Between 2015 and 2018, VapeBeat tested HUNDREDS of vape tanks. From high-end sub ohm tanks to low-end clearomizers. We’ve used and abused them all. The best vape tanks right now, out of ALL these, are listed below…
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Quick-View Table For 2018’s #1 Vape Tanks
For a quick look at what’s hot right now for vape tanks, please use the table below.
For more detail on each, read on after the table…
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|Name||Rating||Review||Pictures||Latest Prices||Why You'd Buy This Tank|
🔥RDA-Like Flavor & Mega Clouds
🔥Coil Heads Are BRILLIANT
🔥Solid, Well-Executed Design
🔥Excellent Value For Money
🔥Great Build Quality
🔥Decent Locking Mechanism On Top Cap For E Juice Port
🔥Reliable, Consistent Coils – Some of The Best I’ve Ever Used!
🔥Excellent Design & Looks
🔥Great Flavor + Long Lasting Coils
🔥Triple Mesh Coil is INSANELY Good
🔥Great Price (Only $27.95)
🔥The Mesh Coil is Superb.
🔥The Wire Coil is Very Respectable Too.
🔥Top-Notch Flavor + Thick, Dense Vapor
🔥Great Quality Build; No Wonky Elements
🔥Decent Sized Tank (4.5ml)
I’m gonna keep this simple and focussed. I’ve used maybe 20-25 vape tanks during the past 12 months. And right now, only about 6 of them are what I would consider excellent options.
How I Rate The Vape Tanks
⚡Flavor + Performance
⚡Coil Heads – How Long Do They Last?
⚡Design – Do They Look Nice?
⚡Airflow – Is It Smooth?
That’s literally it: these are the most important elements when it comes to accessing a vape tank.
And the vape tanks listed below are, in the expert opinion of VapeBeat’s team of reviewers, are the current #1 vape tank options for 2018.
#1) HorizonTech Falcon Tank
RDA-grade flavor? Check. Brilliant coil performance? Check. Solid, reliable performance? Check. This tank really does do it all.
The Falcon tank is easily the finest vape tanks you can buy right now. The flavor is incredible and its coil heads perform brilliantly.
It blew us away when we originally tested and we’re still using one today – 5 months later. It really is as good as everybody says it is.
Why You’d Get This Tank?
⚡Excellent Coil Head Performance
⚡Solid, Reliable + Easy To Use
Want Free Shipping? Get It Via DirectVapor – $28.95
#2) GeekVape ALPHA Tank
The GeekVape ALPHA tank is the newest of the tanks listed in this section and while it is indeed late to the party it impresses nonetheless.
The design of the GeekVape ALPHA is awesome. Just a solid, resin-tinted vape tank with a super-useful, fire-to-release top cap.
Why You’d Get This Tank?
⚡Awesome Coil Performance
⚡Great Flavor + Refill Mechanism
GeekVape’s MellowMesh coils are brilliant, lasting weeks at a time, and the overall flavor you get from this bad boy is up there with the best of them.
I do really love GeekVape’s products, but the company has truly surpassed itself this time. And that is no mean feat in today’s vape tank space.
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#3) UWELL Valyrian
The Old Guard. The Mac Daddy of 2017. If you’re after solid, great performance from a vape tank, it’s impossible not to include the UWELL Valyrian.
It was, and still is, one of the greatest vape tanks around.
Why You’d Get This Tank?
⚡A True Classic Sub-Ohm Tank
⚡Insane Flavor + Performance
⚡Lots of Coil Head Options
⚡Consistent Performance + Super-Reliable
It does it all, from flavor to coil performance, and it looks great in the process.
Ideal for new vapers or seasoned pros alike, the UWELL Valyrian made a lot of friends when it first landed, and not much has changed since then.
It is still one of my all-time favorite vape tanks. Bar none.
Want Free Shipping? Get It Via DirectVapor – $37.95
#4) FreeMax MESH PRO
Big. Mesh Coils. Mega Flavor. Masses of E Juice capacity. The MESH PRO, as the name suggests, is ALL about the mesh.
Mesh and mega-flavor. I used this tank for a solid couple of months and during that time it did not miss a beat. Not once.
Why You’d Get This Tank?
⚡You’re A Cloud Chaser
⚡You Want A 100% Mesh Coil Tank
⚡You Want Mega Performance
⚡You Don’t Mind Paying Extra For Triple Mesh Coil
The flavor is incredible and the clouds it kicks out are kinda terrifying.
It picks up where the FireLuke Mesh left off, adding in more performance, more capacity, and more flavor.
You also have a wide selection of mesh coil heads to choose from, including the BEASTLY triple mesh one.
Want Free Shipping? Get It Via DirectVapor – $27.95
Choosing The Perfect Tank For Your Needs
When it comes to sub-ohm vape tanks, you have A LOT of options.
Probably too many, really.
Things can get confusing for new users, as there are hundreds of brands in the marketplace selling product.
And that can make choosing the right vape tank for your needs… well, a little tricky.
How do you know which is the best? Or which brands and/or models 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 options money can buy.
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!
VapeBeat’s #1 Pick For 2018 (October 2018)
I’ve tested a lot of sub ohm tanks.
But few were as impressive as the HorizenTech Falcon Tank.
Read The FULL HorizenTech Falcon Tank Review
PROS (Why You’d Buy This Tank):
✞ Brilliant Coils – They Last An Eternity
✞ Consistent, Reliable Performance
✞ Amazing Flavor
✞ Massive Clouds
✞ Super Simple To Setup and Use
Like the UWELL Valyrian, theHorizenTech Falcon Tank just gets everything right. From the airflow to the flavor to the coil performance, everything is brilliant.
I’ve been using mine for a solid month now, and nothing has managed to usurp it during this time.
For a sub ohm tank, it is more or less unbeatable – and it is also priced very aggressively ($29.96 via Flawless Vapes).
But for me, right now, the Falcon is the one to go for!
Choosing A Sub Ohm Tank – Things To Keep In Mind
The most important thing is the coils.
Are they good, reliable consistent performers?
If so, you’re good to go. The next thing is flavor.
How good is it?
There is a MASSIVE difference between the flavor performance on sub ohm tanks.
You can’t just wing it and expect to get a decent vape.
This is why I kept the above list of sub ohm tanks nice and short.
To cut through the noise and the sheer number of options available today.
They’re the best we’ve tested, the ones that pack in excellent coils and great flavor, as well as consistent performance.
Read on for all the #1 vape tank options we’ve tested to date.
Some are pretty old now; the newer vape tanks are located nearest the top.
The table (above) and box-out suggestion are the most up to date of our favorite sub ohm tanks.
And we add new ones as we test them.
Different Styles of Tanks: RDA, RTA, & RSA
Hightes Rated Sub Ohm Tanks From Over The Years (2016-2018)
1) Vaporesso Cascade – A Hugely Impressive Setup
The Vaporesso Cascade is easily one of the biggest highlights of the last 12 months. The tank, its unusual design, and its overall performance make it one of the most the best options you can buy right now.
I’ve always been a big fan of Vaporesso, and while I did have some issues with the company’s NRG tank, it appears to have learned its lesson.
The Vaporesso Cascade is a watershed moment for the company, bringing insane flavour, excellent coils, and brilliant overall performance.
It is also one of the most unusual and innovative sub-ohm tanks around right now. I mean, just LOOK at it – it’s so bizarre looking! Speaking personally, I love weird looking tanks, so as soon as I saw the Vaporesso Cascade I knew I had to have it.
The selection of coils mean the Vaporesso Cascade can handle an array of vaping styles, from high-power to low-power, and this, when combined with its ability to kick out immense flavor, makes it one of – if not THE – best sub-ohm tanks around right now.
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2) 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 dominate 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.
It is by far one of the best options around right now. And it doesn’t even cost that much, either!
The Tanker was created by people that LOVE RDAs.
These people demand precise, intense flavor, 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
3) 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.
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 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; flavor and cloud performance are immense.
It is easily the best tank UWELL has ever created and is definitely one of the better sub-ohm tanks released in 2017/18, so, yeah, if this sounds like your bag, you should definitely get the UWELL VALYRIAN.
4) Aspire REVVO Tank – A New Style of Coil
I’ve never been a massive fan of Aspire.
I’ve had plenty of its gear over the years and most of it was just okay.
However, the Aspire REVVO tank is not just okay – it is way more than that. In fact, it could well be a contender for my new favourite sub-ohm tank.
Hence its inclusion on this list.
Why? Simple: it uses a rather unique and innovative coils system, which Aspire dubs The ARC (Aspire Radial Coil).
And how it works is, again, very impressive and innovative because, well… I’ve never seen anything else quite like it.
Rated for 50-100W, the Aspire REVVO is best around 80-85W.
The flavor is decent and it does not leak, at least in my experience.
But the coolest thing about this tank, as noted earlier, are its coils. They’re basically unlike anything you’ve likely encountered before.
The REVVO coil is flat, almost, and the cotton is contained within.
Aspire calls it a stovetop design.
It sits above the juice, so you need to tip the tank every now and then, in order to keep the cotton soaked.
It’s kind of like an RDTA in this respect, only with pre-made coils.
The new coil system makes for a super-easy install.
Coil life is good, particularly if you respect the wattage guidelines, and the cloud and flavor production is very good indeed.
You can fill the tank, a 2ml TPD-compliant setup, without taking anything apart; just add it through the hole (while pushing down) inside the drip tip.
And that’s about it.
Overall, I really like this tank. It’s innovative, gives a great vape, and the coils, in my experience, are very good.
You Can Grab The Aspire REVVO Tank via VaporDNA for $29.99)
5) 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 colors, 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, and why it’s included on our best tank guide, is that you don’t need to run it at super-high wattages to get great clouds and flavor.
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.
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.