You have probably heard a lot of different things regarding tanks, cartomizers, and clearomizers. Everyone has their own opinion, however tanks can be a rather touchy subject when it comes to personal experience.
Basically, clearomizers and cartomizers are tanks used for vaping with Advanced Personal Vaporizers (or AVP’s). They are the part of the unit that holds the liquid, and contribute to the vapor production and flavor of the process.
Top 10 Clearomizer Tanks
Clearomizers are not tanks: they operate a little bit differently with coils and wicks rather than built-in cartomizers. The two types of systems, however, are frequently confused and lumped together, so it is not always easy to figure out what people are talking about.
The Top Clearomizer Tanks: Some Clearos, Some Tanks
The top ten models are produced by just a few brands. Most of the American types of clearomizer tanks are inspired by Chinese versions. What you will see in this list are favorites by Innokin, Kanger, Aspire, Smok, and Vision.
1. Aspire Nautilus, the Number One Choice
I’m going to begin in the number one spot because it is such an easy and obvious decision. Whether you vape at low or regular resistance, this is the tank most people set their standards against. If you don’t know much about tanks, the Nautilus is easy to use and of high quality, though a bit pricey.
Don’t let that bother you, though. With a Nautilus, you have a product that can be replaced a bit at a time and will pay for itself in durability, performance, and taste. The Nautilus can be taken apart: you can replace the coils, you can insert a new tube if the old one breaks, and so on. You should be able to get hold of one for around $35.
2. Aspire Atlantis
The major difference between these two products by the top company in tank and clearomizer manufacturing is that the Atlantis is made for sub-ohm vaping. The Nautilus is not. Choose your system: opt for pre-built or go with DIY coils. I call this the number 2 tank-clearomizer because it is not as flexible as the Nautilus, and it costs more. An Atlantis tank is designed for experienced vapers using variable watt mods.
3. Aspire ET-S BDC
As you can see, Aspire does not let the little guy down. A lot of vapers will start right here: with a 1.8-ohm or 2-ohm set up on an eGo battery. The Aspire ET-S BDC is good enough for that. Flavor is great and vapor is pretty good too. Bottom dual coils are replaceable, so choose your resistance.
4. Innokin iClear 16
Let’s shift gears a little and talk about a clearomizer which anyone can use on a 510 or eGo system. It was made specifically for the Innokin iTaste MVP box mod/battery bank but is flexible enough to suit a lot of iTaste vaping batteries (the VV V4, for instance) and other brands too.
One interesting change from the BDC and other Aspire tanks is that you fill it from the top, which you do by just removing the mouthpiece. Some people love this method and find it more straightforward than removing a bottom cap. Throat hit and vapor are reliably strong with the iClear 16.
5. iClear 16’s Big Brother
An iClear 30 by Innokin is another strong performer, this time with a replaceable bottom coil system. The top part can be taken off but is threaded quite specifically for use with the rotating drip tip. This is a plastic and acrylic tank with removable tubes in many colors.
If you do not vape using tank cracking juices, this is an excellent product. The only thing you have to consider is the silica wicks. This material will not produce dry vapor but you might taste the silica in your juice.
6. Subtank Plus by Kanger
I mentioned sub ohm vaping above with the Aspire Atlantis. That is probably the premier sub ohm vape tank simply because of Aspire’s reputation for producing the best tanks. Kanger’s Subtank Plus could be number 2 in that category.
You receive a tank with two atomizer heads: one is an OCC (organic cotton coil); the other is left for you to rebuild and attach to a VW mod like the KBox. Kanger’s tank offers airflow control and a clean Pyrex tank flavor.
7. Kanger Protank
Here is another good one from Kanger who doesn’t seem to have any trouble keeping up with Aspire, at least where the numbers are concerned. They churn out one tank after another, all of them suitable for use with Kanger devices like the EVOD or KBox. Their Protank 3 is a simple system with bottom coils and replaceable parts. You will find it easy to use, clean, attractive, and simple. Like their other series, the Protank comes in several sizes.
8. Kanger Aerotank
The Aerotank is one such series offered in small and larger formats. You don’t have to use it with a specialty mod: the Aerotank will also look great and work well on a basic tube mod like a Vision Spinner, Vamo, or Smok SID. A cheaper version is the Genitank, but an Aerotank features those crisp stainless steel threads that last and last.
9. Vision X.Jet Spider Clearomizer
Try this nifty clearomizer from Vision with one of their Spinner batteries and your mod will strike a different pose from the rest. Vision gave their clearo a long tape which tapers to a narrow point from about two thirds of the way up to the mouthpiece point.
It’s a polycarbonate tube encased in stainless steel with a window offering 1.8 ohms and is a cost-effective product if you are looking for 1.6 ml. Polycarbonate is tougher than glass and, while not as pure, the latest PC is better quality stuff than what manufacturers pumped out even five years ago.
10. SmokTech DCT
I don’t want to forget SMOK because they really do produce some fine items. If you had no choice — nothing from Aspire, Kanger, or Vision — you would do pretty well with a colorful DC Tank. This glass and aluminum combination provides a clean taste and a light format, plus durability.
SMOK makes their Spider clearomizer in numerous colors. Caps are attached although the drip tip is replaceable. While replaceable parts are economical, permanently attached caps are easy for the new vaper or one who can’t be bothered with more dismantling and rebuilding.
Clearomizers and Cartomizers
Clearomizers and Cartomizers are all based on the same concept, however there are differences that equate to performance variances.
Cartomizers are tank systems that contain filler material on the interior, wrapped around the heating coils. They are generally not the top choice among users who vape heavily, and some find that they do not produce the same level of quality in flavors as Clearomizers. Benefits of Cartomizers however, are that they are easy to refill and they are very affordable.
Clearomizers, as you may have taken note from the name, are clear tanks, made of either pyrex glass or polycarbonate plastic. Clear tanks give the benefit of being able to view your level of liquid at all times.
These devices use coils to transfer the e-liquid to the wicks for heating, and they can be either top coil or bottom coil configurations. Clearomizers generally have a larger capacity than Cartomizers, and those who swear by them claim they offer the best flavor. However, they tend to be more costly than Cartomizers.
Tanks can be found all across the e-cigarette market, with a large range of quality. Choosing between top coil and bottom coil tanks can be tricky for some, and for many vapers, they hold absolute opinions about which style is better.
While there are many popular types and models, not all are superior. What every user essentially is looking for in a tank is excellent performance, an absence of leakage, and the ability to handle liquid and allow great flavor to come through.
The Kanger Protank and Kanger Evod tanks are considered by many to be some of the best available, however they are not without flaws.
The Protank models have run into issues such as producing burnt flavor, which is often a result of the wick and the coils of the ProTank, because the excess pieces of wick interfere with the performance of the coils. Another problem is leaking; Kanger’s tanks are known to have this issue.
When choosing among tanks, right now VaporZone is producing some of the market’s best offerings. Because they were designed to target many of the problems seen with the majority of tanks that are commercially available, they were truly designed to surpass in performance.
If you are looking for the best bottom coil clearomizer, such as one that compares to the Kanger Protank 2, the VaporZone Platinum Clearomizer Tank is an ideal option. It features a large 2.5 ml tank, and it was designed for the heaviest use.
It’s a spacious tank, engineered for supreme durability, and designed meticulously to avoid leakage. If you are looking for tank models that compare to the top coil Kanger Evod, the VaporZone Pro-L is an exceptional match. Designed for heavy use in a mid-sized tank, this top coil tank has 1.5 ml capacity. Both tanks are compatible with all 510 eGo style thread batteries.
When it comes to finding the right tank, you are faced with a wide range of options, so knowing what to look for, and knowing what the products offer will make things simpler. If possible, try out all the options, because when vaping with AVP’s one really important aspect is getting hands-on with the products, and experiencing them for yourself.