Parts of a Vape Tank
No matter what tank you purchase, there will be an atomizer element to it. In fact, when you break it down the majority of vaping devices only have three parts: a tank, a battery, and an atomizer.
The tank, of course, is the container that holds the e-juice and the coil(s), or heating element. The e-juice saturates the wicking material surrounding the coils. The size of the tank is important because it dictates the amount of e-juice you can carry at one time. If you buy a tank that is too small, you will be filling it up often. If it is too big, your vape setup may look off balanced and awkward.
The construction of the tank is also important. Cheap glass will break ease and plastic may breakdown with citric flavors. Pyrex glass is the most durable and will last a long time, but make sure to grab extra glass tubes if the tank you buy offers replaceable glass tanks.
The atomizer is, as they say, where the magic happens. It is the heating element that warms your e-juice up to a vapor, allowing for the entire vaping process to take place. That is why virtually all of the tanks on the market have a level of quality that’s determined by the atomizer it uses.
Atomizers contain a coil that when connected to a battery heats up to create the vaporization – or “vapor” – that you inhale.
Clearomizers Vs. Cartomizers
There are two basic kinds of tanks out there: Clearomizers and Cartomizers. Depending on your vaping style and preferences, you may easily gravitate more toward one than the other.
Clearomizers are the more common tank these days. They are easily refillable, easily interchangeable between different batteries, and come in a variety of sizes and styles to fit all different kinds of vapers. Clearomizer generally uses a wick to deliver the e-juice to the coil for vaping.
When choosing a clearomizer you should consider these factors:
• Capacity – Tanks come in all different sizes. A pack of smokes is roughly equivalent to 2 mL of e-liquid, so if you are a pack a day smoker, you will probably want a tank with at least 2 mL in capacity.
• Top Coil – A top coil tank produces a warmer vapor.
• Bottom Coil – Bottom coil produces a cooler vapor.
• Dual Coil – Uses more battery power, but provides a cool, even vapor.
• Top Fill or Bottom Fill – Top fill tanks are easier to fill with e-juice, but bottom fill tanks have better wick absorption.
• Airflow Control – Some tanks may come with airflow control valves to help facilitate a larger vapor if desired.
Cartomizers are generally considered the more disposable kind of tanks. The originally weren’t designed to be refilled, but vapers are nothing if not ingenious, and many of these cartos can be reused. Rather than using a wick, cartomizers use poly-fil to absorb the e-liquid, much like a filter, before the coil vaporizes it.
Most cartomizers come pre-filled and for those that are looking the easiest possible e-liquid solution, they may find cartos fit the bill. They are inexpensive and if you aren’t planning on refilling, they are likely the easiest option as well.
Cartomizers have two different coil styles:
• Vertical Coil – The vertical coil runs parallel inside the tank. Wrapped in poly-fil, it provides an even heat distribution for the vaping process.
• Horizontal Coil – The horizontal coil in cartomizers uses wicks to bring the e-liquid solution to the atomizer.
Atomizer Coil Types:
Arguably the most popular coil thanks to its low-cost and ease of use. Kanthal is the most popular by many top vendors. Used for Wattage mode only.
S.S. coils have a faster ramp up than Kanthal and tend to last slightly longer than Kanthal coils. Extremely flexible, S.S. coils can be used with wattage and temp control mods and provide maximum flavor
Nickel (Ni200) Coils
Nickel is the next step up primarily due to its ability to heat up faster than Kanthal/S.S. but is primarily only for Temp Control mods due to its ability to melt at extremely high temperatures.
Used mainly for temp control mods thanks to its ability to heat up and cool down rapidly. The majority of pre-built coils by popular vendors use titanium for temp control mods as they can also be vaped in wattage mode devices and help get the most out of heavier VG juices.
Most e-cig users will experience a variety of kinds of tanks in their lifetime as a vaper. Understanding the different elements of what can go into a tank will help you hone in on the features you want and enable you to find just the right tank for your specific needs.
Temperature Control Vaping:
Getting an awful taste from a dry hit is not pleasant at all. Neither is being forced to replace the wick in your coil because you burnt it, especially if it happens in a bad time. Also, you may be getting frustrated of the vapes that seem way hotter than they should be. Well, if you noticed any of these things and you would like to do something about it, the Temperature Control Vaping (TC) is exactly what you need. This technology seems to be helping a lot of people by reducing the harmful consequences of nicotine and limiting the coils temperature. By that, it prevents the dry hits, burnt wicks or simply doesn’t let it get hotter than it should.
If you are just starting with TC Mod, you should do it from a low point and then experiment higher temperatures later. The most frequent vaping temperatures range of 200°C- 250°C / 392°F – 480°F. The temperature is usually adjusted in the 5°C or 10°F increments. Once you take control of your coil’s temperature, it won’t take long until you start increasing or decreasing it. According to your preference, it will be way more comfortable to use your vaporizer that way. This will help from getting burnt every once in a while.
What materials should be used?
If you are going to use the Temperature Control, you can forget the Kanthal and the Nichrome as main materials. Take a look at the materials you should use instead and why are they better:
Pure Nickel (Ni) 200: It is the most recommended material by all the manufacturers, especially because the calibrations of the chips are performed and has the most known resistivity change curve.
The diameters to be used range from 0.25 to 0.4. A very simple criterion to choose them is the space that we have to realize the resistance: 0.25 for the RDA with reduced housing and RTA, Penelope type, and the greater thicknesses for RDA where normally you have more space. For genesis in spite of having space is usually recommended of 0.25. Technically, it can be found in all the major stores. However, this material has some detractors for health issues.
*Nevertheless, temp control vaping should only be attempted after learning more about the technical side of vaping and having a more advanced knowledge of resistance in general.*
Thankfully, the evolution of temp control vaping has made it much easier with the ability to purchase pre-built TC coils, making the process much simpler and the user only needs to make sure they have a vape mod capable of TC vaping.
How much should you spend on a good vape tank? This is debatable on many levels but ultimately the price should be considered irrelevant as the tank itself should be a one-time purchase. Within reason, of course, I mean I personally would never spend more than $100 on a tank ( some go up to $300-$400) but you also get what you pay for (i.e. a tank for $10 is probably not going to be reliable). The more important question is how much is too much to spend on replacement coils for that tank. Barring any physical damage, the vape tank itself can (and should) last for years. However, atomizers will fluctuate on their lifespan depending on a few different factors:
- Overall daily use of your device (light vaper to heavy vaper)
- Rate of temperate and wattage used consistently
Some say your coil should last two weeks – up to two months. Ultimately you are going to have to find this out for yourself based off of your vaping routine. Thankfully it’s very easy to tell if your atomizer is toast, cause your juice will start to taste burnt. If your vape juice starts to taste burnt within two weeks, odds are you’re vaping at a higher wattage than the atomizer is capable of handling. This is were reading reviews is important in helping you to not have to guess on a quality tank. Most replacement coils run between $15-$30 for a pack of three, or sometimes five, and that’s pretty much par for the course.