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Vaping Basics: What is an Atomizer?

If you are new to vaping, chances are, you will be experiencing an overload of terminologies that most avid vapers already use day to day. Terms like cartomizer, clearomizer, sub-ohm tank, and atomizer will be commonly heard among those who have taken to using e-cigs over cigarettes. What exactly are these things and what are their uses when it comes to vaping?

If you were to base your definition of what an atomizer is with what can be found in the dictionary, you will find that it is a device that is used to emit a fine spray of liquid, and this can be used with water, perfume, and other liquids. When it comes to vaping however, an atomizer is that device which turns your liquid into vapor. This is done with the use of a battery-operated heating coil that comes in contact with the filler material which carries your vape’s e-liquid.

An atomizer has a few distinct parts – heating coil, bridge, cup, and connector to the battery. When the connection is established between the power source and the atomizer, the coils heat up and cause the liquid in your e-cig to become vapor. This is the basic principle behind the atomizer.

Different Kinds of Atomizers

When you are new to vaping, you will notice that there are actually a lot of options for you to choose from when it comes to the kind of atomizer you will be using. Words like glassomizer, cartomizer, and such will emerge when you are discussing this with other vapers, or even with the store you are thinking of buying your vape from. What are the differences between these many different kinds of atomizers? Here are some definitions that may help clear things up:

Cartomizer – this is an atomizer that has a cotton-like filament found within the tank, and this filament is what absorbs your e-juice. This same filament is connected to the coils which then heats up when connected to the power source (battery). This then makes the liquid in the filament evaporate into the vapor that you vape.

Clearomizer–this variant does not have a filament that absorbs the e-juice, but rather has wicks (kind-of like what you will find in candles) that do the work of the filament. These also use large plastic containers of e-juices.

Glassomizer – this is similar to the clearomizer since it utilizes the same system – wick instead of filament. The difference is in the containers that are being used for the e-liquids, with clearomizers using clear plastic and glassomizers using heat resistant glass, like those used in bakeware such as Pyrex.

MODS and APVs – When it comes to APVs (Advanced Personal Vaporizers) and MODs, the choice is up to the vaper. APVs are devices that have a host of features which the user chooses to add to their vape. These usually have variable voltage, to begin with. A MOD on the other hand is a mechanical device that does not contain any electronics but rather, it uses a physical connection that connects the battery with the coil, which then allows it to heat up and evaporates the liquid in the vape. MODs are used with what is called an RDA, or rebuildable dripping atomizer.