These are the absolute best vape tanks we’ve tested, so if you’re in the market for a new vaping setup… well, look no further
Best Vape Tanks 2018: Intro — What Makes A Vape Tank Great?
When it comes to sub-ohm vape tanks, you have A LOT of choice. Probably too much, really. Things can get confusing for new users, as there are hundreds of brands in the marketplace selling product.
How do you know which is the best vape tank – or which brands are best? Simple: that’s where we come in. During the past several years, we have tested hundreds of sub-ohm tanks. And this article is where we house the best of the best.
Not all vape tanks are created equally, and there are often stumbling blocks – even with established brands. I don’t want you to waste money on a sub-par product; it’s a mistake I’ve made way too many times.
A good sub-ohm tank will last you as long as you need it, meaning you could technically use the same one for years, providing you take good care of it.
I have a few two year old tanks in my collection and both are still firing on all cylinders. Maintenance is IMPORTANT, though, so make sure you take good care of your tanks and they well take care of you.
This list doesn’t cover ALL the tanks out there right now, as some sites like to do; rather, it lists the sub-ohm tanks we have tested, graded and rated. The tanks you will read about below have all be extensively scrutinised by our dedicated team of reviewers and are all solid, durable, high-performance setups.
We have also tried to cater to all budgets, though the price of a good sub-ohm tank, generally speaking, is usually about the same – anywhere between $20 to $50.
Right: let’s do this.
The Best Vape Tanks of 2017 Thus Far…
The Tanker by VapeAMP
There is no shortage of high-power sub-ohm tanks available right now. But the Tanker by VapeAMP is slightly different, as it wants to not only compete, but completely dominant the high-end sub-ohm tank space.
The Tanker is 100% American made, is constructed from high-end materials, and has performance at its core. If you’ve been messing around with sub-$40 sub-ohm tanks, and want to experience something more premium, more classy, then the Tanker should be high on your hit list.
The Tanker was created by people that LOVE RDAs. These people demand precise, intense flavour, and they will not except anything else. This is why the Tanker is so beloved by many veteran builders, as it brings RDA-style flavor and performance to a sub-ohm tank.
And unlike a lot of SMOK tanks, the Tanker’s coils CAN handle vaping all the way up to 180W. The coils are a revelation; they last way longer than most and their reliable. You will not ever have that sinking feeling in your gut when you’re out and about that you probably should have changed your coil.
The Tanker is a 25mm setup, holds 5ml of E Juice, and while the design is basic, do not be fooled – this thing is DESIGNED for performance, to just get out of the way and give you some of the best vaping experiences around. And the price is super-low too given just how good this setup is.
You Can Pick Up The Tanker via FLAWLESS Vapes For $36 – Down From $46
UWELL VALYRIAN – A True SMOK TFV12 Killer
UWELL is a well-known tank maker in the vape space. Mostly off the back of its seminal UWELL Crown sub-ohm tank, which launched a couple of years back. Since then, the company hasn’t had anything close to the kind of success it enjoyed with the original Crown.
However, all that could change with the advent of the UWELL VALYRIAN, which is a new, high-performance sub-ohm tank. Designed to go toe-to-toe with the likes of SMOK’s TFV12 and TFV8, the UWELL VALYRIAN is all about power, flavour and clouds. It’s also the most pricey tank UWELL has ever made.
The UWELL VALYRIAN features a rather unique pin-based method for augmenting the performance of the tank. There are three pins, located on the 510-connector, and these offer three distinct styles of vaping – Unrestricted, Spiral, and Wave. It’s all very complicated, but it does work.
The overall performance of the UWELL VALYRIAN is superb; flavour and cloud performance are immense. It is easily the best sub-ohm tank UWELL has ever created and is definitely one of the better sub-ohm tanks released in 2017, so, yeah, if this sounds like your bag, you should definitely check the UWELL VALYRIAN out.
Wotofo Flow Sub-Ohm Tank – Style AND Function
I’ve used a TON of Wotofo RDAs over the years but it was only recently that I got my first taste of one of its sub-ohm tanks. That vape tank was the Wotofo Flow and I was immediately impressed by pretty much everything about it.
The Wotofo Flow looks awesome, and is available in a range of colours, and uses Wotofo’s excellent Flow coils which, in my experience, are easily as good as all the other big players’ offerings right now.
Another pretty decent USP of this tank, however, is that it will also run SMOK TFV Baby Beast coils too, so you have plenty of options when it comes to coils (plus, almost everywhere sells SMOK coils, so you shouldn’t have any issues in this regard).
What I like most about the Wotofo Flow is that you don’t need to run it at super-high wattages to get great clouds and flavour. Why do I like this so much? Simple: it’s kinder to your battery and E Juice – and that’ll save you $$$ in the long run. Trust.
I like to run the Wotofo Flow around 60W; I find this is the sweetest spot for my tastes, though I always start out low and build up. Get a SMOK Baby Beast coil in there though and you can run this sucker all the way up 150W, if that’s your bag.
The design of the Wotofo Flow is flawless. It never leaks and it hits really consistently, thanks to its excellent airflow, awesome coil system, and perfectly proportioned mouthpiece. I love the simplicity of this tank; it just does its thing and gets out the way.
Aspire Cleito EXO – Weird, But AWESOME
Rob reviewed the Aspire Cleito EXO awhile back and found the tank, though slightly weird, infinitely satisfying to live with longterm.
Like a lot of Aspire’s tanks, the Aspire Cleito EXO is has been designed to hell and back – it is one hell of a good-looking vape tank. Basically, if Red Bull Racing made tanks, it’d probably look something like this.
The EXO in the name comes from the tanks design; it has an exoskeletal structure on its outside that serves a dual purpose: 1) it looks badass, 2) it will stop the glass shattering if you drop it.
The Aspire Cleito EXO’s coil system is decent enough, providing you prime everything correctly, though airflow is NON-ADJUSTABLE, so make of that what you will. Rob found it weird, but it in the end he was won over by the tank.
Personally, I quite like messing around with the airflow on my tanks, so maybe consider this before buying. Once you get your head around this aspect of the Aspire Cleito EXO, though, you’re in for a lot of good vaping, as this thing can perform with the best of them. Flavour is excellent, very precise, and the clouds it produces are brilliant.
Sense BLAZER Pro – The Master RETURNS
Sense’s Herakles vape tank was the first vape tank I fell properly in love with. After a series of crappy tanks, the Herakles came into my life, almost by accident, and completely changed my entire world. It was better than anything I had used before.
So when I tested the Sense BLAZER Pro, I had pretty high expectations. But I am glad to say that the tank more than lived up to my internal hype generator. It looked awesome and performed like an absolute BEAST.
The Sense BLAZER Pro is EASILY one of the best vape tanks on this list. Period. It has everything you could possibly want from a sub-ohm tank and a whole load more besides. The design is stunning, the performance is exceptional, and the flavour it produces is, well… utterly sublime.
People often ask me what the best vape tank is or which one I would recommend. Depending on who’s asking, nine-times-outta-ten, I will say get the Sense BLAZER Pro. Simply put: this tank is brilliant and the fact that it isn’t as well known as the SMOK TFV8 is an absolute tragedy.
This tank is 100% worth your time and money, so if you don’t already own it, do yourself a favour and BUY IT NOW!
UWELL Crown III
Third time’s definitely a charm when it comes to UWELL’s Crown tanks. Last year’s UWELL Crown 2 did not make the company a lot of friends, but this year’s entry, the all-new UWELL Crown III, definitely makes up for past mistakes.
Not only has UWELL completely redesigned the entire tank, including how it comes apart, but it has also rejigged (and massively improved) its proprietary coil system. They’re now bigger and last longer, which is great, but the biggest USP of these new coils is their flavour – it’s immense.
I was a huge fan of the original UWELL Crown. I didn’t care much for the Rafale or the UWELL Crown 2. But I am very impressed with the UWELL Crown III, which is more than a return to form for the Chinese vape brand.
UWELL Crown III Specs & Features
- 24.5mm Diameter Base
- 5.0ml Max Capacity
- Crown 3 Plug and Pull Replacement Mechanism
- Vertical Coil Design
- Plug and Pull Design
- Precision Triple Adjustable Bottom Airflow
- Stainless Steel Construction
- Quartz Glass
- Stainless Steel 510 Threading
- 24K Gold Plated Contact
You Can Pick The UWELL Crown III Up For $29.99 Via VaporDNA
Innokin SCION Tank: For The Discerning Cloud-Chaser
SMOK’s TFV8 and, more recently, the SMOK TFV12 kind of changed the game inside the sub-ohm tank space.
Not only were these tanks bigger and more powerful than nearly everything else on market, but they also boasted some of the best flavour and cloud production around, as well as doubling as an RDA.
Innokin now has a rebuttal to SMOK’s market-dominating lineup of tanks, however, and it’s called the Innokin SCION Tank. The SCOIN is designed for favour-chasers and those that like to vape at high wattages; like the SMOK TFV12, this thing is a beast and it packs a right punch in the right hands.
Innokin SCION Specs & Features
- Sleek, compact design
- 24mm diameter
- 3.5ml liquid capacity
- Easy top-fill
- Each SCION is packaged with X2ea 0.28Ω Kanthal BVC coils, tested and rated at 100W-200W
- 0.5Ω Kanthal BVC coils are also available, rated at 70W-110W
- Replacement coils available in 3-packs
- Available in black, silver, and white
Innokin has kept the price of the SCION tank nice and low – you can pick one up for just $14.99, which is insanely cheap.
Innokin’s clearly aiming for maximum market penetration. It’s also smaller and more compact than the enormous SMOK TFV12.
If you’re looking for something different from the masses that still packs in a TON of performance, you should definitely be looking at the Innokin SCION
SMOK TFV12 Cloud MONSTER
No one ever said the SMOK TFV8 wasn’t big or powerful enough. No one ever said, “gee… I wish this tank was even bigger.” But SMOK doesn’t care – it does what the hell it wants.
And this is why I love SMOK. It does what it wants, when it wants and it always drives innovation in the space. The SMOK TFV8 was a classic tank, easily one of the finest released in 2016. But the SMOK TFV12, well, this thing just takes things even farther.
What makes the SMOK TFV12 so special is its 12 coil structure, which delivers unprecedented performance, clouds and flavour.
Whether you’re running pre-made V12-T12, Duodenary Coils, that feature a 12 cylinder design in vertical orientation and can fire up to 350W, or SMOK’s excellent V12-RBA you’re in for a very good time.
The air slots aboard the SMOK TFV12 are 30% bigger than the one’s present on the TFV8 and the base in now 25mm. The build materials have been updated and are now more resistant to heat. And if that wasn’t enough it is also available in some insane colour options.
Basically, this tank is a monster. If you want the best, biggest and more potent thing on the market right now, the SMOK TFV12 should be right at the top of your shopping list.
You Can Pick The SMOK TFV12 Up For $39.95 With FREE Shipping From DIRECTVAPOR
Sense is a name you ALWAYS associate with quality and the company’s latest and greatest sub-ohm tank, the Herakles Pro, is no exception to this rule. Nick just finished reviewing the Herakles Pro and gave it almost full marks – an unprecedented 9.5/10.
If you’re after a new sub-ohm tank and you want the best then this is an option you should be taking a VERY close look at. The design is flawless as is the flavour and cloud production. Nothing has been left to chance here and the net result is one of the best tanks we’ve tested in the past 12 months.
Herakles Pro Specs & Features
- Vape Juice Capacity: 4.5ml
- Dual Fill Ports
- Juice Flow Control Ring
- 1.8 ohm MTL Coil Resistance Range: 20-50W
- 0.4 ohm DTL Coil Resistance Range: 30-80W
- Bottom Adjustable Airflow Ring
- Compatible with Herkales Pro Coils
- Compatible with Herkales Plus Coils