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Here Are 3 Key Differences Between Sub-ohm Tanks And Regular Tanks

Find out the major differences between these vaping devices

By Evelyn Valdez

November 14, 2018 in Vape Blog

2 min read

Differences between sub ohm tanks and regular tanks

At first glance, sub-ohm tanks and regular tanks may not seem that different if at all. However, there are some critical differences that make or break the sub-ohm vaping experience. Elite vapers with years of experience know the ins and outs of these tanks, but generally prefer to keep them a well-kept secret until they know whomever is asking about them is completely serious about modding. Regardless of the industry’s view on these types of tanks, we can share some critical differences between sub-ohm tanks and regular tanks.

  1. E-liquid Usage

    Because sub-ohm tanks are generally used on MODs, the e-liquid amount and type can differ drastically from those used in regular devices. Since MODs are mostly designed to create huge clouds of vapor, they use much more e-liquid per hit. Regular tanks, when fully filled, will last much longer on average than a sub-ohm tank’s e-liquid. Sub-ohmers will tend to stop every one to two vaping sessions to refill the tank, and the heavier users will stop to refill even more often. That said, this increased usage changes the throat hit of the inhale. Sub-ohm tanks cause hits to be much better lung hits.

  2. Airflow

    Another major difference that separates sub-ohm tanks from regular tanks is the type and customizability of airflow. Regular tanks have one or two airflow holes at maximum, while e-cigarettes will usually only have one airflow with restricted pull strength to emulate traditional cigarettes. Sub-ohm tanks, for the most part, will have up to three independently adjustable airholes. Most users will have all three at maximum airflow for that enhanced vapor production, but the adjustability plays a key part in getting that maximum flavor to vapor ratio when tweaked.

  3. E-Liquid Mixtures

    The type of e-liquid that is used in a sub-ohm tank is substantially different. Since each puff from a MOD consumes more e-liquid, then the nicotine concentration must naturally be less than that of a normal vaping e-liquid. You’ll see many sub-ohmers using juices with under 6 mg nicotine, as they state that any higher concentration and they would be feeling the effects of the nicotine far too much.

Furthermore, sub-ohm tanks are specially designed to work better with liquids high in the vegetable glycerin (VG) to propylene glycol (PG) content ratio. While most regular e-liquids use a higher percentage of propylene glycol, e-liquids suitable for sub-ohm vaping use much more vegetable glycerin due to its heavier and more voluminous vapor production. Vegetable glycerin is also slightly sweeter, and some claim that it enhances the flavor of many e-juices.

While sub-ohm and regular tanks are similar in many ways, the differences mentioned above highlight what divides the two types. By knowing the differences, you’ll be able to choose which type works better for your specific vaping preferences. Choosing the right type of tank is critical to getting enjoyable vaping experiences, and knowing these 3 key differences will help you make that decision more wisely.

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Evelyn Valdez
Evelyn Valdez

Evelyn is a writer at Vapebox. She's passionate about two things: vaping and animals. She has been vaping for 5 years. Currently, her ADV is Red's Iced.

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