What Are The Best Sub Ohm Tanks To Buy? We Take A Look At our Top Picks For 2018 – So Far…
Updated June 2018 – Includes TPD Compliant Vape Tanks
If you have been vaping for any amount of time you have likely come across the word ‘sub ohm’ or ‘sub ohm vaping’, if you are not sure what this is then take a moment to read the guides at the end of this post.
This post will purely look at some of the best sub ohm tanks available today. And believe me there are lots to choose from!
We will be focusing on tanks that simple to use with replaceable coils. If you are looking for rebuildable atomizers then check out our top rated RDA/RTA guide here.
If sub ohm vaping isn’t for you, check out our recommended vape tank for mouth to lung vaping.
OK, enough of that. Lets get to the reason we are here and dig into some of the best quality sub ohm tanks available right now.
These are in no particular order and are based on what we have used so far! We will be adding to the list when we review other great sub ohm vape tanks.
Our Recommended Sub Ohm Tanks
All Available as TPD Compliant Tanks (Max 2ml)
Apollo Portal Tank
We first used the Apollo Portal sub ohm tank was first used when we reviewed the Apollo Ohm Go vape kit. We were very impressed the performance from a compact sub ohm tank and found it a great entry point for vapers into sub ohm vaping..
Not only that but it’s actually a great looking tank with a top quality build. The top fill feature makes the tank a breeze to use. The added bonus with the Portal tank is the coil selection.
There are three coil resistances available (0.2Ohm/0.5Ohm and 1.0Ohm) offering a couple of great sub ohm vaping options as well as mouth to lung vape. Best of both worlds allowing you to use a vairty of PG/VG e juice mixes.
The Portal tank you buy comes as standard with two coils (0.5ohm and 1.0Ohm) in the pack.
The setup of this tank also makes a very good option for newer vapers looking to explore the sub ohm side of vaping.
Available in three colours with the black being rubberised. Just keep in mind this tank has a diameter of approx 19mm so may not look the best on big mods.
- 19mm Diameter
- 0.5 ohm Coil (pre-installed) & Spare 1.0 ohm Coil
- 2ml capacity tank
- Top-fill design making it easy to fill on the go.
- Available in 2 finishes – Stainless steel and rubberised (Black and White)
Aspire Cleito Sub Ohm Tank
The Aspire Cleito recently came a close second in the 2016 Ecigclick Awards – ‘Best Sub Ohm tank’ category. For good reason too!
The flavour on the Cleito tank is fantastic, clouds are plenty enough for most and the build quality excellent.
All down to the huge Clapton coils.
The best thing… It’s a relative bargain in the world of sub ohm tanks.
The Cleito works a little different from other tanks in that the coil head (which is a big fella) acts as the chimney as well.
Easy to fill by unscrewing the top piece there a few downsides to this tank. If I were to choose one it would be that you can’t change the coil when the tank has e juice in it.
This still hasn’t stopped the Cleito from being my go-to tank that I have been personally using on a daily basis for the last year. If you live in the UK you will have to live with the 2ml version, that’s the only downside but the same for all tanks purchased in the uk!
- 22mm Diamater
- 3.5ml (TPD version 2ml)
- Comes with 2 Clapton coils: 0.2 (55W-70W) & 0.4ohm (40W-60W)
- Comes with vape cuffs to aid in heat dissipation (I don’t personally use these)
The Aspire Cleito coils are compatible with many vape box mods, of which are top picks are below. if you have a box mod already just be sure it can handle at least 0.4Ohms and preferably 0.2Ohms.
Uwell Crown 3 Sub Ohm Tank
The Uwell Crown 3 followed on from two of the best and worst received tanks, the Crown and Crown 2. The good news is that Uwell took the criticism of the second tank and went back to the drawing board. The result was a great all round, superbly built tank.
The Crown 3 recently came a close second in the 2017 Ecigclick Awards – ‘Best Sub Ohm tank’ category. For good reason too!
The flavour on the Crown 3 tank was described by our hard to please reviewer Neil as ‘Absolutely stunning and then some’. High praise indeed but kep in mind this was at the 90W mark so be sure your mod can keep up.
Another feature we liked… you can change the coil while still having e-liquid in the tank. Sounds like a small thing but having to empty e-liquid to change a coil can be a pain.
For those in TPD based countries we have the Uwell Crown 3 Mini with a 2ml capacity, for all else we have a 5ml capacity.
- 24.5mm Diameter (Mini = 22.6mm)
- Comes with 2 coils: 0.25 (80W-90W) & 0.4ohm (55W-65W)
- Decent 5ml tank capacity (2ml UK TPD Version)
- Top fill and coil change with e-liquid still in tank
SMOK TFV12 Prince Sub Ohm Tank
The SMOK TFV12 tank is the latest TFV edition to be released by SMOK. We have to say they have done a great job although it’s not for everyone. This is sub ohm vaping on steroids, like many of the TFV tanks.
If you are looking for good flavour and huge clouds then this is a tank for your shortlist. Just keep in mind, like many of the tanks in this SMOK series it does like to drink that e-liquid!
As always there are lots of coil options to keep you busy and for vapers that like to build their own coils there is an option for that, available separately.
Add to the above the TFV12 looks pretty good as well. Keep an eye for the TFV12 Baby Prince as well that has recently been released.
Finish it off with a solid, trademark SMOK build quality and this is another sub ohm tank we can advise you to add to your shortlist.
- 25.5mm Diameter (TFV12 Baby Prince 23mm Diameter)
- Comes with 3 Q4 Core (0.4ohm Quad Coils) (Pre-installed) / X6 Core (0.15ohm Sextuple Coils) / T10 Core (0.12ohm Decuple Coils) X Coils (0.3Ohm and 0.6Ohm)
- One for cloud chaser
Aspire Cleito EXO Sub Ohm Tank
The Aspire Cleito EXO is the latest version of arguably one of the most popular sub ohm tanks of the last year, the Cleito.
While there are differences the Cleito EXO definitely delivers when it comes to flavour, especially with the 0.16Ohm coil. It’s outstanding.
Add to that improved design (in my opinion) and the ability to carry on using coils from the original Cleito (not 120W) for use from around 30W there’s not much to dislike. Just be sure your vape mod is capable of firing 0.16Ohm coils if of course you are buying to use with them.
- 23.5mm Diameter
- Comes with 2 X 0.16Ohm coils
- 2ml tank capacity to comlpy with EU Regulations
- Excellent flavour from stock coils.
Uwell Valyrian Sub Ohm Tank
Another tank that can’t be classed as the latest sub ohm tank but remember, just because there are newer vape tanks it doesn’t mean they are better.
The Valyrian tank was reviewed by Dean, AKA the Devil Vaper and if I can say one thing about his reviews is that he is hard to please. So when Dean says a tank has ‘Exceptional Flavour’ then you need to pay attention.
Available in both TPD 2ml and 5ml versions the Valyrian features coil pins that allow for the change of airflow and flavour configurations.
One thing to note is that this tank is best suited to higher wattage vape mods with our reviewer finding 80W was his sweet spot.
If you are on the look out for clouds and flavour then the Valyrian will give you both. You won’t be disappointed.
- 25mm Diameter
- Top Fill
- Excellent flavour and plenty of clouds
- Best suited to higher wattage mods
- 2ml capacity tank
Innokin iSub Apex Tank (Mini For EU)
Developed by Innokin, one of the biggest e cig brands in the world, the iSub Apex tank is perfect for new and long standing vapers alike.
It’s one of the easiest tanks I have used to date with it’s top filling and easy coil swap system. No fuss and no e-juice mess. The coils can be replaced with a full tank of e-juice.
Any vaper will be up and running with this in no time.
Add to this the Apex Prism technology and we have a tank that provides a great sub ohm vaping experience.
The Innokin Apex comes with two 0.5ohm coils as standard which are great for vaping around the 20-30W range.
- 22mm Diameter
- 2 X 0.5ohm Coils – Peak coil performance 20-30 Watts
- Top filling system – Refill your tank quickly
- Easy swap coil system – Can swap coils even when tank is full of e liquid.
Our Recommended Sub Ohm Tanks
2ml+ Not TPD Complaint – Can Be purchased From The USA and Overseas Stores.
Apollo Phazer Tank
The Apollo Phazer tank was a real surprise for us here at Ecigclick. Neil (one of our vape reviewers) was completely blown away with the tanks performance. Or as Neil put it:
It blew me away to be honest – this is a flavoursome cloud chucking monster and I love it!
This is one hell of a sub ohm tank that is seriously relegating my Aspire Cleito and Atlantis Evo into second and third positions
Neil says it how it is! So for him to have a reaction like that to a tank it needs to be noted 🙂
Back to the features!
The Apollo Phazer has a 3.5ml capacity and a system that allows you to control the flow of juice to your coil.
Add top filling to this and we have a tank that is very easy to use, even for newer vapers.
The Phazer tank comes complete with two coils. X1 0.5 Ohm and X1 0.2 Ohm.
If you are looking for flavour this is your tank.
- 2 X Coil Heads (0.2 and 0.5 Ohm)
- Top Fill
- Juice flow control
- Exceptional flavour
SMOK TFV8 Baby/Big Baby
UPDATE: The TFV8 Baby gained plenty of votes as one of the best sub ohm tanks in the 2016 Ecigclick Awards.
The Smok TFV8 Baby tank is one of the most popular sub ohm tanks on the market and a follow to the game changer that was the TFV4. While the TFV12 has since been released many still class the Baby Beast to be the one.
The TFV8 manages to improve both the clouds and flavor offered by it’s predecessor.
This isn’t a sub ohm tank for every vaper though.
First up, the coils in the TFV8 Baby likes a drink!
Secondly, this tank needs a higher powered box mod to get the best out of it. So if your vape mod has a maximum of 40-50W then you may want to pass on this one.
If you do have a mod that can get the best from the TFV8 and you like your clouds then you won’t get much better than this.
The all around performance is excellent.
- 0.15ohm Octuple Coil Head – Recommended use between 90-250W
- V8-Q4 Quadruple Coil Head – Recommended use between 50-180W
- Named ‘The Cloud Beast’ for good reason!
Sub Ohm Vaping – Things to Keep in Mind
Just a few things to keep in mind if you are new to sub ohm vape gear. These are important –
- Be sure your e cig device or batteries can handle the extra battery power these tanks need to perform. Check out our recommended box mods for sub ohm compatible vaping devices.
- Not all devices are compatible with the most popular 0.5ohm coil.
- Many devices aren’t compatible with tanks that use 0.2ohm coils!
- Sub ohm tanks are not for use with standard vape pens / EGO batteries.
- Just because these kind of tanks are available doesn’t mean you need one.
- Sub ohm vaping is generally geared towards direct lung inhale vapers.
- They also spit out huge clouds so if you are planning on using one of these vape tanks when you go out then it may not be suitable. These aren’t made for stealth vaping!
- They can go through e-juice in double quick time!
Reading back it sounds like I’m trying to put you off! Far from it, sub ohm tanks can provide a fantastic vaping experience that can surpass ‘most’ standard clearomiser tanks.
Learn More About Sub Ohm Vaping – What it is, How to do it and the best type of e-liquid for sub ohm vaping.
- Beginners guide to sub ohm vaping.
- PG and VG in E liquid (What is the best type of e-liquid to use with sub ohm tanks)
- Direct to Lung vs Mouth to Lung vaping (How To Sub Ohm Vape)
- Understanding Volts, Ohms & Resistance in e cigs
What is the best sub ohm tank you have used? Let us know what your favorite is in the comments below!
Sub Ohm Vaping FAQ’s
What Is Sub Ohm Vaping?
Is Sub Ohm Vaping Dangerous?
If you are using regulated mods then sub ohm vaping is a safe way of vaping. If using mechanical mods for sub ohm vaping these are a difference beast altogether and only recommended for advanced users that know what they are doing. It’s essential you understand batteries and how they work in different devices. Read more about vape batteries here.
Is Sub Ohm Vaping Right For Me?
That’s a question you will need to ask of yourself. The first question you should ask yourself is ‘Can you vape direct to lung’? If not then sub ohm vaping is not for you.
What Is the Best Type of E-liquid for Sub Ohm Vaping?
Sub ohm vaping is best suited to e liquids that have at least a 60VG ratio. 70VG/30PG is the optimal ratio of e-liquid for many who sub ohm. The higher VG ratio helps provide a smoother throat hit.
What Nicotine Strength Should I Use For Sub Ohm Vaping?
This style of vaping is best suited to lower nicotine strengths. Due to the higher heats delivered to the coil the nicotine strength is amplified. We recommend 6mg or lower. The most common nicotine strength for sub ohm vaping is 3mg.
Why is Sub Ohm Vaping Better?
It all depends on the individual. It may not be better for you. For many it helps provide richer flavours and denser clouds..
Why Should I Choose Sub Ohm Vaping?
For us it provides better, warmer flavours and opens up a larger range of e-liquid flavours to enjoy. It also feels more substantial than a mouth to lung vape..
Does Sub Ohm Vaping Use More E-Liquid?
In short – Yes. In long – Shit yes. E-liquid consumption does change depending on tank/brand/coils. Basically, sub ohm vaping requires higher heat (wattage) to get the coils going which in turn vaporizes more juice.
How Do I Inhale a Sub Ohm Vape?
The method is know as Direct to Lung (DTL) or Straight to Lung (STL). As it says on the tin, you inhale vapour directly down into your lungs without holding in the mouth. Read more about the difference between DTL and MTL vaping here.
Does Sub Ohm Vaping Taste Better?
Again, it’s a personal preference. For me yes it does. The higher heats and bigger coils in sub ohm tanks allow more flavours to come out. Vaping at different wattages can also offer different flavour experiences from the same e-liquid.
Does Sub Ohm Vaping Produce Formaldehyde?
You may have heard research studies carried out that say vaping at high heats releases formaldehyde. The basic test they used was flawed to say the least given the temperatures used to simulate a ‘dry hit’ was so great that no vaper could possibly stand it! Read more about that here.
Can I Sub Ohm With My Vape Mod/Device?
Most newer devices are sub ohm compatible but not all. Two things you need to check – First what resistance coils does the tank you are considering use? As an example you will see 0.2Ohm/0.5Ohm etc.
Manufacturers usually have a recommended wattage range for their coils. As an example a 0.5Ohm coil may have a recommended wattage of 30-50W. Once you have that information you need to check what the maximum wattage of your vape device is. Could it handle 30W or 50W? If not you either need to look for a different tank or a new mod that can handle higher watts.
Why is Sub Ohm Vaping Too Harsh on my Throat?
The main reasons are likely that your PG ratio or nicotine strength is too high. Try a higher VG ratio in your juice. The higher the ratio the smoother the vape will be. If you are new to vaping then it could just be a case of getting used to the act of vaping. Drink plenty of water while you vape.