Introduction to Tanks & Coils

Tanks
Atomiser coils

The Coil is the Heart of every Tank

This is a lengthy post as there’s much to cover. We’ll go over the various tank types, offer some recommendations, and suggest that coils are indeed the heart of the system.

There are a multitude of tanks available today, and irrespective of the type or form factor, they’re all based on very similar design principles and operate in the same manner.

The tank holds the e liquid and houses the coil, it also offers an adjustable ring or slot known as air flow control or AFC. This controls the amount of resistance when one is taking a draw. Most new vapers set the draw to simulate smoking.

The coil or atomiser comprises of a wick, generally made from cotton with wire wrapped around it. The battery activates and heats the coil, which in turn produces an aerosol, but we tend to call it vapour.

The term “Atomiser” was universally used prior to replaceable coils being developed, and although the term is perhaps more accurate and still used, “Coil” is now the standard name. This relates to both replaceable types, and coils built by vapers for more advanced tanks such as RTA’s. (More on these later)

When selecting a tank, a suitable coil is provided and generally an extra one is included. As this is the most important part of the tank, it’s necessary to follow some basic guidelines to maximise both lifespan and satisfaction. Please see our guide on getting the most from your coils

Common Types of Tanks

  • eGo style Clearomisers
  • Clearomiser Tanks
  • Sub ohm Tanks
  • RTA’s – Rebuildable Tank Atomisers

New vapers generally start with Clearomiser Tanks and often stick with them long-term. Virtually all of the Tanks we list on the site are in fact Clearomisers, and due to their ease of use and high performance, they’re always our number one recommendation.

Variations of Clearomisers

ego style clearomisers
eGo Clearomisers
aspire nautilus 2 clearomiser
Clearomiser Tanks
Smok baby beast sub tank
Sub Ohm Tanks

Clearomisers utilise affordable, easy replaceable coils, and generally provide a simple means of refilling. They vary in terms of form factor, juice capacity and performance. Overall satisfaction, which is derived from a combination of flavour and vapour production, has everything to do with the tanks coil.

Let’s look closer at the three clearomiser types.

eGo Clearomisers

Although outdated, these are still a viable option, but really for occasional or light smokers only. They may be suitable when used in a rotation with other devices, and or for smaller devices that may be used when out and about. 

Coils designed for eGo clearomisers are generally fairly low wattage and are recommended for an average of 7 – 10 watts only. This is fine for a mild type of vape and again, for light smokers, but coils for clearomiser tanks allow for both low and higher wattage performance.  

The overwhelming majority of vapers prefer larger clearomiser tanks, for performance, e liquid capacity and satisfaction.

Positives

  • Ease of use
  • Compact size
  • Inexpensive
  • Many offer a similar draw to smoking
  • Mimics a similar amount of vapour to smoking

Negatives

  • limited e liquid capacity
  • Some are susceptible to flooding & gurgling
  • Less power & performance than clearomiser tanks
  • Mods require an adapter due to the recessed connection

My Top Picks

Aspire BVC eGo clearomisers and Kanger Evods (Images below) I use both along with other tanks for testing e liquids and flavours. They’re also nice when wanting a more mild vape at lower watts. They both work extremely well.

Neither of these have given me problems with flooding and the coils, especially the Evods, last for a good 2 weeks.

aspire bvc ego clearomiser
Aspire's eGo BVC Clearomser
kanger evod clearomiser
Kanger Evods

Clearomiser Tanks

This tank type is the overwhelming choice for new vapers, and many stick with them long-term. They’re the perfect compromise between smaller eGo clearomisers, and sub ohm or rebuildable tanks. However, the trend over the past year or so has been that many clearomiser tanks are offering sub ohm coils, which essentially places them in the sub ohm category.

The lines are becoming more blurred when it comes to vaping hardware, and it’s getting increasingly difficult to accurately categorise both e Cig devices and tanks.

Due to the fact that virtually all of the clearomiser tanks we endorse have helped a multitude of smokers transition, this is the area where both smokers and those exploring vaping should concentrate. Just make sure the tank is a ‘MTL’ or Mouth To Lung type. This is the type of draw that simulates that of smoking.

Positives

  • Ease of use
  • some tanks have large juice capacity
  • Inexpensive
  • Many offer a similar draw to smoking
  • Successful in helping smokers transition

Negatives

I can think of no negatives that would universally apply to these tank types, although like anything, some perform better than others.

My Top Picks

As I’ve said numerous times.. “One never knows what to expect until you’ve taken it for a test drive”.
Having said that, below are some of my favourites that are currently available, and oddly enough they are all made by Aspire. These tanks can and have assisted so many in quitting smoking.

aspire nautilus 2 clearomiser
Aspire Nautilus 2
aspire nautilus mini
Aspire Nautilus Mini
aspire triton mini clearomiser
Aspire Triton Mini

Sub Ohm Tanks

Most tanks made today are sub ohm style. They’re clearomiser tanks that offer lower than one ohm coils, hence the name. They operate exactly the same as standard clearomiser tanks and share the same form factor.

Lower ohm coils generally offer an increase in vapour production and flavour, depending on wattage used and the coil type. Below are some great examples of quality sub ohm tanks I’ve enjoyed.

Positives

  • Ease of use
  • some tanks have large juice capacity
  • Inexpensive
  • Many offer a similar draw to smoking
  • Successful in helping smokers transition

Negatives

I can think of no negatives that would universally apply to these tank types, although like anything, some perform better than others.

My Top Picks

Below are some of my favourites that are currently available, and oddly enough they are all made by Aspire. These tanks can and have assisted so many in quitting smoking.

silo beast tank
Beyond Vape Silo beast
Kanger TopTank Mini
uwell crown 3 tank
Uwell Crown 3

Rebuildable Tank Atomisers (RTA’s)

Rebuildable tanks are reserved for advanced users, and only those with a thorough knowledge of ohms law; they can in fact be extremely dangerous in the hands of a novice.

Many veteran vapers enjoy these tank types, especially those that like to tinker. These tanks enable the user to build a fully customised coil section to suit their vaping style, or moreover, the desired ohm and wattage specifications.

Depending on the materials and specs of the coil, these devices are capable of producing amazing vapour and flavour. 

Positives

  • Fully customisable
  • Potential of improved flavour and vapour production
  • Tank section can be of higher quality
  • Coils are far cheaper to make than buying pre-made
  • Coils are often more durable and last longer

Negatives

  • Experience needed
  • Far more complex than using replaceable coils
  • Time consuming
  • Various tools and supplies needed

My Top Picks

Although I’ve experimented with a number of these tanks, I can only offer recommendations on the two that I’ve had sufficient experience with. The kayfun Mini V 3 and the Hurricane v 3.1. Both of these tanks are capable of producing amazing flavour and both are MTL or Mouth To Lung tanks. Quite simply they’re both superb.

hurricane v 3.1
kayfun mini v 3

The bottom line on Tanks

For the overwhelming majority, starting with clearomiser tanks will serve you best. Many even stick with them long-term. Again, performance and satisfaction are largely due to the coil, and today’s replaceable coils are generally excellent.

Where possible, visit a local vape shop to try a selection of tanks, or contact us. Our Table Meets allow you to experiment with a vast array of hardware items in a non-retail environment.

In closing I should mention that the choice of e liquid is just as important as the hardware, if it doesn’t taste good, most are unlikely to stick with vaping.

If you’re wanting additional information or advice, contact us below. Happy vaping.

From The Table,
Charles

It’s all about the juice..

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