Vape For Thought: What Actually Makes a Sub-Ohm Tank a Well… ‘Sub-Ohm Tank’?
Let’s talk sub-ohm tanks. When vapers think of "sub-ohming" a few things come to mind: enormous clouds of vapor, crazy intense flavor, and a fair amount of work. In the past couple of years now, sub-ohm tanks have evolved market to the point where sub-ohming is no longer just a hobby. The average consumer can now enjoy huge flavor and billowing clouds with total ease it seems.
What is a Sub-Ohm Tank and How is It Sub-Ohm Compatible?
It may be simpler to first discuss how sub-ohm vaping works, so that a vaper can better appreciate the sub-ohm tank. Ohm is a reference to Ohm's Law, which addresses the relationship between electrical current and conductivity. An atomizer that utilizes below 1ohm resistance, is considered to be sub-ohm. The lower resistance allows for more heat to be spread over a larger area in a quicker manor. This means that more e-liquid will be vaporized at once. The lower resistance makes it possible to create much larger, slightly warmer, and more flavorful vape cloud hits.
In a sub-ohm tank, the atomizer must have a resistance of less than 1ohm. A sub-ohm tank also has coil pressure that is lower, and a very large wick. This serves to increase airflow and make for a very enjoyable vape hit. Essentially all of the factors that are needed to sub-ohm effectively are now available in user-friendly sub-ohm tanks.
How do Sub-Ohm Tanks Differ From Mods or Regular Tanks?
There are some key differences between sub-ohm tanks, regular tanks, and mods.
- The term “mod” is just a vaporizer that has been modified.
- Rebuild-able atomizers (re-build-able dripper atomizer or RBA) are mods made for sub-ohming.
- Sub-ohm tank is much simpler and more user friendly than having to build your own mod.
Now, some sub-ohm tanks allow for users to make their own coils, but most sub-ohm tanks now come compatible with pre-built coils. Using a sub-ohm tank yields pretty much the same vapor results as using a mod. Some users claim that it also may be a little safer to use a sub-ohm tank. Regular tanks differ from sub-ohm tanks in that they have higher than 1 ohm of resistance, and thus are not capable of sub-ohming. These tanks are still grate for vaping, but you aren't going to see huge vapor clouds.
The Components of Sub-ohm Tanks, Coils, and Wicks
It is important to understand the components of your sub-ohm tank, as this will have a direct effect on your sub-ohming experience. A high-quality sub-ohm tank is a must. Sub-ohm tanks can be made up of a variety of materials ranging from standard to premium high quality designs. T anks are mainly constructed of Pyrex or glass, and can have coils made of materials like nickel, titanium, or stainless-steel to regulate heat control. Some tanks also have wide-bore Delrin bases which aide in heat control as well. Wicks can also come in a variety of materials including silica, organic cotton, Cellu-cotton reyon fibers, and stainless-steel mesh. Organic cotton seems to be the most ideal wick material for sub-ohm tanks. Why? Because organic cotton has high absorption properties and the ability to deliver clean and flavorful vapor hits.
Now You Know the True Meaning of a Sub-Ohm Tank
Sub-ohm vaping is truly so much more than just those who have time to create their own mods. Those gigantic satisfying clouds of vapor can be experienced by just about anyone. Understanding the basic principles of sub-ohming is still important, as the more you know the more you will be able to make the most of your experience. Remember that the materials your tank is constructed of can positively or negatively impact your sub-ohming experience, so purchase a high-quality tank that you feel will best fulfill your needs.