Dripping vs Tanks | Which method is better?

I started vaping about two and a half years ago. Like many, I started with store-bought cigalikes. Primarily, the use of Cartomizers (although I didn’t know that term at the time) was my only exposure to the industry. After I was hired at Mt. Baker Vapor, my knowledge rapidly grew, and I moved on to clearomizers. When I first made the switch to a tank, my mind was blown. It was a ‘Holy Crap! This is what vaping can be like?’ moment for me. As I learned more and more about the various forms and functions of different styles of tanks, I quickly became an enthusiast.

Then, I discovered dripping. For me, dripping is the quintessential vaping experience. Huge clouds, great flavor, and infinite customization when it comes to the style of coils you can use. I’ve been dripping now for about 6 months, and I can definitely say that it is the experience for me. That being said, it’s not the experience for everyone. Let’s talk about some of the differences between tanks and dripping.


Dripping is an altogether different type of experience. You have to build your own coils for the atomizer, wick it yourself, and make sure that it’s affixed to a battery that is able to fire the atomizer at the given oHms that your coil is built to. Different styles of coil yield different types of vapor, in both taste and vapor production. Different wicking materials can also have an impact on your flavor and vapor experience. There is no truly “best way” to build a dripping atomizer. As with many aspects of vaping, it mostly comes down to personal preference.

There are many other options on the market that are able to bridge the gap between dripping and tanks. Make sure to check user reviews before you make your decision.

Key things to remember:

  • Dripping is (generally) a higher up-front cost, but you will save money on coils in the long run.
  • Tanks are convenient, and easy to use/assemble, but they tend to cost more money down the road as you pay for replacement coils.
  • Dripping is much more customizable than dripping. Different coil assemblies, different wicking materials, different drip tips, all lead to a completely tailored experience.
  • Your battery life will generally be longer with a tank/clearomizer, as you are not drawing as much power on stock coils.
  • Dripping requires skill. Building coils is an advanced vaping technique, and if it is done wrong, it can pose a risk.

With these things in mind, get out there and find the option that works best for you!

If you would like more information regarding coil building and drippers, be sure to check out our Coil Building Tutorial. For more information on building your own coils, be sure to check out one of our favorite builders, RiP Trippers on Youtube. His video, Coil Building 101: Micro Coils, Macro Coils, Nano Coils is a great place to get started.

Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to share this with your friends! If you have a question or comment, please feel free to leave them in the comments field below.

Vape on!

By Kyle Chapman

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Tim Mechling

Tim is Mt Baker Vapor's resident creative weirdo. He writes, composes music, draws, designs, produces podcasts, investigates, and blows the trumpet for the Common Man.

  • spookiewon says:

    I realize this is more than a year old, and a lot of rebuildable tanks or tanks with rebuildable heads have come on the market since, but this seems a little simplistic. Yes, you save money on coils if you drip, but the increased amount of juice you go through eats that savings right up. Seems to me RTAs are the most economical answer.

    • Tim Mechling says:

      Excellent point! I think there are a lot of variables at play. I’ve known drippers who go through minimal amounts of juice, and tank-users who mow through bottles like they’re nothing. I think it has to do with personal habits.

  • adam Cunningham says:

    i was still wondering about it , i tried a salespersons dripper and it seemed better flavor than their testers they had ce5s on an ileaf 20w , but i was wondering ive been vaping since december hadnt had a cig since maybe its me i dont taste have the depth of flavor any of these reviewers describe, i have a couple of clone ra that i think i enjoy (vulcan) but not enough of a change for me to go from tanks , am i doing something wrong?

  • Kevin says:

    Hey Adam, I’d say a lot has to do with where you are just quiting and your taste buds are changing. For the 1st couple months your body is getting rid of all the toxins that’s been building up while you were smoking. Your probably going to hack and cough up nasty stuff ESP if you were a heavy smoker and your probably going to go thru a period where you can’t taste any of your juices. Some call it vapors tounge but it goes by many names and while there’s a lot of suggestions to speed it up time is the only guarantee. So my advice is just push thru it and don’t give up. Your taste and smell will come back with a vengeance. Congrats on putting down those coffin nails and good luck. If you have questions or need help there’s tons of forums and FB groups dedicated to vaping and there some of the nicest ppl around cause they know how hard quitting was and they sincerely want to help others quit as well. Vape on?

  • Daniel says:

    Hi I just got the kangertech Dripbox 160 it just seems so strong/too much compared to the kanger subbox mini am I doing something wrong?

  • Stephan says:

    when it comes to a RDTA like the avacado 24 how are the clouds compared to a regular dripper

    • Kenny Spotz says:

      If you take the time to build your RDTA properly you can experience clouds on the same level as a regular dripper. Be sure to do your research regarding what builds are best for which RDTA. We highly recommend YouTube, reddit.com/r/electronic-cigarettes, and http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com as excellent resources for this sort of research.

  • Vinicius Olavio says:

    do you think I can change the thank of my kangertech dripbox 60W to a toptank Mini Topfill Kangertech Atomizer ?

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