Vape tanks explained

Different types of vape tanks

There are many different types of vape tanks but fortunately they can all be broken down into two main categories: mouth-to-lung and direct-lung. This refers to the type of draw you can take off them.

A Mouth-to-Lung tank resembles the type of pull that you would get off a cigalike or an actual cigarette. A mouth-to-lung, or MTL draw typically involves two steps: taking a pull, and inhaling, just like you would with a traditional “analog” cigarette.

A Direct-Lung inhale is when you pull vapor directly into your lungs in one single motion. Direct-lung tanks have bigger air holes, called air flow, which creates that looser draw.

Many vape tanks have adjustable airflow, however, it is hard to make a tank that satisfies both the MTL and DL vapers. Although it can be done, most of the tanks are marketed to either one of the two. Read on to learn about the differences between these MTL tanks.

Mouth-to-lung vape tanks

Mouth-to-Lung, or MTL tanks were found at the onset of vaping and had a purpose, which was to help simulate the experience of a cigarette. MTL vape tanks have a tighter draw and require a two-step inhalation process. MTL vape tanks are not geared for gigantic clouds.

MTL tanks were becoming endangered at some point but are not yet extinct. Many companies realized that they were missing out on a huge portion of the market and since then have revisited making products geared towards Mouth-to-Lung vaping.

A common misconception about Mouth-to-Lung vaping is that they are only for new vapers. Although suitable for beginners and transitioning smokers, MTL vaping is a preference. Many vapers are satisfied with this method over the other popular style.

Another important thing to note about Mouth-to-Lung vape tanks is that they typically do better with e-liquids that are thinner in viscosity. For this reason, it is recommended that you use e-liquid that is no more than a 60/40 ratio of VG to PG.

Click for more information on the differences between PG vs VG.

Direct-lung (sub ohm) tanks

Direct-Lung, often abbreviated as DL, evolved from the previous form of vaping that we spoke about, MTL. In DL vaping, vapor is pulled directly into the user’s lungs, without a step in between, unlike a Mouth-to-Lung inhale which is a two-step-process.

Whereas the MTL inhale is closer to a cigarette, the Direct Lung inhale is more similar to the way people take “bong rips”. These vape tanks usually provide a looser draw, due to having more airflow, much like when you release the carburetor on a bong or a water pipe.

Direct Lung tanks are often referred to as “Sub Ohm Tanks”. Sub Ohm refers to the resistance of the coil which is less than 1 ohm. This translates into more vapor, flavor and a warmer, denser cloud. The airflow found on a Sub Ohm tank is typically suitable for DL vaping.

Last but not least, Direct Lung vape tanks are able to handle thicker e-liquids than MTL tanks. Although thinner liquids may also work in them, you may experience some leakage. This is due to Sub Ohm vape tanks having bigger airflow and juice flow holes, and are geared for clouds.

RTA’s or rebuildable tanks

An RTA, or Rebuild able Tank Atomizer, is simply a vape tank that can be rebuilt. In other words, it has a deck where coils can be installed versus having to purchase pre-made coils. It is marketed more towards advanced vapers and isn’t very practical for beginners.

An RTA can be made for both Mouth-to-Lung vaping, Direct-Lung vaping, or both. It can be easy to switch between the two simply by changing the coils and airflow control. In 2016 we started seeing many Sub Ohm RTA’s due to the popularity of DL vaping.

One of the best parts about using an RTA is the ability to save money. Wire and cotton can be bought in bulk and comes out a lot cheaper than buying pre-made coil heads. This makes rebuildable tanks the perfect option for the vaper who wants to save dough.

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