Best Atomizers and Clearomizers
By Lindsay Fox Posted March 28, 2017
While sub ohm tanks undoubtedly dominate the market for vaping tanks, many vapers are still on the lookout for the best atomizer tank and clearomizer. These devices might not offer the huge vapor production you get with sub ohm tanks, but with generally more restricted airflow and narrower-bore coils, they are great for mouth-to-lung vaping and vapers more interested in intense flavor than huge clouds. But what are the best atomizer tanks in this category? Which tanks show that you can still enjoy excellent performance with resistances above 1 ohm?
What’s the Difference Between a Sub Ohm Tank and a Clearomizer?
The truth is: the distinction between sub ohm tanks and standard clearomizers isn’t as strictly defined as our decision to have two lists would have you believe. If you could stick a coil with a sub ohm resistance in a traditional-style clearomizer, there would be very little you could use to differentiate it from a sub ohm tank.
So this list is going to primarily focus on the best clearomizers in the traditional-style, but the most important factor is the type of vape you get from the tank. In general, standard, beginner-friendly clearomizers have a more restricted airflow better suited for mouth to lung vaping, whereas sub ohm tanks have wider open airflow for direct-to-lung inhales and huge clouds. This means you can have a tank which technically classes as a sub ohm tank but performs more like a more traditional clearomizer, whether in general or with a specific coil. We’ll be including a couple of tanks like this in this list – they’re well-suited to beginners looking for a smoking-like experience, so the fact that they’re technically sub ohm devices isn’t overly important.
The upshot is that there are some differences between the two, but the biggest is performance, so we won’t be sticking to any strict definitions in this post. Check out our new Best Sub-Ohm Tanks list for vape tank options.
Best Atomizer Vape Tanks and Clearomizers
10 – Evod 2 by Kanger
The Evod 2 is probably the most traditional clearomizer-style device on this list of the best atomizer tanks. With a 14.5 mm (0.57 inch) diameter, a 1.5 ml tank and an appearance perfectly suited to eGo-style devices, it may not look like anything special on paper, but the performance, ease-of-use and very low price make it a great option for newer vapers. The tank comes with 1.5 ohm dual coils, and fills from the bottom, designed so you can access the coil without needing to empty your tank. This isn’t for the cloud-chasers, but if you’ve just picked up an eGo-style device and you want a capable but simple atomizer, this is one of the most reliable, solidly-performing basic clearomizers on the market.
It costs just $5.95 too, so it’s particularly great for any vapers on a budget.
9 – EMOW by Kanger
Kanger’s EMOW is very similar to the Protank, which was a legendary device in the earlier days of vaping, but for mouth-to-lung loving vapers – despite its old-style design – the EMOW ranks among the best atomizer tanks on the market. Boasting a glass tank with a 1.8 ml capacity, an adjustable airflow system (which is just like the one you’ll find on the Kanger Aerotank) and a bottom dual coil design (with 1.5 ohm heads as standard), it still has a lot going for it despite being an older-style clearomizer, and the small-bore coils and chimney mean it’s a great device for flavor.
You can pick up the EMOW for $19.95.
8 – Aspire K3 Tank
Although you may have to pick this up in a kit, we’d put the Aspire K3 Tank as one of the best e-cig tanks in this class. The glass tank has a 2 ml capacity, and the narrow-bore of the chimney – in combination with the closed-off airflow settings – makes it a fantastic option for anyone looking for a good mouth-to-lung vape. It comes with two 1.8 ohm coils, and with the accompanying battery it offers vaping at 9 to 13 W, which is more than enough for a higher-ohm coil. The two work together well, and are a fantastic option for newer vapers looking for a simple mouth-to-lung vaping experience.
The kit costs $43.
7 – Triton 2 by Aspire
This device will be featured on our list of the best sub ohm tanks too, but it ranks on this list for having a 1.8 ohm coil that’s perfectly suited to mouth-to-lung vaping. The tank has 3 ml capacity glass tank, with a top-filling system, adjustable airflow and a 22.5 mm diameter. Of course, as a sub ohm tank, this also comes with the option of sub ohm coils and a different type of performance from your clearomizer-style setup. But with the airflow closed off and the mouth-to-lung friendly coil installed, this device offers a draw like traditional clearomizers with a nice large tank and some more modern design features to make your vaping experience as user-friendly as it can be.
The Triton 2 costs $34.99.
6 – eGo One Tank by Joyetech
The eGo One is the up-to-date incarnation of the classic Joyetech eGo, with sub ohm capability and plenty to offer vapers of all experience levels. The tank ranks as one of the best atomizer tanks in this class thanks to its 1 ohm atomizer head designed for mouth-to-lung vaping, and in combination with the adjustable airflow, it makes it a fantastic option for vapers looking for a cigarette-like draw in their vaping device. As with the Triton (and some others on this list) it also comes with sub ohm coils (a 0.5 ohm option is included in the kit), so you also have additional options if your preferences change as you get accustomed to vaping. The device has a 2.5 ml tank, which isn’t as big as some other options but is more than enough for non-sub-ohm vaping.
5 – Nautilus X Compact MTL by Aspire
The Aspire Nautilus has a special place in the heart of many vapers, and the Nautilus X continues in the proud tradition and makes its intent clear: this is a tank for mouth-to-lung (MTL) loving vapers. The result is a device that offers many of the trappings of more modern designs – such as the top-filling system – with higher-ohm dual vertical coils (with two 1.5 ohm atomizer heads included) and an adjustable airflow system you can adjust to your liking. The airflow comes in from the top of the device, with an innovative design intended to remove issues with leaking, and the tank boasts exceptional flavor. It’s also compact (as the name suggests), with a 22 mm diameter but only measuring 45 mm tall, but still offering a 2 ml tank capacity.
The tank costs $29.99.
4 – Cubis Tank by Joyetech
The Cubis Tank from Joyetech makes this list of the best clearomizer tanks because as well as being a capable sub ohm tank, it also has two higher-ohm coils that offer a more traditional, mouth-to-lung vaping experience. The tank has a 3.5 ml capacity, with a top-filling, user-friendly design that makes it perfect for newer vapers, and it’s also designed to minimize leaking. For the higher-ohm coils, you get a 1 ohm stainless steel option (used for temperature control vaping) and a 1.5 ohm Clapton coil (which boosts flavor), and the airflow control can be turned right down to suit mouth-to-lung vaping.
The tank is available for $20, and comes widely recommended by vapers who love mouth to lung devices.
3 – Endura Prism T18 by Innokin
This is one of the newest and best atomizer tanks designed specifically for mouth to lung vaping, with 1.5 ohm atomizer heads, a top-filling design and an adjustable airflow design. It can hold 2.5 ml of juice, which is great for a mouth-to-lung device designed to work at lower wattages. This all combines to make it a solid clearomizer for newer vapers, blending simplicity with a cigarette-like draw, and the no-spill coil swap system (which is also used on the iSub series of sub ohm tanks) makes changing your coils as easy as possible. It’s designed to work with the Endura T18, but the tank’s modern design and mouth-to-lung friendly draw has made it a favorite in its own right too.
2 – VaporFi Rebel Tank
VaporFi has a wide and growing range of top-quality vaping devices, and while the prices can get a little high on occasion, the performance, design and reliability is always a step above the competition. The Rebel Tank is an older offering from the brand, but with its Nautilus-like design, 2.6 ohm dual coils and massive 4 ml tank capacity, it still has a lot to offer for vapers looking for a traditional-style clearomizer. The tank has an adjustable airflow system, although most of the airflow settings are pretty tight, and also an adjustable juice flow system so you can tailor the tank’s performance to your juice’s PG/VG ratio.
The tank costs $49.99 direct from VaporFi.
1 – Aspire Nautilus Mini
The Aspire Nautilus Mini is widely considered to be one of the best e-cig tanks for mouth-to-lung vapers, but it’s important to note that the standard-size version of the Nautilus also has a lot of support from vapers. We’ve combined them here so we can feature other tanks too.
The Nautilus and Nautilus Mini are both stainless steel tanks with Pyrex glass tubes, with the Mini offering a 2 ml juice capacity and the Nautilus offering 5 ml. The devices offer adjustable airflow – with four holes ranging from 0.9 to 1.8 mm that you select by turning a ring – and use bottom vertical coils with resistances of 1.6, 1.8 and 2.1 ohms. They have standard 510 threading, and boast a leak-free design. Even though they aren’t sub-ohm tanks, for vapers not too interested in producing huge clouds, they’re more than capable of meeting your vaping needs.
Even in a market saturated with sub ohm tanks, more traditional style clearomizers still have plenty of staunch supporters, with many vapers who prefer mouth to lung vaping sticking with them even if it means using older designs. While sub ohm tanks may be perfect for cloud-chasers, mouth-to-lung vaping more closely replicates the sensation of smoking and really gets to the heart of what vaping is all about: making the switch to a much safer method of getting your nicotine. So while these devices might not have all the fancy extras and innovative designs you’ll find on newer tanks, they offer something very few modern sub ohm tanks do: an ideal setup for new vapers or those who still want a cigarette-like draw. Some longer-term vapers may scoff at your Nautilus, but if it’s what works for you, rest assured that you’ve found the best clearomizer for you. And that’s all that matters.