Best Tanks & Atomizers 2018 - RDAs, rebuildables, cleartomizers & RTAs

Best Vape Tanks 2018

Our best tanks and rebuildable atomizers page is finally here. Ecigguide brings you the top performing cloud chasing accessories on the market ranked according to their vapor production, flavor, throat hit and overall build quality. Whether you're looking for an RDA for your mechanical or a sub ohm tank for your vape mod, all the products listed here have passed all our rigorous tests.

Paying the biggest price doesn't always get you the best performance and that's why it's important to choose an atomizer intended to suit your personal needs. Sub ohm tanks and rebuild-able dripping atomizers are usually designed for big clouds and flavor. Regular tanks and mid-range RTA's are intended for moderate wattage's. These sometimes come with two types of coils and are suited for both direct lung and mouth to lung vaping styles. Mouth to lung only tanks are intended for beginners as well as for all those who enjoy the cigarette-type draw.

We tested these atomizers and tanks on a variety of mods and with a variety of e-liquids. Some of them work great with high VG, others not so much. Some are best for flavor while others chuck out clouds like fog machines. That's why we divided them into multiple categories and ranked them accordingly.

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Best Tanks & Atomizers

Best rated based on: Brand Model Price
Best Sub Ohm Tank SMOK TVF14 Cloud Beast King $34.95
Horizon Tech Arco $31.95
Best for beginners Asvape Cobra $37.99
Best Multi-function Tanks Kanger Protank 4 $28.95
Carrys T4-R $22.80
Best MTL tanks Aspire Nautilus 2 $29.99
Vapefly Nicolas $26.00
Best RDA's 525 Customs Goon LP $74.95
Recoil Rebel RDA $59.95

Best tanks for SUB OHM vaping

SMOK TVF12 Cloud Beast King

Best Vape Tanks 2018

We call it the beast, but you probably know it as the Smok TFV12 Cloud Beast King. It is by far one of the most powerful tanks we ever tested and it's unbeatable when it comes to clouds and flavor. With a 25mm diameter and a total capacity of 6ml, you can rock this bad boy up to 200W. Works perfectly with high VG e-liquids and it's clearly not something for the fainthearted.

This powerhouse is compatible with seven types of atomizer heads and it's available in nine different colors, including rainbow. Build quality is very good. Top fill works without flaw. Also it's the perfect choice for all those looking fill up a room with vapor in under one minute.

Pro's: Vapor production, capacity, power

Cons: Quite big, doesn't perform well at lower wattages

Verdict: The Smok TFV12 Cloud Beast King is our number one choice when it comes to sub ohm tanks. It's a very powerful, high output sub ohm atomizer with multiple coils and cloud chasing capabilities. Read the full Smok TFV12 Cloud Beast King review here

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Horizon Tech Arco

Best Vape Tanks 2018

One of the first tanks to ever use flax paper inside its coils, the Horizon Tech Arco is also one of the best. This outstanding piece of engineering not only looks good but also performs like a real champion. It comes with two types of coils and it's best used between 70 - 90W.

It's one of the best looking tanks we tries so far and it looks great on top of any mod. The flax paper has a major impact on flavor and it's one of the reasons we love the Arco. Coils last for a very long time and the break-in period is very small. It's a product you can't go wrong with if you're looking for big clouds.

Pro's: Great vapor, great flavor, great looks

Cons: Flax paper break in period

Verdict:The Horizon Tech Arco is a great tank for any amateur cloud chaser. The flax paper coils have a richer flavor and vapor production is off the charts. Also the glossy finish is definitely going to get you noticed. Read the full Horizon Tech Arco review here.

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Ijoy Exo X

Best Vape Tanks 2018

At only 53mm tall the IJOY EXO X hides some pretty impressive coils under its bonnet. It's one of the top performing tanks when it comes to vapor production and yet it's pretty small in size. The coils are engineered to perfection with rich vapor and lip-biting flavor. Airflow is more than generous and it's a tank best used at 60-70W.

The atomizer is easy to refill, doesn't leak and handles VG e-liquids perfectly. The coils last for a very long time and with a capacity of 4.7ml it's enough for a couple of decent vape hours.

Pro's: Great vapor, great flavor, compact size

Cons: Goes through a lot of e-liquid fast

Verdict: Built for big flavorsome clouds, the iJoy EXO X does not disappoint. This 24.5mm sub ohm tank feels very robust and the coils are really good. Read the full iJoy EXO X review here.

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Best SUB OHM Tanks for Beginners

Asvape Cobra

Best Vape Tanks 2018

Presentation is good but performance is even better. The Asvape Cobra tank is our personal recommendation for beginners looking to sub ohm. Measuring only 42.5mm in height and with a diameter of 24mm this tiny cloud chukker is really amazing. The coils are perfect for flavor and vapor and build quality is well above the price tag.

It's the perfect tank for a moderate powered mod as you won't need more than 40W to fully unleash its potential. It comes with a spare glass tube and spare O-rings and it's so easy to fill up with e-liquid.

Pro's: Easy to use, great flavor

Cons: Tinted glass tube makes it hard to see eliquid level when it's dark

Verdict: Inspired by the famous 1986 movie, the Asvape Cobra tank offers great value at an affordable price. Looks great, vapes great and it's so easy to use. Great for beginners and intermediate users alike. Read the full Asvape Cobra tank review here. BO One pod mod review here.

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Best Multi-use Tanks

Kanger Protank 4

Best Vape Tanks 2018

With an important legacy behind, the Kanger Protank 4 is in our opinion the best tank if you want to try both mouth to lung and direct lung vaping. Besides the stock coils you also get an RBA coil head which you can set up in any way you like. The 4ml juice capacity is reasonable and since it has 22mm diameter it will fit on virtually any mod.

Unlike the original Protank this newer version has top fill and the airflow has been improved. Flavor ad vapor production are pretty good and it's one of the most versatile tanks we ever tested.

Pro's: Build quality, vapor production, comes with an RBA base

Cons: Non replaceable glass tube

Verdict: A really versatile and well-built tank, the Kanger Protank 4 is perfect for intermediate vapers. You can experience both mouth to lung and direct lung inhale styles and vapor and flavor are outstanding. Coil life is also good and the build quality is what Kanger got us used to. Read the full Kanger Protank 4 review here. Aspire Gusto Mini review here.

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Carrys T4 R

Best Vape Tanks 2018

The Carrys T4-R is one of nicest looking tanks we ever got the chance to taste. The resin body has unique patterns and its vibrant green color makes it looks nice on any mod. It's a tank aimed towards beginners or intermediate vapers and it comes with two types of coils.

The 5ml capacity combined with the 0.6 Ohm and 1.5 Ohm coils will make you forget about eliquid refills. However the direct lung atomizer does require a bit more power but it gives better flavor and vapor.

Pro's: Resin body, unique color pattern, versatility

Cons: Hard to find spare atomizer heads

Verdict: The Carrys T4-R is beautiful resin tank that also performs flawlessly. The airflow is a bit restrictive but it really improves flavor. Due to its glamorous appearance it's bound to get you noticed . Check out the full Carrys T4-R review here.

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Best Mouth to Lung tanks

Nautilus 2

Best Vape Tanks 2018

When it comes to mouth go lung vaping you cannot beat the Nautilus 2 from Aspire. Stepping on the footsteps of its predecessor, the coils on this bad boy are just phenomenal. Widely considered some of the best atomizer heads ever designed, both the 1.8 Ohm or the 1.6 Ohm give off fantastic flavor. Vapor production is also pretty good, especially if you try out the new 0.7 Ohm coil.

The 2ml capacity is more than reasonable for a mouth to lung tank and the build quality is flawless. Even the mouthpiece feels incredibly comfortable and really adds to the overall experience. Looks are the only downside to this product, since it mostly has a 'love it or hate it�?� kind of design.

Pro's: Flavor, build quality, coils

Cons: Looks

Verdict: The Aspire Nautilus 2 is one of the best tanks out there for mouth to lung vaping. Build quality is fantastic, coils are perfect and the overall experience is amazing. Read the full Aspire Nautilus 2 review here.

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Vapefly Nicolas

Best Vape Tanks 2018

Our second favorite tank for mouth to lung vaping is the Vapefly Nicolas. This tiny 3ml flavor machine has some pretty good coils and it's more than affordable. With a diameter of 22mm and a height of 46mm it's compatible with any box mod out there. And since you'll only be using it between 12 - 23W it doesn't require a lot of power.

There are two types of coils for this tank: the 1.8 Ohm and the 0.6 Ohm. First works best at around 12W and gives cooler vapor and a nice throat hit. Second you can take up to 25W and it offers denser and slightly warmer vapor.

Pro's: Airflow adjustment

Cons: Coils don't last as long as on the competitor

Verdict: The Vapefly Nicolas is one of our favorite mouth to lung tanks. It's easy to use, the adjustable airflow has so many options and flavor is more than great. Read the full Vapefly Nicolas review here.

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Best RDA's

Goon LP RDA

Best Vape Tanks 2018

With its legendary 810 ULTEM drip tip, the GOON LP is our favorite RDA so far. Build quality on this tiny fog machine is very impressive. It also feels it could survive a nuclear war and it chucks clouds like an absolute monster. It's very easy to mount your build due to the clamp system on the deck and flavor is off the charts with this one.

This rebuildable dripping atomizer not only looks fantastic but it performs like a rock star. Everything about it feels top quality and pairs up perfectly with just about any high power box mod.

Pro's: Flavor, Vapor, Build quality

Cons: The coil can touch the top cap at times, if not perfectly aligned

Verdict: The Goon LP is our favorite RDA for the moment and it's one of the best products in this category. With exceptional build quality, great flavor and off the charts vapor, you can't go wrong with this one. Just keep your eyes out for clones, because they suck. Read the full Goon LP RDA review here.

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Recoil Rebel

Best Vape Tanks 2018

Designed by Grimm Green himself in collaboration with OhmBoyOC, the Recoil Rebel is quite an impressive RDA. Flavor on this tiny locomotive is unbelievable and the machining is close to perfect. You get two types of top caps, one for flavor and one for clouds and they both rock.

Compared to the original Performance RDA, the deck has been improved. You can now slide in your coils much easier and the grip on the flat head screws is amazing. It's the perfect cloud chasing accessory and we recommend using it beyond 60W to enjoy all the perks.

Pro's: Build quality, vapor production, deck

Cons: Not the cheapest RDA

Verdict: The Recoil Rebel is an exceptional RDA built for clouds and flavor. It's incredibly easy to build on and the material quality surpasses all expectations. Read the full Recoil Rebel RDA review here.

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Ijoy Wondervape RDA

Best Vape Tanks 2018

The iJoy Wondervape RDA ranks in 3rd because it has one of the best quality to price ratios on the market. This $30 atty has the same build quality and uses roughly the same materials as many of its high end competitors. It also comes in a variety of colors and has that Goon style drip tip which make it look so good on top of any mod.

You can use it in single coil mode so it's great for beginners too and it's easy to build on. Vapor and flavor are really impressive in this price range and the O-rings seal perfectly.

Pro's: Exceptional quality at an affordable price

Cons: Can't completely close off one airflow slot when in single coil mode

Verdict: The iJoy Wondervape RDA offers great quality at a more than reasonable price. It's easy to build on, a pleasure to use and the clouds are fantastic. Read the full iJoy Wondervape RDA review here.

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Leading tanks and rebuildable atomizers Winter 2018

  1. Smok TFV12 Cloud Beast King ' Best sub ohm tank for high VG
  2. Horizon Tech Arco ' Most affordable sub ohm tank for high VG
  3. Asvape Cobra - Best sub ohm tank for beginners
  4. Kanger Protank 4 ' Best mixed tank for LI and MTL
  5. Carrys T4-R ' Most affordable mixed tank for LI and MTL
  6. Aspire Nautilus 2 - Best tank for MTL
  7. Vapefly Nicolas ' Most affordable tank for mouth to lung
  8. Goon LP ' Best RDA
  9. Recoil Rebel ' Best RDA for overall quality

To give you an oversight on the best atomizers and tanks we tested so far we made this small top list. These devices are ranked according to their individual scores from each member of our team.

Atomizers and tanks explained

What is an atomizer?

An atomizer is the part of a personal vaporizer or electronic cigarette where the e-liquid is transformed into vapor. It consists of one or several coils as well surrounded by wicking material to soak up the juice. The Coil is usually made from Kanthal wire, Stainless Steel or Nickel and the wicking material is organic cotton. There are atomizers which use ceramic heating elements and others which use silica or a metallic mesh as wicks.

What is a vape tank?

A tank is the type of atomizer which has an e-liquid reservoir around the coil. This device works with replaceable coil heads and it is refillable. Depending on the resistance of the coil it uses we have regular and sub ohm tanks.

Vape tanks are the most popular group of atomizers. These are easy to use, easy to refill and require only a basic set of skills to function properly. They usually have a 510 connector that is compatible with the wide majority of box mods and vape pens.

Most taks are made from stainless steel and Pyrex glass, with O-rings on the top and bottom acting as seals. E-liquid from the reservoir constantly saturates the coil, where it's turned into vapor. Each type of tank is different and will only work with atomizer heads made specifically for that model.

The main types of atomizers

Atomizers fall under two main categories: non-rebuildable and rebuildable. Non rebuildable atomizers, also known as the tank, only work with stock coils. These cannot be re-coiled or re-wicked and have to be discarded once they go bad.

With rebuildable atomizers on the other hand you can build your own coils, re-wick them and enjoy superior flavor and vapor. Rebuildable atomizers fall into three different categories: RDAs, RTAs and RDTAs.

Rebuildable dripping atomizers or RDAs are the most popular type of rebuildable atomizers. These have an open deck design, and a very small e-liquid reservoir under the coils. The reservoir is not sealed so the atty always needs to be kept in vertical position. It's called a dripping atomizer because the user has to constantly pour e-liquid over the wicking material by removing the top cap or the drip tip.

RDAs give the best flavor and the biggest amount of vapor from all available atomizers. It's the reason they are used in competitions by professional vapers. They are usually paired with mechanical mods and require an advanced understanding of Ohm's laws of electricity.

Rebuildable tank atomizers or RTAs are very similar to tanks, but they work with rebuildable coils. Instead of the replaceable stock coils, these atomizers have a deck on which the user can attach the wire and wicking material. They have the advantage of great flavor as well as an e-liquid reservoir. These products are way more cost effective thank standard tanks, however they require understanding of the basic coiling, wicking and electricity principals.

Rebuildable dripping tank atomizers or RDTAs are basically a hybrid between RDAs and RTAs and they deliver the same impressive amount of vapor with the added benefit of having a small e-liquid reservoir under the coil.

For beginners

For beginners we usually recommend regular tanks with mouth to lung type of coils. These offer the same type of pull as an ordinary cigarette and it's a good place to start. Some tanks have different types of coils which the user can experiment with. You can even make the transition from mouth to lung inhales to direct to lung inhales which deliver a lot more vapor.

For intermediate users

For intermediate users we recommend sub ohm tanks. These produce a very good quantity of vapor and the flavor is also very good. Rebuildable tank atomizers are also a great choice, especially for those looking to build their own coils. You can easily adjust resistance and juice flow to be in full control of the overall vaping experience.

For Advanced users

Advanced users usually know exactly what to look for and many such vapers choose RDAs. These atomizers are built for vapor and flavor and they do not disappoint. They are perfect for any mechanical or state of the art electronic mod.

High performance sub ohm tanks are also suitable for advanced vapers. These tanks can operate at output powers of over 100W and their coils can handle high VG e-liquids without problems.