What vape coils last the longest? A handy guide for anyone looking for sub-ohm tanks with long-lasting vape coils – we’ll tell you what you need to look for, the best vape tanks for coil performance, and where to get them. There’s even a table for super-quick access to the best options right now
Best Vape Coils – What To Look For…
Coils burning out too quickly is just about the most annoying thing you’ll have to contend with when you start vaping. Every new vaper experiences this, so don’t fret – you’re not alone.
There are MANY sub-ohm vape tanks out there. Thousands, probably. And long-lasting vape coils are basically the golden goose. The thing EVERYBODY wants. But only a select few vape tanks actually have decent coils.
And finding them can be tricky.
I know this for a fact, as I’ve tested hundreds in my time! But there are good ones out there. And the following tanks (which are listed in the table above) are my current top picks when it comes to coil head performance and longevity.
#1) The Falcon King Tank (The #1 Choice For 2019)
My #1 pick, however, would hands-down by the Falcon King Tank by HorizonTech. I used one of its mesh coils for THREE WEEKS.
The Falcon King delivers RDA-grade flavor performance. This is why it is so popular with vapers.
It is a flavor MONSTER.
Beyond this, HorizonTech’s coil heads are utterly superb, delivering some of the best performance in the business.
Looks wise, the tank is fairly loud. But that’s kind of par for the course these days.
Personally, I really dig the way the Falcon King looks – especially on top of a cool-looking mod like the FLUX by Wotofo.
But the key aspect that makes the Falcon so darn impressive is its price: at $34.95, it is extraordinarily cheap for such a good quality sub ohm tank.
Tack on best-in-class flavor and coil heads, and, well… you’re looking at what is easily the finest vape tank of 2018. Bar none.
#2) The Sense Screen Tank
Sense isn’t the biggest brand in the vape market, but it’s been around for a good long while – and it REALLY knows how to make a good vape tank. The Sense Screen tank is its latest mesh coil tank, and it is one of the best mesh coil tanks in the business right now.
The mesh coils are superb, lasting weeks at a time. You get tons of flavor too; I’m talking flavor that is up there with an RDA, just like the Falcon King. How is this achieved? Simple: the coil heads – they are truly epic. And you have plenty of options, including a triple mesh coil head!
The Sense Screen has gotten massively positive reviews since its launch, and I am a huge fan of the tank. It has been a constant presence in my life for the last few months. And the reason? It looks great, it vapes brilliantly, and its coils last for weeks at a time. What more could you want!?
#3) GeekVape ALPHA Tank
Another excellent option is the GeekVape ALPHA tank. I tested this tank out in October and its coils, on average, lasted me almost an entire month.
GeekVape’s MellowMesh coils are utterly superb.
You have two options right now, and they’re both exceptional.
You can read our GeekVape ALPHA tank review for a wider overview of this tank.
But suffice to say it is one of the best mesh coil sub ohm tanks we tested in 2018.
The flavor is incredible, the design is solid, and the performance is outstanding.
It’s also rather inexpensive too, so you’re getting yourself some exceptional value for money too, as you can see below.
Long Lasting Vape Coils – Or, Why Vape Coils Burn Out In The First Place
It’s not actually the coils themselves; it’s the cotton inside them.
And coils burn out for a variety of reasons. But these are the two most common culprits:
- You didn’t prime the coil correctly.
- You’re running the coil at a wattage that is too high
Also, you’ll want to make sure that you’re using good quality vape juice. If you’re unsure about what to go for, we just opened up our very own store – it’s called the VapeBeat E Juice Store, and prices start from as little as $8.99. All of our vape juice is 100% US-made too, and it’s also what the VapeBeat team pretty much vapes exclusively these days as well…
How To Prime A Coil
When it comes to pre-made coils, priming is your first port of call. How do you prime a vape coil? Simple:
- You ensure the cotton is saturated with E-Juice before you fire it.
- To do this, simply drop vape juice onto the cotton itself.
- Another method is to let you coil soak in E Juice for an hour or so. This works great for larger pre-made coils.
Keep Your Mod Watts Nice N’ Low To Begin With
This is key. SMOK says its coils are designed to run at 200W.
Well… they’re not.
Run them at this power-setting and they’ll burn out exceptionally quickly, as well as destroy your battery life and E Juice reserves.
You’ll know when this happens because your vape will taste burnt.
The proper way to do it is simple: start low (like 50W) and build up until you find the sweet spot (usually anywhere between 80W to 120W).
Vape Coil Burns Out Too Quickly (And You’ve Done ALL of The Above)
If your coil is still burning out too quickly, I have some bad news…
You could have a dud pack of coils. I know, I know – this sucks.
But it does happen.
Though it’s not all that common anymore.
Ideally, you should be getting at least a week from a single coil.
If you’re getting less than this, you’re either doing something wrong (see above) or the coils are poor quality.
The #1 Problem With Sub Ohm Tanks
Coils. They’re vital to a sub ohm vape tank but they’re also the main reason why I avoid them like the plague.
Instead, I use rebuildable atomizers (RDAs and RTAs).
Why? Simple: they’re cheaper to run, pack in way more performance AND give you better flavour.
And you don’t even have to ACTUALLY build your own coils.
Nope, you can buy pre-made coils.
Then, all you have to do is wick them with some cotton and you’re away.
Rebuildable Atomizers vs Sub Ohm Vape Tanks
As I said: RDAs and RTAs deliver more flavor and more performance.
But beyond this, you will also be making some pretty hefty savings, as they’re cheaper to run.
SMOK coils, for instance, cost about $15 a pack. And you might get through two packs a month – that’s $30.
With an RDA, you’ll spend less than $10 on coils and cotton that will last you SIX MONTHS.
And rebuildable tanks are better.
Did I mention that?
Well, they kinda are.
You can read about all the best ones in our Best RDA feature, which breaks down all the best rebuildable attys we tested during the last 12 months.
And for juice, make sure you pay a visit to the VapeBeat E Juice Store…