Tank vs Vape Cartridge


Understanding vaping slang can be a tricky deal for many, especially for novices. The problem increases manifolds when there is a synonymity between the terms. Cartridge and tank.

They both sound the same, yet there is a massive difference between the two devices. They are both attachments for vaping devices.

Their purpose is to contain the vaporizable material. However, that is only one of the rare similarities between the two devices.

In this brief, we will compare tanks and cartridges and figure out which one suits your vaping style the best.

Vape Tanks Are Awesome!

Definitions first up. Vape tanks are threaded attachments which make vaping e-liquids super easy. They are normally a large feature; the average holding capacity is around 2ml. However, vape tanks with a higher capacity are also available in the market. They can be either glass, plastic or made of some metal hardware. Vape tanks are considered a semi-permanent piece of an equipment.

When you are using vape tanks, there might come a time when your tank’s flavor quality is not acceptable anymore. When such a time comes, it is best to remove and replace the atomizer coil. You can still continue to use the vape tank. Otherwise, you can opt for disposable vape tanks as well.

Vape Cartridges Aren’t Too Bad, Either!

Now, let us have a closer look at the vape cartridges. They are also an attachment for vaping devices, just like the vape tanks. So, what’s the distinguishing feature between the two? Well, vape cartridges aren’t designed to hold the e-liquids like vape tanks.

Rather, they are a better choice for holding thick oil-based herbal extracts. However, that’s not the only distinguishing feature between the two holding devices.

Following are some of the other differences between vape tanks and vape cartridges:

1. Vape tanks typically have a holding capacity of 2 ml, while vape cartridges have a holding capacity of 0.5-1.0 ml of herbal oils.

2. Vape cartridges don’t feature replaceable atomizer coils. Once the flavor quality is not acceptable, you will have to discard the cartridge. We know that it sounds a little disappointing, but that’s what different types of vaping bring to the party.

3. Vape tanks are more expensive as compared to vape cartridges.

4. Vape cartridges are mostly plastic since they are disposable. On the other hand, vape tanks are made of metallic materials.

5. Vape cartridges feature wicks made of ceramic rather than cotton since they work well with oils.

Wait A Minute, How Do They Work?

Now, let us discuss the working mechanism of vape tanks and vape cartridges. They might be a bit different with respect to their build and holding features. However, there is little difference in terms of how they work. Let us dig a little deeper.

The area inside a vape cartridge is called a reservoir. That’s where the e-liquid or oil is stored. At the bottom of the reservoir is the atomizer coil. 

An atomizer coil is basically what vaporizes your material. Then, there is a chimney, too; it is basically the tube from the atomizer coil to the mouthpiece. It is pertinent to mention here that the chimney and atomizer coils are mostly in a sealed environment.

You might be thinking, so how are the two related? Well, the reservoir and the atomizer are connected courtesy of a wick. The wick transports e-liquid or herbal oil between the two compartments.

Let us say you are filling the vape tank (or cartridge). It really depends on what you have in your pocket! Well, once you fill it, the liquid goes into the reservoir. Then, it absorbs in the wick. When a user, i.e. you, vapes, the liquid held in the wick is vaporized. 

Only the dry wick is left behind. As you pause between the puffs, these little pauses allow the wick to absorb more liquid from the reservoir and wetting the atomizer coil again. That’s why you are able to vape again and again! Your vaping puffs are indirectly proportional to levels of vaporizable content in the reservoir.

You can add more if you are using a disposable version. Otherwise, you will have to discard the supporting device when you run out of fluid.

How to Choose The Best Vape Cartridge?

We will be honest here: choosing a vape cartridge is more complicated than compared to a vape tank. But we are going to give you some pointers anyways. Ideally, you want to pick a vape cartridge that operates at a lower power level.

The rationale behind this thinking is that the oil-based herbal extracts are thick. They trickle through a ceramic wick very slowly. Vaping at very high power with these can lead to a dry hit because you will vaporize all the oil in one go.

It is quite possible that you might burn the herbal oil too. A common voltage number in this discussion is 3.7 volts. 

How to Choose The Best Vape Tank?

As a novice, you want to spend your money on something that is easy to use. There are many simple vape tanks available in the market.

Normally, vape kits come with compatible tanks. So, compatibility is hardly an issue. Nevertheless, it is best to make polite inquiries before you swipe your credit card for a vape tank. One thing that is connected with the subtopic of

compatibility is the device’s voltage. Ideally, you want to pick a vape tank that allows you to adjust the voltage. If you can sort out this bit, you will be fine.

It is A Wrap!

Well, folks, that would be all from this post. We hope that you learned plenty from this brief about vape tanks and vape cartridges. We wish we could have discussed the finer aspects of the two devices in a bit more detail.

Unfortunately, we have run out of time and space that we had for this brief. On an optimistic note, that you learned plenty from this brief about both supporting devices for a vape kit, we bid you farewell from this brief.