The e-cig you are most likely to try the first time is a disposable or rechargeable mini cig. It uses a cartridge or cartomizer system, and you might be able to purchase refillable cartomizers at some point to go with a rechargeable battery. These only hold a few drops of e-liquid and they run out quickly, making them expensive, frustrating, and wasteful.
The biggest problem here is that while tanks hold more juice, the batteries will not last as long as the e-liquid you fill them with. At least they are easier to refill than blank cartomizers and you can see how much liquid is left while you vape.
Once you go this route, you’ll also learn which tanks last longest, as certain set-ups burn our faster, depending on the type of juice used.
Usually, it takes just a few months of vaping on mini cigs to decide a bigger battery will suit you better. It might not be as discrete and you could draw attention using a vaping tank system, but at least no one will think you are smoking. Many consumer use cigalikes when they are on the road, and bigger e-cigs at home.
The smallest vapor tank system uses a 350mAh battery. One unusual example is the Air by VaporFi. Usually, tanks and batteries are cylindrical, but the Air mouthpiece, tank, and battery are squashed.
With a 350mAh battery, you do not need a huge tank. But there are variable sizes from just over 1ml to as many as 6mls. Consumers report that these values are deceptive: a lot of tanks don’t hold as much as they say.
Still, if you are going to use an 1100mAh battery, it’s great to own a tank that will work as long as the power source lasts. Even if the threading was right for a smaller clearomizer, it would look strange on a big battery.
Complexities with Tanks
Now that you have size worked out, what are the variations between tanks? There have to be some good reasons for their price differences. Sometimes the markup by a company is high, but a lot of brands really do vary in quality or complexity.
For instance, a number of tanks have been designed for rebuilding. You can take out old coils, wicks, and atomizers. Resistance can be changed. Not every tank is made so parts unscrew: cheap ones are sealed so they cannot be rebuilt.
Threading is another issue to consider. That is, will a tank fit your battery? Common threading values are 510, 801, 306, and 901. It’s like picking the right nut to go on a bolt.
Most tanks are made of plastic, a material that varies in quality and strength. Though cheap and durable, a plastic tank will crack when filled with certain e-liquids.
Pay more — sometimes considerably more — and you can own a Pyrex, borosilicate, or stainless steel tank. The last of these is not clear but has a window on the side allowing you to gauge how much liquid remains. Plus, stainless steel is pretty tough to crack.
Pyrex is durable enough to undergo the rigors of being taken apart and put back together. It will break if dropped from high enough, but can be filled with any liquid you like.
Brands of Tanks
The most popular brands of tank systems come from Kanger, Innokin, and Vision. Some are filled from the bottom, others from the top. A few have attached mouthpieces that limit leakage but are usually hard on your lips, and you can’t swap them over for rubber ones.
Many models are available in multiple solid or tinted colors like purple, pink, or blue.