All vapers are aware there are severalcritical components that make up an e-cigarette – without any of which thedevice simply won’t work. One of these is the e-cig tank; the component that,connected to the battery, holds the e-liquid, enabling it to meet the heatingcoil and be transformed into vapor and inhaled by the e-cig user.
Thus, when it comes to modifying,improving and personalising your e-cig, carefully deliberating over choosing atank and experimenting with different versions (most likely bought from a vapeshop, online or otherwise) can play as big a role in that as any of thedevice’s other parts. So, just what kind of tanks are out there? And what arethe ins-and-outs of tanks one needs to consider…?
Adisposable tank or a rebuildable tank?
First up, which is better – a tank thatsticks around and can be worked on or one that has a shorter lifespan? Well,taking the latter kind first, a disposable tank is, as you’d expect, thecheaper of the two options and offers decent performance; plus, because itwon’t last too long before you get the chance to replace it and try somethingdifferent (up to six months), it’s a good option for those new to vaping.
Conversely, a rebuildable tank (or an RTA)tends to offer terrific performance and enables the indulgence of those who arebeginning to cultivate vaping into a hobby and not just experiencing it as anactivity. The emphasis here then is on changing the bits that make up a tankand the many hours it inevitably takes to build one that a user’s fully happywith.
Atop coil or a bottom coil?
The heated coil in an e-cig is what thefluid – or e-juice – comes into contact with to create the vapor or mist andcan be positioned as either a top or bottom coil in the device. Put simply, theadvantage of using a top coil is it’ll most likely result in a hotter vapor,which in turn’ll ensure that the atomiser (or ‘atty’) – the bit of the e-cigthat essentially contains the coil – enjoys a longer life-span. But it’ll alsomean that, due to increased heat, the e-liquid won’t last as long, while dryhits (inhaling when there’s little or no vapor and bad taste) likely becomemore common. Should you opt instead for a bottom coil, the vapor won’t be ashighly heated, thus you’ll be less liable to experience dry hits, but with abottom coil the atomiser doesn’t tend to last as long; wearing out quicker.
Aglass tank or a plastic tank?
As you may have guessed, the cheaperoption here is to pump for a plastic tank – or one made out of acrylic orpolycarbonate. Such tanks can also boast to being more durable and so not soprone to everyday wear and tear as glass alternatives – for instance, shouldyou drop a plastic-based tank, it’s probably unlikely to break there and then.That said, be warned; plastic/ acrylic/ polycarbonate tanks do tend to crack orbecome otherwise damaged due to use containing acidic e-juices.
Meanwhile, the upside with glass tanks is,of course, in most cases you’ll probably find they look more elegant andstylish than their plastic counterparts – and they’re strong too; in that,acidic e-liquids will damage them less over time. Additionally, they oftenenable enhanced airflow in conjunction with being able to contain an abundanceof vapor. Be aware, though, that they’ll pretty much definitely break ifthey’re dropped and they’re pricier than plastic tanks.
Anatomiser or a cartomiser?
Things move fast in the e-cig world and soexplains the evolution of the atomiser and cartridge components in the deviceinto one single cartomiser (yes, a portmanteau word, adopted as it’s literallya combination of both the aforementioned components). The advantages of optingfor a cartomiser are obvious – the e-cig user no longer had to faff aboutdripping the fluid into the cartridge so it can be heated by the atomiser; thecartomiser contains both, quickening the process considerably and, one mightsay, making the e-cig itself even more user-friendly. Technically speaking, acartomiser comprises a casing (plastic or metal) inside which a coil atomiser(single or dual) sits, wrapped in material to absorb the e-liquid; depending onthe size of the cartomiser, potentially a generous amount.
Fair enough; but what advocates the use ofan old-fashioned atomiser instead? Well, some vapers inevitably prefer drippingtheir fluid into the e-cig manually, not just because they like sticking withwhat they’re used to, but also enjoy having total control as they vape. Thus,there are things to definitely recommend both a cartomiser and an atomiser.