed a tank that contains e-liquid that keeps the wick saturated with your favorite vape juice. And rebuildable, as in there is an atomizer deck designed for building your own coils to your own specifications.
RTA – rebuildable tank atomizer
Atomizer deck made for DIY coil building
A tank to contain a reservoir of vape juice
HOW LONG DO VAPE COILS LAST?
There is no definitive time frame that you can expect a vape coil to last. It all depends on how you vape. For example, if you vape a 0.5-ohm coil at 30 watts you will get more coil life than if you vape at 50 watts. How often you vape is obviously another factor. The vape device that you use is also a big player in this equation.
If you have the best quality box mod with a consistent, reliable power output, that will be easier on your coils. If you have a low-quality device with inconsistent power output, this stress the coil and shortens life. Frankly, when you use the best e-cigs the extra money spent might easily pay for itself in helping ensure maximum coil efficiency.
There are a lot of different types of materials that the coils can be made out of, but the best and longest lasting is titanium. Strong and able to withstand high resistance, titanium is becoming the preferred material for coils. Do not be put off by claims that there are toxic titanium oxide gases that can be vaped as they only occur at temperatures of over 1,200°F which obviously would never be reached while vaping.
The better quality the coil, the more you will get out of it. The vape tanks that we have focussed on here have all had the coil quality factored into our ranking.
Vape coils typically last between 1 and 3 weeks
Ensure you use coils designed for the vape tank you are using
Follow recommended wattage range suggested by manufacturer
Cheap Vape Tanks
Cheap, low-quality tanks are to be avoided. You can get good quality cheap vape tanks but beware the cost of the coils! Sometimes, the devil really is in the details and a low retail price can be tempting. Just remember that on every week to three weeks you need to replace the coils.
CLONE VAPE TANKS
Clone vape tanks are a major concern. In fact, fake e-cigs overall is a problem that consumers should be paying more attention to. Be careful when buying any of the popular imported products and that includes coils! Yes, even coils are cloned and dumped into international markets where they are sold, often unwittingly, by retailers.
The problem with clone vape tanks is that there are no standards or assurances of quality control. In fact, many clone or fake vapor tanks are made of the cheapest available materials. Always check the authenticity code with the manufacturer to verify you have an authentic product. The idea of a clone or fake, of course, is to undercut the price of the real thing and lure vapers into deals that are too good to be true. The end result is most often a defective product and a lousy vape.
Counterfeit vape accessories are becoming such a problem that brands are starting to fight back.
Buying directly from US vape companies like VapeChemist, Broke Dick and Mig Vapor helps you avoid this concern altogether. The US companies exert strict inventory control of their products and this does not give the counterfeiters a window to take advantage. If you do buy an imported vapor product, make sure you buy from a reputable vendor and authenticated dealer like Direct vapor.
Top Rated Vape Tanks
The best vape tanks provide the best possible vaping experience. Leading manufacturers like Smok, Uwell, Halo, etc have earned their reputations as proven performers. The best tanks and atomizers are made of the best quality materials and meticulously engineered. Little details like how the airflow is directed through the coil are carefully designed for optimal vaping. The best reliably perform and deliver.
Vaping Daily is the voice of vaping because we help people filter out the excess noise and hype bringing clarity to confusion. There are so many choices and grandiose claims being made all the time. We break things down to the basic fundamental elements. The overall aim is to help you find the vape tank that you will most enjoy. That’s what makes the effort so worthwhile.
Published: October 30, 2018Updated: April 7, 2021
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I was a smoker for over 25 years. In this time I also earned my medical degree with a specialization in addiction treatment and counseling. That period has led me to vaping, my interest started around 2011. I’m fighting the tide of hysteria and dis-information around vaping that emanates from various fronts legislative, cultural and scientific. Having scientific councils support, I’m happy to contribute my thoughts, articles, and expertise.