Best Sub Ohm TanksFinding the best sub ohm tanks for flavour and/or clouds can be a difficult task in 2021. Luckily we have tried and tested more than 200 tanks over the years so feel we are in a good place to help!

If you have been vaping for any amount of time you have likely come across the term ‘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.

What Are The Best Sub Ohm Tanks To Buy? We Take A Look At our Top Picks For 2021 – So Far…

This post will purely look at some of the best sub ohm tanks (stock coil) available today. And believe me there are lots to choose from!

If sub ohm vaping isn’t for you, check out our best mouth to lung vape tanks.

1. SMOK TFV18 (Editors Choice)

tfv18 coloursThe SMOK TFV18 sub ohm tank is the latest in the long line of TFV edition tanks 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 superb 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. To get the best favour out of this tank you may need to adjust that airlfow as this is an airy tank when fully open.

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. SMOK are definitely back with the TFV18. Just be sure your mod is big enough to allow teh TFV18 to sit on top without any overhang.

Features

  • 31.6mm Diameter
  • Comes with 2 Mesh Coils
  • A Sub ohm tank for cloud chasers

2. Geekvape Zeus (Best Sub Ohm Tank As Voted By Readers)

Geekvape Zeus Sub Ohm TankThe Geekvape Zeus sub ohm tank follows on from the incredible RTA line of tanks.

This time around they have taken the excellent flavour and smooth vape of the Zeus and created a sub ohm tank that really shines.

It looks solid, in fact, it doesn’t just look solid, it is solid. They haven’t scrimped on the design from though as the Zeus sub ohm tank looks great on most vape mods.

All the features you would expect from one of the new sub ohm tanks to market are included. Easy swap coil system, easy top fill and some huge adjustable airflow holes.

As most of the winning tanks in the market today, the Zeus is powered by mesh coils. The Z2 – 0.2Ohm Kanthal Mesh coil is rated for use between 70-80W and the spare Z1 – 0.4Ohm Kanthal Mesh coil is rated for use at 60-70W.

As already mentioned the flavour on this tank is superb, not only that though, the smoothness of vape is there too. We struggled to get a dry hit from this even after some heavy chain vaping.. Oh.. and leaking non existent too.

The Zeus sub ohm tank was voted ‘Best Sub Ohm Tank’ by vapers in the 2020 Ecigclick Awards.

Features

  • 26mm Diameter
  • Comes with 2 Coils – 1 x 0.2 Mesh Coil (pre installed) and 1 x 0.4 Mesh Coil
  • Easy swap coil system
  • Super smooth vape with bundles of flavour

3. Uwell Valyrian 2 Pro (Best All Rounder)

Uwell VAlyrian pro 2The Uwell Valyrian 2 Pro is a beast when it comes to both cloud and flavour.

There is also something we haven’t seen in other sub ohm tanks to date. Self cleaning technology that helps prevent leaking. In short it recycles residue juice back to the coil. Gimmick? Well, we had minimal leaking on our testing so if that was the reason then I guess it does work 🙂

It’s a big tank, at 32mm diameter and includes 2 X coils – 1 X 0.32Ohm single mesh coil (90-100W) and one 0.14Ohm dual mesh coil (80-90W) in the kit. So it goes without saying ensure your mod not only has the wattage to cover the coils but also that your mod is big enough to accommodate the tank.

For the vapers out there that like to go even bigger on the cloud and wattage then you may want to check out the 0.15Ohm quad coil that is rated for use between 100-120W.

Finishing things off the tank itself is very solid with a flip top, top fill function making refilling on the go nice and easy.

Features

  • 32mm Diameter
  • 2 X Coils included
  • Top filling system
  • Superb flavour and huge clouds
  • For higher wattage vapers

4. Freemax Mesh Pro (Best Sub Ohm Tank For Flavour)

mesh pro colours
Sub ohm tanks that feature mesh coil heads seems to be all the rage at the moment and for good reason. They take the vaping experience in terms of flavour to another level.

One of our top picks is the Freemax Mesh Pro. Michelle, one of our trusty reviewers, classes this as her favourite tank to date.

The Mesh Pro is another tank that is best suited to higher wattages (60W+) and mods that can accommodate the 25mm diameter. The kit comes with two Mesh coil heads – Double mesh coil head 0.2ohm and Single mesh coil head 0.15ohm. In particular we found the double mesh to be superb at 75W.

If you like vaping at around 60-80W and haven’t tried a mesh coil yet this is a no brainer.

Features

  • 25mm Diameter
  • 2 X Coils – 0.2ohm Double Mesh and 0.15Ohm Single Mesh
  • Top filling system
  • 5ml Capacity

5. Horizon Falcon (Best Mesh Sub Ohm Tank)

horizon falcon coloursThe Horizon Falcon is another mesh coil sub ohm tank and what a brilliant tank this is. It quite simply looks the business (available in Resin and Stainless Steel finish) and the mesh coils deliver flavour by the bucket load.

The tank, as with many sub ohm tanks requires at least 50-70W minimum to get the best from the coils. It’s recommended to have head room above this wattage as well so you can explore vapes at different wattage.

The kit comes with 2 X coils – 1 X M2 0.2 Ohm – 1 X M1 0.15 Ohm so will require a mod capable of firing higher wattages. We found 75-80W hit the flavour well so give yourself some wiggle room when pairing with a mod.

Did we me mention it won the “Best Sub Ohm Tank” award in the latest Ecigclick Vape Awards?

Features

  • 25mm Diameter
  • 2 X Coils – M1 0.15ohm and M2 0.2Ohm
  • Top filling system
  • Superb flavour

6. Apollo Portal Tank – (Best Beginner Sub Ohm Tank)

Apollo Portal v2We first used the Apollo Portal sub ohm tank 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 (0.5Ohm 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 variety 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.

Features

  • 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)

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7. Vaporesso Forz 25 (Best Low Wattage Sub Ohm Tank)

Vaporesso Forz 25The Vaporesso Forz sub ohm tank caters to those vapers that find the likes of the TFV18 and Valyrian tanks a little too much when it comes to power. The Forz includes a 0.4Ohm mesh coil that is very good for vaping 40-60W. Also helps out that battery a little as well.

The design of the tank is a little different but we like it a lot. The reinforced structure is made from fibreglass plastic and rubber giving it a smooth to touch feel.

Measuring in at 25mm in diameter the Forz should fit on most modern day mods no problem. The tank is also a cinch to use with its push to fit coils and top fill.

While the flavour may not be on the same level as sone of the bigger, power hungry tanks mentioned above it still does a very solid job and for those that prefer to sit around the 40-80W range you can’t go too far wrong.

Features

  • 25mm Diameter
  • Top fill
  • Easy to change coils
  • Comes with 2 mesh coils: 0.15ohm (60-80W) / 0.4ohm (40-60W)
  • Good flavour
  • For the vaper that wants mid range wattage.

8. Uwell Crown 4 (Best Non Leaking Tank)

Uwell Crown 4 Sub ohm tankThe Uwell Crown 4 is the latest in what has, mostly, been a fantastic range of sub ohm tanks.

The latest is a solid tank with a top fill design and an innovative self clean technology that allows the coils to absorb excess e-liquid into a separate chamber which can then be vape later.

The tank pumps out the flavour in both the 0.4ohm and 0.2ohm (SS904L) supplied coils. One thing to keep in mind is the 28mm diameter. It’s bigger than most so keep that in mind if you like your tanks to sit within your mods footprint.

Features

  • 28mm Diameter (Mini = 22.6mm)
  • Comes with 2 coils: 0.4ohm (60W-70W) & 0.2ohm (70W-80W)
  • Top fill
  • Good flavour and big clouds

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 –

  1. Be sure your e cig device or batteries can handle the extra battery power these tanks need to perform. Check out our best vape mods for sub ohm compatible vaping devices.
  2. Not all devices are compatible with the most popular 0.5ohm coil.
  3. Many devices aren’t compatible with tanks that use 0.2ohm coils!
  4. Sub ohm tanks are not for use with standard vape pens / EGO batteries.
  5. Just because these kind of tanks are available doesn’t mean you need one.
  6. Sub ohm vaping is generally geared towards direct lung inhale vapers.
  7. 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!
  8. 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 vape tanks.

We focused on the best sub ohm tanks with replaceable stock coils. If you are looking for rebuildable atomizers then check out the following:

Learn More About Sub Ohm Vaping – What it is, How to do it and the best type of e-liquid for sub ohm vaping.

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?

In short, sub ohm vaping is when you use a tank that has a coil with a resistance below 1.0 Ohm. In general sub ohm vaping requires a direct lung inhale style of vaping. Read more about the basics of sub ohm vaping here. Read more about Direct to Lung vaping here.

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 – Hell 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.

Reviewing since 2010, Ecigclick covers all the latest in vaping. The team have a combined vaping experience of over 70 years. We have personally tried and tested over 700 vape products and aim to help you choose the right vape for your needs, whether you are a beginner or looking for a more advanced experience.

20 COMMENTS

  1. Hello Mate, I agree with you, just bought the zeus tank from the hype these reviewers create, it’s a solid tank nice look and no leak, big clouds and flavour is there but coils goes fast, I burn 4 coils in 2 days, they struggle to get dry hits? This tank gives a lot of dry hits, tried from 70vg up to 90vg, I’m going for tfv18, a lot of negative about smok leaking problems and dud coils but I tested of my mate and it was really nice

  2. Hopefully you read this before buying anything. Do NOT buy the ZUES tank.. I looked into it and it sounded fantastic, the pros and cons was one sided but I was not looking for the cons.. well it’s a fantastic design but your coil will burn quick. Mine as little as a day. Mostly because the eliquid can’t get through the mesh coil quick enough.. Nice if you have one puff every 5-10 minuets..

    • Yes!!! I got it, and the taste is good, but you get a lot of dry huts, and the coil life sucks no matter what you do to prevent it. I was so disappointed in it, and mad. I was literally going through coils everyday! If I got lucky then 2 days at the most!!

  3. I have been vaping for a few years now..i don’t have the ability to pay high dollar for something so I do alot of research in before buying.

    I love sweet ejuices, I don’t care about the big clouds but I don’t want to smoke a cigarette anymore so I don’t like a hard draw.

    I do look for flavor and coil length. I have tried the king falcon the flavor was really good but it was for only one of the coils and I was lucky to get 3 days out of it.

    When those coils are burnt you can def tell. So then I went to the fireluke mesh, I used the triple coils got typically 5 days sometimes longer but I was still buying quite a few coils.

    This was my tank for awhile the flavor was in my opinion better then the falcon and they had more options for coils. I could switch around and try the different kinds. Really great tank.

    But I get tired of buying coils so I went back to the drawing board. I came to the valyrian 2 tank. I was worried about the reviews of how much power it needs but I went for it. I love love this tank. The flavor is the best I’ve ever had, I can go a week to two weeks before switching coils and that’s because I feel like I have gotten so used to switching coils so often before it became a habit.

    But I have yet to have a burnt coil taste. The taste is amazing from day one until 2 weeks later. It comes with a drip tip cover so I can put it in my pocket or purse with no worries. This tank is amazing. I can say that it does tell me when to change my batteries when the flavor dies off a bit but it’s still good.

    I had a leaking problem one time but that was because I was in pinch and went to a tobacco and vape shop where he opened my coil to give it to me. But I never went there again so I don’t see me having a issue like that. I didn’t spend an arm and leg online has great pricing. I got into a tight budget where I was vaping the juice I didn’t like with the other tanks and the juice tasted so different. I can rave enough.

    I feel like this tank should be tried by more so people can see what they are missing

  4. Glad to see the Tfv16 on here, even though I feel it should be higher up on the list, I have a falcon king and it beats that for flavour hands down. The only caveat to this tank is having a mod big enough to use it on(got mine on a smoant naboo) and the fact it drinks eliquid like mad. My Last smok tank was the tfv12 and it was underwhelming, since then I’ve had the falcon king, falcon resin and sense screen. I think I migbt pick up the mesh pro and see what’s all the fuss about.

  5. Where is the Valyrian 2 ? I rate ithis higher than the Crown 4 and it’s nearly as good as the Mesh PRO for flavour.

    To the guy (somewhere above) who keeps coughino on his Cleito 120….

    Me too ! Try an Aspire Athos tank. I still consider that to be the smoothest vape of all my tanks.

    With ANY tank, consider the bottom figure of it’s recommended wattage as the MAX. Then vape at 10-20 watts lower than that.

    Begin at a QUARTER of that, with a new coil, then slowly take it up.

    So if the recommended wattage is 100-120

    Consider 100 your max.

    Begin at 25 then every 3 puffs, go up 5 watts.

    Readers voice: Nonsense. SURELY the manufacturer knows their devices best wattage range ?

    Ok. You are a manufacturer ofor vape tanks. You sell x tanks. How can you continue to make money from the people that bought your tank?

    You sell them coils.

    How can you sell them more coils?

    Get them all to vape at a wattage that burns out the coil faster.

    Ta dah !

  6. Any recommendations would be much appreciated I have just bought an eleaf ijust 3 and find that my coils burn out after about 3 days is this normal I’m using the 0.2 ohm mesh coils with 70/30 juice

    • Hey Kyle,

      3 days isn’t great. I have had this issue with other coil heads but it’s mainly down to using e-liquid flavours that vlog up my coils. Sweet e liquids and some desert flavours can do this. So may be worth looking into trying a different flavour if this sounds like it could be an issue.

      Have you tried other coils compatible with the Ello Duro tank?

  7. Can’t understand why so many people are experiencing quick burnouts an leaks here, it’s more than likely down to overtightning of tank pars which are then causing contacts to come loose.

    Tank cleanliness also prolongs coil use it personally deconstruct and clean every 4-5 refills on mine, I use a Innokin riptide crios which I purchased for £25 and went a fortnight off my first 0.25 coil using 80/20 Vg mix.

    It produces brilliant vapor and flavour add in the 3000 mah battery it’s a really decent piece of kit. The only exception is the 0.25 coils run really hot in the standard setup which caused me to switch to 0.65 for a cooler draw from the unit, this however was unnecessary as extending the tank capacity to 3.5 or above stops the coil contacting the cap making 0.25 an amazing experience.

    If you have not yet tried this unbelievably priced and yet underlooked bit of kit I suggest you invest in one.

  8. Thanks. I’ve been using an Aspire CE-5. Leaking is really my only worry with any tank, as I don’t have a lot of money to spend on tanks all the time. I appreciate your reccomendations.

  9. Hi!

    Can anyone help I’m really struggling to find a tank (with cheap replacement coils) that will allow 70vg/30pg liquids (I’m really picky on what flavours I like and higher of makes me feel queasy)

    Was thinking the innokin I sub with 0.5 ohm coil?

    Does anyone know how long I would get out of a coil?

    I don’t mind a box a month as they are £6 to replace a box of 5

    Tried aspire and I’m getting through a coil a day before the burnt taste is far to much (Nautilus coils)
    And they are like £10 every 5 days!!

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • Hi Alyson,

      It’s almost impossible to say how long you would get out of a coil unfortunately. Higher VG e-liquids/Sweeter flavours etc can all effect coil life as well as how much you vape throughout the day.

      The high VG may be one reason your coils burn out quicker in Nautilus coils, they are quite small coils with small liquid intake holes. 70% VG is quite thick so you need to ensure between vapes that you allow enough time for the e-liquid to soak through from the tank to the cotton on the inside of the coil. If you chain vape or don’t give the coils chance to soak the e liquid then, as you know, burnt flavour can come through. Also, the wattage you vape at could effect things too.

      Having said that, I use the Nautilus 2 regularly (with 60%VG and 70% VG) and unless the coil is no good I generally get at the very least 3+ days but I do take care not to over vape or chain vape with higher VG eliquid.

      If you are moving to the likes of a 0.5Ohm coil with an isub tank these will handle the higher VG liquids a little better as the coils and liquid intake holes are a little bigger. As they are higher resistance (0.5) they do require a little more power from your battery so just be sure your device has the wattage to work with the coil.

      So in answer to your question

    • OMG…you cant go wrong with smok t8 coils..I use them all the time with sub ohming…average 11 days a coil..personally the best for me is the vaporesso cascade tank with smok t8 coils. Amazing flavour and lasts at least 10 days. Hope this helps.

      • I’m contemplating making a purchase for my aegis mini kit currently using a cereberus tank. I personally don’t like the 35-45 watt super mesh coils at low0.2 ohms when I was used to 0.15 ohms. Coils and ejuice changed dramatically. I normally vape at 65 watts on a higher resistance coil found I got more vapour through low resistance even at 45 watts. I’ve had just burns out coils faster because it’s a quicker firing rate and hit and a lot warmer. I’ve had a geek blade tc 200 watt kit used ceramic 0.15 coils at 65 watts was my sweet spot could hit longer without burnt tastes and prolonging coil life and ejuice. I’m thinking of either buying a falcon tank to use higher resistance mesh coils. Or should I use Tfv8 coils? Any advice and personal experiences and tips would be much appreciated. Thank you

  10. Hi – looking for some advice – have been vaping for a number of years but consider myself a novice vaper but I am a heavy vaper (I just like to vape and stay off cigs so not overly fussed about the technical stuff – heat control etc) and I’ve recently moved on from a Coolfire IV (which was awesome but just died after a couple of years) to an Aspire NX-75 (which is way too technical for me tbh) but have stuck with the innokin isub s tank as I like the simplicity. Tried out the new Uwell Crown 3 tank but it leaked quite badly. I use the Black by Zeus Juice so a decent brand. Just want to know what (if any) recommendations you may have for a new tank as the isub s tank is literally on its last legs!! I vape at about 40w and like a good mix of flavour and decent cloud if that helps at all?

      • Hi Jonny – thank you for your response – much appreciated as I do need some help!!! Are the cleito tanks as simple to use as the innokin isubs? I just want a simple yet flavoursome vape tbh!! The juice I use is The Black by Zeus Juice. Leaked like a trooper when I used the Crown 3.

        • No worries mate.. Lot of choice out there for sure!

          OK.. With the Zeus Juice, are you using the 50PG/50VG mix of the high VG? It can make a difference with certain tanks/coils. In other words the 50/50 juice *may* be too thin for the Crown 3. If you compare the Crown 3 coil heads to the iSub coils you will notice the holes on the side where the e-liquid soaks into the cotton are a lot bigger on the Crown3.

          If you have a few mins I’d recommend having a read of the following, may help you understand things a little more and help with your choices:

          PG Vs VG in e-liquid
          E Cig Tank Guide + Troubleshooting

          OK.. The Cleito is easy but it’s a different kind of easy to the iSub tanks. The iSub, as you know, has the easy coil swap system where you just pull the coil and pop a new one in. The Cleito doesn’t have this type of coil swap. It does require an empty tank to swap out the coils. Not a big deal for me, not sure if that’s something that puts you off though Rob?

          I’ve just noticed another tank now available, The Innokin Apex tank. This is part of the iSub family so you will be familiar with how it works, same coil swap and top fill function.

          Just be aware that your iSub tank is likely the 4.5ml capacity version. Due to the TPD regulations in the UK the maximum capacity legally allowed to buy in the UK is 2ml. Just means more regular filling.

          Hope that hasn’t confused things more Rob :). Let us know what you go for and feel free to ask for clarification on anything.

          Thanks

          Jonny

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