The e-cigarette has a long history, but the evolution of the products has taken place in recent time. The tank has been evolved most. The reason is very clear as it is the tank which makes the juice so favorable and inhalable vapor with the help of the cotton wick vape. However, like any other products, several options make the customers confused about making their decision.

Vape Tank History

It is common for a newbie to get confused among the world of sub-ohm tank, Clearomizer, RBA, RTA, RDA, etc. Over here, all types of tanks will be discussed with the pros and cons. It will help you to make your decision.


Before digging deep into it, one must know about the Atomizer. It is the main part of the e-cigarette. There are three different components of it. These are the coil for heating, a cotton wick vape, and a reservoir to hold the e-liquid. The wick that stays around the coil helps to soak the liquid and gets warm when the coil is heated. With the increasing heat, the liquid turns into the inhalable vapor.

It does not matter whichever product you will choose but in all the products this same technique will be used.

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It is one of the first tank types that users have encountered. It is an e-liquid tank, for the e-cigarettes. Cartridges were made of plastics, and these contain cotton filled with the e-liquids. However, one can be rebuilt and filled it. However, you cannot change the flavor of the e-liquid that you are using. It is a drawback of these early ancestors of the vaping tank.


Another older version of tanks. It looks more like a cigarette due to the cylindrical shape. It brings all the three components of basic atomizer in a single box. The cartomizers are designed for single time use, but one can refill it also. Here are some pros and cons of the cartomizer.


  • + Easy to use
  • + Work with cig-alike


  • - Poor vapor production
  • - Not a great Flavor
  • - Expensive
  • - Difficult to refill
  • - Little juice capacity
Vape Tank Evolution - Atomizer vs clearomizer vs cartomizer


It is one of the most common and popular tanks that vapers use for the vaping. The tanks are built of either glass or clear plastics. Most of the Clearomizer comes with a replaceable coil. Apart from it, you will find a chimney that connects the coil with the top and mouthpiece. Here are some of the pros and cons of Clearomizer.


  • + Easy to use
  • + Refillable
  • + Replaceable coils
  • + Good vapor production
  • + Good flavor for bottom-coil options


  • - Can’t bear high wattage
  • - Not compatible with mods unless using an adapter
  • - Small tanks around 1.6 ml

Tanks & Sub ohm tanks

It is nothing but a bigger variety of Clearomizer. In general, in Clearomizer, you get a tank with a capacity of 1.6ml while the capacity of the tank can range between 2ml to 5ml or little more. Due to the bigger capacity, you do not have to face the hassle of refilling the tank often.

Vape Tank Evolution  - Sub Ohm Tanks

Additionally, these tanks are built of glass instead of plastics. In most of these tanks, the resistance level remains 1ohm or less which can handle higher wattage along with high VG liquid.

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Here are some of the pros and cons of the tanks and sub-ohm tanks.


  • + Easy to use
  • + Refillable
  • + Replaceable coils
  • + Fantastic vapor production (sub-ohm tanks)
  • + Great flavor
  • + large capacities 2 to 5 ml of juice
  • + Work at higher wattages
  • + Adjustable airflow
  • + Temperature control compatible


  • - It requires a high power
  • - Higher cost than Clearomizer

Rebuildable Atomizers (RBAs)

Another type of atomizer that you can use is Rebuildable Atomizer. In this kind of atomizer, you have the option of wrapping up your own coil and inserting the wick by yourself. You can say that this is a DIY kind of coil. However, often vapers avoid it as it includes a lot of works. However, those who like to get a customized experience, for them RBA can be a great option.

However, the best thing about the RBA is the performance of the atomizer. You can choose from the two different types of RBA. These are rebuildable dripping atomizers (RDAs) and rebuildable tank atomizers (RTAs).

    A. Rebuildable Dripping Atomizers (RDAs)

RDA is a core vaping atomizer that focuses on the two basic things. These are a liquid reservoir and coil wick. You need to wrap the coil with the help of the wire and should attach it with the two posts. Sometimes you need to tighten the screw. There is no liquid container therefore, you need to drip the liquid on the coil wick directly. Once the wick will dry out, drop a few drops more.

Vape Tank Evolution - RDAs

Here are some of the pros and cons of RDAs.


  • + Wick and wire are cheap than pre-built coils
  • + Generally affordable devices
  • + Great performance for both flavor and vapor
  • + Well suited to high-wattage vaping
  • + Allows you to tailor your vaping experience to suit your preferences
  • + Almost all have adjustable airflow
  • + 510 connection for wide compatibility
  • + Easy to change flavor


  • - Much more complicated than pre-built coils – not for beginners!
  • - Leaking is often an issue through the air holes
  • - Possible to use with an eGo-style device, but not recommended
  • - Some knowledge of battery safety and Ohm's law recommended

B. Rebuildable Tank Atomizers (RTAs)

In a common word, you can say that RTA is an RDA enclosed by a tank. Inside the tank, you will find a chamber, which is having a small RDA tank within it. The way of connecting the coil is the same as an RDA. The reason for using RTA is to get a performance of a DIY coil with a tank attached to it.

Vape Tank Evolution - RTAs

Here are some pros and cons


  • + Affordable as both the devices and the wick and wire
  • + Top-notch performance in terms of flavor and vapor
  • + Adjustable airflow is pretty much a given
  • + More convenient than RDAs – no need to drip!
  • + Tailor your vaping experience to suit your needs
  • + 510 connections


  • - Not for beginners
  • - Not as well-suited to changing flavors as RDAs
  • - A mod is recommended
  • - Knowledge of battery safety an ohm’s law is recommended

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Therefore, you can see that several types of tanks are available. However, apart from the tank, you must focus on the cotton wick vape. Buying the organic Native Wicks cotton can do magic in flavor generation with these tanks.