How Do Vapour Cigarettes Work?

Friday, 22 April 2016  |  Admin

You've seen them on the streets – strange, mythical contraptions that puff out sweet-smelling vapour. Maybe you actually use them yourself, but you're still not sure how vapour cigarettes (e-cigarettes, e-cigs, vapes, personal vaporisers) actually work. So how exactly do these devices work? Well, read on to find out exactly what's inside your e-cig!


One of the most important parts of any e-cigarette is of course the battery, without which your vape pen is about as useful as a chocolate fire guard. E-cigs come in various forms, and the battery changes accordingly. Disposable e-cigs are simply thrown away when the battery dies, whereas other 'cigalikes' (resembling regular cigarettes) and most other personal vaporisers come with rechargeable batteries of varying sizes and strengths.

Battery power/life is a big concern with regards to vaping, as you don't want to be worrying about charging your device every couple of hours. Cigalikes generally have a shorter battery life, so may not be for the short-tempered/impatient. Vape pen batteries generally last longer, and various mods allow you to upgrade the battery for better performance and a longer life. Batteries also come in two forms; manual and automatic. Manual batteries have a button that you press before inhaling, while automatic batteries are engaged when air is sucked through them.


The 'atty' is the most vital part of any vaping device, as it turns your e-liquid into vapour. It does this by heating a coil, or coils, which are in contact with the liquid. When the liquid gets hot enough you can inhale it, and voilà! Atomisers won't last forever, and their lifespan ranges from a couple of weeks to a few months so it's best to have a few at once. If you want to enhance the vaping experience you can use bigger, 'rebuildable atomisers', which help to enhance the flavour of your e-liquid.


Often combined with an atomiser and known as 'clearomisers', tanks are where the e-liquid is stored. Their see-through design lets you see how much liquid is left at any time, so you won't have to take an unpleasant 'dry hit' (inhaling with no liquid left). Tanks come in varying sizes, so if you want to store a lot of liquid, and do a lot of vaping on-the-go, it's best to go for a bigger one. The clearomiser features a soft wick that absorbs the liquid, and a coil at the top or bottom.

Mouthpiece/Drip Tip

The final part of your e-cigarette is the mouthpiece, which doesn't need too much explanation. A drip tip is a hollow mouthpiece that can be used to pour e-juice straight into the atomiser, without the need for a clearomiser/tank. This can result in improved flavour and clouds, but takes some practice.

Vape Away!

Now you know the ins-and-outs of vapour cigarettes, why not buy one yourself here at Vape Mountain? While you're at it, might as well add in a few premium e-liquids!