Best Sub Ohm Tanks 2016
Vaping360 takes a look at the best sub ohm tanks on the market. Our team has vaped on over 100 different sub ohm tanks over the past few years and the below sub tanks are our top 10 picks. There are hundreds of sub tanks now available to purchase, but we have done our best to provide you with the top 10 (in no specific order).
If you are looking for a sub ohm tank then have a browse through our best of list below to help you make your purchase decision.
Best Sub Ohm Tanks of 2016
- Price: $39.99
- Wattage range: 10-120W (Single and Dual Vertical Coils)
- Tank capacity: 4ml
- Coils available: 0.5ohm or 1.2ohm (single coils)
- 0.25ohm and 0.5ohm (dual coils) as well as Ni200 coils
- Wicking material: 100% Imported Organic Cotton
- RBA sold separately
- Diameter: 24mm at its widest point but 22mm at the base
Probably the most highly-regarded sub ohm clearomizer tank of 2015. Used a screw-off top cap for filling before top fill was a standard feature of most sub ohm tanks. Factory coil heads vape well at a wide range of power, up to 100 watts, but also good at 50 watts. Among the very best sub tanks ever made for flavor.
- Price: $20-25
- 22mm diameter
- Two post RBA deck
- Single terminal per post
- 2mm diameter post holes
- Hex screwed secured
- Dual 3.5 mm internal airholes
- Engraved chimney
- Quad wicking ports
- Included single coil adapter
- Axiom coil system
- Dual horizontal coil design
- 20 to 40W range (wattage mode only)
- Dual wicking ports
- Triple adjustable airflow
- 10 mm by 1.5 mm
- Top fill system
- 3.5ml tank reservoir
- Triple fill ports
- Short glass viewing window
- Allows for greater tank capacity
- Proprietary delrin drip dip
The Axiom is a compact sub ohm tank by Innokin that performs especially well at lower power – 40 watts and even less. The sub ohm tank comes with an RBA deck that allows single or dual coil builds.
- Price: $16.99 – $22.95
- Wattage range: 55-70W (0.2ohm) 40-60 (0.4ohm)
- Tank capacity: 3.5ml
- Coils available: 0.2ohm and 0.4ohm Clapton Kanthal
- Wicking material: organic Japanese cotton
- RBA: coming soon!
- Diameter: 22mm
Aspire was the first manufacturer to market a sub ohm tank – the Atlantis. The Cleito is Aspire’s most recent sub tank and arguably its best. The coil heads were completely redesigned and now include the chimney as part of each head. The Cleito is a great mid-power tank, but the range of recommended wattage is limited.
SMOK Micro TFV-8 Baby Beast
- Price: $17-40
- 22mm diameter
- 3mL eliquid capacity
- Superior stainless steel construction
- High-grade glass reinforcement
- Convenient top-fill design with hinge lock
- Dual adjustable airflow control at base
- Black delrin ultra-wide drip tip
- Patented Baby Turbo Engines coil structure
- 0.2ohm V8 Baby-Q2 Dual Coil – rated 30-80W; sweet spot 55-65W
- 0.15ohm V8 Baby-X4 Quad Coil – rated 30-70W; sweet spot 45-60W
- 0.15ohm V8 Baby-T8 Octuple Coil – rated 50-100W sweet-spot 60-80W
- V8 Baby RBA – two-post Deck
- 510 connection
- Available in stainless steel and black
The newest entry in SMOK’s effort to lead the high-power, cloud-chasing segment of the sub ohm tank marketplace. As the smaller brother to the full-size TFV-8 Cloud Beast Tank, the Baby Beast performs just as well, providing intense flavor and copious vapor, but in a more compact package. As a 22mm diameter vape tank, it’s about the same size as the TFV-4 Mini, but with more advanced coil heads.
Uwell Crown 2
- Price: $35
- 510 threaded
- 24mm diameter
- 100% stainless steel construction
- 4ml eliquid capacity
- Quartz glass tank
- Anti-leaking top fill design (with optional bottom-flll)
- Eliquid reservoir locking screw
- Improved chimney design
- Dual adjustable bottom airflow slots
- Improved coil heads
- Conical positive connector
- Smoother airflow than original Crown
- Three coil options
- 0.25Ω – larger clouds
- 0.5Ω – balanced clouds and flavor
- 0.8Ω – best flavor
- Long lifespan
- Lower eliquid consumption
- Delrin-insulated removable drip tip
This upgrade to the highly regarded original Crown was the most anticipated sub ohm tank of 2016. Sleeker aesthetically than the V1, and with redesigned coil heads, response among users was initially ecstatic. Uwell hit a snag, however, when some of the new heads experienced quickly degrading performance. According to Uwell, the problem has been fixed, but the jury is still out.
Mig Vapor Sub Herb Black (Dry Herb and Oils)
- Price: $38-43
- Glass dry herb tank vape mod tank
- For use with sub ohm battery
- Ceramic plate for herb and concentrates
- No exposed coils
- Baking watts 19-27w mod (MR Battery)
- New ceramic heating technology
- 3 Second heat up time
- No plastics
- Stainless steel
- Replaceable mesh
- Avoid using temp control mod
- Baking style
- Low resistance coil inside the baking plate
- Looks like a vapor tank
The Sub Herb Black by Mig Vapor is unlike anything out there. It is essentially an attachment for your mod, that turns it into a weed vaporizer! Considering most dry herb vaporizers cost around $150 for a good one, this is a nice option for somebody who doesn’t have that much to spend, and already owns a vaping mod.
The Sub Herb Black improves upon the original Sub Herb by being even more discrete, with increased airflow. This tank gives the user a range between 19-27W, lower watts for flavor and higher watts for clouds. If you own a mod and want to start vaporizing your herb, check out the Sub Herb Black!
SMOK TFV-4 Mini
- Price: $44.95
- Wattage range: S6 (30-100W)
- CLP2 (30-90W)
- Tank capacity: 3.5ml
- Coils available: 0.4 ohm S6
- 0.35 ohm CLP2
- Wicking material: Cotton
- RBA: TF-RCA/RBA head included (pre-built Clapton coils installed & extra wire provided)
- Diameter: 22mm
SMOK’s original TFV-4 tank was the most talked-about sub ohm tank of 2015, receiving both wild praise for performance, but much criticism for its astonishing eliquid consumption. The large 25mm diameter limited its market, so SMOK remedied that by coming out with three smaller TFV-4 tanks. The 22mm diameter TFV-4 Mini Tank proved even more successful than the full size original, so SMOK added even more compact versions — the TFV-4 Micro and Nano. The TFV-4 Mini remains the most popular, however. SMOK’s patented hinged top cap design for filling allows convenient top fill without removing the cap.
Sense Herakles Pro
- Price: $30
- 23.8mm reservoir diameter
- 22mm base diameter
- Top Fill Capability
- 4.5ml Tank Capacity
- Dual fill ports
- Independent eliquid control
- Six fill ports
- Herakles Pro coil
- 1.8 ohm coil
- 20 to 50W
- Unprecedented in high ohm resistances
- Reverse sandwich design
- Japanese organic cotton core
- Food grade porous ceramic sleeve
- Unparalleled purity of flavor
- Dual parallel configuration
- 0.4 ohm coil
- 35 to 100W
- Tri parallel configuration
- Vertical coil arrangement
- Compatible with Herakles Plus coils
- Quad adjustable airflow
- 6mm by 2mm
- Copper contact
- Stainless steel and glass construction
Sense made a significant splash with the original Herakles sub tank. Along with the SMOK TFV4, Uwell Crown, and FreeMax Starre, the Herakles was considered one of the top sub ohm clearomizer tanks of 2015. Since then, Sense has come out with an expanded line of redesigned, 2nd generation versions of the original Herakles. Of this new family of sub ohm tanks, the Herakles Pro is the flagship. The Pro comes with a low-power (20-50W) 1.8Ω ceramic-clad coil head for maximum e-liquid flavor purity, and a high-power (35-100W) 0.4Ω tri-parallel coil for massive vapor production.
- Price: $24-40 (top and bottom airflow version about $3 more)
- Dimensions: 2-3/4″ x 1″
- 25mm diameter
- 510 threaded
- Gold plated contact pin
- 6.0ml tank capacity
- Top airflow version
- Airflow travels through the coil
- Top fill design
- Utilizes unique Hand Built Coils (HBC)
- Both single and dual coil heads
- Rewickable and cleanable coils
- Delrin drip tip
- Glass tank
- Top and bottom adjustable airflow valve
What distinguishes the Eagle from many of its sub tank competitors is its hybrid design as both a sub ohm clearo tank and an RTA. The Eagle is essential a Griffin RTA redesigned to also accept clearomizer heads. The exotic wire types used in the pre-built, factory-installed coils for both the regular and RBA heads are impressive.
- Price: $29.95
- Full control of air and liquid flow
- 4.0ml e-liquid capacity
- Dual layer 510 drip tip
- Coil head resistances: 0.5Ω and 0.2Ω
- Organic cotton coils
- 510 Threading
Apollo’s Pulsar is typical of the current generation of Sub Ohm Tanks. Early sub tanks used Kanthal wire with questionable wicking material for coil heads; the Pulsar uses Clapton wire with organic cotton wicks for better performance. It also includes both top and bottom airflow, as well as e-liquid flow control. The Pulsar was designed so every adjustment can be completed without ever opening the liquid chamber, meaning faster adjustments and no mess.
Sub Tanks Explained
What is a Sub Ohm Tank?
Sub Ohm Tanks (also called Sub Tanks, Sub Ohm Clearomizers, or Sub Ohm Clearo Tanks) have both a generic definition and a specific marketing definition. The generic definition of a sub ohm tank is any atomizer tank where the resistance of the coil (or the aggregate resistance when multiple coils are used) is less than 1.0 ohm. The specific marketing definition is a tank of less than 1.0 ohm coil resistance that is designed to use and comes with a pre-made, factory-built, removable atomizer head containing a coil or coils with wicking material that screws into the base of the tank and can be replaced with a new head.
History of Atomizer Development
Sub Ohm Clearo Tanks evolved from various stages of atomizer development. Dripping atomizers came first — a coil on a ceramic base inside a cylindrical metal shell, which screwed into the base of a mod (power source) via a threaded connector that also provided electrical contact. E-liquid was dripped into the open end of the tube directly onto the coil.
Some atomizers were marketed with two sections that fit together — one cylindrical section for the coil, and another that was stuffed with wicking material (usually silica fibers).
After that came clearomizers. These were single-piece cylindrical metal tubes, open at one end with a connector at the other, where the coil was usually installed vertically, with wicking material wrapped around the coil. E-liquid was dripped into the open end of the tube until the wicking (silica or polyester fibers, but occasionally more exotic materials such as blue foam for fish tanks) was saturated. This allowed longer vape times before refilling.
Next was clearomizer tanks (vape tanks), which used a clearomizer whose metal tube had holes punched or drilled. The clearomizer was then installed inside a sealed plastic or glass tank that held a larger quantity of e-liquid. Inhaling through the drip tip created negative pressure inside the tank that forced e-liquid into the clearomizer, saturating the wick. Early clearo tanks were homemade by cutting plastic syringes into sections.
Not long after that development, factory-built clearomizer tanks appeared. Gone were the punched metal tubes inside the tanks. These clearo tanks had fixed coil “heads” with long wicks that extended into the e-liquid reservoirs of the tanks. Stardust Tanks, also called CE4s, where the first really successful disposable tanks. That genre was followed by non-disposable tanks whose heads could be removed and replaced.
Through these years of atomizer development, the coil resistance was almost never lower than 1.25 ohms, and could be as high as 5 ohms.
Then the sub ohm craze caught fire. Vapers discovered that ultra low resistance allowed higher power vaping that provided a much more intense vaping experience — better flavor and much more vapor production.
The first sub ohm tank was the Aspire Atlantis, followed soon by the Kanger Subtank. These were glass tanks with removable/replaceable clearomizer-style coil heads that had resistance as low as 0.5 ohms. Soon after that the flood gates opened, and every ecig hardware manufacturer came out with its own sub ohm tank or, very often, complete line of tanks with custom heads — horizontal or vertical coils, organic cotton wicking, in single, dual, quad, or even eventually octet coil configurations, and at resistances down to 0.15 ohms (for Nickel Ni200 temperature control coils).
2015 was arguably the Year of the Sub Ohm Clearomizer Tank. They were amazing. 2016, however, is the Year of the RTA. While sub ohm clearo tanks are still very good, the crown of vaping now goes to the best of the new generation of RTAs.
Sub Ohm Tanks Versus RTAs
Technically, the difference between a Sub Ohm Clearo Tank and a Rebuildable Tank Atomizer (RTA) is that a sub ohm tank uses pre-built factory coil heads, while an RTA has a deck on which the vaper installs his or her coils (either homemade by hand, or purchased) and wicks. The clear waters that distinguish an RTA from the Sub Ohm Tank get muddied, however, by manufacturers offering RBA deck heads for their Sub Ohm Clearo Tanks. This gives buyers the choice of using disposable sub ohm factory heads or building their own.
RTAs have generally come with more spacious, higher-quality build decks, but even that is changing. Some recent clearo tanks now come with very good Velocity-style build decks. RTAs have continue to move forward in development, however, with features such as e-liquid flow control, which most sub ohm clearo tanks don’t have.
Tips and Tricks for Getting the Most Out of Your Sub Ohm Tank
Prime the Coil Head Before First Use
Before using a new coil head for the first time, it should be “primed.” E-liquid should be applied to the head’s inlet holes or slots to wet the wicking just inside the shell, then 2-4 drops of e-liquid should be dripped into the open top of the head, directly onto the coils and wicks. Let the head sit for about ten minutes before initial firing to allow complete absorption into the wick. This prevents burning the cotton wick because it’s dry.
Break in the Coil Head Gradually
With a new coil head, start firing at low wattage, say 20 watts. You won’t get much flavor and perhaps no vapor at all, but that’s OK. You’re letting the coil head ease into doing what it does so well, and this is essential. Then gradually increase the power in steps over a period of minutes or even hours. No matter how well-primed a new coil head may be, hitting it with 70 watts of power right off the bat will probably shorten its life span dramatically.
Keep Tissues or Paper Towels Handy
Vaping is messy. There’s no way to avoid spilled or leaked eliquid. Whether the discussion is about RDAs, RTAs, or Sub Ohm Tanks, keep a box of tissues or a roll of paper towels within arm’s length. You will need them to wipe up e-liquid spills or clean up leaks.
Replace the Coil Head When Necessary
Coil Heads that last forever are the Holy Grail of vaping tanks, and manufacturers are moving in that direction with ceramic heads and plate technologies that eliminate coils completely. They’re not yet there, however.
Coil heads wear out in two ways: 1. the coils themselves gunk up with residue and burned carbon, and 2. the wicking material gets burned or fouled and either loses its ability to wick e-liquid to the coils.
The easy way to tell if your coil head is dead is to vape. If the flavor diminishes or gets funky, it’s time to change the head. Sometimes, however, we’ve forgotten how great the coil head was when new, so we don’t notice reduced or tainted flavor. For that reason, a second, visual method is needed:
Whenever you’re about to refill a sub ohm tank, examine your coil head. Look down the open top end. Is the wicking material still white or darkened toward brown or black? If it’s black, it’s done and needs to be replaced.
Rebuild Coil Heads if You Wish and Can
For vapers who have the parts and skill and who enjoy rebuilding, many sub ohm clearo heads can be rebuilt with surprising ease. That’s not as quick as unscrewing an old, worn out head and screwing in a new one, but it can be both satisfying and inexpensive for those who enjoy it. Rebuilding factory heads gives the vaper control over wire type, coil build, wicking material, and resistance.
If that appeals to you, hundreds of videos on rebuilding factory heads are available on YouTube. The learning curve isn’t essentially any more difficult than learning coil builds and wicking for an RTA.
If it’s not your thing, however, don’t sweat it. Just buy another pack of replacement heads, and you’re good to go for six more months.
What Type of Vaper are Sub Ohm Tanks Best Suited for?
Sub ohm tanks are ideal for vapers who want a more intense vaping experience, usually at higher power, and with ease and convenience — prime a coil head, install it into the base, fill the tank, gradually ramp up, then vape for days. Vapers who love sub ohm clearo tank typically don’t want to drip (as RDAs require) or build their own coils (as RTAs require).
- 6ml tank
- Great clouds and flavor