HeatVape Sniper Tank – Big ol Subohm (Review)

I’ve featured many products from HeatVape on this site in the past.  They’ve been putting out some interesting products lately.  The latest is their Sniper Tank. Yet another entry in the subohm tank wars, a plus sized version at that.  Check out the rest of the review to find out more.

Disclosure: this product has been provided for review courtesy of HeatVape.

The Specs

  • Top airflow control
  • Top filling
  • 0.5 ohm resistance
  • 2 heads included
  • Heat resistant drip tip
  • Stainless steel construction
  • Pyrex glass tank

HeatVape Sniper Review

Sniper tank review titleWith so many large subohm tanks running around the market, the first thing you have to ask is if anyone makes regular resistance stuff any more.  The second thing you have to ask is what does this product do that others don’t?

Sniper tank review topIt turns out the Sniper does have a couple of interesting tricks up its sleeve.  Specifically, the top part of the tank has a few things going on.

Basically, the Sniper has turned the traditional design of bottom coil tanks upside down.  No, the coil’s still on the bottom, but things like filling and airflow control have been moved topside on the sniper.

Enabling this topsy-turvy setup is a unique mouthpiece assembly.  While it looks like a standard large-bore tip, it’s actually fused with what amounts to a lid atop the tank.

Unscrew the lid and the filling area is revealed in the form of a slot  on the top of the tank.  The top is also covered by a rubberized gasket that partially covers the filling hole while preventing e-liquid leaking.

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This is where the filling happens.  A word of advice.  If you’re not using a needle tip bottle to fill the tank, pull the gasket up instead of trying to fill through the opening.

Airflow control is handled pretty much the same way it is in a regular tank.  Except, the ring is at the top, right under the tip/lid combo.  The control band consists of a series of rounded slits that gradually increase in size to increase airflow.

As far as the rest of the tank goes, it’s fairly normal.  The tank has a large 6ml capacity so there’s some overhang if you use it on smaller PVs.  It does fit HeatVape’s Defender fairly well, of course.

heatvape review head closeupPeering inside the tank, you might notice what looks to be a large housing.  It looks more like the coil base in an RBA than a tank.  That assembly is actually the head itself.  The thing’s huge

There isnt’ a traditional bell housing really, just a top chimney area that screws on the massive head.  The head itself features two large holes surrounded by a gasket to allow e-liquid flow.

That’s a sort of tricky part of the Sniper Tank.  They fit into the dips along this inner metal ring that fits inside the tank and is attached to the bottom section.

It can work to limit e-liquid flow, but getting the slots and the holes to line up just so is a bit tricky.  This is despite the bottom cap and assembly being friction mounted instead of screw-in.  The bottom assembly is held in place by three red gaskets.

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Besides adding neat red stripes at the bottom of the tank, they do a fantastic job of holding things in place.  You actually have to work to pull the bottom section off.  You can, however, adjust the liquid flow by turning the bottom of the tank without taking anything apart.

That’s way easier than having to pull the head out to adjust the liquid flow. It’s just that I found it hard to get precise using this method.

HeatVape Sniper Tank Performance

Of course, with these big tanks, it all comes down to performance.  That’s sort of the point of using a subohm in the first place.

sniper tank review on smoktech bt50

According to HeatVape’s website, this tank is supposed to handle up to 50 watts.  That didn’t quite match my experience.

I found that it worked well at around 25 to 30 watts.  Even at 30 it started to get a little dodgy.  I ran it up to 40 watts just for kicks.

It didn’t take long to start noting hits of burnt in my puffs.  Maybe I’m holding it wrong, but I think 50 watts is a tad too optimistic.

Good thing this tank performs admirably at 25 watts.  It can hold its own against the Atlantis and Subtank.

This tank with it’s wide tip is built for lung hits.  It works great and delivers a good warm vapor and plenty of it.

The biggest problem with the Sniper Tank is, like many HeatVape products, it’s simply hard to find.

If you can find one, it might be a worthwhile purchase.  Its top-filling and adjustment feature is way more convenient than you’d think.  The build is very solid, it has a huge capacity. Oh yeah, and it performs well.

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Check out the Sniper Tank on HeatVape’s website.

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