Here we take a look at the best sub-ohm tanks currently on the market. It’s been a busy year in the sub-ohm tank category, and the recent craze in mesh coils has seen some outstanding sub-ohm tanks released this year.
We have done our utmost to provide you with the top sub-ohm tanks from all of the ones we’ve tested. We haven’t had the pleasure to review every sub-ohm tank currently available. The industry is moving at such a fast pace that it may be difficult. So not all readers may agree with our current list. However, rest assured we will frequently update our list as more tanks are released and reviewed.
If you are looking for a sub-ohm tank, then browse through our list below to help you make your purchase decision.
Freemax M Pro 2
The Freemax M Pro 2 (or Maxus Pro) tank is a redesign of the classic and popular Freemax M Pro tank. This new version features a 5ml capacity, 27mm diameter, and a 510 connection pin for compatibility. The M Pro 2 has Three steel balls within the top cap that provide resistance to stop the tank opening by accident. Freemax introduces 904L M coils using the latest generation CoilTech 4.0 mesh. This mesh coil technology uses a Tea Fiber Cotton formula (95% Tea Fiber Cotton plus 5% Organic Cotton) for exceptional flavor.
Horizon Falcon 2
The HorizonTech Falcon 2 is the latest version of the original award-winning Falcon tank. With its 0.14Ω fan mesh coils, the Falcon 2 tank design provides intense flavor and massive vapor production. The Falcon 2 comes with a slide-to-fill mechanism for easy filling, while a push-fit coil change mechanism provides quick coil changes. Its construction is stainless steel and has a 5.2 mL max capacity with the provided bulb glass.
Freemax Fireluke 3
The Fireluke 3 tank is the latest upgrade to the well-known Fireluke Tank line up. It uses Freemax’s CoilTech 4.0-powered 904L X coils, made from SS904L/tea fiber combo. The Fireluke 3 also has the three steel balls mechanism for a more stable vaping experience and to avoid potential leaking. The Fireluke 3 is a 27.5 mm diameter tank that can fit up to 5 mL of juice capacity, and it is compatible with all Fireluke coils.
The OFRF NexMESH Sub-Ohm Tank is a conical mesh coil tank powered by a nexMESH coil. OFRF has equipped it with A1 and 316L mesh coils that provide a thicker mesh weave and smoother airflow. The tank is 25mm in diameter and fits up to 5.5 mL of vape juice. It has adjustable airflow, a push-to-fill top refill system, threadless coil swapping, and a shock-proof PCGT tank section that’s virtually indestructible.
The Zeus Tank by GeekVape is an advanced sub-ohm tank with a 26mm diameter and a 5ml vape juice capacity. The Zeus comes with two mesh coil options, dual fill ports for easy refilling, and features the same leak proof top-to-bottom airflow design as its rebuildable counterparts.
The Launcher Tank is a mesh sub-ohm tank produced by Wirice and Hellvape. The Launcher Tank has an ingenious design with a slide-in-loading (S.I.L) system, allowing you to swap the coils from the top. You don’t have to empty your tank! Just remove the drip tip, pull out the old coil, and insert a new one. The Launcher is 25mm in diameter and holds up to 5mL of juice. Launcher Tank comes with two mesh coils to provide you great vaping enjoyment.
Uwell Valyrian 2
The Valyrian 2 Mesh sub-ohm tank emulates the success of the original Valyrian tank. You can purchase it as part of the Valyrian 2 kit or a stand-alone tank. It features self-cleaning technology to minimize leaking by holding excess e-liquid in a condensation chamber, which is vaporized later. The Valyrian 2 is an excellent match on larger mods with 25mm diameter and 6ml e-liquid capacity. The Valyrian 2 adopts mesh coil technology and comes with a pre-installed single mesh coil and a dual mesh coil to achieve the same flavor quality.
The SMOK TFV16 is a beast perfectly designed for cloud chasers. Powered by either single, dual, or triple mesh coils allowing you to push power over 100 watts. The TFV16 Tank has a diameter of 27mm, a gigantic 9ml e-juice capacity, a sealed top refill system, and a secure locking mechanism to avoid leakage problems effectively.
Sub Tanks Explained
What is a Sub Ohm Tank?
Sub-Ohm Tanks (also called Sub Tanks, or Sub-Ohm Clearomizers) derive their name from being any tank where the coil’s resistance is lower than 1.0 ohm. However, the term is primarily used for tanks that use pre-made, factory-built, removable atomizer heads. The removable coil heads have a resistance of less than 1.0 ohm and screw into the tank’s base.
Sub-Ohm Atomizer Development
The coil resistance was rarely lower than 1.25 ohms through the years of atomizer development and could go as high as 5 ohms. However, vapers discovered that ultra-low resistance allowed higher power, which provided a much more intense vaping experience — with better flavor and much more vapor production. The sub-ohm craze then started.
The first sub-ohm tank on the market was the Aspire Atlantis, followed quickly by the popular Kanger Subtank. These were glass tanks with removable coil heads that had resistance as low as 0.5 ohms.
Then every vaping hardware manufacturer jumped on the bandwagon and came out with their lines of sub-ohm tanks. Featuring custom heads featuring; horizontal or vertical coils, in a single, dual, quad, or even eventually octet coil configurations, and reaching resistances as low as 0.15 ohms. 2015 was arguably the Year of the Sub-Ohm Tank, but now many think the crown of vaping goes to the new generation of RTAs.
Sub-Ohm Tanks vs. RTAs
A Sub-Ohm Tank differs from Rebuildable Tank Atomizer (RTA) as it uses pre-built factory coil heads.
At the same time, an RTA has a deck on which the vaper installs their coils. However, things do get a little crossed over as manufacturers of sub-ohm tanks offer RBA (Rebuildable Atomizer) heads for their Sub Ohm Tanks.
An RBA gives buyers the best of both worlds, as they can use the disposable factory heads or build their own. However, most RBA sections do not perform as well as RTAs. RTAs are more spacious and generally have higher-quality build decks.
Quick Tips and Tricks for Sub Ohm Tanks
Always prime the coil head before first use
When you have a new coil head drop 2-4 drops of e-liquid inside directly onto the coils and wicks, this is called “priming.” Once placed into a full tank, let the head sit for about ten minutes before initially firing. The complete absorption of e-liquid into the wick prevents burning the cotton wick and ruining the coil because it’s still dry.
Break in the coil head gradually
When using a new coil head, start firing at low wattage, say 20 watts. You probably won’t get as much flavor and perhaps little vapor, but you’re letting the coil head ease in, which is essential. Then gradually increase the power over time. Hitting a new coil head with 70W straight away irrelevant of how primed it is will probably dramatically shorten its lifespan.
Replace the coil head when necessary
Coil heads can wear out because either; the coils themselves gunk up with residue, or the wicking material gets burned loses its ability to wick e-liquid to the coils.
The simplest way to know that your coil head has seen better days is by the taste. If the flavor is diminishing or has a slightly funky taste, then it’s probably time to change the head.
Another option is, whenever you’re refilling a sub-ohm tank, examine your coil head. Once the wicking material is darker toward brown or black, it’s done and needs replacing with a new one.
Who are Sub-Ohm Tanks Suited to?
Sub-ohm tanks are ideal for vapers who want the convenience of quickly and easily installing a new coil without learning how to build their own. They still want that intense vaping experience with low ohm, high power vaping, which provides excellent flavor and big vapor production.