Best Sub Ohm Tanks and Vape Tanks
By Lindsay Fox Posted June 8, 2016
For beginners and vapers who don’t want to constantly drip to keep themselves topped up with e-liquid, finding the best sub ohm tank for your needs is an essential part of having an excellent vaping experience. With the multitude of sub-ohm tanks that have hit the market this year, the competition for the best vape tank is pretty fierce, though, and choosing the right one for your vaping needs isn’t always easy.
To help you find the best sub ohm vape tank, we surveyed ordinary vapers on their favorite tanks, and we’ve used the results to put together a definitive top 10. We’ve also made some suggestions ourselves, so you’ll have plenty of options to help you find the right device for your needs.
Best Sub Ohm Tanks of 2016
10 – Aspire Cleito
Aspire’s Cleito is a sub ohm tank with a unique design, combining the atomizer head and the central chimney into a single piece, providing a more direct path from the vapor-producing coil to the mouthpiece.
The result of this ingenious bit of design is fantastic vapor production and robust flavor, and the Clapton-style coils used within only improve things further. The tank itself has a 3.5 ml capacity, which may not be as big as many of the others on this list but is still enough for most vapers. The tank has slot-style airflow control, with the wide bore of the atomizer heads and chimneys opening up the airflow even further. You can get 0.2 ohm and 0.4 ohm kanthal coils, and 0.4 ohm stainless steel ones for use with temperature control devices. Aspire has also released an RTA head for the Cleito, if you’re interested in rebuilding.
All of this combines to make the newly-released Cleito one of the top rated sub ohm tanks on the market today, and since it’s priced at just $19.95, it’s a great deal for vapers.
Read our full review of the Aspire Cleito here.
Note: This list has been split into two: one for sub-ohm tanks and one for higher-ohm options, so the Cleito takes this spot through our choice here at ECR, rather than as a result of the vote like the others on the list.
9 – Innokin iSub G
The Innokin iSub G tank is a sub-ohm capable, 4.5 ml juice capacity tank, made from stainless steel and boasting a glass tank. It has a 22 mm diameter – making it a perfect fit on most mods – and includes a stainless steel wide-bore drip tip.
The device has dual adjustable airflow slots, opening up to a maximum of 12 by 3 mm each, working to produce huge clouds in combination with the 0.5 ohm vertical coils. You get two coils with the tank – one pre-installed and one spare – and they use Japanese organic cotton for superior flavor and vapor production. The tank also features a no-spill system for swapping your coils.
The iSub G is priced at just $19.95.
8 – Joyetech Delta II
Joyetech’s Delta II is a stainless steel sub-ohm tank with a 3.5 ml juice capacity and plenty of cool features, and it takes a well-deserved spot as one of the best vape tanks.
The tank includes adjustable airflow (which can be set to suit mouth-to-lung hits or lung hits), glass windows so you can see how much juice you have left, the option of using an RBA head (so you can rebuild your own coils) and a stainless steel drip tip with a delrin base (to help disperse heat).
The tank comes with two 0.5 ohm, liquid valve control (LVC) coils, which allow you to adjust how quickly liquid can make it through to your coil, improving performance at higher wattages or with VG-based e-juices. Everything screws apart simply – as with most tanks on the market – so the tank is ideal for beginners, and it’s also compatible with nickel and titanium coils to support temperature control vaping.
The Delta II is available for $24.95.
7 – Horizon Tech Arctic Tank
The Horizon Arctic Tank is a sub-ohm tank with stainless steel construction, a 22 mm diameter and a glass tank capable of holding 3 ml of e-liquid. The tank features four adjustable slot-style airflow control valves (each measuring 3 by 1 mm), offering a fantastic level of control over your draw, and comes with a wide-bore stainless steel drip tip.
The coils are “turbine” coils, with a vertical alignment and being specifically designed for boosting vapor production without sacrificing flavor, and are available in single or dual coils, with 0.2, 0.5 and 1.2 ohm resistances available (the latter only in the single coil version). These use kanthal wire and organic cotton, and have extra wide wicking ports to ensure the juice flow can keep up with high-power vaping. It’s also compatible with nickel coils for temperature control devices.
The Arctic tank is available for $27.95.
6 – Aspire Atlantis 2
The Aspire Atlantis 2 was voted one of the best clearomizers in our poll, and the original version of the Atlantis also picked up a substantial share of the vote, but both will be combined in this entry to make room for other devices.
The Atlantis and Atlantis 2 are both stainless steel construction devices with Pyrex tanks, with the Atlantis 2 holding slightly more juice than the original version, with a capacity of 3 ml compared to 2 ml. The Atlantis 2 has a bigger diameter, too, at 22.5 mm compared to the 22 mm original, and is slightly taller.
Both tanks feature adjustable airflow, with the original Atlantis having two holes and two ellipse-shaped slots, and the version 2 having the same options but also including additional airflow options in the wide-bore drip tip. Both come with kanthal coils wicked with organic cotton, but the Atlantis 2 adds a 0.3 ohm option alongside the 0.5 ohm coils. Everything screws into place simply, making it ideal for new vapers, and you fill the tanks from the bottom.
5 – Youde/UD Zephyrus
The Zephyrus from Youde is one of the most versatile options in this list of the best vape tanks, offering the option of rebuilding coils as well as working with pre-built options like most tanks. The device has a 22 mm diameter, with a huge 5 ml e-liquid capacity and a top-filling design, making the whole experience much more user-friendly than standard bottom-fill option (which require you to invert the tank to refill it).
The Zephyrus has a stainless steel construction with a glass tank, with a 510 drip tip (and a heat sink adapter) included. The tank features adjustable airflow so you can tailor your draw to suit your preferences, and has big juice channels to ensure consistent wicking even using high-VG juices. The pre-built atomizer heads are 0.3 ohm dual coil setups, with Japanese organic cotton used for wicking, and the device also comes with an RBA deck for building your own coils.
The Zephyrus costs $27.95.
4 – Aspire Triton
The Triton tank from Aspire is a sub-ohm tank made from stainless steel, with a 22.5 mm diameter and a steel-encased glass tank with a juice capacity of 3.5 ml. The device is filled from the top – by simply unscrewing the drip tip and its base and filling up – with Aspire building on and improving the offerings of the Atlantis series to produce one of the top rated sub-ohm tanks.
The Triton also comes with an adjustable airflow system at both the base of the tank and on the drip tip, using two slots on the bottom of the tank to adjust the draw to your liking and the drip tip airflow being more useful for cooling down the vapor if you find it too hot. There are tons of options for coils on the Triton, with a 0.4 ohm head coming with the kit, 0.3 ohm coils available, a 1.8 ohm coil (also included with the purchase) that’s more suitable for mouth-to-lung inhales, a Clapton coil 0.5 ohm option available and a temperature control compatible nickel coil. You can also get an optional rebuildable base, and it’s compatible with Atlantis coils too.
The Aspire Triton is available for $33.95.
3 – Sense Herakles
The Herakles is a sub-ohm tank from Sense that took third place in our best atomizer tanks poll, with stainless steel and Pyrex glass construction, a 22 mm diameter and a juice capacity of 3 ml alongside plenty of features designed to maximize vapor production and flavor.
The tank includes an adjustable airflow control (operated by turning a ring, like on most adjustable airflow tanks), and has a coil setup designed for unbeatably efficient wicking, with six wicking points on the tank and five spots for juice to enter the coil, making the device more than capable of keeping up with high-power vaping. The device uses vertical coils for improved vapor production and flavor, coming with a 0.6 ohm head pre-installed and a spare 0.2 ohm head, both of which use Japanese organic cotton for wicking. The device also comes with a spare Pyrex tank tube.
The Herakles is available for $27.95.
2 – Uwell Crown
The Uwell Crown is a 4 ml capacity sub-ohm tank built from stainless steel and quartz glass, with a 22 mm diameter at the base widening to a maximum of 24 mm on the raised sections for adjusting the airflow or disassembling. It can be filled from the top or the bottom – by either removing the drip tip and the top section of the tank or by unscrewing the base – so you can use whichever method suits your preferences.
The tank has dual adjustable airflow slots at the bottom, with the two slots on opposite sides of the tank giving you plenty of options for adjusting your draw to suit either mouth-to-lung or lung hits. All of the coils are built using organic cotton, and you have the option of single, dual and nickel coils, with 0.25 and 0.5 ohm resistances. When you buy the tank, you get a spare quartz tank section and two spare coils (0.25 and 0.5 ohm), as well as some spare O-rings.
The Uwell Crown is available for $29.99.
1 – Kanger Subtank Mini/Plus
The best vape tank for 2016, according to our poll of vapers, is the Subtank Mini from Kanger, and the Plus version also received enough votes to earn it a spot on this list (again, we’ve combined them into one entry here).
Both of the tanks are stainless steel and glass in construction, with the Mini version having a 22 mm diameter well-suited to most mods and the larger Plus version having a 25 mm diameter. The difference in diameter is accompanied by a difference in the size of the tanks, with the Mini holding up to 4.5 ml of juice, in comparison to the 7 ml capacity of the larger option. Although the Mini is the smaller tank, the 4.5 ml capacity still beats many of the devices on this list.
Both tanks also feature a dual-slotted adjustable airflow system to allow you to adjust your draw to your preferences, and come with Japanese organic cotton coils in 0.5 and 1.2 ohm resistances, providing great vapor production and a clean flavor. The tanks also offer optional RBA bases so you can build your own coils for use with the Subtank, allowing them both to serve as RTAs as well as standard tank systems.
Best Vape Tanks and Sub-Ohm Tanks (As Recommended by ECR Staff)
The above list features some fantastic tank atomizers, but there are so many on the market that it can’t possibly feature all of the options. So we’ve put together some recommendations of our own, in case you’re looking to find out about more of the best atomizer tanks and clearomizers on the market before you make your decision. We’ve also included some more traditional clearomizers in our list to give you a wider-range of options than the primarily sub-ohm tank based list above, even though we’d also recommend many of the same tanks.
10 – Vaporesso Target Tank
The Vaporesso Target tank is among our picks for the best sub ohm tanks thanks to its coil design, with the coil being encased within a ceramic wick. This is incredibly heat-resistant, so each coil will last you much longer than with most other sub ohm tanks on the market, and it also performs really well even with a low liquid level. The tank itself has a 3.5 ml capacity, and despite the bottom-filling design it’s still very user-friendly, and alongside the standard 0.9 ohm kanthal coil, it also comes with a 0.2 ohm Ni200 option suitable for temperature control. The tank is available for $36.50.
9 – Uwell Rafale
Uwell is best known for its Crown sub ohm tank, which took a respectable second place in our main list of the best vape tanks on the market, but the Rafale is another solid offering from the same manufacturer. With a huge 5 ml capacity, a top-filling design (but also capable of being filled from the bottom), an anti-spitback system and having a quartz glass tank and a stainless steel construction, it’s a well-made and generally user-friendly device. It comes with two stainless steel, temperature control coils included, one 0.2 and one 0.5 ohms. The Rafale costs $39.95, and while the Crown is still widely-preferred, the Rafale is still a great tank. Read our Uwell Rafale review for more information.
8 – Joyetech eGo One Mega
This is a temperature control sub-ohm tank designed for the eVic VT, but offering great performance in its own right. The tank has a 4 ml capacity, with oval windows so you can see your remaining juice level, and comes with both nickel and titanium coils for temperature control vaping. It also has a slot-style airflow control so you can adjust the draw to suit your preferences. The tank isn’t the most full-featured sub ohm tanks on the market, but since it’s priced at $19.95, it’s a great deal for a solid device.
7 – Horizon Phantom Micro Tank
Horizon’s Arctic tank made the main list of the top rated vape tank atomizers, but the Phantom, and it’s smaller sibling the Phantom Micro, are also excellent devices. The tank has a 3.5 ml capacity (compared to 5 ml on the larger version), and comes stuffed with features. The Phantom Micro has a two-chamber design to hold your e-juice, a splash-proofing system, bigger airflow holes than the Arctic, a unique side-filling system, and a rebuildable atomizer head alongside the two stainless steel pre-built ones. The tank costs $19.95.
6 – Sense Cyclone TC
This is another temperature control compatible sub-ohm tank, with a top filling system and either 0.2 ohm TC coils or 0.6 ohm ordinary coils, and a substantial 5 ml juice capacity. It has dual adjustable airflow, with additional airflow control options in the drip tip, and offers extra features like an anti-splashback system and a unique cooling system. The vapor production and flavor are both exceptional, and even though the Herakles made the main list of the best vape tanks, the Cyclone is another stand-out option from Sense. The Cyclone TC is priced at $39.95.
5 – UD Simba
The Simba sub ohm tank from UD/Youde has a top-filling design, a 4.5 ml capacity tank that comes with two different pre-built coils – one ceramic and cotton combination and one ceramic-only option – and an RBA head to keep the rebuilders happy. The ceramic containing pre-built coils perform excellently, and the RBA head has a two-post deck that makes rebuilding about as simple as it gets. Along with the standard airflow control, the device also features liquid flow control, so you can tailor your setup to suit the type of juice you’re using. The tank costs $39.58. Read the full review of UD Simba for more information.
4 – Aspire Cleito
Although we covered the Cleito in the main list of the best sub ohm tanks, we’d rank this as one of our personal favorites too. The combined coil and chimney design is a huge bonus when it comes to vapor production and particularly flavor. Although the airflow is generally too open to support mouth-to-lung vaping, for longer-term vapers looking for huge vapor production it’s well-worth consideration. The Cleito costs $19.95. Read our Aspire Cleito review for more information.
3 – VaporFi vSix
The vSix tank from VaporFi is their highest-end sub-ohm tank, with a top-filling design, a massive 6 ml capacity tank and a sleek appearance. The tank comes with a 0.5 ohm coil, a 0.25 ohm dual coil and a 0.25 nickel coil for use with temperature control devices. The tank has additional features like adjustable airflow and liquid flow control, giving you plenty of options for adjusting its performance to suit your preferences. The tank is a solid performer and very well made, but comes at premium, priced at $59.99.
2 – Innokin iSub Apex
The iSub Apex from Innokin is a top-fill sub-ohm tank with dual adjustable airflow and a 3 ml capacity tank. The tank comes with two sub-ohm coils as standard, both kanthal and 0.5 ohms in resistance, but if you’re a mouth-to-lung vaper, you can also pick up 2 ohm coils for it and turn down the airflow to your liking. The tank has a no-spill system for changing coils, and the top-filling system makes the tank very user-friendly. The flavor in particular is excellent from this tank. The Apex is priced at $28.95.
1 – Smok TFV4
The Smok TFV4 is widely regarded as one of the best sub ohm tank options on the market. It features both triple and quadruple coils, as well as optional RBA heads, offering great performance whether you want to build your own coils or use pre-built options. The top-filling design is particularly excellent, with the tank having a hinged system that allows you to move the top cap off to the side to fill up. It also has adjustable airflow, both at the bottom and in the drip tip. Throw in the 5 ml capacity tank and you have a legendary sub ohm tank. It’s currently available for $49.99.
So Many Sub Ohm Tanks, So Little Time to Vape Them All
These lists have given a basic run-down of some of the best sub ohm tanks on the market, as voted for by our readers and chosen by staff here at ECR, but it goes without saying that it barely scratches the surface of the huge selection of devices on the market, and it’s damn-near impossible to try them all out. For anybody who wants to consider some of the other devices on the market, or is struggling to choose between the options above, we’ve put together a brief buying guide to help you make your choice. But there’s also another issue to consider: is a sub ohm tank right for you at all?
Should I Sub Ohm? Benefits and Downsides of Sub Ohm Vaping
There are some downsides to sub ohm vaping, and although many vapers think they’re worth coping with for the benefits it offers, it’s worth considering whether you’d prefer something simpler that consumes less power and less juice.
Benefits of Sub Ohm Vaping
- Excellent vapor production. The biggest benefit of sub ohm vaping is the exceptional vapor production it offers, and the generally more satisfying hit of nicotine.
- Great flavor. Alongside the vapor production, sub ohm tanks usually offer better flavor than their non sub ohm counterparts. The airflow characteristics of the tank and the quality of the coils can affect this, but in general the flavor from sub ohm tanks is excellent.
- More innovation. With the majority of new tanks being sub ohm options, there is undeniably more innovation in sub ohm devices than in standard clearomizers. Things like temperature control coils, top-filling designs, anti-spitback systems and RBA heads are much more common on sub ohm tanks.
Downsides of Sub Ohm Vaping
- More power consumed. The huge vapor production from sub ohm tanks is largely down to the higher wattages needed to get the best performance out of them. With higher-ohm coils, you can use lower wattages and have your batteries last longer.
- More juice consumed. The more juice you vaporize, the bigger your clouds. This means that you’ll get through a lot more juice with a sub ohm tank, and it’ll cost you a bit more to keep vaping, especially if you use expensive juice.
- Not great for mouth-to-lung vaping. If you inhale mouth-to-lung (like you do when you smoke), then sub ohm tanks aren’t the most well-suited devices. They generally have wider airflow settings better for direct-to-lung inhales.
- Terrible for stealth vaping. The huge clouds you produce when sub ohm vaping aren’t suited to “stealth” vaping – you’ll draw a lot more attention to yourself with a sub ohm setup.
- Battery safety and compatibility. Sub ohm vaping draws more current from your battery and therefore makes having some battery safety knowledge much more important. You’ll have to ensure your device is capable of supporting a sub ohm tank.
Although there are more downsides listed than upsides, for most the benefits outweigh the downsides because they’re more central to your experience. High-capacity batteries still provide a day or so of vaping at high wattages, and the additional juice consumption is a small price to pay for a more satisfying vape. If you aren’t looking for a mouth-to-lung vape, then the wide-open airflow is no problem, and if you don’t want to stealth vape then the big clouds are more of a positive point than a negative. Finally, battery safety knowledge is important for sub ohm vaping, but it isn’t really too complicated.
So you may still want to find the best sub ohm tank, despite these minor issues, but you should consider the possibility that you don’t want a sub ohm tank at all. Many vapers don’t sub ohm, and that’s absolutely fine, because vaping is about what works for you. There is no “right” type of device other than whatever you personally enjoy.
Sub Ohm Tank Buying Guide
We’ve covered many of the best sub ohm tanks on the market over the course of the lists above, but which one is right for your needs? How do you wade through the multitude of options for sub ohm tank on the market and find the best option for you? Here’s a brief sub-ohm tank buying guide.
How Big is the Tank?
The size of the tank is one of the most obvious ways to distinguish between sub ohm tanks, but it may not be as important as you’re imagining. It is true that, in general, a bigger tank is a good thing, because sub ohm tanks generally make their way through juice very quickly, so having a 4 to 5 ml tank is absolutely invaluable.
However, having to fill up more frequently with a tank size of 3 ml (like on the Sense Herakles) isn’t all bad news. Although you’ll spend more time filling your tank, it’ll also be easier to change flavors more frequently. So really, when you’re looking for the best vape tank for your needs, you need to think about whether you want to minimize how often you refill (which might be useful if you’ll regularly be out of the house for long periods of time), or whether you’d rather change flavors regularly. You can get the best of both worlds with a bigger tank (since you don’t always have to fill up all the way), but if you’re unlikely to need a huge tank and don’t mind refilling, then you don’t really need to consider it when making your choice.
Which Coil Types are Available?
Most modern sub ohm tanks come with numerous types of coil, and this is one thing to consider when you’re thinking about buying a new tank. Different materials have different purposes: kanthal is for ordinary variable wattage vaping, whereas nickel, titanium and stainless steel can be used for temperature control (TC) vaping.
If you have a TC mod, you should check the types of coil it supports – most will support nickel, and modern devices tend to have options for titanium and stainless steel too, or may even have an adjustable “TCR” (temperature coefficient of resistance) which you can use to set up TC with any suitable coil type. Make sure your mod can support the coil material your tank uses, and ensure you can get nickel, titanium or stainless steel coils if you want to vape in TC mode.
There are also some other different coil types that may be included with a particular sub ohm tank. For example, one of our picks for the best vape tank is the Aspire Cleito, which uses Clapton-style coils. These are wound like guitar strings, with an outer piece of wire wrapped around a central core, and the increased surface area improves vapor production and flavor. There are also other factors to consider like the alignment of the coils (with vertical coils generally performing better and being the most widely used) and how many coils are built into each atomizer head (for example, the Smok TFV4 has quadruple coils).
Does it Have an RBA Head?
Although there is an entire class of rebuildable tank atomizers (RTAs) specifically designed for this purpose, many of the best sub ohm tanks include a rebuildable atomizer head alongside the pre-built options. For example, the Kanger Subtank comes with an RBA head to meet the needs of vapers who prefer to build their own coils. This is a great additional feature, and if you’re a rebuilder or you’re just looking for a sub ohm tank that can do it all, it’s definitely worth choosing a device with an RBA head included.
Which Wicking Material is Used?
Although almost all sub ohm tanks use cotton for the wick – and usually Japanese organic cotton sheets – this isn’t always the case, so it’s worth considering before you make your purchase. The main alternative to cotton wicks is ceramic, like on the Vaporesso Target Tank and the UD Simba, and these ordinarily have the coil set directly inside them. The benefit of this is that ceramics are very heat-resistant, so a porous ceramic wick can be dry-burned (fired on an empty tank) without damaging the wick. This generally improves the lifespan of your coils.
Ceramics can be great, but it’s important to note that cotton is excellent too, and although dry-burning is a bigger concern with it, this isn’t especially difficult to avoid. In short, cotton is well-suited to most vapers and generally seen as the best wick material, but there are some benefits to ceramics or ceramic and cotton combinations it’s worth considering.
Top or Bottom Filling?
“Top-filling” sub ohm tanks are getting increasingly popular, and there’s a good reason for that: they make it way easier to fill up. Rather than having to take the base off the tank to fill up from the bottom, you either just take the top cap off or remove a little cap to refill. This isn’t exactly a deal-breaker – bottom-filling really isn’t so bad – but it’s one of those nice little extras to look out for when you’re considering different sub ohm tanks.
How Much Can You Vary the Airflow?
Virtually every sub ohm tank will have some form of airflow control, usually through an adjustable ring at the bottom of the tank. However, there are important differences when it comes to how wide a range of settings you have available to you. For example, the Subtank has a couple of very small airflow holes instead of the standard slots, which are great for mouth-to-lung vaping (inhaling like you do from a cigarette – first into your mouth, then your lungs), but the Cleito is much better suited to wide open airflow and direct to lung inhalations (when you take the vapor down to your lungs as you inhale without holding it in your mouth first).
Generally: the wider the range of options for airflow, the better. However, if you only use mouth-to-lung or direct-to-lung inhalation, then the most important thing is ensuring there are plenty of options to suit your preferences.
What Extra Features Does the Tank Have?
There are a wide range of extra features that can be included on sub ohm tanks, and while these aren’t really essential to getting an enjoyable vape, it’s worth considering what each option has to offer. One example is liquid flow control, which allows you to adjust how quickly juice reaches your wick and coil, meaning you can tailor your tank’s performance to suit the e-juice you’re using, or even close off the liquid flow entirely.
Some of the best sub ohm tanks also include anti-spitback mechanisms, which are designed to help you avoid the occasional bits of heated e-juice that can get shot up the mouthpiece. Things like this aren’t a huge deal – most of the time spitback isn’t a big issue – but can also be invaluable extras if you run into the issue a lot. Similarly, many tanks include cooling systems or additional airflow slots in the drip tip for anybody who usually finds vapor too hot.
How Much Should You Spend on a Sub Ohm Tank?
When it comes to finding the best vape tank, the old advice that “you get what you pay for” is worth bearing in mind. However, the advice isn’t quite as simple as that, because in many cases you can find an excellent atomizer tank for very affordable prices, and similarly, not every expensive tank will be worth the cash. You can expect to pay between $20 and $30 for the best sub ohm tanks, but some options can cost as much as $40 or even more. In general, there isn’t much need to stray too far above $30, but if the tank is well-suited to your preferences and has received positive reviews, it may be worth paying a little bit more.
Sub ohm tanks are awesome, and although they’re not for everybody, the huge range of devices on the market means that as long as you consider your options and what you’re looking for in a tank, you’ll be able to find something to suit your needs. The best advice is to make the best choice you can based on the above, and use your initial experiences to guide your next purchase, gradually moving towards your own personal vaping nirvana.