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Vape Tanks 101
Once people started customizing e-cigarettes, it was clear that an option beyond selling starter kits needed to be addressed. In order for a vaper to
customize their experience and get exactly the vapor they were looking for, manufacturers began offering tanks on their own, giving the vapor a new level of control over their ultimate vapor production.
While there are a few e-cigarette methods that do not employ tanks, most all of the e-cigarettes you see out in the world have some sort of tank element—even if you are using a disposable model.
The varieties of tanks that are out there range in sizes, construction, style, indeed every aspect of customizable tanks that you can think of, but where does one start.
No matter what tank you purchase, there will be an atomizer element to it. In fact, when you break it down the e-cigarettes only has three parts: a tank, a battery and an atomizer. 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 are also atomizers.
Atomizer contain a coil that when connected to a battery heats up to create the vaporization, or e-cigarette aerosol that is the “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 use 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 difference 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: Kanthal Coils
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.
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