Introduction

As vaping has grown in popularity over the years, more and more vapers have been eagerly pushing the limits of what’s possible. Finding out just how big those clouds can be, how intense you can make the flavours and how hard a hit you can draw from your E-liquid has become a sub-culture in its own right, not to mention driven more than its fair share of industry innovations. We have a name for this trend for bigger clouds and intense experiences: sub-ohm vaping.

For those who aren’t aware, sub-ohm vaping means using a vape coil with a resistance below 1 ohm. This lets more energy pass through the coil when it’s soaked in E-liquid, giving you bigger, more intense clouds from the same substance. Sub-ohm vaping is seen as a step up from regular vaping, something that vapers with a desire for increasingly intense hits aspire to.

Just as you need to be more experienced at vaping to properly enjoy sub-ohm, you need the right equipment for it too. Although plenty of devices will support sub-ohm vaping in theory, if you don’t have a tank that meets particular requirements you simply won’t be getting the best sub-ohm experience. Your mod may support a sub-ohm coil but without an adjustable airflow or wide enough drip-tip, it’ll be a waste.

With that in mind, we’ve made a list of the absolute best choices for sub-ohm tanks that were around for 2020. Although it was a tough year with plenty of complications, that didn’t stop the industry from innovating at a fantastic pace. Now that we’re a good few months away from it, we can look back on the whole year and decide just which tanks proved themselves to be a fantastic choice for sub-ohm vapers, both in 2020 and for a long time still to come.

10.  Uwell Valyrian 2

Crown pod

OUR RATING (/5):

3.2

PROS

  • Uwell’s signature self-cleaning system.
  • Mesh coils that enhance airflow and flavour.
  • Secure, button activated top-fill hatch.

CONS

  • Some vapers say the airflow is too wide, letting in too much air even at the lowest setting.
  • Uses very large quantities of E-liquid.

Overall Review

Uwell has long been known as a manufacturer dedicated to the longevity of their coils and the quality of vape experience you get. The Valyrian 2 follows in this proud tradition, giving you a tank that prioritises ease of maintenance and excellence of performance. Using Uwell’s signature self-cleaning technology, the upkeep of this tank is straightforward and effective. Using wide surface area mesh coils the Valyrian 2 enhances the inherent flavour of any E-liquid, giving you a wealth of taste to match the intensity of your sub-ohm hit. At 6ml there’s plenty of space in here, even with the rate at which this tank gobbles up E-liquid.

RRP: £18-£20

9. Innokin Ajax

OUR RATING (/5):

3.5

PROS

  • Double adjustable airflow.
  • Good quality mesh coil for enhanced flavour and large clouds.

CONS

  • Small 2ml tank.
  • Some users complain of a leak from the airflow valve.

Overall Review

When it comes to a sub-ohm tank one of the most underrated features is a solid airflow system. The Innokin Ajax has this as a vital strength, with its adjustable double airflow ring allowing for a strictly measured amount of cool air to enter the vape. This ensures that even the hardest sub-ohm hits don’t get too hot for comfort. Add onto this a mesh coil made to ensure some big clouds and you have a fantastic sub-ohm tank. At a reasonable £15 from most retailers, this is a wonderful choice for a sub-ohm beginner.

RRP: £15

8. Uwell Crown 4

OUR RATING (/5):

3.8

PROS

  • Self-cleaning.
  • Well designed heating chamber and airflow, minimises risk of leaks.
  • Integrated helix mesh, even more flavour enhancement and cloud size.

CONS

  • Tank can reach uncomfortable temperatures.

Overall Review

Another Uwell product on the list already? Well, whilst the Valyrian 2 is an excellent piece of hardware in its own right, we can’t deny that the Crown 4 is essentially an upgrade. With an integrated helix-shaped mesh coil it equals the flavour and cloud production of the Valyrian 2 with a better designed airflow, giving you more options for cooling your vapes. Still with the same self-cleaning properties Uwell has become known for, the Crown 4 takes all the strengths of the Valyrian 2 and builds on them. At a more than reasonable RRP -though it should be noted there have been some supply issues- this is a wonderful tank for an experienced sub-ohm vaper and a novice alike.

RRP: £10-£15

7. Wirice Launcher

Jack

OUR RATING (/5):

4

PROS

  • Stylish design.
  • Designed for easy coil swapping from the top.

CONS

  • Cost.
  • Limited compatibility with coils.

Overall Review

The Wirice Launcher is without a doubt a tank that prizes style and uniqueness above all else. Its sleek, matte black finish and overall design is very aesthetically pleasing, sure to go with a wide range of mods. It’s doing an industry-rarity with a top-loaded coil design, something we can’t recall ever being done so successfully before. By having both the E-liquid hatch and coil at the top of the vape this tank ensures quick, mess-free access for those essential swaps and refills. Although impressive, limited compatibility stops it from going further on this list.

RRP: £20-£25

6. Vaporesso NRG-S

Vaporesso Tank

OUR RATING (/5):

4

PROS

  • Large tank capacity.
  • Good range of coil support, integration with Vaporesso GT coils.
  • Solid temperature resistance.

CONS

  • Consumes a lot of E-liquid.
  • Cost.

Overall Review

Vaporesso is a set name in the vaping industry, with a reputation as manufacturers of fantastic mods and coils. Their exploration into tanks had been a little underwhelming in comparison, until the NRG-S came along that is. This large 8ml tank has a huge range of customisability, compatible with Vaporesso’s full line of fantastic GT coils. A solidly designed and visually pleasing tank, its top-fill hatch and plexiglass centre makes it easy fill and easier to check. Vaporesso has finally made an excellent sub-ohm tank to go along with their excellent sub-ohm devices.

RRP: £20-£25

5. Uwell Nunchaku 2

Uwell nunchaku 2

OUR RATING (/5):

4.2

PROS

  • Wide range of coil options, regular and mesh varieties.
  • Uwell self-cleaning system.
  • Good range of E-liquid compatibility.

CONS

  • Cost.
  • Small tank.

Overall Review

We have to admit it, Uwell really does make fantastic sub-ohm tanks. Appearing on this list more times than any other manufacturer, their dedication to design and quality has earned them a place in our top 5. All their hard work comes together in the Nunchaku 2, a higher-cost tank that does everything the Crown 4 and Valyrian 2 does with even more success. Taking the best they have to offer in mech coil technology, with an adjustable airflow and Uwell’s prolific self-cleaning technology, the Nunchaku adds on an even greater range of coil options. Designed specifically to accommodate a wide variety of E-liquids without loss of quality, this tank is a solid workhorse of hardware that will cater to a huge range of sub-ohm vapers.

RRP: £20.00

4. Freemax M PRO 2

Jack

OUR RATING (/5):

4.5

PROS

  • Supports the fantastic Maxus Pro line of coils, good quality with good range.
  • Dual airflow ring.
  • Well designed top-fill system paired with glass casing.

 

CONS

  • Cost.
  • Originally released in 2018, a solid design but may soon become obsolete.

Overall Review

The Freemax M Pro 2 is a sub-ohm tank that takes the best features of sub-ohm vaping and doubles down on them. With a good-sized 5ml tank, the Pro 2 uses an adjustable dual airflow ring to let you find your perfect airflow. The tank itself is built specifically around supporting the Maxus Pro line of coils, an innovative range that uses a combination of mesh and tea-fibre cotton to really bring out the cloud density and flavour of any E-liquid. With a wide range of these coils to choose from, the Freemax M Pro 2 can be tailored to fit your tastes flawlessly.

RRP: £32.99

3. SMOK TFV16

Smok alien

OUR RATING (/5):

4.6

PROS

  • Secure locking system effectively prevents leakage.
  • Specifically designed for huge clouds and intense flavour.
  • Dual 18650’s, does what the Smok G-PRIV 3 does but better.

CONS

  • Small tank.
  • Limited coil range.

  • High E-liquid consumption.

Overall Review

Although SMOK caters its hardware to a wide range of vapers, the TFV series in particular is aimed squarely at cloud chasers. The TFV16 is the current peak of this trend, a tank made specifically for big clouds and big flavour. Compatible with a range of dual mesh coils, though often coming with the option of single mesh, the wider drip-tip is designed to allow you to achieve those larger clouds without losing any flavour intensity. When paired with a mod of sufficient output, this tank will give you some wonderfully big clouds at the perfect temperature.

RRP: £25-£30

2. Geekvape Zeus

Vaporesso Gen

OUR RATING (/5):

4.8

PROS

  • Stylish.
  • Fantastic coil range. 
  • Perfect protection against leakage and dry-hits.

  • Easy coil-swap and integration.

CONS

  • Some supply and pricing issues, best purchased as part of a full kit.
  • Small tank.

Overall Review

Geekvape is a trusted manufacturer that has produced some truly great hardware in recent years. Their ventures into tanks have given them a wealth of experience, all of which has come together in the Zeus. Using the very best in thoughtful design, this tank pairs a secure locking mechanism with a combination of top and bottom airflow condensers, allowing for heightened flavour and cloud size all whilst ensuring a tight, leak-proof design. Sleek and modular, the simple screw-in connector ensures that swapping out coils and refilling the tank is quick and straightforward. It supports a wide range of coils, all within a utilitarian and stylish casing. With some overwhelmingly positive reviews, the Zeus is a sub-ohm tank that has won the heart of vapers the world over.

RRP: £20- £25

1. Aspire Odan

Aspire Odan

OUR RATING (/5):

5

PROS

  • Lift-and-push top fill design makes it superbly leak-proof.
  • Self-sealing, easy to swap coils without making a mess.
  • Stylish, appealing design in a variety of patterns.

  • Wide drip-tip for big clouds.

CONS

  • Somewhat limited coil range.
  • No particular specialisation; not for those who want an extremely powerful or extremely

Overall Review

Many of the tanks in this list specialise in one particular aspect of sub-ohm vaping: the cloud size, the coil range, the flavour intensity, etc. All of these are important factors that vapers value in their sub-ohm experience; but no tank out there finds a better balance between all of them than the Aspire Oden. This tank is the perfect all-rounder: a well-designed chimney supporting powerful coils, with an internal configuration that makes the most out of the hardware you plug in to it. A self-sealing tank makes it easy to swap out coils without a mess, whilst the lift-and-push lock makes it superbly leak proof. Its good E-liquid economy is matched by a wide drip-tip that is perfect for generating big clouds without losing flavour or guzzling up too much E-liquid. Available in either a 2ml or 5ml capacity, we’d always advise you to go for the larger option to minimise the times when you run dry. The Aspire Odan is a perfectly balanced tank for sub-ohm vaping, giving you the absolute best that can be had from this vaping style whilst minimising the downsides. That’s why it gets our #1 spot for the best sub-ohm tanks of 2020.

RRP: £25