Understanding Different Types of Vape Tank

Posted on July 12, 2016 by Paul McNamara

The tank is essentially the component that turns a battery into a vaporiser. The tank performs the dual function of being a heating element and an e liquid holder, and it plays a crucial role in your vaping experience. In this article, we examine the different types of tanks available on the market, so that you can make amore informed choice about what type of tank best suits your vaping style.

Reusable and Disposable

Perhaps the first and most important decision you have to make when choosing a tank is whether you want something you can tinker with, or something that comes readymade. Disposable tanks are comparatively cheap and require no coil building expertise so if you’re new to e cigarettes, these might be the way to go. Reusable tanks can be reused once the atomizer burns out or the wicks go bad, and simply involve replacing the coil heads. Whilst the tank itself is costlier than a disposable, the replacement coil heads are relatively inexpensive, so you’ll save money in the long run.


Tanks come in three different material types, and each have their own unique characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages.

  • Plastic (polycarbonate)
    The most common tanks on the market, plastic is a durable and affordable option but they don’t perform well with very sweet or acidic e liquid flavours like cinnamon, passionfruit and citrus, which crack and cloud the plastic (this does not affect flavour or function).
  • Pyrex (glass)
    A stylish and slightly heavier operation, glass is a great performer when it comes to smooth airflow and is therefore a good option if you want to produce a lot of vapour. Glass is slightly more expensive than plastic, and is also prone to breaking when dropped.
  • Metal
    Although relatively scarce, there are some metal tanks made from stainless steel and anodized aluminium. These are ideal for a hot vape as metal is a fantastic conductor.

Wicks and cartomizers

A cartomizer contains cotton filament inside the tanks that absorbs the e liquid whilst wick based devices (clearomizers and glassomizers) have a wick attached to the coil which absorbs the e liquid. There is no performance difference between these two variances, it really depends on your personal preference.


Tanks come in a wide range of OHM ratings and different levels of resistance provide different vaping experiences. Broadly speaking, if you are after a hot vape, choose a lower resistance tank and if you want a smooth vape, go high.

Coil placement

Where the coil is placed in the tank can affect a number of aspects of your vape experience. A tank with a top coil design will result in a hotter vape, and tends to manage high powered batteries better. However, the top coil design tends to burn through e juice quite quickly, so you need to pay close attention to your fluid levels. A bottom coil design tends to be run through e juice at a slower rate and offers a cooler vape experience.

Single and dual coils

Whilst single coils are cost effective, dual coins are better performers in terms of heat and vapour production.

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