Finding the best sub ohm tanks for flavour and/or clouds can be a difficult task in 2020. 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 2020 – 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. Geekvape Zeus (Editors Choice)
The 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.
- 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
2. Uwell Valyrian 2 (Best For Cloud & Flavour)
The Uwell Valyrian 2 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 29mm 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 accomodate 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.
- 29mm Diameter
- 2 X Coils included
- Top filling system
- Superb flavour and huge clouds
3. Freemax Mesh Pro (Best Sub Ohm Tank For Flavour)
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.
- 25mm Diameter
- 2 X Coils – 0.2ohm Double Mesh and 0.15Ohm Single Mesh
- Top filling system
- 5ml Capacity
4. Horizon Falcon (Best Mesh Sub Ohm Tank)
The 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?
- 25mm Diameter
- 2 X Coils – M1 0.15ohm and M2 0.2Ohm
- Top filling system
- Superb flavour
5. SMOK TFV16 (Best SMOK Sub Ohm Tank)
The SMOK TFV16 sub ohm 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 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.
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 TFV16.
- 28mm Diameter
- Comes with 2 Coils – 1 x TFV16 Mesh 0.17ohm Coil (pre installed)
1 x TFV16 Dual Mesh 0.12ohm Coil
- A Sub ohm tank for cloud chasers
6. Apollo Portal Tank – (Best Beginner Sub Ohm Tank)
We 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 (0.2Ohm/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 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.
- 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)
7. Aspire Cleito Pro (Best Low Wattage Sub Ohm Tank)
The first Aspire Cleito is a bit of a legend on the sub ohm tank scene but with the release of hundreds of tanks since it’s debut it was long overdue an update.
While the Cleito EXO offered a further improvement it still left room for improvement, the Cleito Pro series offers that. Aspire have upped the game design wise creating a classy looking tank that is almost a welcome relief in a world of over the top colours and resin.
The new Pro tank features a 0.15Ohm mesh coil which delivers great flavour and is our personal choice. If you have the original and a stack of coils then fear not, you can use them in the updated Cleito Pro. Despite the lower resistance coils the Pro still performs well around 40W.
The tank also introduces a side fill which is accessed by removing a metal collar. Easy to fill on the go.
Aspire also have the Cleito Pro 120 available, this is for vapers that like to vape at higher wattages. So if you go for this ensure your mod can handle the low resistance coils and has plenty in the tank for higher wattages.
- 24mm Diameter
- Top side fill
- Comes with 2 coils: 0.15ohm Mesh / 0.5ohm
- Excellent flavour
8. Uwell Crown 4 (Best Non Leaking Tank)
The 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.
- 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 –
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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)
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 – 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.