Vaping terminologies are often applied interchangeably and devices are referred to in different ways. All too often, beginners, mainstream media, and even non-vapers deduce that all e-cigs are similar. Truly, this becomes a huge burden and almost baffling especially when you’re finding the right e-cig to assist you to quit regular cigarettes. But experienced vape enthusiasts understand better than lumping all the devices into a single group. One major aspect of the distinction between vaping devices is the sort of heating element they use. When you go shopping for a vape, some of the most commonly-asked questions are: what is the distinction between the atomizer, cartomizer, and clearomizer? And between the three, which is the best? By having concrete answers to the two questions, you will be in a good position to understand how each element affects your vape experience and you’ll be able to choose the right option for you.
For newbies and amateur vapers, buying a vape can get confusing. Despite the many benefits that come with e-cigs, various parts such as batteries and related accessories, vape juice strength, or countless flavours, perhaps the hardest decision first-time users ought to make is choosing between an atomizer, a cartomizer, and a clearomizer. All these are meant for the same purpose that’s to ‘atomize’ vape juice to convert it into vapour. But if all the three have the same basic premise, why are you allowed to choose only one from the group? It all comes down to your partiality, particularly, how you want to build your vape. Clearly, all three devices are meant to “atomize” e-liquid to create vapour implying that vapes require an “atomizer” to work. Note that both the cartomizer and atomizer do have an atomizer. The major difference among them is their way of delivery, that is, how they work?
So, how do atomizers, cartomizers, and clearomizers work? To answer this we would say that all these devices come with at least one part of posts inside: positive post and negative post. A coil wound around a wick is attached to these posts. The wick is purposely meant to absorb (through osmosis) and hold vape juice while the heating element (coil) heats up to vaporize the e-liquid. The wick, which acts as the membrane allows a steady flow of vape liquid without inundating the coil. At their fundamental level, atomizers are designed to hold vape juice and vaporize it to create vapor.
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