This section is entirely focused on finding the best standard (above-ohm) tanks for 2018. Standard, or above-ohm tanks are primarily designed for mouth-to-lung style vaping.
On this Page:
- Aspire Nautilus 2 Review
- Nautilus X Tank Review
- Kanger EMOW Tank Review
- VaporFi Pro 3 Tank Review
- Aspire Nautilus (Original) Review
- Innokin Zenith Tank Review
I use the term “above-ohm” for any tank/atomizer that has a resistance of 1 ohm or above. Any atomizer with a resistance of less than 1 ohm would be considered “sub-ohm”.
Many vapers, like myself, start with a cigalike or an ego style e-cig. We begin vaping the same way we smoked, drawing vapor into our mouths as we puffed on our device, and then inhaling the vapor into our lungs once the draw is complete. This is known as mouth-to-lung vaping or MTL.
For many of us, as we got further away from our last cigarette, we began to seek more vapor, more flavor and more satisfaction from our devices.
For many of us, like myself, we moved into sub-ohm vaping and began taking large draws directly into our lungs. This is known as direct-to-lung vaping or DTL.
Many of us switch to DTL once we experience it, but many long time vapers prefer MTL vaping. As things have gone on a sub-ohm craze in recent years, finding a good above-ohm, or MTL tank can be more challenging.
This page aims to help you narrow down the search by showcasing only the very best above-ohm tanks for mouth-to-lung vaping in 2018.
So, let’s get started shall we?
Aspire Nautilus 2 Tank
The original Nautilus tank was one of the most popular above-ohm tanks of all time, and was my personal favorite for almost 2 years.
The Nautilus 2 is a nice upgrade to the original with improved airflow and a convenient top-fill design.
The Nautilus 2 offers the choice between 1.8 ohm, 1.6 ohm and a 0.7 ohm coils.
They are all bottom vertical coils (BVC) which means the coils is placed vertically in the tank and the vapor is drawn through the center of the coil.
The vertical placement of the coil and the air being drawn through the middle, increases flavor quite substantially over the original bottom dual coil design which were placed horizontally.
One nice thing about the Nautilus 2 is that the coils are interchangeable with the original, so if you liked the bottom dual coils, you can use those with the Nautilus 2.
The new addition of a 0.7 ohm coil is nice, and although it is considered “sub-ohm”, it is designed for mouth-to-lung vaping and increases vapor production and flavor quite a bit over the 1.6 and 1.8 ohm coils.
The airflow is also improved over the original offering 5 airflow holes which allows for the draw resistance to be quite airy when fully open, or ultra-restricted using just one 0.5 mm hole.
The design of the tank make it quite a bit more rugged than the original, with the entire tank covered in a metal sleeve.
The entire sleeve section is removable and allows for very convenient top-filling. The tanks holds 2 ml of e-liquid.
The threading is the most common 510 thread, so it’ll fit on pretty much anything from newer box mods, to older ego style batteries.
It’s definitely one of the best mouth-to-lung tanks on the market right now and certainly a worthy upgrade to one of the most popular above-ohm tanks of all time. Check it out for yourself!
Nautilus X Tank
Although it’s been a couple of years since the Nautilus X was first introduced, it is still a fantastic mouth-to-lung vaping tank.
The Nautilus X features a very uniquely designed coil and airflow system.
The airflow is at the top of the tank, while the coils are at the bottom of a u-shaped air channel, allowing the airflow to pass over the coils twice.
The Nautilus X comes with two coil resistance options, 1.5 and 1.8 ohm.
They are both great mouth-to-lung atomizers. I get a little more flavor from the 1.5 ohm coil, but I find the 1.8 ohm coils lasts a bit longer.
The starter kit includes one of each, so you can try both and decide which one suits you best before you need to buy replacement coils.
It does feature a nice top-fill design though, so even if it doesn’t get you through the whole day, you can easily fill it on-the-go.
Another solid tank from Aspire and a great choice for flavorful mouth-to-lung vaping.
The top airflow and the u-shaped coil design add something to the experience that still hasn’t been replicated by any other tank since. Take a closer look for yourself!
Kanger EMOW Tank
The Kanger EMOW Tank is another great option for mouth-to-lung vapers, with a sub-ohm coil option if ever you do decide to start sub-ohm vaping.
The EMOW tank features 3 organic cotton coil options: 1.5, 1.2 and 0.5 ohms.
Although the 0.5 ohm coil is considered sub-ohm, I find it works quite well in this tank for thick mouth-to-lung hits because the airflow can be quite restricted.
The airflow is adjustable by the bottom control ring. There are 5 one millimeter air holes at the bottom of the tank.
Even with the 5 fully open, the airflow is still perfect for MTL hits. With just one air hole open, it’s very close to the draw from an actual cigarette.
The flavor produced with the EMOW is fantastic with all three coils. The organic cotton does a great job in keeping the coils saturated with e-liquid and allows the full flavor to come through smooth and clean.
I was a pretty heavy smoker with a very heavy draw. I would usually smoke two cigarettes in the time most of my friends smoked one.
For me, the 0.5 ohm coil is perfect for my style of mouth-to-lung vaping, and allows for full, flavorful mouth hits with some pretty dense vapor.
The tank has a 1.8 ml e-liquid capacity and is a bottom fill tank. It’s very similar in overall design to the Kanger Aerotank Series.
Overall, it’s a great tank with some nice options for different vaping styles.
If you were a fan of the Protank or Aerotank series and enjoy mouth-to-lung vaping, it’s definitely one to take a closer look at. Check it out for yourself here!
VaporFi Pro 3 Tank
The Pro 3 Tank From VaporFi is another great option. The Pro 3 features a uniquely designed coil head that is quite a bit longer than most with more than ample juice-flow openings.
The tank holds 2.5 ml of e-liquid and is a convenient top-fill design. I really like the look of it, especially the black one, but they offer 9 different color options to choose from.
It’s quite a durable tank too, with the glass portion almost completely sheathed in metal casing.
The Pro 3 only offers one coil resistance option of 2 ohms, making it only suitable for mouth-to-lung vaping.
The length of the coil and wire offer much more surface area for vapor to form, which creates more vapor and more flavor than most above-ohm coils.
The flavor really is outstanding with the Pro 3, and although there is no airflow control on the tank, the draw is quite restricted and perfect for flavorful mouth hits.
With the 2 ohm coil, I find the 2.5 ml tank to be more than adequate for a full day of vaping, and the top fill design makes filling on-the-go a breeze.
The tank and 2 ohm coil really mimics the feeling of smoking quite well. It’s a great tank for smokers who are looking to quit, and flavor chasing mouth-to-lung vapers as well.
As the threading is the most common 510 thread, it can be used with virtually any device on the market from ego batteries to bigger box mods. Take a closer look for yourself!
Aspire Nautilus Tank
The Aspire Nautilus was the most popular tank on the market for several years.
It was my personal favorite for about 2 years before I started sub-ohm vaping.
Although it’s not new, it’s still a great flavor producing mouth-to-lung tank.
The Nautilus uses bottom vertical coils, available in 1.6 and 1.8 ohm resistances.
I prefer the 1.6 ohm coil as the flavor is a little more pronounced, but the 1.8 is good too and usually lasts a little longer than the 1.6.
The Nautilus comes in two sizes, the standard version which holds a full 5 ml of e-liquid and the mini version which holds 2 ml.
I’ve heard complaints from friends about the Nautilus leaking, but I never had any leaking issues with it myself.
If I left it alone on a shelf for a few days though, when I would go to use it again, I would get a slight gurgle which required cleaning before I could vape it. I find most tanks are pretty much the same in that way, even my RTAs.
The airflow is smooth and the perfect restriction for MTL vaping. You can have it closed down to just 0.9 mm or open as wide as 1.8 mm which is still quite restrictive allowing for a full flavored draw.
If you are looking for a classic looking tank which performs as well today as the day it was introduced, take a closer look.
The Original Aspire Nautilus is one of my all time favorite MTL tanks, and one I still highly recommend. Take a closer look for yourself here!
Innokin Zenith Tank
If you haven’t seen their reviews yet, definitely check them out, they also run a live weekly show for smokers looking to make the switch to vaping.
I have to say, they did a great job with the Zenith tank and they thought about everything a good mouth-to-lung tank should offer.
The tank offers a very restricted airflow with 4 adjustable airflow holes and allows for great flavor and an experience that very well mimics the feeling of drawing from a traditional cigarette.
Both are well suited for mouth-to-lung style vaping.
Personally, I find the 0.8 Ohm coil to be the perfect balance between restrictiveness and plentiful vapor.
The tank is exceptionally easy to use and fill, and offers a twist off top fill design.
The genius of this tank in my opinion is the fact that when the fill port is opened, the juice flow is cut-off to the coil avoiding leaking and gurgling one the tank is filled.
The flavor is remarkably clean and crisp with both coils although I do find I get slightly more vapor and quite a bit more flavor with the 0.8 Ohm resistance coil.
The standard tank holds 4 ml of e-liquid but there is also a 2 ml version for vapers in Europe as well.
They even include two Delrin drip tips, one with a 4 mm bore and one with a 5 mm bore to tailor your experience to your personal vaping preference.
The Zenith tank is a great option for mouth-to-lung vapers as well as smokers just making the switch to vaping because it really offers the feel and draw very close to the feel of drawing from a regular cigarette.
It’s even great for mouth-to-lung vapers in situations where discretion is needed and it’s fantastic with low wattage devices using nicotine salts.
My hat is off to both PBusardo and VapinGreek on this one, great job and a really great MTL tank that both smokers and long-term vapers will enjoy. Check it out for yourself here!
So there you have my top picks for best mouth-to-lung tank on the market right now. Although I generally sub-ohm vape these days when I am at home, I still like a mouth-to-lung vape when I’m out and about. I just find it more discreet.
I still like my original Nautilus, but the Nautilus 2 has taken it’s place as my personal favorite MTL tank right now. What’s your favorite above-ohm tank? Let us know in the comment section below!
As usual, thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check back for updates to this page as new tanks are introduced. Happy vaping!