Best Vape Tanks 2016

This is the Vaping360 best vape tank page. We explore the best vape tanks on the market to help you find the best one suited to your preferred vaping style. The below vapor tanks are the top rated ones across different categories (MTL Clearomizers, Sub Ohm Tanks and RTAs). Our picks are based on our teams many years of combined of vaping experience. If you are unsure which type of vape tank is for you, then be sure to check out our vaping tank information section at the bottom of this page. We hope you find the best tank for your vape.

Best Mouth-To-Lung Vape Tanks

Aspire Nautilus X

  • TPD compliant
  • Sleek low-profile design
  • Handles high-VG liquid
  • Improved airflow
  • Easy to remove o-rings
  • Super easy to fill
  • Cons
  • 2mL capacity (4mL extension available separately)
  • Airflow control hard to find/see
  • Specifications

    • Dimensions: 1-3/4`` x 7/8`` (Including Drip Tip and Threads)
    • 510 Threaded
    • Diameter: 22mm
    • 2.0ml e-Liquid Capacity (TPD Compliant)
    • Mouth to Lung
    • Convenient Top-Fill Feature
    • Aspire U-Tech Coil System
    • Nautilus X Kanthal 1.5ohm Atomizer Heads
    • Recommended Wattage: 14-22 Watts
    • Glass Tank
    • Leak Resistant Cup Design
    • Adjustable Top Airflow Valve
    • Ultra Low Profile Design

    The Nautilus X was the long-awaited follow-up to the original Nautilus that took the vaping world by storm. It essentially functions like a Nautilus, however boasts a few added features such as a new type of coil, top-airflow and last but not least: top-fill.

    The airflow adjustment doesn’t click into place like the original, however it does provide a little bit of a looser draw than the Nautilus Mini. The new coils provide the same great flavor is better for using thicker, high VG liquids. Its design also makes it very resistant to leaking.

    The Nautilus X vape tank was originally designed with European TPD restrictions in mind, hence the limited juice capacity. Since its release, Aspire has created an extension that vapers not concerned about complying with those laws, can have a vape tank that holds about 4 mL.

    Aspire Nautilus Mini

  • Durable pyrex glass tank
  • Adjustable airflow that clicks into place
  • Good flavor
  • Good Vapor production
  • Good for MTL vapers
  • Decent liquid capacity
  • Cons
  • Threaded glass tank
  • Can be difficult to take apart
  • O-rings difficult remove and clean
  • Specifications

    • Stainless Steel Construction
    • New Adjustable Airflow Control Valve
    • Pyrex glass tank to hold around 2.0ml of E-Juice
    • Revolutionary Bottom Vertical Coil (BVC) (Ceramic Wick)
    • BVC delivers pure flavor
    • giving you an amazing flavor with strong throat hit
    • Super elegant design
    • Tank does not leak
    • 510 replaceable stainless steel drip tip
    • Standard 510 threading
    • Adjustable Positive Pin
    • 18.5mm Diameter

    The Nautilus Mini is still, to this day, a ground-breaking vape tank. Aspire took Mouth-to-Lung vaping to the next level by providing user-adjustable airflow, one of the first of its kind. Now it is hard to find a vape tank that does not come with this feature.

    Another upgrade Aspire provided was making the vapor tank out of durable pyrex glass and utilizing BVC coils which produces superior flavor to your typical clearomizer. Although Aspire has since made the Nautilus X, the Mini is still one of the best MTL tanks money can buy.

    Innokin Prism T22

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  • Great for beginners
  • Good flavor/vapor production
  • Holds 4.5 mL
  • Cons
  • Non-adjustable
  • Specifications

    • Dimensions: 5-3/4`` x 7/8`` (Tank and Device)
    • 510 Threaded
    • Box Mod Style Design
    • 2000 mAh Battery Capacity
    • Glass and Stainless Steel Tank
    • 22mm Diameter
    • Top Fill Twist Design
    • Prism Airflow Technology
    • Minimum Resistance: 1.2 Ohm
    • 100% Organic Cotton Coil
    • 4.5mL E-Liquid Capacity
    • Delrin Drip Tip
    • Maximum output Wattage: 14W
    • Maximum output Current: 3.5A
    • Maximum output Voltage: 5.5V
    • Charging: Micro USB DC5V/1A

    Innokin went back to the basics with the Prism T-22 vape tank, but not without making some necessary improvements. Although this tank vape is geared towards beginners, advanced vapers may also enjoy its simplicity in design and functionality.

    The Prism T-22 provides a mouth-to-lung experience that gives the user a similar feeling to taking a drag from a cigarette. It is 22mm in design and holds 4.5 mL of e-liquid. Due to the 1.2 Ohm coil head, that is a large capacity considering the rate at which this tank vapes juice.

    Much like the T-18 kit, the T-22 holds more juice and the mod it comes with has better battery life. Other than that, the tanks are identical. We recommend the T-18 to anybody who wants a Mouth-to-Lung vape tank, in a more compact, pen-style form factor.

    Joyetech Cubis Pro

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  • Easy to fill
  • Reasonably priced
  • Variety of colors
  • Cons
  • Average vapor production
  • Specifications

    • Dimensions: 2-3/16`` x 7/8`` (Including Drip Tip and Threads)
    • 22mm Diameter
    • 4ml e-Liquid Capacity
    • 510 Threaded
    • Top Fill Design
    • Innovative Cup Design
    • Top Adjustable Airflow Valve
    • Increased e-Liquid Capacity
    • New LVC and QCS Cubis Atomizer Heads
    • Compatible with the Original Cubis Atomizer Heads
    • Removable Insulated Drip Tip
    • Fully Detachable and Washable

    The Cubis Pro is also another option for mouth-to-lung vapers, however it can also be used for Direct Lung Vaping. Much like the original Cubis, this vaping tank has a unique top-fill system, and top airflow which greatly reduces leakage. The LVC 1.5 Ohm coil is perfect for MTL vaping.

    Not only is this a diverse vaping tank, but it is available in a variety of colors. The Cubis is easy to fill because of the top-coil system. Very much like the Nautilus X, it is just like filling a cup. Joyetech has provided a solid vapor tank for both MTL and DL vapers for a very reasonable price.

    Aspire Triton 2

  • Top-fill
  • Juice-flow control
  • Good MTL draw (1.5ohm coil head)
  • Good e-juice capacity
  • Cons
  • Juice-flow holes need to be lined up properly
  • Airflow holes might whistle when closed off
  • Specifications

    • Dimensions: 67 x 22.5mm
    • 510 Threaded
    • 3.0ml Capacity Tank
    • 22.5mm Diameter
    • Convenient Top Fill Design
    • Stainless Steel Construction
    • Glass Tank
    • 510 Drip Tip Compatible
    • Adjustable Airflow Control Valve
    • Triton RTA Kit Available (Sold Separately)
    • Japanese Organic Cotton Coils
    • Clapton Kanthal Coil 0.5ohm rated for 40 to 45 Watts (Sold Separately)
    • 316L Stainless Steel Coil 0.3ohm rated for 45 to 55 Watts (Sold Separately)
    • 316L Stainless Steel Coil 0.4ohm rated for 25 to 30 Watts (Sold Separately)
    • Traditional Kanthal Coil 0.18ohm rated for 10 to 13 Watts (Sold Separately)
    • Ni200 (Nickel) Temperature Control Coil 0.15ohm rated for 200-600F (Sold Separately)

    The long-awaited Triton by Aspire, a follow up to the Atlantis 2, was met with a lot of criticism when it was finally released. In what seemed like only a few weeks later, Aspire came out with the Triton 2 tank which answered everybody’s prayers, except they still had to go out and buy it.

    Similar to the Cubis, the Triton 2 has the ability to satisfy a diverse range of vapers. The 1.5 ohm coil heads provide a more restrictive draw, reminiscent of the Nautilus series. This vapor tank also has top-fill, and juice-flow control making it another excellent choice for Mouth-to-Lung vapers.

    Best Vape Tanks for Clouds (Sub Ohm Tanks)

    Uwell Crown

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  • Top fill
  • Great Performance
  • Coils are good and last a long time
  • Wide range of wattage
  • Cons
  • Leaks sometimes after filling
  • Not the most attractive tank on the market
  • Specifications

    • 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 vape 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.

    Apollo Pulsar

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  • Easy quick coil swap system
  • Outstanding flavor
  • 4.0ml capacity
  • Top and bottom adjustable airflow
  • Good performance
  • Cons
  • Not as well-known a brand as other sub ohm clearomizer tanks
  • Specifications

    • 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 vape 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.

    Innokin Axiom

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  • Compact size
  • Simple clean aesthetics
  • Great low-power performance
  • Includes RBA deck
  • Good capacity for small size
  • Cons
  • Performs better with RBA deck (as RTA) than with factory heads (as clearomizer tank)
  • Proprietary drip tip
  • Specifications

    • 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
    • threaded
    • Quad wicking ports
    • Included single coil adapter
    • Axiom coil system
    • Dual horizontal coil design
    • 0.5Ω
    • 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 vape tank by Innokin that performs especially well at lower power — 40 watts and even less. The tank comes with an RBA deck that allows single or dual coil builds.

    Aspire Cleito

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  • Inexpensive
  • Good mid-power performance
  • Simple design
  • Great flavor
  • Cons
  • Top cap gets hot
  • Can’t replace heads without emptying the tank
  • Proprietary drip tip
  • Specifications

    • 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 vaping 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 TFV8 Baby Beast

  • Great performance for both flavor and vapor
  • Small size
  • Inexpensive at certain online vendors
  • SMOK’s patented swivel cap top fill
  • Cons
  • Tank gets hot at higher wattages
  • Performance isn’t that much better than earlier SMOK TF tanks
  • E-liquid consumption requires frequent refills
  • Specifications

    • 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 vape tank marketplace. As the smaller brother to the full-size TFV8 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 TFV4 Mini, but with more advanced coil heads.

    Vape Tanks Explained

    Different Types of Vape Tanks

    There are many different types of vape tanks but fortunately they can all be broken down into two main categories: mouth-to-lung and direct-lung. This refers to the type of draw you can take off them.

    A Mouth-to-Lung tank resembles the type of pull that you would get off a cigalike or an actual cigarette. A mouth-to-lung, or MTL draw typically involves two steps: taking a pull, and inhaling, just like you would with a traditional “analog” cigarette.

    A Direct-Lung inhale is when you pull vapor directly into your lungs in one single motion. Direct-lung tanks have bigger air holes, called air flow, which creates that looser draw.

    Many vape tanks have adjustable airflow, however it is hard to make a tank that satisfies both the MTL and DL vapers. Although it can be done, most of the tanks are marketed to either one of the two. Read on to learn about the differences between these MTL tanks.

    Mouth-to-Lung Vape Tanks

    Mouth-to-Lung, or MTL tanks were found at the onset of vaping and had a purpose, which was to help simulate the experience of a cigarette. MTL vape tanks have a tighter draw and require a two-step inhalation process. MTL vape tanks are not geared for gigantic clouds.

    MTL tanks were becoming endangered at some point but are not yet extinct. Many companies realized that they were missing out on a huge portion of the market and since then have revisited making products geared towards Mouth-to-Lung vaping.

    A common misconception about Mouth-to-Lung vaping is that they are only for new vapers. Although suitable for beginners and transitioning smokers, MTL vaping is a preference. Many vapers are satisfied with this method over the other popular style.

    Another important thing to note about Mouth-to-Lung vape tanks is that they typically do better with e-liquids that are thinner in viscosity. For this reason, it is recommended that you use e-liquid that is no more than a 60/40 ratio of VG to PG.

    For more information on the differences between PG vs VG, please click here.

    Direct-Lung (Sub Ohm) Tanks

    Direct-Lung, often abbreviated as DL, evolved from the previous form of vaping that we spoke about, MTL. In DL vaping, vapor is pulled directly into the user’s lungs, without a step in between, unlike a Mouth-to-Lung inhale which is a two-step-process.

    Whereas the MTL inhale is closer to a cigarette, the Direct Lung inhale is more similar to the way people take “bong rips”. These vape tanks usually provide a looser draw, due to having more airflow, much like when you release the carburetor on a bong or a water pipe.

    Direct Lung tanks are often referred to as “Sub Ohm Tanks”. Sub Ohm refers to the resistance of the coil which is less than 1 ohm. This translates into more vapor, flavor and a warmer, denser cloud. The airflow found on a Sub Ohm tank is typically suitable for DL vaping.

    Last but not least, Direct Lung vape tanks are able to handle thicker e-liquids than MTL tanks. Although thinner liquids may also work in them, you may experience some leakage. This is due to Sub Ohm vape tanks having bigger airflow and juice flow holes, and are geared for clouds.

    For more information on the differences between PG vs VG, please click here.

    RTA’s or Rebuildable Tanks

    An RTA, or Rebuildable Tank Atomizer, is simply a vape tank that can be rebuilt. In other words, it has a deck where coils can be installed versus having to purchase pre-made coils. It is marketed more towards advanced vapers and isn’t very practical for beginners.

    An RTA can be made for both Mouth-to-Lung vaping, Direct-Lung vaping, or both. It can be easy to switch between the two simply by changing the coils and airflow control. In 2016 we started seeing many Sub Ohm RTA’s due to the popularity of DL vaping.

    One of the best parts about using an RTA is the ability to save money. Wire and cotton can be bought in bulk and comes out a lot cheaper than buying pre-made coil heads. This makes rebuildable tanks the perfect option for the vaper who wants to save dough.

    • Top-fill
    • 6ml tank
    • Great clouds and flavor
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