How Do Electronic Cigarettes Work?

19 April 2016

Exhale-ent question, visiting vaper! Pull up a chair, fire up your vape and we shall reveal all.

Vaping Part-y!

Vaporisers and e-cigarettes are fairly straightforward devices both made of slightly different parts that essentially do the same thing.

How Do Electronic Cigarettes Work - E-Cig PartsHow Do Electronic Cigarettes Work - Vapepens

1. The Battery:  

Powering up your vape, batteries give life to your vaping tools, and can be revived again and again, recharged either by USB or mains charger. Lifespan varies from brand to brand and vape-pens will generally outlast an e-cig. Vape Pens also have the added advantage of being able to ‘upgrade’ battery models through various mods, allowing for greater power, greater vapour production and longer life, on the downside these powerful batteries can come with a whole lot of bulk too.

E-cig batteries are easily replaceable by being unscrewed and replaced, and disposable e-cigs are just thrown away altogether once the battery dies. If you’re looking to mod-out your vape-pen to give it super strength, you might need to cough up a bit of cash first, though.

2. Atomiser:

This inbuilt heating device allows your e-liquid to be heated, and produce the vapour you know and love. Like batteries, if you want to go total vape-hulk with your vape-pen's atomiser strength it costs a bit more than your average vape and leads you into the realm of serious modders.

The atomiser your device is supplied with will do perfectly well for regular vapers who aren’t up for pulling things out or putting things into their vaporisers. E-cig atomisers are neatly inbuilt, in keeping with the ‘real cigarette’ look while vape-pen atomisers can be spied at the bottom of the tank.

3. Cartridge:

Found on e-cigarettes, these super easy to use, replace and remove items connect where a filter would traditionally be found. Cartridges hold the e-liquid required by e-cigs, when they are empty they are simply removed and thrown away. Much neater so far as reloading is concerned compared to vape-pens, a new cartridge is simply screwed on and you’re good to go!

4. Tank:

What vape-pens use instead of cartridges, tanks are the see-through part of a vape-pen where you can see the liquid. Varying in size and colour, tanks can be relatively small or fairly huge.

When a tank is empty you have to reload it manually, which can be a bit tricky without practise, luckily most e-liquids come with a dropper or a dropper style tip to make loading easier. While this isn’t as quick, clean, or easy as just screwing on a cartridge, it opens up a whole new world of flavour: if it’s in an e-liquid, it can go in your tank!

5. Inhaler/Drip Tip/Mouthpiece: 

As vape-pens are thicker than e-cigs,  the mouthpiece helps you puff away with a bit more ease. Inhaler styles vary from brand to brand, and these too can be modded if you so desire to be thicker, thinner, longer, shorter or with a rainbow plastered over it.

The Anatomy of Vaping

So, there you go, everything you need to know your vaping device from the inside out, as a reward for your hard studying why not treat yourself to a new flavour of vape juice at our online store? Oh go on, you deserve it!

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