TOP PICKS: The Best Sub-Ohm Tanks

by · March 30, 2018

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Best Sub-Ohm Tank Systems

Convenient, flexible… and designed to produce the maximum amount of vapor, sub-ohm tanks are BY FAR the most popular type of refillable tank on the market. What was once only available to experienced coil builders is now an option for everyone – thanks to easy-to-use, replaceable sub-ohm coils! We’ve tested dozens of different sub-ohm platforms over the years, but this is our most updated list of the best sub-ohm tanks for 2018.

Best Sub-Ohm Tanks of 2018:

If you’ve been searching for a new sub-ohm tank system, you’ve probably been comparing features to determine which one will best suit your needs. Unfortunately, specs will tell you nothing about performance. There are dozens of companies offering their own unique designs, and every few weeks it seems like a new product is being released! We do our best to stay on top of all of the latest innovations, but to make our list a tank must provide two things:

IMPRESSIVE CLOUDS AND EXCEPTIONAL FLAVOR!

We prefer tanks that do both! When choosing the best sub-ohm tanks, we also considered quality, functionality and value. Most of these vape tanks are new, but we also included some older, reliable setups that still deserve attention.

* This list of sub-ohm tanks was last updated on March 30, 2018

Horizon Falcon Sub-Ohm Tank

Horizon Falcon Sub-Ohm Tank
Our Rating:
$39.99
Retail Price:
5ml
Tank Capacity:
Threaded Top-Fill
Fill Method:
Standard, Mesh
Coil Type:
25.2mm
Diameter:

PROS:

  • Exceptional overall performance
  • Robust, mid-wattage flavor
  • Unique, long-lasting wicking materials
  • Smooth, effective airflow

CONS:

  • Coils only rated up to 80W
  • 25.2mm diameter may overlap

Horizon’s latest (and greatest) vape tank, the Falcon Tank is undoubtedly one of the best sub-ohm tanks of 2018. Despite it’s mid-range power ratings (up to 80W), it provides huge clouds of vapor… and the flavor is outstanding! That’s probably due to the unique wicking materials used in the coil heads, which consist of mixes of wood pulp, cotton and / or flax. Horizon offers a mesh coil as well, but we liked the other options a little bit better.

With an exceptionally smooth draw and outstanding overall performance, the Horizon Falcon Tank is definitely one of the TOP DOGS this year. It won’t handle huge amounts of power, but the flavor is robust and the coils last surprisingly long – another benefit to it’s unique wicking materials.

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Sense Herakles 3 Sub-Ohm Tank

Sense Herakles 3 Sub-Ohm Vape Tank
Our Rating:
$37.99
Retail Price:
4.5ml
Tank Capacity:
Hinge / Lock Top-Fill
Fill Method:
Vertical Coil
Coil Type:
24mm
Diameter:

PROS:

  • Outstanding flavor production
  • Big vapor, even at lower watts
  • Plug-and-pull coil design
  • Reliable coil heads – no dry hits
  • Smooth airflow delivery

CONS:

  • Not compatible with original Herakles coils
  • Occasional spitback

With a long history of producing industry leading vape tanks, the Sense Herakles 3 isn’t vastly different from the previous versions – but that’s what makes it so great. Sense’s track record is strong, and if it ain’t broke… well you know the rest! If you’re looking for a reliable, strong performing sub tank, the Herakles 3 won’t let you down. Like the Falcon, it’s not designed for huge amounts of power (coils are rated up to 100W and work best in the 40W to 80W range), but the vapor is impressive – and the flavor truly shines.

We did get some spitback when vaping at higher watts, but that’s not uncommon with a tank like the Herakles 3. Designed to produce the ideal combination of vapor and flavor, it definitely works best in the mid-wattage range. An attractive, no-frills sub-ohm tank that’s both reliable and consistent, the coils perform extremely well with no leaking or dry hits.

Smok TFV12 Baby Prince Tank

Smok TFV12 Baby Prince Tank
Our Rating:
$34.99
Retail Price:
2ml / 4.5ml
Tank Capacity:
Hinge / Lock Top-Fill
Fill Method:
Various + Mesh
Coil Type:
26mm
Diameter:

PROS:

  • Great flavor – BIG CLOUDS!
  • Variety of coil heads
  • Compatible with V8 Baby Coils
  • Locking top fill system
  • 2ml or 4.5ml capacity

CONS:

  • Not compatible with original V12 Prince coils
  • Less capacity than original Prince

Smok has a long history of producing high-performance sub-ohm tank systems. From the TFV4 to the TFV8, the company continues to make advancements and you’ll find a variety of different Smok products on the market right now. We had a tough time choosing just one tank for this list, but with clouds, flavor and flexibility in mind, the Smok TFV12 Baby Prince Tank combines all of the most desirable features in to just one platform.

The Smok TFV12 Baby Prince Tank takes the aesthetics and updated features of the Smok TFV12 Prince Tank (see our honorable mentions below), and combines it with the proven, reliable coil technology of the TFV8 Baby Beast Tank. Not only does it come with newly designed V8 Baby Coils (including mesh), but it’s compatible with all of the older V8 Baby Coils too.

Without getting overly detailed, let’s just say it performs BRILLIANTLY! Big clouds, great flavor… and a reliable, high-quality design that’s super sexy. Another tank designed for flavor (under 100W), if you’d like to run more power and focus on clouds – consider the original TFV12 Prince Tank.

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Uwell Crown 3 Sub-Ohm Tank

Uwell Crown 3 Vape Tank
Our Rating:
$37.99
Retail Price:
5ml
Tank Capacity:
Threaded Top-Fill
Fill Method:
Vertical Parallel
Coil Type:
24.5mm
Diameter:

PROS:

  • Great overall performance
  • Attractive, high-quality construction
  • Threadless coil design
  • Easy to use top-fill system
  • Ample and smooth airflow

CONS:

  • Tank gets hot when chain vaping
  • Rare, but occasional leaking

Although it’s not old or outdated by any means, the Uwell Crown 3 Tank was one of the best sub-ohm tanks of 2017 and continues to hold that title moving in to 2018. Another established platform that’s gone through several variations, the Uwell Crown 3 Tank took the best features of V2, reverted back to the popular coil design of V1… and added a few improvements.

The SUS316 parallel coil structure is a proven winner, providing huge clouds and some truly impressive flavor. The coils have a unique, threadless design that makes them super easy to replace, but we did get occasional leakage after refilling the tank. The leakage seemed to subside after 5-10 puffs, so we’re assuming that a vacuum is required to provide the best seal.

With the being said, it’s hard to ignore the Crown 3’s quality construction, excellent performance and attractive design. It looks great, works like a champ and the SUS316 coils are perfect for temperature control.

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Freemax Fireluke Mesh Tank

Freemax Fireluke Mesh Sub-Ohm Tank
Our Rating:
$34.99
Retail Price:
3ml
Tank Capacity:
Threaded Top-Fill
Fill Method:
Mesh
Coil Type:
24mm
Diameter:

PROS:

  • Excellent flavor and cloud production
  • Super long lasting mesh coils
  • Resin, steel, carbon fiber options
  • Variety of color choices
  • Little or no leaking

CONS:

  • Limited coil options (mesh only)
  • Limited 3ml capacity

We’ve listed several tanks that offer mesh coils, but the Freemax Fireluke Mesh Tank is the only one designed exclusively for mesh. The others do it well, but the Fireluke Mesh does it the best! Huge, thick clouds of vapor… and incredibly accurate and robust flavor. Plus, the mesh coils last extremely long… longer than any replacement coils that we’ve ever tried.

It does have a few downsides, though. It only holds 3ml of e-juice, and you won’t be able to venture out and try different types of coil heads. With that being said, the Fireluke Mesh Tank performs flawlessly and has an awesome look – available in knurled, stainless steel or resin finishes.

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Choosing the Right Sub-Ohm Vape Tank

As you can see, when it comes to sub-ohm vape tanks, there are a whole lot of options to consider. These are just ten selections out of dozens – if not hundreds of different choices. The most obvious quality that most people look for is the amount of vapor produced by a tank. Typically, coils that run at higher watts will produce the most vapor; but more power often results in less flavor.

The key to finding the best sub-ohm tank system for your particular tastes, is understanding your preferences and matching them with an appropriate design (and coils) to meet your needs. If you’re a cloud chaser, you’ll want plenty of airflow (the bigger the air slots the better) and coils that will handle large amounts of power. If you’re more concerned with flavor, you’ll want to dial down the power and look for flavor-orientated designs that limit and redirect airflow.

If you’re anything like us, though, you’re looking for a combination of both flavor and clouds. You’ve seen our top picks, what is your favorite sub-ohm tank?

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