Best vape tanks 2018

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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: 2 mL
    • Size: 22 x 53 mm
    • 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.

  • Easy to use
  • Good coil performance
  • Good coil longevity
  • Good flavor
  • No leaking/flooding or gurgling
  • Easy to swap coils without emptying the tank
  • 4 mL capacity (non-TPD version)
  • Competitively priced
  • Tutorials from Phil Busardo will help new vapers
  • Cons
  • No super-tight airflow option
  • A bit of whistling on some airflow options
  • Can’t take apart to wash
  • Can’t replace glass
  • Specifications

    • Size: 24.7 mm (D) x 53.2 mm (L) (4 mL version) | 24.7 mm (D) x 48.9 mm (L) (2 mL TPD version)
    • Material: 303 stainless steel
    • Fill: easy-twist top fill
    • Airflow: bottom-adjustable five-hole airflow
    • 510 drip tip

    The Zenith MTL provides a satisfying experience for beginners and MTL vapers. Designed by two of the most well-known vaping YouTube reviewers, the tank uses pre-made coil heads that slide right in for extra convenience. The Zenith doesn’t flood, leak or give any dry hits.

    Measuring in at 23 mm in diameter, the Zenith holds 4 mL of e-liquid. It has an adjustable airflow system that can be adjusted for either MTL vaping or a restrictive lung hit. The tank features one of the easiest to use top-fill systems that can be accessed by slightly turning the top cap.

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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: standard / 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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  • 3 mL 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: 22 mm
    • Height: 46 mm
    • E-liquid capacity: 3 mL
    • 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.

  • 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: 20 mm
    • Capacity: 2 mL
    • Coil: 1.5 ohm
    • 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-fill 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.

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  • Nice MTL draw
  • Multiple coil options
  • Low profile tank
  • Good flavor
  • Nice airflow system
  • Affordable
  • Cons
  • Coil material not specified
  • No top-fill
  • Specifications

    • Diameter: 20 mm
    • Height: 42 mm
    • Weight: 19.4 g
    • E-liquid capacity: 2 mL

    The Juni GS is a simple and affordable tank. It has a precise adjustable airflow system for a wide array of vaping styles. The entire tank comes apart for easy cleaning. Two different coil heads are available. One for mouth-to-lung (cigarette-style) vaping and one for sub ohming.

    The Juni measures 20 mm in diameter and holds 2 mL of juice. It has a simple yet refined look. It only stands at 42 mm in height. For the price, the Juni GS is a versatile option for a new vaper on a budget. It’s also a solid backup or companion tank even for the most experienced vaper.

  • Good coil longevity
  • Three coil options
  • Solid flavor
  • Good build quality
  • Durable
  • Top-fill
  • Cons
  • Uses proprietary coil heads
  • Non-removable glass
  • Specifications

    • Dimensions: 17 x 51.5 mm
    • Stainless steel and glass
    • Resistance range: ≥ 0.5Ω
    • Adjustable airflow
    • Capacity: 1.8 mL
    • Removable drip tip/top fill cover (adapter available to convert to standard 510)

    JAC Vapour specializes in creating starter kits geared towards beginners. Their products are dependable enough for every vaper. The S17 is their latest tank, based off their past success. It utilizes the same coil heads but now features top-fill, so it’s easier to use than ever before.

    The tank is 17 mm in diameter and holds 1.8 mL of e-liquid. It uses either 0.5 or 1.0-ohm direct lung coils or 1.0-ohm MTL coils. The flavor is comparable to some of the best tanks out there like the Nautilus 2. The coils are tiny but provide big flavor and have a rather long life span.

    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

    • 24.5 mm diameter base
    • 5.0 mL max capacity
    • Anti leak threaded top fill method
    • 3.5 x 6 mm 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
    • 11 x 2mm each
    • Stainless steel construction
    • Available in other finishes
    • Quartz glass
    • Stainless steel 510 threading
    • 24 K 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.

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  • 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 mm
    • Capacity: 2 mL (TPD version) / 3.5mL (standard version with 0.4 ohm coil)
    • Coil: 0.4 ohm (40-60 W) / 0.16 ohm (60-100 W)
    • 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 16 mm by 2 mm 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: 24.5 x 59 mm (standard edition) / 24.5 x 57 mm (EU edition)
    • Capacity: 4 mL (standard edition)/ 2mL (EU edition)
    • Coil: X Baby Q2 dual coil - 0.4 ohm (40-80 W)/ X Baby M2 dual coil - 0.25 ohm (3.7 V 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 16 mm by 2 mm 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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  • Mesh coil included
  • Easy top fill with lock
  • Spare glass included
  • Uses Baby Beast coils
  • Cobra resin drip tip
  • Perfect for direct lung vaping
  • Good tolerances
  • Cons
  • Coil material not specified
  • Specifications

    • 23 mm base diameter
    • 26 mm diameter at widest point
    • 4.5 mL maximum juice capacity
    • Stainless steel construction
    • Bulb glass pyrex glass - food-grade
    • High-grade glass reinforcement
    • High-temperature resistant
    • Convenient top-fill rotary design - lock button mechanism
    • Dual adjustable airflow control at base
    • Compatible with TFV8 Baby Beast coils
    • 0.4ohm V8 Baby-Q4 quadruple coil - rated for 30-65 W
    • 0.15ohm V8 Baby-T12 red light - rated for 50-90 W
    • 0.15ohm V8 Baby mesh - rated for 40-80 W
    • 810 cobra resin ultra-wide drip tip
    • 510 connection
    • Available in stainless - black - purple - white - auto pink - gold - green - red - prism blue - rainbow (7-color)

    The beast is back! If you’re all about flavorful clouds, then this tank is for you. SMOK took some of the best features from the Prince and put them in a reimagined Baby Beast. It now features locking top-fill, a cobra drip tip and uses a low-profile bubble glass that holds 4.5 mL of juice.

    The Baby Prince utilizes the standard TFV8 Baby Beast coil heads. The tank comes with three. You receive a standard 0.4-ohm Q4 coil, a red LED 0.15-ohm T12 coil and a new 0.15-ohm mesh coil head! It gives you the performance of a Prince tank, in a smaller baby-sized package.

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  • Good build quality
  • Smooth and clean threads
  • Large fill ports
  • No Leaks
  • Wide variety of color options
  • Resin/steel/carbon fiber options
  • Excellent flavor and vapor production
  • Long-lasting coil heads
  • Includes matching 810 resin drip tip
  • Cons
  • Tank must be empty to replace coil heads
  • Coils not currently for sale in matching colors
  • Specifications

    • Size: 24 mm (D) x 46.5 mm (L)
    • Material: 316L stainless steel + pyrex glass
    • Stylish knurled surface to replicate the appearance of mesh
    • Thread: gold-plated 510 connection
    • Diameter: 24 mm
    • Juice Capacity: 3 mL max capacity
    • Fill: threaded top fill
    • Airflow: dual bottom adjustable airflow
    • 810 drip tip

    Mesh is the new wave. Freemax is leading the mesh revolution with their latest sub ohm tank. It’s available in a wide range of colors and styles. The Fireluke Mesh uses mesh kanthal coil heads to provide more surface area and flavor. They also last longer than your typical coil.

    The tank has a smooth airflow system and puts out tons of thick clouds. It is 24 mm in diameter and it holds 3.5 mL of e-juice. The Fireluke Mesh takes sub ohm vaping to a new level with its mesh coil heads. It has a unique look that sets it apart from the sea of sub ohm tanks out there.

    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 RTAs 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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