It’s been a full year since we looked at six of the best super sub-ohm tanks back in May, 2017. Those tanks were for the cloud chasers – people looking to blow big clouds at above 100 watts. And while they’re still all great tanks, vaping technology moves quickly. It’s time to give you all an update on the best tanks available.
Last year everything moved to top-filling, making it much easier to top up your e-liquid on-the-go. So far in 2018 there have been a couple of new innovations which have made these tanks even better.
Mesh started becoming a popular choice for manufacturers with the release of the updated Freemax Fireluke Mesh tank, which came in a variety of finishes (and which we’ll look at more a bit later).
What’s the advantage of mesh coils? Proponents will tell you that not only does mesh give you amazing flavour because of the surface area covered, but it also allows you to run at a lower wattage and therefore preserve battery life.
People who aren’t aboard the mesh train will often state that it drinks your juice, going through a full tank far quicker than other materials. And, of course, some mesh coils are better than others.
Whether or not you’re a fan, mesh coils are evolving over time and it’s a movement worth paying attention to. Most manufacturers are including a mesh coil option with most tanks, whether in the original package or available separately. So it looks like it’s going to be around for quite a while.
The other major change so far in 2018 is the shape of your tank. You may be used to straight glass, since that’s the way it’s always been. But when you try to increase e-liquid capacity, straight glass means you have to go either wider or taller, neither of which is a great option unless you want your vape to be the equivalent of an old Nokia brick phone.
To reduce height while still allowing tanks to fit within the standard 24 to 28mm measurements that most devices are comfortable with, we’ve seen the advent of bulb glass – it’s exactly what it sounds like, glass in the shape of a bulb, wider in the middle than at the top and bottom.
When you first see it, this may look a bit odd. But when you consider that some of these bulb glasses allow a massive 8ml or more of e-liquid, you can see why it’s becoming popular.
With that covered, let’s take a look at some of this year’s best sub-ohm tanks…
Smok TFV8 X-Baby Tank – “Baby Beast Brother”
Last year, it was all about the TFV8 Baby and TFV8 Big Baby. Smok hit a home run with both of those tanks, combining ease of use with amazing flavour in a wide variety of coils that were able to vaped anywhere from 30-40 watts all the way to just over 100 watts.
The company updated these tanks with the aptly-named “Baby Beast Brother” at the start of this year. It utilises a slightly different coil – the Smok TFV8 X-Baby Coils – and while it looked very similar to its predecessors, it changed from bottom airflow to top airflow, reducing the chance of any leakage.
Combining it with a pen-style mod in the Smok Stick X8 Kit was another masterstroke, meaning they’d also updated one of their best-selling series of devices at the same time. Those who have made the switch to the X-Baby have been thrilled with the results, getting an excellent vape and a very decent 4ml capacity.
Smok TFV12 Prince Series
This one is actually brand new, and you could consider it an even bigger update to the TFV8 Baby series, but also an update to the full-size TFV8 and TFV12 tanks, as well.
There’s three models of the Prince series – the full-size Prince Tank, the resin-finished Resa Prince Tank, and the miniature Prince Baby Tank. All of them are unique. This is also the first example of the bulb glass in action, and boy does it work.
The full-size Smok TFV12 Prince Cloud Beast Tank holds an impressive 8ml of e-liquid, but retains a smaller height than its comparable predecessors. Last year’s Smok TFV12 Tank measured 70mm tall and held 6ml of juice, but this one holds the extra 2ml and actually measures shorter at just 63mm.
Same goes for the Smok TFV12 Resa Prince Cloud Beast Tank, which holds slightly less at 7.5ml, but measures just 58mm tall. The bulb glass extends to 30mm diameter at its widest point, sitting atop a 25mm base. Both of these tanks use the brand new Smok TFV12 Prince Coils, which of course are available in a wide variety of resistances for all wattages.
If you still prefer the Smok TFV8 Baby Coils, then maybe you’d prefer the Smok TFV12 Prince Baby Tank. Yes, we know that’s confusing, but stick with us here.
The Prince Baby Tank increases capacity to 4.5ml while standing just 53.7mm tall – that’s about 5% shorter than the TFV8 Big Baby while retaining almost the same e-liquid capacity. Since the big selling-point of a smaller tank is obviously a smaller size, we’d say this is a pretty big factor.
All three of these options are pretty awesome. Want a bigger cloud? Go for the TFV12 Prince. Like resin? The Resa Prince is made just for you. Prefer the TFV8 Baby coils, or just want a smaller size? Then it’s got to be the Prince Baby.
Vaporesso have been the natural opposition to Smok for about twelve months now. When Smok released the Alien, Vaporesso soon followed up with the Revenger. Updates to both kits have added features while retaining a similar low-200s wattage range, and now Vaporesso’s Revenger X Kit is among the best-selling of these high-wattage kits.
So it’s no surprise that the company decided to compete in the high-wattage tank market against Smok’s TFV12 with their own sub-ohm beast. Hence, the Cascade was born.
Holding 7ml of e-liquid, the Cascade differs from Smok tanks in a few vital ways. While both utilise a slide-and-fill top-filling mechanism, Vaporesso have plug-and-pull coils rather than your standard screw-in type. Personally, I’ve found plug-and-pull coils to be almost leak-proof on my personal favourite tank (we’ll get to that one later), and I love that the technology is becoming more and more popular.
Couple that with Vaporesso’s new GTM coils (the tank is compatible with their NRG-tank GT coils, too) and the innovative juice isolation structure (which separates the juice well from the coil, meaning “a fresh vape for every vape”) and you’ve got a very impressive tank that can run anywhere from 40 to 200 watts.
Freemax Fireluke Pro & Freemax Fireluke Mesh
These are actually completely different tanks, but they’re both part of the Fireluke series so we’ve combined them here.
The Fireluke Pro is the flag-bearer for the series, combining the biggest e-liquid capacity (4ml) with the highest available wattages (anywhere from 50 up to a massive 140 watts). It’s available in carbon fibre or resin finishes.
The Fireluke Mesh is one we mentioned before, when we talked about mesh coils. And, honestly, we just can’t go past that stainless steel version, which is one of the most unique looks on the market.
This sub-ohm tank combines its own mesh coils, which are available in different colours for each of the different coloured tanks, with a 3ml e-liquid capacity. Better yet, you only need to run this one at around 40-50 watts to create a decent cloud, which will no doubt increase your battery life, although you can go all the way to 90 watts if you’d prefer.
I’m saving the best for last, but remember that this is just my opinion.
Uwell are renowned for their impressive build quality, and their super high-wattage Valyrian tank is no different. Out of the box this will hold 5ml of e-liquid and run anywhere from 95 to 120 watts (Uwell don’t overestimate their coils, so there’s always extra wiggle-room at the top end for those who’d prefer more wattage).
Buy the separate 8ml replacement glass tube and you’ve got a real beast, though. This small moves makes the Valyrian a great option for an all-day vape.
Uwell also included something very different. A series of pins comes with the package, each of which – spiral, wave or unrestricted – changes the airflow that travels through the tank and gives you a different style of vape. This allows more customisation than we’re used to, especially with the single coil type (0.15 ohms) that’s available for this tank.
Uwell don’t release many products, but when they do, they get it right.
Uwell Crown 3
Okay, I’m cheating. This one came out in 2017, but a significant update this year makes it my favourite tank on the market.
Before we get to that, I’ve just got to say that I’ve been using the Uwell Crown 3 Tank since its release last year, and never once have I had a drop of leakage from the bottom airflow holes. If you’ve been vaping for a while, you’ll know that’s pretty crazy. That’s the main reason I’m a big proponent of the plug-and-pull coil system, which Uwell utilises here.
Everything else about this tank is great, too – the juice capacity is a generous 5ml, and top-filling is easy enough. While you have to unscrew the top cap to refill, which is more work than most of the other tanks on this list, it does make it feel a little bit more solid and less prone to degradation over time.
So, what was that big improvement?
Well, when the Crown 3 was originally released (and still, to this day) it came with the only two available coils: a 0.25 ohm (80-90 watts) and a 0.5 ohm (70-80 watts). The release of the Uwell Crown 3 Mini Tank later on brought out a brand new 0.4 ohm coil (55-65 watts), and that coil is compatible with the full-size tank.
That’s it. A new coil. While the 0.25 ohm and 0.5 ohm coils are great for cloud chasers, I personally felt they lacked the excellent flavour that made the original Uwell Crown tank such a mandatory purchase.
The 0.4 ohm coil changed all of that. Flavour has never been better. The Uwell Crown 3 is once again a mandatory purchase, and that’s hard to say in a marketplace stacked with options.
So, there we go. Six of the best. (Well, a few more than six.)
What do you think? Did we leave anything out? Leave us a comment below to let us know which of these is your favourite sub-ohm tank of 2018, or if you think there’s something even better on the market.