The Best Atomizers in 2018

An atomizer is the part of a vaping device that heats the e-liquid and turns it into vapor. An atomizer is made up of one or more coils as well as a wick.

The number of coils, their resistance and their position will change the vaping experience in different ways. There is no best atomizer set up, it all comes down to personal preference.

Single vs. dual coil vs. quad coil

The first thing to decide when choosing the best atomizer for you is if you would prefer a quad, dual or single coil. Quad and dual coils heat the liquid faster so you will get more vapor in a shorter amount of time. The vapor will be denser and since more of the liquid is being used the flavor will be stronger. However the drawbacks are that you will use more e-liquid and the battery will deplete more quickly. More coils means a greater area is heating the liquid the temperature of the vapor will be much hotter and you will have a stronger throat hit. This can be a pro or con depending on your own preferences. If you want to rebuild your own coils then a single coil setup will be easier to build.

It is recommended that you try both single and dual vape coil setups so that you can find what configuration suits your vaping style and set up.

Cthulhu v2 Single or Dual coil $39.99

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  • Includes single coil and dual coil decks
  • Great clouds and flavor
  • 5ml tank capacity
  • Stainless steel and pyrex glass
  • Adjustable airflow
  • Top fill
  • No leaks
  • 5ml tank capacity
  • Stainless steel and pyrex glass

The Cthulhu RTA V2 comes with a single coil and a dual coil deck. The dual coil deck has two posts and four holes, a design which makes it very easy to build on. For the best flavor it is recommended that you use a dual coil build. The build deck can be accessed without draining the tank, a major benefit.

Quad coil atomizer

Smok TFV4 Sub-ohm Tank Full Kit – $34.95

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  • Huge clouds and great flavor
  • 5 ml capacity
  • Adjustable airflow
  • Tri-Coil Resistance: 0.2ohm
  • Compatible with 510 Drip tips
  • Wattage Range: 40 – 140W
  • Top refill

The TFV4 kit comes with a TFV4 tank (t3 coil), a TFV4 Q4 coil, TFV4 TF-R1 coil, a black silicone band, a white silicone band, two drip tip seal rings, accesory kit (includes a screwdriver, cotton and top cap), a Type C sealing pad and indicator card for refilling the tank and a user manual. What makes the TFV4 special is the huge range of coil heads available including single, dual, triple, quadruple, sextuple and octo cores. This means you have over 10 atomizer options at your disposal, making it one of the most versatile options out there today.

Quad coils and higher are for advanced users, not only because they are difficult to build but also because of issues with battery safety. Quad coils result in excellent vapor production but the drawbacks are high e-liquid consumption and quicker battery drain. We recommend that beginners stick to single and dual coil builds until they become more familiar with their device.

Kanger Aerotank V2 Dual Coil Clearomizer – $28.95

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  • Adjustable Airflow Control
  • 2.8ml Tank
  • Compatible with 510 Drip tips
  • New Bottom Dual Coil Design
  • Replaceable Atomizer Heads
  • Food-grade stainless steel body
  • Resistance: 2.0/1.5 ohm

After the success of the first Aerotank, Kanger released the Aerotank V2 to address some of the shortcomings of the older tank. The V2 now features an adjustable air control valve, a bigger 2.8ml tank and dual coil atomizer heads. These improvements make it a great choice for vapers who want both great flavor and cloud size.

NOTE: We recommend that you try to keep the tank at least 1/3 full for the most optimum experience and to prevent potential leaks.

Top coil vs. bottom coil

The biggest benefit of a top coil is warmer vapor which is due to the coil being closer to the mouthpiece. For people trying to replicate traditional cigarette smoking this provides a more true to life experience.

With a top coil there is also a lower chance of leakage. The big drawback of top coils is increased frequency of dry hits. You will need to tilt and swirl your device to keep the wicks wet. Flavor also tends to suffer.

While there are still pros and cons, the best atomizers all use a bottom coil setup. This setup leads to much more consistent wicking and better vapor production.

There are some minor drawbacks to bottom coils; not enough wick and the atomizer will leak,they sometimes gurgle and hiss, e-liquids that are very thin can flood the atomizer as can taking small, sharp breaths. The positioning at the bottom of the atomizer means the coil makes direct contact with the battery, making power transfer more efficient and leading to longer battery life.

Vertical vs. horizontal coils

Horizontal vape coils are much more common and one reason for this is that they are much easier to build. Horizontal coils lead to better airflow in rebuildable tank atomizers. You will most commonly find vertical coils on small base atomizers with vertical airflow because there’s no space to place the coils horizontally.

Aspire Atlantis 2 Sub-Ohm Bottom Vertical Coil Tank $24.95

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The Aspire Atlantis V2 sub ohm tank features a bottom vertical coil atomizer.

The original Aspire Atlantis was the first sub ohm tank on the market; with the V2 Aspire has worked hard to stay in the lead.

The stainless steel and Pyrex glass tank has a 3ml capacity, adjustable airflow holes on the base and drip tip, a wide bore drip, and a bottom fill method.

This clearomizer comes with a Wide Bore Drip, a preinstalled 0.3ohm Coil that can work with wattages up to 80W and a replacement 0.5ohm coil that can work with wattages up to 30w. Aspire sells four different types of replacement heads for the Atlantis V2; 0.3 ohm and 0.5 ohm sub ohm, 1.0 ohm, and a 0.3 ohm Clapton coil. All coil heads have 100% organic cotton wicks.

Macro vs. micro vs. nano

There aren’t set definitions for what constitutes a macro, micro, or nano coil. Casually, micro generally refer to coils with no spaces between the wraps, whereas macro means the coils don’t touch each other. Nano describes the coils with a small enough diameter that it’s not possible to put wicking material through them, you instead run a ball of cotton underneath and at the sides of the atomizer.

Clapton coils

Clapton coils are made by wrapping one resistance wire perpendicularly around a larger gauge resistance wire.
The design has a much greater surface area than a standard vape coil. The large number of cracks between the wires means the wire itself now has wicking properties which means more liquid will make contact with the coil. This allegedly leads to more flavor and slightly more vapor, however building them is difficult and time consuming leading many to believe they aren’t worth the effort.

Aspire Triton 2 Clapton Coils (5 pack)

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Clapton coils are notoriously tricky to build yourself so it is easier to buy prebuilt ones. At $4 a coil these are very affordable. They are for use with the Aspire Triton 2 Sub-Ohm TC Tank.

This pack of replacement atomizers has five 0.5 ohms clapton coils made of stainless steel and organic cotton. In order to maximize both flavor and vapor production they are designed with larger than normal wicking ports.

For advanced vapers there are endless different vape coil setups that can get very complicated, there is even a whole subreddit for people to show off the best RDA and RBA coils.

For more info check out our guide on the best rda atomizer for 2019

The Best Atomizers of 2018 include:

  • 1 – Cthulhu V2 RTA – (Single/Dual Coil)
  • 2 – Smok TFV8 (Quad/Sextupl/Octuple coil)
  • 3 – Aspire Atlantis 2.0 (Bottom vertical coil)
  • 4 – Aspire Triton 2 Atomizer (Clapton coil)
  1. Reply Evan June 8, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Your information on nichrome is wrong. Nichrome is not the same thing as nickel (ni200) and can only be used in wattage mode. Nichrome does not work for temp control. Nickel 200 can only be used in temp mode because of the toxic oxidation.

    • Reply ricovapes July 13, 2016 at 10:35 pm

      Sorry to be stickler : everything you said is correct. However , depending on device used Nichrome can be used in temp control mode…just not as common as Ni200/Ti/SS etc… N80 is made of 80% nickel. SS and Kanthal A1 can be used in both modes. Seems industry leaning to SS316.

    • Reply VapingInsider June 8, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      Well spotted Evan, thanks for pointing out the mistake.

  2. Reply Tim S July 2, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    I was reading that like yea thats wrong, got to the bottom and saw it was pointed out but it hasn’t been corrected. It should be as some consider nickel to be dangerous, and for newbs the atomizer labelings can be confusing enough already.

  3. Reply Sonothollywood August 30, 2016 at 3:19 am

    So what is that thing where you see coils stacked on top of each other called? Sorry I’m a noob 🙂

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