Clearomizers are named as such for their transparency; they’re a transparent, cylindrical, glass, or plastic component that sits atop your mod. A clearomizer contains a coil and a wick, with the wick threaded into the coil in the case of some. The coil can be positioned at the top of the clearomizer with the wick hanging down into a tank or at the bottom with the wick leading to a drip tip at the top.
When you fire, the wick, saturated with e-liquid, is supplied with heat, vaporizing the liquid. Because the coil is threaded into the coil, the surface area of contact between the coil and your liquid is maximized, leading to a stronger, better hit.
A while back, clearomizers used to be the most popular atomizers in the market. A lot of this had to do with the fact that clearomizers were familiar and simple; most vapers would get a clearomizer when purchasing a mod, and a lot of them wouldn’t think to make the switch to anything else since they (the clearomizers) were simple to use, simple to refill, and easy to replace. They were cheap too, by the way; so cheap that they’ve now become one of the go-to mechanisms for disposable vapes and pods.
The problem with clearomizers is that they don’t retain much fluid. While still suitable for an MTL (Mouth to Lung) device like an e-cigarette or vape pen, they’re not a sufficient solution for DTL (Direct to Lung) devices. The “refillable” aspect does give you a little room to work around that. Still, since a clearomizer coil isn’t usually replaceable, it only works up till the point where your coil wears out, after which you’d have to replace the entire clearomizer. There are clearomizers available now that feature replaceable coils. Still, considering the other drawbacks and limitations of the device, you’d be better off just replacing a coil on a tank for a better experience overall.
Another aspect of the clearomizer’s performance that doesn’t measure up against more recent innovations is the power output. A clearomizer can handle a low wattage, but it isn’t rated for the kind of output produced by most modern box mods. So if you’re in the market for top-notch flavor and thick, voluminous clouds of vapor, a clearomizer just won’t cut it.
Effective, inexpensive, and easy to use, the clearomizer is a great option for someone looking to try out the vaping experience to see if it’s for them. You won’t get the sort of experience with an Ego CE-4 style clearomizer that you would with your Troll X RTA tank, but it’ll also only cost you a fraction as much.