The tank is the business end of your vaping device and, just as the lens on a camera plays a more important factor in the quality of your photos than the body, the tank plays a more valuable role in your vaping experience than the battery.
What are all the different pieces of my tank?
The glass tube connects the bottom part of your tank with the top half. It is where you fill your e-liquid into, and allows you to check at a glance how much liquid you have left.
The coil is made up of a metal tube, inside of which sits a coil wrapped in cotton (or cotton wrapped in a coil). The cotton soaks in e-liquid either through holes in the side of the coil. When you press the button on your mod, an electrical charge is sent up to the coil, turning it red-hot and vapourising the liquid soaked in the cotton. Your vaping experience is essentially determined by the performance of your coil sitting inside your tank. You will notice that the coil is reaching the end of its life by a gradual negative change in flavour. Some e-liquids will burn your coil quicker than others. The rate at which your coil will burn out depends on how much you vape, what voltage/wattage you have your device set to and which e-liquid you use. It is entirely up to you when you want to change your coil but we would recommend changing it after vaping around 30 ml of juice.
Bottom cap & firing pin
The bottom cap is the part that screws into your battery at one end and onto the glass tube at the other. The firing pin protrudes from the 510 threaded connection. If your device is not firing, sometimes the firing pin has moved too far up into the tank and would need to be nudged back out with a small flat-head screwdriver. Some manufacturers, such as Aspire, have started using spring-loaded firing pins in order to get around this problem.
The airflow controller controls how much air comes into the tank when inhaling. The more air that flowing over the coils, the more vapour is produced. There are usually a number of settings: the smallest being quite tight and similar to a traditional cigarette, all the way up to the widest setting, which usually produces a very airy draw (perfect for 'lung hits'). Less airflow will produce more flavour but less vapour, a wider airflow will do the opposite.
The top cap connects the glass tube and the drip tip.
The drip tip is the small tube that goes into your mouth and through which the vapour is inhaled. Some drip tips have an airflow controller which can help cool down the vapour when using at high wattages. There are many different drip tips of varying colour, material and size to suit all tastes.
Choosing Your Tank
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Can I use any tank on my mod?
Can I customise my tank?
Using Your Tank
How do I fill my tank?
If your tank has top filling capabilities, unscrew the top cap and fill to the top of the central airway, ensuring no liquid goes into the airway. If your tank has bottom fill, turn it upside down, unscrew the bottom cap and fill around the central airway pipe, up to the top of the central airway, ensuring no liquid goes into the airway. Be careful not to overfill your tank, as this leads to leakages and flooding.
When should I refill my tank?
Most tanks produce their best quality vapour when they are full. This is because the added weight of the liquid pushes down slightly harder towards the bottom of the tank, moving more liquid into the cotton inside the coil. As the liquid starts to go down to the bottom quarter of your tank, you will probably notice a gradual decline in the quality of vapour. This is when you should refill your tank.
How should I clean my tank?
Your tank will perform best if it cleaned often and thoroughly. To clean it, take it fully apart, rinse under warm water and then place all the loose components into a cup filled with warm water. Let it sit in the water for a few minutes and then rinse them all off again with warm water. Shake off the excess water and dry thoroughly with kitchen-towel, paying special attention to all the little nooks and crannies of your tank's design. The life of your coil can be lengthened by regular washing. BUT, always wait until the coil has dried off completely before screwing it into your tank, or the coil may vapourise the water soaked into the cotton instead of e-liquid.
How can I protect my tank from breaking if it's dropped?
Why does my e-liquid taste burnt?
Why am I not getting any vapour from my e-cig?
Why is my tank leaking?
Why won't my tank open?
Why can't I taste my e-liquid properly?
Why does my tank make a hissing noise when I use it?