If you’re looking for something that can spice up your vaping experience, there is no better way to do that than by buying a new tank. Modern vaping technology has given us longer-lasting coils, better vapor production and bold, well-defined flavors that really pop. If you haven’t upgraded your tank in a while, you will love the difference that a new tank can make – and we’re here to help you buy the right one. This 1,000 word vape tank buying guide gets straight to the point and concentrates on only the most important details that you should keep in mind when buying your next tank.
Direct-to-Lung or Mouth-to-Lung?
A vape tank’s inhaling style is the most important factor that will influence your buying decision. If you’re a recent convert from smoking, your current vape pen might have a small tank designed for mouth-to-lung inhaling. You inhale in the same way when you smoke a cigarette. If you’d like a tank that produces even more vapor, though, you might want to consider a tank designed for direct-to-lung inhaling.
- Work best with higher-nicotine e-liquids
- Deliver throat hit reminiscent of smoking a cigarette
- Can help to conserve your e-liquid supply
- Work best with lower-nicotine e-liquids
- Deliver maximum flavor with minimum throat hit
- Can generate large, room-filling vapor clouds
You can tell a tank’s intended inhaling style by looking at the mouthpiece. A mouth-to-lung tank has a mouthpiece that’s similar in width to a cigarette filter. Direct-to-lung tanks have wider mouthpieces to facilitate free, open airflow.
Coil Resistance and Selection
If you’re buying a new vape tank to use with your existing vaping device, you’ll want to make sure that your device can handle the demands of the new tank. You’ll do that by comparing the specifications of the tank’s coils to the specifications of your device. When you examine the coils available for a tank, you’ll see each coil’s resistance and suggested wattage. If the minimum coil resistance for your device is lower than the coil resistance for the tank you’re considering buying – and your device can reach the coil’s suggested wattage – your device will work with that tank.
Some popular tanks – such as the SMOK TFV12 Prince – have many different coils available and will work with a wide variety of vaping hardware. If you’re not sure what you want out of your vaping experience, you may find it helpful to buy a tank with a large coil selection. Each coil will have slightly different airflow, flavor and vapor production characteristics.
If you prefer the direct-to-lung inhaling style, we suggest buying a tank with a mesh coil available if possible. Mesh coils heat up quickly and deliver smooth, great-tasting vapor with almost none of the popping and spitting common with other types of cloud chasing coils.
A Full Vape Kit Can Save You Money
If your vaping device is starting to get a little long in the tooth, you should consider buying a sub-ohm starter kit that includes a tank. The SMOK Stick Prince, for example, includes the SMOK TFV12 Prince tank and costs just $59.99. On its own, the TFV12 Prince tank costs $44.99. You’ll get a great deal if you bundle your new tank with a new device. If you happen not to love the tank included with your device, you’ll at least have a much better idea of the characteristics that you want your ideal vaping tank to have.
Consider a Tank With a Rebuildable Coil Head
Have you experimented at all with building your own vape coils? If you haven’t, buying a vape tank with a rebuildable coil head is a great way to start. Using a rebuildable head allows you to have the same great vaping experience that you currently have with your tank without spending a lot of money on expensive boxes of coils. Even if you prefer the convenience of pre-made coil heads, it’s still nice to have the ability to build your own coils if you run out of pre-made coils unexpectedly. The only drawback of rebuildable coil heads is that most tanks do not include them. If your tank has a rebuildable coil head available, it’ll most likely be sold separately.
Choose a Tank That Fits Your E-Liquid Preferences
Propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin are the two most plentiful substances in any e-liquid, and adjusting the VG/PG ratio of an e-liquid changes its characteristics. In recent years, tastes in the vaping community have largely trended toward thicker, higher-VG e-liquids. A high-VG e-liquid creates very large vapor clouds and has a creamy mouth feel, and people tend to like those characteristics. If you use a thicker e-liquid, though, you need to buy a vape tank with an efficient wick. A coil with several wide wick openings can handle thick e-liquids. A tank with smaller wick openings, on the other hand, may require an e-liquid with a higher percentage of PG. If your e-liquid is too thick for the tank you’re using, you’ll experience frequent dry hits because the e-liquid will have trouble traveling efficiently through the coil’s wick openings.
If you’re not sure what your preferred VG/PG ratio is, buying a tank with large wick openings is always wise. A tank with small wick openings will not work well with thick e-liquids. A tank with large wick openings, on the other hand, will work well with anything but the thinnest e-liquids.
Temperature Control Can Prevent Dry Hits
If your vaping device has a temperature control mode available, you should consider buying a vape tank with a stainless steel coil. Stainless steel works in both wattage and temperature control modes, so it’s a perfect introduction to temperature control vaping. When you put your device in temperature control mode, you’ll set a maximum temperature that the coil can’t exceed. When the coil reaches its maximum temperature, the device lowers its power to prevent a dry hit. Temperature control vaping is ideal if you prefer cool, smooth vapor. If you prefer warmer vapor, though, you may prefer to vape in wattage mode. Stainless steel coils allow you to try both vaping styles and determine which you prefer.