Best vape tanks 2017


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 team’s 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

  • Compatible with original Nautilus BVC coils
  • Durable construction (protected glass)
  • Satisfying mouth-to-lung draw
  • Flavor on par with original Nautilus series
  • TPD compliant
  • Top-fill
  • Cons
  • Stiff airflow adjustment
  • Specifications

    • Capacity: 2ml
    • Size: 22 x 53mm
    • Thread: 510 thread
    • Material: Aluminum | Pyrex glass tube

    Aspire has gained quite a reputation from mouth to lungers with their Nautilus line. The Nautilus 2 takes the best features from each product in this line, to create the ultimate MTL device. They have also made some improvements such as top-fill, pinpoint airflow and a futuristic aesthetic.

    The Nautilus 2 comes with 1.8 ohm BVC coils pre-installed, much like the original Nautilus tank. There is also an option to use 0.7 sub ohm coils. The maximum capacity is 2 mL, making it TPD compliant. The draw simulates the sensation of smoking with a restrictive draw, even wide open.

    The tank is 22 mm and reminiscent of the old Nautilus Mini, with a new modern twist. The outer shell also helps to protect the glass against bumps and scratches. Perfect for mouth-to-lungers.

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  • 3mL capacity
  • Plug and pull coil replacement
  • 9 precise airflow options
  • Smooth restrictive draw
  • Sub ohm MTL tank
  • Flavor is on point
  • 1.8 ohm coil option
  • Cons
  • Not TPD compliant
  • Specifications

    • Diameter: 22mm
    • Height: 46mm
    • E-liquid capacity: 3ml
    • Thread type: 510 thread

    A company by the name Vapefly has recently fulfilled a need for a mouth-to-lung tank for sub ohmers. Enter Nicolas. Similar to the Nautilus Mini, but with notable improvements. A valid MTL option. It has 9 precise adjustable airflow settings and a convenient plug and pull coil system.

    The Nicolas is 22 mm in diameter and holds 3mL of e-liquid. It comes in black and stainless steel options. Suitable for flavor chasers who enjoy a tight draw or a nice, restrictive lung hit. The flavor, build quality and overall design is up there with the best MTL tanks on the market.

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  • Tiny and discrete
  • Replaceable 0.75 sub ohm coils
  • TPD compliant
  • Adjustable airflow
  • Multiple coil options
  • Two included in kit
  • Nice value
  • Trusted name
  • Cons
  • Suitable only for low-wattage vaping
  • Specifications

    • Color: Stainless Steel
    • Tip Color: (2) Standard / (1) Widebore
    • Capacity: 2.0 mL
    • Resistance: 0.75 ohms
    • Tank Length: 70 mm
    • Width: 14 mm
    • Thread: No

    If you are looking for a simple, inexpensive sub ohm vape tank, this is it. The Halo Triton II takes replaceable coils and fits up to 2 mL of juice. It has adjustable airflow, 0.75 sub ohm coils. Each pack includes two tanks, an excellent value from a trusted name in the vape industry.

    Halo also offers multiple replacement coil options for the Triton II and juice to refill it with. They are slim and discreet, but produce a flavorful cloud. It will be your go-to sub ohm clearomizer. It puts out a satisfying puff of vapor while providing the perfect MTL or restrictive direct lung draw.

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  • Child-proof lock
  • Restrictive draw
  • Variety of coil options
  • Top airflow
  • TPD compliant
  • Good flavor for a MTL tank
  • Cons
  • For low wattage MTL vaping only (below 30 W)
  • Specifications

    • Tank Size: 22mm x 38mm
    • Tank capacity: 2ml/ 3.5ml
    • Thread: 510 thread

    The Cubis is back. Joyetech took some of the most popular features from the original to create the Cubis 2. Now with a top airflow and a new child-proof top-filling system. It utilizes the new ProC-BF series heads to provide a restrictive mouth to lung draw without restricting flavor.

    The atomizer is 22 mm in diameter and holds 2 mL, making it TPD compliant. It comes in 6 different colors including silver, black, white, red, yellow, blue. There are also two other coil head options for the Cubis 2 for mouth-to-lung vapers including a 1.5 ohm clapton coil.

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  • Good flavor for a MTL tank
  • No-spill coil swap system
  • Easy to use top-filling method
  • Slim design (20mm)
  • TPD compliant
  • Coils use organic cotton
  • Cons
  • Doesn't perform as well with high-VG liquids
  • Specifications

    • Diameter: 20mm
    • Capacity: 2ml
    • Coil: 1.5ohm
    • Material: SS + Pyrex
    • Thread: 510

    Innokin delivers everything a mouth-to-lung vaper could hope for with their new Prism T20. It is a top-filling, 2mL tank that is 20 mm in diameter. The coils use organic cotton delivering huge flavor for a tiny, MTL device. It also utilizes a special coil-swap system to eliminate any spillage.

    A solid option for those who want a slim mouth-to-lung tank with great flavor and performance.

    Best vape tanks for clouds (sub ohm tanks)

  • Great overall performance
  • Locking top mechanism
  • Convenient half-twist top fill
  • Coils break in fast
  • Can handle a lot of power
  • Smooth quiet airflow
  • Good build quality
  • Cons
  • Doesn’t perform as well when tank is half full
  • Tank gets hot after chain vaping
  • Condensation build ups in drip tip
  • Specifications

    • 24.5mm Diameter Base
    • 5.0ml Max Capacity
    • Anti Leak Threaded Top Fill Method
    • 3.5mm by 6mm Dual Fill Ports
    • Crown 3 Plug and Pull Replacement Mechanism
    • 0.25 ohm SUS316 Parallel Coil 80 to 90W
    • 0.5 ohm SUS316 Parallel Coil 70 to 80W
    • Vertical Coil Design
    • Plug and Pull Design
    • Threadless Design
    • Convenient and Fast Coil Installation and Replacement
    • Crown 3 Key Tool
    • Coil Changing and Tank Cleaning
    • Precision Triple Adjustable Bottom Airflow
    • 11mm by 2mm Each
    • Stainless Steel Construction
    • Available in Other Finishes
    • Quartz Glass
    • Stainless Steel 510 Threading
    • 24K Gold Plated Contact

    The Crown is back! One of the most popular tanks ever made is now better than ever. The Uwell Crown III is a 24.5mm tank that holds 5 mL of e-liquid. It features an anti-leak threaded top fill with large fill ports. The Crown II utilizes a smooth bottom airflow design.

    The coil heads have been redesigned with a new plug and pull system. Instead of having threading like most coils, you simply just pop them in. Crown III coils come in 0.25 ohms that run from 80 to 90 W and 0.5 ohm coils good for 70 to 80 W. Both are made of 316 stainless steel. Enjoy crisp flavor in both wattage and temperature control mode with the Uwell Crown III.

  • Resilient tank design
  • TPD compliant (when using EXO coils)
  • Big airflow slots
  • Resistant to leaking due to gasket seal
  • Still accepts original 0.4 and 0.2 ohm Cleito coils
  • Huge vapor/flavor production for a sub ohm tank
  • Includes spare drip tip
  • Cons
  • Non-adjustable airflow
  • Need to refill often when using EXO coils
  • Specifications

    • Size: 23.5 x 57
    • Capacity: 2ml (TPD version)/ 3.5ml (Standard version with 0.4ohm coil)
    • Coil: 0.4ohm (40-60W) / 0.16ohm (60-100W)
    • Thread: 510 threaD

    The Cleito is back and stronger than ever. It still accepts the original Cleito 0.4 ohm coil heads in addition to the new EXO coils, which convert it to a TPD-compliant (2 mL) device. Expertly machined using stainless steel and durable PCTG technology. Dual top air slots deliver more than enough airflow for mid-wattage vaping.

    The Aspire Cleito EXO is 23.5 mm large and holds 3.5 mL with original 0.4 ohm coils rated from 40-60 W. The EXO coils are 0.16 ohm claptons good for 60-100 W. The top cap has convenient knurling and a full gasket seal. Last but not least it has a 24 K gold-plated 510 connection.

  • Convenient top fill system
  • Big dual 16mm by 2mm airflow holes
  • Beastly clouds and flavor production
  • Two types of coils available (0.4 and 0.5 ohm)
  • Good build quality
  • Cons
  • Not compatible with original Baby Beast coils
  • Specifications

    • Size: 24.5mm x 59mm (Standard Edition) / 24.5mm x 57mm (EU Edition)
    • Capacity: 4ml (Standard Edition)/ 2ml (EU Edition)
    • Coil: X Baby Q2 dual coil - 0.4ohm (40-80W)/ X Baby M2 dual coil - 0.25ohm (3.7V MECH MOD)
    • Material: Stainless steel
    • Thread: 510

    Introducing the Baby Beast Brother! SMOK has reimagined the TFV8 into a new 4 mL device. Sizing in at 24.5 mm in diamter, it features the same top filling method that made the TFV8 popular. It also has two huge 16mm by 2mm airflow holes suitable for a nice direct lung draw.

    The build quality on the X Baby is pristine, as you would expect from SMOK. The tank was designed not to leak, due to its top hinge locking system. It takes M2 0.5 coils (30-50 W) and Q2 0.4 ohm coils (40-80 W). An excellent choice for those who love a flavorful mid-wattage vape.

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  • Gold plated 510
  • Two giant airflow slots
  • Lights up when you vape
  • Compatible with various iJoy rebuildable decks
  • Threaded top fill prevents leakage
  • Well machined
  • Unique aesthetic
  • Can handle high wattage
  • Produces big clouds and flavor
  • Cons
  • Rebuildable section not included
  • Specifications

    • Capacity: 5ml(Max)
    • Size: 26x56.6mm
    • Material: Stainless Steel
    • Thread: 510
    • XL-C2 Coil:0.3ohm (40-80W)
    • XL-C4 Coil:0.15ohm (50-215W)

    It’s time to glow up! The iJoy EXO XL is a high-wattage sub ohm tank with built-in LED lights. It holds 5 mL and uses a threaded top fill system. It comes with two big airflow holes that are 15 by 2 mm which gives it a nice airy direct lung experience while maintaining the flavor.

    The build quality is everything you would expect from iJoy, top notch. The EXO XL takes two types of coils, one of them is 0.15 ohms (50-215 W) and the other is 0.3 ohms (40-80 W). In addition to those, there are a variety of iJoy rebuildable decks compatible with the device.

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  • Geared for higher wattage (above 60W)
  • Two drip tip options
  • 4mL capacity
  • Good quality machining
  • Mountains of clouds and flavor
  • Smooth airflow for direct lung vaping
  • Cons
  • Proprietary coils (non-compatible with SMOK coils despite similar design)
  • Specifications

    • Size: 25 x 58mm
    • Capacity: 4ml
    • Coil: A3 0.3ohm Kanthal AF Tri-coil head (60 - 75W); A5 0.16ohm Penta-coil head(100 - 120W)(Pre-installed)
    • Thread: 510 thread

    The Athos is Aspire’s latest offering for the extreme vapers. Featuring 0.3 ohm tri-coils (60-75 W) and 0.16 ohm penta-coils (100-120 W.) The Athos sub ohm tank has smooth airflow suitable for direct lung vaping and a convenient top fill system. It’s 2 mm in diameter and holds 4 mL.

    The Aspire Athos comes with two drip tips options, one for clouds and one for flavor. The machining quality is top-notch, as expected from Aspire. Overall this is an excellent tank for people that vape at above 60 W. From the creators of one of the original sub ohm tanks.

    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.

    Click for more information on the differences between PG vs VG.

    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.

    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.

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